If you’ve had enough of hardware rumours, flip down the page to the Klipsch S4 Inner Earphone review. If not, stick this one in your tailpipe. Okay, so TMA have recycled the above rendering about 27,5 times now, but that doesn’t mean that this article isn’t exciting. The same ArtsTechnica who tossed a first-generation iPod nano around till it nearly died, have been alerted to a minute, yet weighty change in Apple’s latest USB configuration.plist – a change which designates the evolving of an interesting product, the iProd.
Not everything at the App Store is a game – the market may be overwhelmingly action-oriented, but there are those who carve unique niches using the iPhone’s hardware to create new markets. Steve Sprang, author of Brushes, is one those. He commandeered the iPhone’s touch screen to create what artist Jorge Colombo has proven with his unique iPhone paintings to be a perfectly functional and portable canvass. Mr. Colombo’s iSketch series is painted on-location around New York and is gaining momentum as both a newly recognised sub-genre of painting and as an innovative use of technology in art. He was kind enough to answer a few of my questions and supply insight into both the static and dynamic nature of art ad the artist.
Steve Sprang, Brushes, 4.99$, 1.9MB
Klipsch, a leader in consumer and professional speaker systems since 1946, began production of premium earphones in 2007 with the Custom Series and the Image X10. In 2008, the X5 joined ranks in alongside the X10 in the Image line, and in 2009, two new members, the Image S2 and the Image S4, become the newest entrants from Klipsch. Both house new dynamic (moving coil) drivers, a departure from the X5 and X10, which use balanced armatures. Today, we have the Klipsch’s cheapest model, the Image S2, a $49.99 earphone which contends with many other affordable earphones. Be on the lookout for this earphone from electronics’ vendors in August as Klipsch have not yet released the new S2 and S4 earphones.
I came to the happy monochromatic world of Apple MP3 players in 2007 after hating everything portable that was not minidisc. For good reason too – in 2004, there simply were no fully-featured player/recorders that did not hiss from their headphone jacks like the more dangerous snakes in the world. Sure, there were half-attempts from the likes of Rio and iRiver, but nothing that made my Sharp Auvi-powered MD recorder waver in the reeds.
While not the news we hope and pray for, we can still pray. Pray that things set themselves aright (aside from sliding prices). Apple have been losing selling power now for the 2nd straight quarter. Mac shipments for the month of April have slipped 1.8 percent and quarterly sales by 3, a number that proves that even Apple are susceptible to recession.
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.
Rumours of an Apple netbook or tablet have been flying for years, but since 2008, there has been an inordinate amount of hearsay. The latest is from production company Wintek who are reported by the Chinese publication, Commercial Times to be producing touch panels for the forthcoming Apple device.
According to Digitimes, Wintek mentioned that “no shipment schedule has been worked out yet, but shipments are likely to begin in the second half of the year”. What this means for iPhone and iPod Touch users is really no more than smoke until Apple release either product or announcement regarding any netbook or tablet device. However, considering that the newest rumour comes from a manufacturer, some credence can be applicable.