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This Weeks Chitter Chatter - iOS 7, Budget iPhones & iPads and Phones that Change Shape
We wrote a couple of weeks back about the new version of Apple's operating system, iOS 7, which is due for a September release. We haven't heard many more rumours on what to expect although there's been further confirmation that Jony Ive, who's heading up the project, is going to deliver a 'flat and minimalist' design to replace the current skeuomorphic tendencies. We have also heard that the calendar and email are going to undergo a more radical overhaul and that Apple are flying rather 'close to the wind' in terms of their September launch date. More news as we hear it.
Talking of Apple, we continue to pick up rumours on the grapevine regarding a budget version of the iPhone. At present, older models of the iPhone - like the 4 and 4S - have served as 'budget' models but this would be an attempt by Apple to radically broaden their market as Samsung has succeeded in doing with their range of handsets to suit all budgets. The 'budget' iPhone would likely come with a plastic body, a 4 inch screen and an A6 Apple processor. But will it ever come to the UK? The latest rumours are that the Far East provides a more likely market, and that limited numbers might be manufactured initially to test the concept.
Talking of cheaper versions of Apple products, the 'budget iPhone' might soon be followed by a budget iPad Mini. Apple have been watching the success of products like Amazon's Kindle Fire carefully and an iPad under £200 is a distinct possibility. If what we've heard is correct, then Apple will try to produce a cheaper product without compromising too much on quality, although the rear camera may go and the storage may need to be cut to 8GB. More news as we have it.
And finally this week, researchers at Bristol University have been 'future gazing' into the world of mobile phones and come to a rather interesting conclusion - 'shape changing phones.'
Made from new intelligent plastics and metals with a memory, their view is that the phones of the future will turn into a games console by bending at the edges to give users better grip. Or, to maintain privacy, the screen will flip up when a password is being typed so passers-by can't see private information. They could even transform into a sphere to serve as a stress ball.
“We believe future mobile phone devices will be able to change shape on their own,” said Dr Roudaut, who lead the research project. “For example if you have an app for a game and select it your phone will automatically change shape for you to play it. The best way to describe it is it’s a bit like Transformers." Quite!