The promise of cloud computing is simple. Platforms don’t matter, and accessing your data is seamless experience from any Internet connective device with a modern browser. These values are usually considered sacred when setting out to create a new cloud service, but apparently Apple didn’t get the memo.
As expected, Steve Jobs officially unveiled Apple's iPhone 4, the next generation iPhone that has been leaked all over the Web courtesy of Gizmodo, earning the tech site an unofficial ban from WWDC and other Apple events.
"In 2010, we're going to take the biggest leap since the original iPhone," Jobs said. "This is really hot."
According to Jobs, the iPhone 4 is 24 percent slimmer than the iPhone 3GS and sports a slightly larger battery allowing for up to 7 hours of 3G talk, 6 hours of 3G browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi Web browsing, 10 hours of video, and 40 hours of music. What we were expecting to be a front facing camera is exactly that, and there's also the rear camera with LED flash.
There's a stainless steel band that goes around the side, and this serves as the iPhone 4's antennae. Other features include an IPS display similar to the iPad, 800:1 contrast ratio, and the same A4 processor that's found in the iPad.
With "a little bit of work," Jobs said developers can make their entire app compatible with the new high resolution display. Apple is also opening access to a new gyroscope for developers, giving them six axis motion control.
Gizmodo's exclusive coverage of a certain lost/stolen iPhone prototype has made it an anathema to Apple. Those expecting a thaw any time soon can pat themselves on the back for being optimistic because reconciliation is not currently on Apple's agenda. The company that pioneered the art of selling essentially the same device in different form factors has effectively banned Gizmodo from its Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote on Monday.
“It's no surprise: Apple has not responded to our requests to attend the WWDC keynote on Monday at 10am PST,” Gizmodo Editor Brian Lam wrote in a blog post. Left high and dry by Apple, the tech blog is now beseeching those planning to attend the event to contribute “live video, audio, instant messages and high-end photographs instantly.”
After being out of the office last week, the gang is back to talk about this week's biggest tech headlines. Will and Norm recap their adventure at the Electronics Entertainment Expo, Gordon gets riled up over Apple's WWDC announcements, and we collectively anticipate upcoming Facebook's vanity URL service. facebook.com/willsmith, unfortunately, has already been claimed. We also try a bold experiment: using Bing as our default search engine for a week. How long before someone gives up and goes back to Google? And as always, we answer a few listener questions and bring you Gordon's rant of the week. All this plus more in this edition of the No BS podcast!
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