Like most cameraphones, the camera used in the iPhone is a simple 2-megapixel one. As we've explained in the past, it has the advantage of being small, since it can take decent pictures in broader light conditions and without zooming. On the downside, that means it can't zoom. One user decided to do something about it, and modded his camera to take close-up macro shots using no external add-ons.
Earlier this week some scientists at Bluetest tested an iPhone 3G for possible hardware problems that could be causing the strange reception issues that some users have been complaining about. Last time they tested what they believed was a perfectly normal iPhone 3G that they had experienced no reception problems with. More recently they tested two more iPhone 3G's, and this time they were ones that had displayed the reception issues mentioned.
The unusual reception issues with the iPhone 3G have been creating a lot of frustration for those with the issue, causing some pointing fingers to the iPhone 3G's hardware. Apple said they can fix it with software, but it still leaves some wondering if the 3G's hardware really could be defective. To solve the mystery, a Sweedish company called Bluetest decided to test their 3G's antenna.
In case you're still not happy with Apple's current offerings of either black or white, ColorWare has done their thing, and this time it's to the iPhone 3G. They're offering replacement parts for nearly every part of the device, and even the earbuds and dock, that will let you add that extra level of customization. However, if you're looking to spring for a stylish new look, be ready to pay the price. Just replacing the back of an iPhone 3G costs US$150. Going all out and customized the whole phone, it would cost a whopping $230. [via Gizmodo]
There are a lot of people who want iPhones, so the faster Apple's manufacturer can make them, the better. Foxconn, the company that builds the iPhone for Apple, is doing very well keeping up, building a whopping 800,000 iPhone 3G's a week, but according to TechCrunch, quality control might be suffering as a result.
iPhone owners have been reporting problems with parts of their screen loosing it's touch sensitivity since the iPhone was launched. Early-on it was hoped that these incidences were largely isolated, and that it was simply a bad batch of components. Unfortunately it still seems to be a widespread issue, and complaints are still rolling in from both new and long-time owners, some who's warranty has already expired.
ARM released a financial report recently in which they announced that they have signed a deal with an "un-named OEM" (original equipment manufacturer) for an architectural licensing deal. This particular kind of license gives the OEM the authority to develop thier own implementations of ARM cores and add custom extentions. They have not stated who the OEM is, but EETimes' Peter Clarke suspects that it's Apple.
The appearance of mysterious deformities on numerous iPhone 3Gs is bringing the durability of the plastic back plate into question. Owners of iPhone 3Gs worldwide have begun to notice small, mysterious, black cracks forming in the plastic of their iPhone. Hairline fractures have been forming, mostly near the volume and vibrate controls, but also elsewhere on the device. Most of the devices with the problem have been the white 16GB model, though at least one black model is displaying signs as well.
So you did it. You've had your iPhone 3G for less than a month and you went and busted your iPhone's screen. As though that weren't enough, the people at the Apple Store are refusing to fix it for you for free. Well, not to fear. Brando has released a "replacement LCD Display for your iPhone 3G," complete with touch panel. With this kit and a little DIY ingenuity, you can now replace your screen unit yourself.
We thought that all iPhone 3Gs around the world were made equally, but it turns out we were wrong. With the original iPhone, putting the device in silent mode mutes all sound coming out of the device. The same is true for the iPhone 3Gs around the world, with the exception of one country. In Japan, the shutter noise of the Camera app cannot be muted completely. Strange, yes, but not nearly as strange as the reason for it.