In the lead-up to the iPad 2 announcement, many were predicting that Apple would give the tablet's 9.7-inch screen a bump in resolution. But when Steve Jobs revealed the second-generation iPad to the world, it had the same pixel count as the first one: 1,024x768, even though the display was revamped to be considerably thinner. Why no extra pixels?
Looking at the history of the display on the iPhone offers some clues. Apple kept the display of the iPhone at the same 480x320-pixel resolution for the first three versions of the phone, and when it finally upgraded the display for the iPhone 4, the bump was huge, doubling the display resolution to 960x640 pixels. The upgrade also introduced the term "retina display," a piece of marketing jargon that Apple doesn't quantify, but generally means a display that is better than the limits of human vision.
Apple's focused on the iPod touch as being the "funnest iPod ever" for a while now, but the introduction of the fourth generation model put it over the top. You've got the Retina display, FaceTime video chat, high definition video capture, and built-in gyroscope all packed into the thinnest iPod touch ever. Of course, you need great software running on hardware like this, and the App Store fits the bill with over 200,000 apps available. A great gift for teens who don't need an iPhone, or anyone who isn't on AT&T but still wants a mobile iOS device. Prices start at $229 (or $220 on Amazon):
Be sure to check out the rest of the stuff in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide, we're adding new suggestions every day!
At this morning’s Apple event, Steve Jobs introduced the fourth generation iPod touch. As expected, the iPod touch has been updated to pretty much match what we’ve seen with the iPhone 4. That means it has a Retina Display, as well as dual cameras. A
camera on the back that takes images at 960x720, and a VGA camera on front—yup, that means that the new iPod touch is now FaceTime-compatible. The device is available in three sizes: 8GB for $229, 32GB for $299, and a 64GB model for $399. They’ll be available next week, but you can pre-order starting today.
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In just a few minutes, Apple will be live-streaming one of their own events for the first time, and we wanted to make sure you had the details on how to tune in. All you need to do is head to the Apple website at 10:00AM PDT today, and it should come right up—provided you’ve got the right hardware. According to Apple:
Viewing requires either a Mac running Safari on Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard, an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad. The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on September 1, 2010 at www.apple.com.
The fall music event is expected to bring news of an updated iPod touch with Retina Display and dual cameras with FaceTime functionality, a super-small touchscreen iPod nano, and a new take on the Apple TV. We’re guessing that this whole live streaming this is because Apple wants to show off their streaming technology, since it will likely be a big part of their Apple TV and iTunes initiative this morning. We’re also hoping to hear about that white iPhone 4 and iOS 4 on the iPad.
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Here’s an image of the Motorola Droid X next to the iPhone 4. We thought it was interesting because the Droid X has a monstrous 4.3-inch display, compared to the iPhone 4 and it’s 3.5-inch screen. However, the smaller iPhone Retina Display actually packs more pixels in, despite its smaller size. The iPhone 4 display resolution is 960x640. Over on the Droid X side of things, it’s 854x480. Sometimes size doesn’t matter—it’s what do you with the size you’ve got. That said, it’s way easier to watch video content on the Droid X than it is the iPhone 4, just because the screen has so much more room.
Looks like Apple‘a got even more trouble brewing as it pertains to the launch of the iPhone 4. According to TheStreet, a shortage in the Retina Display, the 960x640 IPS display that the iPhone 4 uses, has resulted in the initial production rate of the smartphone being cut in half. The original plan was for Apple to churn out 4 million iPhone 4 units per month, but initially it seems that the monthly production rate will be around 2 million. The hope is to have the production issue resolved by August, and definitely by fall, to get production back up to the 4 million per month mark.
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Real quick - we will be giving you the full rundown of the iPhone 4 in just a few, but we figured we’d let you know that Apple has officially named the 2010 version of the phone ‘iPhone 4.’ There you have it!
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