"Watch" this space…

See what I did there…

I think its a missed opportunity that Apple did away with the watch form-factor of the iPod nano. It showed there was a market for smart watches and with the Pebbles success on Kickstarter it reveals theres a buck to be made too.

I get a weird feeling that this may have been intentional. Make the iPod nano back into an iPod and work on something specific and targeted.

But I cant leave it there; I have some thoughts:

Apple works on and releases their own smart watch. All of the usual Apple design DNA, thin and mesmerising. The connectivity will most likely use NFC…haha no… Bluetooth 4 with Low Energy. That allows for superior battery life and sufficient communication. Call and message notifications, a Mickey Mouse clock face and Nike+ integration. Basically a Pebble with multitouch and made by Apple. Put me down for 2, one for each wrist.

But, it could be one of those Apple things where they dont have passion to make something so they just dont make it. So who will step up to the challenge? 

This is an example of comments that are hurting HN's quality

This is an example of comments that are hurting HN’s quality.

Absolutely nothing useful to add to the discussion, just snark. Yet for some reason its the highest voted comment.
— http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4501357

Meta. If its hurting News.YComb[1] then:

  1. People wont up vote it. 
  2. Dont comment on it at spread the cancer…

If its being up voted then it would appear people have the same opinion. No need to take the parent comment for face value, analyse it and discuss it. Make it into a comment thread worth of your personal News.YComb comment standards.

For reference, here's the parent comment to the one I have posted above:

If you are using GoDaddy for anything, you deserve what you get. If you are using GoDaddy for not just registration but also for DNS, I would just fix it as soon as possible and not tell anyone.

Also, do backups, use good password practices, and everything else that everyone knows and the lazy will still fail to do.

Oh, 20 seconds in and a downvote. I can take them, I didn’t ignore the last 8 problems GoDaddy has been responsible for lately and am not hurting from this outage.
— http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4501137

The next iPhone design leaks have some holes

Update: Nope.


So in late May 9to5Mac got a scoop on some photos showing what they claim to be "the next iPhone".

I think the first thought I had was "fuck yeah, aluminium back plate" and then "what, an aluminium back plate?". Then I noticed a few things that didn't add up.


Camera bezel

Its just not sitting right. By looking at the photos it looks like the lens is not centered in the "windowed" area between the metal plate and top. The top and bottom margins are off and I haven't seen that a lot in Apple products.

Apple goes to the trouble of making sure ports in notebooks are vertically centered. Why not on the iPhone all of a sudden? It would be pretty tight with that sleep/wake button and the camera sensor but Apple has done even tricker work in the past.


Metal back and antennas

When the iPhone 4S was released it put to rest one of the most over-hyped issues with the iPhone 4 antenna system. It had rearranged its exterior antenna's to have 2 distinct GSM and 2 auxiliary antennas. That ended antennagate. So why undo all of that work?

I am definitely not an electrical engineer but is it possible that that entire metal surface area can be one antenna? The metal plate extends and wraps around both sides with no distinct break on either side. Dont get me wrong, that anodised aluminium is sexy as hell but I dont think it can work.


90% metal, 10% glass

By far the strangest thing about the backs of these prototypes is those random strips of glass. Sam on The Verge gave his explanation of what they are:

The back of the phone will no longer use the fragile glass plate of before, instead switching to a metal panel with “windows” at the top and bottom to aid reception.

With all the antennas on the outside its interesting that they need glass to aid in reception for some new internal antennas? Granted, this may be to make the back plate a certain size or surface area so it works well but its a massive trade off. All that glass that has to be custom cut and placed during production.


The front?

In this mockup/leak it looks pretty good but its hardly much different from the current iPhone form factor with a larger screen.

The bottom does look bloody marvellous… Bring on the 9-pin connector.

Its just all a little bit off. A beautiful high quality example of what the next iPhone may be but I dont think thats what it will look like rolling off production in Shenzhen.


Aural pleasure

I thought I'd share the podcasts I listen to every week that I may or may not have bought t-shirts from.

My favourite episodes:

Back to Work → 

Hosted by Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin. on 5by5

I often have awkward moments at work when i'll be listening to the latest episode and have to refrain from uncontrollably laughing with my headphones on. It's hard to say what Back to Work actually is. As its title suggests it talks about work and topics ranging from productivity to life and TextExpander, well mostly TextExpander.

If you listen to the latest episodes it may be a little bit confusing. There is a LOT of in-jokes that have evolved over the span of episodes so far. I suggest checking out the "Back to Work Starter Pack" episodes to get you going.


← Build & Analyse

Hosted by Marco Arment and Dan Benjamin on 5by5.

Focussed on application development, ether it be iOS or Web applications, Marco discusses what buzz is going around and gives his own perspective. Marco is the founder of Instapaper and one of the original developers of Tumblr. I have an admiration for Marco's logic and different perspective bringing to light views and considered opinions that you hardly ever hear. Talking about whatever Apple controversy has arisen over the past week or what new products are in the pipeline, Marco is pretty spot on. What ever you do, don't email him.

My favourite episodes:


The Talk Show →

Hosted by John Gruber with a special guest on the Mule Radio Syndicate

Our dear leader John Gruber is the man behind Daring Fireball, an internet column on anything that amuses the dear leader. He's the man in the know; giving his 2¢ upcoming events and products primarily involving Apple. Insightful and funny. If you like to know whats going on in the tech world then John is the guy to listen to. 


← Dr Karl on triplej

Hosted by Zan Rowe and Dr Karl on triple j radio

Its myth busting on the radio. Zan and Dr Karl host a radio show on Triple J featuring scientists and listeners to call up to discuss science. You never know what is going to crop up in the next show.


In addition to those few selected podcasts I suggest checking out 5by5.tv. They have a wide range of other podcasts that may tickle your fancy.