Anybody who follows what goes on in the tech world will know that Apple has been the forerunner of cutting-edge technology and continues to come up with the goods. There’s a huge amount of rumor and speculation about the iPhone 5, due later this year but we bet you haven’t heard about an Apple iMac PC with iPhone 5 dock.
Ok, so this product doesn’t actually exist but we’ve been thinking about it and it certainly makes sense. We also feel it would be a development that many Apple fans would like to see and want to know if you think this should become a reality? Although we still don’t know when the iPhone 5 will be released it seems that many are expecting a June/July release or a launch in the fall. Either way it’s possible that the iMac or Mac Mini could get a refresh before the next iPhone arrives and we reckon there would be a real market for these with built-in iPhone 5 docks.
Another reason why built-in iPhone docks on Mac devices would appear to be a good idea is that by keeping it ‘in the family’ so to speak it would deter iPhone users from buying non-Apple docks strengthening the whole idea of Apple device owners not having to look outside Apple for their peripherals needs. Apple has always made the most of its customer’s loyalty to company products and this would be a strategic marketing ploy.
Many of the improvements concentrated on in iMac refreshes include better graphics, more powerful processors, improvements in displays and storage but thinking out of the box it’s almost a wonder that Apple hasn’t already thought to include a built-in iPhone dock. Imagine how good it would be with an iMac for example, being able to take advantage of its 21 or 27-inch display and there would be plenty of room for an iPhone dock along the top of the display for example
A built-in iPhone 5 dock would be a boon in many ways such as synching and charging your iPhone while you’re working on your Mac or being used to amplify sound from your iPhone to make the most of your music library. Another idea that we think Apple really should consider is ditching its traditional 30-pin connector in favor of something universal and we think this is another move that would also go down well with Apple device owners.
It would be really interesting to find out what our readers think about possible Mac products with built-in iPhone docks. Is this something that you would like to see come to fruition? Maybe it’s something you’ve never thought about much but it seems like a sound idea? Alternatively we’d like to hear your suggestions about other ‘out of the box’ ideas that Apple could put to good use with its products so let us have your comments as we’d love to know what else our readers can come up with.
Network World - If you’ve played “Fruit Ninja,” “Cut the Rope” or any number of games on your iPhone, you probably aren’t very impressed with their graphical capabilities, especially when compared with modern games such as “Gears of War” and “Skyrim.” But as one panel on mobile gaming at PAX East 2012 this year demonstrated, you should probably be thankful for what you’ve got.
That’s because there are a lot of game out there that aren’t merely bad but look as though they were designed by orangutans that have been heavily dosed with peyote and psychedelic mushrooms while being placed in pitch-black solitary confinement and forced to listen to the greater works of Alban Berg and John Cage for months on end. Even veteran app reviewers can find themselves stunned at the sheer insanity it takes to concoct some of these games and can come away disturbed that their fellow humans are capable of such demented creations.
TRULY TERRIBLE: The 10 worst video game systems of all time
In this article we’ll take you through these horrifyingly bad mobile games and provide some choice comments from the mobile gaming panel at PAX East 2012, which was comprised of “Seven” of the AppNation Podcast; Patrick Mulhern, the co-creator of Lorehound; and Russ Frushtick, senior editor of Vox Games.
Bad Game No. 1: “Super Turk”A
Developer: dzllcom, inc.A Cost: Free
The lowdown: The fact that this game is based on a Turkish movie is a terrible sign straight off the bat. (Seriously, have any of you ever seen the Turkish versions of “Star Wars” and “E.T.”? Then you know what I’m talking about.)
So Super Turk is basically a Turkish version of Super Man and his sole power seems to be emitting laser beams from his eyes that are capable of zapping houseflies. And while we all applaud killing such annoying insects, does their slaughter really amount to a heroic deed? Or is Super Turk just the most over-dressed and foppish bug exterminator in history?
Panel comments: “It’s Turkish, if that helps you,” said Seven, explaining the game’s uniqueness.
Our verdict: While we give Super Turk props for his superb fly-slaying skills, we have to question his future as a professional exterminator. After all, it’s not hard to imagine him misdirecting his eye-zaps and accidentally melting a client.
Bad Game No. 2: “Pony Unicorn Astronaut”
Developer: Mother Gaia StudioA Cost: Free
The lowdown: It’s hard to imagine what sick, cruel human would launch an adorable pony into space where it would be left by itself to fend off incoming asteroids. Or as the demented minds at Mother Gaia Studio put it in poorly translated instructions, “you command a mighty Pony Unicorn that braves the space only with his magical powers and his Astronaut Helmet with WiFi antenna. You won’t something crazy like this on App Store!” Shudder. That’s the sort of deranged rambling we’d expect to read in a Ted Kaczynski manifesto, not a game instruction book.
