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.
BoyGenius cannot stop hyping up of objects that no one needs ;). Today their ninja’s report that the next iDevice may sport another buzzword: OLED screens. Indeed, not only does the rumour specify OLED for the iPhone but OLED for the yet unborn Netbook or tablet which has been stirring Apple zealots for many years.
According to Smarthouse, “Apple already have working prototype of a new Netbook which will be manufactured in Taiwan with the OLED screen supplied by LG”. This contrasts with earlier reports that Wintek would be manufacturing the screens for Apple. LG are purported to be working on a special OLED touchscreen that does away with fingermarks even after constant use.
Of course, release of a next-generation iPod and iPhone is not news or a rumour in itself. Apple tend to release redesigns fn their iPod and iPhone family once per year with updates to the capacity on a sometimes more frequent schedule. iDevice fans, this year may so far be great for rumours, but it also may out some great new products from Apple.