Microsoft has just announced the availability of the official Photosynth application for Apple iOS devices and the future release of a Windows Phone 7 version. Many have noticed lately that Microsoft Bing’s iOS application offers a lot more features than what is currently available on Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately Microsoft didn’t unveil any thing related to an updated Bing offering on WP7 Mango during MIX11 last week but there’s still hope that the company will surprise us in the coming months (we could clearly see during the keynote that image search is now supported).
UBM TechInsights has just issued a press release and a couple of documents showing that Apple’s A4 chipset found in the iPhone 4 and the iPad shares the exact same ARM core as the Samsung S5PC110A01 found in the Samsung Wave and Samsung Galaxy S Handsets. There’s nothing surprising here given that this core was build by Intrinsity for Samsung (who also manufactures the Apple SoCs). Intrisity was then bought by Apple a few weeks ago. Steve Jobs can claim that Apple build the A4 but the fact is that Intrisity did it before being bought by Apple. At the end of the day this doesn’t really matter much (and the both chipset use different GPUs anyway). Full press release after the break:
That’s right folks. You’ve already seen it before but it’s not official. Steve Jobs has just announced the iPhone 4. More to come….(image courtesy of Engadget). The device is only 9.3mm thick and features a super high resolution 3.5″ display composed of 326 pixels per inch… 960×640, 800:1 contrast and IPS panel. The iPhone 4 features the Apple A4 SoC found in the iPad and will feature up to 32gb of storage. The device also has a 5Mpix camera with backlit sensor and LED flash and is capableof shotting 720P videos at 30fps. THe other new features a the inclusion of a 3-axis Gyroscope.
iPhone OS 4 has now been renamed iOS 4. iOS is now a platform just like OSX. Many new iOS based deviecees will probably come out of Apple in the coming years (devices other than Tablets and Phones..). Bing is now a search engine option alongside Yahoo and Google (still default). The iPhone will also featur video chat but only through Wifi. It will be available in Black & White for $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB launching June 2′th (pre-orders start June 15th)
That’s for now. Will post my thoughts later tonight.
I usually don’t post about Apple related news here and am mainly focused on Windows Phone 7 and Android lately but every-time Apple announces a new product there’s no denying that it has a massive impact on the industry. That’s why I’ll probably post some thoughts later on about the new iPhone HD or iPhone 4G (if that’s the name..) some of the other announcement that Steve Jobs is going to make in less than an hour at WWDC in San Fransisco. It’s also highly probable that I will get my hands-on the new device once its released (it’s always good to know what you are talking about especially when you are mainly focused on the competition).
Steve Ballmerand Ray Ozzie were interviewed today at the D8 conference in Los Angeles. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything new to learn at all but Ballmer had a couple of things to say about Microsoft‘s current situation in the Mobile space and openly admitted that the company fell behind and has to play catch up now. Check out the videos after the break:
Nokia has just issued a press released today announcing that they are suing Apple one more time. This time the Finish company filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging that Apple iPhone and iPad 3G products infringe five important Nokia patents. This whole drama isn’t going to end anytime soon. Unfortunately for Apple, Nokia ain’t no HTC… Here’s the full press release:
Nokia sues Apple in Wisconsin for infringement of Nokia patents
May 07, 2010
Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced that it has today filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging that Apple iPhone and iPad 3G products infringe five important Nokia patents.
The patents in question relate to technologies for enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space, allowing smaller and more compact devices. These patented innovations are important to Nokia’s success as they allow improved product performance and design.
“Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices” said Paul Melin, General Manager, Patent Licensing at Nokia. “We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia’s innovation.”
During the last two decades, Nokia has invested approximately EUR 40 billion in research and development and built one of the wireless industry’s strongest and broadest IPR portfolios, with over 11,000 patent families. Nokia is a world leader in the development of handheld device and mobile communications technologies, which is also demonstrated by Nokia’s strong patent portfolio.
