Judging from Apple’s latest patent application, the company is working on an alarm system for its iOS devices that would be capable of detecting movements typically performed by robbers when stealing a smartphone and ring the alarm in dangerous situations. In determining a theft, the iPhone would use the data from its built-in accelerometer, the same solution used for finding out how users are holding their unit.
Toxic Cables has disassembled a third-party Lightning to USB cable obtained from one of Chinese retailers that is selling the accessory for as little as $3.50. Although the connector reportedly functions properly for charging and syncing, the lack of appropriate shielding creates too much noise when connecting external music players. The build quality of the knock-off was also called “extremely poor” compared to the official Apple-branded version.
Apple has received a regulatory approval from the Chinese government for offering its latest iPhone through local GSM and CDMA carriers. The company hasn’t yet scheduled an official date for the handset’s release in the country, but the device should now become available in the coming days, at least for GSM subscribers on China Unicom. In a chart obtained by Sina, the GSM version of the iPhone 5 is numbered A1429, while the CDMA model is identified as A1442. Both of them have been officially certified for sale in China, meaning the product may also debut on China Telecom.
The latest Strategy Analytics research shows that U.S. and European iPhone users have become less loyal to Apple’s mobile platform. According to the firm, the number of those already owning an iPhone and willing to purchase the next model has dropped on both continents – for the first time since the device saw the light of the day in 2007. Most of those wavering are from Europe, while American users demonstrate higher loyalty levels. In general, the majority of iPhone owners say they don’t plan to change their smartphone brand.
Pandora has bumped both the iOS and Android version of its music streaming app to v.4.0, calling it a major overhaul since the software debuted on the two operating systems. Most notably, the company has added a unified cross-platform interface, making the application more intuitive and user-friendly. The new design has revamped artist pages where users can access all kinds of information on their favorite musicians and bands, hot albums, popular tracks and different stations.
Philips has unveiled new LED light bulbs controlled from iOS devices which are capable of emulating almost any color, complete with an immense range of custom settings. Inventing the new lightning system dubbed Philips hue, the company was reportedly seeking to revolutionize consumer lighting experience.