John Gruber Archive

  • Why 960×640 Makes Sense For the iPhone HD

    Why 960×640 Makes Sense For the iPhone HD

    We alluded yesterday that the higher resolution screen on the Phantom iPhone of Redwood City would more-than-likely have double the horizontal and vertical pixels of the current iPhone screen (therefore quadrupling the pixel count), and now the ever-reliable John Gruber has weighed in on the likelihood of a new-and-improved double-PPI resolution. The main take-away here is that while the current iPhone screen is gorgeous, Apple are trying to make the screen on the next iPhone look as clear as the print found in expensive glossy magazines.

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  • AdLib: Apple’s Secret Weapon For Making Better Web Apps For The iPad

    AdLib: Apple’s Secret Weapon For Making Better Web Apps For The iPad

    Did you give in and buy yourself an iPad? Go grab it. If you don’t own one, just reach your arms out, conjure up a temporary air of smugness, and play along. Now take your iPad (or your imaginaryPad, or what have you) and pop into Safari. Hit the bookmarks button, and then tap “iPad User [...]

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  • Gruber hints at possible next-gen iPhone specs.. sort of.

    Gruber hints at possible next-gen iPhone specs.. sort of.

    In a post tinged with just a hint of spite, Apple pundit John Gruber has responded to today's WSJ report of a forthcoming pair of new iPhones, one of which they say is headed for Verizon. His reaction? "Lame." The reason it's lame, says Gruber, is that it lacks details. Details which Gruber has. Maybe.

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  • Gruber on the Tablet

    Gruber on the Tablet

    Good old John Gruber. While the rest of us are panting, he sits in the corner, calmly stroking his luxurious beard. He thinks the Tablet is real, I doesn't know anything about, all of his best sources say Apple's best designers are incognito, and that Steve loves the project.

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  • Apple to release a crap-ton of new products today?

    Apple to release a crap-ton of new products today?

    Today could be a big Apple day. John Gruber and Dan Lyons both think that we might just see a plethora of new Apple products today. Exciting, I know. These new models would include new iMacs, plastic Macbooks, Mac Minis, 2nd generation Mighty Mouse that isn't called a Mighty Mouse, and some sort of multitouch desktop gadget thingy. Yeah, all that is suppose to come out today even though Apple doesnt' have a press conference on the books and Steve Jobs knows I don't really want to work that hard today. Yeah, we talk.

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  • Schiller responds to Ninjawords debacle

    Schiller responds to Ninjawords debacle

    You and I can rail like a beplagued Job against the unfairness of the Apple store but do we ever get emails from Phil Schiller, Apple senior vice president? John Gruber does. Gruber got an email from Schiller last night after the SVP talked through the Ninjawords debacle with the Application Approval team. As you [...]

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  • Apple’s Phil Schiller Speaks On Censored iPhone Dictionaries, But Ignores The Bigger Issues

    Apple’s Phil Schiller Speaks On Censored iPhone Dictionaries, But Ignores The Bigger Issues

    A lone messenger has emerged from the impenetrable fortress that is Apple's App Store, and his name is Phil Schiller. Earlier this week, John Gruber of Daring Fireball wrote a lengthy column detailing the plight of Ninja Words (iTunes Link), a sleek iPhone dictionary that uses Wiktionary as its data source. Gruber wrote that the application had been rejected for including numerous common swear words, going on to write that "Apple censored an English dictionary." Not so, says Schiller, who is Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing and is widely regarded as one of the more recognizable 'faces' of Apple, after Steve Jobs. In a rare moment of semi-transparency, Schiller has written back to Gruber, on the record, in an attempt to point out errors in the original column. I've included an excerpt below, and you can find the full letter in Gruber's post (it's well worth reading if you've been tracking the App Store closely).

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  • Chrome OS gets a second look by Gruber

    Chrome OS gets a second look by Gruber

    Although John Gruber is an avowed masticator, I do enjoy his take on issues dealing with and pertaining to technology. To wit: his take on Chrome OS which, in a few paragraphs, boils down the entire argument to "We don't know enough yet to decide but things look interesting, although it seems like it might be a certain form of vaporware."

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  • WWDC Report Card: Wired.com Grades the Apple Rumor Blogs

    WWDC Report Card: Wired.com Grades the Apple Rumor Blogs

    The blogosphere went buck wild with Apple rumors prior to this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The rumors ranged from the predictable to the wacky, with publications placing bets on everything from new iPhones to a fabled touchscreen tablet. Of course, many rumors proved to be correct while others were irrevocably wrong. Fortunately, by [...]

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  • Palm Pre promises to explode into a supernova of suck

    Palm Pre promises to explode into a supernova of suck

    The Internet - a barren wasteland full of haterage and pain and woe betide the company who wanders into its unblinking eye of malice. After saying that the Pre was an also ran last week, other interested parties have started to come out of the woodwork to predict a fiery demise for Palm's savior-phone. William Hurley, for example, writes in BusinessWeek that Palm's efforts to court developers failed early on and that the Palm's efforts will all be for naught. Here's the kidney jab:

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  • Ummm… about that Palm Pre/iTunes syncing

    Ummm… about that Palm Pre/iTunes syncing

    So, as we recall, the Palm Pre is supposed to have some sort of iTunes syncing feature built-in. With the Apple pedigree of most of its programmers, this isn't surprising. When you plug in your Pre, it seems, it will show up as an "iPod." But how did they do it? John Gruber smells a rat:
    If you’re still holding out any sort of hope that Palm is using some sort of heretofore sanctioned, semi-sanctioned, or even maybe-sorta-kinda-sanctioned-if-you-squint-your-eyes means for a third-party device to sync with iTunes via USB, note that the Pre, when connected to iTunes, is labelled as an “iPod”. If you think Apple would ever allow the use of “iPod” to describe anything other than an actual iPod, you’re nuts.

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