Many people complain that the iPhone or iPod touch doesn’t heft their entire library of music, games, apps and movies in its pricey 32GB bulk. Then, there are those who like me, plug in, sync iTunes with what we want to listen to and view for the next few days. It takes about a minute extra and costs thousands of pennies less. Well, for that latter group, the 99$ iPhone may see an upgrade to its 3GS iteration, a move which will see even the poor sods racing by the nearly stationary 16GB 3G owners at 6,7x the speed. This report comes from the ninjas at BoyGenius who have obviously planted snap-happy informants at Rogers.
Of course it has been done before, but this time, the newfangled iPhone is duct-taped and twined in for a bumpy ride attached to the front of a car. The nearly 3-minute video footage shows clearly that the 3GS has some quality recording capabilities under its hood and that the blogger who took the video is a creative bloke.
There is a lengthy thread about it at the Apple Discussion forum and quite a few upset 3GS users. The simple truth is that the progeny of the iPod and a telephone is plagued by none other than poorly implemented system sounds. What has been characterised as ‘whiny’ and ‘squeaky’ is an issue with feedback between the mic and speakers. For the moment, manual fixes are possible by tweaking the volume of both the mic and speakers, but nothing so Apple-esque that it ‘just works’. Apparently, the Apple Store ‘Genius Bar’ has been soused in Apple’s extra fizzy drink as they are mum about Apple’s mistaken programming, citing rather, faulty hardware, thus delivering the problem into the hardware manufacturers.
Until very recently, iPhone HD playback has at best been a fabulous rumour and at worst, a marketing buzzword. Tear downs have revealed that the hardware is at least capable of 720p resolution playback, but still, there is no official software support and thus, no playback of such files. Purecaeli, an adventurous MacRumors member discovered that Air Sharing can be used to transfer and play HD files in both 720 and 1080 resolutions, but more importantly, that Apple’s schemes to limit the platform can be overrun without the need for jailbreaking.[UPDATE] The iPhone 4G may have a higher resolution screen of 960*640 and is dubbed by a few, the iPhone HD. [Before we get to the meat of this, it is important to point out two limitations. First, uncompressed HD is simply too much for the iPhone 3GS – it does not have the bandwidth to provide smooth playback (nor really storage space) of RAW nor BD-quality files. Secondly, of course, the low-resolution screen of the iPhone means that the files do not display in HD, rather, they are viewed in the iPhone’s native 480*320 resolution. The importance of this find is that DVD and above resolutions can now be played without the perplexing second step of re-coding videos for the iPod]
Avatron Software, Air Sharing, 4.99$
In light of recent news, it is only fitting that another hardcore app, Firemint seamy, unapproved racer is barred from the App Store. Like Allen Leung’s Hottest Girls which should return armed with beefier bikinis and fewer nipple shots, Firemint have a hard-core version of their racer that likely won’t fit Apple’s stringent approval system.
The skinny? The ‘tech demo’ as it is dubbed, features more rubber, more steam and a greater affinity for crashes and dangerous situations – it is simply that hard-core. (video after the jump)
June 17, 2009, Apple birthed a new iPhone firmware which caused possibly one of the biggest server hiccups to date. If you own an iPhone, then you probably encountered the dreaded message, “iPhone activation servers are temporarily unavailable”. I nearly popped a blood vessel in my eye when I read that error message. Being the impatient iPod fanboy that I am, I stood in front of my Mac for the next 2 hours clicking the update button to no avail. After what seemed like years (2 hours and 18 minutes to be exact), I was finally prompted by the wondrous message “preparing iPhone for update”. My pleas had been answered.
As much as I hate to derail my own thread, I have to. This time from their very own Facebook page, AT&T debunk the rumour that they would charge 55$ per month for tethering. They do not shed light on any pricing model, if applicable, but remain adamant that they have been misunderstood by the various press around the world and that rumours are false. While that is good news to AT&T customers, there is no proof that they company will not charge something for the service.
While not a graceful runner, Donnovan Bailey was fast – especially as he gassed over the ‘fastest man on the earth’, Michael Johnson in a special fit-for-the-faker 150m race about 10 years ago. I saw it at the SkyDome and it deeply touched me, but what a crock! Well, the 3GS is no faker: it is a powerful machine that Black Pixel‘s ejaculation, “Holy crap, this thing is fast” certainly supports.
It’s no secret that the iPhone 3G S has more zip and zoom compared to the 3G, but the million dollar question is HOW much faster is it? AnandTech has done their homework and pit both iPhones against the Palm Pre and Android G1 in a web page rendering test, with the 3G S coming out on top in all but 3 of the site loads. Equipped with the more powerful and efficient ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 600MHz (as opposed to 412MHz), the 3G S performed 122% faster than the 3G and 21% speedier the Palm Pre. On a site like Facbook, the 3G S smoked its competition by fully loading the page in 13.5s, whereas the 3G needed a painfully slow 31.7s and the Palm Pre 19.6s (all WiFi).
Aside from the render tests, AnandTech also found that application launch times on the 3G S improved quite a bit, ranging from an improvement of 14% while launching the web browser to 72% for the native dialer app. By the looks of it, the 3G S will have no troubles going head to head against some of the best smartphones on the market. Will the speed factor alone though be enough for you to justify a hardware upgrade? Take a look at rest of the comparative results after the jump.
If you are currently queuing for the new iPhone 3GS and tired of talking with the other nerds around you, why not check out a couple of great free interactive novels? I have found a couple of fun and inspiring reader/gawker books that have action, romance, blood and great drawings. However, my recommendations might also get you interested in the genre of graphic novels which is an expensive hobby. If you don’t go that far, I do hope that you can enjoy at least one gem: the work of Cory Doctorow.