Apple harvests new iPhone, iPods
week in review The much-anticipated iPhone 5 gets unveiled, while CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses Facebook's IPO. Also: Go Daddy goes down.
An object of much anticipation and speculation over the last several months, the iPhone 5 was finally announced this week.
According to Apple, the device is 18 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S, measuring just 7.6mm. It's also 20 percent lighter than its predecessor at 112 grams. The company is calling the aluminum backplate -- which has been shown in several leaked images over the last several weeks -- the "slate."
One of the biggest additions is the new 4-inch Retina Display, with the same 326 pixels per inch found in the iPhone 4S. The phone will also come with support for 4G LTE service, delivering what it calls "ultrafast wireless." The device's LTE service will be available in the U.S. on the Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T networks.
Following a lengthier-than-expected upgrade cycle to the incrementally better iPhone 4S, and now the iPhone 5, things have changed. Android is pervasive, and Samsung now has a significant lead in the smartphone business with a franchise, the Galaxy S, that generates nearly as much buzz as the iPhone.
Most importantly, the iPhone is no longer leaps and bounds better than the competition and the obvious choice for consumers. Instead, rivals have caught up.
A pumped-up Zuckerberg speaks about Facebook's mobile future and how he is still focused on getting the mission and the business in sync.
A small mobile publishing company called BlueToad says the Apple UDIDs leaked last week came from an illegal intrusion into its network last week, an admission that contradicts AntiSec's claims about the FBI.
One hacker claims responsibility for an outage affecting sites for which Go Daddy provides hosting and DNS services.
New version will include access to thousands of additional videos, notably major-label music videos, which is made possible with now-allowed advertising.
On Saturday, California residents get to pay tax at checkout on Amazon.com purchases. But hundreds of thousands of items will remain (apparently) tax-free.
A judge tells the microblogging site to produce information about an Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets -- or its last two quarterly reports.
After more than a year of hype, Nintendo's new console has a price and release date.
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