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Imagination at CES: POWERVR SGX545 Graphics Core... Could it be the 4th Gen iPhone GPU?

Imagination, which counts Apple as one of its owners, has provided the GPU (graphics processing unit) for every iPhone to date, including the current iPhone 3GS PowerVR SGX, so it's not unreasonable to assume the latest, greatest PowerVR SGX545 introduced at CES will be in the 4th generation iPhone, likely to be announced in June/July:

SGX545 will also deliver OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 3.2 to deliver class leading 3D graphics performance, and will also support OpenCL 1.0 full profile capability which will enable mobile and embedded applications to take maximum advantage of the capabilities offered by these GPU APIs for both 3D graphics and general purpose applications.

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Reuters: Aluminum iTablet/iSlate Set for Q2 Launch?

Hey, wow, look here -- more Apple iTablet/iSlate rumors, and this time they're bringing aluminum (unibody?) casing rumors along for the wild ride:

Suppliers for Apple Inc's new tablet computer have begun shipping touchscreen panels and will start delivering aluminum casings for it next month, sources said, implying a second-quarter product launch.

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Blue Microphone Mikey for iPhone Hands-on -- TiPb @ CES 2010

As iPhone Live! regulars know, I use a Blue Microphone Snowball for our podcast, so when they announced their 2nd generation, iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS compatible Mikey, I was gravitationally pulled towards their booth for a quick look.

It's small, it plugs into the iPhone dock, and they also offer a free Blue Fire field-recorder app in the iTunes App Store [Free - iTunes link]

The 2nd gen Mikey should ship this spring. Check out the video after the break, and note: this was recorded using a pre-production unit of that very mic!

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Rumor: Apple Looking at LED Flash for 4th Generation iPhone?

AppleInsider is hearing that Apple is looking to acquire LED flash camera components for the 4th generation iPhone, assumed to be announced this June/July during their WWDC event, and perhaps it's iPhone touch G4 which would come later, in September:

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iPhone 4.0, 4th Generation iPhone Rumors at CES - Limited Multitasking, Verizon-capable

While iPhone accessories and apps are everywhere here at CES, the iPhone -- meaning Apple itself -- is characteristically absent. That doesn't mean people are whispering about it. There are lots of rumors about iPhone 4.0 software and the 4th generation iPhone hardware, but the ones floating around the most are:

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Case-Mate iMakeMyCase iPhone Case Customizations -- TiPb @ CES 2010

With iMakeMyCase, Case-Mate is taking their popular case model and not only offering you hot, artist-based designs, but breaking apart those designs to their core elements and letting you customize and collage them to create your own unique variation.

There are lots of on-line tools provided, included spays, mirror effects, and if you're not feeling particularly creative, reference designs by each artist.

Check out our walkthrough after the break!

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Apple Making Greenpeace Happier

According to Greenpeace -- who's here at CES to right and properly scold the consumer electronics industry for not doing more to keep the planet hospitable for humans -- Apple is making them happier [PDF link].

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L5 Remote IR Control App/Accessory for iPhone Hands-on -- TiPb @ CES 2010

If you ever held your iPhone in one hand, then got angry you still had to hold your big, expensive, horrible-screen universal in the other, L5 has an app -- and an accessory for that!

The process is straight forward. Download the app. Drag and drop in your custom control setup. Buy the infra-red (IR) dongle. Teach it your remotes' commands. Enjoy total iPhone or iPod touch power over your A/V components.

Video walk through after the break!

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CNBC's "Planet of the Apps: A Hand-Held Revolution!" Airs Tonight

CNBC's "Planet of the Apps: A Hand-Held Revolution!" airs tonight at 10PM ET/PT and should be viewed by all iPhone owners. It is a one-hour documentary, reported by CNBC's Scott Wapner, that takes a look at how this cultural phenomenon had truly changed the way we live and how the launch of the Apple iPhone back in 2007 gave birth to a revolution in mobile technology and a new breed of entrepreneurs.

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CES Day 01 Gallery -- iPhone Accessories at iLounge Pavilion

The iPhone has made it's first big, official splash at CES 2010, courtesy of the iLounge Pavilion, set up by the fine folks at iLounge. I've only spent half a day walking around so far, but you can't throw an iPhone without hitting a major player at a big booth showing off some amazing new iPhone accessories.

Here's a quick rundown of what I've seen so far:

  • Etymotic, well known for their high-end in-ear headsets has incorporated the 3-button iPhone/iPod-style controller onto their cables giving you full volume, pause/play, etc. They're also offering an entry-level model without the same system, but with excellent sound quality.
  • HyperMac is offering a new external batteries with USB-out for iPhone.
  • ExtremeMac is doing a range of charging as well, lots of options.
  • Seidio is bringing the vibrant colored case love.
  • Case-mate is offering a design-it-yourself option for cases, also a no-squirt-liquid-required body skin, and Hug, a non-proprietary inductive charging solution where you can buy their case and pad, or from another member of the consortium so you can mix and match. Nissan cup holders will also support it!
  • Gelaskins is bringing in National Geographic and Marvel Comics licenses.
  • Music skins is bringing Beatles licenses.
  • Otterbox is offering lighter, but still armor-like solutions for those who want a little more convenience.
  • Incipio is going with multiple materials and bold designs.

ics after the break!

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