Only the most passionate cell phone geeks know that the Federal Communications Commission holds a treasure trove of information on upcoming handsets. Because the FCC has to certify every phone sold in the United States, not to mention test its SAR rating, the agency's online database offers a lot of sneak peeks to those who dig. To save you the trouble, Crave has combed through the database. Here is a selection of filings from the past week on new and upcoming cell phones. Click through to read the full report.
CrunchGear has a spread on what appears to be the new 3G iPhone. Matt Hickey wrote in CrunchGear:
It's thinner than the current model, for sure, with a more MacBook Air-like bezeling. It's got stereo speakers on the back and what appears to be the same screen as the current generation. But the real news here isn't the Exchange support, but the front facing camera for iChat AV.
The Samsung Instinct, Sprint's answer to the iPhone, finally has arrived. It's been two months since we first saw the slim touch-screen cell phone with a boatload of features, but now we've had the opportunity to kick its tires and run it through its paces. What we found is an innovative, powerful and easy-to-use device that matches the original iPhone in many ways. The Instinct's appealing design and plentiful features, particularly in the messaging and GPS areas, push it to the forefront of Sprint's lineup. Things got a little shaky on the performance side, but … Read more
So that old, ancient, worn-out, first-generation iPhone is headed out the door. Maybe you'll sell it on eBay. Maybe you'll give it to a friend. But before you send it on its way, you need to get all that personal data off it, such as your e-mail passwords, and those compromising photos of you, and of course, all your friends' e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
Watch the video to see this tip in action.
If you're not too paranoid, the following is all you have to do:
Plug in your iPhone. Launch iTunes. Click on the iPhone … Read more
Just how will Apple meet expectations? Using the patent application as a guide, Apple appears to be making room on the iPhone for flash memory, which means an end to Apple's standoff with Adobe that's kept iPhones from easily viewing a plethora of Internet videos.
Apple has said that Adobe's flash media player, which is on hundreds of other phones, doesn't perform up to Apple's standards for the iPhone.
So flash … Read more
It's the second MTV handset released on the European market, following one designed by Paris-based ModeLabs for France. Both are sliders, though the newest version at least tries a different design, as opposed to the rather lame logo on ModeLab's red 3G phone.
The Sony Ericsson version also features a GPS receiver, games, and an "enhanced music experience," according to MobileWhack, as well as … Read more
Bits and pieces of information about the first Christian Dior phone have been circulating for months, but apparently it has finally made an official showing in Europe. Created by ModeLabs, the Parisian phone designer to the stars, the "My Dior" clamshell comes in two versions, both come with a 2.6-inch touch screen and a 2-megapixel camera. The difference between the two? The higher-end model is draped in crocodile skin and festooned with 640 Swarovski crystals--totaling 3,251 carats--and goes for $26,000, Newlaunches reports. The lesser sibling is a mere $5,000, for more frugal shoppers.
If you want blow-by-blow coverage of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote address on Monday, make sure to pay us a visit before 10 a.m. PDT for our live report.
I'll be inside Moscone West on Monday morning, where we expect Apple to unveil a new iPhone and talk more about the next version of Mac OS X at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. We'll be posting live updates every few minutes from the conference hall, and will have photos of the new iPhone and anything else that gets introduced Monday morning as soon as humanly (or networkly) … Read more
Has Brian Caulfield of Forbes totally lost it? In a piece entitled, "Why Apple could kill the Nintendo DS", Caulfield contends that Apple's new App store for the iPhone and iPod touch could be the first step in replacing Nintendo in the handheld gaming space.
"Monday...Nintendo will likely face a new and far more dangerous foe: Apple," Caulfield wrote. "Steve Jobs' computer and gizmo maker will likely launch a long-promised feature, dubbed the App Store, which will let outside developers pour software into the iPhone and iPod Touch. And while it's unlikely that, say, a mobile version of Oracle's wonky database will make anyone stand up and cheer, we already know putting games on the iPhone is a pretty powerful combination."
We do? Ostensibly Caulfield is alluding to games that we saw at the iPhone SDK event earlier this year where Sega unveiled Super Monkey Ball for the iPhone and EA showed off Spore, but I don't know where else he sees this "powerful combination."
And if he knew anything about the handheld gaming market, he would probably know that Nintendo's past is littered with the remains of companies that have tried to supplant it as the leader in the market and failed -- miserably.
But to suggest that Apple could conceivably command the market and wrest control from the one company that has controlled it for over 20 years, is both foolhardy and downright ludicrous.
Here's why:… Read more
Update 11:10 a.m. PDT: Thanks to News.com readers for pointing out the origins of two of the three icons I pointed out in this blog. Turns out this little game is only fun for those of us who don't use Leopard and aren't developers. I will now return to speculating about the upcoming features based on other, more telling factors, such as local temperature and humidity readings.