The HTC One X is arguably the most powerful ‘announced’ smartphone on the market and looks set to debut here in the US well ahead of both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5. So while it may be a next-generation device, it will go head to head with last year’s greats. Today, we take a look at the reasons why you would pick the newer HTC One X over the tried tested iPhone 4S. Let’s get to it.
HTC One X vs iPhone 4S: Where the HTC One X shines (part 1)
Both smartphones come extremely close to each other in this comparison and the HTC One X manages to win by a very thin margin. Here is where it beats the iPhone 4S:
Under the hood we find its can boast faster data speeds thanks to HSPA+ and even LTE support in some markets. It also boasts a more powerful chipset (both its Tegra 3 quad-core and dual-core Snapdragon S4 beat the iPhone 4S) and is clocked at a higher 1.5GHz. Running all this is 1GB RAM (512MB on iPhone 4S only) and a large 1,800mAh battery (1,420mAh on iPhone).
On the outside we have a larger display with a higher screen resolution (4.7-inch Super LCD with 1280×720 pixels), yet it manages to keep the weight below the iPhone 4S and comes in at just 130g. Up front we find a 1.3-megapixel camera which beats the 0.3MP on the iPhone 4S.
Did we miss out on any other areas where the HTC One X tops the iPhone 4S? If so, sound off in the comments below. Next week, we’ll explore what advantages the iPhone 4S has over the HTC One X in part 2 of our comparison so stay tuned!
As we move into Q2 2012, we find ourselves still waiting for the next-generation smartphones to arrive. That top smartphones on the market at the moment were all introduced back in 2011 (iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, S2, Motorola DROID RAZR). And now as the HTC One X approaches its US release, we can finally hope that this is the floodgate to the next-generation devices.
iPhone 5 reports suggest “most significant iPhone upgrade” ever
We’re of course talking about the Samsung Galaxy S3, Motorola Blade and the iPhone 5. While the former two smartphones will battle it out with one another, the iPhone 5 has its legion of fans and will find its biggest competitor in its predecessor, the iPhone 4S.
This brings us to the next question. Should you buy an iPhone 4S now when the iPhone 5 could launch as early as in 2 months (June at WWDC 2012)? According to the latest reports from US-based analysts, the iPhone 5 will be redesigned from the ground up and dwarf the company’s previous launches, so much so that it will drive stock value to $1,001 a share (currently at $600).
In addition to a full redesign, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White reports that the ‘new sleek look’ iPhone 5 will also feature a 4-inch display. This ties in with all the rumors we’ve heard so far. White had the following note to investors:
‘In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a Unibody case… This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade to the iPhone 5, while we believe the addition of 4G will also attract buyers of the new device.”
If these reports hold true, then you will be kicking yourself for not waiting another two months to see what happens at WWDC 2012. The iPhone 4S shares the same form factor as its predecessor, the iPhone 4 which launched back in mid-2010. If you do spring for an iPhone 4S now in 2012, you could be hanging on to it until 2014. That makes the design almost 4 years old. Now to put this in terms that we can visualize, it would be the equivalent of comparing the original iPhone 2G’s design with the iPhone 4 which has exactly four years in between them.
And while we are still comparing the original iPhone to the iPhone 4, it is important to note that the same applies with technology. One of the biggest issues with the original iPhone was that it didn’t support 3G at a time when nearly all high-end smartphone did. The same will shortly apply to the iPhone 4S and LTE. Given that the New iPad ’3′ practically confirmed that LTE is coming to the iPhone 5, and Verizon also making an official statement earlier this year that it planned to eventually only launch smartphones with LTE and spend less money on its 3G infrastructure, you wouldn’t want to be stuck with 3G speeds for the next couple of years.
Do you plan on waiting until this summer before making a decision? Or do you plan to upgrade to the iPhone 4S right now given that it is arguably the best smartphone on the market right now? Sound off in the comments below.
In the past year of so the smartphone landscape has seen a trend of screen size increasing from around 3.2/3.5 inches to 4.3, 4.65 and as high as 5.3 inches in the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The iPhone screen however, has remained at 3.5 inches since its debut in 2007.
960 x 640
480 x 320
180 ppi Evo 4G
800 x 480
1280 x 720
800 x 480
217 ppi Galaxy Note
1280 x 800
You could argued that some Android handsets and now the Nokia Lumia 900 were forced to include larger screens as manufacturers raced to accommodate 4G WiMAX and LTE radios. These radios not only take up more room than their 3G counterparts, but also consume a lot more power, leaving no choice but to increase the physical dimensions of the devices to hold the larger circuit board and batteries. Keeping the smaller screens would have been a real waste of space not to mention looked incredibly ugly.
