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4 years ago

What kind of apps would you want on an iOS AppleTV/iTV?

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What kind of apps would you want on an iOS AppleTV/iTV?

If Apple announces that much rumored, all new, all iOS AppleTV/iTV this Wednesday at their annual special music event, what kind of apps would you want on it?

When Apple introduced iPad, they let it run pretty much every iOS app made for iPhone and iPod touch (absent camera and phone apps, of course) by boxing them or pixel doubling them. Depending on the exact nature of the app, however, the experience at 1024x768 and 9.7-inches varied from fine to dismal. Luckily there were 5000 or so iPad specific apps available at launch and that number has continued to grow.

Now iPhone 4 -- and likely soon iPod touch 4 -- have 960x640 displays but still only 3.5-inches. If iPad was a step up, iTV will be a leap. There's an outside chance of 1920x1080 or the current 1280x720, both of which are probably workable just like they were for iPad... except TV screens won't be multitouch and they won't be in our hands or on our laps.

What made the 2007 iPhone a breakaway hit, what let it change the industry was its multitouch user interface. It disintermediated physical keyboards and styluses and let us touch and directly manipulate the UI.

Sitting 10 feet away, far removed from 30 to 70-inch screens, acting through some type of remote, wand, scroller, trackpad, or iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, what kind of apps make the most sense?

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4 years ago

Yet more iPod touch 4, iPod nano 6 case and screen protector leaks

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Yet more iPod touch 4, iPod nano 6 case and screen protector leaks

I love the smell of a iPod touch 4 and iPod nano 6 accessory leaks in the morning. Once again we've got cases from China, this time with a side of screen protectors for good measure.

How informed are the device mockups? We'll find out for certain at Apple's special music event this Wednesday but until then, give us your best guest -- real, fake, or really fake?

[9to5Mac]

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4 years ago

Infineon WLS sold: iPhone's 3G baseband now Intel inside

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Infineon WLS sold: iPhone's 3G baseband now Intel inside

Intel has announced that they've bought Infineon's wireless solutions business (WLS) for 1.4 billion dollars, which includes the Infineon 3G radio baseband used in iPhone. Here're the PR bullets:

  • WLS sale enables Infineon to expand leading position in markets for automotive, industry and security technologies.

  • WLS will operate as a standalone business. Intel is committed to serving WLS' existing customers, including support for ARM-based platforms.

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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 29 Aug 2010

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 29 Aug 2010

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4 years ago

iPad live tonight! 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

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iPad live tonight! 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

You know the drill. Come time, we'll be talking about everything iPad. We'd love to talk with you, so come by, chat, and share you views.

We'll be joined by special guest Craig Johnston of CrackBerry.com podcast fame, so spread the word!

  • 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

We're back on:

http://www.imore.com/live/

So click on through, we start setting up 15 min. before show time. Chat with you soon!

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4 years ago

iLuv case with camera cutout in the center?

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iLuv case with camera cutout in the center?

Reader Gerald spotted an iLuv case with camera cutout in the center in a local Marshall's clothing store:

[The case] was labeled as an iPod Touch 2nd Generation hard shell case made by a company called iLuv. The reason i liked this case so much was because it had a spot for a rear camera, and the dummy cardboard example of the iPod clearly showed what the camera looked like. I snapped a pic as proof.

Now what could that have been doing there?

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4 years ago

Imaginary 7-inch iPad gets real competition from Samsung

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Imaginary 7-inch iPad gets real competition from Samsung

While rumors persist Apple will be introducing a 7-inch version of iPad at some point, it looks like Samsung is wasting no time getting their 7-inch competition -- the Galaxy Tab -- ready for launch. Hey, at least they're not calling it GalactiPad or SammyPad, right?

Here are the purported specs:

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4 years ago

iPad now shipping in 24hrs

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iPad now shipping in 24hrs

Apple's online store now lists both iPad Wi-Fi and iPad Wi-Fi + 3G as shipping in 24hrs, and not just in the US but in international stores from Canada to the UK as well.

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4 years ago

Steve Jobs in shorts, on branding - Think Different [video]

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Steve Jobs in shorts, on branding - Think Different [video]

A younger, leggier Steve Jobs briefly schools the industry on how to do iconic, emotional branding by way of introducing the classic Think Different campaign.

Video after the break.

[Digital Daily via 9to5Mac]

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4 years ago

Concept: Magic iRemote for iOS Apple TV/iTV

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Concept: Magic iRemote for iOS Apple TV/iTV

Dan Wineman’s concept, above, for an iOS-powered Apple TV/iTV remote that's essentially an iPod touch without the screen, is interesting. Same accelerometer/gyro, same multitouch, same home button.

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4 years ago

iOS x.1

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iOS x.1

This Wednesday, at their annual special music event, Apple will most likely introduce the final version of iOS 4.1 for iPhone and iPod touch (though probably not for iPad). Apple released the first beta for iOS 4.1 on July 14 and stuck to their every-two-weeks cycle for beta 2 on July 27 and beta 3 on August 3.

What we've seen so far includes a new, font-crazy version of Game Center, which was also included in the iOS 4 betas but removed for the general release, and FaceTime connections over email, which will be required for non-phone devices like iPod touch 4.

It will also likely contain bug fixes for the proximity sensor, and hopefully performance fixes for iPhone 3G.

Those features are certainly impressive, those fixes certainly much needed. But is that all we'll get? There's no way to know what Apple will do in the future, but we can look at what they've done with past iOS x.1 releases for clues...

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4 years ago

Talon Hard Shell Case for iPhone 4 (artistic version) - review

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Talon Hard Shell Case for iPhone 4 (artistic version) - review

The Talon Hard Shell Case for iPhone 4, this version with beautiful artistic print finish, is an extremely affordable way to both protect and personalize your iPhone 4. Ally already looked at the solid color versions, and these are the same except for the artistic prints:

  • Contempo Tree, with colorful leaves on a white background
  • Midnight Tree, with bright red on pitch black, and
  • Starry Night, with impressionist swirls on a purple sky.

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4 years ago

Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, Facebook, puppy dogs, all things good and decent (not Microsoft)

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Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, Facebook, puppy dogs, all things good and decent (not Microsoft)

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has dropped the patent suit hammer on Apple, Google, Facebook, AOL, eBay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube, accusing them of violating his lab's innovations in internet commerce. According to the Wall Street Journal:

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4 years ago

Apple's iPad proves to be the perfect fit for a sumo wrestler

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Apple's iPad proves to be the perfect fit for a sumo wrestler

Japan's ancient sport of sumo has embraced Apple's iPad this week when the sumo association handed out 60 devices to the 51 "stables" the wrestlers belong to. The sumo association figures since the wrestlers fingers are too big for a normal cell phone and then throw in the fact that some wrestlers in the past had missed information sent by fax or telephone they could use the iPad to promote better communication.

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4 years ago

iPhone 4 Bluetooth woes, Jailbreaking/Unlocking, Next generation iPhone, iPhone/iPod/iPad accessories - From the Forums

iPhone 4 Bluetooth woes, Jailbreaking/Unlocking, Next generation iPhone, iPhone/iPod/iPad accessories - From the Forums

The TiPb forums are naturally a great place to talk, commiserate, celebrate, get help, and offer advice to your fellow iPhone users. In order to create a new thread of your own or reply to any of the existing threads, you must be a registered member. Becoming a member is easy and free so if you haven’t already head on over and register now!

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