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Rumors Flying About New iPhone Capabilities

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the security-like-a-sieve dept.

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Jumping on the completely unconfirmed rumor bandwagon, it seems that there have been photos leaked for the new iPhone, which include things like an auto-focus camera, video capture, and a compass. The photos were originally displayed (and then quickly removed) on a Chinese forum, and quickly spread to many other sites, including a complete human translation on the MacRumors forum. Looks like Apple security may have to break a few more pocket protectors to keep employees in line.

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iNexpensive? (5, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170159)

iM waiting for the rumored iNexpensive iPhone with the new lower iPrice and no long-term iContract.

Re:iNexpensive? (5, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170301)

I think that's iMaginary.

Re:iNexpensive? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170417)

I think that's iMaginary.

Mod Parent Up +sqrt(-1)

iLaugh (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170661)

That's a funny iPost you've got there.

Re:iNexpensive? (3, Funny)

cheftw (996831) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170703)

I think that's iMaginary.

Mod Parent Up +sqrt(-1)

I swear I'm developing a complex from all these lame maths puns.

Re:iNexpensive? (4, Funny)

qoncept (599709) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170827)

Set mode parent -v

Re:iNexpensive? (4, Funny)

Jurily (900488) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170845)

Mod Parent Up +sqrt(-1)

Score: i, Funny

Re:iNexpensive? (1)

aaandre (526056) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170311)

iWish you good iHealth and a long iLife.

Re:iNexpensive? (1)

Vu1turEMaN (1270774) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170873)

iWish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy iCal!!!!

Re:iNexpensive? (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170753)

You're iNsane.

Food please (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170179)

Food Please.

i'm Hungry

You mean the G1? (2, Insightful)

CritterNYC (190163) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170185)

"things like an auto-focus camera, video capture, and a compass"

You mean they're gonna release a G1?

Re:You mean the G1? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170255)

Except the UI is going to NOT look like a 3 year old designed it.

Re:You mean the G1? (5, Insightful)

CritterNYC (190163) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170347)

I'll give up the shiny UI for the ability to install any app I want and a hardware keyboard.

Re:You mean the G1? (3, Informative)

RockClimbingFool (692426) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170505)

The OS you are looking for is called Windows Mobile. Its been around a pretty long time and does not restrict anything you put on it.

As for hardware, I am using an HTC Touch Pro on Sprint. Sprint has the cheapest, fastest internet and pretty good coverage as well. The also don't seem to mind if you tether your phone to your laptop.

There is also several great communities of developers and users devoted to getting all you can out of windows mobile devices. Then have gotten to the point where you can download a "kitchen" with a bunch of precanned programs that you pick and choose from. You then create your own customized firmware with the apps you selected. Its great. Or create you own applications.

Check out http://www.ppcgeeks.com/ [ppcgeeks.com]

Re:You mean the G1? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170693)

you also give up your ass for any guy with a 10-inch cock.

Re:You mean the G1? (-1, Troll)

Karganeth (1017580) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170389)

The G1 can not capture video.

Re:You mean the G1? (5, Informative)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170459)

I own a G1, and since the 1.5 update, it -can- capture video.

Re:You mean the G1? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170467)

um...yes it can, since the 1.5 update

Re:You mean the G1? (1)

za7ch (1559517) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170477)

Cupcake 1.5 fixed that.

Sure it can (1)

CritterNYC (190163) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170523)

Sure it can. I mean it's not gonna be the quality of a camcorder, but it's decent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0A2tMTEI7M [youtube.com]

And you can upload it directly to YouTube from your G1, which is handy.

Re:You mean the G1? (1)

IamTheRealMike (537420) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170545)

The 1.5 cupcake update added that exact ability. It's rolling out now.

Re:You mean the G1? (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170569)

http://www.t3.com/news/android-cupcake-1-5-update-to-enable-video-capture-for-g1?=38641 [t3.com]

The hardware is capable, but the software is not yet willing. That will be changed, - see above.

Note that this is the EXACT same situation as the iPhone. You have been able to shoot video on the iPhone once jailbroken.

Re:You mean the G1? (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170915)

Note that this is the EXACT same situation as the iPhone. You have been able to shoot video on the iPhone once jailbroken.

It's exactly the same, except that there's a fair chance that one of the two is (however unreasonably) illegal and in a community that is somewhat underground, while the other has freedom as at least somewhat of a distinguishing characteristic of the platform.

Re:You mean the G1? (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 5 years ago | (#28171071)

But that freedom is not really intended for YOU, just for the carrier and handset manufacturer. Android TOS is getting tighter and tighter.

