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Expectations high for Skype enabled iPhone 4G

Reports are concluding that the latest iPhone 4G marked to be released this June during the Apple World Wide Developers Conference. Also reports have pitched in that Verizon is testing a CDMA based iPhone 4G which could be released as earlier as Christmas 2010. Also Skype released an upgrade allowing customers to make Skype to Skype calls on iPhone 3G.

iPhone which has brought a ground breaking revolution in the fortunes of Apple’s business and which alone amount for one third of the forty billion sales Apple made worldwide. iPhone 3G which was launched in 2008, was backed up with a newer and faster version later on the year with the launch of iPhone 3GS. Now during Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference everybody is expecting Apple to release iPhone 4G, the successor in the range of iPhone series and this phone may also mark and end to iPhone 3G. Though Apple has always been very strict regarding the security controls for its unreleased phones, two of new iPhone 4G’s were leaked out. While one of them was found a month ago in a bar, the recent one was found in Vietnam, and when it was connected to iTunes, it was recognized as an Apple Device.

Currently Verizon is testing the comp abilities of launching the iPhone 4G on CDMA platforms and plans to avail it to the eager customers by Christmas 2010. While when the reports questioned the authorities at Apple and Verizon head quarters, they refused to comment on any such issues. The new iPhone 4G will have faster downloading, multi tasking enabled, video chat and even work on dual core processors. The graphic card and the camera may get higher resolution pitch adding to the charm of the phone.

While on the other hand the major Internet telephony company Skype which provides free Skype to Skype Internet telephone calls, provided an upgrade to it customers so that it can work swiftly on Apple’s iPhone 3G. but the catch it that the free calls are for a limited time, as in the brochure of the Skype application it has been mentioned that the free calls last only till August 2010 end. While the Internet telephony major has refused to comment and also provide details about the charges and tariffs the company plans to charge. While it has been speculated, the company may charge a user fee every month while providing the free calls. Skype could not be used in iPhone until the launch of iPad, when Apple tweaked its SDK interference and allowed Skype to be downloaded on its hand held devices.

Skype has made a huge and potential migration from one’s personal desktops to hand held mobile devices, which also allows the Internet telephony company to make greater revenues by creating new plans for mobile devices users.

While the soon to be launched iPhone 4G would also allow, non core applications like to Skype to work on it, Skye’s revenue potential has only increased.

Media request for iPhone warrant

The story behind the stolen iPhone model is as follows. An employee of Apple Company left the prototype model of iPhone 4G accidently at a restaurant. Eventually the prototype ended up in the hands the restaurant owner who sold it off to Gizmodo.com. Eventually Gizmodo dissected the very inch and bit of the iPhone in which they posted various videos and screenshots of the prototype. Now the story has ended up on a search warrant, which Apple has long been pressing, to search for the lost iPhone prototype at Gizmodo.com’s CEO’s house.

Neglecting iPhone Search Warrant

Now the media has requested to make a search warrant for stolen case of apple iPhone model in Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s house. When the police entered the house and tried to cease his computers, Chen came and stopped the search done by the media and police people. The judge Stephen hall rejected against the judgment given by the previous judge who gave search warrant and did not allow the media persons to search the stolen
iPhone in Jason’s house.

The judge who is involved in this case has sealed the information and important documents that have been raised against the stolen prototype. Moreover documents relating to the iPhone 4G have also not been allowed for screening by the judge. The earlier warrant enabled the police to have a complete look at Gizmodo editor’s house. They found those sealed documents and said to reveal the documents that the police wanted. But they refused to open the secret documents and did not allow the persons to continue the further process.

Securing the warrant

The reason behind the sealing of those documents is not to alert the two persons by announcing their name to media. The prosecutors argued against the case that if any documents or any information related has been released they have full rights to safer the documents with them until the case gets over.

In this stolen case of the iPhone prototype if Jason Chen allows the persons to take up the search in his house, it is absolutely possible to prove that no crime had been occurred by Gizmodo and the police will not justify that they refused to go on with the search warrant.

The police who are pressing for the search warrant have seized some electronic devices and computers and other evidences related in this case. They felt, by seizing these items they would surely announce it as a crime, since Gizmodo had breached protocol by releasing confidential information regarding a corporate product. Finally Gizmodo editor concluded that it is an invalid search process and he added that was not involved in any criminal case. Overall, the only thing that we can draw is that there have been a lot of activities involved in this case by revealing much information against Gizmodo editor.

Update: Finder of Prototype iPhone Identified by Police, Apple

Police investigators from the San Mateo County in California have positively identified and interviewed the man who found the prototype iPhone 4G left behind by an Apple employee in a Redwood City bar in March. This is according to a news report that appeared on CNET Tuesday afternoon. Although the police refuse to identify the person, his story will no doubt guide the conduct of the investigation, which was held at the request of Apple. Police statements make it clear that they are still deliberating if they should file a criminal case against Gizmodo, who admitted to purchasing the phone for $5,000 from a source, or against the person who sold the phone. It also still remains unclear if the finder and the seller of the prototype are one and the same.