Apple has seldom shown a desire to include new tech in its infancy. The original iPhone famously shipped with just 2.5G Edge data speeds even though 3G had already been widely used for a 2 or 3 years. LTE components are definitely maturing, but there is still lots of room for improvement and optimisation, and LTE networks outside the US are also few and far between.
While the likes of Motorola, HTC, Samsung and others have been pushing LTE equipped mobile devices for well over a year and may be even close to two years now, Apple has only just included this tech in its new iPad (3rd generation). So does this mean the next iPhone (6th generation) will be graced with these uber fast data connections? I’m not 100% convinced. For one the new iPad was given a 70% boost in battery capacity from that of the iPad 2 to power the hungrier radios, though granted a lot of the extra juice is for powering the 2048 x 1536 retina display. The new iPad is also slightly larger to house the bigger power cells and SoC.
Taking all of this into account the conclusion I came to was that for Apple to produce an LTE iPhone, they would need to increase the physical footprint of the device, maybe not significantly but an increase nonetheless. This is something I feel Apple simply won’t do, they hit the sweet spot with the physical size of the original iPhone and have not strayed far from those initial dimensions since.
So if Apple won’t make the iPhone bigger and hence leave LTE on the cutting room floor for yet another year, what will be the USP for the 2012 model?
Faster CPU? Faster GPU? New form factor? Sure all of these will be welcomed upgrades but its missing the “magic factor”, like 3G data speeds with the iPhone 3G, new camera with video recording with the 3GS, retina display and FaceTime with the 4 and 8 megapixel camera with 1080p recording and Siri with the 4S.
So what can possibly be the magic ingredient for the next iPhone? For a long time now many have lusted after a bigger screen for the iPhone. But how could Apple make the screen bigger without making the device any bigger? How would existing apps work and future apps need to be built? And probably most importantly how could the retina quality 300+ ppi be maintained?
I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t have a clue. But then last week, while watching the Vergecast episode 24, came the Eureka moment. A caller named Colin (apologies if I got your name wrong) mentioned how he thought apple could increase the iPhone screen size without effecting the external form factor or pixel density. I will elaborate on this now.
All iPhones have had a 3.5 inch display with 3:2 aspect ratio, and since the iPhone 4 they have had a resolution of 960 x 640. If Apple were to increase the diagonal screen size, what should it be? I think 4 inches is the optimal size. 3.7 isn’t really a significant enough bump to justify a change and the earlier mentioned 4.3 and 4.65 inch sizes force the overall device to be simply too big.
So how could you build a 4 inch display for the iPhone?
The obvious solution people including myself have thought of was to keep the same 960 x 640 resolution but increase the pixel size. This would mean that existing iPhone apps would simply just work with no extra effort from developers. Perfect solution right? Wrong, there are a few flaws with this. Firstly maintaining the same resolution and increasing the screen size to 4 inches would significantly reduce the ppi to 288, thats well below the 300 mark Apple as touted as retina quality. In fact the largest screen size with this resolution that still hits this 300 figure is 3.835 inches, that’s still not a big enough bump from 3.5 in my opinion and I doubt Apple is willing to reduce the ppi from the current 326.
Here’s where the Verge reader Colin’s ideal comes into play. Change the aspect ratio. As I mentioned above, all iPhones (and iPod touches) have had an aspect ratio of 3:2. Could Apple change the aspect ratio to increase the screen size while maintaining the same 326 ppi? What aspect ratio would need to be to hit that 4 inch mark? And most importantly how could app fragmentation be avoided?
Colin’s idea was to keep the shorter side of the iPhones screen the same, i.e. 640 pixels at 1.94 inches. With that in mind how much would the longer side need to increase so the that diagonal measurement was 4 inches. The answer, derived using simple algebraic rearrangement of Pythagorus’s theorem, 1152 pixels and 3.49 inches. That leaves the the diagonal length measuring a little over 3.99 inches, I’m sure Apple PR could round this 4.
For those of you who are good with numbers I’m sure you’ve noted that 1152 x 640 has an aspect ratio of 9:5 and the 1152 pixels is and increase of 192 from 960 and that’s 20% more than on the iPhone 4 and 4S.
But how will iOS cope with the change in dimension and increase in pixels? Well the answer is actually more simple than you might think.
As you can see from the mock up on the right, the extra 192 pixels along the longer side is more than enough to include another row of app icons on the homescreen.
