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iPhone 5 With A Tapered “Teardrop” Design – Don’t Count On It

October 1st, 2011 10:36 admin View Comments

New iPhone 5

So far we’ve heard conflicting reports about next generation iPhone’s form factor. According to some reports, next generation iPhone will be completely redesigned and will look more like iPod Touch 4G rather than iPhone 4.

While, some reports claim that fifth generation iPhone will come with improved specifications such as faster processor, 8-megapixel camera etc. just like iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, but won’t feature an all-new design and will look like iPhone 4.

With less than four days to go, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber – uber-famous Apple blogger has chimed in with his thoughts. He begins by saying that he doesn’t know what the next generation iPhone will look like, but writes that his views are based on good old-fashioned speculation and design thinking.

Something about this design seems wrong to me. The proportions seem off. Wouldn’t a teardrop body feel weirdly unbalanced when held horizontally? Look at MacRumors’s mockup of this purported design. It strikes me as ungainly that the “forehead†is smaller than the “chin†on the front face. On all previous iPhones the forehead and chin are the same size, which makes the iPhone look “right†no matter how it’s oriented. This iPhone seems like something that would only look right or feel right when held in portrait. [..]

[..] Symmetry is a hallmark of Apple’s iOS devices to date. They look right in any orientation. In terms of weight and thickness, they feel balanced when held in either orientation. These things are true of all existing iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads.

The MacBook Air is symmetric despite its teardrop shape because it has only one orientation. A teardrop iPhone, when held in landscape, would be thicker (and presumably heavier) on one side than the other. That seems wrong to me. Not shockingly wrong, but wrong nonetheless. The iPhone is not as orientation-agnostic as the iPad — the iPhone homescreen and multitasking tray, for example, are portrait-only. But still, all previous models look and feel right when held in landscape.

Consider, for example, how many iPhone games are played in landscape and use the accelerometer for control (e.g. almost all driving games). Seems to me that games like those would suffer on an unbalanced asymmetric iPhone.

He’s also skeptical about the possibility of Apple introducing iPhone 5 with a larger 4-inch screen:

And color me skeptical about a bigger display. If it goes to 4-inches diagonal, but the pixel count remains the same, won’t the pixels-per-inch resolution drop beneath Apple’s own threshold to qualify as a “retina display� I mean, a 4-inch 960 × 640 display would still be plenty dense and should look good, but Apple tends to make things smaller, not bigger.

He concludes with his trademark Magic 8-Ball Answers your questions:

Q: Will Apple announce at least one new iPhone next week?

A: IT IS CERTAIN.

Q: Will they release two new iPhones?

A: ASK AGAIN LATER.

Q: If — if — there are two new iPhones, and one of them looks like the iPhone 4, is it certain that the iPhone 4-esque one is the low-end model?

A: BETTER NOT TELL YOU NOW.

Q: Is there a new iPhone with a tapered “teardrop†design?

A: DON’T COUNT ON IT.

Q: Is there a new iPhone with a new form factor, neither like the iPhone 4 nor “teardropâ€, which Apple has managed to keep completely secret?

Until now, we’ve been hoping that Apple will launch a redesigned iPhone 5 and surveys also indicate that most of the mobile phone users want a redesigned iPhone 5 rather than iPhone 4S that will look like iPhone 4, but Gruber has raised some valid concerns with the teardrop design for an iPhone.

What do you think? Please share your views in the comments section below.

[via Daring Fireball]

Source: iPhone 5 With A Tapered “Teardrop” Design – Don’t Count On It

Physical Mockup Of iPhone 5 With Teardrop Design

September 29th, 2011 09:37 admin View Comments

iPhone 5 physical mockup

German site giga.de has created a physical mockup of the iPhone 5 based on the leaked case designs, hardware components and case leaks that surfaced on the web over the past few months. Though the chances of a completely new iPhone design are slim due to lack of any evidence, the prototype created by them incorporates the teardrop design, an oval home button and a larger 4-inch screen.

