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Live from WDC2010, will post coverage as soon as it ends in about 10 min!

Wow, some amazing things were covered today with the iphone 4 release. We’ve all seen the leaked pictures from Gizmodo (no need for a link,  you know where to go), so aesthetically there is no need to really go over the overall design of the body. One thing I will mention regarding the design, is that a lot of people were saying “Oh why does it have the metal band around the edges?” The metal band is actually stainless steel, and it acts as an antenna for the iphone 4. Some people also complained about the compatibility of their old cases and whether or not it will work with the new phone. Your answer is NO. But don’t be cheap, just go out and buy another case for $20-$50.

A part of the Keynote that is hard to grasp with pictures, is the difference in the quality of the LCD being used on the new iphone 4, it uses Retina Display, allowing the screen to display up to 4x that of the current iphone screen (I may be wrong in this fact, my notes are scattered as I tried to keep up with all the information being presented).

As most of you know, the iphone 4 has a front facing and rear facing camera, the rear facing now having a LED flash and is 5 megapixels, with a low light sensitive camera.

The most amazing part is that the new iphone also films in TRUE 720p, and for $4.99 you can buy the imovie app from the app store to edit your movies (titles, transitions, effects) directly from your iphone 4. This is a sad day for the Flip camera!

The front facing camera came as a “Oh one more thing..” towards the end of the keynote, you can now video chat (over wifi currently) to your other friends and family with an iphone 4 via “FaceTime”, and Steve stated that “we are currently working with cellular networks” in order to expand the possibility of being able to do this over your typical cell network.

Some other aspects was the CoreMotion API’s for “extremely precise location” , and Steve spun around on stage with the iphone 4 in his hand and the screen (with wood blocks on it) spun around with him simultaneously.

Also covered was iOS 4 , which is the OS for the new iphone 4, however nothing stunning or amazing was really covered here that we are not already aware of (iads, ibooks etc). Multitasking was covered briefly as well, but again, we were all aware already.

Some of us were expecting to hear something about Tmobile or Verizon availability but most of us know that the official contractual agreement between Apple and At&t is not up until next year (around this same time) , so sorry folks, if your waiting because of carriers….keep waiting.

I am still here and will be updating this throughout the day, so I am sure I missed points here and there, I took over 500 photos so bear with me! Make sure to check back often!

As we move further from the press release of the iPad, and move further into getting the actual details, and some of us get hands on with the iPad, we all begin to see where Apple is going with the iPad. Today I’ll talk about the CPU specifically, the mystical A4. Not to far back, I called the A4, “a glorified SPARC processor”, and some of the younger, or less techie readers probably wondered what I was talking about. SPARC processors by Sun Microsystems was first introduced to the public in 1987, and are actually still manufactured today, albeit with some upgrades.  ”

The original SPARC processor contained as many as 128 gpr’s (general purpose registers), you can think of this as a prehistoric version of floating point calculations. At any point, only 32 of them are immediately visible to software – 8 are global registers (one of which, gO, is hard-wired to zero, so only 7 of them are usable as registers) and the other 24 are from the stack of registers. These 24 registers formed what is called a register window, and at function call/return, que a command, it returns a response,  this window is moved up and down the register stack. Each window has 8 local registers and shares 8 registers with each of the adjacent windows. The shared registers are used for passing function parameters and returning values, and the local registers are used for retaining local values across function calls.

Ok I get it, your most likely not tracking, and you may be wondering what the outdated architecture of the SPARC has to do with the iPad and it’s A4. Just wait my young paddawans, I’m getting there.

The iPad is said to run up to 10 hours of battery life. This is achieved by have the CPU only run processes that are absolutely needed, like an iPhone on airplane mode. The A4 accomplishes this by using (well not using but by being) SoC technology. System-on-a-chip (SoC) technology is the packaging of all the necessary electronic circuits and parts for a “system” (such as the not included iPad camera or the included USB ) on a single integrated circuit ( IC ). For example, a system-on-a-chip for the iPad  includes an audio receiver (to record sound), an analog-to-digital converter ( ADC ) (to process the audio signals), necessary memory , and the  input controller (touchscreen keyboard) control for a user – all on a single microchip. How this begins to make sense, is that when all circuits are on a single chip, only a single chip requires power, and then it filters the power to the departments that need it only when needed.

As John Stokes wrote this last Sunday, “the chip really isn’t anything more than an ARM Cortex A8 that has been stripped of much of its I/O functionality. The ARM Cortex A8, running at 600 MHz, is the SoC that powers the iPhone 3Gs The [“new”] A4 is a 1GHz custom SoC with a single Cortex A8 core and a PowerVR SGX GPU (Graphics processing unit). Common Cortex A8-based SoCs often have more onboard functions than are really required by mobile phones so that manufacturers don’t need to design a special chip. The usual Cortex A8-based SoC has infrared, RS232 serial, USB, keypad controller, and camera blocks to handle multiple input and output devices. The iPad, of course, will only need one USB port and one serial UART, both wired to the 30-pin connector at the bottom of the device.”

To sum that up, you have an iPhone 3Gs processor, with an added graphics processor which was needed in order to run the higher resolution and play movies at a higher resolution, however keep in mind, this was only meeting standards, NOT exceeding them as Apple has a reputation for.

Ok, so the A4 is not a glorified SPARC processor from 1987, it’s more like an ULTRASPARC III Cu from 2000 combined with an awesome mobile OS from Apple. The facts at the end of the day is that the OS is making more advancements and improvements that the hardware behind it. I think that within 6-8 months of the actual release of the iPad we will see a faster more equipped iPad, possibly the iPad Pro?

He loves you…He loves you more

That’s one of several advertisements that Apple is running during the typically slow sales months of February and March (for tech products). He Loves you…pertains to an ipod nano, He loves you more pertains to an ipod touch. To funny. Also in line is the drive to push the movie “Valentines Day” as seen here. Or how about an engraved ipod with free shipping?

It kinda cracks me up, even a techie guy like me, would not want an ipod or a tech gift on Valetines day, give me a beer and a Bj! But hey, kudos to Apple for taking a stab at it!

Here’s a quickie, and who doesn’t like a quickie every now and then? I was looking for a decent FTP client for Snow Leopard, and I came across this post over at LifeHacker , While I figured this could be easily done, I didn’t connect the dots in myself, but to a simple point, Adam Pash lays out how to remotely access your Mac, without paying for the $100 a year “Back to my mac” (.mac) service. And my readers know I love software & solutions that costs Free-nintey-nine.

I already had dished out the dough, but for those that are reading, learn from others mistakes…

(P.S. It’s super simple to follow it through, don’t feel intimidated)