The Apple news space has been abuzz lately with photos of supposedly leaked parts from the upcoming "iPhone 5S," and today MacRumors essentially confirmed many of the associated rumors when it posted photos of an iPhone 5S prototype acquired through the Chinese parts network. It may not provide any of the design shocks that we saw when Gray Powell lost his iPhone 4 prototype at a bar back in 2010, but it does give us a good idea of what to expect.
The end of August tends to be a slow time on the news desk, as last minute vacations are crammed in, as sleepy vacationers slowly get back in the groove of things, and as parents start bundling their kids off to school once more. Who has time for the news under those circumstances? Well, here's the stories that were heating up our thermometers this week, burning up the wires.
The iPhone 4 is certainly no longer the secret it was when Gizmodo revealed all last year, but that doesn’t mean some original prototypes aren’t still finding their way into the wild -- and onto eBay, where one such model is currently fetching upwards of $2,000 after hitting a million bucks thanks to phony bidders.
Today, it takes commitment to be wired everywhere you go. Lugging around a bag crammed with—at a minimum—an iPhone, MacBook, and headphones sometimes makes us feel like we’re schlepping more than a sherpa. Come 2017, the iScroll will not only free us all from those burdens, but it’ll also wire us up like never before.
Think of the MacBook Eco as a hybrid car you can toss in your backpack. Just as a Prius is powered by a combination of gasoline and electricity, the MacBook Eco will stay running with a mashup of technologies that includes solar energy, piezoelectric power, and wireless electricity.
The age of wonder is just beginning. Each morning, we shove devices into our pockets that, as kids, we could only goggle at on Star Trek. Now we can Google on them, and that’s not even vaguely impressive. We live in an era when every day sees past science fiction become contemporary mundane reality, and like you, that only whets our thirst for more.
With Apple’s talent for staggering us with innovative design, Cupertino will likely be at the forefront of our culture’s next big holy-crap gadget. Just as surely, Jobs & Co. will keep it nailed down under bulletproof wraps right up until they’re good and ready to tell the world about it.
Remember that pesky iPod touch prototype with a camera from last year? If you were disappointed that it never made it to market, you might have another chance. It’s back on eBay with about a day and a half left -- assuming that Apple’s legal team doesn’t lop the auction off at the knees before then.