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The iPhone Fashion Shoot

A few weeks ago I did a full fashion photo shoot with my iPhone 3gs

I posted a few of the images and asked people to critique them (never exposing that they were shot on my cell phone). I couldn’t help but laugh when a few of our readers claimed that these were “the best images I had ever taken.” Nobody ever claimed that they were too grainy, too soft, or lacked detail.

Test Results: iPhone 4 Battery Life

As you know, Apple’s new iPhone 4 () boasts a boatload of new features and improvements. One such improvement is increased battery life. Apple claims the new phone can outlast its predecessor by an hour in Internet use, two hours in talk time, and 10 hours of audio playback. Both the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 claim to hold enough juice to play up to 10 hours of video, and can last up to 300 hours in standby mode.

To get an idea of how the iPhone 4’s battery life compares to its predecessor in varied use, I borrowed a colleague’s year old 32GB iPhone 3GS and tested it and the iPhone 4 using a series of different tasks. The results show that the iPhone 4 does indeed last an appreciably longer time.

iOS 4: Essential Early Reading

As with most major Apple releases, iOS 4 has unleashed an avalanche of reviews, discussions, and analysis, not to mention piles of news coverage. With so little time in the day, how does one manage to sift through all the coverage to find the most useful bits?

Luckily for you, we here at TidBITS have already done plenty of sifting. Below you'll find links to practical articles covering everything from a basic introduction to advanced user tips.

iPhone 4 Teardown

Being the resourceful tinkerers that we are, we scoured the depths of this great nation, and we have emerged victorious. At long last, the journey to the iPhone 4 teardown will culminate here tonight with what is sure to be the greatest event in the history of iFixit teardowns. Ladies and gentlemen, join us as we strip down the iPhone 4 to its most basic components.

Mac Mini Mid 2010 Teardown

This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff. Join us as we take a peek inside at Apple's newest revision of the Mac Mini, now with an HDMI port!

Check out the YouTube video slideshow of the teardown as well!

All of Apple and TBWA's "Get A Mac" Advertisements

We know how you love Apple's "Get a Mac" ads with John Hodgman and Justin Long. So, here are all 66 TV spots (plus the 90-second version of 2008's "Sad Song") that have aired since the campaign launched on May 2, 2006. All 66 ads were directed by Phil Morrison of Epoch Films for TBWA Media Arts Lab.

Retro Apple Wall Art

This is a Apple logo in my home office. Tim Spinosi “The artist” put the original grey logo on the wall. Tim has done a lot of deck art, “The bottom of skate boards” in recent years. So he wanted to redo my wall art in the same style, using Apple’s rainbow logo colors.

I recorded the works progress with photos and decided to post them.

Introducing a Free Downloadable Macworld iPad Starter Guide

We’ve created is the Macworld iPad Starter Guide, a basic orientation guide for the iPad, with information about its basic features, included apps, iPod functionality, iWork and other add-on apps, and accessories. It’s a light overview of some of the basic aspects of the iPad. And it’s available for the low, low price of free.

Here’s how to get it on your iPad.

What if I had bought Apple Stock instead?

Currently, Apple's stock is at an all time high. A share today is worth over 40 times its value seven years ago.

So, how much would you have today if you purchased stock instead of an Apple product? See for yourself...

50+ iPad Wallpapers to personalize Your iPad

More than 600K iPads sold till now. Everyone is very eager to get the latest little magic from apple. If you already own one, it’s time to personalize your iPad with wallpaper.

We showcase 50+ iPad wallpapers available to express your creativity through the iPad.

Spotlight on the MacBook Pro's improved Graphics

The new MacBook Pros unveiled Tuesday may look identical to Apple’s previous batch of pro laptops, but there are a few notable under-the-hood upgrades.

Chief among them are the new graphics found throughout the line that should make these MacBook Pros significantly faster at graphics-intensive tasks, while also increasing battery life.

With the Push of the iPad, a Photograph goes Global

When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad in a breathless, globally-broadcast event yesterday afternoon, few people were as bowled over as the man who took the photo displayed on the sleek product's desktop, veteran photographer Richard Misrach.

"I was in bed watching Inglorious Bastards when I got a call from Jeffrey FraenkeL, my dealer in San Francisco, and he said, 'Do you know what's going on live here?'" Misrach told ARTINFO. "I was totally shocked. Naturally my other galleries started calling and my family was all atwitter, because it's a whole different world."

