Impressive as the iPod Touch is to us fans, it is even more impressive to Apple’s (AAPL) dearest enemies. Microsoft have struggled to market the somewhat lackluster Zune which is otherwise, a great PMP with solid roots. The next time around, however, the Redmond giant will be sure to mark its territory in the handheld market with the introduction of the ZuneHD, a device that says “me too” but in an impressively threatening voice.
In 2008, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, otherwise known as ‘Steve Notes’ sold out for the first time since 1996. You won’t be able to get in this year either if you have not already bought your ticket and signed the non-disclosure agreement stating that you will not let any secrets fly that are not loosed already from somewhere in China. Yep, 2009’s WWDC is as good as gone but how will it fare compared to its earlier incarnations?
If rumours are anything to judge by and MacRumors seems to think they are, then the iPhone is losing its stealthy ninja powers hour by precious hour. The usually tight-lipped Apple simply cannot keep its new hardware secret from rumour-mongers, forums or hearsay. One of the latest suggests that the following hardware spec is what we are to expect in our shiny new iDevice. While anyone in their right minds (not us) would reckon that the below items are a shoo-in, TMA is not alone in pontificating Apple’s sometimes parsimonious nature.
I am unsure yet if this will turn into a tongue-in-cheek post or not, but I’ll suss things out soon enough. Anyway, the esteemed TouchArcade have brought to headlamps two great ideas in one thread. Firstly, Electronic Arts should get off their lollygagging duffs and publish Need for Speed for the iPhone. We touch gamers have waited long enough for this mega-delayed game. Hype has worn down considerably so that EA stand to lose much of the revenue they would have made if Need for Speed was buttoned up in a timely fashion. Secondly, the TA article made me think that Apple need a shiny, tough, stupid or lovable character that will be forever burn in people’s minds as Apple’s mascot.
The HD iPhone has been added into the grind as rumour mills expect new Apple mobile hardware in the next few months. According to Phonenews, Apple are clawing in their current generation iDevice-compatible AV cable accessories. Vendors are asked to liquidate Apple’s shitty shifty prior iDevice AV cables that harbour encryption chips which as of OS 2.0, disallow cheaper 3rd party options. The new cables are purported to allow both composite and component outputs which older versions did not.
In what is sure to be an unsurprising move, Apple are again hoarding new chips: mostly from Samsung. But, before any0ne goes on to speculate about weight problems and the hardening of arteries, we can conjecture that Apple’s survival of last year’s engorging prior to the iPhone’s 3G release will ensure their continued health and prosperity. This ain’t Space Trader: Moon Madness – Apple don’t have to buy low and sell high – they just need to start consuming and the market, analysts and hype take over.
It is no mean feat when Apple decide upon adding truly unique features to the iPhone which has been passed off by naysayers as underpowered, incapable and lacking a customary camera-phone feature. The recently rumoured magnometer and video recording features are being hyped by various sources including a Nokia blog and recent posts at TouchArcade suggest stunning new gaming and utility functions not possible with current hardware/software.
Mimicry is the highest form of flattery or, in some cases, competition. This time, a cheap Chinese knock-off company trying to grab headlines is not our subject, but rather one of the Goliath’s of portable gaming: Sony. According to PocketGamer, an inside source has admitted Sony’s chagrine at lately being eclipsed by the brouhaha riddled iPhone – considering the iPhone’s gaming success and first rate online store, this is hardly an eye-blinker.
Macrumors have uncovered an exciting feature that may actually make its way into iPhone 3.0 firmware. Yep, it is the video camera toggle that Apple have left out of the iPhone until now, rather forcing clever coders to come up with other means and other distribution methods to prove that the iPhone ain’t a joke. What’s unsure however is whether or not Apple will grant this feature to current iPhone users or if they will force a hardware upgrade for a piece of code.
Now that the iPhone can emulate most functions of a maturing human, it is only right that while in gestation, its parents, Apple, are thinking up ways to give the next iPhone actual media player features. So, aside from enjoying the peurile pleasures of burping, farting, peeing, pooing and then, in adolescence, graduating to breasts and pick-up lines, your next iPhone may be able to pick up and transmit FM signals – if only Apple allow it.