Until now, the most compelling mockups we had seen came in the form of three-dimensional renderings of the iPhone 5, but this prototype takes it a step further and gives us a better look at how Apple’s next iPhone with the teardrop design might look like.

The thinnest portion at the bottom measures 5.33mm going to 6.86mm at the top. The prototype is 59.94mm wide as compared to the iPhone 4′s width of 58.6mm. The site also gives us a few details into how the prototype was made:

The process to create this prototype is the same that’s used to create the iPad. The back was machined from a sold block of aluminium, which was later treated with glass pearls to get the same slightly rough touch that we already know from the iPad.

Take a look at the images and the video below to see how the prototype looks like, and how it stacks up against the iPhone 4:

iPhone 5 mockup 1

iPhone 5 mockup 2

iPhone 5 mockup 3

iPhone 5 mockup 4

iPhone 5 mockup 5

iPhone 5 mockup 6

So what so you think of the mockup? [Giga.de via MacRumors]

Source: Physical Mockup Of iPhone 5 With Teardrop Design

Facebook May Launch iPad App And Project Spartan Early Next Week

September 29th, 2011 09:51 admin View Comments

Facebook on iPad

TechCrunch reports that Facebook is gearing up to launch the much awaited iPad app and Project Spatran as early as next week and it could even be at the iPhone 5 launch event on October 4th.

Project Spartan is an HTML5 based mobile application platform for Facebook apps, which would work on mobile Safari.

MG Siegler of TechCrunch reports:

Facebook’s iPad app is about to launch. That too has been ready to go for a while now, but it has been held up by some internal back-and-forth between Apple and Facebook. And Project Spartan has been waiting on that iPad app. [...] Earlier this week, Mashable reported that Facebook’s iPad app would launch at Apple’s iPhone event this coming Tuesday. For what it’s worth, we’ve heard Facebook is actually planning to launch the iPad app at their own iPad/Spartan event on Monday. But they’re still discussing all of this with Apple. And Apple has been well known to change things at the last second. It is possible that they want Facebook to launch this on stage at their event to showcase some of the new HTML5 capabilities of iOS 5 (which will also be formally unveiled at the event).

Facebook’s widely anticipated iPad app, whose code had been bundled along with the Facebook for iPhone app and later pulled out, was apparently almost ready back in May this year. But due to Facebook’s decision to indefinitely hold the release of the now-fully-complete app, Jeff Verkoeyen – a lead developer of the iPad app quit the company in frustration and has joined Google.

TechCrunch reports that it is still not confirmed if Facebook with launch iPad app and Project Spartan at the event or Facebook will launch it at its own event on Monday, but it has Apple’s blessings.

TechCrunch has also discovered the following screenshots of Project Spartan on Facebook’s mobile developer page, which has available briefly and has since been taken down:

Siegler goes on to add:

Spartan has also been delayed a few times. More recently, we’ve been hearing a lot about the collaboration between Apple and Facebook on the project. The two (Facebook iPad and Facebook Spartan) are now joined at the hip, it seems. One will not launch without the other. And apparently, all of this is with Apple’s blessing.

But make no mistake, the relationship between the two companies is tenuous at best. Both know that they’d probably be better of working together, but both also believe that they don’t actually need each other. Hence, the dancing we’ve been seeing and hearing about. The two are frenemies. But the launch of Google+ has made one common enemy very clear…

We’ve heard that Facebook is using the iPad app as leverage in their dealings with Apple for their ambitious mobile application platform project, knowing that a large portion of iPad users are waiting eagerly for the app.

It looks like next week is going to be a very eventful one for iPhone and iPad users.

[via TechCrunch]

Source: Facebook May Launch iPad App And Project Spartan Early Next Week

Facebook May Launch iPad App And Project Spartan Early Next Week

September 29th, 2011 09:51 admin View Comments

Facebook on iPad

TechCrunch reports that Facebook is gearing up to launch the much awaited iPad app and Project Spatran as early as next week and it could even be at the iPhone 5 launch event on October 4th.

