By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2013
Last week, a couple of reports surfaced claiming that Apple has been trimming component orders for its iPhone 5. While the exact reasons for the cutbacks are still unknown, many market-watchers are citing weaker-than-expected demand as the main factor.
But no matter what the reasoning is, it seems the cuts are happening. Another report popped up this weekend claiming that the Cupertino company has contacted Sharp Corp. and asked them to cut their iPhone 5 LCD panel orders in half for next quarter… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 22, 2012
If a growing thread on Apple’s discussion forum is anything to go by, a bunch of iPhone 5 owners continue to complain about an annoying flickering thing which apparently manifests itself when the software keyboard pops up on the App Store password entry dialog box.
A report out this morning first suggested that an incremental iOS 6.0.1 update, said to have entered testing, will fix this and other issues plaguing the iOS 6 software. iDB has now received another confirmation that a fix is in the works, via an alleged email exchange between a reader and Apple’s SVP Scott Forstall who’s in charge of the iOS platform… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Oct 17, 2012
Microsoft is nothing if not an expert when it comes to spinning technology. Take for instance the software giant’s latest comments that its Surface tablet actually outperforms the iPad’s Retina display. You remember the Retina, the display with 3.9 million pixels and described by some as the best display ever for a mobile device?
Well, turns out the Surface’s 1,366-by-768 display is even better at something called “perceived resolution.” Microsoft engineer Steve Bathiche told a Reddit audience this week that the tablet’s ClearType technology can reduce the glare from reflected light. The Surface’s display reflects between 5.5 percent and 6.2 percent of light, compared to 9.9 for the iPad, according to the engineer… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 10, 2012
A few months ago, I reviewed the GLAS.t for iPhone 4S. At the time, I believed it to be the best screen protector for iPhone. Fast forward to this date, and I still have yet to see a better alternative to protect the screen of your iPhone.
If the iPhone has changed since my original GLAS.t review, something that hasn’t changed is the quality and reliability of the screen protector. The folks at Spigen SGP are pretty smart. They know I love their products so they sent me a GLAS.t for iPhone 5 for review. Spoiler alert: it’s 99% positive… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2012
Following the purple haze camera issue, the WiFi bug affecting cellular data usage, Scuffgate, Mapgate, light leaks and other teething problems, some early adopters are now reporting a new glitch related to the iPhone 5’s virtual keyboard.
Apparently, it’s randomly inconveniencing an unknown proportion of users whose device exhibits an annoying glitch where some parts of the keyboard show random noise and broken lines, like old TV sets attuned to the snow white frequency… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 25, 2012
If you’ve yet to lay eyes on an iPhone 5, or compare the iPhone 5 to stock apps running on lesser iPhone hardware, then this video is for you.
Inside, we take a look at the majority of the stock iPhone apps, and compare them side-by-side running on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S hardware. Besides the obvious added spacing, most of the differences are fairly subtle.
One thing you will notice, however, is that keyboard keys are slightly larger, and there’s more room on screen to see content like messages, and message composition panes. Simply put, once you get used to the iPhone 5’s roomier screen, anything less seems claustrophobic. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Apr 5, 2012
By now, you probably know that I’m neither a fan of cases nor screen protectors, so when the folks at SGP asked me if I’d like to check out their new screen protector for iPhone 4S, I gave them my boilerplate answer: “you may send it to me but I make no guarantee that I will review it on iDB.”
I was really intrigued by SGP’s GLAS.t premium tempered glass screen protector right off the bat though. As far as I know, this is the very first screen protector for iPhone entirely made of glass, and after seeing the video demo, I knew I wanted to try it despite my disdain for screen protectors.
So about a month ago, I installed the GLAS.t on my iPhone 4S. This is my review of it… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Feb 25, 2012
Most of you are probably familiar with the InvisibleSHIELD by Zagg. I’ve done several reviews of these products in the past, and while I don’t like putting screen protectors on my iPhones, I have to admit that I am a huge fan of the InvisibleSHIELD for iPad (read my review for more details).
I do not put screen protectors or use cases on my iPhones. It’s a matter of principle to me. If Apple went out of its way to design such a beautiful product, I see it is my duty to never alter the look and feel of the product in any way. You can call me crazy, that’s fine.
This being said, my wife is the complete opposite. Not only she doesn’t care much about the look and feel of her iPhone, but she badly needs a screen protector at all time because she’s kinda careless about her stuff – you would not believe what can happen inside her purse!
So when the folks at Zagg sent me an InvisibleSHIELD HD for iPhone 4/4S for review, I decided to use it on my wife’s iPhone as she’d be able to tell better than me how well it performs… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jan 30, 2012
Nobody without a medical condition can seriously claim the iPhone’s all-glass construction was a particularly good idea. While many of us have iPhones that have survived some considerable hammering, plenty have reported of cracks and scratches from the most inconspicuous of goings on.
There are already plenty of screen protectors out there that claim to keep your iPhone’s glass face in pristine condition, but none have grabbed our attention quite like the Spigen GLAS.t has.
