Engadget started off a fresh round of iPhone 4G rumors on Saturday by posting a picture of the supposed fourth-gen iPhone (seen directly below). the pictures reportedly come from someone who found the iPhone on "the floor of a San Jose bar" covered in an iPhone 3G case.
My first reaction: it just doesn't look like the next iPhone, it looks like a Chinese knock-off. Compared to the designs of recent products like the Magic Mouse, aluminum Apple Remote, and the iPad, this seems too slab-like and too much of a regression back toward the first iPhone. Has Johnny Ives gone 2007 retro already? I thought it'd be another 50 years before mid-2000 style came back around again.
The legitimacy of the pics seemed to be quickly squashed when a Spanish-language Apple blog called Applesfera (English translation) posted pics from a reader who owned a similar phone, which his parents had purchased while in Japan (seen below).
We noted there are 4 rows of apps in total, 3 rows of apps plus one dock row. All versions of the iPhone OS including the upcoming iPhone 4.0 feature 5 rows in total. the dock icons in the photo also look frightfully stretched.
It could be the poor quality of the photos, but the Engadget phone and the above phone don't seem exactly alike. the top corners of the above phone seem slightly different in shape than Engadget's. But again, it could just be the lighting.
Engadget decided to push forward with their claims (or perhaps dig themselves deeper) today by reposting an old pic of a bolted-down protoype iPad (supposed iPad, that is). the pic has their version of the rumored iPhone 4G in the top right corner:
That photo does make us scratch our heads a bit, but only when you assume the photo is of an iPad prototype (we think the button and the shape on it looks all wrong). the above photo could simply be from the same company that makes the "Japanese knock-off" iPhone. But still, the photo is compelling.
Then commenters dug up photos posted by Twitter user TUDream, who said the photos are of a "Japanese knockoff" he found while searching Twitter for "iPhone 4G." the phone in this photo seems to match the Engadget iPhone exactly:
Finally, Chinese website WePhone had pictures of the "4G iPhone" phone broken down into parts:
Engadget is sticking to their guns, with editor Joshua Topolsky calling it "solid proof." I say, no way, but I didn't think the leaked "fat Nano" pics were real at first either.
Update: also see parts II and III for this continuing story.
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As with so many spellbinding things these days, Apple's Magic Mouse sadly turned out to be science. iFixit took the Magic Mouse apart as quickly as you'd expect and left us with the below juicy pic of the sensors to mull over.
Inside, we find that Apple has upgraded to laser tracking from the Apple (formerly Mighty) Mouse's optical tracking, offering greater accuracy over more surfaces.
There's also a fairly standard Broadcom chip handling both the processing and Bluetooth transmission duties.
All very well, but the interesting part is the luscious coating of capacitive sensors covering the inside of the mouse's plastic top half.
FULL OF IT: No magic here, just lots of sensors. Also, there is no Santa Claus [Image credit: iFixit]
This is the same type of sensor used in the iPhone, and they work by using the natural electric conductivity of your body to affect the voltage inside the sensors. The principle is similar to plasma globes, where placing your hand on the glass causes the filaments to follow your fingers.
Capacitive sensors are very accurate and highly responsive to even a light touch, though they do have some limitations, as anyone who's tried to use an iPhone in gloves can attest. That generally isn't a problem indoors, so they're ideal for desktop interfaces.
Using sensors all the across the surface and down to the Apple logo is a crucial part of making the mouse live up to Apple's usual standards for accessibility. having an invisible line where scrolling just stops working would confuse people no end, so it's important that Apple hasn't skimped here.
Apple brags about the Magic Mouse's ability to differentiate between gestures and resting your hand, and this is all done in the software that accompanies the sensors.
We're admittedly simplifying here, but essentially it's a standard database query. When your fingers touch the sensors, the software asks itself whether what you've done matches up to being a scroll – moving one finger consistently in recognised direction – or whether it matches up to a swipe – two fingers moving quickly in recognised direction. if the input doesn't conform to either of these then it can safely be ignored.
DIFFERENT MOVEMENTS: Sensors are located all across the surface to pick up different gestures
The accuracy of capacitive sensors allows for advanced software features like momentum scrolling. The speed of your finger movement is always carefully measured, and if you lift off while moving then the scrolling simply continues at that speed before running down.
It's the combination of the sensor hardware and gesture software that is key to the bringing devices like the Magic Mouse to life. so can we expect more of them in the future?
Synaptics specialises in capacitive sensors and gesture recognition software. It makes a type of sensor that is flexible enough to fit in curved enclosures, works under a plastic shell and comes with gesture software that recognises only scrolls and swipes.
We don't know if this is the exact technology used in the Magic Mouse because Apple doesn't talk about its suppliers, though it would explain why pinch and rotation are missing from the new mouse.
What we do know is that functionality similar, if not identical, to the Magic Mouse's is available for anyone to licence. indeed, Microsoft has already shown off a multi-touch mouse concept bearing the telltale lattice of capacitive sensors.
