Two iPhone 5 Flaws that Show How Much we Miss Steve Jobs

Ever since Steve Jobs left his legacy at Apple, people have been asking, what would Steve Jobs do?

Now that the iPhone 5 has been on the market for the past four-or-so months, people are still asking, what would Steve Jobs have done differently to fill in the gaps from missing features in iPhone 4S?

Steve Jobs

Samsung launched a marketing campaign jabbing at Apple’s newest phone, belittling its new design by pointing out its “biggest” achievements – like moving the headphone jack from the top of the phone to the bottom.

Samsung may have had some valid points, since this iPhone release was met with more disappointment than any previous releases. People take their phones seriously, whether it’s a smartphone or a home phone service. The reputation of the iPhone is so important that an Apple exec was even let go after the iPhone 5 release.

So how did this Apple fall so far from the iPhone tree?

Apple Maps

One of the biggest benefits of owning a smartphone is getting real-time directions and up-to-date maps. One of the biggest benefits of owning an iPhone is to get the best directions and the best maps. While no one expects perfection 100% of the time, what iPhone 5 customers got was below everyone’s standards. How below? So subpar that Richard Williamson, former VP of iOS Platform Services, was let go from the company has the overseer of Apple Maps.

Apple Maps replaced the popular Google Maps on the iOS platform, much to the dismay of millions of people who went out and stood in line to buy the iPhone 5. Why?

Blurry pictures – Is this real life? An image on your iPhone screen isn’t in beautiful, HD quality? When first released, Apple Maps images showed up as distorted, even warped.  Blurry pictures are not something that has previously been associated with iPhones, so the fact that the new 5 had taken a step back in quality was a big point of frustration for consumers.

Missing locations – Everyone knows the iconic Statue of Liberty. Everyone also knows that it should be standing proudly on Ellis Island. However, viral images went around of our Lady Liberty as nothing but a mere shadow.

Other reported mistakes were mislabeled locations, out-of-date locations, missing cities and towns, and misspelled cities (even the capital of Ukraine was spelled incorrectly).  Apple is quick and has made adjustments since these missteps were first reported back in the fall, but the fact that these mistakes were even made put a bad taste in consumers’ mouths.

NFC – Near Field Communication

One of the biggest wins for the iPhone 5 is Passbook. With this App, you can store boarding passes, concert tickets, coupons, rewards cards, etc. Something as convenient as this led many to believe that a Near Field Communication feature (or NFC) would be included as well.

NFC basically enables you to either touch or swipe your phone at a checkout, instead of using your debit or credit card.

As opposed to Apple Maps, this is considered a missed opportunity because it isn’t even included in the iPhone. However, word on the street is that the next iPhone adaptation will adopt NFC technology.

This is a guest post by Jesse Clark. Jesse is an experienced blogger with extensive knowledge in the field of smartphone technology.

What will happen to Apple if Steve Jobs leaves? [Infographic]

When any leader is deeply connected to a company, he can impact the whole organization in many ways. A very good example is Steve Jobs and his association with Apple. Now, just imagine if Steve Jobs leaves, what would happen to Apple? I do not see any charm if the future iPhone or iPad launches are not being hosted by the man, Mr Steve Jobs himself :). One thing is for sure, I would not be striving to see the Video stream of the event with the same excitement like I do today. Many of you would also feel the same way!

But, for some time, let’s take that Steve leaves Apple and then what happens? Will Apple be able to be as influential they are today with every product release? Will Apple be able to post  the same growth numbers without him? Remember, when Steve Jobs went on a medical leave recently, the Apple shares dropped by 5% and and closed down 2.3%.

Apple university

The answer to all the above questions is ‘YES’ and it will be made possible with “Apple University.” Apple University was created in 2008 to handle such situations by teaching Apple employees how to think like Steve Jobs and make decisions he would make. It has been called as the solution to Apple after Steve Jobs.

Online Colleges have prepared a very nice infographic on “Apple University” which talks more about the solution that Apple has found and more interesting facts about “Apple with and without Steve Jobs.” Have a look for yourself. [Click on image to enlarge]

The Apple University

Infographic via Online Colleges Resource

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Watch full Apple March 02 – iPad 2 launch event Video Stream Online

As I mentioned in one of our last posts where I listed many sources that covered the whole Apple iPad event via live blogging, “If Apple does not live stream this event, you will definitely find the recording of the launch event on the above page uploaded after few hours of the iPad 2 event.”, Apple Team have uploaded the whole video stream of the iPad launch event at the Apple Events portal.

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Check out the link below to watch the full Apple March 02 event for the iPad launch. Many of you must have already read so much about the next generation of the iPad, the iPad 2 but watching Steve Jobs telling you the facts and figures on the stage and the audience applauding on each announcement he is making, is absolutely impeccable.

Direct your browsers to the below link to watch the full 72 minutes video now.