My Close Encounters with Steve Jobs (Part 1)

At age 28, Steven P. Jobs, Chairman of Apple Computer, was on top of his game—rich, famous, spoiled, and seemingly unrestrained by the usual social mores. He had the chiseled face, jutting jaw and thick black hair of a typical matinee idol.

Yet, he was hardly conventional. The sleeves of the understated gray cashmere sweater he wore that October morning in 1983, on top a simple white, v-neck t-shirt, were pushed up just enough to reveal the coolest watch I had ever seen, strapped high on his left forearm. I wanted very much to get a closer look at it, but I didn’t dare.

My Close Encounters with Steve Jobs (Part 1)

Old School Architect creates an iOpener

A taxi pulled up to Apple's Fifth Avenue store one recent morning, and while the meter was running a pair of tourists dashed out to have their photos taken near the entrance, a glass cube of such incorporeal lightness that it seems in danger of floating away.

Had those architectural pilgrims arrived a minute later, they might have noticed a 70-ish man in a rumpled blue blazer struggling to balance an overpacked briefcase on a rolling suitcase. He was hatless, coatless, and tieless, and his shirt pocket was weighed down by a fistful of fine Japanese pencils.

It was the prizewinning Pennsylvania architect Peter Bohlin, stopping by to kick the tires on his little creation, which he first sketched for Apple chairman Steve Jobs using one of his ever-present Itoya pencils. Told that tourists had photographed it with their iPhones, Bohlin chuckled and said, "I hear that happens a lot."

Should I Buy an iPad?

If you're having trouble deciding whether to buy an Apple iPad or not, use this handy flowchart to make the decision for you.

An Ode to DiskWarrior, SuperDuper, and Dropbox

Three weeks ago the hard drive in my MacBook Pro went bad. So far as I can tell, I didn’t lose a single byte of data. Here’s how.

First, what happened. I was on vacation for a few days with my wife immediately after Macworld Expo. Thursday 18 February was my first day back at home for a normal day of work. When I woke the machine up from sleep, everything was terribly slow. Closing windows. Opening new windows. Switching between apps. These things were all taking 30 seconds or longer. (I’d last used the machine on the airplane on my way home the night before. I noticed nothing wrong then.)

This was bad news, of course. So I saved everything that was open and rebooted. I gave it some time but the login screen didn’t appear.

So, I forced the machine to shut down and rebooted from my Snow Leopard installation disc. I ran Disk Utility and attempted to verify the MacBook Pro’s internal hard disk. Disk Utility reported that the disk was damaged in a way that it could not repair. This is extremely bad news.

"Steampunk Computers"

These custom-made keyboards, framed monitors and computers are completely functional, but with a 19th century/ steampunk aesthetic.

An Irish Music Stream For St. Patrick's Day

@Pixelesh points to this "great music stream from NPR for St. Paddy's Day.

Folk Alley has assembled over 7 hours of music by some of their favorite Irish musicians. You'll hear a mix of familiar and new artists, including Mary Black, Solas, Danu, John Doyle, Donal Lunny, Connie Dover, Andy Irvine, Planxty, Grada, The Chieftains (of course) and much, much more! Sláinte mhaith!

Decoding Apple’s iPad Battery Replacement Program

When the iPad became available for “pre-order” last week, Apple updated and expanded its Web pages that cover the forthcoming product. Included in the new information was a page describing Apple’s iPad Battery Replacement Program. It contained what was probably the biggest surprise revealed that day:

“If your iPad requires service due to the battery’s diminished ability to hold an electrical charge, Apple will replace your iPad for a service fee. The service costs $99, plus $6.95 shipping.”

In other words, when your iPad needs a new battery, Apple will replace the entire iPad for about $100 rather than install a new battery in the original device!

While the bare essentials of the program are clearly stated, a number of questions remain unanswered. I contacted Apple for clarifications but have so far received no reply. As is often the case in such situations, I am left to sift through Apple’s tea-leaves in an attempt to fill in the gaps.

Blue Marble

One of the default pictures included with the iPhone is a beautiful image of the Earth as seen from space. Unless you weren't paying attention, you saw this picture when you first purchased your iPhone, and you can still view it by going to Settings --> Wallpaper --> Wallpaper; it is the second image provided by Apple. Here is what it looks like as a wallpaper on an iPhone.

If you have ever wondered where this photograph came from, a recent post from Gizmodo sheds some light on the subject, although to get the full story you need to go to some more sources, including this page from the Swiss Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science. Here is a short version.

10 Apple Acquisitions that made Their Mark

Apple isn't known as an acquisitive company, even when it's sitting on a huge pile of money. So in February, when Apple COO Tim Cook downplayed the notion that Apple's approximately $40 billion in cash reserves could trigger a shopping spree, no one was surprised.

