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(10/5, Tsukayama) reports, "In its first product announcement since Steve
Jobs resigned as chief executive, Apple unveiled a smartphone that failed to deliver what many
fans of the company had hoped for - a redesigned iPhone. Instead, the company raised the curtain
on an upgraded version of its existing handset."
New York Times
(10/5, Wingfield, Subscription Publication) reports, "The new model
of the iPhone, which will go on sale Oct. 14, with preorders starting Friday, is virtually
indistinguishable from its predecessor on the outside. But beneath its skin Apple made big
changes, packing it with a better camera that shoots crisper pictures and video. The device also
includes a more powerful chip, the A5, the same microprocessor that is the brains of the iPad, for
producing better graphics and other improvements."
(10/5) reports, "Among the additions is an 'intelligent assistant' that allows users
to ask questions aloud and receive detailed answers back. Siri, which began life as a third-party
app, was purchased by Apple in 2010 but has yet to appear within its software." The editor of
gadget magazine T3, Luke Peters, "said that the software announcements would do just enough
to keep Apple fans interested in the face of strong challenges from rival smartphone
(10/5, Baig) reports, "This virtual personal assistant - it can recognize spoken
words and understand the intent and context of a question you throw at it - is tied into other apps
on the device. So if you ask Siri to 'wake me up at 7:30 in the morning,' Siri will fire up the clock
app on the phone and set the alarm for the appropriate time." Also, "Siri can deliver results
whether you pose a question along the lines of 'what is the weather like here today?' or 'will I
need a raincoat?' If you ask Siri to 'find me a great sushi restaurant around here,' Siri will find
and sort a list of restaurants by rating."
Christian Science Monitor
(10/5, Richardson) reports, "Sprint has reportedly signed an
exclusive deal with Apple for the first few months of the new iPhone. If true, the deal would
mark a major coup for a phone carrier that is ranked third nationally and has been bleeding
customers since 2006."
San Francisco Chronicle
(10/5, Newton) notes,
"Google's Android operating system
remains the most widely used smart-phone platform, with 41.8 percent US market share