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Old Jan 2, 2013, 08:55 AM   #1
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iPhone5mod Launches Ultrathin Keyboard and Game Controller for iPhone 5




Over the past several months, we've been following the progress of iPhone5mod, one of several companies that have developed unauthorized versions of Apple's new Lightning connector, allowing them to launch a number of accessories, adapters, and cables for customers frustrated by the slow pace of development on official solutions.

iPhone5mod is now launching an interesting new product today in the form of an ultrathin keyboard/game controller for the iPhone 5. The $49.90 EX Hybrid Game Controller consists of a thin back cover for the iPhone that provides magnetic attachment for a pair of 2-mm thick aluminum plates: one offering a keyboard and a second containing gamepad controls. The plates also include integrated batteries for up to 40 hours of active use, with a separate charging station for the plates included in the package.



Article Link: iPhone5mod Launches Ultrathin Keyboard and Game Controller for iPhone 5
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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The extra battery life is more enticing than the keyboard/game controller.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 09:14 AM   #3
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The extra battery life is more enticing than the keyboard/game controller.
it doesn't add battery life to your phone, they're talking about the battery life of the accessory itself.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 09:15 AM   #4
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The extra battery life is more enticing than the keyboard/game controller.
I think the battery life quoted is for powering the (presumably Bluetooth) plates, not for adding supplemental power to the iPhone. In order to power the iPhone, it would need to connect to the Lightning port in some way, which these do not appear to do.

The video doesn't show them actually *using* these things to type or play games. Is this just a proof-of-concept right now?
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Please keep your giant magnetic device away from my credit cards.

Thank you.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 12:17 PM   #6
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Please keep your giant magnetic device away from my credit cards.

Thank you.
Modern credit cards can't be degaussed by even rare earth magnets...

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Agreed.
Moreoever, in my view "Magnet = NOT OK!"
Why?
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 07:40 PM   #7
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Modern credit cards can't be degaussed by even rare earth magnets...



Why?
Is that just for the strip on the back, or the chip too?

I was less concerned about the credit card than I was about the affect this might have on the iphone hard drive? If that's not an issue, I'd be very interested in the keyboard one.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 11:49 AM   #8
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The video doesn't show them actually *using* these things to type or play games. Is this just a proof-of-concept right now?
I'm willing to bet that the slight delay would be exchushiating. They look pretty cool (I guess), but a total fail in real world use. The iphone keyboard works very well as is. I can't imagine a scenario where I would feel the need to snap on a physical keyboard rather then just type in landscape on the phone. The game controller might come in handy if the response time was dead on.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 09:06 AM   #9
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I prefer the will.i.am one.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 09:06 AM   #10
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Where have i seen this before..

The Psion reincarnated. I loved my Psion.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 09:10 AM   #11
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Cool! This is why the iPhone trumps Google phones. Having one form factor that won't get dumped every 6 months means that companies can create very special accessories and know they have time to market and recoup their investment. 3 years minimum 5, 5s, and then kept at least one year after the next generation is released at a lower price. The benefit for owners is not only do they get a new phone via next generation software updates which are rare on the Google side, they can use accessories like these to customize their hardware.

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I thought that was a camera upgrade.
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The photos are hilarious: 'Charge OK!', 'Vertical OK!', Game Controller OK!'

It's an interesting idea, but it doesn't look to be a very polished product.
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The photos are hilarious: 'Charge OK!', 'Vertical OK!', Game Controller OK!'
Agreed.
Moreoever, in my view "Magnet = NOT OK!"
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The photos are hilarious: 'Charge OK!', 'Vertical OK!', Game Controller OK!'

It's an interesting idea, but it doesn't look to be a very polished product.
You'd think they could have found someone who spoke English to help develop the marketing photos. Not someone who clearly has a misunderstanding of the word "okay."
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You'd think they could have found someone who spoke English to help develop the marketing photos. Not someone who clearly has a misunderstanding of the word "okay."
i got a Galaxy Note today (dont worry its for work) and I've already noticed several examples of "Engrish" on both Samsung's printed materials and setup websites. seems to affect companies big & small
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 06:18 AM   #16
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What an attractive* product! I don't really like the look of it.

*It's magnetic, see… ? Never mind.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 09:29 AM   #17
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The benefit for owners is not only do they get a new phone via next generation software updates which are rare on the Google side, they can use accessories like these to customize their hardware.
Well the part about Google just isn't true.

Actually, their software upgrades for their Nexus phones are usually better than an iOS updates because they don't drop features for the older model just to differentiate. They're certainly not any less frequent than iOS updates are either.

For example, not including Siri on the iPhone 4 when iOS came out with the update.

I agree on the hardware accessories part though.
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Well the part about Google just isn't true.

Actually, their software upgrades for their Nexus phones are usually better than an iOS updates because they don't drop features for the older model just to differentiate. They're certainly not any less frequent than iOS updates are either.

For example, not including Siri on the iPhone 4 when iOS came out with the update.

I agree on the hardware accessories part though.
Google's official data on Android version distribution:

http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

Note that over 50% of devices are running Gingerbread, which was released in 2010.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 12:26 PM   #19
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Google's official data on Android version distribution:

http://developer.android.com/about/d...rds/index.html

Note that over 50% of devices are running Gingerbread, which was released in 2010.
Yes, but there is a difference between a Nexus android phone and the other manufacturers android phones. You'll notice I mentioned Nexus specifically.

For example, the Nexus S (which was released in 2010) got the most current 4.2 update and it doesn't cripple any software features for it either.

The Nexus S can do the same things software-wise that a brand-new Nexus 4 can do.

Also, most of those phones that are on 2.1 are there because of manufacturer choice and not because of Google's choice.
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 12:37 PM   #20
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I like this. I would only want the controler option though, for when I'm playing old games like Sonic the Hedgehog or something like that.
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Yes, but there is a difference between a Nexus android phone and the other manufacturers android phones. You'll notice I mentioned Nexus specifically.

For example, the Nexus S (which was released in 2010) got the most current 4.2 update and it doesn't cripple any software features for it either.

The Nexus S can do the same things software-wise that a brand-new Nexus 4 can do.

Also, most of those phones that are on 2.1 are there because of manufacturer choice and not because of Google's choice.
As a developer, I really couldn't care less who's fault it is, the fact of the matter is, I have to make a choice between supporting the majority of devices meaning I have to resort to API 8 or I can make life easier and only support API ~12. (I can't remember where the exact API version cutoffs are.)
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Yes, but there is a difference between a Nexus android phone and the other manufacturers android phones. You'll notice I mentioned Nexus specifically.

For example, the Nexus S (which was released in 2010) got the most current 4.2 update and it doesn't cripple any software features for it either.

The Nexus S can do the same things software-wise that a brand-new Nexus 4 can do.

Also, most of those phones that are on 2.1 are there because of manufacturer choice and not because of Google's choice.
The S only made it to 4.1
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Google's official data on Android version distribution:

http://developer.android.com/about/d...rds/index.html

Note that over 50% of devices are running Gingerbread, which was released in 2010.
He said NEXUS devices.
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He said NEXUS devices.
Nope, that doesn't matter. We need to post anything and everything that makes Android look bad. Even if its false and/or taken out of context.
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I thought that was a camera upgrade.
Also with a rather fetching keyboard.
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