Apple Hardware Prototypes: Four Radical New Concepts Revealed

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Apple Hardware Prototypes: Four Radical New Concepts Revealed

iEye

 

Seriously—how long did you think Apple would wait before launching the ultimate camera?

 

What Apple did for music via the iPod, and smartphones via the iPhone, it now does for photography and video. The iEye is the ultimate mobile device for capturing, editing, and distributing all of your iLife memories. In a slim, sleek, easy-to-use package, the iEye records stills and video, all in high definition. Just shoot a bunch of content and then use the multi-touch interface to explore your creative chakras anytime, anywhere.

 

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1. A camera just wouldn’t be a camera if it didn’t have a shutter button. The iEye’s single button also serves as a Home button, easing navigation regardless of which menu you’re in.

 

2. The physical dimensions of the iEye are pretty much identical to those of the iPhone, give or take a few smidgens. Notice, however, the larger swath of screen real estate. The extra room is appreciated during content editing. When you’re in recording mode, the display orientation corrects itself as you transition from landscape to portrait shooting. Oh, but of course.

 

3. The iEye product line offers optics, resolutions, and capacities for every price range. The sweet spot of the line, however, represents a bounty of features for just $499: 720p HD video, 5.1-megapixel stills, 12GB of flash memory, and a large-capacity lithium-ion battery hardwired inside. Optical zoom is limited to 3x because Apple wanted a lens that would be flush with the iEye’s surface when fully extended. Lens cap, you ask? Third-party developers will be creating all-encompassing “iEye Tents” by the dozens!

 

4. The 30-pin connector makes a comeback. Dock your iEye to transfer files or just power up the battery.

 

Our little doble ojo (which we suspect will be nicknamed “ai-yai-yai!”) includes lite versions of iPhoto and iMovie. By pinching and tapping the camera’s touchscreen, you can mash all your memories together with the simple editing software you’ve come to know so well. You can also grab titles, transitions, borders, and music from built-in theme libraries, creating slideshows and movies that are almost disarming in their polish and finesse. And don’t worry about growing tired of the built-in themes, because iEye users can create their own custom template material and share it online.

 

Your iEye projects can be packaged and transferred to your Mac for final editing—but that’s only necessary if you want to go full-tilt Ken Burns or Jim Jarmusch on what you’ve created. We think most users will tap into the onboard wireless protocols (Wi-Fi and 3G) to send their masterpieces to friends or to post them to a .Mac account.

 

Besides adding legitimate, no-excuses content editing to a dual-purpose handheld camera, the iEye simplifies—perfects, actually—the onscreen UIs that leave most digital camera users crying for help from more tech-savvy friends (or people who actually read the manuals). The iEye control menus are easy to access and even easier to understand. It’s inevitable that Apple would try its hand in the digital camera/camcorder space, especially when so many competing products have been screaming for the new multi-touch UI. Throw in mobile versions of iPhoto and iMovie, and you have a handheld wonder that epitomizes Apple’s “create, share, enjoy” mantra.

 

 

 

 

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indonica Hamdani

how amazing. im getting one for suuuure
but i thinkit would be better if the shape was a little rectangle than a circle. It looks liek its easy to slip out of your hands and it looks lieka little powder compact....Im still getting one though haha

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Anonymous Apple Fan

The Squidget is the absolute coolest thing I have ever seen. MacLife, I saw this in your magazine and went straight to the web. The 'spaz lightning' is the really innovative part. You should call it iPaging...

Anyway, the push songs is a good idea, but by using a mini-jack to mini-jack cable and the Line-in port on a computer, you could just record it in Audacity/GarageBand and not have to pay.

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Anonymous

do you have to have a squidget to communicate with some1 who has a squidget???

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Anonymous

tha squid get is hell gay.

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Michael

I would prefer to see the iCar implemented in a Jetta or Beatle.

Jetta has a cool design and Beatle has the awesome colors like the original Powerbooks and iMacs.

Also being a lower end vehicle would make them more affordable and thus marketable.

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Anonymous

when does this come out?

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Anonymous

the squidget looks soooo cool! i'd def. buy one. i'd also buy the ieye. but for the i car it would be not so cool they definitly should partner with bmw or Ferrari not audi!

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Anonymous

the iCar needs more cupholders.
which bring me to my next point: must be waterproof and very easy to clean.

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Personsen

I want one so bad, you guys should send the idea to apple and they might make it. A LOT of people will buy them, it looks so cool!
:(

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Anonymous

You may have touched on something with the iEye. Apple should definitely look into the digital camera market; both still and video. An Apple camera would do for photography and videography what the iPod did for digital music and the iPhone is doing for smartphones/communications/PDAs.

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inspired

The icar would become the most stolen car in America

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Crtaylor

I would really like to buy this camera if it ever comes out! It just looks plain awesome, and i love Apple!

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Anonymous

I am not sure if Apple would ever make mats with their logo to put your dirty shoes on.

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alpha

I think as long as you were wearing their shoes (not the nike ones) they'd be ok.

http://redlightrunner.stores.yahoo.net/vinsixcolaps.html

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kim krause

doesn't anyone remember the first icar...it was a white smart with a built in ipod cradle.in fact smart was the first car manufacturer to offer an ipod kit over 3 years ago.i have one in my smart cabrio and even the newest ipods still fit in the cradle. sad actually that this little car was so ahead of its time yet still isn't totally accepted as a real car. maybe when oil hops over the 100 buck mark people might wake up.....

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Anonymous

What's with the SONY Ads? Is this some Synergy thing... Mac/Life is about Apple, Apple is Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs sits on the Board for Disney, Disney Uses Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray is SONY, therefore sony advertises in Mac/Life.

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Anonymous

NO, apple and sony are completely different companies competing in both different and the same fields. you cannot compare apple and sony like that. What if steve jobs passed away, he would no longer be on the board of directors for disney and therefore the relationship you made with apple and sony would be cut off.

yes i believe that apple and sony have some relation but i believe the one you made is not the appropriate one.

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JonPhillips

Love the theory! (Seriously, I do...) Mind if I put this in the letters section of the magazine?

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Omer Zach

I would sell my soul for an iCar.

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:oetze

then you must call 666 66 666 6 and ask for S. Atan :)

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Anonymous

There are some very creative ideas in this intentionally over-the-top feature... for instance, having a "distress" button on GPS-enabled phones that calls the police and sends your GPS coordinates. If only police departments had the ability to respond quickly and find you by GPS- my guess is that if officers want GPS, they have to buy it on their own.

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Anonymous

Most large departments do have GPS. I am an Officer in a major city and we have a really good GPS system on our in-car Panasonic Toughbooks (I'm exclusively Apple at home). I think it would be a great tool to add to phones as we usually have to use triangulation methods through the carrier. It would make it a lot easier if we could just go to the GPS coordinates, especially if once activated, the phone was tracked until reset.

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Michael Dunlop

NO! Apple needs to partner with BMW to make the iCar! after all they do have iDrive in there cars...

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Crtaylor

Audi should have the iCar, in my opinion. They are already very luxurious as it is. Therefore, it would be the ultimate marriage between a cool car and an Apple computer. The idea of putting this in a Beatle would just be too cheesy. :[

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Anonymous

Yep, iDrive is just begging for an Apple-like interface

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Anonymous

I can't wait to buy that Squidget one day - definitely the Burberry one.

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