With Apple constantly looking to push the envelope when it comes to their products we can only speculate as to what the iPhone 5 will feature. Apple has recently filed a patent for a 3D imaging camera and it can mean a series of things. Patents are filed all the time by big corporations and that does not necessarily mean that these ideas will ever be used in a finished product, however, 3D imaging would be something that Apple could very well include in the next edition of the iPhone.
If Apple does decide to implement a 3D camera on the new iPhone, this will put the camera on the levels of some point-and-shoot cameras, such as Nikon. Not only could Apple place 3D abilities in the camera but image if Apple used this same technology on the visuals layouts of the iPhone. HTC first made an attempt with the EVO 3D but the idea was not fully developed and customers did not truly care for the 3D notion, however, in the smartphone world six months to a year is enough time to establish a new trend and swing customers opinion on new innovative technology.
With a 3D capable camera, Apple would be able to take the idea of Google’s Face Unlock and bring it to the next level. Google’s Face Unlock allows your phone to recognize your face and unlock itself, the problem is a simply picture of you can unlock the phone. With a 3D camera, it is possible that a similar facial recognition software can be written to eliminate problems that Google faced when unveiling Face Unlock.
What a 3D camera could do for the smartphone market is unimaginable. Smartphone makers would be scrambling to one up the iPhone and the customers are the ones who will greatly benefit from this type innovation. Though this may be a rumor or another speculation, we can not sleep on the idea because the technology is here. It’s no longer a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.
With the dropping of the ball ushering in a new year, with it comes the yearly CES show. In case you didn’t know CES is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, bringing in over 2700 exhibitors into Las Vegas to display their latest and upcoming products.
You can expect to see a vast amount of new smartphones unveiled here for the first time and other official unveiling of previously announced or rumored smartphones. There is even an official app located in the android market to stay up to date with info from all the exhibitors. The festivities kick off on January 10th and ends on the 13th.
Google has once again delivered with their latest ice cream sandwich release. In an event that was supposed to be the unveiling of the long awaited Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google outright stole the show. With so many new features announced last night (or this morning in Hong Kong), we shall only touch on a few.
Android Beaming allows two users to instantly trade data by simply bumping their phones together. For example say you wish to show your friend a story that is on the PhoneKnack website, you would simply bump your phones and viola, they would instantly be taken to the site. Android Beaming also works with games, maps and other apps you can find on your phone. The transfer between the two phones was seamless and without delay, this could be a new way to transfer data in the future.
Google single-handily changed how we unlocked our phones with the introduction of the pin and pattern unlock. With the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich they have taken it a step further, in steps Face Unlock. The idea is simple, no longer do you need to enter a pin or pattern to unlock your phone, the phone will recognize your face and unlock itself. Though it did not work as smoothly as Google had hoped during the live onstage demo, once the bugs are ironed out Face Unlock sounds like a real winner.
Every Swipe Counts
With the omission of physical buttons on the Galaxy Nexus how can one expect to get around on their phone without a home button etc, Ice Cream Sandwich has the answer. Swipe gestures are key to maneuvering around your phone. In order to access tabs in your browser you simply swipe through them, a simple swipe across a tab will close it. Swiping through your home-screen is easy and very smooth thanks to the dual core processor of the Galaxy Nexus. Google really hits the use of swiping on the nose and can definitely change the way we interact with our phones.
There are many new features that we have not discussed that Google has placed in Ice Cream Sandwich, overall all it seems to be a hit. Feel free to sound off in the comments with your thoughts and make sure to check out the official Ice Cream Sandwich video below.