Claiming that Apple will suffer irreparable harm, Apple has amended their list of infringing products to include both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy SIII, asking Judge Lucy Koh to ban them from the US market. Leo says that maybe Samsung products are doing so well now because they do a lot of things that the iPhone doesn't. Sure, the early Samsung phones were blatant copies, but Leo says there's no question that they are different phones now.
Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note II with a larger screen on the 29th. September 5 will be the next Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset. Motorola and Google will be announcing something the same day, while Amazon will announce the new Kindle Fire tablet on September 6th.
Then there's that Apple iPhone announcement on September 12th, and some think the iPad mini will be announced a few weeks later. Leo is starting to think that Apple is leaking news to manage the cycle, but nobody really knows. What we do know is that September will be a crazy month for the technology industry.
Ken has been thinking about getting his mother an iPhone, but Leo thinks the iPhone may be too complicated for elderly parents. Leo got his mother the Jitterbug, and she loves it. It has big buttons, emergency urgent response buttons, and features that help older callers. In Canada, there's the Doro phone, which is recommended by AARP. Members can get the Doro for $10 a month.
Leo doesn't think the Android phones have that same accessibility function as the iPhone. That feature is called "Assistive Touch" on the iPhone and there isn't an equivalent to it on Android. Apple may have even patented it.
No, the standard AppleCare does not cover impact damage or accidental breakage. The phone company may, however. Leo has seen Apple replace broken phones for about $200. When bringing in a broken iPhone, he should make a genius bar appointment. The geniuses have a lot of flexibility, and may be able to help depending on the situation.
There are aftermarket head end units that have Bluetooth capability, and Leo recommends the Alpine stereos. There are a lot of FM transmitting devices, but in a city like Cincinnati, the radio dial is packed with stations. Leo doesn't recommend those unless he lived in an area with few stations.
The conventional wisdom is that Apple will announce a new iPhone on or around September 12, with a release date of September 21. It could have a 4" 16:9 screen, which Leo says is 'weird'. Leo says that it'll have to have LTE/4G, a faster chipset, and it may be the first unibody iPhone with metal instead of glass making it less breakable.
Leo says that he fears that the iPhone 5 may be a failure because it's essentially playing catch up to last year's Android models with speed and screen size. The new 19 pin connector also may be a disaster because of how much third party accessories it'll break.
Leo advises people to look at Android at this point. Then again, there's a new Android phone every few weeks and that can be maddening.
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