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Apple Files Patent for iPhone's Swappable Lenses

clock June 19, 2012 00:16 by author Jeremy

As if smartphones weren't encroaching on the camera industry's turf enough, Apple's latest plans may sway a few more loyal customers to their cause. It's common to see phones with up to 12-megapixel cameras attached to them, which certainly makes digital cameras lose their appeal - after all, who wants to lug around an extra electronic when your cell phone can handle it all?

Apple seems to be thinking along the same lines, and recently filed a patent to have an iPhone with swappable lenses. Digital camera fans beware, since basic point-and-shoot cameras normally don't even have the option to change lenses.

For Apple, this could mean gaining a few consumers from the opposition, as Android phones don't have swappable lenses just yet. Meanwhile, for the digital camera industry, this is just another obstacle to overcome as they struggle with their hold on the market.

However, better pictures on your smartphone doesn't come without its quirks. While no official information has been released yet (such as, say, whether this is even going to be a feature in the next iPhone), one can only imagine what kind of an effect all the picture-taking and lens-swapping will have on your battery life.

Sources: appleinsider, pcmag



D10 Interview with Tim Cook

clock June 1, 2012 01:26 by author Jeremy

Like his predecessor before him, Tim Cook took to the stage on Tuesday night, May 29th, for an inside look as the new head of Apple. The D10 Conference opened up with the classier-than-ever Jane Lynch, accompanied by a full gospel choir and a marching band.

Tim Cook appeared on-stage soon afterwards and sat down with hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. In his interview, he spoke of the late Steve Jobs and what he learned. "You can only do so many things great, and you should cast aside everything else." This, as Cook says, is, "embedded in Apple," and that only the best will suffice. Cook also spoke of the difficulty of moving on from Jobs' passing. "It was absolutely the saddest day of my life when he passed away... I love museums, but I don't want to live in one."

Apple's direction has obviously changed since Jobs' departure. "We're going to double down on secrecy on products," says Cook, while also admitting that Apple will be transparent in other aspects regarding suppliers and environmental impact. When asked if Apple would ever have manufacturing plants in the U.S. (as opposed to their current locations in China), Cook replied, "I want there to be," adding that currently the engines and glass parts for the iPhone and iPad are built in Texas and Kentucky, respectively.

On the topic of the infamous patent wars, Cook claims that our system today is currently broken. "From our point of view, it is important for Apple not be the developer for the world. We just want other people to invent their own stuff." When countered that Apple themselves are suing other companies in the patent wars, Cook replied, "The vast majority of [lawsuits Apple receives] are on standards-essential patents... No one should be able to get an injunction off a standards-essential patent."

Apple's famous voice recognition program, Siri, received praise from Cook, who noted that Siri has a personality the adds to her likeability. "...there's more that it can do, and we have a lot of people working on this. And I think you will be really pleased with some of the things you'll see over the coming months on this."

To see the entire interview, check out D's interview with Tim Cook in the source link below.

Source: allthingsd (published by Ina Fried)



Apple iPhone 4S Runs HTML 5 Faster Than Android Samsung Galaxy Nexus - PerfMarks Report

clock March 5, 2012 21:29 by author Ty

Which device runs HTML 5 faster? Apple iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

HTML 5 has been tested and proven to run faster on the Apple iPhone 4S running  iOS 5.0.1, when compared to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This claim has been proven by a recent study at Spaceport.io with a benchmark called the PerfMarks Report. The PerfMarks test determines the number of moving images on a screen at a rate of 30 FPS (frames per second). Below are recent scores of the Apple iPhone 4S vs. the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

 Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy Nexus

From Spaceport's data above, we see the Apple iPhone 4S is significantly better at handling HTML 5 than anything else out on the Android market. The iPhone 4S is able to run 252 images vs. the Samsung Galaxy Nexus at 147 images at 30 FPS.

If you want to see a full list of Spaceport's data that dates back to early 2009, check out the timeline below. You will find comparisons with the iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Motorola Droid 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Kindle Fire, and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Apple iPhone VS Google Android

As you can see, year after year, Apple has beaten Android devices in both the smartphone and tablet markets with HTML 5 PerfMarks testing scores. However, the Android OS is closing the gap fast with new and faster releases such as ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich). The proposed and upcoming Google Android Jelly Bean and Key Lime Pie OS releases might give Apple a run for their money with speed.

On a side note, Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt stated February 28, 2012 at Mobile World Congress 2012 that people use Google Chrome because it is the most Secure, the Fastest, and it is Free! You can be rest assured that Google has their eyes set to be the fastest smartphone on the market. Here's the video of Eric Schmidt's quote about Chrome being the fastest! We skipped to 1:42 in the video to get straight to the point.

 

Source:
http://spaceport.io/
http://venturebeat.com/2012/03/05/apples-ios-runs-html5-games-three-times-faster-than-android/



Users say Apple Software Patch 5.0.1 Doesn't Fix iPhone Battery Life

clock November 14, 2011 23:27 by author Jeremy

It's been 3 days since the release of Apple's Software Update (5.0.1), which was meant to fix a few of the battery life issues being heard 'round the world. Users have been seeing frequent drops in battery life on their new iPhone 4S'. But if this latest patch hasn't fixed it, then what will?

iPhone Battery Life

Some speculate that it's a hardware issue, while most people have determined the problem to lie in the software. And while this patch has smelled some with their battery woes, others who weren't experiencing the problem are now claiming to after the patch.

The best fix for all this? Carry an external battery or charging cable around with you everywhere, because it looks like the problems aren't fixed just yet. Check out ebatts.com for more info on these products.

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Apple Announces Update in Upcoming Weeks for iPhone 4S Battery

clock November 3, 2011 23:14 by author Jeremy

The iPhone 4S may have been praised for its addition of Siri, but this esteemed phone hasn't been without its troubles either. Since its release, the latest iPhone has had a slew of customers complaining about an extremely short battery life.

The Apple forums have been a great source of information and meetings for those with battery performance woes. Many discovered that bugs in iOS 5 were partly to blame for the sudden drops in battery life, with the bugs coming from the Calendar and Time Zone Settings. However, this doesn't limit the performance issues strictly to iOS 5.

Apple has released a statement saying an official update will be coming in the next few weeks to help alleviate these issues. In the mean-time, check out the links below from techcrunch and cnet for tips on how to get your battery to survive until the official software patch is released.

Sources: cnbc.com

iPhone battery tips: techcrunch.com, cnet.com

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