Apple recently launched the iPhone 4S. The device features a dual-core A5 chip which,although designed in-house, is manufactured by Samsung. The A5 is but the latest chapter in a longstanding partnership worth billions. Given the increasing rivalry between the two companies, this partnership is beginning to look less and less sustainable by the day, with a raft of recent reports even claiming that the A5 inside the 4S marks the the end of the buyer-supplier relationship. The Korea Times, though, does not think so.
The app offers iPhone users a host of features, including cheap international calls, free texts to U.S. numbers, voicemail transcription, ability to display Voice number as caller ID and push notifications. The app requires iOS 3.1 or later.
Apple sparked a controversy when it vetoed the official Voice app for the iPhone and expelled Voice-dependent apps from the App Store in July, 2009. The iDevice maker took 14 months to relent and only approved the app in September.
It is only a matter of time before hackers find a way of running Android on iPad, especially considering the fact that it has already been accomplished on iPhone 3G, 2G and the original iPod touch. As the iPad is just an oversized iPhone/iPod Touch, it is a sitting duck for intrepid hackers like the folks responsible for the iDroid Project, whose stated goal is “to fully port the Linux kernel and the Google Android OS to Apple's iDevices” using the OpeniBoot bootloader. The iDroid Project team has indicated that they are very close to porting Android to the iPad and iPhone 4. They even posted a video (below) and a few images on Twitter to tease us.
Spatial will also be providing 3D content through a smartphone app called 3DeeCentral.The app will be available first for Apple devices and then in the Android Marketplace.
“Watch stereo 3D content on your iPhone and iPod touch with Spatial View's 3DeeSlide. It's an easily installed lens holder with Spatial View's lenticular lens technology for high impact viewing of stereo 3D image and video content. Works in portrait and landscape mode and supports touch-through. Available this fall,” reads the official product page.
Having just watched a 3D movie on an iPhone, the Business Insider folks are going gaga over Spatial's glasses-free 3D solution that is “expected to cost under $20.” But as it turns out, this is not the company's first attempt at providing an autostereoscopic 3D experience to iPhone owners. It is also responsible for the woefully bad protective skin called the Wazabee 3DeeShell, which “consists of a two-part durable protective skin and a removable lenticular lens for seeing content in stereo 3D,” and which gives us plenty of reason to remain skeptical.
Audyssey is hoping to gain a foothold in the already crowded iPhone/iPod speaker dock market with the Audyssey Audio Dock: South of Market Edition. Audyssey chose San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood as the eponym for its maiden iDevice-centric product because of its “eclectic mix of restaurants, nightclubs, start-ups and artist lofts.”
As an audio system, it doesn't exclusively cater to the iPhone/iPod-brandishing crowd, but any bluetooth-enabled device can be used to wirelessly stream music to the dock. It has a built-in speakerphone for times when an important call takes precedence over an ongoing private listening session, allowing you to seamlessly “switch from a playlist to a conference call.”
The dock, when connected to a Mac or PC, allows you to stream audio, sync to iTunes, charge the iPhone or iPod and make VoIP calls. According to Audyssey, its looks are sure to be a talking point. But what it forgot to mention is that most of the conversations the dock evokes are likely to be critical of its design.
“The system is bi-amplified like a professional studio monitor and the sound quality is delivered by five of Audyssey’s proprietary technologies:Audyssey Dynamic Voice, Audyssey EQ, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey BassXT and Audyssey Dynamic Volume,” the company said in a release.
Audyssey still has a bit of time to reconsider the Audio Dock's $400 price tag. The dock is scheduled to make its debut in November.