Project Spartan is an HTML5 based mobile application platform for Facebook apps, which would work on mobile Safari.

MG Siegler of TechCrunch reports:

Facebook’s iPad app is about to launch. That too has been ready to go for a while now, but it has been held up by some internal back-and-forth between Apple and Facebook. And Project Spartan has been waiting on that iPad app. [...] Earlier this week, Mashable reported that Facebook’s iPad app would launch at Apple’s iPhone event this coming Tuesday. For what it’s worth, we’ve heard Facebook is actually planning to launch the iPad app at their own iPad/Spartan event on Monday. But they’re still discussing all of this with Apple. And Apple has been well known to change things at the last second. It is possible that they want Facebook to launch this on stage at their event to showcase some of the new HTML5 capabilities of iOS 5 (which will also be formally unveiled at the event).

Facebook’s widely anticipated iPad app, whose code had been bundled along with the Facebook for iPhone app and later pulled out, was apparently almost ready back in May this year. But due to Facebook’s decision to indefinitely hold the release of the now-fully-complete app, Jeff Verkoeyen – a lead developer of the iPad app quit the company in frustration and has joined Google.

TechCrunch reports that it is still not confirmed if Facebook with launch iPad app and Project Spartan at the event or Facebook will launch it at its own event on Monday, but it has Apple’s blessings.

TechCrunch has also discovered the following screenshots of Project Spartan on Facebook’s mobile developer page, which has available briefly and has since been taken down:

Siegler goes on to add:

Spartan has also been delayed a few times. More recently, we’ve been hearing a lot about the collaboration between Apple and Facebook on the project. The two (Facebook iPad and Facebook Spartan) are now joined at the hip, it seems. One will not launch without the other. And apparently, all of this is with Apple’s blessing.

But make no mistake, the relationship between the two companies is tenuous at best. Both know that they’d probably be better of working together, but both also believe that they don’t actually need each other. Hence, the dancing we’ve been seeing and hearing about. The two are frenemies. But the launch of Google+ has made one common enemy very clear…

We’ve heard that Facebook is using the iPad app as leverage in their dealings with Apple for their ambitious mobile application platform project, knowing that a large portion of iPad users are waiting eagerly for the app.

It looks like next week is going to be a very eventful one for iPhone and iPad users.

[via TechCrunch]

Source: Facebook May Launch iPad App And Project Spartan Early Next Week

Facebook May Launch iPad App And Project Spartan Early Next Week

September 29th, 2011 09:51 admin View Comments

Facebook on iPad

TechCrunch reports that Facebook is gearing up to launch the much awaited iPad app and Project Spatran as early as next week and it could even be at the iPhone 5 launch event on October 4th.

Project Spartan is an HTML5 based mobile application platform for Facebook apps, which would work on mobile Safari.

MG Siegler of TechCrunch reports:

Facebook’s iPad app is about to launch. That too has been ready to go for a while now, but it has been held up by some internal back-and-forth between Apple and Facebook. And Project Spartan has been waiting on that iPad app. [...] Earlier this week, Mashable reported that Facebook’s iPad app would launch at Apple’s iPhone event this coming Tuesday. For what it’s worth, we’ve heard Facebook is actually planning to launch the iPad app at their own iPad/Spartan event on Monday. But they’re still discussing all of this with Apple. And Apple has been well known to change things at the last second. It is possible that they want Facebook to launch this on stage at their event to showcase some of the new HTML5 capabilities of iOS 5 (which will also be formally unveiled at the event).

Facebook’s widely anticipated iPad app, whose code had been bundled along with the Facebook for iPhone app and later pulled out, was apparently almost ready back in May this year. But due to Facebook’s decision to indefinitely hold the release of the now-fully-complete app, Jeff Verkoeyen – a lead developer of the iPad app quit the company in frustration and has joined Google.

