Posts Tagged ‘gadgets’

iFixIt has gotten hold of an iPhone 5 (which is on sale in Australia right now), and they’ve already cracked it open to reveal the innards. Shockingly, it’s composed of smartphones parts, including a screen, some chips, and the casing made of aluminum and glass.

In all seriousness, the 6th-generation iPhone does have some interesting changes. Of note, Apple has continued to make their designs harder to open by requiring screw-drivers that are more difficult to obtain. However, asiFixIt notes, the iPhone 5 is roughly as user serviceable as the 4S was, if one has the right tools. In fact, since the new iPhone is opened front-to-back (note: suction cup necessary), replacing a cracked screen is significantly easier on the new device than it has in the past.

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A new iPhone, a new Samsung ad attempting to shoot it down. Does the marketing team at Samsung honestly believe that, by mocking Apple customers who wait in line for the iPhone 5 and other latest gadgets, it is going to attract these people to their own brand? I’m surprised that Samsung isn’t already embarrassed enough from the massive legal battle that it lost against its arch rival Apple, in which it owes the iPhone maker over $1 billion in compensation. But if you really want to watch the latest round of Samsung trivializing new iPhone 5 features, the video is down below for your pleasure. SAMSUNG its soo gelous on the new iPhone !!!

Loren Brichter is known for making fantastically designed apps. His most famous work was Tweetie 2, which was eventually bought by Twitter and turned in to what is now the Twitter for iPhone official client. Unknown to many is that he also designed the iPad’s official Twitter client. This client was one of the first apps to use the idea of sliding panels, which could be swiped in and out of view – this type of interface would go on to be used in various ways across platforms.

Today, however, Twitter decided to take some pretty major steps back in terms of the design of their official client. An app that was once a shining example of how a major company could create an app that truly shines on the iPad is now not much more than a direct port of the iPhone’s client. Gone are the innovative and intuitive panels, replaced by the typical button-centric UI.

It does get worse, though – nothing in a tweet is tapable from the list view. Tapping on a link, photo, or hashtag opens up a singular view of the tweet, which then allows for interaction. On an iPad, with 9.7″ of screen real estate, it’s difficult to justify such a waste. There is one highlight, though: profile banners are now available across iOS devices. The iPhone client was similarly updated, though its feature set is limited to the profile banner – there isn’t even support for the iPhone 5′s 16:9 aspect ratio yet.

Folks, this is what happens when a major brand tries to “unify” their look across devices, but doesn’t take time to do each device justice. In other news, Tweetbot and Twitterrific for iPad will likely see an uptick in sales.