The iPhone 5s is the first digital device I’ve seen with a simple, reliable fingerprint reader — one you can confidently use, without a thought, to unlock the device instead of typing in a passcode. You can even use this fingerprint reader, called Touch ID, to authorize purchases from Apple’s App, iTunes and e-book stores.
It sounds like a gimmick, but it’s a real advance, the biggest step ever in biometric authentication for everyday devices. After using Touch ID, I found it annoying to go back to typing in passcodes on my older iPhone.
via A New Touch for iPhone – Walt Mossberg – Personal Technology – AllThingsD.
Q: People get passionate when Apple comes out with something new — the iPhone; of course, the iPod. Is that something that you’d want them to feel about Microsoft?
Ballmer: It’s sort of a funny question. Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? (Laughter.) I want to have products that appeal to everybody.
Now we’ll get a chance to go through this again in phones and music players. There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I’d prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get.
via Steve Ballmer’s Most Epic Mistakes As CEO Of Microsoft – Business Insider.
Just so you know, I dont do anything when you blink at me.Stop trying to strap me to your forehead. It wont work.I think that glass is half empty.Im not Glass. And Im just fine with that.Very funny. I mean, not funny “ha-ha,” but funny.Glass? I think youve got the wrong assistant.
via Apple Updates Siri to Give Humorous Responses to Okay Glass Prompt – Mac Rumors.
The new Home button’s design will not be noticeably convex. Perhaps the shape has changed slightly, but the tweaked button is nothing distinct enough for the iPhone 5S to be identified as anything but an iPhone 5 by the untrained eye. There’s the possibility, however, that the etching and border of the Home button could become more shiny and look slightly different.
via Mac Rumors: Apple Mac iOS Rumors and News You Care About.
Here’s a quick roundup of what they are saying.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, who has accurately predicted the details for some Apple products in the past, thinks the so-called iPhone 5S will have a faster processor, an improved camera flash and a fingerprint sensor for security. Last year, Apple acquired AuthenTec, a company that designs fingerprint sensors. In a research note, Mr. Kuo said he thought Apple would change the shape of the home button so that it bulges outward to create space for the sensor, and that the button’s material would be changed from plastic to sapphire to prevent damage to the sensor. Mr. Kuo also predicts the low-cost iPhone will be a version of the iPhone 5 with a case made of fiberglass and plastic and available in various colors, and that it will be heavier than the aluminum case of the iPhone 5.
Brian Marshall, an analyst for International Strategy and Investment, said Apple is due for an iPhone with a larger screen to compete with bigger phones offered by Samsung. He predicts (and hopes) that a big-screen iPhone will be about 5 inches diagonally.
Gene Munster, an analyst for Piper Jaffray Investment Research, who has repeatedly predicted an Apple television set that has yet to materialize, said he believed that the lower-cost iPhone will not only have cheaper parts, but also exclude software features like Siri. This seems unlikely, however, because the older, lower-cost iPhone 4S offers Siri.
via What Analysts Expect From the Next iPhones – NYTimes.com.
But it’s no longer about being just as good as Apple. You have to be better. Competitors have built upon the foundation Apple laid in mobile and are now leapfrogging it with bunch of useful features you can’t find on iPhones and iPads.
The evidence is everywhere, but it’s most apparent in products made by Apple’s biggest mobile rival, Samsung.
via How Samsung is out-innovating Apple – CNN.com.
In terms of the phone itself, we expect the cheaper phone to have a plastic casing, 4″ display, and lower end internal specs (processor, camera, memory, etc.) than the 5S/5 line up. Additionally, we believe that Apple may exclude some software features, such as Siri, which we note was not an option on the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 upon launch.
via Analyst Predicts No Siri on iPhone 5C, Fingerprint Scanner Solely for Device Unlocking on iPhone 5S – Mac Rumors.
That date is later than original estimates and is largely devoid of world-stopping, next-big-thing news about potential Apple TVs or watches. Instead, All Things D reiterates that the most likely new developments will be the streamlined iOS 7 — which is already being tested — and a lower-price version of the newest iPhone.
via What the new iPhone coming Sept. 10 is missing- MSN Money.