While Apple is keeping quiet on what’s powering the iPhones 3GS to prevent confusion amongst the tech inclined, T-Mobile in the Netherlands has outed the phone’s specs.
Apple itself has said they don’t want consumers thinking of the iPhone as a computer despite the many similarities between the two such as having a capable CPU, adequate memory, storage and an operating system meant for a computer. Instead, Apple is choosing to describe the iPhone 3GS as “...it’s just faster, better, quicker, snappier, and a great experience.” and pass off benchmarks for tasks you’d normally do on your iPhone such as open an attachment in mail or render a Web page. For the geeks amongst us, you’ll be delighted to know that the iPhone 3GS should live up to it’s claim of being “twice as fast” thanks to a 600 MHz ARM Cortex processor, 256MB of RAM (up from 128MB) and a powerVR sGX gPU.
Apple recently released the iphone 3GS during it’s keynote Monday but one of the bigger questions was how believable many of the rumors picked up by the blog-o-sphere were. One such rumor, a matte case replacing the glossy plastic backing of the current iphone was not only speculated but leaked through pictures. However, Apple chose to keep the current design of the iphone 3G.
While we weren’t treated to a new redesign, the underlying Hardware was upgraded with a speedier CPU and double the RAM. That still leaves the mystery of what happened to the matte backing we saw on leaked images of the 3rd generation iphone wide open. Macrumors points out that it could have been a possible design route for Apple as the FCC ID numbers on the matte case and iphone 3GS match up.
Apple could release an incremental update to the iphone with the new enclosure as the matte backing contains the FCC ID a1303 while the 3GS has the ID number bCGA1303A indicating some kind of close correlation.
Recently, Chinese Ontrade a Chinese hardware wholesaler, leaked parts of the next generation iPhone for purchase. The parts in question hint at what kind of changes we could see in the next generation model’s underlying hardware.
First, a new bezel would bring the speakerphone to the very top cutting in to the tapered edge between the headphone jack and the lock button. Ontrade also claims to have the next generation iPhone’s screen for sale which sadly, is not an OLED display that is now starting to pop up in smartphones and notably, the Zune HD.
While the rumor mill clamors around the next generation iPhone, a Chinese tipster has supposedly handled the device thanks to a deep contact with Foxconn, Apple’s contracted partner to build the iPhone.
The source claims that the iPhone’s physical designs won’t change but the device’s underlying Hardware will improve somewhat. A faster 600 MHz processor, up from the iPhone 3G’s 532 MHz CPU will be included, RAM will be doubled from 128 MB to 256 MB and the storage upped from 16 GB to 32 GB. In addition, an FM Transmitter, Magnetometerand improved 3.2 Megapixel camera will make it into the final Hardware design.
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Talking with someone who drives a company car revealed something interesting to me. They weren’t as interested in the model as they were in the options. Specifically if the car supported the iPod. Screw child safety restraints, forget driver side crash tests and rear window visibility! The car could have lawn chair zip tied to the chassis and as long as the iPod worked seamlessly that was the option this person was choosing.
That just the way things are but smart people already knew this and smart people have designed a concept car around the iPhone. That’s right, your iPhone is the key. Take a look at the iPhone key:
And take a gander at the inside:
wait, what? A one seater? A one seater means you can’t stop short!
It seemed like a good idea until the seating arrangement was revealed. For more coverage check out collthingsmore...
You know what would make the iPhone even better? If it were perfectly round. Actually, that’s not even remotely true, browsing the net and so forth is much better on a squarish device since the net is designed for computer screens. But just because the general take is that squarish shape is the most logical option for a cell phone screen doesn’t mean everyone thinks that is the current design of phones is the ultimate in phone design.
Take this perfectly round, touch screen capable phone concept phone from Motorola.
Gah! Okay, so Motorola is calling this a digital butler and stressing the social networking bits of the device. But it has a built in accelerometer, 4 G connectivity, a built in projector and (I’ll guess) an App Store so the company can call it a digital butler but most everyone else will just call it ugly.more...
Some people are advancing reasons why there will be a netbook released at MacWorld and others (the denser ones among us) are saying that there is no way a netbook is coming. Yeah, whatever, keep it amongst yourselves.
But even when people are talking netbooks they aren’t thinking of the traditional netbook form factor they’re thinking king sized iPhone. Well not the supersized iPhone that used to hang in the windows of Apple stores, that thing is oversized even by Dom Jolly standards. Most people are thinking of a more sedate size. Too big for pocketing but smaller than a notebook.
It would be nice to see a picture of the tablet but that isn’t going to happen. How about a mock up of one. Good news, Datastronghold has you covered. Their version is 12” by 7” and matches the idea floating around in a lot of people’s heads. If… more...
Hadley Stern is miffed. He’s taking a look at what Apple has done in the past and with the iPhone and seen the copycats. What, exactly, is a Blackberry Storm if not a direct rip off of the iPhone? And you know RIM won’t give Apple a kiss after that screwjob so why not some cash?
Hadley’s not exactly that upfront about it but that is the take away message. All the companies coming out with touchscreen phones are really coming out with iPhone knockoffs and that doesn’t seem fair to the company who went through all the hard work of getting everything right in the first place. Read the entire article Should Other Companies Pay Apple at our sister site Apple Matters.more...
Apple has rejected for inclusion in the App store and this time it isn’t something as silly as Pull My Finger. The rejected application this time has actual functionality and is called PodCaster. PodCaster, as the name implies, is a program designed to give you some more control over podcasts. And that is where the trouble started. Apple rejected PodCaster because:
...Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes.
Except that Podcaster had more functionality than what Apple built in. See, with iTunes you have to plug your iPhone into the computer to load up your podcasts with Podcaster you can do it all over Wi-Fi. But wait there’s more. It isn’t as if you can’t already find scads of redundant Apps in the App store. Every calculator is redundant, every clock, every weather application and so on. Clearly redundancy hasn’t been a big sticking point before.
A patent recently made available (filed in 2006) shows plans by Apple to implement a mobile ordering system. To what this could be applied is endless and could foster a widespread adoption of wireless payments. To go with this, Phil Lu had created a concept of what such a system would look like.
What’s amazing is that Phil designed this concept long before the patent was publicized. This does not detract from it but is very accurate of what an Apple/Starbucks partnership would entail. The concept created by Phil uses a Semacode to authenticate orders which works as a digital receipt.
As of now, Starbucks is rolling out free Wi-Fi for iPhone and iPod Touch owners to use the iTunes store. it’s possible Apple could expand on this.