When Apple does buy companies, it's almost always tight lipped about how they'll fit into its strategy. But when you look at Apple's history, some acquisitions stand out in terms of adding important features to existing product lines or opening doors into new markets. Here we offer 10 examples of Apple acquisitions that made their mark.

All about the Apple iPad

Apple finally gave us the date the first iPads will hit store shelves: April 3. We've been closely following the touch-screen tablet since Apple first announced it in late January, but here's a quick guide for your most essential questions about the device.

There are two versions of the iPad. Apple announced Friday that the Wi-Fi version will launch in the U.S. on April 3, followed by the Wi-Fi and 3G-capable edition later in the month. Both versions will hit Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. in late April.

The price depends on your 3G needs and how much storage you require. The iPad's Wi-Fi-only version will start at $499 for 16GB of memory, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G edition will cost $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.

You can preorder both versions starting March 12, and you can order it for delivery from Apple.com or reserve a Wi-Fi version to pick up on April 3 at any Apple retail store.

Anatomy of Apple Design

Experience Catastrophic Hard Drive Failure without Catastrophe

If you've ever wondered what caused massive hard drive failure or what a pretty much destroyed hard drive looked like, there's an app for you.

Drive Savers has created the DriveSaver app for the iPhone, calling it the "first online hard disk drive simulator," which it is, in all likelihood. The app is free. Of course, Drive Savers isn't being completely altruistic here - they're a data recovery company and want your business. But for those who aren't intimately familiar with the interior of their computers, the app is pretty cool.

Be forewarned: Turn the volume down a bit before playing with it - it's loud.

A Brief History of Apple Event Invites

Apple may be the world’s most famously secretive tech company, but it’s impossible to be completely secretive about a press conference if you want the press to show up. So the week before the company holds one of its product launches, it issues invitations. With an Apple event that supposedly involves a tablet computer a bit over a week away, it’s instructive to review past invites and how the world reacted to them.

FireWire vs USB: Which is Faster?

Most modern Macs—except for the MacBook Air and some MacBook models—offer both FireWire and USB connections. When shopping for an external hard drive, then, you have many options for something that will work with your Mac. Today, USB hard drives are more common and less expensive than FireWire or even FireWire/USB combo drives.

But ubiquity doesn’t necessarily equate to superiority. All other areas of comparison aside, what many people want to know is how the two technologies match up in terms of speed. USB 2.0 has a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 480 Mbps, versus 400 Mbps for FireWire 400 and 800 Mbps for FireWire 800. To get a sense of real-world performance, however, we ran drive tests on both a 2.4GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro with a 160GB, 5400RPM internal hard drive and a Mac Pro 3GHz 8-core system with a 250GB, 7200RPM internal drive (each with OS X 10.6.2 and 2GB of RAM installed).

How NORAD keeps track of Santa

"NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa--radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets," reads the NORAD Santa Web site. "Tracking Santa starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system consists of 47 installations strung across the northern border of North America. On Christmas Eve, NORAD monitors the radar systems continuously for indications that Santa Claus has left the North Pole.

"The moment that radar indicates Santa has lifted off, we use our second detection system. Satellites positioned in geo-synchronous orbit at 22,300 miles from the Earth's surface are equipped with infrared sensors, which enable them to detect heat. Amazingly, Rudolph's bright red nose gives off an infrared signature, which allow our satellites to detect Rudolph and Santa.

"The third tracking system is the Santa Cam network. We began using it in 1998, which is the year we put our Santa Tracking program on the Internet. Santa Cams are ultra-cool, high-tech, high-speed digital cameras that are pre-positioned at many locations around the world. NORAD only uses these cameras once a year on Christmas Eve. The cameras capture images and videos of Santa and his reindeer as they make their journey around the world.

"The fourth system is made up of fighter jets. Canadian NORAD fighter pilots flying the CF-18 intercept and welcome Santa to North America. In the United States, American NORAD fighter pilots in either the F-15 or the F-16 get the thrill of flying alongside Santa and his famous reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, of course, Rudolph."

50 Best Free Fonts From 2009

Every designer needs a good collection of free fonts, when working on design projects weather your designing for the web or for print its always essential to have a good collection of fonts. Fonts can be very expensive especially when working on a design project with a small budget. This is a collection of the best free fonts created in 2009.

Free iTunes Holiday Sampler!

Open iTunes to preview and download songs from various artists including Weezer, Sarah McLachlan, Mannheim Steamroller and more!