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Leica i9 concept pairs $1,000 camera with $200 iPhone

26 Apr

When you think of manufacturers that create products to go hand-in-hand with the Apple iPhone tech gadgets, Leica probably wouldn’t come to mind.

The seemingly brilliant minds at Black Design Associates hope to change that, however. The Leica i9 concept pairs an iPhone 4 with a fixed-lens rangefinder camera, and the result is nothing short of extraordinary.

Slipping your iPhone 4 — black or white — into the back of the i9 brings the camera to life, activating the compact optical zoom, dedicated aperture and shutter dials, flash and light meter. Images are instantly viewable on the iPhone, where it’s safe to assume they’re stored as well.

The camera back doubles as a case, but you’re probably going to want to use it with a headset, unless you like talking to a camera. There’s no sign that the i9 tech gadgets will even reach the prototype phase, but nobody is going to stop the high-end camera’s designer from dreaming — especially when said dreams make us weak at the knees.

Source from Engadget

Verizon CFO suggests next iPhone will be a ‘global device’

24 Apr

We’re guessing it wasn’t on the company’s agenda for its earnings call earlier today, but Verizon CFO Fran Shammo let slip one other interesting iPhone tidbit in addition to its news of 2.2 million iPhone 4 activations. Here’s what he said:

The fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from Apple is launched, whenever that may be, and that we will be, on the first time, on equal footing with our competitors on a new phone hitting the market, which will also be a global device.

That pretty clearly suggests that the next iPhone — supposedly coming in September — will be a world phone, which just so happens to coincide with rumors to same effect we’ve heard as recently as this week. Of course, there’s been talk of a dual-mode GSM / CDMA iPhone electronic gadgets even before that, considering that the Qualcomm baseband chip used in the Verizon iPhone is technically capable of supporting both CDMA and GSM networks — Apple simply chose not to or wasn’t able to take advantage of that particular functionality at the time.

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White iPhone 4 Could Arrive within Weeks

15 Apr

The White iPhone 4 has been very elusive over the last 9 to 10 months. It was first announced along with the regular iPhone 4 tech gadgets and since then, it has been delayed over and over to a point where most people believe Apple wont bother with the device and instead launch a white iPhone 5 in the next few months.

Bloomberg is now reporting that “three people with knowledge of the plans” have said the white iPhone will be launching within the next few weeks, before the end of April.

The new version of the smartphone is expected to arrive on both the AT&T network as well as Verizon network. The report doesn’t tell us if international locations will get the device, but we suspect they will in time.

We also hear that Apple could be pushing the launch of the device so that it takes the pressure off the launch of the iPhone 5 tech gadgets later this year. By selling a lot of white iPhone 4′s, it would lower the demand for the iPhone 5 a little and help keep the shortages down to a minimum.

Reasons for the delay have never been officially announced, but have been hinted as being problems with the white coloring, problems with peeling, problems with the flash leaking as well as sensor problems. Perhaps these are all good guesses, but I doubt Apple will make any official announcement regarding this.

Price wise, expect them to cost the same as the regular black versions of the same tech gadgets.

Source from gadgetvenue

Sony CEO accidentally outs possible 8MP camera in iPhone 5

8 Apr

An inadvertent slip of the tongue by Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer could confirm rumors that Apple will use the company’s 8MP camera sensor in its upcoming (but allegedly delayed) iPhone 5 electronic gadgets.

Possible details about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 have emerged from an unlikely source: Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer.

While speaking with the Wall Street Journal‘s Walt Mossberg at a forum at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on Friday, Stringer made an off-handed comment that may indicate that the next-generation iPhone will come loaded with an 8MP camera — a significant boost from the iPhone 4′s 5MP camera.

The comment was made by the Sony CEO while he was talking about the one of the company’s plants Senai being damaged by the tsunami that hit Japan last month. So far, Apple has sourced mobile cameras from OmniVision electronic gadgets, which provided the 5MP camera for iPhone 4 and the 3.2MP camera for the 3GS. But if interpretations of Stringer’s comment are correct, it would indicate that Apple may start buying cameras from Sony.

“Our best sensor technology is built in one of the (tsunami) affected factories,” said Stringer (as paraphrased by 9to5Mac founder Seth Weintraub, who caught the quote). “Those go to Apple for their iPhones…or iPads. Isn’t that something? They buy our best sensors from us?”

According to Electronista, interpretations that Sony is taking over Apple’s camera production are corroborated by a rumors in February that Sony was stepping in because OmniVision couldn’t have an 8MP camera sensor ready in time for Apple’s launch date. Also, Sony’s sensor, which is currently used in its Xperia Neo handset, would meet Apple’s demands of quality over megapixel quantity with its low-light, low-noise capabilities.

As 9to5Mac points out, The Street reported in April 2010 that Apple would adopt Sony’s 8MP camera for the iPhone 5. This was included in the same report that correctly predicted a 5MP camer for the iPhone 4 electronic gadgets.

Damages to Sony’s Sendai plant — which is located in one of the areas hardest hit by the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami — could also explain why Apple is said not to be debuting the iPhone 5 during its WWDC on June 6, which has been the release event for Apple’s latest iPhone since its release of the iPhone 3G in 2008.

 

Source from digitaltrends

White iPhone 4 Confirmed by Apple for Spring 2011

16 Mar

If I am to be honest, I have never understood why people have been so enamored of the white iPhone 4. I guess it’s mostly because they can’t have it. The white iPhone 3GS wasn’t any more lusted after by most geeks than the black version (and it actually showed scratches more). Still there are hoards of iPhone 4 fans that are frothing to get their hands on the white iPhone 4.

Apple’s Philip Schiller has confirmed on Twitter that the white iPhone 4 will be landing this spring. Schiller tweeted, “Hi Eric. The white iPhone electronic gadgets will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!)” in response to a fan asking when it would be available.

I guess that Apple has finally resolved their issues with getting the white to match from different manufacturers. There have been some rumors circulating that the white iPhone 4 may be an AT&T exclusive. Naturally, those rumors are unconfirmed by AT&T and Apple at this point.a

All Smartphones Are Vulnerable to ‘Death Grip,’ Study Says

15 Mar

It looks like the iPhone 4 isn’t the only smartphone that’s susceptible to the so-called ‘death grip.’ A recent study from the University of Bristol found that placing your thumb over any smartphone’s antenna can reduce the device’s sensitivity by up to 100 fold. The researchers also found that placing a buffer between your thumb and the antenna doesn’t mitigate this signal-reducing effect. It should be noted, though, that the iPhone 4 tech gadgets weren’t included in the study — so there’s no reason to throw away those free bumpers just yet.

 

Source from: Switched