What never stops in this constantly spinning world of ours? You would be right if you guessed the Earth – as it always spins, rotates and is doing a crazy somersault around the Milky Way. Other than the Earth however is another constantly moving and evolving ecosystem: electronics. Only 200 years ago, the first computer ‘programmes’ were being written by a famous poet‘s only non-bastard child, Ada Lovelace. Back then, computers did not even run on electricity and eagre programmers had to actually study or be rich and educated. Times have changed.
99$ iPhone – Just Nickels and Dimes this time
Soon possibly, you will be able to pocket the iPhone for a mere 99 bones. What will be different? An article by MSNBC claims that a 99$ iPhone will be hitting shelves or presentation booths around June. That is only 4 months away and while we must be excited, let’s discuss the issues surrounding the launch of a ‘cheap’ iPhone.
In case you are wondering, the rumoured 99 Dollar iPhone turns out to be none other than the Previous-Generation iPhone 3G 8GB. Check out the WWDC announcement.
After Steve Jobs’s 2007 concession that Adobe’s Flash would be too slow on the iPhone and that a lite version wasn’t “capable enough to be used with the Web”, many potential users and even some Apple zealots were left in the cold. Proper Flash and Java implementations are fundamental building blocks of the internet. Since the launch of the iPhone, rumours and whispers of Flash and Java have tickled the ears of iPhone fans and users. However, only recently have rumours from reputable sources trickled in from blogs and newssites – many of these sites rely heavily on Java and/or Flash interfaces.
The App store is a wild success. No one can deny that. With over 15 000 apps, it is proving every major naysayer wrong. However, there are many trends in the store. Everyone is out for a quick buck and with some apps certainly requiring no more than a few hours programming, it is like a crowded lazy person’s lottery. In fact I can story this with my own creation, iNails®. It is super top secret — basically you just shake the iPhone near any wall and it will make fingernail-on-chalkboard sounds. Naysayers beware, it will make me a rich man because the market is huge. Idea thieves, beware, this is in before you thought of it!
In a recent article, Macrumors.com reavealed that Apple’s own iPhone 2.2.1 firmware hosts a juicy morsel: the current iPhone -1,2 will be superceded by iPhone 2,1. While it was bound to happen at some point, this rather well-founded rumour spells some uncertainty especially in the mobile gaming arena.
TMA and other review sites will of course have to get our lovely iPhone 2,1 as soon as it comes out (certainly not soon) but barring massive changes, developers and users too could be forced to use emulation layers or old-style moslo type of software to run our favourites.
With Mac Mini rumours continuing to spark flames at a Mac rumour site near you, blosmo.com have thought up a brighter and more eco-friendly desktop computer: the 3G-iPhone-is-the-Mac-Mini concept. It is small, eats fewer calories of hydro than your last desktop and will even fart if you pull its finger. It also features a reduced feature set and footprint but best of all, a built in LCD screen.
Ergonomic decisions aside, it sports a useful magnetic foot and induction technology so that your iPhone can hum along without the need for cables. Traditional keys currently found under the Optimus Maximus Aux keyboard.
Just spotted some good news from the youtube about a pending release from the iPhone Dev Team that implicates everyone’s favourite iPod Touch as the target for the next Jailbreak. What does this mean for our sleek excellent sounding pmp? Well, if you like homebrew, alternate video codecs, ports, extra gadgets etc, a jailbraked iPod Touch will certainly be your stew of choice.
Though there is nothing other than a product listing from XSKN, a case manufacturer, the fabled iPhone Nano is burning up the web. As the end of the year approaches so too does the hastening of new product announcements and speculation. Our colleagues at Slide to Play mentioned in a recent article that it would be a “be a logistical and PR nightmare” for Apple to release a product like the iPhone Nano. I think we can all agree that there would be complications to such a product release, but on the flip side, are there no positives?