Wallpaper Weekends is a series that works to bring you stunning, high quality wallpapers for your iPad, iPhone, and/or iPod Touch.
The summer is fast approaching and it is already too warm for my taste. Unable to stop thinking about the heat, this weekend’s wallpapers are inspired by the sunlight.
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From your iPhone 5 or iPod Touch, link to the full resolution image by tapping the individual images. When the new window opens, tap and hold on the image until the “Save Image” option appears. Saving the image will place your new wallpaper in the Camera Roll. From your desktop, link to the full resolution image. Right click and save the image to your iTunes photo sync folder.
As Intel CEO Paul Otellini steps down from his post today, The Atlantic has published a lengthy profile of the outgoing CEO. In the article, Otellini reveals what might have been: He says that he personally shot down a chance to put Intel processors inside the original Apple iPhone.
He tells The Atlantic, with regret: ”We ended up not winning it or passing on it, depending on how you want to view it. And the world would have been a lot different if we’d done it,” Otellini told me in a two-hour conversation during his last month at Intel. “The thing you have to remember is that this was before the iPhone was introduced and no one knew what the iPhone would do… At the end of the day, there was a chip that they were interested in that they wanted to pay a certain price for and not a nickel more and that price was below our forecasted cost. I couldn’t see it. It wasn’t one of these things you can make up on volume. And in hindsight, the forecasted cost was wrong and the volume was 100x what anyone thought.”
“My gut told me to say yes,” Otellini added.
It could be considered questionable that Intel ever was really a front-runner in the iPhone CPU sweepstakes, given their struggle to produce low-power smartphone chips. However, rumors did abound around the time of the iPhone’s introduction that certainly suggested they were in the mix.
The day after the iPhone was announced, Reuters quoted an unnamed Apple Germany executive that Intel would be inside the iPhone. The story was withdrawn the same day, but later that year Intel claimed that the company’s Silverthorne chip, later to known as the Intel Atom, would be used by Apple. It’s also possible that Intel may have had a shot at simply acting as a foundry for Apple’s system-on-a-chip.
It’s unknown how close Intel actually came to making a deal with Apple, but the loss is apparently one of the great regrets of outgoing CEO Otellini.
Power users of the iPhone 5 are getting some more love from mophie this week, as the company has announced the availability of the juice pack plus. The new battery-boosting case extends the life of Apple’s flagship device by 120%
The new juice pack plus battery case is mophie’s third for the iPhone 5. Its 2100mAh battery more than doubles the battery life of Apple’s smartphone, while its construction allows for greater protection. It features a dual-injected sleeve with a shockproof band and anti-scratch guides to buffer the impact of falls.
Via the juice pack plus, the iPhone will get up to an additional 10 hours of talk time and internet on 3G, or up to 12 hours more internet use on Wi-Fi. Video playback is increased by 12 hours, and the case will supply up to 50 hours of additional audio playback.
The new juice pack plus is available in black, white, and a (PRODUCT) RED version for $ 120 on mophie’s website. RED will ship on May 31, while the white version will head out on the 22nd. The black model ships in 1-2 days.
With Apple’s next-gen iPhone 5S widely expected to feature a similar overall design to the iPhone 5, most of the changes and improvements are likely to be under the hood. Numerous part leaks over the past months have clued us in to some of the likely internal changes – including a new set from BGR, showing significant internal changes, a new vibration motor, and multiple colors of Micro-SIM slots, which may suggest more colors than just black and white for the next handset.
The leaked parts also include a earpiece and loud speaker bracket, a WiFi flex cable, and more. For the most part, these images support previous hardware leaks. Many of the parts are significantly smaller, as well, suggesting that Apple may be trying to free up additional space in the 5S, likely for a larger battery (or perhaps something unexpected?)
While part leaks should be taken only at face value (they could easily be fakes, or parts for a prototype), the fact that so many part leaks seem to be agreeing with one another is at least significant enough to raise a few eyebrows. What are your thoughts?
For more details, check out the original post over at BGR. Apple’s next-generation iPhone is expected to launch this fall alongside iOS 7 (which is also expected to see a significant overhaul).