The dawning of the new year has been met with the familiar trend of iPhone speculation, with app developers seemingly unearthing new developer logs for the next iteration of Apple's smartphone. The same developers also allegedly found the production tag for the accompanying operating system update iOS 7. Besides this being the first substantial sign that Apple is producing a new smartphone, the associated log identifier, iPhone 6,1, infers that the rumoured mobile could see the Cupertino company break from its typical method of releasing an incremental hardware upgrade in favour of a whole number release.
From the Apple iPhone 5S to the Samsung Galaxy S4, 2013 may still be nascent, but it's shaping up to be a watershed year for mobile. Indeed, when we set about compiling some predictions for 2013, we found it near on impossible to condense our smartphone-related speculation into the kind of bite-sized chunk typical of a clairvoyant roundup. The solution? To give the future of mobile phones a dedicated chapter, of course. James Laird got the crystal ball out in time for New Year's Day and, in addition to foreseeing developments like the arrival of an 8-core handset, heralded 2013 as the dawning of mobile's 'age of intangible.' Think flexible displays like Samsung being ready for launch at CES next week and you're only just scratching the surface, so follow the link for a glimpse of the future.
Over the pond in the US, tweaks to federal aviation regulations are paving the way for increased Internet connectivity in the skies. America's Federal Communications Commission has approved a new set of rules aimed at making it easier for airlines to offer passengers an in-flight Internet service, in a move that other state-sanctioned telecoms bodies, like the UK's Ofcom, are likely to be monitoring closely. The FCC said it hoped its amended edicts would halve the amount of time it took to get Internet services for aircraft approved via a reduction in the kind of administrative burdens that have so-far impeded sky high Wi-Fi roll out.
In a world where international conflict now unfolds in the digital realm as much as the physical, Israel is taking measures to bolster its cyber-security defences. Alongside the US, the Middle Eastern state was thought to have been behind the famous Stuxnet and Flame viruses, and the Israeli government is preparing for future counter-attacks by launching a programme aimed at training students in cyber-defence. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes this will work towards establishing a “digital Iron Dome” in an age when “Israel’s vital systems are under attack from Iran and other elements”.
BlackBerry 10, the next-generation mobile operating system from Research In Motion, is finally due to be released in New York City on 30 January. And it couldn't come sooner - delay after delay pushed its arrival beyond its original 2012 due date and it is now widely expected to be RIM's last chance of survival as a company. But as BB10's launch date looms ahead, new details have trickled out via leaked slides and a recent FCC filing. The latest intel reveals that there are at least three handsets running RIM's OS 10.0.9, one of which received the green light from US communications regulator the FCC. The slides also pointed to possible new features in the upcoming BB10, including BBM with video chat and screen sharing. Follow the link for more details on what the BlackBerry update is expected to bring.