The additional room could persuade Apple to introduce homescreen widgets like those found on Android or even something akin to Windows Phone live tiles. But perhaps this is too much wishful thinking.
The real challenge of course is how to display apps, both built-in and those from the AppStore. But again I believe a large number of these will require little to no modification to exploit the extra screen real estate.
Let’s tackle the built-in apps first. Apple should have no trouble at all updating the 16 or so apps that come out-of-the-box to work on both the existing 3.5 inch devices as well the the 9:5 4 inch screen. Here are few mock up of how some of the preinstalled apps could look.
A large number of apps from the AppStore utilise standard iOS UI elements like those seen in the built-in apps above. What I mean by this is that they typically consist of a title/navigation bar at the top, a tab/menu bar along the bottom and the main content in the center.
With this in mind the 6th version of Apple’s mobile OS could make life easy for developers by auto-magically detecting standard UI based apps and arranging the interface accordingly.
Here’s how the officially Twitter and Facebook apps would look.
Games and apps with custom UI elements
Obviously not all apps are built with the standard UI elements. In fact most if not all games have their own custom UI. So how would these apps works on this 9:5 display? Well, I think this is one situation where developers will need to get involved. Without any modifications these apps could simple fill the 960 x 640 pixel in the middle of the screen leave a 96 x 640 black bar on either side. But with a little input from developers the extra pixels could be utilised.
Here are a couple of examples to illustrate this.
The large majority of videos nowadays are encoded at a 16:9 aspect ratio. The 3:2 arrangement on the current iPhone leads to a big comprise needing to be made when viewing video.
To see the entire picture of a 16:9 video from YouTube or iTunes, one has to view it in letterbox mode with 940 x 50 pixel black bars on the top and bottom of the screen when viewing in landscape.
If however, you want to make the video take up the entire screen, you have to sacrifice 640 x 89 virtual pixels on either side of the screen.
So how would these 16:9 videos render on 9:5 screen. Let’s take a look.
When you want to view the entire content of the video this time you actually get black bars on the sides. Unlike the 3:2 screen however, these bars are only 7 pixels wide compared to 50 pixels thick ones before.
When the video is zoomed in to fill the whole 9:5 screen the amount of the image that is lost is also less than that with the current iPhone screen. Now we only lose 4 pixel width rows from the top and bottom compared to 89 pixel wide columns from the sides.
I hope I’ve been able to demonstrate how Apple could potentially increase the iPhone screen size. This would for sure make this particular spec more competitive against other smartphones.
Will Apple actually do this? Well I for one would definitely welcome it. But if I were a betting man I’d have to say “probably………not”. But we live in hope.
Article source: http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/9/2937265/the-4-inch-iphone-5
With mid-April fast approaching, iPhone 5 rumors are starting to trickle in with greater frequency.
Over the past few days, we’ve seen reports which have touched on the purported iPhone 5 release date along with features we can expect to see in Apple’s next-gen iPhone.
First, let’s tackle the alleged iPhone 5 launch window.
Last week, word spread that the iPhone 5 was set for launch this Summer. While this would align with previous launches (save for the iPhone 4S), it would mean that the current iPhone would only be out on the market for 9 months before being superseded by a superior model. Such a move would likely frustrate current iPhone 4S owners and I therefore doubt it’s something Apple is keen on doing in order to arbitrarily revert back to its Summer launch schedule. A business wise, why kill of the iPhone 4S prematurely when there’s no pressing need for a summer iPhone 5 launch?
What’s more, a South Korean newspaper recently contacted the head of human resources at one of the Foxconn plants responsible for iPhone production. The paper asked him about the iPhone 5 release date, to which he reportedly replied, “We just got the order. It [the release] will be around October.”
Now the veracity of the report is clearly open to skepticisim – after all, are we really to believe the head of HR has the inside soop on Apple’s top secret plans? But again, both practically and economically, it makes more sense for Apple to revert back to its 1-year release cycle (and hence an October launch) rather than revert back to its Summer launch window.
As for other rumors, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White recently returned from a trip to Asia, and after vising with a few of Apple’s component suppliers, he relays that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will sport a “new, sleek look” and will come with a 4-inch screen.
In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a Unibody case. This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade to the iPhone 5, while we believe the addition of 4G will also attract buyers of the new device.
Notably, rumblings of a larger screen have been making the rounds in the Apple rumor mill for quite a few months now.
And so, let the official iPhone 5 speculation begin.