But in general I agree with your assessment of Apple's absurdly paranoid lock down of the phone and withholding features that the hardware is fully capable of simply because "Steve says NO".

I have come to believe that the Apple iPhone software development team is an extremely small group of people with the real talent concentrated in an even smaller subset. There is no other rational reason NOT to introduce features in software that the hardware is already capable of.

Chances are.. (2, Insightful)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170195)

Apple themselves leaked the pictures, after all they are the masters of "media" manipulation.

After all's said & done; it's just made the front page of /. :-)

Re:Chances are.. (2, Insightful)

alvinrod (889928) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170329)

Why the hell would Apple leak it when it can just as easily make the front page of Slashdot next week when they show off the new features at WWDC. More than likely this is mostly crap designed to drive up page hits for some goon's blog or third rate website. Apple has no real reason to release this information before they actually want to do so.

Hell, I could easily go grab some crap digital camera and take a picture with it that looks slightly better than a current generation iPhone and then watch as the traffic comes flying in my direction. Add a few other blurry shots of what looks like an iPhone and I've all but ensured the legion of fans and fanatics will turn my web server into pile of ash from all the traffic.

Slashdot probably only decided to link to the story for the same reason everyone else is doing it: It's going to get a large number of people to click on the link and drive up the stats for advertisement purposes.

Re:Chances are.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170493)

Why the hell would Apple leak it when it can just as easily make the front page of Slashdot next week when they show off the new features at WWDC.

You answered your own question pretty damn quickly there....

Re:Chances are.. (5, Funny)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170571)

"Why the hell would Apple leak it when it can just as easily make the front page of Slashdot next week"

Because now they've made the front page twice. Or more, knowing Slashdot.

Re:Chances are.. (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170583)

Apple would never leak such utterly crappy shots.

Re:Chances are.. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170597)

Why the hell would Apple leak it when it can just as easily make the front page of Slashdot next week when they show off the new features at WWDC.

Two words: Palm Pre. I doubt apple is highly worried about it, but man it makes people think twice about getting one if iPhone 3.0 is THIS close.

Re:Chances are.. (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170451)

Given that it's in Chinese, how do we know this isn't one of the Dozen iPhone clones running around? Most look pretty dang close (The Chinese Cloners really need to hire a UI guy to get all their MP5 players sorted out).

Re:Chances are.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170611)

In the future, we don't call 'em MP3s. We call 'em MP48s.

Re:Chances are.. (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170823)

I prefer the German MP5 player [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Chances are.. (1)

CambodiaSam (1153015) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170631)

I hate to say this, but the front page of /. has not been a good indicator of business success. If it was, then Linux would be King of the Desktop OS, and the EU would be preparing antitrust litigation against RedHat.

However, I do agree with your main point. I wouldn't be surprised if this was their way of marketing the new product. How much is it costing them? About $0?

What would Steve Jobs say? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170197)

I am Steve Jobs and I am here to ask you a question:
Is a man not entitled to an iPhone?

No, says the man in Washington; it belongs to the poor.
No, says the man in the Vatican; it belongs to God.
No, says the man in Moscow; it belongs to everyone.

I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different.
I chose the impossible.
I chose ... Apple.

Re:What would Steve Jobs say? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170517)

Would you kindly, sign this contract.

Would you kindly, pay these fees.

Re:What would Steve Jobs say? (1)

James Skarzinskas (518966) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170695)

Are we not men? We are Apple.

Where did the phone come from? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170201)

Where did those chinese people get the phone from? When manufactured, the phone's firmware is just a dummy bootloader to prevent those ridiculous chinese people from stealing the firmware. So how could these guys get their hands on a new iPhone?

Re:Where did the phone come from? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170471)

firmware 3.0 is already freely available for developers

Re:Where did the phone come from? (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170625)

racist much?

Re:Where did the phone come from? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170655)

Chinese is not a race, it's a nationality.

Re:Where did the phone come from? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170811)

from your mom

I'm confused (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170203)

I thought the iPhone already had an autofocus camera in it, and that it had a GPS (thus making a compas possible). Either I'm thinking of something else, (maybe a smart phone? I can't keep up with phones nowadays), or none of this is anything more then cool app-work.

Re:I'm confused (5, Informative)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170265)

...it had a GPS (thus making a compas possible).

A GPS and a compass are two different things, with slightly different and complimentary features. A GPS tells you where you are. A compass tells you which direction is north. Together they can tell you to turn around and go the other way even if you're not moving. Together they can tell you the building in front of you is the library and the one to your left is the brothel.

