According to figures just released by Gartner, Apple sold 191.4 million smartphones last year. Sure, a bunch of these are probably being tightly gripped by smiling new owners, but undoubtedly a great number were bought to replace older devices, banishing their predecessors to bottom drawers and storage boxes all over the world. Well, designer David Choi has a plan to breathe new life into unused iPhones, by integrating them with a Bluetooth speaker to act as a retro-inspired digital radio.
It's official. Apple is making a smart watch called simply "Apple Watch," but you're going to have to wait for the opportunity to pay at least $349 for one until early next year. If the Apple Watch works as well as the company claimed during its lengthy unveiling on Tuesday, it just may be worth the wait.
Over the years the smartphone has proved to be a fantastic and versatile tool, with uses ranging from music production
. But one thing it’s rarely good at is looking after itself. If you’re regularly out and about, then you’ll likely want a case for your device that can offer it some serious protection. Read on as we highlight five great options for keeping your precious handset out of harm’s way.
With no shortage of wireless charging
options for the smartphone, it is getting harder for manufacturers to find a point of difference. Australian company Dog & Bone has unveiled what it says is the world's first shockproof wireless charging case for the iPhone 5. Join Gizmag, as we try the Backbone on for size.
Smartphones are going modular
, so why not smartphone cases? That's just what Logitech is doing with its new case+ system. Designed for iPhone 5 and 5s, the heart of the system is the case+, a protective case that features a metal plate on the back to which the various accessories can be magnetically attached.
Gizmag has followed the development of the resonant wireless power transfer technology WiTricty since it was first theorized in 2007. Now it appears the technology is only one step away from being available to consumers with the developers seeing take-up by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company has also displayed a wireless charging system designed for the iPhone 5 as proof of the capability and readiness of the technology for market.
Chinese Photographic Accessory Designer FotoPro is best known for its range of tripods, but is diversifying with some equally innovative products released at Photo Fair Thailand. The pick of the bunch is a lightweight accessory pack designed to turn the iPhone 5 into a photographic kit.
Conscious that the world of mobile devices lacks benchmarking tests to measure the responsiveness of touchscreen displays, app-streaming company Agawi has developed the TouchMarks benchmark to measure touchscreen latency. In a company blog post published last Thursday, the company reveals that, according to its tests, Apple's year-old iPhone 5
screen response time is more than twice as fast as the best Android phone tested, the Samsung Galaxy S4
. The iPhone 4
, released June 2010, was also significantly faster than the non-Apple handsets tested.
Adding strange lens attachments like Carson Optical's adaptor
or the WoW Lens
may well improve on the iPhone's integrated lens, but there's not much you can do to boost the performance of its image sensor. A design team working out of the University of Singapore is looking to change that with ladibird, a smartphone case that sports its own portrait lens and large camera sensor.
The HTC One
is one of the most Apple-like Android phones ever made. Its unified design, high-quality build materials, and attention to detail harken back to some of Apple's finest products. So when HTC released a variant of the One
that's closer in size to the iPhone 5, we wondered how the two would stack up. Read on, as we compare the specs (and other features) of the HTC One mini and iPhone 5.