Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wow, traffic.

One link from DaringFireball and in less than a day this little blog has gotten more page views than it had gotten in the 5 years previous.  Nice :)

Better plug

A new connector is coming too.

Apple would know what percent of iPhones/iPads are returned because some little wire in the current 30 pin connection inside the device gets bent and doesn't connect anymore.

If the new connector can go in either direction, then they could have 2 sets of connections (one for each side of the plug) in the iPhone or iPad.  If one ever failed, there's a built-in backup and you'd never even know.  The odds of both sides failing for the same pin mean whatever the return rate is now, if nothing else changed about how pins connect and bend, this design could cut it to 1/8th that.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Going by this really good analysis...

But Apple's stuff is built more solidly than the Nexus:  aluminum, steel, and glass rather than plastic.

Redoing Gruber's weight estimates by calculating the Grams per Cubic Millimeter, the iPod touch is 0.00215 g/mm³ and the iPhone 4S is 0.00223 g/mm³.  Multiplying that by his estimated volume comes out with a weight between 416 and 432 grams if it had a similar weight-per-volume as an iPod touch or iPhone.

On this list, that puts it around the Kindle Fire.

Doing similar with the iPad 3, it's about 423,557 cubic mm.  For 0.00154 g/mm³ (the iPad 2 gives a virtually identical number, which is another good confirmation on this weight-per-volume method.)  Based on those two, it gives a potential weight of 298 grams.

I'd guess that just about 300 grams is a pretty safe estimate, and not far off from the Gruber's original 265 :)

(updated to show correct g/mm³ unit label.)