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On Sept. 10, Apple will hold an event at its campus in Cupertino, Calif., the company confirmed in an invitation sent to members of the media this morning.

The invitation reads “This should brighten everyone’s day.” Surrounding the text are colorful dots, which match Apple’s forthcoming colorful iOS 7 operating system and perhaps the colorful versions of the rumored iPhone 5C.

Apple has been silent on the next version or versions of its popular smart phone, but the rumors have been very loud. According to many leaked photos, Apple will announce two phones — the iPhone 5S, an update to the iPhone 5; and the iPhone 5C, a lower-cost phone.

The iPhone 5S has been said to have a similar design to the iPhone 5, but with a new fingerprint sensor embedded near the circular home button. The feature would add to the security of the phone. In addition, the iPhone 5S reportedly has a faster processor, improved camera and will be available in a new champagne or goldish color.

Joining the iPhone 5S is said to be a lower-cost phone called the iPhone 5C. According to various leaked images the 5C will come in a selection of colors (blue, green, white, yellow) and will be made of plastic. Apple experts speculate that the 5C will replace some of the more affordable iPhones, including the iPhone 4 or 4S. Neither of the new phones are expected to have larger screens than the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5.

While the hardware details are unconfirmed, Apple has detailed the software. The next version of iOS — iOS 7 — looks radically different than previous versions with a new design and new features, including a Control Center with easy access to settings from any screen and new multitasking features.

Apple has released a new version of iOS in conjunction with new iPhones in years past. iOS 7 will be available for the iPhone 4, 4S and 5. It will also be out for the iPad 2, iPad with Retina and the iPad Mini.

ABC News will be at the event, which will be held at the company’s Town Hall building at its campus and begins at 10 a.m. PT. Stay tuned for all our live coverage on Sept. 10.

The Sony Xperia Z has been launched in India today. This is Sony’s flagship smartphone and the device is already up for pre-order on Flipkart for a price of Rs 38,990, and Sony has priced the device at exactly the same amount.

For Sony, this is an important device as it will compete with all the other high-end devices in the market. Here’s a look at some of the key competition for the Xperia Z in India when it comes to some key factors.

Price: At Rs 38,900, the Sony Xperia Z is a tad too expensive than the recently launched LG Optimus G, which was priced at Rs 34,500, but is now retailing for Rs 30,990 on Flipkart.The Xperia Z is of course much less than either the iPhone 5 priced at Rs 45,500 or the BlackBerry Z10 which is Rs 43,490.

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S III is now available for as low as Rs 28,000 in India but with the Galaxy S IV coming out this month and perhaps hitting India by April, Samsung’s latest offering won’t come cheap. Like the S III, the S IV is likely to retail at Rs 40 k and higher in the initial phase. The HTC Butterfly, HTC’s latest Phablet, which also has a 5-inch screen like the Xperia is priced at Rs 45,500 in India.

In terms of price, the Xperia Z is well-placed in the 30k and above range, though the price could come down. But it does have a strong competitor in LG’s Optimus G which has similar specifications and a lower price.

The Sony Xperia Z in this file photo. AFP

The Sony Xperia Z in this file photo. AFP

Processor and space: Sony’s Xperia Z like the HTC Butterfly, the Samsung Galaxy S III, and the LG Optimus G is a quad-core smartphone. The Xperia Z has a Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5Ghz and comes with 2GB RAM along with 16GB built-in space and a microSD card slot with 32GB as the maximum limit.

Samsung Galaxy S III has 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB RAM in India. The iPhone 5 has a dual-core A6 CPU processor which is believed to be clocked at 1.3 Ghz and comes with 1GB RAM.

BlackBerry Z10 has a dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM, The Xperia Z does have more RAM than the S III and iPhone 5 phones for now, but remember S III is nearly a year old, and the S IV is already expected to come with specs designed to blow the competition away. (More on that here)

BlackBerry Z10 comes with 16 GB memory and a microSD slot with 32 GB as maximum space limit. The iPhone 5 of course comes with fixed memory space; 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions. The Samsung Galaxy S III is available in 16 and 32 GB versions with a 64 GB microSDX slot option. HTC Butterfly has only 16 GB space with space for a 32GB MicroSD slot.The LG Optimus G comes with 32GB space but no slot for a MicroSD card.

The Xperia Z can match up to most of Android its competitors in terms of processing and memory space.

Camera: Like the LG Optimus G, the Xperia Z also comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera. Both phones have much better cameras than the rest of the devices in the market. The Samsung Galaxy S III, iPhone 5, BlackBerry Z10 and the HTC Butterfly all have eight megapixel cameras.

If all you care about is the number of megapixels on your camera, then the Xperia Z and LG Optimus G are great options.

OS : Like the latest Android phones, the Xperia Z runs Android 4.1.2 version of Jelly Bean but Sony has promised that users will get the 4.2 update soon after the launch, reports IBN-Live.  HTC Butterfly has 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and it’s not sure when the phone will get the 4.2 version.  The Samsung Galaxy S III has got the Jelly Bean 4.1 update.

The iPhone of course runs the iOS, while the BlackBerry Z10 runs on the latest BlackBerry 10 OS.

Source: FirstPost

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Apple has scored a hard-won victory in its battle with Samsung for global dominance of the smartphone market — though it may be short-lived.

Research outfit Strategy Analytics said Friday that, according to its measurements, Apple ousted Samsung to become the largest mobile phone vendor in the U.S. during the last quarter of 2012. Apple shipped 17.7 million phones in the fourth quarter of 2012, enough to capture 34 percent of the U.S. mobile phone market and, for the first time ever, to surpass Samsung, which shipped 16.8 million phones — both smart and feature phones — for a 32 percent share.

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Driving the surge that pushed Apple past Samsung in market share: The company’s iOS ecosystem and the iPhone 5, which helped it rack up iPhone sales of nearly 50 million in the fourth quarter.

So, a milestone victory for Apple against an archrival on its home turf. But…

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