Tech Headlines For April 18th, 2011: iPhone 5 Rumored For Mass Production In September, Samsung Promises Dual-Core 2Ghz Smartphone

→ by Andy Yen < @renowned >
at 3:00pm Apr 18, 2011
  • iPhone 5 rumored for September mass production – It’s a cat and mouse game for predicting Apple products, but analyst Ming-Chi Kuo successfully predicted some iPad 2 features and the launch date of the white iPhone 4. Basically the iPhone 5 gets a A5 processor speedbump (same as iPad 2) and a 8 megapixel camera. It sounds very realistic, albeit none too exciting.
  • Samsung will release a dual-core 2 GHz smartphone by next year – It’s just a number for most of us, but it’s kind of impressive to see that we’ll soon have phones that have processors as fast as laptop computers did just a couple years ago. As another comparison, Apple just barely released a dual core 1 GHz processor for the brand new iPad 2. Hopefully developers will make some cool software for us to use with these fast phones.
  • Apple tweaks App Store ranking algorithm to deemphasize downloads – I was always boggled as to why Facebook would never be in the top 5 free apps for the iPhone because, let’s be real, everyone uses that shit. Turns out, it may have been due to some fishy behavior by app companies “buying downloads” to artificially inflate their apps’ rankings on the charts. Now, it appears as if usage patterns start to figure into chart rankings. It’ll be good for users who use the chart rankings to explore good apps to get.
  • Microsoft launches Office 365 cloud beta software and marketplace – It’s a direct competitor to Google Apps, and we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure many of you use Google Documents in one way or another and it’ll be interesting to see if Office provides enough extra bells to be worth the subscription fee. Right now you can sign up for the beta for free.

About the Author: Andy Yen

Andy loves to live his digital life on the bleeding edge. He usually falls into the category of "early adopter" by being in on new gadgets and beta versions of software and sites. Most of the time it doesn't end up biting him in the ass. He also loves video games and music and curates a site called My Day Will Come if you're into those sorts of things.