The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced two new brand extensions to its globally recognized Bluetooth logo today in an effort to create consumer awareness around compatibility for new devices implementing Bluetooth v4.0 – the Bluetooth Smart Ready trademark and the Bluetooth Smart trademark; and the iPhone 4S is the first phone to implement such technology.
The press release also mentioned that:
“Bluetooth Smart Ready devices are phones, tablets, PCs and TVs that sit at the center of a consumer’s connected world and implement a Bluetooth v4.0 dual mode radio.
Bluetooth Smart devices are sensor-type devices like heart-rate monitors or pedometers that run on button-cell batteries and were built to collect a specific piece of information. Bluetooth Smart devices include only a single-mode low energy Bluetooth v4.0 radio.”
The chip uses very little power that it can go into devices that are powered only by a standard “button cell” battery common in watches. The battery can last for many years.
More fully featured devices such as the iPhone 4S that can communicate with them and with other, standard Bluetooth devices will be labeled “Bluetooth Smart Ready.”
Casio of Japan has said it will introduce a watch by the end of 2011 that’s Bluetooth Smart. It will be able to link to a smartphone and notify user of incoming emails and text messages by beeping and vibrating. Cool huh?
Meanwhile, Nordic Semiconductor mentioned that one of its Bluetooth Smart chips will go into a belt that measures its wearer’s heart rate sends the information to the user’s mobile phone.
I guess It’s just a matter of time before everything we wear will integrate with our mobile phones.
Photo credit: TechRepublic
What would you do to get your hands on the brand new iPhone 4S? Go to the nearest Apple Store? Well, this “naive” Chinese girl is apparently willing to provide sexual favors, just to get this latest gadget from Apple.
A China-based online news portal shows a screen capture of a QQ chat (China’s chat program) between the girl, a year two undergraduate in Nanjing, and a man.
The girl whose nickname is “lovemelo”, first offered to trade oral sex for the new iPhone 4S, which costs around 6,000 yuan (16GB) in China.
The girl was saying, “As long as you wash it clean, it’s really nothing.”
When she thought the man was not interested, she even offered to have sex with him for five consecutive nights.
She also said “You can do anything you want. Or I can even spend months with you.
“I can do anything that you want. Just as long as you get me the Apple.”
When the chat was posted online, the Chinese media managed to track her, and that forced her to change her nick three times.
She later wrote in a post: “What’s wrong with my proposal? Others trade sex for branded luxury too.
“Why pick on me?”
Well, it’s unfortunate for her that someone had the intention to post this story online. It’s either she was joking or plain naive (or stupid?) about the whole thing.
Here’s a one page summary of all things jailbreak and unlock for iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S as at 22 October, 2011.
Jailbreak: not available.
Unlock: not available; contract-free factory unlocked iPhone 4S now sold at most Apple Stores worldwide.
Jailbreak: untethered for all iOS except iOS 5, iOS 4.3.5 and iOS 4.3.4.
Unlock (baseband): ultrasn0w on 1.59.00 only, Turbo SIM for 2.10.04, 3.10.01 and 4.10.01, baseband chip replacement possible for 4.11.08.
Jailbreak: untethered for all iOS except iOS 5, iOS 4.3.5 and iOS 4.3.4.
Unlock (baseband): ultrasn0w 1.2.4 compatible on 4.26.08, 5.11.07, 5.12.01, 5.13.04 and 6.15.00 (iPad baseband). 5.14.02, 5.15.04, 5.16.02 and 5.16.05 cannot be unlocked – either update to 6.15.00 (read risks here) or replace baseband chip with version 5.13.04.
Jailbreak: untethered up to iOS 4.2.1 (highest iOS version supported).
Unlock (baseband): same as iPhone 3GS.
- Baseband downgrade via software not possible; however it will work on iPhone 4 is the firmware is still being signed by Apple e.g. downgrade from 4.11.08 to 4.10.01.
