Florida woman Debra Hilton filed a class action suit against Apple alleging that the power button on the iPhone 4 sports a manufacturing defect that Apple is well aware of and chose not to fix. The suit specifically claims that the iPhone 4's flex cable is defective and designed to cause the power button to malfunction shortly after the one-year warranty on the device expires, thereby forcing users to either get it repaired for US$149 or spring for an entirely new device.
The complaint reads in part:
The Apple iPhone 4 is plagued by a latent defect that causes its Power Button to fail, usually shortly after the 1 year warranty covering the device has expired, thereby rendering the phone unusable.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 06:33
iOS 6.1.4 has made its way through the tubes, but users looking forward to any kind of major feature updates should keep holding their breath. Thursday's update only applies to the iPhone 5, and it brings an updated audio profile for the speakerphone, which comes as a surprise to both end users and developers alike.
There are no other pieces to the iOS 6.1.4 puzzle—or at least not according to Apple's public release notes. The update was not seeded to developers in advance (unlike many previous releases), likely because it's so minor by comparison. It's possible that Apple's iOS engineers are too busy to apply much time to iOS 6.x updates, as they've reportedly been hard at work on iOS 7 to ensure it's ready enough to demo at WWDC in June.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 12:15
Whatsapp might be about to introduce a voice messaging service as it looks to kill the phone call as well as the SMS.
That's according to 9to5Mac, which has seen an email from Whatsapp that seems to suggest the feature is coming.
An email from the Whatsapp translation team to a Hong Kong developer said, "Thank you for translating Whatsapp into Chinese. We have added some new strings that have yet to be translated: Camera button off, Camera button on and Push-to-talk button."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 20:10
Aside from getting in the game early, one of the main factors as to why iOS rose to prominence is because of its sleek, simple, aesthetically pleasing user interface and experience. Throughout the mobile operating system’s lifespan, it has looked relatively the same. However, new reports suggest that the next iteration of Apple’s mobile OS, iOS 7, is getting a stark makeover.
The report comes from 9to5Mac, and says that Jony Ive — Apple designer extraordinaire, lead designer of just about any relevant Apple product you can name — has sunk his fingers deep into iOS 7. Various sources report that iOS 7 will dispense with Apple’s trademarked sheen and gloss. The new mobile OS is also said to part with the company’s somewhat divisive skeuomorphism — a technique that makes a design look like another material.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 20:11
Informa said almost 19 billion messages were sent per day on chat apps in 2012, compared with 17.6 billion SMS texts.
The shift is likely to have a big impact on mobile operators, for whom texts have been a key revenue source.
Pamela Clark-Dickson of Informa said some operators were already "seeing a decline in their messaging revenues".
According to separate estimates by research firm Ovum, more than $23bn (£15bn) of SMS revenue was lost in 2012 due to popularity of chat apps.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 13:00