iPhone SDK

March 7th, 2008

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Tadaa the iPhone SDK is here, ok it’s still in beta though. So if you have seen the presentation video, you might be quite excited too. Just skip to minute 41 and there you have it, nintendo Wii-like controls for gaming. The big advantage that Apple has, is that they have full control over the hardware and software. And that’s where I see the weakest point of the Google Android platform.
And for those of you who are still waiting for the Flash plugin for the iPhone. I guess as long as Adobe doesn’t make a custom player, we won’t see Flash on the iPhone. How would the iPhone / Flash player scale down Flash content anyway? And is the processor strong enough? Battery life? … just forget about it.
I actually had to use someone else’s mac to have a look at the SDK, I still have a G4 Powerbook and you’ll need an intel one.

GooglePhone

February 12th, 2008

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Yeah, that’s a mobile phone. Well actually it’s a development circuit board for the google Android operating system by Qualcomm. Can you see an iPhone competitor in there?
More info and hardware porn shots at Wired’s Gadget Lab.

iPhone Resolution

January 23rd, 2008

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Edward Tufte, a specialist in the field of analytical design, did a review of the iPhones interface. The elimination of screen-hogging computer administrative debris and the high resolution of screen are the main winners in the design of the iPhone. Of course he has some critique ,which I don’t really share, he doesn’t think that the stockmarket and weather widgets are well designed. I guess that his alternative designs won’t meet Steve Jobs design standards. Watch the video for yourself here.
found at Daring Fireball

Hit Me On My iPhone

January 23rd, 2008

Android

November 13th, 2007

android.jpgYesterday, Google released the software development kit for its mobile platform called Android. Of course I had to install it and give it a try, it comes with sample code and some standard features like a web browser and a maps application.
The standard graphical user interface looks dull to me, especially since I played around with an iPhone before. The screen resolution of the demo phone is only 320 by 240 and it’s not that snappy, maybe that’s because it’s only an emulation.
Although the iPhone is available since last Friday here in Germany, I didn’t buy one for the simple reason that the iPhone and the contract are too expensive. But if I could get one from the States (over a €100 cheaper!), I would.
So Apple, I’m quite curious to play with the iPhone SDK next February! Bring it on!

Quizjacking

August 31st, 2007

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Comcast has this little website called TripleSlanguage to promote their triple-play offer (internet, telephone and TV). They invented some new words like ‘Quizjacking’ and ‘Tomphonery’. I guess I’m guilty to several …
‘What’s the capital of Belgium? Waffles.’

Braun Apple

August 21st, 2007

braun_iphone.jpgSome time ago, some people found out that there are some design similarities between the iPhone calculator and some Braun calculators from the late 70ies. Erik Spiekermann, a well known typographer, found an other one between Apple’s current aluminium look and an old world receiver. Apparently there some fans of German design in the Apple team.

I touched an iPhone!

July 14th, 2007

iphone_touch.jpgToday I had the chance to play around with an iPhone for just a few minutes at Gravis, an Apple retailer in Germany. The first impression is great, the design is outstanding and the screen is amazing. I actually wanted to try out the web browsing to see if it would scale this blog right etc.. But Gravis had build up the demo stand in just that area of the store where there is no wifi, duh! So instead, I tried to write a note, typing isn’t that easy but ok. The photo browsing just works like advertised, flicking through albums and scaling pictures … it just works. Then I passed the iPhone on to some other eager hands.
So in the end I couldn’t really experience the iPhone, but I really like the screen and the GUI.

80GB iPhone

June 26th, 2007

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Indeed you’ve heard it here first! Apple will release an 80GB iPhone soon! At least that’s what you can see in the new ‘Activation & Sync video‘ around marker 6:19, or did someone mess up … ? Apple and AT&T also released the rate plans for the iPhone, I can’t really judge them as I don’t know the mobile market in the USA. Hype rules!

A Guided Tour

June 23rd, 2007

guidedtour.jpgIt’s been a while since I’ve heard about ‘a guided tour’, but this morning Apple just released one for the iPhone. You can now watch a 25 minutes video which shows you many features of the iPhone. There’s some new information in it like how the headphones work, the possible settings for in flight usage and many other neat interface features like the a .com button to complete an url in safari. I bet that everyone who will be at a sales point next Friday, will be know the video by heart. But there are still some open questions like can people exchange the battery or what kind of AT&T plans will available. So go and watch the video now.


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