For starters, the cover itself is made of, wait for it, glass! Yup, you read that right. Not just any glass though, this thing’s made of tempered glass which is just, well, better… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 17, 2011
Apple’s recent iPhone design, the one featured on both the iPhone 4 and 4S handsets, has received a lot of praise over the past year. Pundits have compared the device’s quality and timeless construction to that of an illustrious Leica camera.
But the handset’s design also has one major downfall: its front and back glass panels. Its nearly all-glass outer casing has made the iPhone noticeably more fragile and susceptible to damages than other smartphones. But Apple is looking to fix that… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Oct 31, 2011
If anyone doubted whether Samsung really meant business in its pursuit of total smartphone marketshare ownership, this one little tidbit to come of the company’s earnings call might just help to put the record straight.
During a call to discuss Samsung’s most recent financial results, the company’s spokesman, Robert Yi, said that Samsung was working on a flexible display for its upcoming smartphones and tablets.
Surely all this is pie-in-the-sky stuff for Samsung, right? Wrong. Samsung hopes to introduce flexible displays to its smartphone lineup in as early as 2012… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 27, 2011
The iPad 2 was a fairly big upgrade from its predecessor. It’s twice as fast, includes a front and back camera, and is more portable than the original. For some reason, however, Apple neglected to change the tablet’s screen resolution. It stayed a dismal 1024 x 768.
But according to CNET, that won’t happen again. The site is reporting that Apple is ordering up the most pixel-packed display we’ve ever seen on a 10-inch tablet. The screens are so ridiculous in fact, that manufacturers are struggling to mass produce them… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 26, 2011
Flat glass panels are so 2011! That’s at least what smartphone manufacturers are thinking, according to this article from DigiTimes. It appears that the new trend among smartphone makers is going to be curved glass.
As usual, Apple is ahead of its game as the company reportedly invested in glass-cutting machines earlier this year to equip its reluctant assemblers to invest in this new and unproven technology… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2011
A new patent application surfaced last week that points to Apple’s extensive research regarding oleophobic coating. The ingredient is used to fight off skin oils, which cause fingerprints and smudges on touchscreen displays.
Apple originally introduced the coating back in 2009 on the iPhone 3GS, but this application describes a more efficient method for applying the material. Mix in the fact that the patent was just filed in February, and we could see Apple use this on their upcoming smartphone… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 27, 2011
Dan Zimmerman’s latest entry into the TweakWeek daily challenge was uploaded yesterday. The jailbreak tweak is called iScreenSaver, and it puts a new spin on the old function.
Remember when custom screen savers on your desktop were cool? The effect never really made the transition to smart phones, as 3.5″ screens don’t typically need saving. But Zimmerman’s tweak isn’t your typical screen saver… Read More
By Alex Heath on May 28, 2011
Are you suffering from poor battery life on your iPhone? Will your trusty smartphone no longer get you through the day on a single charge? How about even half a day?
Your iPhone’s battery could failing, but there are still ways to help maximize your battery life while you still can. We’ve collected four tips to help you squeeze the most juice out of your iPhone’s battery… Read More
By Sébastien Page on May 23, 2011
According to DigiTimes, Apple is looking into introducing curved glass screens in future iPhones. The technology isn’t new, and Apple itself has been using this for their iPod Nano line for a while now, so they do have experience with the design and manufacturing process.
Because it is so expensive and risky to make curved glass screens, a lot of manufacturers simply don’t do it. Instead of relying on manufacturers for that, Apple, who’s sitting on a huge pile of cash, has been heavily investing in its own 200-300 glass cutting machines to be used by glass makers… Read More
By Alex Heath on May 19, 2011
We all love the iPhone 4’s brilliant retina display. When Apple introduced their ground-breaking, 640×960 display during the iPhone 4’s launch event, the rest of the mobile display market was left in the dust. After all, how can you compete with a screen that matches the same pixel density perceivable by the human eye?
Besides the obvious appeal to consumers, the retina display has also garnered Apple the “Display of the Year Gold Award” from The Society for Information Display… Read More
By Guest Author on May 17, 2011
Around this time of year, next-generation iPhone rumors are usually coming left and right. According to a new report, Toshiba is building a 4-inch 720p Retina Display for Apple.
If you may recall, late last year Reuters reported that Apple and Toshiba were working together on a plant to make displays for iOS devices. Toshiba had announced that it would build a factory for 100 billion yen (about $1.2 billion) to produce future LCD panels.
Yesterday, Toshiba announced its next generation of mobile displays, which Toshiba will be showing off in LA this week. According to the press release, the mobile displays are sized from 3.3 inches to 4 inches, with resolutions from Wide VGA (480-by-864) to HD (720-by-1280). Read More
By Cody Lee on May 14, 2011
Next-generation iPhone rumors are like cute girls on an elevator; there’s always room for one more. With little known about Apple’s next smartphone, all we have to go on is the gossip.
The latest tidbit comes from GadgetsDNA, who have come across an “iPhone 5G” case on an online retailer’s website. Kulcase LTD makes cases for smartphones and apparently they can predict the future… Read More