News tagged ‘2.1’
According to Apple’s official statement, you won’t get any white iPhones until the second half of July as they have proven more difficult to make than it was expected. The availability of the black models, which are found to be more popular, will not be affected.
Strange as it might seem, producing white equipment is indeed more challenging than the black one. The reason for it is the fact that making the black back of the glass requires an electroplating process, which creates a smooth look. Consequently, to make the back of the glass white you have to paint the case, which makes it quite challenging to create a smooth opaque surface. If the paint goes on too thick, it could be rather difficult to glue the glass on, as the glue might stick to the paint and it’s possible that in the course of time the paint will peel off the glass.
When Gizmodo showed new iPhone's prototype most of us stopped expecting from Jobs anything shocking on WWDC 2010. But he amazed us, and not only with new display's resolution, FaceTime function and 802.11n support, but also with gyroscope. Many developers instantly realized - this is a new breakthrough.
While conventional accelerometer measures linear acceleration as a change of direction apart a change in velocity, a gyroscope measures angular acceleration, or in other words, a change in both direction and velocity at the same time. Thus the device can sense its rotation while ignoring hand jitters and linear movements, which is impossible for accelerometer.
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We know how the new iPhone 4 compares to the iPhone 3GS. Now it is time to size it against its fiercest competitors from all the major platforms. Take a look at the results against the HTC EVO 4G, Nokia N8, Palm Pre Plus and HTC HD2:
So iPhone 4 is finally unveiled and what do we have in it? Here is a list of hardware upgrades:
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Thanks to Engadget we now have a spec comparison between the iPhone 4 and the older model iPhone 3GS.
|Price (on contract)||$199 16GB, $299 32GB||$99 8GB|
|Processor||Apple A4||600MHz, Cortex-A8 architecture|
|Display||3.5-inch IPS 960x640||3.5-inch 480x320, no IPS|
|Primary camera||5 megapixel AF with flash||3 megapixel AF|
|Video recording||720p at 30fps, optional iMovie||VGA at 30fps, basic editing capabilities built-in|
|Cellular||UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)||UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)|
|Orientation sensing||Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope||Accelerometer, compass|
|FaceTime video calling||Yes||No|
|SIM standard||Micro SIM||SIM|
|Battery life||Up to 7 hours talk time on 3G, 12 hours on 2G
Up to 6 hours data on 3G
Up to 10 hours data on WiFi
Up to 40 hours audio
Up to 10 hours video
|Up to 5 hours talk time / data on 3G, 12 hours on 2G
Up to 5 hours data on 3G
Up to 9 hours data on WiFi
Up to 30 hours audio
Up to 10 hours video
|Weight||137 grams / 4.8 oz.||135 grams / 4.76 oz.|
|Dimensions||115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm||115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm|
The first release of Spirit had a bug that accidently could delete all of your photos from the device that was jailbroken. If you have a backup which you made before jailbreaking your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, here is a quick guide how to recover deleted photos.
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This week Steve Jobs answered an email question from Sweden. The question was from Jezper Söderlund:
I'll keep it short.
I'm Jezper from Sweden, a long time Apple fan, currently about to replace the very last computer at home with a brand spanking new iMac i7. I'm also awaiting the release of the iPad. However, I have one question:
Will the wifi-only version somehow support tethering thru my iPhone?
Two devices, based on the same OS, with already built-in technology to share one data plan suggests a secondary contract could possibly be redundant.
From the look of your keynote, where the iPad sits well between my MacBook Pro and my iPhone, I was hoping the three of them could interact as seamless as possible.
All the best,
This is a very interesting question, since iPad's network settings with tethering were found recently. Here is Jobs' answer:
As the new A4 CPU is rumored to be the next CPU for the 4th generation of iPhones,
1. Bluetooth Keyboard Support.
Apple iPad is claimed to support Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR that lets you connect Apple Wireless Keyboard, wireless headphones or other devices. This feature isn't supported yet in iPhones.
2. Desktop file syncing for third party applications
Now iPad allows you to drag-and-drop files from computer to the storage folders of third party applications. At one moment you're editing your document on a Mac, and at the second you're viewing it on your iPad.
3. Apps identify themselves as supporting their specific file types.
On the iPhone even if you have installed a specific application, you will need to find a way to get that file into the application's storage space. On the iPad you can open a file from the desktop or even from an email.
4. PDF Creation Support
There was always a problem of saving files that other people need to see in the friendly format. New iPad has built-in PDF creation functionality for iWork, which is very convenient.
With this improvements iPad can obviously be considered as a sign of innovations to come for the iPhone.
Apple's finally announced the iPad (Apple Tablet). It is perfect for tasks like browsing, email, photos, e-books and videos. It's a half-inch thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds (680g), with a 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD display and it's running a custom 1GHz Apple "A4" chip developed by the P.A. Semi team. The 10-hour battery life and a month of standby is quite exciting.
