This Week’s Chitter Chatter – Apple’s iPhone 5c and iTV and Sony’s Smartwatch

As well as the expected launch of the iPhone 5S, Apple’s so called budget handset, the iPhone 5C is also likely to be unveiled on the 10th of September. The latest rumours indicate that it will come in a range of vivid colours (with some suggesting that the ‘C’ in its name stands for colour rather than cheap!) and it will have a scratch-resistant plastic case. The 5C is believed to be slightly thicker than the iPhone 5 and it will apparently have more rounded edges. There’s some debate over the quality of the camera with some reports that it will have a 5-megapixel camera and others claiming it will have the same camera as the iPhone 5. All will be revealed shortly.

Talking of the Apple, several interesting articles have been appearing in the news about their possible venture into television with a project called Apple iTV. Not to be confused with Apple TV (a small set-top box which you connect to a TV), there are reports that Apple may be considering its own cable TV business with rumours that they have been in discussions with TV networks and production companies for content. Instead of a traditional cable company though, Apple iTV would be an internet payable TV service with its own Apple television sets. The project seems to be in a fairly early ‘exploratory’ phase at the moment but if we’ll let you know if things develop any further.

Let’s get back to our favourite subject – smartphones.  Leaked images of a new Sony handset – the Xperia i1, also known as the ‘Honami’ – are circulating which show pictures of the smartphone next to the Sony Xperia Z. The Xperia i1 will feature a 20.7-megapixel camera and is due to be launched at the beginning of September. It appears that the i1 will sport a larger screen size than the 5-inch Xperia Z and it’s expected to come with Sony’s latest waterproofing and dust resistant technology. Watch this space for more on the Xperia i1 as soon as we have it.

Talking of ‘phablet’ sized phones, Nokia are rumoured to be entering into the super-size phone market too, with a 6-inch handset code-named ‘Bandit’. The new Windows phone is also apparently going to boast an impressive 20-megapixel camera and a quad-core Snapdragon processor. The 6-inch display will be full HD and 1080p and allegedly will be the first of many 1080p Windows Phone handsets in the pipeline.

And finally, some exciting news on the wearable technology front.  Samsung are apparently going to be launching their new Android-powered smartwatch called the Galaxy Gear on September 4th. There’s some debate as to whether you’ll be able to make calls on it (probably not) but you should be able to pick up emails and surf the net. As with similar smartwatches, the Galaxy Gear will work alongside your mobile phone rather than replacing it, no doubt it will feature all the latest smartphone fitness technology too. We’ll bring you more info on this once it’s released.