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Apple Exploring on how iPhone can Discover a Matching Friend in Close Proximity

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Apple could soon enter into the location-based interest matching and social networking market. The patent, which was filed in December 2009, describes a scenario where two individuals can presumably meet based on their common interests or experiences.

Titled “Ad-hoc Networking based on Content and Location” the patent application talks about a system that would allow iPhone devices in close proximity to discover a matching friend, or your next wife or your next date or husband.

Common interests and experiences of two or more users located close to each other can be identified from content, including automatically created usage data of the mobile devices. Usage data of a mobile device can be created based on activities performed on the mobile device (e.g., songs downloaded), a trajectory of the mobile device (e.g., places traveled), or other public data available from the mobile device (e.g., pictures shared).

“When two strangers meet, it may take a long and awkward conversation to discover their common interests or experiences,” Apple writes.

This integrated social networking concept is pretty much novel but powerful. Just tell your iPhone that you are ready for date or interested in meeting new people that are nearby. When the mode is ‘ON’ multiple requests are received and match score is then calculated based on certain number of socio-parameters (listed under patent Application ID 20110142016). The notification is then sent indicating that a social networking opportunity exists within the social-networking distance.

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If he or she accepts your invite you are already a step ahead and need not discuss about the places you both visited, songs you listened, music genre you follow, movies you’ve watched, people you both know, et cetera. But I wonder when you are already acquainted with all this stuff, then what will you discuss on your first date? But yes, this could be a problem solver for all those who lack courage in initiating a date.

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

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According to Nikkei Business, Apple is prepping to launch new iPhone 5 and iPad 3 models with 4G LTE connectivity next year. The anonymous sources known to Apple product plans stated that LTE based iPad 3 will launch on NTT DoCoMo Japan during the summer next year, and an LTE-enabled iPhone 5 in the fall.

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly held a low profile meeting with NTT DoCoMo president Kiyoyuki Tsujimura and VP Takashi Yamada earlier this month to materialize a deal and to make sure that the next generation iPhone and iPad models are compatible on their network.

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If rumors are to be believed, the move taken by Tim Cooks and Company will potentially shake up the smartphone business landscape further, and position Apple to better compete with rival Android smart phones. Via BGR

Apple begins Selling Unlocked iPhone 4S in US Online Store

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Starting today, Apple has begun accepting pre-orders for unlocked iPhone 4S in the US Online Apple Store for which you pay more upfront without locking yourself in a particular carrier contract for the next two years. The preorders list a 1 to 2-week shipping time and are available for $649, $749 and $849 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB model respectively, in both white and black color scheme.

The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a contract commitment. You can activate and use it on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States.* The unlocked iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S will not work with CDMA-based carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.

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Frequent business travelers who are hopping between countries, or those who don’t want to be locked into a lengthy carrier contract can proceed and pre-order to buy the unlocked iPhone 4S. The unlocked version of iPhone 4S will not work on either Sprint or Verizon’s network since both of them uses the CDMA network.

I have already pre-ordered and the confirmation email is showing a delivery date of between November 28 – December 5. What about yours?

iPhone 5 existed in Real but Steve Jobs Objected to its Design [REPORT]

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Apple initially planned to introduce iPhone 5 this year, but deferred its launch and finally announced the iPhone 4S after Steve objection, reports Business Insider, who was able to snag some information from an anonymous source in Apple’s upstream supply chain who has claimed to have had hands-on access to an iPhone 5 prototype. He even offered some details on the iPhone 5 specifications.

We’ve been told this by an industry source who has been right about future Apple products in the past.

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We have not been able to verify what he told us with a second source. So we’re still treating these details as rumors. You should probably still read this post with a nice fat dose of salt.

iPhone 5 will reportedly sport 4-inch display screen with “Flatter” form factor, an elongated capacitive home button for swiping across the home button to quickly switch between multitasking apps, faster chip but have poor battery life, 10-megapixel rear camera and an aluminum back. He added that Apple is exploring its “liquid metal” technology to make colored iPhones.

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The sources further claimed that Steve Jobs objected about having the larger display screen on iPhone 5 because that would result in fragmentation of the iOS ecosystem.

Lending a little bit of credence to this particular rumor is the fact that the major news media outlet BI has reported it, which could have close ties with sources acquainted with Apple product plans. Most of this stuff seems plausible, however.

Sprint to SIM-Lock iPhone 4S Starting November 11th during Activation Process

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One of the Sprint employees was kind enough to snap and slip a shot as solid evidence with a note about SIM Locking. The iPhone locking activity is reported to begin in background during the activation process without the knowledge of customers.

Starting tomorrow, all iPhone 4S devices will have the SIM locked. The locking occurs during the activation process and is invisible to the customer (no extra action is needed by customer or rep).

The memo additionally notes that “this SIM lock update will not impact any current iPhone 4S customers (activated prior to 11/11/11).” Which means that those who purchased and activated iPhone 4S before November 11th will be able to continue their unlocked SIM slot. New customers will be tied to Sprint Worldwide for international services, however.

The unlocked iPhone 4S is the best choice, if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad since it avoids international roaming fees. Meanwhile, Apple has already stated that unlocked iPhone 4S will arrive without a micro-SIM card sometimes in November in USA. Frequent business travelers who are hopping between countries, or those who don’t want to be locked into a lengthy carrier contract can wait till then to buy the unlocked iPhone 4S.

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China Mobile Secretly held Low Profile Meetings with Apple’s Steve Jobs

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Executives of China Mobile Ltd have made multiple low profile visits to meet Apple chief Steve Jobs to bring iPhone handset on their homegrown 3G TD-SCDMA network standard, report Reuters.

The report aligns nicely with WSJ report and a leaked photo posted earlier showing iPhone 4 prototype running on China Mobile’s network. Does that mean that China Mobile has finally inked a deal with Apple? If the report is true then it’s great news for Apple, as a partnership with China Mobile would greatly accelerate iPhone adoption.

This report has reignited speculations that Apple might offer the customized handset to the China’s mega mobile phone carrier with over 615 million subscribers next year. Reports further adds that without having an official sales agreement with Apple, 7.44 million iPhone handsets are already running on China Mobile network.

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Few weeks back, Apple Executive Tim Cook visited China Mobile’s headquarters to materialize a deal and to make sure that the next generation iPhone models are compatible on their 4G TD-LTE network.

There is no word about when the company will offer iPhone on China Mobile network. Apparently, analysts believe that fourth generation TD-LTE network compatible iPhone will be made available in next 12 months.

If the deal materializes, it will provide Apple with access to the largest wireless carrier in the world, with over 615 million wireless subscribers or 70 percent of the total China wireless market. It is worth mentioning that China is Apple’s fastest-growing region in terms of sales.

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[Update 1:] Earlier today, the chairman Wang Jianzhou confirmed that Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook did visited China in June to offer the iPhone

iPhone 4S has earned a recommendation from Consumer Reports magazine

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!