John Carmack of id Software, creators of the classic game Doom, says that their company is currently working on an original game to be released exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch. He also notes that they were hoping to have it done in time for the App Store's launch, but that scheduling and resources didn't line up in time to make it happen.
Remember how we've been talking about the new iPhone 3Gs having a slightly more yellowish tint? Apple has claimed that it was a design decision to make the viewing experience slightly more natural, and was better suited for viewing of photos. Well, it seems that the difference wasn't as subtle as they had hoped, and customers and bloggers picked up on the change. To fix this, Apple has released a new version of the iPhone firmware to cool the screen's color down a bit.
Apple said that the iPhone 3G had overall slightly worse battery life than the first iPhone due to it's 3G network capabilities, but they may still have understated it. While it is true that it has worse battery life than before simply because it does run on the 3G network for data, it still maintains higher battery life than most 3G-capable phones currently on the market.
Portelligent has taken apart an iPhone 3G to show exactly what is inside that little device. They have compiled a complete listing of all of the chips and components present in the iPhone 3G. They have found that there have been a number of improvements over the previous model, which were mostly to allow for 3G capability and to bring it up to speed with the iPod touch.
A possible defect on some of the iPhone 3G's out there may have been spotted. One user on the MacRumors forums who upgraded to an iPhone 3G today from an old iPhone noticed a difference in the tint of the screen, reporting that they were strangely yellower than the older models in tint.
As you know, the original iPhone's battery was extremely difficult to replace, but now it appears that Apple may have thrown us a bone on this one. It's still not easily replaceable, but iFixit's teardown revealed that the battery is now no longer soldered in place on the board. This means that while it's not officially user-replaceable yet, the process of replacing the battery will be significantly simpler. This is especially good news for those of you that enjoy DIY hardware-hackery.
The US Patent and Trademark Office released a rather large pile of patent applications earlier this morning filed by Apple, the bulk of which pertained to the ongoing research of multi-touch technology by Wayne Westerman, former cofounder of Fingerworks. These applications specifically dealt with the refining of the touch experience by avoiding unintentional contact, hardware advancements, as well as the use of gestures.
According to iSuppli, the iPhone 3G's parts probably cost a total of $173, a whole $73 more than analysts estimated earlier this month. While they don't know exactly what parts are in the new device until they get their hands on one, they've taken their best guesses and constructed a virtual tear-down of the device. Full list after the break.
If you've ever gone to open a piece of Apple hardware, the instructions and videos frequently mention a "black stick", a plastic tool that can easily pry apart objects without damaging the finish or electronics inside. The only problem: no one seems to have them.
One of the things Steve didn't announce at WWDC that many people were hoping for were more megapixels in that camera. It would seem to be a logical decision, right? After all, 2 megapixels isn't very many, and some of the iPhone's biggest competitors have better ones, like the N95 and it's 5 megapixel camera. That means the iPhone should get more, right? Not necessarily. Ars Technica took a look at some reasons why the iPhone's picture quality wouldn't improve from more megapixels, but could actually get worse.