iPhone Secondary Backlight

10 12 2008

Hey guys. I come to you today with more great news! Our source in China has been able to play with the prototype model a bit and he has leaked some new information to us. Apparently, the iPhone prototype has the recently-patented Secondary Backlight system built right into it. You will recall from our previous post on the prototype that the new model has an alleged 450 hours of stand-by time. Well, we realized that our source was wrong about how he had presented this information to us. The 45o hours of stand-by time would be a valid claim had he been talking about the current iPhone model, the iPhone 3G.

“a cheap yet energy efficient battery that  ” will be able to power an iPhone 3G for up to 8 hours of talk-time on 3G and 15-20 hours on 2G.”  The tipster also boasts and incredible claim of 450 hours of stand-by”

What our source meant was that “should the new battery-pack be on an iPhone 3G, it can supply stand-by time power for up to 450 hours.” The cited hours of talk-time however, are accurate with the prototype model as well. So, what really is the stand-by time of the prototype / iPhone 4G you ask? Well here is a detailed explanation.

Remember the patent that Apple filed sometime back? It involved the iPhone having a dual Back-light system. Well folks, that is what we have in the prototype. That finally explains the reason behind the extra powerful battery pack. This new backlight system that Apple has included in the prototype is Apple’s answer to allowing customers to check on their phones’ statuses without having to do much. This new backlight system involves two lighting set-ups. One is the main backlight that functions only when necessary, and the other is a backlight that remains on as long as the phone is locked. 

This new systems allows the user to quickly check on statuses such as Messages and Missed calls without having to do anything at all. The new prototype software installed on the model also goes hand in hand with this new feature. When the phone is set to lock, a new display is seen, along with the turning on of the secondary backlight. The backlight fades in gently and reveals a summary screen of sorts. The screen contains information such as Missed Calls, Text Messages, Emails as well as the most recently received SMS’s Preview. The new screen also displays information such as the upcoming appointments in your calendar as well as the amount of Battery remaining. I do believe that this screen can be customized to your liking with components that you use the most. I also have feeling that it might be editable via a drag and drop method. You select the “widgets” that you want from a list, and drop it into pre-assigned slots on the screen. This could very well be Apple’s answer to Dashboard on the iPhone. 

So how does Apple make sure that this system is power efficient. Well, first of all, the secondary set-up is designed only to fully light up a small portion of the screen. The light emitted by this system is also a lot dimmer than the full backlight at it’s dimmest. In short, the secondary system uses as little energy as possible . Here is the configuration of the Secondary Backlight.

 

Secondary Backlight Configuration

Secondary Backlight Configuration

The light is only concentrated in a particular spot. The rest of the display is then lit up by light that is emitted by the sides of the main source. Thus, the more vital details and information are presented towards the centre, where the light is brightest. So when you have an always on Backlight system and a battery capable of lasting 45o hours, what do you get?

The answer that our source revealed to us was arrived at after hours of testing by the factory that made the prototype. The verdict, the iPhone prototype has a stand-by time of up to 325 hours. That is a 25 hour improvement over the current iPhone 3G. Our source tells us that the battery times for call usage was accurately mentioned during the last post. So yes, we might possibly be looking at a future iPhone that could have up to 8 hours of talk-time on 3G and 15-20 hours on 2G, as well as up to 325 hours of stand-by. Not too bad if you ask me. Well then, here is a look of the new Secondary-Backlight system.

 

The New Secondary-backlight system. Notice the dimmed lighting and the use of light diffusion.

The New Secondary-backlight system. Notice the dimmed lighting and the use of light diffusion. Click to enlarge.

 

 

We will be back with more news on the prototype as soon as we get them. Our source has given us word that he will be messing around with the Video Chat application on his next correspondence.





Tethering to come soon to iPhone

7 11 2008

According to Gizmodo, it seems that AT&T has given the promise of GPRS Tethering to the iPhone “soon”. What would this mean for the once alive application NetShare? Would Apple perhaps include an option in settings. Could this be a feature reserved for the final build of 2.2? No one can really be sure with Apple. But if AT&T was the only thing stopping Apple from including tethering, well, it’s about time.





iPhone Firmware 2.1

13 09 2008

Hey all,

We’ve all experienced the buggyness of the iPhone 3G, the memory leak during texting, and the slow Maps. Now with Firmware 2.1, everything changes, including the extension of battery life which I find pretty amazing. It could last (and is still lasting) a whole day with 3G turned on, and frequent syncs with MobileMe.

Microsoft Exchange has become significantly faster, with calendars moving very zippy. The new Genius function for the iPhone is quite remarkable, making the decisions of which tracks go together, rather than you do it yourself. There are now the artist’s names under each of the songs, and the scrolling is just marvelous.

It appears that every time, Apple finds something wrong, they fix a whole bunch of things we would never have expected. I had almost regretted buying an iPhone, but now with the firmware update, things could never have been faster and easier to do.

However, The App Store in Singapore, still needs some working on. For instance, there are no gift cards to redeem, and for some of us without credit cards, this could get quite frustrating. There should be an option for no credit card, and just the pure value on the gift cards. 

The full review for iPhone is coming soon… and so with the new 4th Generation, iPod Nano 16GB!





iPhone Stress

26 08 2008

Hey all. Ravenizer here.

It seems like the iPhone is cracking under all that celebrity stress. My iPhone has spotted a few cracks around the parts where the metal conjoins the plastic. I am officially depressed and I will be bringing my iPhone down to the SingTel ComCentre tomorrow. I will get a NEW iPhone and will buy a Soft Slip case for it as well. Moreover, I think I will need to get a new micro-fibre cloth to use a a polish cloth for my iPhone.

I will get back to you guys tomorrow regarding the situation and the exchange policy at SingTel.





iPhone 3G Singapore Launch (O.T.S.)

25 08 2008

Hey readers,

As promised, the On The Scene Coverage of the Singapore iPhone Launch is brought to you, exclusively, on The Infinite Loop. Be sure to head down to Ravenizer’s Channel on YouTube and Subscribe! Infinitech will host all of its videos over at his channel. Thank you once again, for supporting, and continuing to visit, The Infinite Loop, a blog by the Infinitech Team.





iPhone 3G Singapore Launch (Wrap Up)

24 08 2008

Hey guys, an Infinitech Exclusive. A wrap-up on the iPhone 3G Launch Event that happened on the 22nd of August 2008. Enjoy!

Be sure, to subscribe to Ravenizer’s Channel on YouTube. All of Infinitech’s Videos will broadcasted via his channel! Ravenizer was also crazy enough to bring an “On-the-Scene” coverage of the event. We will be putting that up soon as well. Stay Tuned!





Are you ready for August 22?

12 08 2008
iPhone release Confirmation

iPhone release Confirmation

Hey all,

Everyone on the Infinitech team is excited about the iPhone Launch here in Singapore! And now, we have daily updates on our blog, just to keep all of you readers up to date with the latest happenings. We received the largely anticipated confimation email in our mailboxes at around 5:50pm today. We opened it, and the image you see on your left is what we found.

So anyway, we decided, that we are all going to buy ourselves an iPhone, and review it just for you guys, as a treat for coming to our blog on a daily basis.

Thank You once again for visiting Guys!