Re:I'm confused (2, Funny)

emocomputerjock (1099941) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170371)

Now if only the library and brothel were complimentary, that I would consider progress.

Re:I'm confused (3, Funny)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170913)

If we can put a man on the moon (or could, at one time), I say that now is the time to have brothel libraries (and librarians, of course). We do not do this because it is hard... um, ok, actually, we do do this because it is hard.

Re:I'm confused (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170461)

Right, but I figured most of today's GPS technology just based your direction on your last known movement, which is why when I back out of my driveway - the GPS assumes I was facing south but really was just moving south heading north. But now thinking about it, I suppose for a phone which doesn't move half as much as a vehicle, a compass of that design wouldn't work. Thus using the whole magnetic north pole thing would be more useful.

Re:I'm confused (1)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170483)

Together they can tell you the building in front of you is the library and the one to your left is the brothel.
Don't know about where you live, but my city makes it pretty easy to distinguish between the two when I'm standing in front of them... Of course, there is probably an app for that...

Re:I'm confused (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170603)

How did you know where I'm standing?!

Re:I'm confused (-1, Troll)

afabbro (33948) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170613)

...it had a GPS (thus making a compas possible).

A GPS and a compass are two different things, with slightly different and complimentary features. A GPS tells you where you are. A compass tells you which direction is north.

No shit, Sherlock.

The parent was pointing out that he thought the iPhone already had a GPS. If you have a GPS, then you also have a compass, because any GPS can compute North. Hence, because he thought the iPhone had a GPS, he didn't understand why they were "adding" a compass.

We all know what the difference is between a GPS and a compass.

Re:I'm confused (4, Informative)

schon (31600) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170723)

If you have a GPS, then you also have a compass, because any GPS can compute North

Umm, what?!?!?! That statement makes absolutely no sense.

It knows *where* north is, but unless you're moving, it has no way of relaying that information to you, because it can't know the direction it's facing (which is what a compass does.)

We all know what the difference is between a GPS and a compass

Evidently you don't.

Re:I'm confused (4, Informative)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170859)

If you have a GPS, then you also have a compass, because any GPS can compute North.

This is untrue. A GPS can tell you what your coordinates are but not which way your device is facing relative to north. If you're moving it assumes the GPS is facing the direction of travel, which is not always the case. When you aren't moving it gets quickly confused.

Hence, because he thought the iPhone had a GPS, he didn't understand why they were "adding" a compass.

The iPhone does have GPS. They're rumored to be adding an internal compass so the iPhone will also know what direction it is facing and can use that to accurately point out objects and give better directions. Most commercial GPS units include a compass as well these days.

We all know what the difference is between a GPS and a compass.

Apparently some of us are confused about the relative capabilities though.

Re:I'm confused (1)

scorp1us (235526) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170687)

The compass is mostly useless, for those of us that can orient a map (but not everyone was a Boy Scout). Apple doesn't ever have a single-feature addition, as if a compass screen was all you got. No, think Google StreetView integration and maps that automatically rotate.

Re:I'm confused (1)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170941)

The compass is mostly useless, for those of us that can orient a map (but not everyone was a Boy Scout). Apple doesn't ever have a single-feature addition, as if a compass screen was all you got.

The rumor is about a hardware compass being added, not a compass application. I assume the functionality would be integrated into the maps and available for other applications.

Re:I'm confused (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170765)

Any GPS will also give you a heading based on your movement, which can be used to create a compass like display.

The fact is most consumer GPS units do exactly this.

The doesn't mean Apple added an electronic compas to the device, it just means they are displaying something on a compass dial.

If you're willing to pay for it, I'll whip you out a quick compass app that will work great as long as you are moving at a reasonable speed so GPS inaccuracy/jitter doesn't throw it off too much. It'll work on your 3G phone just fine.

Re:I'm confused (1)

mea37 (1201159) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170769)

A GPS and a magnetic compass are two different things.

A number of non-magnetic direction-finding devices can also be called a compass, and one of those happens to be a GPS (with a bit of software). Of course, different types of compass have different limitations.

For example, a magnetic compass can be thrown off by local magnetic fields, etc.; but it can find direction even when you stand still (and, I suppose, you don't have to know if your frame of reference is moving to read it correctly).

You can avoid both sets of problems using a gyroscope-based compass, but that's not always practical.

Re:I'm confused (1)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 5 years ago | (#28171119)

A number of non-magnetic direction-finding devices can also be called a compass...