Video Stream for Apple March 02 iPad 2 Launch event

[How To] capture a picture of your iPhone screen without installing any additional Application

How do you take an HD quality screenshot of your iPhone or iPod touch without downloading any screen capture application for iPhone or using an external camera? This was the question on my mind some time back when I ended up checking the information about this on the official Apple iPhone Tips page.

Check out our last post on PowWowNow Apple iPhone App review.

I am sure many of you Apple family members might already know how to take the screen capture of your iPhone, this article is for the ones who are a bit dumb to know this already (like me :P) or are not the proud owners of Apple iPhone till now. I am giving you this tip in advance so that you are left out in the crowd unknown to this simple piece of information. So, let’s proceed.

There’s no dedicated  “Print Screen” button on an iPhone as such, but the simple thing that you need to do to capture a screen grab of your iPhone screen is, press and hold down the home button and then press the Sleep/Wake button on top of the iPhone to do the magic. The screen flashes and guess what, You are done.

Use iPhone home button and sleep/wake button to take screen capture of iphone screen

The picture of your screen appears in your Camera Roll which you can transfer to your computer or laptop and then do whatever you want with it, like I took  the screenshot and put it below for you to have a look 😉

How to take an HD screenshot of your iPhone screen

The same trick can also be used for taking a picture of the iPod Touch.

Also Read: How to copy Nokia Phone Contacts to your iPhone?

Below is a quick video explaining how you can capture a picture of your iPhone screen:

Hope you like this trick. Did you know this one already. Do share your views with us in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks for iPhone and other Apple devices.

Apple’s iPhone 4 Retina display gets competition from upcoming ‘Sharp’ Android Smartphone

When Apple announced its latest iPhone 4 in June 2010, Steve Jobs boasted of the unique display of the iPhone 4 as “the highest resolution display ever in a phone,” which they codenamed as the Retina display.

Apple iPhone 4 Retina display

The iPhone 4, which was able to book in a record number of 600k pre-orders on the very first day, was quoted by Mr. Steve Jobs that the retina display sported by iPhone 4 “has a resolution that is higher than the limit of the human retina at standard viewing levels.”

Check out the Journey of the iPhone through the years since its launch.

Just 3 months after such an announcement made by Apple’s Steve Jobs, the Japanese Technology giant Sharp has succeeded to reach the same standards that were equipped in iPhone 4.

Sharp has challenged Apple’s smartphone display reign by announcing an Android smartphone with the same resolution and dimensions as the iPhone 4’s Retina Display.

The Sharp IS03 will sport a 960 x 640 resolution on its 3.5-inch screen when it launches next month on Japan’s KDDI au network, as reported by Engadget.

The new device is going to utilize the advanced super view technology developed by Sharp, to improve the display’s viewing angle. This ASV is almost at par with the iPhone 4 with in-plane switching technology.

Sharp’s new phone is equipped with a 9.6-megapixel autofocus camera and powered through Android OS 2.1, multi-touch and live wallpaper features. Also, this device adopted the latest Flash Lite 4.0 and through this device can support Flash contents quite easily.

Below is an overview of the Sharp ISO3 boasting a screen resolution as retina as iPhone 4 😉

For now, the iPhone competitor from Sharp is planned for a Japan-only release.

[via AppleInsider]

Apple iPhone 4G announced; this time its Real

We have been reading about the leaked iPhone Prototypes and images splashed all over the internet for quite sometime now. This happened when one of the Apple engineers left it at a bar in California.

These incidents have been making the launch of the latest iPhone 4G a rage among the masses. The iPhone 4G has entered the public domain when Gizmodo – a Technology Blog posted an article saying “This is Apple’s next iPhone“.

Today, Steve Jobs finally revealed the real iPhone to the joy of the Apple fans.

Jobs made the announcement of the Apple’s latest marvel iPhone 4G at Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developer’s Conference), its annual meeting for the thousands of developers who make Apple applications.

The iPhone 4 is one of the most beautiful designs you’ve ever seen. Beyond a doubt one of the most beautiful and precise things we’ve ever made”, said Jobs getting on the stage at WWDC.

The iPhone 4G features a 3.5 inch display of 960×640 pixels, having a retina display that increases the pixel density further by x4, resulting in a display of 326 pixels per inch. According to Jobs, “Human perception can only distinguish 300 pixels per inch, so everything will look like continuous curves to the eye.”

Some of the features of Apple iPhone 4G are:

  • It sports a 5MP camera with Flash
  • A lighter and slimmer handset – 24 percent thinner than iPhone 3GS
  • Better battery life
  • Has a better OS

As per the latest updates, the prices for the iPhone 4G will be $199 for 16GB and $299 for its 32GB variant.

The release date has been announced as June 24 for U.S., France, Germany, UK and Japan. The pre-orders start from June 15. This has comes as a surprice that Apple has decided to launch in US and UK smultaneously. Generally as seen in case of iPad too, it was launched in UK after 4 weeks.

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What do you think of this latest release from Apple. Is it any better from the earlier releases as compared to the hype created for all Apple products? Please share your views in the Comments section below.