In another report, it turns out that representatives from Apple have identified the finder of the misplaced iPhone prototype as well. According to a source quoted by Wired Magazine, representatives claiming to be from the company have paid a visit to the Silicon Valley address of the college-age finder as early as last week. The discovery of the prototype phone was reportedly an “open secret” among the finder’s roommates and neighbors, as the phone was passed around as a curiosity. The people from Apple asked permission to search the finder’s residence last week, but were barred access by the finder’s roommate.

Major organizations have so far aired their dissent towards the search done on Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home Friday night by Silicon Valley’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT), of which Apple sits as a steering committee member. Four laptop computers, a server, removable storage devices and a digital camera were seized by REACT, citing in its search warrant that the property in question were “used as the means of committing a felony” or “tends to show that a felony has been committed”. Electronic Frontier Foundation’s civil liberties director Jennifer Granick has said that Chen, as a journalist, should be protected from a search warrant by both California state and federal laws even if he is under investigation for possessing stolen property. A counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association concurs, but says that the authorities involved may “have a different opinion as to whether or not this person is a journalist.” Lucy Dalgish, director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, puts it in strongly in an interview with CNET, saying “”This is such an incredibly clear violation of state and federal law it takes my breath away. The only thing left for the authorities to do is return everything immediately and issue one of hell of an apology.”

It should be noted that at the request of Apple, Gizmodo returned the prototype in question on April 19.

iPhone Hacked to Run Google Android

David Wang, who is the member of the iPhone Dev Team has successfully hacked the iPhone to run on an Android OS. The hacked iPhone was displayed on a YouTube video that featured, Wang toying away with the installation of an Android OS on iPhone.

David has demonstrated that one can successfully run an android OS on an iPhone, without any glitch. Some of the key features of the video included, rebooting of the iPhone with the Android OS, making calls, listening to music and opening various Android applications.

The hack is certainly a technical achievement in the gadget world, as demonstrates the technological developments with, limitless potential of the iPhone. However one of the most interesting theories about any hack on Apple products is the ability to maneuver around Apple’s technology policy, as its license “regime” restricts several competitors, to develop application without adhering to Apple standards.

It’s only through these hacks that one can get a true sense of how, vulnerable technology is in terms of security. But at the same time it provides an insight into the actual potential through which, you can utilize application within the domain of a device.

According to David Wang in his blog”, It should be pretty simple to port forward to the iPhone 3G. The 3GS will take more work. Hopefully with all this groundwork laid out, we can make Android a real alternative or supplement for iPhone users.”

iPhone users will certainly await more such hacks. Especially with the leak of the iPhone 4G, let’s see what other loopholes Apple might have left in its iPhone 3G.

Apple to seek police help to get “Lost iPhone”

After much speculation and hype about the leaked iPhone 4G, it seems Apple has got serious with its rhetoric to get back the iPhone 4G prototype from Gizmodo. In order to step up the investigation, Santa Clara County police officers many file criminal charges against Gizmodo, for illegally disclosing corporate information.

Last week the prototype of the iPhone 4G had been left, at a bar by an Apple engineer. Gizmodo got a hold of the iPhone when someone had tipped them off about the information. Editors at Gizmodo.com have claimed that they had paid $5000 to get hold of the prototype to the informant. The Santa Clara County police have not issued any statement as of yet; as they cannot press for criminal charges. Though it is a state offence of stealing someone’s property intentionally with the knowledge, to whom that property belongs to; the police are still yet to clarify their role.

Before the police will be able to press for full criminal charges, they would need to conduct an extensive investigation in to the matter. However, for the meantime, there hasn’t been any press release by Apple as to whether they are taking police help to get the prototype back.

In the ongoing saga last week, Apple had asked Gizmodo to return the prototype. However, Gizmodo has not responded favorably, to the recent “demands” by Apple.

In the past few years, Apple has taken extreme privacy measures to safeguard the knowledge of its products. It is due to this fact, that many of its competitors don’t have a clue about Apple’s brand strategy which enables Apple to have leverage over the others.

For the time being let us see, if Gizmodo gets “checkmate” by Apple’s forthcoming move.

Apple Posts 50% Rise in Revenue

Despite a non-holiday quarter, Apple has surprisingly posted a 50% increase in its revenue to about $13.5 billion. Profits stood at $3.7 billion with earning per share posted at $3.33.

Apple had earlier predicted the growth to be between 11 to 13 billion dollars. However the latest results have surpassed expectations. The rising revenue has been exclusively contributed to increased sales of Mac which increased by 33 percent and iPhone which increased by 131 percent.

In this quarter, Apple sold 2.9 million Macs and 8.75 million iPhones; however iPod posted a negative sales growth falling sharply by 1 percent.

Through the increased product sales, Apple over the past five years has gained an increasing market share. Moreover, a successful brand strategy has enabled Apple to tap into the consumer market, which not only looks into the hardware release such as the iPhone and the Mac, but more towards its applications.

It seems that with the release of the iPad, Apple will be all set to announce greater revenue, this quarter. According to Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs this quarter was the “best non-holiday quarter ever,” and referred to “several more extraordinary products in the pipeline for this year.”

The “products pipeline” might very well refer to the hyped iPhone 4G which has been claimed to be leaked recently. Despite the growing competition against Apple’s hardware and applications, so far Apple has certainly surpassed, in being ahead on innovation.

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