Apple’s iPhone announcement earlier today may be the first in its history that offered something to please nearly everyone. With a pair of new phones, dubbed the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S, it looks like Apple is hoping to further broaden the reach of its immensely successful phones.
The iPhone 5C is intended to be an entry level phone, which is reflected in both its price and construction. With a service contract, the iPhone 5C will cost just $99. The first thing you’re likely to notice about the iPhone 5C is the option to choose from a variety of bright, almost pastel colors: green, blue, orange, yellow and white. A new choice for iPhone users, the color options are thanks to an all-new plastic construction. While some may see this as a cheapening of the iPhone’s traditionally substantial construction (it is surely a source of the reduced price) a plastic body comes with inherent benefits. Besides the new color options, a plastic body addresses two of the more popular dislikes about the iPhones: that the glass back panel is prone to shattering, and the glass and metal construction makes the phone heavy. A lighter phone with one less piece of glass to shatter could attract younger users. The plastic iPhone 5C packs the same internals as the current iPhone 5, so users who are finally entering the Apple ecosystem because of the lower price won’t take a performance hit compared to previous models.
1) Camera Technology: Have you seen the techie fight scenes when two rivals are flying toward each other in slow motion and then the camera begins to circle around them? Well, Thanks to Replay Technologies’ proprietary freeD technology, you’ll see this on the field. In fact, you may have already seen it in the 2012 Olympics, 2012 PGA Championship and Yankee Games. If you’re a Cowboy fan or a fan of an NFL team that will visit Arlington Texas’ At&t Stadium, then be excited when a review is needed. There are 12 Cameras stationed on both ends of that field. They will be able to provide some pretty serious reviews from the end zone to the 20 yard line. They use Teledyne Dalsa Falcon 2 cameras that are all synchronized to record a moment from all different angles. The freeD technology considers this group of 12 4K equivalent cameras acting as one. The result is the sci-fi ability to re-position your view in ways the traditional cameras won’t. The data from the cameras courses into a brain room where you have the right staff ready to provide you a quick replay that will definitely impress you. I polled Abt employees to see if anyone witnessed some freeD reviews in Sunday night’s Cowboys vs. Giants game. Some of those I asked said they watched some of the game and none witnessed any freeD action. It would be nice if they used this technology all throughout the game instead of the limited review moments. https://vimeo.com/66628788 http://vimeo.com/73813078
2) Protection Technology: We used to sell Tech21 iPhone & iPad cases. They use D3O material inside their products. They were even cool enough to send us a vat of raw D30. We had a blast. We wrapped up our thumb and took a hammer to it (just like their videos) and to our amazement, it worked! This gooey orange stuff is made of molecules that, upon shock, lock together. They absorb the impact and spread the shock across the D3O. Today, over 20 sporting good brands have partnered with D3o Technology. One of these brands, All-Star, already sells d3o integrated Girdles, Shoulder Protective Base Layers, Crash Pads for forearms and Lineman Gloves. Schutt Sports just created the first sport helmets lined with d3o for baseball and softball. Perhaps football helmets are next? D3o goo On a related note, Professor Vijay Gupta from UCLA has been getting a lot of attention for his shock absorbing polymer. Hope these scientists entered the NFL Head Health Challenge II. This NFL Sponsored program is awarding millions of dollars to those that participate in this quest to reduce brain injuries. Meanwhile, I wish the 2013 NFL season the best of luck handling the average 1600lb force the average tackle brings.
3) 3D TV!: Eye popping amazing graphics flying at your face and changing the way you experience the big game is…….not going to happen (yet). ESPN 3D channel is apparently shutting down by the end of the year. Don’t worry though; our 3D favorite Avatar has a sequel that’ll hit the theaters in 2016. By then we’ll probably have enjoyed a 3d Super bowl. I’m sure the future will help to ease the burdens associated with broadcasting a live 3D event. Once technology gets us over that hurdle, we’ll see more 3D TV broadcasts. Meanwhile, we’ll enjoy some really cool 3D movies.
4) LASERS! Laser projected First Down lines? Seen at the stadium or on TV could be a laser projected line instead of the old school chain measurement. NFL still not sure if this is going to be a reality. Seemed to be a hot topic in January 2013 and suddenly, no one is talking about it. First Down Laser Systems, LLC seems to have a positive attitude. I can hear the sportscaster now, “Ooooh, looks like a close one Roger…Oh Yea! They’re firing up the lasers!”
