The Wall Street Journal reported this past week from an inside source that Cupertino is retiring the 16GB iPhone. The base model of the iPhone 7 is expected to double to 32GB. Currently Apple offers the iPhone 6s in 16GB, 32GB, and 128GB models. The 16GB version of the iPhone was long overdue to be retired. Lets be honest, the iPhone can do way more than 16GB can hold. It has been long advised that consumers buy a higher storage iPhone rather than a less expensive 16GB model. I now have a 64GB iPhone 6 and after nearly two years and 11,706 photos, I still have 14GB of storage free on my device. Plenty of room to install future OS updates, and add to my collection of cat photos. Well worth the money in my opinion.
That being said, if I had skimped on the storage model when I bought my iPhone 6, I would have ran out of space long ago seeing as I have used 41.4 GB of storage to date.
“Hallelujah!” writes the Journal‘s Joanna Stern. “I’ve long said that keeping the 16GB iPhone was just a ploy for Apple to get people to buy the 64GB model—for $100 extra.”
Apple rumors are still in full swing as we approach the release of a new model this following year. Reports have been made that Apple plans to incorporate only minor changes to the new iPhone 7, such as the removal of the headphone plug which should make the device thinner. We have also heard that Apple will keep the same screen size as released with the iPhone 6, the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch models. However, the iPhone’s 10th Anniversary is fast approaching in 2017 which leads many to speculate that big changes are in the works. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
Its been quite some time, back and forth between when and how this was going to happen. A lot of blogs and gossip articles have been written between many reputable websites. After years and years of speculation, the Verizon iPhone is real. As Verizon president Lowell McAdam put it, “If the press writes something long enough, eventually it becomes true.” I find this really funny after all the publicity that Verizon put in the media. It’s ironic how Mac really stayed out of the subject matter and for the most part never drew a line in the sand with a yes or no. The word comes fresh out of Verizon’s press conference in New York City, where the company has confirmed that they plan to offer the iPhone 4 early next month. Update: February 10th, to be specific. From what has been published so far, the Verizon iPhone 4 appears to be identical to the AT&T iPhone 4 .
It does not support Verizon’s 4G/LTE network, and Apple took their standard “We don’t talk about future products” stance when questioned on the matter. The 16GB iPhone 4 will set you back $199.99, while the 32GB model will cost you $299.99 (both prices on a 2 year contract. Additionally, it looks like it’ll have at least one feature that the AT&T model doesn’t (currently): WiFi hotspot, which allows the iPhone to act as a Cell-Data-Fueled-Wi-Fi router for up to 5 devices.
T-Mobile’s has come out with their first Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It is a good piece of hardware, but it doesn’t have enough great apps to be compelling. It’s hard to compete with other units like it for a variety of reasons, I feel not having enough apps is the largest one. The iPad makes it difficult to set itself aside from the others. Sprint also has its own version that actually came out two weeks ago, but just last week had the chance to play with this version. Both are part of the same line of device and make up the first true tablet competitors to the iPad. I will say this, this unit is sort of a new breed, because unlike the iPad, they’re truly small and light enough to be used on the go. In any case, they’re well built and worth watching, though they need more custom apps to be truly useful. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is about $399-$599. After playing with the unit I feel that the speed is great, nice camera that takes good pictures, and overall great performance.
This unit has 16GB of internal storage plus a memory card slot and the T-Mobile’s 3G network is very fast and reliable which is key. The Galaxy Tab can’t hit T-Mobile’s maximum HSPA+ speeds of 7Mbps, but its got a healthy 2Mbps on the Galaxy Tab’s HSPA 7.2 modem using the Ookla speed test app. The device also has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and it had no trouble connecting to our WPA2 protected network. There’s no Wi-Fi sharing mode, though, but there’s a USB tethering mode. Looking over the web reports it is documented that some people have achieved 7.0 hours of video playback time, with screen brightness set to automatic. The battery life for the galaxy is shorter than the iPad’s battery life, but Apple’s tablet is larger, thus the larger battery. The Galaxy Tab model runs on Android 2.2. But here’s the biggest problem with the Tab: there is currently one good app for Android tablets. It is the new Wall Street Journal app, and it’s just beautiful, with a ‘virtual newspaper’ look and feel that is far easier and more fun to read than, say, the New York Times’ or the AP’s list format. It is reported that more apps are coming, but who really knows when that is happening.
- Device Specifications
- Screen Size- 7 inches
- Storage Capacity- 16 GB
- Dimensions- 7.48 x 4.74 x 0.7 inches
- Weight- 13.4 oz
- Networking Options- 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 3G
- Email Access- Dedicated email app
Verizon and Apple seem to be having problems about getting the iPhone on its network and being able to sell it. It’s pretty funny that as a result, the carrier is getting the iPad instead. Apple and Verizon Wireless today announced that the Apple iPad will be available in more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless retail stores starting October 28.
AT&T still has the exclusive contract with Apple and of course someone got really creative with how to make this happen. Verizon Wireless will not sell the iPad (Wi-Fi + 3G), the version of the tablet that runs on AT&T’s 3G network, it will instead sell the Wi-Fi-only iPad with its own Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot.
The iPad will be available in three bundles:
•Apple iPad 16GB + MiFi: $629.99
•Apple iPad 32GB + MiFi: $729.99
•Apple iPad 64GB + MiFi: $829.99
As far as data plans for the iPad, Verizon will offer one: Up to 1GB of data for $20 per month.
Verizon’s bundle prices are the same as what you’d pay for the iPad with integrated AT&T 3G. But Apple and AT&T offer a choice of two service plans: 250MB a month for $14.99 or 2GB month for $25.
Incidentally, AT&T today also announced that it would begin selling the Wi-Fi + 3G iPad in its retail stores on the same day: October 28.
The upside to buying an iPad from Verizon? Versatility: The MiFi provides Internet access for up to five devices at a range of about 30 to 40 feet. But it is one more thing to tote along with you, though the MiFi is only about the size of a pack of cigarettes, but half as thick (3.5 by 2.3 by 0.4 inches).
It’s also one more thing you need to keep charged. Battery life varies depending on how many devices you have connected at once. In our tests, with four Wi-Fi connections, the battery dropped to one bar in an hour. In 90 minutes, it was almost fully drained. On the other hand, we were able to eke out 8 hours and 5 minutes of power on the iPad (Wi-Fi + 3G) running the 3G modem nonstop. Lots of things to consider I suppose but it seems that this offering is a bit premature and not as seamless as it should be.