Well, the wait is over, folks. Apple’s new CEO has unveiled the next generation iPhone — the iPhone 4S. Aesthetically, it’s the same design as the iPhone 4 but if you look under the hood, you’ll see it’s packing some new components that will surely blow the competition out of the water. It featuers the same dual-core A5 chip that debuted in the iPad 2 and its dual-core graphics processor gives 7 times the graphical performance of the iPhone 4′s A4 chip.
Well, it’s about damn time, amiright? AT&T says we’ll be getting MMS on our iPhones this coming Friday, which holds true to all the rumors that were pointing to a release on September 25th. The update will be available via iTunes around mid-day.
Here’s what the carrier wrote on their Facebook Page:
MMS Update: We know you’ve been eager for this service so we wanted to offer a quick update on the launch plans for MMS on Friday, Sept. 25. Late morning, Pacific Time, on Friday, the new carrier settings update enabling MMS should be live and ready to download through iTunes. We’ll provide the steps and all of the details you need right here at that time.
My life will finally be complete. Somewhat.
It seems the fellas over at Plastic Logic are as smart as their name depicts. The company’s set to launch an eReader in 2010 and have inked a deal with Barnes & Noble that will bring over 700,000 titles to the eReader. Now, all these things sound great, but their plastic brains must’ve taken over when they decided to use AT&T’s 3G network to complete over-the-air downloads.
There must be some method to the madness, amiright? Verizon’s too costly and AT&T probably decided to be a bit more generous when it came to cutting costs as long as the brand was given a strong presence in advertising and placement. Well, let’s hope the company’s 3G is able to keep the eReader market more happy than its iPhone market.
Press Release after the jump. (more…)
For the past few months, Acer’s Aspire One 531 has been taking Europe by storm. It’s finally crossed the lake and entered the United States. As Engadget reports, the netbook comes in a few varieties including the AO531h-1791 “Pro” version, and the AO531h-1440 and AO531h-1766 “Normal” versions, the former of which packs 2GB of RAM and XP Professional, while the latter two dial things back to 1GB of RAM and XP Home.
Everything else is of the norm, including the 10.1 inch 1,024×600 display, Atom N270 processor and a 160GB hard drive.You can pick one up for $150 when you get AT&T to service the 3G, unless you want to pay upwards of $450.
Here’s something we didn’t see coming. It seems that AT&T’s pre-order service for the new iPhone 3G S has sold out. Anyone still making a new pre-order will be told that they won’t be seeing their precious beauty for atleast another two weeks. If you’ve already pre-ordered, don’t be alarmed as you’ve got a spot in line, it just stinks that you still have to get there at 7am.
I actually am surprised, as I didn’t think current iPhone customers would be happy about having to cough up atleast $200 atop the new contract price to get their hands on an iPhone. Guess there are just as many converts as the last time around. Unless I sell my current 16 GB iPhone (White) for atleast $400, I will not be a witness of the battle royal that is set to take place nationwide on June 19th.
So you’re waiting to see when AT&T is going to enter the Android market, are ya? Well, that wait is about to be over as Engadget‘s uncovered some details of the HTC Lancaster. They describe it as having a Magic outer shell with a Touch Pro design scheme when slid open. As for specs, it’s packing triband EDGE and 850 / 1900MHz HSPA, AGPS, a 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD expansion, and a “unique HTC social messaging user interface” that we’re hoping to learn more about very soon.
August 3rd seems to be the expected launch date but that can and probably will change. Check the spec shot after the jump. (more…)
Last week, we reported that the Samsung Rugby was going to release today, and our sources were correct! The phone’s available via ATT.com in an all black finish. The price? $129.99 with a two-year contract and a mail-in rebate. Unfortunately, the tool box we unboxed the phone in will not be available. Here’s what Samsung and AT&T have to say:
The Samsung Rugby(TM) is AT&T’s first rugged Mil-Spec device and it is the only rugged wireless phone that combines the convenience of Push to Talk (PTT) with Video Share Calling. It is ideal for businesses that employ on-site field services that need instant voice access. It is built tough to withstand harsh conditions of all on-site jobs. Certified to Military Standard MI-SID-810F, it will withstand dust, shock vibrations, rain, humidity, solar radiation and altitude and temperature extremes.
Sources close to AT&T are telling us that the Samsung Rugby that we unboxed last week is set to release on Monday, September 15th. No word if the phone will come in the heavy-duty toolbox we showed off, but for the price, it’s still a pretty good deal. MSRP is somewhere in the $300-$400 range, but with a two-year contract, you can pick one up for $129. Nope, that’s the right price.
If you’re already a business customer, then you should contact your account rep for an even better deal. These numbers have not yet been confirmed, but we like to think our sources are pretty good.
If you missed the unboxing ceremonies, then check that out HERE. Is this phone up your alley? Let us know!
In a few weeks, Samsung will be releasing the SGH-a837, dubbed the “Rugby,” a phone that brings together advanced technology and toughness, ideal for those rugged work environments that require both. We’ve got our hands on one (don’t ask how, just say thank you), and we’re going to spill the beans.
The phone’s got a durable exterior that’s damage resistant, and has Push To Talk Technology and a large speaker. Don’t think that’s good enough? Well, the Rugby’s also certified to Military Standard MIL-STD-810F for dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, solar radiation, altitude and temperature extremes.
On the inside, AT&T and Samsung have worked together to make sure the Rugby has the capabilities to keep its users from missing a beat. Its got 3G, AT&T Navigator, Mobile Email, and MEdia Net. They’ve also made sure that there shouldn’t be any barrier between a personal phone and a work phone. The Rugby comes with Video Share, Cellular Video, AT&T mobile Music, a 1.3 megapixel Camera, Text messaging, as well as Instant Messaging.
The gallery’s below so be sure to check out the close-ups. This phone came in a special Samsung toolbox, especially for AT&T B2B employees, so don’t think that this will be the packaging for consumers when the phone hits the market.
Samsung SGH-a837 unboxed:
Recently we announced that Best Buy would start selling 3G iPhones starting on September 7th. Well, now Gizmodo broke the news that AT&T Premier has started selling the units online as well. Premier members can buy the units online and receive them within 7-10 business days, whereas the Direct Fulfillment method in store takes about two weeks. What’s to follow? Average Joes like us will be able to grab a unit online, too (let’s keep our fingers crossed).