iPhone 5 Rumor Bingo


Keep the hope alive!

I know, I know! They say it won’t happen, but can’t a boy dream!

Just in case all the analysts are wrong we present: Apple iPhone 5 Rumor Bingo.

As with the WWDC version, simply click the squares as Steve announces new features and products. Don’t like your card, simply refresh the page for a new one.

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iPhone5 Rumor Round-Up

Named iPhone 4S
This would go along with rumors of continuation of the current design. The iPhone 4 has seen strong and consistent demand, but my feeling is that a minor bump would open the door for the competition. When the 3GS came out, Android was not much more than a bit player. That’s changed and Apple can’t afford to cede much ground to its competition.

Named iPhone 5
I think this the smarter move on Apple’s part branding wise as it gives a consumers a clear distinction between the next generation and the last. But what do I know?

OLED Screen
IPS has terrific readability and image quality but OLED screens have more vivid colors. I think this is unlikely at the moment, unless OLED manufactures can match the pixel density seen in the retina display.

4-inch Screen
A number of Android phones have been sporting 4 inch screens as of late, and Apple may feel compelled to match screen sizes.

iPhone on Sprint
With CDMA support now an option, the technical barriers to a Sprint iPhone have been removed. RUmor has that Apple is looking to hire signal engineers to work in Sprint’s hometown leading additional credence to this happening, but not necessarily to it happening now.

iPhone on T-Mobile
I’d say this is pretty likely. Rumors have it that T-Mobile iPhones have been spotted in the wild.

iPhone in Colors
Apple has been going strong with the white and black iPhones. I expect that injecting some color into the line could get quite a few consumers to take the plunge, or those with existing iPhones to upgrade. Witness the strong demand for the recently released white iPhone 4.

No Home Button
A fascinating rumor and one that could see a big shift in the phone interface. Some of the spculation swirling around this has the button being replace with an expanded screen with a soft button filling the role. This would allow for a variety of different interface changes as the presentation and function could be changed on the fly. On the flipside the button provides a great way to orient the phone without having to look at the screen.

3D Screen
This one is a bit nuts, but there are some Android devices coming out with a 3D screen. Apple may want to let this one mature a bit more before making the leap.

NFC
Google is definitely making this a centerpiece of the upcoming Android generation. Apple may feel the need to follow suit. Then again, they may want to wait and see if there really is consumer interest in the technology being integrated with a phone.

8MP Camera
While the iPhone 4 camera got strong marks in the image quality department, it lagged on the megapixel scale especially as compared with some Android models. With some good 8mp camera options out there, this would be a simple upgrade.

10MP Camera
8MP is great and all, but for the stat obsessed 10MP is better.

1080P Video Camera
720p was great and all, but we all want more meaning 1080p. We’ll see.

iPhone Nano
This puppy seems doubtful at best. The strongest argument that I could make for it would be that Apple has typically cut the low-end previous generation phone to $99 to sell at the low end of the market. The design of the iPhone4 may make that difficult, so they might look to create a more streamlined version to fill this nitch.

CDMA/GSM World Phone
Pretty likely. Rumor is that Apple is licensing a Qualcom chipset that can support both protocols. Having a single model helps cut manufacturing costs and smooths out supply chains.

Gamepad Peripherals
FRankly, this is something I’ve been desiring for a while. Just synch up a bluetooth gamepad or plug one into the 30-pin connector and go to town. Several group have proposed this option in the past, but none have come to fruition.

3D Camera
This may be something of a gimicky feature, which Apple tends to stay away from, but it might also be a way to push some boundaries on the hardware front.

Curved Glass
A DigiTimes rumor. Not much more to say on this one.

Metal Back
I’d say this is pretty likely. Not only would it reduce manufacturing costs, but it would dramatically reduce the damage rate observed with iPhone 4s.

Integrated SIM Card
This would allow apple to simplify their case design by removing a port, and is just an overall more elegant design. Carrier resistance especially out of Europe could be a countervailing factor, but Apple has shown a knack for forcing carries into line.

LTE
Pretty unlikely. A key part of Apple’s brand is consistency of experience. The current patchwork if LTE availability not just in the US would argue against this. I would expect to see this in a 2012 model, however.

Same design as iPhone 4
Look for this to happen if the iPhone 4S rumors pan out.

64GB Model
A boost in storage space at the top end of the line is long overdue. I’d say this is pretty likely.

A5 Processor
This is just a gimme. With the iPad featuring the dual-core A5 processor, and dual-core becoming somethin of a standard in the current crop of Android phones, this is pretty much a certainty.

New Antenna Design
Even if Apple keeps the same general design as the iPhone 4, look for a revamped antenna design. Otherwise expect to see a rehash of last year’s Antennagate stories.

September Release
This seems to be consensus time-frame. I would be happier with an earlier release schedule.

That’s it for now. Heard of anything else in the works? Let us know and we’ll add it.

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Apple WWDC 2011 Keynote Rumor Bingo


Play along as Steve Jobs reveals all that Apple has in store for us at the 2011 WWDC Conference with our Apple WWDC 2011 Keynote Rumor Bingo.

Simply click the squares as Steve announces new features and products. Don’t like your card, simply refresh the page for a new one.

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Rumor Round-Up

iCloud
This was a rumor until Apple had to go and spoil all the fun with a press-release. Oh well. Still what is it really?

Music in the iCloud
Ooooh – the mysterious iCloud – will it let you stream your music?

