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Wireless Wednesday–”Leaked Document Allegedly Shows Apple Will Unveil iPhone 6 On Tuesday, Sept. 9″

Happy Wednesday! We can’t believe this week is going by so fast, and that it’s almost fall! But, there’s plenty to be excited for (not just the cooler temps!), including the much anticipated iPhone 6. See what Business Insider had to say about the most recent Apple rumors–
iphone 6An iPhone 6 conceptual rendering.

Apple will unveil the new iPhone 6 on Tuesday, Sept. 9, according to a document obtained by the French website Nowhere Else. We cannot confirm whether the leak is true, but Nowhere Else has a track record of publishing Apple launch materials ahead of Apple’s secretive schedule, according to Gizmodo.

The news is not unexpected, of course. It has been known for months that Apple is planning a launch event for the iPhone 6 in September, the time of year it normally makes big product launch announcements. It was previously reported by Re/code that Apple would hold a launch event on Sept. 9, but if accurate, this would be the first piece of “official” Apple material to confirm the date.

The date comes from a printed package box or insert, the type of which comes with new product promotions. A photo of the box was passed to Nowhere Else by the site’s “most trusted Chinese source,” the blog says.

This was the same source that leaked, accurately, the fingerprint Touch ID security device prior to the launch of the iPhone 5S, also from printed promo box material.

Gizmodo also warns that the new photo might be a fake:

Points against this being real? There are a few! The previous guide looked more complete, whereas this one appears to be some sort of draft, with no app icons to speak of. There are also several sensors that don’t show up here that you would expect. That could mean it’s fake, or that it’s simply a streamlined version.

Here’s the photo from China, per Nowhere Else. We’ve annotated the two new pieces of info below — the launch date and the confirmation that the product will be called “iPhone 6″ and not some departure from Apple’s branding nomenclature, like “The New iPhone” or “iPhone Air.”

Note also that the box appears to show a 4.7-inch iPhone, not a 5.5-inch iPhone phablet. That will come as a disappointment for people hoping for a genuine competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Note 3 products.

iPhone 6

What do you think of this news? Are you anxiously anticipating the new iPhone, or no? Let us know in the comments section below.

To read this article in its original format, click here.

Technical Tip Tuesday

Today for our tech tip we’re going to talk about determining the differences between male and female electronic cable connectors. Sounds super fun and interesting doesn’t it? Oh yes, that’s because it is!–keep reading.

In the plumbing world, you identify male or female components by the threads. A male connector has threads on the outside, and a female connector has threads on the inside. Obviously this is so the male connector can thread into the female connector when installed.

Unlike plumbing, in electronics, determining male and female has nothing to do with the thread. Instead, it has everything to do with the pin inside of the connector. Meaning, if the connector has a pin inside it is male. If it doesn’t (meaning if it receives the pin), then it is female.

Done–It’s that easy!

Like always, if you are having trouble determining what type of connector you need, please call our tech support at 866-294-1660 or email us at tech@wilsonelectronics.com..

Wilson Electronics Takes the #ALSIceBucketChallenge!

It was quite the day at Wilson Electronics!

Yesterday we were challenged by Michael Ginsberg at the 3Gstore to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge! Needless to say, we took the challenge on wholeheartedly, (we even got the local St. George fire station to stop by!)

Here’s what went down–

We want to thank everyone that participated in our challenge, and we look forward to responses from U.S. Congressman Chris Stewart, St. George City Mayor Jon Pike and our friends at zBoost!

We’re glad to be a part of this challenge, and to help raise awareness in the fight for ALS.

#icebucketchallange
http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-buc…

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Wireless Wednesday–”Ugly Data For Apple Shows How Desperately It Needs iPhone 6 To Be A Hit”

Happy Wednesday!
This week for our wireless Wednesday, we’re looking at an article from Business Insider about Apple and the new iPhone. Keep reading!–

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Apple may be the most successful, envied tech company on the planet. But its dominance is far from obvious according to new data from IDC, which tracks worldwide smartphone shipments.

Apple’s market share for the iPhone slipped year on year to just 11.7% of the entire market, while Android’s market share increased to 84.7%.

Similarly, while Apple sold 35.2 million phones last quarter, an increase of 4 million; Android phones reached 255.3 million new buyers, an increase of 64 million new phones, IDC reports.

In other words, there are seven Android phones sold for every one iPhone.

The news that Android vastly eclipses iPhone in the market will feel surprising to people in the U.S. and certain Western Europe countries. Apple has has healthy market share in a few rich countries. On a global basis, however, Apple occupies only a niche part of the market among high-end buyers.

