Tech Today: iPhone 5 to have 'Assistant' voice control?
The weekend's tech news in brief.
Apple iPhone 5 to have voice control feature called 'Assistant'
An unearthed iOS 5 screenshot suggests that the iPhone 5 might have a full voice control feature known as Assistant. The new functionality is likely to be based around the recent acquisition of the Siri app. Siri allows you to give your phone instructions and the app will scan the phone for the best results. You can see how Siri works in the video below.
Star Wars Xbox 360 console bundle will cost £350
The incredibly cool Kinect Star Wars Xbox 360 bundle unveiled last week has been made available for pre-order by retailer GAME and will set you back a not-too-bad £350. For that you'll get the ace C3PO 320GB console with R2D2 controller, along with a copy of game, a Kinect peripheral, a headset, and a copy of Kinect Adventures
Samsung steals Apple's crown already?
Last week Apple claimed the global smartphone sales throne from Nokia after announcing that 20.3m iPhones had sold between April and June. Well it seems like Samsung has crashed the victory party. Estimates suggest that the Korean company, currently at loggerheads with Apple, may have sold 21m phones in the last quarter. Boom!
Chinese Govt investigating fake Apple Stores
Following reports that retail outlets in China had opened several carbon copy, unofficial Apple Stores, the Chinese government has decided to take a peek. Authorities in the southern city of Kunming are said to be launching a sweeping investigation of electronics stores.
Speaking of Apple Stores...
...The tech giant has announced it is building a brand new Apple Store retail outlet in Grand Central Station in New York City. The company will pay $800,000 a year in rent and has secured a ten-year lease in the iconic Big Apple location. Good luck getting to work in an iPhone launch day, New Yorkers.