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July 2011

iPhone 4S has earned a recommendation from Consumer Reports magazine

person holding white iPod touch

Last February Consumer Reports – a powerful brand in its own right – made waves when it refused to recommend both the GSM and CDMA iPhone 4 due to antenna reception issues, but with iPhone 4S in place, its editors have shifted their opinion and have listed the newest smart phone iPhone 4S as a “recommended” device.

Read also : Apple begins Selling Unlocked iPhone 4S in US Online Store

After rigorous and special testing in their labs, Consumer Reports did not found any serious signal reception problem with the iPhone 4S, which helped qualify it for CR’s “recommended” list. There was no loss of signal strength when the phone’s lower left side was touched in an area with a weak signal. Apparently, the iPhone 4 did not earn a recommendation as it continues to exhibit the dreaded death grip.

Read also : Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to Developers, Public Launch in Summer 2012

Apple did not offer comment but obviously the company is sure it has a winner, and is likely satisfied that the recommendation from the ostensibly objective Consumer Reports will influence a large group of people and will increase its sales.

Apple Exploring Wireless Charging Mechanism for iPhone 6, Reports WSJ

space gray iPhone 6 at 15:15 clock

WSJ is reporting that in addition to launch thinner and lighter next-generation iPhone in September this year, the brains in Cupertino are exploring new ways of charging iPhone 6device scheduled to be introduced at an event in 2012, as a part of its normal refresh cycle.

Investors expect a bigger boost to Apple’s phone business next year. People briefed on Apple’s plans said the company is planning a major iPhone revamp then, with one person saying the company has been experimenting with features such as a new way of charging the phone.

There is absolutely no word about what charging method Apple will adopt, it could be induction charging or some other effortless wireless charging mechanism. However, based on recent patent application – Wireless power utilization in a local computing environment – Apple may possibly use Near field magnetic resonance to power iOS devices within 1 meter of the power base without using a mat or extra case.

This would have a significant advantage over traditional plug-in electric charging.

Read also : LTE iPhone 5 and iPad 3 launching on NTT DoCoMo Japan Next Year

In addition to this, Wall Street Journal also strengthens earlier claims that Apple is working on a cost-effective iPhone model with an edge-to-edge screen, which some are interpreting to mean that it will have a smaller bezel or border. It will not be wrong to say that Apple is indeed attempting to streamline end user experiences by narrowing down the screen-size difference across different iPhone models.

Apple has also been working on a less-expensive phone with new features such as an edge-to-edge screen, according to this person.

Apple is developing a cheaper iPhone for developing countries and possibly, the device would use parts from the current iPhone 4 for lower production costs. It could be made available to carriers for half the price, potentially allowing them to subsidize its entire cost. But will this nano-Phone ship, and when? There is no word about it whatsoever!