iPad SDK Support for Front Facing Camera, Camera Flash, Zoom and Video Conferencing

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Feb 232010
 

Unfortunately, we already know how this story ends. Apple introduced the iPad in late January and made no mention of a camera – either on the front or back of the device. So that means no video conferencing or even photos are possible on the first generation device…. and yet, it seems like they had everything in place for it already. For example, the enclosure has an empty space for the camera and the SDK has accept/decline video chat references.

Here are some even more tantalizing pieces of information found in the latest Beta 3 iPad SDK. We’ve been told that if you go digging into Apple’s private framework which controls the camera, the iPad SDK tests for 3 additional camera characteristics that are not found in the iPhone 3.x SDK. For comparison, Erica Sadun has a code listing of iPhone 3.x PLCameraController.h on her site. The Beta 3 iPad SDK version adds these additional test conditions for the device’s capabilities.
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It seems Apple built in API support to test to see if your iPad had a Front Facing Camera, Zoom and a Camera Flash. The front facing camera would, of course, be used for video chat, while Zoom and Camera Flash are often requested features for the iPhone’s camera.

Further investigation even reveals the following icons which clearly show an interface to accept or decline a video chat:

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Given the size of these buttons, they were intended for use on the the iPad’s screen rather than the iPhone. We’re not sure why these features were dropped on the first version of the iPad, but we hope to see it again in future versions of the iPad or even iPhone.

[via macrumors]

Apple iPad Pre-Orders to Begin February 25th? Speculation about Other Features?

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Feb 212010
 
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AppAdvice claims that the iPad pre-orders could start as early as February 25th. The pre-orders are said to be for the U.S. Wi-Fi model initially. It’s really not much to go on, but Apple hasn’t given any indication about their launch plans for the iPad. During their press event, Jobs simply said that the Wi-Fi version would be shipping in 60 days, which places it into the last week of March.

While Apple did allow for pre-orders for the iPhone 3GS, the original iPhone launch was on a first-come first-serve basis at retail stores. The Wi-Fi iPad, however, does not require any long term contracts to be set up, making pre-orders more likely a possibility. Apple would have to get FCC approval for the device before being able to place it on sale. AppAdvice, however, isn’t a particularly reliable source of rumors as they previously claimed the iPhone 3GS would have an OLED screen and FM transmitter (both of which were not true).

As the actual launch approaches, many are hoping and speculating that there may be some unannounced software features for the iPad that might not have been finished at the time of the media event. It’s not without precedent, as Apple did announce YouTube support for the original iPhone just 9 days before its actual launch.

Kevin Fox had noted that several of the iPhone/iPod Touch minor applications were missing from the iPad. These include Stocks, Weather, Voice Memo, Clock, and Calculator. He goes on to suggest that these minor apps could return as some sort of Dashboard-like widget system.

[via macrumors]

Microsoft To Unveil Windows Phone 7 Series At Mobile World Congress To Take On iPhone

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Feb 142010
 

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In the past couple of years, smartphones have graduated from being a fringe segment in the mobile phone space to a category that is mainstream.

The vast scope of opportunity and growth that smartphones present has attracted a lot of new companies like Google to make their foray into this segment.

However, a few long-timers like Microsoft have been caught napping though. Half a decade back, Microsoft was a leader in the smartphone space accounting for close to 25% of all devices sold. However, since then, the dynamics have significantly shifted in favor of the newer entrants like Apple and Google who have without doubt revolutionized the market. While smartphones running on Windows still form a significant chunk of the market, there is no gainsaying the fact that Windows based smartphones are not perceived to be in the same league as that of the iPhone or Nexus One.

Now Microsoft is making a fresh bid to regain lost market space. According to reports on the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will unveil a new version of their mobile operating system, Windows Mobile 7 come Monday at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona. Not much is known about the new operating system though WSJ reports that the new software will bring tighter controls in the level of integration between the software and hardware. WSJ writes:

“New devices based on Windows Mobile 7, due out later this year, will be the first to reflect a much tighter focus at Microsoft on how its software works with hardware made by other companies. In the past, Microsoft has taken much the same approach in mobile software as it has in the PC market, licensing its operating system to nearly any hardware maker that wanted to install it on their systems.”

With iPhone caught in a stiff competition from platforms like Android and WebOS, Microsoft’s bid could be seen as a year or two too late. However, with rumors about Microsoft planning its own line of hardware and also considering the relationship that it has enjoyed with other handset manufacturers, it will interesting to see how Microsoft takes on competition like Apple’s iPhone, which is going to be daunting task. What do you think?

Update:

Folks at Engadget are reporting that Microsoft might call their next generation mobile OS, Windows Phone 7 series based on the billboards at the Mobile World Congress 2010.

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[via Business Week]

Is Hulu Working on a Non-Flash Player for iPad?

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Feb 102010
 

TechCrunch reports that an “industry insider” has revealed that Hulu, the second largest video service in the US is working on a non-flash player to bring its content to iPad and hopefully the iPhone.

Hulu currently requires Flash player, which is not supported on the iPhone or iPad.

TechCrunch reports:

One rumor I’ve heard from an industry insider is that Hulu is working on an iPad-friendly version of its site that should be ready by the time the iPad hits the market. Hulu itself is still vague about its plans. When asked directly by Om Malik whether Hulu has any plans for the iPad, CEO Jason Kilar recently hemmed and hawed about how he is a big believer in mobile, but wouldn’t confirm or deny anything.