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Analyst Brian White with Topeka Capital Markets predicted in a note to investors Monday that the next iPhone, perhaps to be named the iPhone 5, will have a larger, 4-inch display and a brand new design. The design will be sleek and made from unibody construction. It’ll resemble exactly what everyone expected to see from Apple last fall, instead of the iPhone 4S.
According to White, the iPhone 5 will be the most significant upgrade for the iPhone yet, suggesting to his clients that it will “dwarf” previous iPhone launches. (That’ll be quite the feat given how successful the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S were the first few days they were available for sale.)
“This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade to the iPhone 5, while we believe the addition of 4G will also attract buyers of the new device,” White wrote to his clients.
[ ComScore reports that iPhone Owners Use More Wi-Fi Than Android Users. ]
White came by this information during a recent trip to Asia, where he met with component suppliers in China and Taiwan. According to White, suppliers in Asia are already ramping up for the iPhone 5′s launch later this year.
When? Oh, depends on who you choose to believe. Some employees at Foxconn have said the next iPhone will launch in June. Other Foxconn employees have said the next iPhone will launch in September or October. White thinks it’ll arrive in August or September. My guess, it’ll be sometime between June and October, or whenever Apple’s good and ready to bring it to market. Let’s just leave it at that.
This prediction isn’t anything we haven’t already heard before. The lead-up to the iPhone 4S debut was rife with similar reports. Will they come true this time? Only Apple knows.
In the meantime, real people with real iPhones are unlocking them thanks to a policy change from ATT. You know who’s in the market for old iPhone users? T-Mobile USA. It has already reached out to iPhone owners, and is once again reminding them that switching to T-Mobile with their old iPhone could be a great idea.
In a statement sent to 9to5Mac, T-Mobile said:
“Today we have more than one million unlocked iPhones running on our network. T-Mobile currently offers microSIMs for customers who already have a GSM phone they want to use on the T-Mobile network, including an iPhone. In order to set up an unlocked iPhone on T-Mobile’s network, customers simply need to purchase a microSIM card and select a T-Mobile Value plan that suits their needs.
“In addition, we will continue to deliver more value to customers as we expand and modernize our 4G network. Beginning this year, we will introduce HSPA+ service in our 1900-MHz PCS spectrum. When we do, our 4G network will be compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone.”
This is all true, though owners of old iPhones shouldn’t expect to see working 3G service from T-Mobile until very late in the year.
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There is no iPhone 5.
Hold on, don’t sell your Apple shares yet.
There will be a new iPhone to follow the iPhone 4 and it will be released in June, or in October, depending which rumour is true.
But one thing is almost certain – it will not be called the iPhone 5.
Although most news articles and blogs are calling it the iPhone 5, in tune with the numbering series Apple has followed so far, it could break the pattern this time.
The precedent has been set with the launch of the new iPad, not the iPad 3, just the ‘new iPad’, Just before the March launch of the new iPad it was widely expected that Apple call it the iPad 3.
Some even termed it the iPad HD, but Apple has officially called it ‘The New iPad’.
The first iPhone had the EDGE technology and a 2 megapixel camera.
With the second model came the 3G wireless technology. The third model with its 3 MP camera and a faster processor was called the iPhone 3S.
The iPhone 4 was the fourth model that the company released and came with an impressive 5MP camera along with an additional front facing camera and the retina display.
The fifth model although widely expected to be called iPhone 5 was named as iPhone 4S and had an impressive 8 MP camera along with SIRI.
So what will Apple call its next phone?
The obvious choice would be iPhone 5 as a continuation of the numbering system.
Apple could also simply decide to bypass the number 5 and call it iPhone 6 since the next model will be the sixth version of the iPhone.
The next model would include the 4G technology and why not call it the iPhone 4G, or, as with the iPad, Apple is likely to completely do away with the numbering system and simply call it ‘The New iPhone’.
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A new report out of South Korea puts a damper on earlier suggestions that Apple‘s next-generation iPhone will go on sale in June.
it’s doubtful you’ll hear any announcement about the iPhone 5 – or whatever the device will be called – at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The head of human resources at one of Foxconn’s factories in China says consumers and business users alike will once again have to wait until the fall to get their hands on the newest version of the iconic device. “We just got the order. It [the release] will be around October,” the HR rep told South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper, as translated by Kotaku. He further acknowledged that his plant is “hiring a large number of workers.”
News of an October release date counters what a Foxconn employment recruiter said last week, citing a June release. Apple, as usual, remains mum. The company released the iPhone 4S last October – the first time it’s done a post-summer release since the original iPhone came out in 2007.
Speculation about the device surrounds some key specs: a rumored overhaul of the traditional design; the potential of 4G LTE capability; and more.