True.

...and one of those happens to be a GPS (with a bit of software).

Well, a GPS device moving at a sufficient speed, with the right software, which is aligned by the user in the direction of travel, could qualify as a compass. The problem is the iPhone often does not meet these criteria. The iPhone is often not moving or not moving quickly enough to make up for the inaccuracy of the GPS system. Further, it is not always aligned with the direction of travel.

It has been rumored for some time, this deficiency will be solved by adding a magnetometer chip, specifically Asahi Kasei's azimuth sensor No. AK8973.

Re:I'm confused (4, Informative)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170341)

A GPS "compass" is just a heading indicator; the direction of travel between 2 samplings. This new compass supposedly is magnet (earth's core) sensing - presumably if you hold a magnet nearby you could see which pole is facing the device and on what edge.

Nope (2, Informative)

CritterNYC (190163) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170409)

The iPhone camera is fixed focus and can't shoot video (at least not out of the box). And there is no compass. A compass is handy for turn-by-turn navigation and other neat-o things like street view on the G1 making use of the built-in compass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PRfVKzuUJ4 [youtube.com]

Can't See Comment Titles (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170209)


Can't See Comment Titles

First, fix your shitty code. Then you can talk about whatever iPhony faggottry you have on your mind.

Repurchase apps? (2, Informative)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170221)

The new software also supposedly makes you re-buy apps that you've already purchased, just so they can allow multiple accounts on one phone (have people really asked for this?).

http://www.pcworld.com/article/165834/apple_thwarts_app_piracy_ahead_of_iphone_30_release.html [pcworld.com]

Re:Repurchase apps? (5, Informative)

Bartab (233395) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170421)

Read the article you quote. Which says that Apple will require people to rebuy in order to REDOWNLOAD, and only if you're downloading from a phone. It does not require a re-purchase just for the new phone.

This requirement, btw, is because otherwise people will be able to purchase on one account, pass that account around and every person would be able to download to their phone.

Re:Repurchase apps? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170453)

You have to repurchase if you want to download them over 3g. If you sync with itunes, you can re-download them all you want.

Re:Repurchase apps? (1, Flamebait)

aristotle-dude (626586) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170479)

The new software also supposedly makes you re-buy apps that you've already purchased, just so they can allow multiple accounts on one phone (have people really asked for this?).

Average people did not ask for this. It was the nerds on the internet on tech sites that made the most noise. You can thank the nerd for making everyone's life more complicated from now on. Way to go guys. Thanks for ruining it for everyone.

Re:Repurchase apps? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28171131)

Average people did not ask for this. It was the nerds on the internet on tech sites that made the most noise. You can thank the nerd for making everyone's life more complicated from now on. Way to go guys. Thanks for ruining it for everyone.

Your Welcome.

Humans? (2, Funny)

tx413 (1243778) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170239)

"... including a complete human translation on the MacRumors forum" What are you saying about the Chinese?

Re:Humans? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170527)

They are not human, they are clones.

Re:Humans? (1)

aristotle-dude (626586) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170553)

"... including a complete human translation on the MacRumors forum" What are you saying about the Chinese?

Didn't you see the last few episodes from BSG? They are obviously descended from the Sharon units. /SARC

Seriously, though I think the submitter just a thoughtless idiot rather than being intentionally racist.

Re:Humans? (2, Informative)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170681)

Seriously, though I think the submitter just a thoughtless idiot rather than being intentionally racist.

He was being neither. "Human translation" is just saying that the translation that was posted to the MacRumors forum wasn't a machine translation from a site like Babelfish. Sheesh.

Re:Humans? (1)

mdarksbane (587589) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170683)

I think the submitter meant that they had an actual human do the translation, as opposed to babelfish. Wasn't what I jumped to first, either.

Re:Humans? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170755)

Obviously he means "human translation from Chinese to English" as opposed to "BabelFish translation" or "Google translation," the implication being that human translations into English (from any language), are far more accurate, since they take into account subtle nuances of human language that machines cannot, and therefore make far better reading.

Whatever comes out... (-1, Flamebait)

Kensai7 (1005287) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170249)

... it will be less than capable of the respective Nokia N-device but as always the Apple marketing and fanboyz will put so much light that everyone will be blinded by yet again another incomplete smartphone that locks you to the dark side. Is Apple becoming the Microsoft of the mobile world?!

I don't know... but I'm telling you something guys: this is 2009 and we have Symbian & Android which together reach some 60% of the mobile smartphone market and are OPEN SOURCE. Imagine if Linux had a 60% market share on the desktop OS what boost would we have for open source applications.

