Friday, April 15, 2011

Teardown reveals why iPad 2 dock is so heavy

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Yeah, they disassemble docks these days… iLounge took it upon themselves to tear apart the new iPad 2 dock. For those unaware, the iPad 2 dock is substantially heavier than its predecessor for iPad 1. The secret is in the metal plate used to affix the accessory firmly by the means of added weight:

First, if you’ve ever wondered how Apple gets those docks to feel substantial, the answer’s not tiny sandbags. Each version of the Dock actually has a huge, heavy metal plate inside molded with a “Zinc-3” legend on its undercarriage. These plates actually jut up to form the reclining mini-walls found behind the iPads, which is to say that Apple’s Docks are far sturdier than their pretty little glossy white plastic exteriors would suggest.
I guess that’s one of the rare cases of Apple engineers actually thinking about how to make a product heavier. More images after the break.









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Safari finally gets do-not-track feature!

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After three most popular browsers implemented the do-not-track feature – Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox – Apple is joining the party as well. A test version of Safari implemented this privacy feature that lets you opt out of tracking cookies used for targeted advertising, reports The Wall Street Journal:

The tool is included within the latest test release of Lion, a version of Apple’s Mac OS X operating system that is currently available only to developers. The final version of the operating system is scheduled to be released to the public this summer. Mentions of the do-not-track feature in Apple’s Safari browser began to appear recently in online discussion forums and on Twitter.
I guess this development will calm down privacy advocates who have been calling for a greater protection of online users.




I don’t know about you, but I won’t be using the do-not-track feature.

It’s not like I’m doing anything illegal on the web plus tracking cookies are often used to personalize web content and I don’t want to give up on that. Plus, the system is only as good as its weakest link.

What happens if an advertiser ignores my tracking preference? Will they be sanctioned?

I’ve got a feeling that the Federal Trade Commission hasn’t thought this through well enough.




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Sony to release Crackle iOS App, free access to tons of TV shows and movies

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iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners will soon have access to Sony’s growing library of free movies and TV shows on Crackle.com. We just saw the news when browsing to the service on our iPad.

Crackle is a growing collection of Sony’s library of TV shows and movies including some recent hits and well as B-listers. The content is monetized with ads just like Hulu. Currently, the service is only available via Flash.
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This thing is really gonna happen: iCade hits the FCC

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The April Fool’s Day joke turned real product by Ion is making its way through all of the electronic channels including this stop at the FCC. Interestingly, if you look at all the guts, it is little more than a Bluetooth adapter connected to that joystick above, with the 80′s retro arcade facade wrapped around it.

But that’s what we are after. It is up for pre-order at ThinkGeek and might we suggest a few (100) games to go with it?


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EETimes investigates the larger A5 processor

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source: chipworks

EETimes deep dives into the new(ish) Apple A5 processor that debuted in the iPad 2 last month. While there is a lot there and not much new information to take away, they do offer an interesting take on the large size of the processor:

Bold is the only word that can be used to describe Apple’s A5. It was bold to design such a large device. Certainly the CPU+GPU combination is significantly larger than the comparable portion of the A4. However, this is only the beginning of the story. Going beyond these basic elements leaves an additional 34 mm2 or 64 percent of the whole A4 die. Yes, there are very likely additional IP cores there, but there might also be some clever custom design that leverages Apple’s integrated approach.The much larger A5 incited some back and forth amongst analysts on Wall Street. Discussions of die cost miss the point. This is a very determined step in the emerging A-series SoCs. Apple is well aware of the costs of such a large SoC, but decided the overall system performance gains justify the increase in silicon. Is it also possible that the design has lowered other silicon, system or power consumption burdens? The point is that we need to consider the entire system.
To me, this increased size is all about GPU. Sure you have another core and more DRAM, but you don’t just flip a switch and get 9X graphics. Read more at EETimes.
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Bloomberg: White iPhone coming in a few weeks

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We got a tip earlier today that there would be a white iPhone in a matter of weeks. We weren’t able to verify it on the spot, but along comes Bloomberg who is saying the same thing.

Apple Inc. will begin selling a white model of the iPhone 4 in the next few weeks after a 10- month delay, according to three people familiar with the plans.The new version will be available from AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless by the end of April, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The release was stalled as Apple resolved manufacturing challenges, including paint that peeled under heat, one person said.
How many of these things should Tim Cook order?




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