Just fucking insane.
This has just started circulating as a possibly leaked iPhone 5 announcement video. The Apple store is currently down, too. This video shows what we already knew— the iPhone 5 will be longer and thinner, but it also brings some new features, such as built-in Mission Control and fingerprint unlock through the home button.
All y0u Apple fans, mark your calanders for September 12th, 2012.
The iPad mini will be announced at the same September 12 event, as will the new iPod nano. We haven’t heard a release date for the iPad mini yet, but it could be the same as the iPhone 5. It seems likely the new iPod touch will make an appearance on September 12 as well, though we haven’t heard any specific information about that yet either.
Last year, the iPhone 4S was announced on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and released 10 days later on October 14. The event included minor updates to the iPod line, notably a white iPod touch 4. This year, the iPad 3 was announced on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, and released 9 days later on March 16. The event included a 1080p Apple TV.
There are always a million different rumors floating around about the next big thing from Apple, but this time it seems that the next big thing might actually be quite small. The Wall Street Journal, who typically are rather accurate when it comes to tech rumors, says that Apple will be rolling out a version of the iPad that is a bit smaller and more affordable in order to compete with the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7.
Two sources told WSJ that the screen will be smaller than eight inches (Bloomberg had reported between seven and eight) and that Apple’s working with two of its usual suspects for display components, LG and AU Optronics. It’s hard to ignore the timing of these rumors: it would obviously be in Apple’s interest to soften demand for Google’s Nexus 7 — which launches later this month — with a pre-emptive strike while it ramps up for production.
In a big press event just now, Microsoft unveiled the Surface, the company’s first Microsoft branded tablet. The Surface is 7” diagonal, a high res display, weighs less than 2 pounds, has a full sized USB 2.0 port and a sleek foldout keyboard integrated into its cover. Apple’s Smart Cover? Oooh magnets. Check out this fucking keyboard.
As Microsoft led up to the big unveiling, Steve Ballmer was sounding very Steve Jobs-like, talking about the beauty of when hardware and software are engineered to work well together, while recalling Microsoft’s hardware history. And when Microsoft puts their mind to it, they do make pretty good hardware, so it will be interesting to see how the Surface integrates into a total vertical ecosystem, through a Windows 8 PC, a Windows phone, the Surface tablet and the Xbox.
Much like the Courier prototype from a couple years ago, the Surface will not only use capacitive touch, but will come with a very nice stylus, made to feel just like a pen, as opposed to the crappy selection of third-party styluses for the iPad.
Another nice little design touch is the Surface’s integrated kickstand. If you have the keyboard rolled out, you can flip out the kickstand to keep the whole thing level. It looks like a lot of thought definitely went into the design of this thing.
And since this tablet runs Windows 8, Microsoft is touting it as a full PC experience in the palm of your hands. It also integrates seamlessly with a Windows 8 PC, so you can use your Surface as a controller, notepad or drawing device for any app in Windows.
Microsoft didn’t mention an exact price, but did say that it would be “priced competitively”, and will be available in 32GB and 64 GB flavors. At some point.
With a brand new iPhone expected either in September or October of this year, it’s time for people to dig any manufacturing info they can from China to guess that the new phone is going to look like. According to this, the new iPhone will have a 4” screen, will be 20% thinner and have a smaller docking port. And there’s still the rumors about a Liquidmetal back.
What we’ve learned: the new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S. Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm—a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width. According to our source, Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic.
Note that the new iPhone is expected to be made partially from Gorilla Glass 2, which can be manufactured thinner with identical strength to the earlier iPhones’ Gorilla Glass, or at the same thickness with greater strength. The change in height will include a lengthening of the prior 3.5” screen to roughly 4” on the diagonal. As the new iPhone won’t widen, this appears to confirm that Apple will change the new iPhone’s aspect ratio for the first time since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007, adding additional pixels to the top and bottom of the screen. A change of this sort took place between the fourth and fifth generations of the iPod nano, but didn’t impact any third-party software. This obviously will.
Apple will also introduce its new Dock Connector on the new iPhone. The new port will be a little larger than the bottom speaker or microphone hole on the iPhone 4/4S. It’s believed to have fewer pins than the prior 30-pin Dock Connector, perhaps only 16, and the shape of the hole is apparently closer to a pill shape than the prior rounded rectangle. It will be used on all upcoming devices, including an update to the iPod touch that’s expected this year, and will almost certainly feature a similarly updated screen and CPU.
Even though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will always and forever have an iPhone as his primary phone, he’s never shy about expressing his opinion on other phone systems. Back in January, he visited Google and talked about how he wishes his iPhone was as cool as the latest Android phones. Now he’s got a Nokia Lumia 900 and thinks Windows Phone is the prettiest, most intuitive phone interface he’s ever seen, even better than Android 4.
“I’m kind of shocked. Every screen is much more beautiful than the same apps on Android and iPhone.”
He’s so impressed by it, in fact, that he defines the experience of using a Windows Phone as feeling like you’re “with a friend not a tool.” In his mind, navigating Android is a much more cumbersome experience, to the point where he sees “no contest” between that OS and Windows Phone — Microsoft’s software is much more to his liking. He even goes on to say that iOS is “more awkward” in its interactions than the Lumia phone he’s presently using, though his favorite smartphone still remains the iPhone. The deficit of third-party apps for WP is something he acknowledges as holding that platform back.
If you’ve been waiting for a mask that not only makes you look like a ridiculous space-man idiot, but charges your iOS device at the same time, WAIT NO MORE!
The AIRE mask is a little mask that uses tiny wind turbines and your breathe to create electricity used to charge your iOS device. Use it when your napping so that when it malfunctions your can almost die of suffocation, or use it when your running so it interferes with your natural oxygen intake when you need it most (also a great time to use it if your into scaring children and the people around you into thinking there has been some sort of chemical leak).
And yeah I know, this little thing is a tremendous innovation and this technology will change the world blah blah blah. All I’m saying is that it looks fucking stupid, and not many people like to look stupid, so it won’t take off right away.