Apple Bytes #4: News Round Up on August 5th

This week: Mini-iPad looking even more likely, a date for iPhone 5, and fingerprint technology to be added to the next gen…

As previously mentioned on GS, the likely date for the release of iPhone 5 is rumoured to be the 12th Sept; the bigger display (along with the other features AND the new iOS) should toss the newly released Samsung Galaxy S3 back into the rear-view mirror.

And as previously predicted by this reporter, the release of the “Mini-iPad” (7″ version of the world-beating tablet), seems an inevitability. If this is the case, it may well totally over-shadow the delayed release of the Google Nexus 7″ tablet (technical issues?). The $1M question will be: what is the price? The Nexus is priced at £199 for a 16GB version; given that Apple have significantly bigger purchasing power, if they come in say £225 for 16GB, and £275 for 32GB, or better yet, match the Nexus price, then they will clean up. And if Amazon finally release the Kindle Fire in Europe at around the expected £125, then Nexus is going to seriously flop…

Market leading fingerprint chip specialist AuthenTec bought lock, stock and barrel by Apple – expect a new feature on iPhone 6 / iPad 5, and finally a solution to all those security issues that often rule Apple out of some corporate IT labs. This could be the final nail in the coffin for RIM / Blackberry, who are still delaying their new OS and subsequent new models…

Reporter: SilverFox

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