Talks About Tech Weekly 080: LTE



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Apple October Event

The iPhone 5C and 5S are out and have broken new records in sales. Now the attention is turning to Apple’s next event rumoured for the 22nd October.

iPad 5
The iPad 5 is said to be coming out at this next Apple event. It is said that it will be thinner and will have a design similar to the iPad Mini with an anodised back consistent with the rest of the iOS range. There will probably also be a gold version of the iPad 5 similar to the recently released iPhone 5S.

In terms of specs there will probably be an upgraded 8 megapixel camera as well as Apple’s new 64bit A7 chip.

iPad Mini 2
The original iPad Mini has been very popular and I personally really like the form factor. The next generation will have a retina display almost guaranteed as well as the A7 processor. There may also be a fingerprint scanner on the new iPad’s like the iPhone 5S although I think they’ll test it on the iPhone first.

Mac OS X Mavericks
Mavericks will almost certainly be released at this event. Many of the features of Mavericks have already been talked about at WWDC by Apple so we know what to expect but it will be a good evolutionary update with some nice little features.

Mac Pro
We will definitely hear something about the Mac Pro although I think it will go on sale in November. The biggest question right now is the price. Can anyone afford it?

Samsung Galaxy Round
The Galaxy Round is a Note III variant that is only available in South Korea but the biggest thing about this phone is that it has a .7 inch curved display. This phone is obviously an experiment and even Samsung said that it probably won’t sell very well but we might just see one of these displays on the Galaxy S5.

LTE in Ireland
Eircom has launched 4G LTE for 30% of the population of Dublin. LTE plans are available on Meteor and Emobile for €54 per month with 5GB data. You do have to get an LTE phone to be compatible though. Vodafone will be releasing LTE too within the next few weeks. It’s going to be a while before LTE comes to my area but this is a great step forward. People can expect to see speeds of well over 20Mbps.

Google Nexus 5
The Nexus 5 is coming out very soon and the rumours have started as to what will be in the next generation of this phone.

It will be made by LG again which is good as it will help Google and LG to work together to get rid of some of the quirks with the Nexus 4. It will have a 5 inch 1080p display which is quite an improvement over the Nexus 4 and it will come with LTE. The camera will probably still stay at 8 megapixels but the biggest feature will be the new Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM and a 2,300mAh battery. 16 and 32GB models will be available with no expandable storage and it will of course run Android 4.4 KitKat.