We are just providing this for your consideration. We largely think Apple will move in the ARM direction for their ultra small portable devices this year. These images are from a company who are using similar hardware and are able to charge $299 for this device. Obviously this is a little boxy for Apple’s taste but the internals would be comparable. Specs and more picts below:
Also, notice in the video they talk about the iPhone and how this device "will play iPhone games".
- 9.4" x 7" x 1.4" for 2 lbs (with keyboard)
- ARM Texas Instruments OMAP3 chip [just like Palm Pre]
- 1024×600 8.9” screen
- Storage: 8GB micro SD card
- Wifi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth
- 3-dimensional accelerometer
- Speakers, micro and headphone
- 6 USB 2.0 (3 internal, 2 external, 1 mini)
- 10h to 15 hours of battery life
For those of us with a fond memory of older Mac OS’s, the iPhone is bringing the nostalgia back big time. We talked about the Mini vMac last week. There is another group called the ‘MacOS iPhone Project‘ who are doing the same kind of work. They look to have a working app out shortly. More screenshots below from their site:
Engadget is covering an issue that appears to be happening more and more frequently since we first heard about it a few months ago. The hinge on the original MacBook Air seems to weaken with continued use and, for some, cracks and breaks. Apple is telling most customers that fixing this problem will cost $800 (ouch) and it (surprise!) might be a better idea to buy a new one. If you get the right customer satisfaction manager, you might be able to slip one by, but it appears to be Apple’s official policy to turn away customers and not acknowledge this as a known issue or flaw.
For the record, the Rev 1 MacBook Air that has been floating around the 9to5Mac HQ doesn’t seem to have this issue, but the screen hinge has been getting a bit looser recently and now we are all paranoid as hell that the hinge is going to break.
A new app just hit the App Store that brings some pretty interesting funtionality to Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. Airphones (iTunes link) takes any sound that would be coming out of your computer and streams it to your iPhone or iPod touch and let’s you hear the sound through the built in speakers or headset. That is as long as you are on the same wifi network.
Easy and simple, right? It seems to get good ratings from overall happy customers. We like. Anyone want to report back on how well it works?
From the developer:
AirPhones is the next-generation solution to wireless headphones. Now use your iPhone or iPod Touch to listen to any audio from your computer via Wi-Fi. Experience DVD’s, desktop TV, web videos & radio, audio books, shared iTunes playlists and podcasts; from across the room, throughout the office or around the house.
Content providers are moving their content directly to the iPhone these days, bypassing iTunes and the other "middlemen". The latest but certainly not the last to do this sort of thing is CBS Interactive with their aptly named TV.com application. Right now the content is a little thin(selected full episodes from the CSI series, NCIS, Berverly Hills 90210, Star Trek: The Original Series, and MacGyver), but it isn’t hard to see all of CBS’s content ending up available on the iPhone.
The free app is availalbe in the App Store for both iPhone and iPod touch.
From the developer:
The TV.com application allows you to search and access millions of videos no matter where you go.
It’s personalized TV, brought right to your iPhone and it works across Wi-Fi and 3G Networks – all for free!
* Browse through our vast list of featured shows or view by channel
* Catch FULL EPISODES of your favorite shows from CBS
* Add keywords to create your own “feed” – a custom list of videos based on your favorite shows, channels or topics
* Start typing a search from anywhere in the app and instantly see search results
* Get video updates on sports, news, entertainment and more
* Let CNET’s experts show you the latest gadgets and technology products
* Save shortcuts to your favorite videos to watch anytime
* Shake-to-shuffle and get a video selected at random
Note: for highest quality videos use TV.com on Wi-Fi
Users with limited network connectivity may experience difficulty loading application pages or videos.