As the iPhone 5's inevitable launch date in late September or October draws ever closer, speculators have begun to estimate the device's cost. An image posted on 9to5Mac and sourced from Bloomberg breaks down the iPhone 5's individual component costs and estimates that the device may retail at $620 for a 16GB, slightly less than $649 for the current iPhone 4 16GB model in the US.
Apple will announce details of the iPad2 on Valentine’s day, ahead of an April 2011 release, if rumors reported by the Apple fan blog Apple Insider are true. According to Apple Insider, Apple will announce details of the pending release of the second generation iPad at a special event next week. The event has apparently been called to formally launch iOS 4.3 and its new in-app subscription model.
Facebook is, slowly, rolling out its new Facebook Messaging system but if you aren't one of the lucky few that has been given access there is apparently a way to upgrade your account. Facebook users who already have access to the Facebook Messages have been given an, almost hidden, option to invite their friends to use the system.
Facebook appears to be testing voice calling directly within the webpage for a limited number of users. A number of users are seeing a "Call" button beside the "Send Message" and "Poke" buttons on their friend's profile pages. When pressed the button places a call to the friend
Good news, Spotify, the freemium web music service says it has plans to expand “into every country”, including Ireland, in the future, although just not yet. Responding to a question from this site Spotify says that they plan to open the music services to as wide an audience as possible as soon as they can. When asked specifically about Ireland Spotify said that they don’t foresee launching the service in the country soon, despite great interest in the site by Irish music fans. Spotify said, “We know just how passionate Irish music fans are but we don’t have any immediate plans to launch there.”
A bit like Area 52, Apple’s iPad2 doesn’t officially exist; even though, at this stage, we have all seen the pictures of it. Going one better the guys over at the iPhone blog published a video of a, supposedly accurate dummy, iPad2.