- 08-27-2007, 01:31 PM #2926
Personally, I don't think it was ever their intention to lock out native apps entirely (at least not forever) - I suspect they did want a royalty situation of some sort. They may be trying to give their preferred partners a head start. Or they may be waiting for leopard, since many of the obvious omissions (finder, ichat) are being so radically revised for leopard and the phone definitely does share a lot of code with the desktop libraries, and they wanted to lock down the desktop SDK first. Or they may just be dribbling things out a bit at a time to grab new waves of buyers.
If they did think they could stop unauthorized 3p from creating apps, that's pretty naive; didn't work for ipod. (There's less of it on ipod only because the hardware and interface is less capable, and because the *nix OS on the iphone gives hackers a lot more to work with). As you mention, PSP is another great example.
- 08-27-2007, 03:48 PM #2927
- 08-27-2007, 06:29 PM #2928
- 08-27-2007, 09:17 PM #2929
- 08-27-2007, 09:36 PM #2930
- 08-27-2007, 11:11 PM #2931
Doesn't handle bass heavy tracks as well as hoped. Likes to distort the sound, but this never happens on other players. Even the Nano was better. The equalizer Jazz setting helps. But it's a bit disappointing. Experimentation with another set of headphones is in order. The included ones are mediocre and this other set is better, but it seems to be the player itself with the problem handling bass.
A set of Shures may solve the problem.
- 08-27-2007, 11:53 PM #2932
- 08-27-2007, 11:56 PM #2933
- 08-28-2007, 01:32 AM #2934
If you want the best earphones, esp. for low, get some FutureSonic Atrios. Theese are the best, hands down. (and I've tried nearly all of them.)
IMHO, Shures are overpriced and underperforming, as well as uncomfortable after a while.
The best earphones you never heard of.
They are also excellent for comparing portable music players to see which is the best as far as playback.
- 08-28-2007, 08:49 AM #2935
- 08-28-2007, 08:53 AM #2936
- 08-28-2007, 09:29 AM #2937
- 08-28-2007, 10:00 AM #2938
- 08-28-2007, 10:12 AM #2939
I don't think they want a royalty situation. Development on OSX has been free throughout.
The iPhone runs Darwin v9, my mac with 10.4 runs Darwin 8.10. This probably means that the development kit (XCode) for the iPhone is tied to Leopard, the upcoming OSX release.
By the way, I'm pretty sure that Steve Jobs would be happy to have UNIX on the iPhone; he founded NeXT, a UNIX computer company, after he was forced out of Apple.
- 08-28-2007, 11:43 AM #2941
- 08-28-2007, 12:10 PM #2942
Take the advice (or warning) I gave Phone Diva - check out head-fi.org. You'll find LOTS of info over there on UE and all sorts of other earbuds, iems, headphones, portable amps, dacs, etc. It's a bad place to go if you like high quality sound and live on a normal budget!
- 08-28-2007, 12:35 PM #2943
The Apple store in Chicago quit selling Ultimate Ears. There were none to be found when I went there yesterday.
Their pet brand is Shure, that was the first brand the salesperson pulled out. I have a pair of Shures E2c already actually, maybe I'll just use those.
- 08-28-2007, 01:22 PM #2944
- 08-28-2007, 01:49 PM #2945
- 08-28-2007, 03:04 PM #2946
You have a LOT of choices in the <$200 range, Phone Diva. The majority of them will sound better than the E2Cs. Having said that, compared to most less expensive earbuds, the E2Cs are very nice - it's all very subjective. We're also WELL into the law of diminishing returns with earbuds costing over about $50. You'll find no shortage of people over on head-fi who have spent +/- $1000 on earbuds (MUCH more than that for actual headphones), and literally thousands on gear such as headphone specific amps, preamps, dacs, etc. As far as the earbuds go, though, realistically the difference in a set of stock iBuds and a set of $100 Sonys is going to be FAR greater than the difference in the $100 Sonys and a set of $500 Shure E530s. Again, most of the differences in sound are very subjective. One thing you'll find universally true, though - you'll have a hard time finding anyone who has used Bose products and has any experience with other high end brands who will recommend Bose. Basically, for the cost of admission, Bose does NOT make good, accurate sound. Whether you LIKE Bose sound is personal. This is (arguably) true for speakers, as well. Some folks swear that Bose makes the best sounding stuff out there. I've never met an audiophile who agrees - myself included.
Basically, if you have a budget you can spend on new 'buds - try some out. You WILL replace the E2Cs - almost certainly. If you never try anything else, however, you will probably live through using them and be just fine and +/- $200 richer!
By the way - if the "test" phone in your sig line is the iPhone, wait just a little longer and the Ultimate Ears iPhone model will be out. They sound REALLY good, and even though they're based on UE's least expensive model, they sound as good as my modified Sony EX90s (which were more expensive and sound REALLY good, too!). Plus, you'll get the same click and double click functionality as the iBuds and the E2Ci (and the Vibes and a few others) and a mic.
- 08-28-2007, 03:29 PM #2947
I've tried UE's, and while better than Shures, I still think they don't warrant the price for what you get.
Shure's, imho, tend to be tinny, all the way up the line. Low and mid range suffer. I guess they are okay for classical, but for general listening, found them fair to poor, depending on model. Also, the fit isn't very good.
I'm telling you, FutureSonic Atrios are the best out there. Get a foam sleeve and the sound isolation is good.
I think they run about $150...but the sound is like $1,000. Seriously.
Their name is goofy compared to Bose or Shure, but they blow the other away.
- 08-28-2007, 03:30 PM #2948
- 08-28-2007, 03:52 PM #2949
So I just got back from lunc, listening to the PhoneDifferent podcast put together by mike and dieter.
They were saying that this thread had a big discussion without any resolution of whether or not the iPhone has virtual memory – and inturn using paging I assume?
First, the iPhone has more than the 128MB as you two noted in the podcast; you are forgetting about the 1GB embedded on the CPU.
Second, and more importantly, you are forgetting (or are probably just unaware) about Apple's use of LLVM. It only loads the parts of applications that are needed. This does away with paging and virtual memory as you know it.
More efficient this way.
You can thank Apple for it's pioneering use of "LLVM" and i'ts contributions back to the community AND you can also thank Apple for the development of "launchd" to constantly control these processes and their contributions that they have given back to the open source community in this regard as well.
Probably tough for people here to swallow.
- 08-28-2007, 04:16 PM #2950