Apple iPhone 4G was the most anticipated device of 2010. However the Antennagate issue played spoilt sport for the iPhone 4G party. Inspite of my earlier thoughts, the Android Army has yet not been able to over throw iPhone from the mantle of technology leadership. Though, the Android army keeps swelling, iPhone holds its fort. However, given the iPhone 4G and its lack of 100% response (the kinds that Apple is used to), the pressure was on Apple to quickly bring in a new iPhone to do good the losses from iPhone 4G.
For starters, iPhone 5 will have dual core processors and higher and powerful graphic chips that can deliver higher video resolutions and better “still” images when taking pictures, and it will make multi-tasking a breeze.The first ever sneak pics provide a stunning Here’s giving a sneak peak on other features expected from the iPhone 5:
1. Thinner! With shiny glass back piece – 9.3 mm thick.
o The first pics give an impression of thinner than credit card width.
2. Face recognition
3. Face Time (Video Chat) access on 3G and 4G
4. Custom SMS tones
5. Custom E-mail alerts with ability to assign different tones to each email address
6. A new, sleeker body design.
7. Retinal screen-packing more pixels per inch than ever
8. Scratch proof and shatter proof screen
9. Wireless sync with iTunes
10. 32G (basic) and 64G of memory: Sure to never run out.
11. Extended battery life: 14 hours talk time on 3G and 7 hours on 4G. Standby 600 hours.
12. Hi Definition audio.
13. Messaging indicator light.
14. True GPS built in.
The iPhone 5 is expected to have curtains up around January 2011 on the Verizon network. Also fabbled is the fact that iPhone 5 may actually feature the iWallet NFC (Near Field Coomunication) technology for seamless micropayments across the counter. Heres a Video about Apple’s iWallet on the iPhone:
The Tiered Internet Proposal: Google favours being pragmatic than principled.
Amid all the vitriol, one overlooked fact is that a Verizon, has agreed that the FCC should have the regulatory authority to enforce nondiscrimination, which is at the heart of net neutrality for its Wireline networks. That’s the good news. For Verizon, this is a short term loss in realizations in favour of a taking a stake in the future of Internet on Wireless.
The bad news is that the proposal wouldn’t require net neutrality on wireless networks.Google has clearly compromised the position on wireless net neutrality it held almost religiously. Both Google and Verizon realize that the future belongs to Wireless Internet and they had to hedge the future gain against a current loss, which is why, they have up their stakes in Fixed Line Internet.
What, Exactly, Is “Managed Services”? (Tiered Internet)
The first two components of the deal — net neutrality for wired networks, no net neutrality for wireless networks — are fairly straightforward. But it’s the third component, the mysterious “managed services” provision, that has proved most confusing and has the most controversial and potentially long-lasting implications.
In essence, Google and Verizon are proposing a separate network apart from the “public Internet,” where nondiscrimination wouldn’t apply and where interested parties would be able to buy huge chunks of bandwidth and superfast connections. Some of the benign-sounding uses Google and Verizon have mentioned are things like medical data that need a fast, secure network, or low-latency networks for hardcore Internet gamers. Managed services would be a faster, paid alternative to the public Internet, kind of like ultra-premium cable. For example, YouTube videos delivered faster than other content.
There is some merit in the advent of tiered services, but it all depends upon what levels of regulation, self-discipline and control that carriers are ready to impose on themselves. Then there is a the case that while favored services have some steam in the debate, there is also a lot of open innovation that the internet fosters. Imagine having You Tube or Twitter in a tightly regulated internet domain.
Google: a $120 billion public colossus with 20,000 employees with a moto “Do no Evil”. To quote Brin and Page in their IPO document in 2004, “We believe strongly that in the long term, we will be better served — as shareholders and in all other ways — by a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short-term gains.”The idea was to build “a company that is trustworthy and interested in the public good. We believe a well-functioning society should have abundant, free and unbiased access to high quality information. Google therefore has a responsibility to the world.”
Tiered Internet services: Evil Deal or Pragmatic Compromise? (Tiered Internet services are an antithesis of Net Neutrality)
Google Followers, Critics, Enthusiasts and the denizens of a free world Internet were thus jolted when Google(along with Verizon) brought out a proposal to FCC on Net Neutraility. To many it was “an abuse”. For years, Google has been the single largest — and loudest — proponent of net neutrality among any private company- the basic principle that broadband companies shouldn’t play favorites with Web content — their own or others’ — for payment. Idealogy apart, it’s not hard to see why. The company’s entire business model — it earns 95% of its revenue from search ads — depends on users being able to access Google.com on the Internet for free.
The idea of net neutrality has generally been opposed by the big broadband providers who, after all, invested mightily to build the hardware backbone of the Internet. Why should Google be allowed to stream YouTube videos for free to millions when we built the infrastructure, the providers ask? Also a tiered service helps in terms of differentiating services from a consumer perspective. The analogy here is that of premium HDTV services versus “Plain Vanilla” satellite TV services.
The Germination of the Thought: Tiered Internet (Courtesy Android)
Google and Verizon have coordinated on many launches around the Android – mostly featured on Moto and HTC devices. With some heavy duty marketing by Verizon and courtesy its lineage to open source, the popularity of Android has shot through the roof. The proof of the pudding is in the Android market shares (14% gained in a year’s time) and the fact that Android is selling 200K phones per day, outselling iPhone by a distance.
In terms of ideologies, Google was the proponent of Open Internet and Verizon was backing the Tiered Internet structure. It was when Google and Verizon started discussing common grounds between each of their interests, that the thought and the proposal of (possible) regulation of wireless internet came into being. What helped this marriage was the animosity both these corporations shared with AT&T.
The iPhone was officially released in mid 2007. In two and half years, it has captured the fanfare and frenzy of the device and telecom geeks acquiring the status of an Icon and fuelling Apple’s growth story.
There have been many challengers from Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and others, but iPhone has held its ground because it combines a glitzy UI, a remarkable device and a 100 thousand strong applications store to its strength. That doesnot stop the challengers from take shots at the frailties of the iPhone.
One of the strongest challenge to iPhone yet is the upcoming Motorola Droid on the Verizon Network and backed by the new Android OS 2.0 (Eclair). That is a strong proposition and they have their sights set on iPhone if the “Droid Does” campaign is to seen. Watch the video here.
The latest in this round is the Droid stealth commercial which is an announcer of the launch date amidst a hyper technology scenario. Catch the video here!
What the “Droid does” to the “iPhone” will be an interesting thing to watch. Watch this space.
Read more about the Droid here! http://ronnie05.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/1141u/