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If so, filters could be built into the headphone jack, or a small inline adaptor provided for third party 'phones. Something like the clip on remote that came with my 3G iPod that would house the antenna, and regular ear bud go into that... With the popularity of iPod I would be surprised if a whole host iPod compatible headphones didn't come out as well. Just make sure that regular phones work well (if not with radio) Then again, fittiment of a tuner just can't be...
FM tuner is NOT too big. The smallest IC FM tuner is 5x5x1mm and requires no other support hardware, iPod has an amp and digital display built-in. Antenna can be wired through headphone cord, problem solved. Sanyo has a version of the IC tcoming that can receive AM as well...
iPod nano? Needs more storage? Yes, why not. Same price points, now 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB. I'll take one. Needs video? No, but if it doesn't cost anything to add the functionality, OK. One small reconfiguration could see the screen get taller, that way you turn the nano sideways when playing video. What it really needs is a good FM tuner, this is always useful, and a built in microphone that records a decent quality file. The nano is about the perfect size and...
Apple may want to keep the iPod dock unique however. They have been using it to great effect to create quite a range of iPod friendly A/V equipment. It's sorta the exact opposite from what one might expect, in that we might think vendors more apt to support open standards, but it seems to be working. Every "iPod Ready" car stereo, receiver, speaker system, radio that we see further re-inforces the iPod as the only MP3 player of consequence, the only "standard". It's...
Too many wannabe designers here (me included). However, the difference between us is that you are trying to argue that the current design is somehow wrong or less good because of it's shape. I'm saying, instead, that there's plenty good inherent in the current shape. The proposed shapes can also be good, but they are not inherently better. Each has strengths. If you want to ignore issues of balance, proportion, weight, and simply argue that less computer is better,...
There is an exprescard 54 standard, but it's not 54mm wide all the way through. The pin out is the same as 34 at the base, but the opening is 54mm wide, and so the slot is actually a weird dog legged shape for more volume. This is stupid. They should have made one standard, either 54 or 34. The 54 is created for reasons of heat dissapation and case volume, but where it's an issue, many PCMIA cards merely protrude from the chassis. They could do that with 34, or...
A thin symetrical bezel does nothing for the iMac's footprint, and so doesn't help it take up any less real-estate on your desk. So no inherent advantages in this case, sorry, at least not any ones worth the trade off. See below. Repeating this mantra doesn't make it any more true. The iMac is plenty small enough for all those environments already. Apple isn't interested in a rotating display. That ship has docked, sailed, and sank. When we get into 20"+ screens,...
No. There's nothing inherently good about making the computer all screen and nothing else. It doesn't help the design at all, and of course, if you look more closely, there's a lot more in the chin than just speakers. The point of a 16:10 screen is to more closely mimic the human field of view and new widescreen digital media. It can be framed in a number of pleasing ways, including a different but complimentary ratio. You might ask yourself why are photos or...
I like the chin too, I see no reason for Apple to do away with it. From a design standpoint I think it helps to remind people that there's a computer in there; it adds a little substance to the design. And it's also a great place for 'post it' notes! You could be right about where Apple is going though. Powerbooks and iBooks, iPods, and even the mini, have been studiously pared down to only the very essential interface bits. Yet I still think a good design should...
An iMac with HD tuner built-in -- 23" (or better yet, the higher quality 24" panels in use by other manufacturers) Slap a couple of expresscard slots on it for future I/O and a 256MB version of the video card, and make it black, with a polished metal rear panel...
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