There will be devices with 16, 32 and 64GB. All iPads will get a 30-pin Dock connector, a speaker, a microphone, Bluetooth, 802.11n WiFi and optional 3G, as well as an accelerometer and a compass. There's also a keyboard dock, which connects underneath in the portrait orientation. iPad supports up to 1024x768 VGA out and 480p composite out through dock adapter cables. There is a camera attachment kit that lets you import photos from your camera over USB or directly through an SD reader.
The device is managed by iTunes, just like the iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad can run iPhone apps: either pixel-for-pixel in a window, or pixel-doubled fullscreen. Developers can also target the new screen size using the updated iPhone OS SDK, which is available today.
The 3G version runs on AT&T and comes with new data plans: 250MB for $14.99 and an unlimited plan for $29.99 a month contract-free. Activations are handled on the iPad, so you can activate and cancel whenever you want. Every iPad is unlocked (!) and comes with a GSM "micro-SIM".
The price starts at $499 for 16GB, 32GB for $599, and $699 64GB. Adding 3G costs a $130 per model, so the most expensive model (64GB / 3G) is $829. The WiFi-only model will ship in 60 days, and the 3G models will come in 90.
UPDATE: The 3G version will also have A-GPS.
Stuart Hughes always offers us expensive products with lots of diamonds and rare materials. He recently created a new model of iPhone, which won the title of the most expensive phone in the world.
This iPhone 3GS Supreme Rose costs 2.18 million euros (more than $3 M), which is more than gold iPhone. It's made of platinum and 18 carat pink gold with 130 diamonds from 97.5 carats. Nice gift, isn't it?
Google today announced the launch of its Nexus One smartphone. It is based on the Android 2.1 operating system and offers 800x480 screen, 5 megapixel camera with flash, Qualcomm's 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. The Nexus One offers 512 MB of Flash and 512 MB of RAM, and ships with a 4 GB Micro SD card with support for cards up to 32 GB.
Nexus One is initially available from the Google web store in the US without service for $529 or starting at $179 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile USA. In the near future, Verizon Wireless in the US and Vodafone in Europe plan to offer similar service plans.
Here is the full list of hardware and software features:
Next generation iPhone might have support for WiFi 802.11n. A recent Apple
- Implementation of 802.11 a/b/g/n & related specifications.
- 802.11i/802.1x Security protocols
- Good understanding of wireless RF technologies & co-existence issues of 802.11 PHYs with other Wireless interfaces like Bluetooth.
The addition of Wireless N capabilities and support are quite logical. Hope to see iPhone 4G soon.
This is the first video hands-on of Nexus One, best known as the first Google Phone to be released in early 2010. In the movie we can see the Android Market, the speed of the processor, quite functional browser, the ability to open documents, and even Google Maps Widget.
Here are some characteristics of the device:
- OLED display with capacitive touchscreen
- Home Screen renovated with the possibility of using an animated background
- Two microphones to reduce background noise during a conversation
- The new version 2.1 operating system,
- Snapdragon processor
- Supports GSM networks
- Great camera
- Virtual keyboard on the screen, but there is ability to use voice to dictate the words
Here is a side-by-side photo of Nexus One and iPhone:
There is an app for about everything. iMaya is an iPhone application that shows a countdown clock until time X of 2012.
Here is a quick story about this Maya calendar. Maya civilization had several different calendars, the longest one, The Long Count, identifies a date by counting the number of days from the Mayan creation (August 11, 3114 BC in the proleptic Gregorian calendar or September 6 in the Julian calendar). But instead of using a base-10 (decimal) scheme like Western numbering, the Long Count days were tallied in a modified base-20 scheme. Thus 0.0.0.1.5 is equal to 25, and 0.0.0.2.0 is equal to 40.
The Maya name for a day was k'in. Twenty of these k'ins are known as a winal or uinal. Eighteen winals make one tun. Twenty tuns are known as a k'atun. Twenty k'atuns make a b'ak'tun. Confused? Don't panic. 1 B'ak'tun is about 144,000 days or 394.3 years.
The date December 20, 2012 is simply the last day of the 13th b'ak'tun. And here is the big misinterpretation of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. There is a belief, that this date is the basis for a New Age and for a big cataclysm. For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle. But that is not the end of the Long Count because the 14th through 20th b'ak'tuns are still to come. So we need to wait for another 7 b'ak'tuns (> 2700 years), when this Long Count calendar will end.
The app costs $0.99 and is available in AppStore (
AdMob, a company that supplies advertising services for iPhone developers, says that between September 15th and 22nd only 23% of devices were updated to iPhone OS 3.1. This counts only devices that run apps with AdMob ads.
Some more statistics: 51% are still running OS 3.0, and 19% are still running v2.2.1, while 7% are still running v2.0 or earlier.
The reasons, as always, are very different. The update for the iPod Touch costs money, there are problems with internet tethering in 3.1, there is no firmware 3.1 jailbreak tool for Windows and it is impossible to jailbreak iPhone 3GS.
Have you perfomed the upgrade or not? Please, leave a comment why.