TV/Movies in the iCloud
Everyone’s focused on music, but could iCloud also store all your favorite tv shows, movies and cat videos?

Apps in the iCloud
Store your apps in the cloud and launch on demand. It might require some careful rejiggering (please don’t be put off by the tech lingo), but I’ve seen implementation elsewhere, so it is possible. This is not so much a rumor as wild speculation. Hey – they don’t call me krazy for sticking with reality.

New Notification System
Hurry up and already and give us a better notification system – what is this, 2007?

Menu Screen Widgets
Everyone else has them – why not Apple. I don’t know about this one. To me some of the Android UIs with widgets seem really cluttered. They would be be nice for the home screen though.

Home Screen Widgets
Please, please, please let me see my calendar entries, news, stock quotes, and weather without having to log in.

Speech Recognition
Yes, yes there is a voice dialing, launch feature, but Apple bought Siri for a reason. There deep semantic search could be quite an asset. It would also be nice to have native speech recognition available for all apps.

Augmented Reality
This is another one pulled out of … thin air. Everyone else is doing it. ALthough most implementations seem half-baked. It may be premature this year, but Apple will jump on this someday.

Wireless Synch
Cables are so 2010.

Free MobileMe
Is MobileMe now iCloud? If so then free that. Everyone loves free.

New MacBook Air
It’s about time.

iPhone on Sprint/T-Mobile
Rumors of sightings in the wild, but are these beasts ready to emerge with the current gen, or do we have to wait for the iPhone 5/4S?

New Gestures
The Developer builds of 4.3 include a number of 4 and 5 finger gestures which were dropped with the actual release. Will these make a comeback?

Face Recognition Unlock
We’re such bosom buddies. My iPhone should know me by sight by now.

Near Field Communication
Another bandwagon item. I know it needs hardware, but Apple will need to release some library’s if they wany third-party app support.

Twitter Integration
Sure – why not?

New iPhone
They said it wouldn’t happen…but I can dream!

New Apple TV
This would seem like the perfect time to update the Apple TV now that new media offerings are in the works. Your heard it here first! and probably last.

Subscription iCloud
Good things come to those who pay!

New iDevice
Maybe the iCloud will be an actual cloud display your every thought. Probably not.

Return of Steve
He’s back at the helm! – this time for good!

App Store on Apple TV
The console of the future in wee package.

New Development Languages/Tools
Do I have to keep using Objective C?

iCoupon
Groupon and the other couponeratti are growing like crazy. Can Apple afford to let this slip them by? I believe the answer is yes.

Music Subscriptions
An all you can eat monthly subscription service across much of the iTunes catalog. Sort of a Netflix for Music.

TV/Movie Subscriptions
Head to head with Netflix. I love me some Netflix but someone’s gotta give them some competition.

Time Capsule Update
Save all your precious files – perhaps synched to the iCloud?

AirPort Update
A Wi-Fi router/switch has never been so magical!

Turn- by-Turn Navigation
Free turn by turn navigation built right in. This one is from Rob on Today in iOS Podcast.

AirPrint to Any Printer
Also from Rob at Today in iOS. This would be nice. Personally, I already downloaded one of the drivers online that enabled this and it has been wonderful. I had an old HP laser printer that I love that I can’t print to from my Vista machine (I know, I know – I’m just too cheap!) because of lack of driver support. I can now print to it from my iPad. It’s sad that I have to email docs from Vista to print via my iPad.

Password Protection on Apps
No smurfberries for you! Also a good suggestion from Rob at Today in iOS.

Overhauled Game Center
The current version is a bit Chintzy. I could see a visual overhaul that better reflect the variety of gaming experiences that are coming to iOS. Thanks to Rob at Today in iOS for this suggestion as well.

Find My Mac
This one comes courtesy of Gizmodo. I’m not so sure about this prediction since I would expect that it would necessitate adding two things to all Mac that they don’t currently have, GPS and a cellular data connection. Those are a possibility, but their addition would be a much bigger deal than a Find My Mac service. Even as krazy as I am I wouldn’t predict this. Still Gizmodo gave this a 100% rating and maybe Apple will find a way to make it work.

Heard of any other rumors? Let me know and I will add them to the list.

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Raphael.js Sketch Animation

Just a simple script to animate Raphael.js paths. The code takes an object array list of strokes with a time value to wait between strokes.


var strokes = [ { stroke: "M50 500", time: 0},
{ stroke: "l200 60", time: 800},
{ stroke: "l300 -400", time: 600},
{ stroke: "l-150 -20", time: 300},
{ stroke: "l-180 350", time: 200},
{ stroke: "l-160 -80", time: 800},
{ stroke: "L50 500", time: 600}];

var drawnPath = strokes[0].stroke;
var paper = Raphael(10, 10, 800, 600);
var myPath = paper.path(drawnPath);
var section = 1;
myPath.attr({
"stroke-width": 4,
"stroke": "#060",
"stroke-opacity": 0.5
});

animatePath();

function animatePath() {
if (section < strokes.length) { drawnPath += strokes[section].stroke; myPath.animate({ path: drawnPath }, strokes[section].time, animatePath); section++; } }

http://jsfiddle.net/CkL5F/1/

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Galaxy Map Prototype for Asteroid Miner



This is a 3D galaxy map prototype that I created for the Asteroid Miner game. You can click on star to zoom to them, then click on the galaxy image to pull back out. The mouse wheel will rotate the galaxy along the x-axis.

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