Samsung plans to despose several of Apple's designers, including its senior vice president of industrial design as part of the legal battle between the two companies.
In a court filing, picked up on by blog EdibleApple today, Apple's design SVP Jonathan Ive and three others are listed as being unable to be deposed by November 1 as part of Apple and Samsung's legal battle in the U.S., which goes to trial in July 2012.
Ive, who has been at Apple since 1992, is being deposed along with Douglas Satzger, Shin Nishibori, and Christopher Stringer. Out of … Read more
How can you fit the life of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs into a one-hour special? PBS takes on that feat with the documentary "One Last Thing," which airs tonight.
The special provides a broad look at Jobs' business career and personality based on interviews with those who knew him, though mostly retreads ground covered in various Jobs biographies. CNET was able to view a copy of the special ahead of its broadcast at 10 p.m. ET (10 p.m. PT, as well).
Of note is a "never-before broadcast interview" with Jobs from 1994, two … Read more
Siri may gobble up some of your iPhone 4S' data plan, but fortunately she's not an overeater--just a bit peckish.
Ars Technica conducted a pretty thorough investigation into just how big a dent Siri users can expect the digital dame to make in their monthly data usage. See, whenever you talk to Siri, an audio file of your command is sent to Apple's servers for processing and then the requested data and vocal response is sent back over the network to your phone, even if the question is something that should be able to be gleaned from your phone's local data.
The results are pretty clear--unless you're attempting to have an intimate relationship with Siri and you're on the emotionally needy side, she's not going to blow out your monthly bill. Ars found that each Siri query ate up about 63KB of data on average, although naturally that figure will vary for different users and uses. Here's what Ars found when it extrapolated that rough amount out under different monthly usage scenarios:… Read more
Cool as she is, the iPhone 4S' new personal assistant Siri hasn't been able to tell me in a meaningful way which iPhone 4S offers the fastest data speeds. In the end, I resorted to the usual do-it-yourself approach: a real-world test. And the results were interesting.
Prior to the testing, I expected some big differences between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S (both GSM versions), since the iPhone 4S supports AT&T's faster HSDPA 14.4 network, which is capable of reaching an upload speed of 14.4Mbps and download speed of 5.8Mbps, theoretically twice the speeds of the iPhone 4.
This wasn't always the case, however, and sometimes it was quite the opposite. But first let's talk about how the testing was done.
How we test It's generally hard to figure out the way to get the best picture of how fast a mobile cellular Internet device's data rate is. The truth is that the speed of a cellular Internet connection varies a great deal from one location to another. It also depends on the server on which the app's data resides and sometimes even on the time of day.
For the testing, I used the Speedtest.net mobile app, which is the most popular app for the purpose. The app automatically connects to a nearby server to download and upload data. How busy the server is during the test affects the scores, but the app still offers a good representation of data speeds in a local area.
I gathered iPhone 4Ses from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, and tested the three smartphones against an iPhone 4 at a few well-known places in San Francisco: CNET's lobby, Union Square, and the Fisherman's Wharf area of Pier 39. I picked the first location for an obvious reason: it's the lobby of the building where I work, which is near the Financial District. The others are two of the most popular spots in the city, with lots of people using their phones. Also, I tested three 4G hot spots from various carriers for a comparison.
Keep in mind that these tests only evaluate data speeds for these phones in San Francisco and are not designed to be representative of data speeds you'll find in your area. However, they at least should show how the data speeds compare between each carrier version of the iPhone 4S, as well as the difference between AT&T's iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4.… Read more
The good news is that, thanks to technology from Apple, as well as third-party security apps, authorities have a better chance of catching the bad guys and retrieving the phones. Not only can the device's GPS system help hunt down a handset, but apps such as iGotYa will snap photos of whoever is in possession of the phone.
The bad news is that sometimes, the cops grab innocent people.
Last week, police in Petaluma, Calif., kicked in the door of Moriah Stafford, and … Read more
One of the most interesting apps to appear on the iPad has been Apple's own GarageBand. The robust features include the ability to play several instruments or sit back while the app plays them for you, recording original music at any level of expertise.
Previously the app was available only for iPad, which made sense given its complexity and need for screen real estate. But, the software engineers at Apple have once again figured out how to port a great app to the smaller screen sizes of the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Apple has missed the deadline it laid out last month to bring its iTunes Match service to users.
iTunes Match is the service that scans a user's library to find music that they may have ripped from a CD but did not purchase from Apple, then cross-references it with Apple's own library. When it finds a match, it provides a user with a license of the track at the same quality they'd find if they bought it off iTunes, as long as they're a paid subscriber to the matching service.
Best Buy is the latest retailer selling out of the iPhone 4S, says a R.W. Baird analyst, who sees it as a litmus test that demand is outracing supply across the retail market.
Contacting Best Buy outlets last week to gauge demand for the iPhone 4S, analyst William Power found that the phone was sold out at most of them, with many informing customers of shortages via automatic greetings. Stores in less populated areas were more likely to have some units in stock, the analyst noted, but available iPhones tended to be the more expensive models, with higher capacities.… Read more