Today’s big news is obviously Apple iPhone 4 announcement and Apple delivered what everybody expected. iPhone OS 4 has 7 new big features:
1) Multi-Tasking: Finally? nothing really innovative here. Double clicking the home button will give the user access to a task-manager and let him jump from one app to another. Third-party apps will also be allowed to use this feature. Interestingly it works a bit like on Windows Phone 7; the Application is paused in the background and then resumed when the user comes back to it. The major difference being that Windows Phone 7 doesn’t have any way (user friendly task-manager) to let users jump from one app to another (onthre that the back button and the home key). It does have a full blown task-manager that is hidden in the OS as seen in this video. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft is going to react to this. It would be really easy for Redmond to implement a similar functionality in WP7 (double clicking on a home button to access all the running apps) but I think that the boys in blue are into something else with the Metro UI. Oh, and Only the iPhone 3GS and 3rd generation iPod will receive this feature (no love for the iPhone 3G because of the lack of enough RAM I guess…)
2) Folders: It gives users the ability to group the application into folders to save some space so they no longer have to scroll through tens of pages to find an application.
3) Unified Email inbox: merged inbox, threaded messaging view, fast switching between inbox/accounts etc..
5) Game Center: Well….it’s basically a copy of Xbox Live…achievement, leaderboards etc..
6) iBooks: nothing much to say here. It’s the same app as on the iPad
7) iAd: The other big announcement is the new iAd advertising platform…Google watch out! Cause Apple wants to beat you at your own game…
And countless other feature like BT keyboard support, spellcheck, etc…
Anyway I’m not going to talk more about this given that MTW is primary focused on Windows Phone and Android. Nothing amazing was announced today but I have to give props to Apple because they are doing everything right IMO and pushing their platform in the right direction. The only downside is that the iPhone UI is staying the same (it’s starting to look a bit old). You can grab the Beta SDK of OS 4 here.
Things are heating up ladies and gentlemen. I don’t usually post about Apple related stuff but this one is going to be interesting. The company is going to showcase the latest iPhone OS 4 during a press event on April 8th at the One Infinite Loop campus. Everybody is hoping that Apple is finally going to introduce a real multi-tasking (task Manager?) solution this time which is slightly ironic given that Microsoft decided to do the opposite in Windows Phone 7…
Today’s Apple big iPad day and also the day Netflix used to announce that an iPod and iPhone application was on the way (the iPad app is already available now). If you remember a few weeks ago a Netflix streaming application was shown on Windows Phone 7 during the MIX10 keynote (see video below) and prompted speculation about an iPhone/iPod/iPadversion (the majority thought that their won’t be one because of Microsoft’s relations with Netflix). For those of you who don’t know, Netflix has been a really close Microsoft partner (CEO Reed Hastings is also on Microsoft’s Board) as demonstrated by the launch of the service on the XBOX360 nearly one year before the PS3 & Wii and the use of Silverlight IIS smooth streaming for the PC & Mac version.
Today’s announcment once again sheds a light on Microsoft’s current mobile situation and will hopefully make people understand why the Windows Phone team is relegating some features like copy/paste, business centric stuff to a later date and focusing on shipping a consumer ready OS with solid APIs and Marketplace. The iPad may not be the device many expected, but what is everybody talking about today? All the new applications available for it. This is what Microsoft is seeking, this is what is going to make the platform a success. Don’t worry about all the missing features at launch, they will be available down the road. This screenshot below is IMO the best Windows Phone 7 feature:
According to Zatsnotfunny Sling is currently working on an iPad and Windows Phone 7 Series version of their SlingPlayer for Mobile streaming application (and Android version is also scheduled for a summer launch). The Windows Phone 7 version will supposedly use Silverlight (for the the video & UI? or just the UI?) while the iPad version will stream H.264 content. The company is also taking the mobile client video resolution up beyond 320×240.
When it makes a noticeable difference in quality, we will definitely provide higher resolution streaming. The iPad is a good example of a device where we are hard at work on this, but unfortunately it won’t be there at the April launch.
…and it looks like a giant iPhone….It’s got a 9.7 LCD (IPS) capacitive touchscreen, a 1ghz Apple A4 CPU, 0.5″ thin & 1.5 pounds. The iPad doesn’t have a cellular radio & GPS receiver (Hold on, there’s higher priced version with 3G radio & GPS) but sports BT 2.1+EDR and WiFi 802.1n connectivity. It will come in three versions: 16/32/64Gb of storage. All iPhone apps are compatible with it (like I said it looks like it’s just a bigger iPhone) but dev can modify them to take advantage of the higher res (still no word on the screen resolution yet though). Kinda disappointing no?