So let's not pull are eyes out with our own hands and choose iPhone NOT.

Re:Whatever comes out... (3, Insightful)

tomservo291 (863856) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170307)

Symbian and Android have 60% of the smartphone market? What? Where?

Re:Whatever comes out... (3, Funny)

Improv (2467) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170343)

People bring their Sybians with them in public? Can they only recieve phone calls when sitting down?

Re:Whatever comes out... (2, Funny)

e4g4 (533831) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170635)

Brings new meaning to the term "bone conducting microphone"...

Re:Whatever comes out... (1)

H.G.Blob (1550325) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170455)

Symbian has about 49% market share and linux another 8%(source [gartner.com] ).

Re:Whatever comes out... (4, Insightful)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170397)

... it will be less than capable of the respective Nokia N-device but as always the Apple marketing and fanboyz

There have always been products competing with both the iPod and iPhone that have a longer and more impressive bullet list of features. The problem being, the average person doesn't enjoy using them and half those features are so poorly implemented they are just painful to use. Many geeks are happy to work around poorly designed interfaces for the sake of overall functionality.

Is Apple becoming the Microsoft of the mobile world?!

The problem with Microsoft is that they use a very large market share in one market to destroy competition and innovation in other markets, thus slowing progress. Apple doesn't have dominance in any markets, so their locked down products drive innovation by providing real competition. When Apple has a monopoly o near monopoly and ties to other markets, then "ll lump them in with Microsoft.

I don't know... but I'm telling you something guys: this is 2009 and we have Symbian & Android which together reach some 60% of the mobile smartphone market...

Yup, that's very cool and I have high hopes for Android, which have not really panned out yet. I still wonder if Android would exist or if it would have the level of functionality it does if Apple were not providing such strong competition.

So let's not pull are eyes out with our own hands and choose iPhone NOT.

For many people the iPhone is still the best offering. Since we're not dealing with a significantly broken market for smartphones, people should pick what works best for them, be it iPhone or an Android or some other phone. This drives developers to work hard and try to make better products. I don't see the point of picking a product that is not as well suited to my tasks based upon the underlying OS. All that does is provide incentive for developers of that OS to not work harder to meet my needs and not compete as strongly. (Note: I don't own any kind of smartphone, iPhone or other.)

Re:Whatever comes out... (3, Insightful)

david_thornley (598059) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170617)

You are, as is usual here, missing the point about Apple products.

They frequently don't have the raw capabilities of their competition, but they are reasonably stylish and very easy to use. You and I may be able to efficiently handle complicated interfaces, but most people have a great deal of difficulty with them. They will learn what they have to, and no more. The average smart phone is used only for a very few things.

The iPhone is easy to use. It's easy to figure out how to do things. There are darn few glitches or gotchas. There's a fairly thick manual, which nobody has to read. This is important, since nobody but us actually reads the manuals. It's easy to extend the functionality, now that the App Store is there. It has never been easier to make a telephone generate its own fart sounds, or do a variety of other things, some of which are actually useful. I find this attractive, since I've long since tired of learning complicated things that aren't actually important to what I want to do. (For example, why would I want to learn Microsoft Word's more arcane features when vim and LaTeX already do what I want?)

If this makes no sense to you, or if you think Apple's popularity is due to nothing but marketing and fanbois, please do not do any interface design for end users.

Re:Whatever comes out... (1, Interesting)

Kensai7 (1005287) | more than 5 years ago | (#28171053)

It has never been easier to make a telephone generate its own fart sounds...

Well, here you go! These are the "killer appz" that make the Apple fanboyz go mad. This is 90-95% of all available progies for iPhone.

...or do a variety of other things, some of which are actually useful.

Fair enough. I admit there is this 5% of some really cool applications for iPhone. But my initial post (which I find ridiculous that had been moded as "flamebait", this was NOT my intention) wanted to stress a point.

Both Symbian and Android can do what iPhone does and even more. And developers can leverage the WHOLE underlying technology. So the iPhone Store story is only a stupid buzz. The developers need to wake up and port their useful apps to Symbian and Android as soon as possible. Because it CAN be done and actually their apps will probably even look and run even better!

As long as we have a 50-60% market share for open source mobile OSes we are ok. I'm afraid of what will happen if Apple somehow prevails and becomes the Microsoft of the mobile OS market.

Creating unsubstatiated rumors (2, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170273)

I also heard somewhere that the new iPhone will come with a free puppy. It will also water my lawn, clean my house, and walk the puppy for me.