YouTube had recently released a new video player (currently in beta) that supports HTML5 and doesn’t require the Flash plug-in. However, the HTML5 version does not support ads (they can only play on the flash player), which is a major source of revenue for Hulu. So it will be interesting to see if Hulu chooses to adopt HTML5 or develop a native iPhone app.

TechCrunch notes that “putting Hulu on the iPad boils down to a business decision, not a technical one” as Hulu’s videos are already encoded in the H.264 format that is used on the iPhone and iPad.

YouTube iPhone app has been available ever since the iPhone was launched so it’s high time Hulu’s website works on the iPhone and soon-to-be-available iPad. What do you think?


[via TechCrunch]

iPhone 4G Parts Reveal Taller Form Factor?

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Feb 082010
 

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And they have a couple of interesting features.

1) The LCD appears to be factory glued to the digitizer which is more similar to the first generation iPhones than the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The digitizer can be separated from the LCD on the 3G and 3GS models, which should be interesting to all, but for the repair folks like us–this means that the 4G screen repair price will be higher since both parts will have to be replaced at once.

2) The iPhone 4G front panel seems to be about 1/4″ longer than its predecessors.

3) There is an interesting reflective, mirror-like surface directly above the speaker. This is likely a spot for the proximity sensor. If that’s what it is, it’s in a different location than previous models.

UPDATE: There are a lot of skeptics out there and rightly so. There have been a lot of “leaked” photos from various Apple products in the past that have turned out to be parts for another product. Here are the things that we know: a) The phone has not been released yet. Until it is, Apple could change the product design or the parts we have acquired could be prototypes. Since we don’t have an actual fourth-generation iPhone in our hands, we have no way to know for sure. b) We obtained this part as a sample from a reputable source. They have been reputable up to this point, and have provided genuine parts for us in the past.

We are a repair company and it’s in our best interest to get samples of these new parts as they become available to us. Of course it is possible that these are not the final design or these are parts for another product completely, but that is not how they have been demonstrated to us. If these parts are not for the fourth generation iPhone, we will obviously not be using them for future repairs when the new iPhones do come out.

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[via iresQ ]

Apple Tablet or Apple iPad Ad ?

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Jan 262010
 

Rumors and speculations simply don’t seem to be ending.

With just a few more hours to go before Steve Jobs is expected to go on stage to reveal "the most important thing" he’s ever done, here comes a neat looking fake Apple Tablet ad with the look and feel of an Apple commercial.

A French website, NoWhereElse has released a beautifully crafted video, which one might easily mistake to be an Apple commercial for the iPad. Continue reading »

iPhone Available on All US Carriers?

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Jan 252010
 

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Tim Horan, a telecommunications analyst at Oppenheimer & Co is predicting that Apple’s iPhone will be available on all US carriers over the next 18 months.

According to Tim, this change in strategy in the US will help Apple sell two or three times more iPhones. The strategy of multiple carriers is already paying rich dividends in the UK.

Tim Horan writes:

“We believe AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity arrangement with Apple will be expiring by mid-2010.

For wireless carriers, customers are demanding the device and they need to remain competitive.”

We’ve already heard rumors about the iPhone coming to other US carriers such as Verizon, Sprint and Tmobile

In fact, there was a rumor earlier today that Apple might announce the end of AT&T exclusivity during the media event on Wednesday.

Horan goes on to add:

“With the addition of more carriers, iPhone sales in the U.S. will increase by 15 million to 25 million units annually. The device will put pressure on mobile-phone company margins because of higher subsidy costs. Adding the iPhone would also likely boost carriers’ capital spending on network upgrades by as much as $3 billion to support increases in data usage.”

[via bloomberg]

Jan 242010
 

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With less than three days to go for Apple’s big media event where they plan to unveil their “latest creation”, the rumor mill seems to be working overtime.

Oscar, reader of iSpazio, an Italian website has posted an image, which he claims to be that of soon-to-be-announced Apple Tablet. It looks like a giant iPhone or iPod Touch, which is in line with the rumors we’ve heard.

So far we’ve heard the following rumors and speculations about soon-to-be-launch Apple Tablet:

After hearing so many rumors and speculations about the Apple Tablet, it’s quite apt to also see the photos of the device.

Oscar, reader of iSpazio has posted an image (as seen below), which he claims to be that of Apple’s soon-to-be-announced Tablet:

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Folks at Mac Observer had also claimed last week that they had received photographs (as seen below) of the glass to be used in Apple Tablet from a trusted source:

I would ideally like to see Apple unveil a tablet that blows us away like they did when they launched the iPhone rather than unveil something that is a just a giant iPhone or iPod Touch.

What do you think about these so-called Apple Tablet photos? Do you like what you see? Let us know in the comments.

[via iSpazio, Mac Observer]

The new iphone 4g rumor.

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Jan 182010
 

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After last week’s roundup visual Tablet, the Frenchies over at Nowhere Else put together an iPhone 4G equivalent. While I’m not sold on their likeliness evaluations, it’s definitely a nice overview of all the crazy ideas bloggers have came up with. While I’m not sold on their likeliness evaluations, it’s definitely a nice overview of all the crazy ideas bloggers have came up with.
Check it out and tell us what you think ( click to enlarge )
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[Via Appadvice.com]