Ear Dials The Number

Gideon Spanier, The Independent:

“There were multiple times where we nearly shelved the phone because we thought there were fundamental problems that we can’t solve,” said Sir Jony, speaking at a British Business Embassy event to coincide with the Olympics. One problem involved an early prototype “where I put the phone to my ear and my ear dials the number”… accidentally.

Proximity sensor engages during a phone call. When the sensor senses the ear within a certain range it turns off the display. It’s a simple solution, when you look back, but it must have been an excruciatingly difficult problem to solve at the time.

Samsung “P10”: 11.8-inch 2560×1600 Tablet

Chris Ziegler, The Verge:

Court documents made public in the epic Apple v. Samsung trial that kicked off in California today reveal that Samsung is working on a tablet codenamed “P10” that would include LTE connectivity and an 11.8-inch display at 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) resolution.

Assuming a RGB subpixel 11.8-inch LCD the resolution would be 256 ppi, almost equaling the new iPad (3). Impressive.

GSM iPhone on Straight Talk

Mike Beasley, 9to5 Mac:

Overall, Straight Talk is one of the best iPhone carriers available. The Straight Talk network is pulling from AT&T’s network, so you get full-speed access to nationwide HSPA+, unlimited calling, texting, MMS, and data for less than the cost of a far more limited plan with a post-paid carrier (as well as the convenience of never having to sign a contract). There are a few downsides to using an unofficial carrier, such as the lack of visual voicemail for those who rely heavily on that feature, but the benefits and price seem to far outweigh the downsides.

$45 per month for unlimited data, messaging, and calling. No visual voicemail; no biggie. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Make Great Products

Wired.co.uk: Jonathan Ive at the British Embassy’s Creative Summit:

We are really pleased with our revenues but our goal isn’t to make money. It sounds a little flippant, but it’s the truth. Our goal and what makes us excited is to make great products. If we are successful people will like them and if we are operationally competent, we will make money.

Make great products, and the money will follow.