Digitimes reports that both Apple and Samsung are expected to introduce wireless charging solutions for their “flagship models” of smartphones in 2013. Qi inductive charging will be the technology used by Samsung for the Galaxy S IV, while Apple works on their own version of wireless charging. » Wireless Charging For iPhone & Samsung Devices Coming In 2013?
Google has just updated its Google Maps for iOS to version 1.1, marking the first update of the stand-alone version of Google Maps since the mid-December launch after Apple replaced Google with its own default mapping app in iOS 6. This update brings a view new features such as Google Contacts and Local Business Search. » Google Maps for iOS Receives First Update With Google Contacts Integration and Local Business Search
The Verge reports that Apple is planning for the “iWatch” to run a “full” version of iOS rather a simpler operating system such as that seen on the iPod nano. “Interestingly, we’re also told that Apple’s chosen to rework the full iOS to run on the watch instead of building up the iPod nano’s proprietary touch operating system — although the previous nano was already watch-sized and seemed like a great starting point for a watch, Apple’s betting on iOS across product lines.” » Apple “iWatch” Will Run Full iOS & Arrive Later This Year, However Battery Life Is An Issue In Prototypes
Rene Ritchie at iMore confirms that the iPhone 5S will be unveiled in August. According to Rene Ritchie the iPhone 5S will improve the internals of the phone while leaving the outer casing untouched. iMore is also predicting a possible April launch date for the fifth generation iPad and the second generation iPad mini, which would be in line with the previous iPad 1,2 and 3 launch dates. » Next Generation iPads Due In April, iPhone 5S In August?
Taiwan’s Commercial Times reports [Google translation] that Apple is indeed preparing both an iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone for launch in the August/September timeframe. Analyst Kirk Yang notes that each of the devices will be available in two models, one using the standard frequency-division duplexing “FDD” technology that is used in most of the world and one supporting the time-division duplexing (TDD) used by China Mobile “the world largest carrier”. » Budget iPhone & China Mobile-Compatible iPhone 5S Due In August
In a response to T-Mobile CEO John Legere, who called the AT&T network “crap” back in January, AT&T posted a full page ads in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today lambasting the carrier for dropped calls and slow download speeds. This ad comes just before T-Mobile will introduce significant changes to its service in March, eliminating both contracts and early termination fees, along with implementing installment payments for its equipment. » AT&T Attacks T-Mobile In Newspaper Ad Ahead of Potential Rebranding
The Japanese blog Macotakara claims that Apple has “deferred” its planned release for a cheaper iPhone until next year and that it will be made of a material similar to the glossy polycarbonate body Apple used on its entry-level MacBook. The phone is expected to have a slightly larger “4.5-inch” display and will start at $330, matching the charges for the iPad mini. » 4.5-Inch Polycarbonate iPhone Arriving In 2014 For $330