Can I join a PR agency now?

Re:Creating unsubstatiated rumors (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170419)

No because you did not mention how the WM based phones kill puppies and will pee on your lawn creating brown spots.

What I heard (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170333)

The new iPhone will actually be able to fly and steam milk for lattes.

Re:What I heard (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170457)

steam milk for lattes.

Is that for after you and Steve Jobs have a night of sweaty anal sex?

My goal is obvious! (1)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170387)

Now my goal is obvious - to be more excited about the new iPhone than the Chinese! Thank you Apple for the fake leak to help me gauge my interest!

Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170407)

iT flies!?!

Meh. (1)

Naatach (574111) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170431)

Give me the ability to run non-apple background services and customizable alerts. Until then, it's just "Pretty but Dumb".

iPhone OS 3.0 != iPhone 3G 2009 (5, Informative)

Full Meat (681492) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170503)

Mr Gadget points out that Gizmodo's report on these new screenshots are actually screenshots from months ago of iPhone 3.0 OS running on an ordinary iPhone 3G. http://www.mrgadget.com.au/gadget/2009/gizmodo-gets-it-wrong-just-iphone-30-os-screen-grabs/ [mrgadget.com.au]

I hear rumours... (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170521)

That this will do everything Apple claims it will.

Seems unlikely though.

Compass? (1)

gubers33 (1302099) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170671)

I'm pretty sure there is already an app that serves as a compass. What did Apple do steal it and make standard on the phone?

Uh-oh (1)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170701)

Looks like Apple security may have to break a few more pocket protectors to keep employees in line.

Will the new iPhone give me a blow job? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28170745)

Is there an app for that?

New casing? New UI? (3, Informative)

sootman (158191) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170751)

Will it look like an ancient Palm, with a black-and-white screen, a writing area, and only a dozen apps on the homescreen?

SLASHDOT, FFS, GET SOME NEW ICONS!

And WTF is up with the MacBook icon on this iPhone story? [slashdot.org] I guess I need to change my request to "new and accurate icons."

Really, Slashdot? (1)

Bradicus (1392663) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170761)

Please, there has to be somewhere in the world that doesn't start fondling itself whenever Apple leaks garbage to the press to remind everybody how much people go crazy over any news related to their products. An entire post over the RUMOR of a POSSIBILITY that the new iPhone will have an autofocusing camera, video capability, and a compass? Is that really exciting? Actually, doesn't the G1 do all those things already?

Verizon? (4, Insightful)

the-matt-mobile (621817) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170875)

Being available for Verizon is the only iPhone feature I'm looking for. No chance I'm going with AT&T - period. Maybe I'm the only one that feels this way, or maybe the lure of the iPhone is enough for other people to make the switch. Meh.

You're not up to date on your rumours... (2, Informative)

TheMightyFuzzball (1500683) | more than 5 years ago | (#28170947)

Those pictures are just from an iPhone running OS 3.0, they were taken by a Chinese blogger demonstrating 3.0's capabilities. According to this site: http://www.mrgadget.com.au/gadget/2009/gizmodo-gets-it-wrong-just-iphone-30-os-screen-grabs/ [mrgadget.com.au] the blogger says (in Chinese) that the pictures were taken of an iPhone 3G with iPhone OS 3.0. This is why you shouldn't spread rumour...

Wow! Autofocus!? What will Apple invent next? (1)

This name in use (1248516) | more than 5 years ago | (#28171005)

Stating "Autofocus Camera" is pretty redundant at this point.
Do you know of any cameras that don't have autofocus?
If this has already been stated, then I am as redundant as the parent.

Re:Wow! Autofocus!? What will Apple invent next? (1)

This name in use (1248516) | more than 5 years ago | (#28171101)

Ok, ok. I read the article. You can choose where to autofocus. That is something additional to standard autofocus.

dashboard looks like it is in a western car (2, Insightful)

SocietyoftheFist (316444) | more than 5 years ago | (#28171027)

Do cars shipped to China have trip, km and other english words on the dash instead of the equivalent Chinese? The reasons for the fuzzy photos don't wash as the photographer brandished the phone in public in a car. Seems to me better photos could have been taken easily.

Jalbreak? (1)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | more than 5 years ago | (#28171103)

No matter what features they will or won't include, it is not going to be as feature-rich as it be will when I jailbreak it. It's sad that I have to void the warranty to make this device (that is running a kernel invented and intended for the Open-Source world, BTW) what it should be.
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