Here is what that looks like in chart form:

share apple androidIDC / BI

And in terms of actual sales:

units apple android idcIDC / BI

There is one huge caveat: Apple charges much more for its phones than Android makers do, and takes a huge chunk of the world’s smartphone profits by doing so. Apple doesn’t actually want buyers who seek the cheapest, least-profitable phones. And its customers tend to not want Android products.

In the Apple worldview, iPhone is its own universe and the scale of Android is irrelevant. Declining market share is merely cosmetic as long as the profits keep flowing.

But Apple ought to be concerned that it is being relegated to just one out of every 10 phone buyers. App developers and e-commerce businesses tend to want to reach everyone they can, not just the richest 11.7%.

Luckily, Apple is about to launch iPhone 6 in September which ought to reverse its declining market share. That phone will have a larger screen, either 4.7 inches or 5.5 inches.

It’s mere size is crucial if Apple is to beat back the Android threat. As we’ve noted repeatedly, and as Apple admits internally, demand is strongest for phones that have large screens and cost under $300 — and Apple doesn’t sell either of those things. Those are Android phones, basically.

The research company Jana just published some new data on international demand for large-screen smartphones.In fast-developing countries — where all the new demand is — people mostly want screen above 5 inches in size. Bigger than any iPhone currently on the market, in other words.

There is a persistent level of demand for small phones. (You probably know someone who likes the fact they can use them with one hand and they fit in your pocket easily.) But it is not as significant as the demand for “phablets” with big screens that make videos and photos a pleasure.

In South Africa, a third of the market wants the biggest phone available.

This is why the iPhone 6 is so crucial for Apple. Finally, it will give the company a device that competes head to head with the Android phones that have dominated the market space wear growth is hottest.

The price of iPhone 6 is thus crucial. Apple will likely keep it in the $700 range. That will turn off many shoppers who are already deciding that Android is better value for money. In China, for instance, the No.1 phone brand is now Xiaomi, which makes beautiful Android phones for half the price of an iPhone.

What do you think of this? Do you agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments section below!

Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! This week for our tech tip we are answering your questions about our products! Keep reading to see if your question is included below–

Q:  I am a land surveyor. I want to know the range that I can expect to get cellular coverage from my vehicle to my cell phone. I know some areas do have some spots of coverage, but if I park my vehicle there, what’s the distance I can go from my vehicle and still get a connection? 100 meters? 500 meters? 2000 meters? I am using the Mobile 3G (460102).

Do you sell an amplifier with more watts of output that would have a greater range?

A:  The Mobile 3G (460102) is designed to boost the cell signal inside of the vehicle, and will not transmit that signal outside. The typical coverage range from the inside antenna is about 3 feet. Although the cell phone would need to be within 3 feet of the inside antenna to get the boost, you could use a Bluetooth headset and be able to maintain a phone call outside of the vehicle. The range would then just depend on the capabilities of the Bluetooth device.

The Mobile 3G (460102) is the strongest mobile booster that the FCC allows, as well as the strongest one available on the market.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to give us a call at 866-294-1660 or email us at tech@wilsonelectronics.com.

 

Q:  Why does an antenna alone not increase my cell phone signal?

A:  The antenna alone will not be of any benefit unless it is used in a signal booster system or if it is able to be connected directly to your cellular device. In order to connect directly to the cellular device, you must have a device (phone or cell modem) that has an external antenna port or connector. This antenna is typically used as the outside antenna of a signal booster system. If you have any additional questions, feel free to give us a call at 866-294-1660 or email us at tech@wilsonelectronics.com.

 

Q:  What distance will the Wide Band Directional Antenna (30441/304475) pick up? We are 8 miles from the nearest tower. How far will this antenna reach?

A:  In order for an antenna and a signal booster to provide an effective increase in cell signal, the antenna will need to be placed in a location where there is at least some signal (even if very weak). If the closest place that your phone is able to detect any kind of signal is 8 miles away, then an antenna and signal booster system may not work for you. You can call our support line at 866-294-1660 or email us at tech@wilsonelectronics.com and we will be happy to try and better evaluate your application to see if a Wilson product will be a viable solution.

Got a question for us? Just leave us a comment below!

#tbt winner

Happy Monday!

We know that Monday can be a bit of a downer, so to make things a bit more exciting, we are announcing the winner of our July 31st giveaway!

Did you know what kind of phone this was? Robbie Clevenger did, and he is our winner! Congrats Robbie!

If you didn’t win this week, don’t be sad. Keep entering as we have many more giveaways going on! Don’t believe me? Visit here!