- iPhone 3GS iOS 4.1 is *currently* being signed by Apple, possible to downgrade for untethered jailbreak even if no SHSH saved.
- If stuck on baseband 5.14.02, 5.15.04, 5.16.02 and 5.16.05, update to 6.15.00 using redsn0w to unlock with ultrasn0w (will break GPS).
- iOS 5 updates baseband to 5.16.05 (3GS) and 4.11.08 (iPhone 4) – no unlock available.
- iPhone 3GS (that needs unlocking) on iOS 5 baseband 5.16.05 can downgrade to iOS 4.1, update baseband to 6.15.00 and then update to iOS 5 using custom firmware. Read full guide here.
- Never restore using stock firmware. Custom iOS 5 firmware (preserves baseband) available for download here.
- Use iTunes 10.4 or below when working on iOS 4.x or earlier. iTunes 10.5 is only for iOS 5.
- iPhone 4 IMEI unlock available form some European and Australian carriers.
- Turbo SIM for iPhone 4 works on iOS 5 as long as the baseband is not 4.11.08.
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OK – so you’ve seen the iPhone 4S running on iOS 5 and all the bells and whistles that come with it. Now let’s take a look what’s inside – deep inside – the logic board.
TechRepublic’s Bill Detwiler had recently disassembled an iPhone 4S and took detailed images of the innards of an iPhone 4S logic board.
Apple’s A5 Processor: This is a 1GHz dual-core processor (with 512MB RAM) manufactured by “arch rival” Samsung. Apple said that this processor provides “two times more power and up to seven times faster graphics” than the A4 chip.
These chips appear to be the STMicro gyroscope and STMicro three-axis accelerometer which respond to 2D and 3D directional movement e.g. switching the iPhone from portrait to landscape mode, tilting the phone etc.
This is Qualcomm’s RT8605 (biggest chip on the photo) Multi-band RF Transceiver that is also used on HTC’s Thunderbolt.
The TriQuint TQM9M9030 chip is a dual-band duplexer bank.
Avago ACPM-7181 chip is one of the power amplifiers on the logic board.
Here’s another power amp made by Skyworks with the marking 77464-20 on it.
Here’s the Qualcomm MDM6610 baseband chip which ultimately made the iPhone 4S a ‘world phone’ that supports the following network:
- UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
- GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
- CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
Verizon’s iPhone 4 has Qualcomm MDM6600 chip on it.
The chip that manages power on the logic board is the Qualcomm PM8020 power management IC (PMIC).
And finally a Murata SW SS1830010 chip that holds a Broadcom chip to handle Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity.
Well, it’s really amazing how these chips work together to give you an impressive mobile device like the iPhone 4S. The marvels of engineering indeed!
All images are courtesy of TechRepublic.
Apple will be educating iOS developers on how to take full advantage of the their most advanced iOS via the iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour 2011. It will be held in 9 cities worldwide and Beijing will be one of them.
Beijing in China and Seoul in South Korea will be the only 2 venues in Asia. Given the fact that China is one of Apple’s largest markets, that would be main reason why Beijing was chosen to participate in this world tour, aside from Berlin, London, Rome, São Paulo, New York City, Seattle and Austin. I took the photo below with yesterday – and it shows the growing influence of Apple in China.
So what’s iOS 5 Tech Talk World Tour 2011 all about? Apple mentioned in their FAQs that “we want to help iOS developers take their apps to the next level using the exciting new technologies in iOS 5. Our team of experts will visit nine cities around the world, covering advanced coding and design techniques that you can take advantage of in your apps. Since Tech Talks are highly technical, it’s important that you have experience programming with the iOS SDK and have an app actively in development or on the App Store.”
Apple has emphasized that this talk is not meant for beginners but rather for seasoned developers, with the help of experts, to gain valuable knowledge on advanced coding and design techniques beneficial for the ongoing development of App Store apps.
Since there are still slots available for Beijing, I decided to go ahead and sign up for this event. I hope they’ll approve me.