Remains of the Day: Mystery spot
Has the mystery of the white iPhone’s delay been solved? Mayhaps. But the mystery of when the iPhone 5 will arrive is still up in the air, and the iPad is perplexing members of our government. The remainders for Wednesday, May 4, 2011 are a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma.
White iPhone Versus White iPhone (New York Times)
When is a white iPhone not a white iPhone? When it’s, uh, grimy. One reason the white iPhone may have taken so long to get right? Making sure the whites stayed whiter. New York Times blogger Nick Bilton compared a new white iPhone 4 with a prototype model obtained from the factory. The difference? The prototype showed far more discoloration—although, to be fair, that may be because it was in some dude’s pocket for eight months.
No iPhone 5 this summer? We’ve heard it before, but now we’re hearing it again—this time in a reported exchange with an AT&T customer service rep. Right, because my experience with customer service reps has been that they always know what they’re talking about.
The iPad is causing trouble on Capitol Hill, as it’s run afoul of a regulation that mandates the archiving of all official correspondance. Because history demands to know what the president’s handicap is in Super Stickman Golf.
Now hear this: Apple may have hired Tomlinson Holman—and ain’t that a great name?—to head up its audio team. Holman is a film sound professor at the University of Southern California, but he’s perhaps best known for being the man behind Lucasfilm’s THX sound technology. I, for one, am looking forward to the Mac’s new startup sound.
iMac Intel 21.5” EMC 2428 Teardown (iFixit)
By now, we’ve grown somewhat inured to the teardown photos that the iFixit folks post as soon as they get their hands on a new Apple product. Yadda, yadda, yadda, new processor, blah blah blah Thunderbolt port, sure, yeah, removable graphics CPU, whatever. Now, tell me where I can get a pair of those industrial-strength suction cups.
Dictionary.com 2.0 for iPad - Version 2.0 of the iPad dictionary app features an updated design; new Word of the Day, word trends, and Hot Word blog content; a favorite words list; search history; custom backgrounds; and the ability to share words via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. There's also a voice-to-text search, with 15 free searches and and the option to purchase 300 more for $1. Free.
Penultimate 3.0 for iPad - The latest update to Cocoa Box Design's handwriting app for iPad adds the ability to create your own photorealistic paper from your images, browse and download new collections of paper from The Paper Shop, and an option to include the paper design when sending or printing a notebook. $2.
iMedia Browser 2.0.1 - Karelia has updated its media-browsing utility to version 2.0.1, bringing support for iPhoto event skimming, iPhoto and Aperture's Faces feature, and Lightroom 3's Collection groups. There're also a handful of improvements and bug fixes. Free.