Category Archives: Rumour
Gadget enthusiast blog M.I.C. Gadget has posted images of what it claims may be Apple’s next iPhone. The site itself seems skeptical as to the authenticity of the images — and we are as well — but they reveal what appears to be a thinner iPhone model with a touchscreen that is larger than the one found on the iPhone 4. It also appears as though the back of the device maybe be rounded like older iPhone models, but the images are very low-quality so it is difficult to say with any certainty. The images also feature the new proximity sensor seen on Apple’s upcoming white iPhone 4, but this has been pictured several times so it could certainly have been faked. Hit the break for a second image supposedly showing the face of the new iPhone next to an iPhone 4.
Bloomberg reported today that Google is cracking the whip on Android phones, forcing companies to abide by anti-Android fragmentation clauses and not modify the Android experience too much. The Internet then blew up with “OMG! Is Android open source ending?” responses because it seemed Google was going to begin locking down Android.
The only problem is that everyone failed to recognize a line brought up in the BusinessWeek article that sparked the latest Android hubbub: Google has always locked down Android releases in its early stages. Qualcomm and HTC had to play by Google’s rules for the Nexus One, and NVIDIA and Motorola followed the leader to be first to market with the Motorola Xoom. Companies that want early access to the latest version of Android have to sacrifice their desire to heavily-tweak the software in order to beat other companies to the punch. While this may anger smaller companies, that doesn’t mean Google has fundamentally altered its plans for Android.
It seems Android phone and tablet makers are more upset that Google’s practices don’t give them enough time to alter Android as much as they would like. Discussions about the openness and promptness of Google Android code releases have popped up several times, so nothing has really changed based on this article. The dozen or so executives use as sources for the article may seem upset that Google is tightening its policies, but Google is not standing in the way of customizations, which a rep confirmed to us last week.
There are times I wish Google would be heavy-handed with Android because it would help alleviate the frustrations that come from the differences in processors, skins, and hardware issues that make it so difficult for apps to function in a uniform fashion. But I doubt that would happen since it would provide less options in terms of form factor and phone quality. That’s what made Android rise to popularity and diverting from that strategy could be a step backwards. Was Google’s end game to get everyone in the building and then change the rules once the door was locked? Possible but doubtful. Things in “Android Land” are the same as there were last year, just with a bigger crowd to control.
With Nintendo bringing its 3D-equipped 3DS to market, the whole world is going 3D crazy. Umpteen Android devices from various manufacturers are also due to get the 3D treatment in the coming months, but according to AppleInsider, Apple has been looking at adding 3D photo taking capabilities to its hardware (iPhone/iPad) for some time now.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has made public a patent application from Cupertino that relate to the taking of photos in 3D. The patent, named ‘Systems and Methods for an Imaging System Using Multiple Image Sensors’ would use two rear-facing cameras to create a 3D image just as the 3DS does.
The difference here is in the way the photo is created. Apple’s solution would take a hardware-based approach to stitching together the two images taken by the twin cameras whereas current 3D-capable machines go for a software approach. Apple believes this can introduce unwanted artifacts which they believe a hardware solution would cure.
The guys over NoWhereelse else have prepared an amazing infographic which illustrates all the rumors around the upcoming iPhone 5.
Stock shortages of the first-gen iPad are being cited as evidence that Apple is readying the second-gen model for imminent release. UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is out of stock of all 3G-enabled models, as well as the 64GB WiFi version, while carriers in the country have already started throwing further subsidies at the Apple tablet, potentially to clear out final supplies.
Orange UK is now offering the iPad 3G from £99 ($160), half price compared to its regular subsidy, as long as buyers take out a 24-month data agreement. Meanwhile, reports of stock shortages have also been reported at European distributor Ingram Micro, with no remaining supplies of of the 16GB and 64GB WiFi-only iPads or of the 64GB 3G iPad, and “very low” supplies of the other versions. Canadian retailers are also believed to be affected.
Apple is expected to announce the iPad 2 imminently, with the tablet believed to have the same size and resolution of display but use a new, improved IPS panel with reduced reflections and better outdoor visibility. Slimmer and flatter than the first-gen iPad, the iPad 2 is also expected to add in twin cameras for Face Time support.
[via 9 to 5 Mac]