There is some interesting Apple chitter chatter going around the web this week, let's take a look...
What seems to have gotten most attention is the fact an iPhone 3GS is actually capable of 1080p (1920 x 1080) 'Full HD' playback on the handset. This seems quite the coup and yet bizarrely is something Apple wants to keep under wraps. The official line is VGA is its limit, the same as the iPhone 3G which is quite a poor argument given the significantly more powerful graphics capabilities of the 3GS.
As for the nitty gritty there are likely several reasons why this is being kept quiet. Firstly, there are some issues with extremely high bitrate HD content and secondly, not all audio codecs play nicely. The iPhone 3G also fails these tests completely so it may be Apple doesn't want to confuse consumers. In addition, there appears little practical benefit to playing 1080p video on an iPhone without decent TV output options (HDMI port in generation four please!) and I suspect playback will destroy battery life.
What will Apple say about all this? Expect stony silence.
Next up we hear iTunes 9 could well be headed into (even greater) bloatware territory with the integration of social networking. Primarily this will involve the ability to create a new playlist and share it on Facebook. This can feature a short user description and a link to the playlist. How this will work when opened if recipients don't own all the tracks (iTunes purchase links?) is currently unknown, but it does sound a little fussy compared to the Spotify html track, album and playlist sharing approach. Besides, there are many things I have long waited to see in iTunes (playback directly from a connected iPhone, multiple computer iTunes syncing, native network support) but Facebook integration has never been one of them...
Lastly, if you've just made the significant investment of buying an iPhone 3GS and want to keep it safe then Apple accessory specialist Cygnett may have the thing for you. It wades into the ultra competitive field of iPhone cases with a new line of 'Jellybean' hard cases. Unlike most, the Jellybean line still allows the Apple logo to be visible on the back and includes a screen protector to guard against scratches, smudges and dust.
As usual, full access to the iPhone screen, buttons, camera and charging/syncing is available with the case on and the identical form factor of the 3GS to the 3G means they will fit both models. The range goes on sale immediately, with cases priced at just £12.
So yet another busy Apple rumour week draws to a close. Expect the circus to kick off again first thing Monday morning...
iPhone 1080p playback via Engadget (video link)
iTunes 9 via BGR