TechCrunch reports that it is still not confirmed if Facebook with launch iPad app and Project Spartan at the event or Facebook will launch it at its own event on Monday, but it has Apple’s blessings.

TechCrunch has also discovered the following screenshots of Project Spartan on Facebook’s mobile developer page, which has available briefly and has since been taken down:

Siegler goes on to add:

Spartan has also been delayed a few times. More recently, we’ve been hearing a lot about the collaboration between Apple and Facebook on the project. The two (Facebook iPad and Facebook Spartan) are now joined at the hip, it seems. One will not launch without the other. And apparently, all of this is with Apple’s blessing.

But make no mistake, the relationship between the two companies is tenuous at best. Both know that they’d probably be better of working together, but both also believe that they don’t actually need each other. Hence, the dancing we’ve been seeing and hearing about. The two are frenemies. But the launch of Google+ has made one common enemy very clear…

We’ve heard that Facebook is using the iPad app as leverage in their dealings with Apple for their ambitious mobile application platform project, knowing that a large portion of iPad users are waiting eagerly for the app.

It looks like next week is going to be a very eventful one for iPhone and iPad users.

[via TechCrunch]

Source: Facebook May Launch iPad App And Project Spartan Early Next Week

Skype Updates iPhone And iPad Apps To Fix Security Vulnerability And Syncing Issues

September 28th, 2011 09:44 admin View Comments

Skype app

Last week, we had reported that  Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad have a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the chat message window, which allows an attacker to run malicious javascript code that can enable the attacker to get information, including a user’s address book from the victim’s iOS device.

It looks like Skype has fixed the security vulnerability in the major update it rolled out yesterday.

Skype has just released a new update to fix the syncing issues that plagued yesterday’s update, in which we also noticed that Skype has also fixed the security vulnerability that was reported by AppSec Consulting security researcher Phil Purviance.

The latest version of Skype iOS apps includes the following new features and improvements:

  • Bluetooth support for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2
  • Incoming emoticons; outgoing emoticons displayed when entered in text form
  • Enhanced video through image stabilization
  • New easy-to-use interface
  • Advertising will be shown to users that do not have Skype Credit, a calling subscription or premium subscription
  • Bugfix for security vulnerability
  • Bugfix for syncing issues

We can confirm the syncing issues are now fixed. However, after updating the app, it kept crashing and we had to reboot the iPhone to resolve the issue.

You can download the iPhone app using this App Store link and iPad app using this link or launch the App Store on your iPhone or iPad to update them.

Source: Skype Updates iPhone And iPad Apps To Fix Security Vulnerability And Syncing Issues

AT&T Also Blacking Out Vacations For iPhone 5 Launch

September 28th, 2011 09:31 admin View Comments

AT&T iPhone 5

It looks like AT&T has also issued a blackout on vacations for retail store employees for the first two weeks of October, indicating that they are preparing for the iPhone 5 launch.

Yesterday, Apple announced that it will unveil its next generation iPhone at a media event on October 4th.

BGR reports:

With reports circling that Apple’s next iPhone is due to launch on October 14th, BGR has received new information from a trusted AT&T source that seems to confirm a mid-October launch. AT&T has started to block all employee vacation requests for the first two weeks of October in order to have “all hands on deck.†Our source clarified that the dates are the first two works weeks starting on Monday, October 3rd and ending on Friday, October 14th.  Our source also says it is normal for AT&T to extend a vacation blackout after it’s in place, or after an actual launch date is announced.

Couple of weeks back a leaked internal memo had revealed that Sprint has blacked out staff vacation for the first half of October due to the possibility of a major phone launch.

And over the weekend, we also heard that Apple was quietly denying vacation requests in the second week of October.