5) Microsoft & NFL: New Xbox One delivers us a new way to watch the game? Microsoft and the NFL struck a deal that enables Microsoft to get hands on with how people enjoy the game. I have a feeling that this will be most important to fantasy football fans. We’ll see. It does look very cool.
6) Full Field View: 64:9 720P Ultra-Wide Cameras that can record the entire field at once? Can you image hanging’ out a bar to watch your favorite NFL team play and instead of a big screen TV there’s a wall of 4 monster HD TVs? Your team’s end zone is off on the TV on the left and on the 4th TV to the right is the End zone of your opponent. As silly as that may seem, I’d visit that bar at least once. Panasonic’s already built this recording beast.
Tomorrow, September 10th around 11 am Central Time, Apple will be hosting a big event in Cupertino. Many are anticipating the new generation iPhone, as well as some additional Apple goodies. What do you think will be on the docket for tomorrow’s even? Be sure to check back with us tomorrow for a full update on the new goodies Apple has to offer.
Today is the last day of our Labor Day Sale. Get an additional 5% off already low priced electronics and appliances. Weather you are looking to upgrade your home entertainment center, or upgrade your kitchen with the newest appliances. Head on over to our Labor Day Sale Page and just what you are looking for, or give us a call at 888-228-5800.
I asked veteran Abt salesman Shahab Astabraghpour “LED or Plasma?” He said, “Plasma.” Then he said the following whilst twirling his mustache: “Of the fish in Technology Sea, the plasma is the Megalodon.” I agreed. When I bought my TV 3 years ago I too chose Plasma. If I was in the market now, I’d go plasma again as OLED is simply too much for my budget and I prefer plasma’s picture over LED TVs. Many people love the LEDs brighter screen and maybe even need an LED because of the glare issue a Plasma TV can exacerbate. I was talking with salesman Sean Hardesty about how I just couldn’t stand watching the movie that was playing on a big screen Sharp 240hz LED. I found that the movie quality was replaced by home video/soap opera quality and it just looked artificial. Sean laughed and told me that the customer he was with before talking with me wanted to know why the same Sharp LEDs picture was so amazingly clear. The customer couldn’t believe how great it looked.
Our very own, Josh The Technologist Davis stopped by CBS Chicago to go over some excellent back to school ideas. It’s that time of year for kids to head back to the classrooms and begin learning once again. Below are the segments where Josh offers some valuable advice on how Abt Electronics can start your school year off right!
Abt Electronics is a family owned and operated business, so everyone here knows each other just as you would your real-life family. We want to congratulate one of our long time salesman, Steve Weiner and his daughter Arden’s journey to college. Here, Arden Weiner shows off her vintage-style Abt garb while posing in front of the Boulder Flatirons, in Boulder, CO. Arden begins her freshman year this Monday at Colorado University, Boulder campus. She says, “I’ve been getting all my high-tech school supplies from Abt for years and couldn’t be happier!”. Good luck, Arden, in your collegiate studies from all of us at Abt Electronics!!
Yesterday, Sony held a conference in Germany offering the eagerly awaiting crowd all the details on the new PlayStation 4. Most importantly, you can expect it to arrive on November 15th, 2013, perfect timing for the holiday season. The PlayStation 4 will be going head-to-head with the Microsoft XBOX One. It will be interesting to see who will come out on top. The XBOX has been seeing a bit of negative publicity, so we shall see if that is what gives PS4 a boost. On top of that, PlayStation 4 will be offering a handful of exclusive games on arrival day.
Check out our original blog entry on the PlayStation 4 to get all the specs. Which system will you be getting?
I just witnessed a 16GB iPhone 5 Verizon model with a completely smashed front glass sell on eBay for $365. The used iPhones on eBay that are in good condition are all selling over $400. You just got to love the fact that Apple iPhones resale value is so high. If you’re willing to go through the process of selling your used iPhone through eBay or craigslist, then like many of us, you may acquire the next iPhone for free. For those of you that don’t want to deal with that process, you can just go to our trade in program and cash in. http://www.abt.com/tradein
Whether you’re going to plunk down full price, get the upgrade price or make out like a bandit by selling your old iPhone, here’s a roundup of what technology your new iPhone may have: