Apple CEO Steve Jobs has become the tech equivalent of a magic eight-ball: Instead of shaking it up for the answer you seek, simply fire off an e-mail to the right address and get wisdom thrown down from the mountain. This week the subject is HD video -- specifically uploading it via the iPhone 4 as well as playing it on a Mac.
When a simple teardown just isn't enough, iFixit goes above and beyond to hone in on the real power behind the iPhone 4. With a little help from their friends over at Chipworks, iFixit took a good look at the MEMS (microelectromechanical system) that adds to the glory of the next generation iDevice.
Additionally, iFixit put another gyroscope, one not used in the iPhone, under a microscope to show just how truly complex the component is. It may look like a simple chip to the naked eye, but underneath all those layers of copper lies a truly intricate piece of technology. Click after the cut to see what we're talking about.
It’s not so much a firm denial of reality--even Steve Jobs’ magical reality distortion field only extends so far--so let’s call it a “soft denial.” There’s been too many complaints in the form of YouTube videos out there for Apple not to address the issue. But as of this writing, official company policy remains what Steve’s email said: Just avoid holding it that way.
And now for something completely different (compared to all of the negative Nancy news surrounding the iPhone 4). Jonathan Ive, chief designer at Apple, had a bit to say about the sleek design of the new iPhone 4 to Core77, a design magazine and resource blog. "A big part of the experience of a physical object has to do with the materials" he says in the interview. "[At Apple] we experiment with and explore materials, processing them, learning about the inherent properties of the material--and the process of transforming it from raw material to finished product; for example, understanding exactly how the processes of machining it or grinding it affect it. That understanding, that preoccupation with the materials and processes, is [very] essential to the way we work."
We're not entirely sure how we feel about these leaked screenshots of iWork for the iPhone. On one hand, we'd be able to be super productive while protectively clutching our phones on the bus ride to work. On the other hand, we'd never be able to put work down. Regardless, the idea of Pages running on an iPod touch brings a smile to our face. There are rumors that the app is currently beta testing, though how close we are to an actual release of iWork is not exactly known.
As it turns out, iMovie for iPhone 4 isn’t limited to only editing 720p HD video from the new handset, although it does have a few limitations. Meanwhile, some enterprising hackers have already got mobile iMovie running on an iPhone 3GS.
iSuppli is at it at it again--after taking the time to gingerly rip apart an iPhone 4, the market intelligence company has announced that it estimates that the handset's total components cost is in the ball park of $188.
1.7 muh-muh-million! That’s how many iPhone 4 handsets that Apple has sold in the three days since its June 24 launch, which is being touted as the company’s “most successful product launch” in Apple’s history.