BGR’s source has also goes on to add:

In addition to this vacation restriction for all AT&T employees, our source has confirmed that AT&T’s internal inventory system now lists six “new product†SKU placeholders as of this morning. Our source, who has witnessed several iPhone launches at AT&T, has indicated that these entries are most likely holding space for new iPhone models and/or unannounced iPhone-related Apple accessories. The inventory entries are not likely to be holding places for upcoming non-Apple handsets, our source said, as they normally appear by name in the inventory system even ahead of announcements.

The six new placeholders could be for white and black versions of three different models – two storage capacities of iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S and a single storage capacity iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, though it could be based on the rumors and speculations that they’ve heard rather than information from Apple, which usually keeps even its iPhone carrier partners in the dark.

[via BGR]

Source: AT&T Also Blacking Out Vacations For iPhone 5 Launch

AT&T Also Blacking Out Vacations For iPhone 5 Launch

September 28th, 2011 09:31 admin View Comments

AT&T iPhone 5

It looks like AT&T has also issued a blackout on vacations for retail store employees for the first two weeks of October, indicating that they are preparing for the iPhone 5 launch.

Yesterday, Apple announced that it will unveil its next generation iPhone at a media event on October 4th.

BGR reports:

With reports circling that Apple’s next iPhone is due to launch on October 14th, BGR has received new information from a trusted AT&T source that seems to confirm a mid-October launch. AT&T has started to block all employee vacation requests for the first two weeks of October in order to have “all hands on deck.†Our source clarified that the dates are the first two works weeks starting on Monday, October 3rd and ending on Friday, October 14th.  Our source also says it is normal for AT&T to extend a vacation blackout after it’s in place, or after an actual launch date is announced.

Couple of weeks back a leaked internal memo had revealed that Sprint has blacked out staff vacation for the first half of October due to the possibility of a major phone launch.

And over the weekend, we also heard that Apple was quietly denying vacation requests in the second week of October.

BGR’s source has also goes on to add:

In addition to this vacation restriction for all AT&T employees, our source has confirmed that AT&T’s internal inventory system now lists six “new product†SKU placeholders as of this morning. Our source, who has witnessed several iPhone launches at AT&T, has indicated that these entries are most likely holding space for new iPhone models and/or unannounced iPhone-related Apple accessories. The inventory entries are not likely to be holding places for upcoming non-Apple handsets, our source said, as they normally appear by name in the inventory system even ahead of announcements.

The six new placeholders could be for white and black versions of three different models – two storage capacities of iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S and a single storage capacity iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, though it could be based on the rumors and speculations that they’ve heard rather than information from Apple, which usually keeps even its iPhone carrier partners in the dark.

[via BGR]

Source: AT&T Also Blacking Out Vacations For iPhone 5 Launch

Lead Developer Of Facebook’s iPad App Quits In Frustration; Defects To Google

September 26th, 2011 09:53 admin View Comments

Facebook on iPad

Facebook’s widely anticipated iPad app, whose code had been bundled along with the Facebook for iPhone app and later pulled out, was apparently almost ready back in May this year. This piece of information comes from Jeff Verkoeyen an ex-Facebook employee who was working full time on the iPad version of the app. Following Facebook’s decision to indefinitely hold the release of the now-fully-complete app, Verkoeyen decided to quit the company and join Google.

Verkoeyen was working on the app for eight months and had put in a lot of work into the app, sometimes even working 80 hours a week. This was to ensure that the app is ready on time for release, but as we all know the app hasn’t hit the App Store yet, a good five months after it was feature complete. This naturally frustrated Verkoeyen and led to his decision to quit Facebook. TechCrunch managed to grab a few snippets of his blog before it went down:

“It is now nearly 5 months since the app was feature complete and I haven’t seen it released except for when the project was leaked on Techcrunch. Needless to say this was a frustrating experience for me. The experience of working on this app was a large contribution to the reasons why I left Facebook, though that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a difficult decision.

