Remains of the Day: Hold the phone
The white iPhone is nigh! Thankfully, we can all move on to discussing what the iPhone 5 will look like. Meanwhile, AT&T sobs that it needs T-Mobile just to keep up with smartphone traffic, and one profile of Mac users versus PC users will likely have all of us sighing into our Chardonnay or Chianti. The remainders for Friday, April 22, 2011 wish you a happy Earth day.
According to Engadget, the elusive white iPhone has been spotted in the UK, thanks to one Vodafone customer who got their hands on one. This isn’t exactly shocking, as Apple has now repeatedly promised that the white whale would finally be available in the spring, and spring has officially sprung. Will our long national nightmare finally be at an end? Will it be the iPhone we’ve all hoped and dreamed for? Or will it—wait, it’s just a different color? Huh. Who knew?
Is this what the iPhone 5 will look like? (This is my next)
Look, I know you’ve been burned before, but just forget about the white iPhone, man. Feast your eyes on this: Former Engadget editor Joshua Topolsky has posted a mockup of what sources are telling him the iPhone 5 will look like. A larger Home button? Slimmer, iPod touch-style design? Edge-to-edge display? Looks slick…but does it come in white?
Athima Chansanchai over at MSNBC’s Technolog says AT&T’s filing to the FCC about the proposed merger with T-Mobile reveals that AT&T’s network couldn’t handle the onslaught of iPhone users guzzling down data. Granted, that’s a bit of inference since the filing “never mentions the iPhone by name”—it’s based more on AT&T citing a 8,000 percent increase in mobile data volume from 2007 to 2010. That’s why the carrier needs T-Mobile’s network, you see—to help support all that data. Its backup plan, in case the deal gets struck down by regulators? Every time you try to load a Web page, a recorded message of Jack Nicholson yells “You want the data? You can’t handle the data!”
Mac vs. PC: A Hunch Rematch (Hunch)
What does it truly mean to be a Mac user versus a PC user? In a completely unscientific study, the folks at Hunch have broken it down, infographic-style: Mac users tend to be more urban and more liberal, skew younger, prefer indie movies to Hollywood blockbusters, emphasize their verbal skills rather than their math skills, and prefer bistro fries to McDonald’s fries and—gasp!—Chianti to California-style Chardonnay. Perhaps most important of all, though, far more Mac users read Macworld. Bet you didn’t see that coming.