Category Archives: iPhone blogs

The latest news, views, previews, reviews and rumours on the latest iPhones, plus photos and videos of the Apple devices.

Apple unveils iOS 8, and a couple of the new features look hauntingly familiar…

[The opinions expressed in the blog post are entirely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Mobileshop.com.]

Apple unveils iOS 8, and a couple of the new features look hauntingly familiar...Welp, there we go, folks; another year, another version of iOS (which’ll undoubtedly be followed up later in the year with the sequel to the iPhone 5s). Yep, iOS 8 has been officially unveiled, so it’s time to take at all the new features Apple’s built into their smartphone OS.

And, erm… you may well find that one or two of the new features looks eeeeeever so slightly familiar… Continue reading

So, everyone’s reporting that Apple has very nearly bought Dr Dre’s Beats

Now there’s a bit of news I wasn’t expecting. Well, assuming it is in fact true, of course, ‘cos there’s been no official confirmation (no, the hastily pulled video of Dr. Dre doesn’t count), although I should point out that places like the Wall Street Journal seem to be of the opinion that the news is actually genuine, so y’know, maybe it is true.

Erm, perhaps I should back up a bit, and say what the news actually is, eh? Continue reading

And now, the WSJ says the next two iPhones will have bigger screens

Annnnnnnnd here we go again; every time ye think rumours are dying down about Apple making an iPhone with a bigger screen, somebody else comes out and says something that just opens up the whole debate again. Every year, the same rumour crops up, before completely failing to come to pass. We’ve been here countless times before, which tends to make one a bit jaded about the whole thing, and more inclined to call the whole thing a load of old cobblers.

However, there’s a couple of things we need to take into account with today’s incarnation of the rumour. The first is that it’s now being mooted by the Wall Street Journal, but there’s a second thing to consider, too… Continue reading

Mobile phones spotted as Doctors jumps the shark YET AGAIN

I love BBC daytime soap Doctors, because… well, let’s not beat about the bush, it’s because Doctors is insanely stupid. Seriously, I’ve not seen a TV show jump the shark with quite the same regularity as Doctors (with the possible exception of the equally ridiculous Waterloo Road), so I figured that it was about time I spoke about it on this ‘ere blog, not least because today’s episode had a mobile phone quite visibly on display.

And quite frankly, it had to be today, because today’s episode was extra stupid. I mean properly, ridiculously silly, in yet another instance of it jumping the shark.

Doctors has done a zombie episode… Continue reading

Apparently, iOS 7 is giving some users motion sickness

Ah, iOS 7. The first major redesign to the platform what powers the iPhone range in… well, ever, to be honest. Gone was the skeuomorphism that everyone online seems to whinge about at the drop of a hat these days, replaced by a new, flat design, although they added in a new parallax effect on the background, that moves wallpapers about a bit as you move your phone, to make it look like the icons are floating in mid-air on top of it.

There’s just one problem, though; according to Redmond Pie, the new animation effects in iOS 7 are, apparently, giving people motion sickness.

Okay, that’s a new one on me; so, what’s occurring, then? Continue reading

Blackberry Messenger coming to iOS and Android this weekend

Welp, the Blackberry Z30 was announced yesterday, and you may remember how I said, in my post about it, that it’s nowhere near as good as other 5-inch phones on the market, and is, in fact, a bit underpowered and gutless. You may also remember how I mentioned something, in that post, about the rumours of BBM (Blackberry Messenger) coming to Android and iOS, and how that would make the Blackberry Z30 pretty much superfluous.

With an almost perfect sense of timing, the official Blackberry blog has published a post today, saying that, yes, Blackberry Messenger is coming to iOS and Android, and it’s going to be available to download this weekend. So, what does this mean for the future of Blackberry phones? Continue reading

Apple unveils the iPhone 5s AND the budget iPhone 5c

Well there ye go, the news that literally everyone has been expecting to hear for years has finally come to pass; the budget iPhone is finally an actual thing, and it’s called (as literally everyone, again, expected) the iPhone 5c. Alongside it (yes, as literally everyone was expecting, yet again), they also took the wraps off the successor to the iPhone 5, i.e. the iPhone 5s.

So, what are they like? Are they good enough to sway my head away from Android phones like the HTC One, and finally make me love Apple (spoiler: lolnope)? Let’s take a look… Continue reading

So, is there going to be a gold iPhone 5S, or what?

Well folks, we’re not far away from the unveiling of the next member of the iPhone range (or members, if the rumours about a budget iPhone 5C are to be believed), and as always, as we wend our way towards the unveiling date, the rumours have started appearing online. They began by saying that the unveiling of the replacement for the iPhone 5 would be on September 10th, but surprisingly, the rumours have been curiously silent about the issue of specs.

There’s one thing they’re not silent about, though; according to Weekly ASCII (Google-translated link, and it’s a good’n; “Do not is not a bling bling say about gold” is a particular highlight) and a few other places, there’ll be a gold iPhone 5S… Continue reading

The new iPhone could be announced in September…

The wait could be almost over – rumours are suggesting that September 10th could be the day that Apple reveals its latest iPhone.

Every year, the world pauses, bright eyed and bushy tailed, waiting for Apple to unveil its newest marvel at its highly anticipated Keynote events. Hopefully the rumours are true and Apple won’t leave us guessing for much longer.

As of yet, Apple has not confirmed whether the speculated date is set to host the revealing of its latest iPhone, nor has Apple made a comment on what we will see in its upcoming event. It’s all very elusive.

Whilst Apple has kept the world in the dark, rumours have naturally been circulating on the web. One that seems to crop up more often than the rest is a reported two iPhones that are set to hit the market before the end of the year.

The first is likely to be an upgrade to Apple’s flagship device, the iPhone 5. It is rumoured to sport a slightly larger 4.3-inch Retina display, a 12-megapixel camera, the new A6 multi-core processor and 2GB RAM.

The second rumoured iPhone is a cheaper handset with a plastic casing. This handset will apparently offer customers a choice in colour, similar to Apple’s iPod range.

In terms of specifications, sources are claiming that the budget iPhone will be somewhat similar to the iPhone 5. This includes a 4-inch Retina display, an 8-megapixel camera and the older A6 dual-core processor.

NOTE: All the information above is rumour and speculation. Apple has not released any official information regarding the next iPhone handset, or a budget iPhone handset.

 

Apple – compensation for purchases made by kids of unwitting parents

[The opinions expressed in the blog post are entirely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Mobileshop.com.]

Now then, you may or may not be aware that Apple got hit by a class action lawsuit, filed in honour of roughly 23 million parents whose kids went and ran up potentially huge bills through in-app purchases. The lawsuit was filed in 2011, and now, according to CNet, Apple’s sent out a message to the people who were part of the suit, saying that they will offer compensation to them.

The compensation will take the form of a $5 iTunes voucher for claims under $30, while amounts over that can be claimed back, up to the total value spent by the little anklebiter, without the parents’ knowledge, in a single 45 day period. And so, I am now going to do something pretty chuffing unprecedented… Continue reading