The dead-on accuracy of the iPhone 5 rumors were in contrast to the lack of them pertaining to the new iPods, at least one of which underwent a far more dramatic form factor change from its predecessor. One of the few rumors that turned out to be false was that Apple might rename the iPod touch to the iTouch, making what is often a nickname for the device its official moniker. Part of the rationale was that the iPod touch, which is an iOS device, has relatively little in common with other iPods more focused on music playback. Also, since the advent of the touchscreen iPod nano, it hasn’t even been the only iPod nano with a touchscreen.
Still, the iPod touch’s “non-iPodness” has been true since the debut of the product and the name change wasn’t likely. While the iPod touch has always lived in the iPhone’s shadow, it’s been a a successful product in its own right, and the iPod brand has been built over a decade. It seems more likely that Apple will continue to gradually shift perceptions of what the iPod brand stands for rather than abandon that brand.
Dan Rowinski goes for the hyperbole in implying that HTC has declared war on Nokia. Apple versus Samsung, now that is war. They’re suing each other all around the world and each has almost nothing to gain from the other succeeding or even surviving (at least as far as Samsung’s mobile phone division is concerned. Semiconductors is another story.) That HTC and Nokia both chose to offer their latest Windows Phones in a variety of bright colors is nothing more than a coincidence and perhaps a common pursuit of “human” design (at the risk of forfeiting the alien market?).
Not only does Nokia (among others) have a long history in offering handsets in multiple colors, but its on-ramp to the rainbow road for the 820 relies on snap-on back covers, not the integrated backs that HTC has used on its lower-end phone, the 8S. Of course, HTC and Nokia are competitors, and if the pool of customers who are interested in Windows Phone, does not grow, more competition is bad for Nokia. But if the pool of customers for Windows Phone does not grow, that’s lethal for Nokia.
Advances in processor speeds are heralded as some of the most important new features in smartphones. They can make user interfaces richer and more responsive and help improve battery life, particularly when the number of cores expand. But there aren’t abundantly compelling ways to demo these capabilities beyond games. And for that to be effective, you need to have strong strong developer support (from at least one developer). SunSpider benchmarks aren’t exactly thrilling, and it’s not like you’re going to run the battery down to show the improvement in longevity.
At today’s U.S. hands-on of the Optimus G, though, LG took a different approach, showing off how the Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core processor (in conjunction with an advanced camera) could help enable some highly relevant photography tricks such as sampling from multiple photograph to correct mishaps such as closed eyes and motion blur. It also showed some less common scenarios, such as being able to take a phone call or engage in other activities as the phone played a video on the television via a Wi-Fi connection and (less impressively) show slide previews and speaker notes while a presentation was running on that TV (just like a real grown-up laptop). Or Blackberry Playbook.