Technology The iPhone could have been very different

22:36  11 january  2017
22:36  11 january  2017 Source:   Engadget UK

Apple iPhone 8 Launching With iPhone 4-Like Design?

  Apple iPhone 8 Launching With iPhone 4-Like Design? A report fresh from China is claiming that the Cupertino giant is working on a new iPhone that borrows design elements from the iPhone 4.On Tuesday, Chinese newspaper Digitimes reported that Apple is reviving the stainless steel frame of the iPhone 4 and using it to perfect the design and look it is going for with the iPhone 8. The iPhone 4 used stainless steel frames from Foxconn and U.S. company Jabil. With the nearing launch of the iPhone 8, Apple is said to be ordering the same component from the same companies.

Apple's decision to give the iPhone a touchscreen was a bold and controversial one at the time. In an era where Blackberry was thriving with its keyboard phones, the idea of removing them entirely seemed baffling. As you can see, the scroll-wheel P1 model loads faster thanks to running a slimmed down version of the OS, booting to an iPod Classic Logo. Meanwhile, the touchscreen prototype takes a little longer to boot, initially displaying the image of an octopus. This slower start time is a result of the more developed OS that P2 was running on.

The scroll-wheel iPhone interface was a thing. The world is becoming a very scary place. 32 Сегодня в 18:27 money.cnn.com.

  The iPhone could have been very different © Provided by Engadget Apple's decision to give the iPhone a touchscreen was a bold and controversial one at the time. In an era where Blackberry was thriving with its keyboard phones, the idea of removing them entirely seemed baffling. History shows that Apple made the right decision with a full-screen touchscreen, but that wasn't the only option. We've heard of the iPod-esque touch wheel prototype iPhone before now, but a new video from tech leaker Sonny Dickson now shows this interface going toe-to-toe with an icon and (touch-controlled) iteration.

Created by Tony Fadell, the man behind the iPod, this click wheel prototype (P1) used an onscreen wheel to navigate a UI that looked almost identical to the iPod's. Going up against Fadell's more familiar take was Scott Forstall's touchscreen based prototype (P2). While the video appears to show P2 running on something that looks closer to the iOS we know today, both phones actually operated on an early touch operating system known as Acorn OS.

FBI docs tell how it hacked San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, kind of

  FBI docs tell how it hacked San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, kind of The government agency releases 100 pages of documents on how it broke into the smartphone, but censors the most important information.When the FBI revealed it was able to hack into an iPhone used by one of the terrorists involved in the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., people wanted to know just how the agency did it.

The difference between jailbreak and unlock is that jailbreaking allows you to gain access to files on your device that Apple wouldn’t normally let you access, while unlocking is the removal of carrier restrictions allowing you to use your iPhone on any carrier. These are two very different things which we will explain in more In Short… I case you’re still not really sure you understand the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking, let me put it in very simple words. Jailbreaking an iPhone means that 3rd party applications can be installed on it (ie. apps from other developers than Apple).

The iPhone could have been very different . Aaron: After Mat's uninspired response to the Sennheisers, I figured it was a safe bet that Audio Technica's SR9s would at least sound different than the HD 4.50s. I was a little worried that they wouldn't sound great on an iPhone , but the Audio Technica rep said they'd be fine, and any fears were allayed by a quick listen.

As you can see, the scroll-wheel P1 model loads faster thanks to running a slimmed down version of the OS, booting to an iPod Classic Logo. Meanwhile, the touchscreen prototype takes a little longer to boot, initially displaying the image of an octopus. This slower start time is a result of the more developed OS that P2 was running on.

Ten years on, this footage serves as an intriguing insight into the choices Apple engineers faced as they attempted to create one of the most iconic tech products ever. Interestingly, this process of pitting 'p devices' (or incredibly basic prototypes) against each other is still the first step of getting a new product approved at Apple, according to Dickson.

Luckily for us, the process had the right outcome, with Apple mercifully saving the world from years of typing out texts with a scroll wheel.

Sonny Dickson

Apple's next iPhone rumored to have facial recognition powered by a new 'laser sensor' .
Apple's next iPhone could include some "form of facial/gesture recognition," according to a research note distributed to clients by Cowen and Company on Wednesday. The note includes several new details about Apple's upcoming iPhone, which is expected to launch in September. "Other features appear to include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera and, as expected, should also finally include wireless charging," Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!