iPhone 6 coming in September

Apple will launch its new iPhone 6 in September – not June as some have predicted.

Apple to launch iPhone 6 in September

Apple to launch iPhone 6 in September

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL)’s new iPhone 6 will feature a 4.8-inch display, the faster 801.11ac Wi-Fi (already the standard for Apple’s Mac computers, AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule routers).

The next gen iOS will feature Passbook TouchID and iBeacon as part of Apple’s play to catch-up in the mobile payments space.

Just in case you can’t wait the nine months to see the birth of the next iPhone, coming in June we’re expecting the launch of a new 13-inch iPad hybrid device that’s part tablet and part PC.

BlackBerry brings BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) to Android and iOS devices

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins shared during the opening keynote of BlackBerry World, the smartphone maker’s annual developer event that it is bringing BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), its proprietary messaging platform, to Android and iOS devices. This is a significant strategy shift that could drive cross-adoption and enhance utility and relevancy of the brand.

For those unfamiliar with BBM, it uses carrier data networks to pass secure messages back and forth through its servers to other BlackBerry users. The service now offers the ability to make phone calls, conduct video chats and share screen views with other BBM users holding the new BlackBerry 10.

Heins told the enthusiastic audience that BBM for Android and iOS will be free.  Features loaded into the Android and iOS BBM apps at launch will include normal chat and group chats, followed by voice and video over the next few months.