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This Week's Chitter Chatter - Delays with the iPhone 5S and the Phone You Can Operate with Brainwaves
Summer is on the way and let's hope it brings better weather than last year. However, one thing it won't bring, much to the disappointment of all you Apple devotees out there, is a new iPhone. For that, you're going to have to wait until the Autumn. There are problems with the new fingerprint sensor for the 5S handset, apparently, which have caused a delay from its planned June launch.
However, when September/October comes around, it looks like Apple fans will be due a bonanza, with the iPhone 5S, the new iPad and iPad Mini, and the much speculated about 'budget iPhone', due to be released.
Are touchscreen devices on the way out? If Samsung have anything to do with it, they may well be. Look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 with its gesture controls - you can navigate around your phone without even touching the screen. And now it looks like Samsung are working on a tablet you could operate with your hands tied behind your back. That's because they're experimenting with tablets and smartphones operated by brainwaves.
OK, so the brainwave operated smartphone is some way off - at present, you have to wear a rather cumbersome EEG cap that measures the electrical activity on their scalp, it takes 5 seconds to make a selection and it's accurate only 80-95% of the time. Things will no doubt improve but to make it popular they're going to need to come up with a cap that's a little more 'street'.
Talking of the Samsung Galaxy S4, it looks like they could be taking a leaf out of Sony's book and launching a rugged-ized version hot on the heels of the S4 handset. The Sony Xperia Z has proved to be highly popular due it's dust and waterproof design and at a launch event for the S4 in Dubai, Samsung Gulf Electronics president, Young Soo Kim, revealed Samsung are planning a similar version of the S4.
Remember the 'slider' phone? They were all the rage, and then smartphones came along. Well, if a recent patent by Blackberry is a statement of intent, they could be making a comeback. The diagram accompanying the application shows a keyboard which slides behind the touchscreen. It would make more sense - Blackberry are wedded to their QWERTY keyboards because their users are, but offering a physical keyboard means compromising on the size of the touchscreen. A slider means they can package the 2 together without producing a phone the size of a paving slab. Watch this space.