SECOND PLACE: Microsoft showed off its multi-touch concepts first, but Apple has beaten it to market [Image credit: Microsoft via PC Mag]
Things are never that simple, though. Apple not only owns the trademark on the name Multi-Touch, but has also filed patents relating to "a computer mouse having a touch-sensitive shell capable of accepting multi-touch finger gestures" (as described by Apple Insider).
It seems unlikely that these potential barriers will stop more multi-touch mice appearing before too long, but Apple has certainly laid down a marker for how we will interface with this generation of multi-touch capable operating systems.
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In April of last year, I bought a Macbook Pro as my new notebook. Note that this is hardly my first Apple computer. I grew up on Apple IIs, back in the days when you had to add an 80-column card to 'em! I was one of the few holdouts using an Apple IIgs when the rest of the world had gone to DOS and Windows PCs. Even after I got my first 286 PC, I frequently used the Macs my mother had in her home (she was a teacher at an elementary school that was Apple-based). So I'm no Apple noob-—this was just the first one I had bought for myself, for frequent use, in a long time.
Recently, a reader named David e-mailed me, saying he found the article from my guide on how to replace the hard drive in a Macbook Pro. he asked, simply, "A year later, what do you think?" Fundamentally, I stand by my initial impressions: there are plenty of things OS X does very well, and better than any version of Windows. there are also some really boneheaded things. But honestly, the thing I hate most about using a Mac are the Apple fans. The old song and dance about the Steve Jobs worshipping, sycophantic, "thank you sir may I have another", na-ture of the Cult of Apple is true. and while it certainly does not represent all Mac users, there are enough bad apples (pardon the pun) to spoil the bunch. Continued...
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The U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday said it will investigate a patent infringement complaint filed by Elan Microelectronics in Taiwan regarding Apple's multitouch devices including the iPhone and iPad.
Elan on March 29 filed a complaint with the ITC asserting that Apple had violated a patent relating to the ability to detect the simultaneous presence of multiple fingers on touch devices. the technology involved is used in the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, MacBook and Magic Mouse products.
Elan asked the ITC to issue an order barring importation of those products into the U.S. Elan also asked the ITC to bar Apple from selling any of these products it had already imported into the U.S.
Elan is alleging that Apple infringed patent number 5,825,352, which is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Elan is a semiconductor design company, which also develops products focused on touch technology.
An Apple spokeswoman declined comment on ITC's initiation of an investigation into its products.
Elan in April last year filed a lawsuit against Apple in U.S. District Court in Northern California alleging infringement of two patents, which cover a patent included in the ITC complaint. the case is ongoing, with the next hearing set for June 21 in San Francisco.
ITC to Investigate Multitouch Patent Complaint Against Apple]]>
iFixit has done its usual teardown of Apple's latest gear, combing over the parts to see what makes them tick. in this round, the repair service has chosen a Core i5-based 15" MacBook Pro variant, and the insides largely mirror previous MacBook Pro models.
Ports, hard drive, optical drive, and display remain unchanged, as does the unibody aluminum enclosure. The WiFi/Bluetooth module is the same as the one found in the unibody white MacBook—a change from previous MacBook Pros—and the antennae and cabling have been slightly re-routed. Since the case is solid aluminum, Apple placed an antenna on the bracket for the optical drive, putting it right by the open slot for reduced interference.
The speaker enclosure has been slightly redesigned as well, separating the subwoofer from the other speakers. Apple has also packed in a few extra watt-hours into the sealed-in LiPo battery, (which could be user replaceable, despite Apple's warning otherwise). in what will prove a minor annoyance to those heavily invested in Torx drivers, iFixit notes that Apple has largely switched to tri-wing screws for the latest MacBook Pro.
The biggest changes are in the logic board. The size appears unchanged from previous versions, but the processor, chipset, and GPU positions are quite different (as detailed below). iFixit discovered that Apple is using Intel's HM55 controller—it's a basic model, but the higher-end variants largely add features not used by Mac OS X, as well as support for extra I/O that the MacBook Pro doesn't have. This chip is also spread some distance from the Core i5 CPU and NVIDIA GT 330M GPU, and doesn't require its own heat sink.
An iFixit reader commented that the same chips used to handle graphics switching between the 9400M and 9600GT in previous models were also present, suggesting that it may be possible to graft Apple's new automatic graphics switching onto older MacBook Pros via software. However, it's also likely that Apple's solution requires additional hardware or support that isn't present in those models to make it work "seamlessly and instantly."
Be sure to check out iFixit's step-by-step instructions and full gallery of images, especially if you like seeing a lot of aluminum and silicon.
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The two Steves had a hard time in the beginning, mostly getting financial backing, but with willy industriousness and a product they believed in, success would definitely not elude these two young men. Here is the proof. When Apple finally went public in 1977 it generated more money than any IPO since Ford Motor Company in 1956 and instantly created more millionaires (in the way of investors) than any company in history.
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