In less than 24 hours, Apple is poised to unveil its latest smartphone, the iPhone 5, and while the tech media have been having conniptions for some time now, the hysteria kicked in to overdrive today.
Tuesday's fanboy news began in characteristic fashion, with images purporting to show a smaller, 8-pin iPhone 5 dock connector surfacing courtesy of a French blog. Thankfully, the speculative tomfoolery is set to cease tomorrow, and kick-starting the content migration to more serious analysis today was Robert Winter of data recovery specialist Kroll Ontrack.
In a guest blog, Mr Winter opined on the pros and cons of recycling your old mobile, proffering that while the quick-fix cash was obviously nice, there are also a number of security risks with regards to sensitive data, from both an enterprise and a personal perspective. In other words, take care when hawking your current device for the iPhone 5 - if, indeed, that is what it ends up being dubbed. What might Apple's new handset be called instead? We ventured a number of possible names for the iPhone 5 earlier today, so stay tuned to see what comes to pass tomorrow evening (GMT).
If 12 September is set to be a watershed moment in the mobile phone industry, today represented a landmark in British telecoms, as Everything Everywhere switched on its new, high-speed 4G network. In the process, they also did away with that name, becoming simply EE - with a swanky new logo to boot. This new brand sits alongside subsidiaries Orange and T-Mobile, and will be the facilitator of those 4G price plans set to come our way in the coming weeks. A host of new devices will be ready for the spectrum upgrade too, including the freshly-unveiled Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 handsets. EE CEO Olaf Swantee even dropped a hint that a certain iPhone 5 will soon be added to the 4G list too.
While one member of the ITProPortal team was at the Science Museum in Kensington to hear about all the 4G news, another was in San Francisco for IDF. Riyad Emeran has been examining the latest innovation from Intel, which he claims "could revolutionise the way we shop". This in reference to the firm's new micro-digital signage, which could one day be a fixture of supermarket shelves - showing the product name and price and allowing the shopper to interact with them, swiping the little screens to reveal information.