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All of the news regarding the potential 4 inch display on the new iPhone reminded me of this post from Patently Apple that I read awhile back. The patent describes a use for a “smart bezel”, in which the bezel of the iPhone acts as a secondary/auxiliary display, potentially to add extra controls for gaming and/or productivity purposes.
If you look at the current iPhone (4S), this kind of functionality would be limited because the bezel is comparatively very small. There is not a lot of room for auxiliary buttons. If you’ll notice in the mockup above, there is considerable room above the home button, definitely more than that which is on the current model of the phone (photo below for comparison). Apple’s surprise factor has been significantly reduced in past years with increased contacts by media to suppliers in order to get ahead on predictions of hardware. But what if they have something in mind that could really throw a curveball? Some people, such as Marco Arment, have discussed (on his show Build and Analyze) how the extra screen real estate wouldn’t be particularly helpful to remedying some of the largest constraints of the iPhone’s screen, such as it’s ability to display and navigate photos. For that, argues Arment, it would need both a longer and wider screen to accommodate more space to show off photos. (Back to my views) But then it runs the risk of getting into the ridiculous sizes of some of the Android phones, in particular phones like the Samsung Galaxy note which is basically a mini tablet marketed as a phone.
I think Apple has bigger plans for this longer screen, assuming it does become a reality. It would accommodate an intriguing patent such as this, and throw a curveball into their design reasoning that I have yet to see mentioned in the tech press. I’m interested to see if the 4 inch display happens, and if so, what ends up being the benefit to its existence.
John Gruber, commenting on why he thinks the Android may still be showing a “greater market share growth” than the iPhone
I love when Gruber’s a dick
Bijan Sabet on point as usual. Great post.
Many startups in our portfolio hire their early team by focusing their recruiting efforts exclusively on their community.
In the early days, Twitter and Tumblr heavily favored hiring folks that were active and engaged users of their respective products.
It’s one of the best filters around as far…
Interesting philosophical differences here.
“[Apple is] going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.”
- Tim Cook in his first email to Apple employees as Apple’s new CEO sent August 25, 2011
“The path [Sony] must take is clear: to drive the…
I like that the NYTimes used the word “dream” here. I think no other word communicates the amount of idealism and motivation (to reach that ideal) that seems to be ubiquitous in the Silicon Valley and other tech circles outside of it. This idealism is what draws me to the field in the first place. People in technology startups are, for the most part, refreshingly uninhibited by the suppression of the status quo. As Steve Jobs said:
Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
This dogma is the framework outside of which the tech community works. I suppose it’s silly to note that the very definition of technology implies progress outside of the status quo - a level of attainment that surpasses current capabilities of humanity and its present instruments and utilities. This article emphasizes that there is a place out there for the dreamers, the people who are willing to work hard to make a vision a reality. I hope that I can look back at pieces like this and Jobs’ Stanford speech every time I second-guess my ambition to found a company of my own. These people do good work, push boundaries and witness profound results. We should all want to do that in whatever job we seek.
It’s not a response to the press, it’s a response to the Apple team, which Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac was able to get ahold of.
It’s a good response, and the right one. I’m still just ultimately not sure how much it matters in the grand scheme of things. The real problems go far beyond Apple.
Great commentary on Apple’s textbook announcement.
iBooks has always struggled to find a unique market to help Apple turn it into a unique product. After today’s announcement, I think Apple’s finally found such a market in education.
Education checks all the boxes: it’s a market that feeds Apple’s funnel (students have been very good to Apple in…