One iPhone owner is very sorry, Apple wants a 3D iPhone, and ZDNet wants a new Newton: The remainders for Friday, January 13, 2012 are never happy with what they’ve got.
Philharmonic iPhone Disrupter Apologies (And Hasn’t Slept In Days) (Gothamist)
A couple days ago, New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert halted a performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony because an audience member’s iPhone wouldn’t stop ringing. (Whether Gilbert was more offended that the phone was ringing, or that the owner hadn’t changed his ringtone from the iPhone’s default Marimba, we’re not sure.) The iPhone owner in question says that it may have been his iPhone’s alarm clock going off, and not his ring—but that the phone was so new, he didn’t recognize the tones as his own. The guy even says he hasn’t slept in two days. To be fair, though, that’s not guilt: He still hasn’t figured out how to silence his dang phone.
Apple exploring motion-based 3D user interface for iPhone (AppleInsider)
Apple has filed several patents that describe an interface for handling motion-based usage of an iPhone with a three-dimensional screen. Obviously, patents don’t indicate what Apple will really do, but here’s hoping—I can’t wait until poking someone on Facebook means actually poking someone on Facebook.
It’s time for Apple to bring back the Newton (ZDNet)
ZDNet’s James Kendrick argues that Apple ought to create a six-inch tablet line under the Newton moniker, avoiding the iPad name so as not to contradict with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s statements on the uselessness of smaller tablets. Well, gee, if just using the name of an abandoned product allows Apple to release something it otherwise wouldn’t bother with, I can’t wait until the company releases its circular touch-screen iMac, the “Hockey Puck.”
Tim Cook’s modest home – Apple 2.0 (Fortune Tech)
Tim Cook may be
fabulously wealthy, but Fortune reports that Apple’s CEO lives in a “modest abode,” nothing like the sprawling, multi-million dollar estates favored by other members of the one percent. Not to be outdone, Sir Jony Ive—Apple’s senior vice president for industrial design—lives in a home the width of just three (closed) MacBook Airs, sporting MagSafe doorknobs and a unibody kitchen.