You probably saw the app when it was infamously leaked via Techcrunch. It was feature-complete by then and for reasons I won’t go into details on the app was repeatedly delayed throughout the summer.”

The immediate thought that comes to mind is why would Facebook want to delay the launch of an app that was feature complete five months ago. MG Siegler says that the strained ties between Apple and Facebook ever since the launch of Ping, Apple’s music social network could be one of the reasons.

But why would a third party app that requires no collaboration with Apple except for the approval process bear the brunt of a sour relationship between the two companies? Turns out, Facebook is using the app as leverage in their dealings with Apple knowing that a large portion of iPad users are waiting eagerly for the app. The dealings in question here refer to Facebook’s ambitious “Project Spartan”, an HTML5 platform for apps to work on Mobile Safari.

MG says that Facebook may be working in collaboration with Apple on Project Spartan:

“we’ve been hearing that Facebook and Apple may now be working together on the HTML5 project. Maybe it’s because Apple hates Google that much, or maybe it’s because they realize that HTML5 apps are still no real threat to the native app movement. Or maybe they want Facebook’s wildly popular social games to run inside of Facebook’s apps — including the iPad app. If this is indeed the case, negotiations may still be underway. That could be why we haven’t seen either Spartan or the iPad app yet, even though both are done.”

The question still remains whether web apps can match native apps in terms of performance and smoothness. Joe Hewitt, the developer of the initial version of Facebook’s iPhone app doesn’t think so. After leaving Facebook he was working on Scrollability, a project to deliver inertial scrolling on Mobile Safari. But if his tweets are any indication, he doesn’t seem too happy with the results he is getting:

Can’t believe I’m saying this, but 2 years later, I’m seriously considering developing for iOS (natively) again.

Trying to make Scrollability feel 100% native is driving me back to iOS. I can only hack WebKit so much before I throw up my hands.

You know how loading a PDF in your browser feels like entering an archaic world? That’s what embedded web browsers feel like on iOS/Android.

So until Apple and Facebook arrive at an agreement on “Project Spartan” and Facebook for iPad, iPad owners would be deprived of an official Facebook app.

How much longer can you wait?

[via TechCrunch]

Source: Lead Developer Of Facebook’s iPad App Quits In Frustration; Defects To Google

Amazon Holding Media Event On September 28th; To Launch Android Based Kindle Tablet?

September 23rd, 2011 09:33 admin View Comments

Amazon's iPad Killer

AllThingsD has just reported that Amazon has just sent out invitations for a media event next Wednesday, September 28th. The invitation does not provide any details or clues about the reason for the media event.

But it is being widely speculated that Amazon will unveil its rumored Android-based tablet at the event.

MG Siegler of TechCrunch who had a chance to play with Amazon’s tablet earlier in the month had this to say:

The interface is all Amazon and Kindle. It’s black, dark blue, and a bunch of orange. The main screen is a carousel that looks like Cover Flow in iTunes which displays all the content you have on the device. This includes books, apps, movies, etc. Below the main carousel is a dock to pin your favorite items in one easy-to-access place. When you turn the device horizontally, the dock disappears below the fold.

Above the dock is the status bar (time, battery, etc) and this doubles as a notification tray. When apps have updates, or when new subscriptions are ready for you to view, they appear here. The top bar shows “YOUR NAME’s Kindle†and then the number of notifications you have in bright orange. It looks quite nice.

TechCrunch had created a mockup based on Siegler’s description, which you can see below:

Amazon Kindle Tablet Mockup

Amazon is expected to offer the 7-inch tablet for $250, which is half of Apple’s iPad.

Would a $250 tablet with bare essential features compete effectively with the iPad or would it create an new segment altogether? Can the Kindle tablet and iPad exist peacefully in two separate categories without eating each other’s lunch? What’s your take?

[via AllThingsD]

Source: Amazon Holding Media Event On September 28th; To Launch Android Based Kindle Tablet?

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