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Apple iOS 7 Changes

Apple iOS 7 Changes

Apple iOS 7 App Development Market Changes (via ) Apple has been redefining the dynamics of the smartphone market since its inception. Almost every Apple product has brought a revolution along with its release. Every new iPhone has set new records for the sale of iPhones across the globe. The reason…
ElcomSoft Adds iOS 7

ElcomSoft Adds iOS 7

ElcomSoft Phone Password Breaker Adds Full iOS 7 Support (via PR Newswire ) MOSCOW, Russia, October 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ElcomSoft Co. Ltd. updates Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker, a mobile forensic tool allowing investigators to access information stored in Apple and BlackBerry mobile devices. The new release enables full…
How To Roll Back iOS 7

How To Roll Back iOS 7

5 Reasons to NOT Upgrade to iOS 7 and How To Roll Back If You Did (via Apple Gazette ) iOS 7 is the biggest update to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch operating systems since the App Store was first introduced. Everything from the display to functionality to even the sounds changed. Some people love change and welcomed iOS 7 with open…
Update For iOS 7

Update For iOS 7

AroundMe Users Find What They Look For in the Latest Update For iOS 7 (via NewsCanada-Plus ) AroundMe Users Find What They Look For in the Latest Update For iOS 7 (NEWSCANADA) PLUS TECH WATCH – The developers of AroundMe, the most widely used location app of its kind, recently released the latest update to its namesake app, making…

Faster, new camera and a clever fingerprint reader. But is it enough of an upgrade?
The iPhone 5S: a phone that looks like the iPhone 5, but goes so much further under the hood. Is that going to be enough to impress the baying hoardes? Want to know where you can get the iPhone 5S? We’ve curried the shops and checked stock levels – get all the info on the iPhone 5S release!

We’ve been here before: the iPhone ‘S’ conundrum. The new phone comes along, taking the shell of the previous model, adds some new bits and pieces, and then claims to be an entirely new phone.
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Which it is, of course. But also it isn’t. Well, mostly is. To be sure, it’s the kind of move that only Apple can pull off with any kind of conviction: the notion that it can take the same chassis, have a little tinker, throw in a new CPU, slightly better battery and camera, and call it an all-conquering device.

But then again, such is the clamour to know all about it, is that such a bad move? There are literally millions of people the world over who can’t wait to see what the next handset from Apple will be, and there was no surprise with the iPhone 5S.

There are a few who question whether it’s ‘fair’ to launch a phone and then append an ‘S’ to the same thing a year later – Apple’s response would likely be that nobody is forcing you to buy the new hardware. And that’s a fair point. Yes, this is a phone that bears far too many hallmarks of its predecessor. And yes, this is the third time Apple has done this.

It’s also managed to try to pop it onto the market complete as one of the most expensive smartphones out there, even on 3G plans. You’ll be looking at post £50 a month to get one without an upfront fee in the UK, and £549 will be the price if you want the low end model, pushing all the way up to over £700 for the 64GB variant.

iPhone 5S review

But if it was such a bad business move, if the market wasn’t willing to accept such a thing, then Apple would have folded as a smartphone brand years ago… or at least been lagging behind the competition.

That said, times are changing in the smartphone landscape. Where before Apple was able to just create the phone it wanted, and forget the competition in the knowledge that it wasn’t going to have to worry about losing consumers to a competitor, now it’s been forced to realise that there are at least four decent options for a consumer to think about if they want to get a rather good handset.

Apple is obviously aware of this change, be it the aluminium unibody of the HTC One, the new fight into low-light cameras or the need for a strong processor as a headline to shout about. And to be fair, it’s addressed these needs to some degree or other on the iPhone 5S.

iPhone 5S review

Be it the all-new Touch ID home button (which is excellent, more on that later), the huge jump in CPU power or the fact the camera has, once again, been improved no end, the new iPhone is clearly Apple’s attempt at bringing as much as it can to the party without having to re-design the whole concept all over again.

There are many that think releasing the same design twice is cheeky, and there are others who realise that sometimes there’s no need for change. It’s easy to fall into the former camp, and while Apple will happily point out it’s not forcing anyone to buy its phones, its acutely aware the competition is now scarily strong and it needed to bring its best to stay relevant.

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