Photo gallery: Apple’s iPhone 5 in all its glory

Reviewers agree, one of the iPhone 5′s best qualities is its stunning design. Sure, it’s reminiscent of its predecessors, but the attention to detail that went into Apple’s latest smartphone is unprecedented. That’s not hyperbole, mind you. It’s the consensus: No other mass-produced handset is made so meticulously. Not one. It’s unfortunate, then, that so few reviews have done the phone’s watch-like craftsmanship justice. Which isn’t to say the average write-up isn’t thorough – many are exhaustive. But most we’ve come across have skimped on pictures, and that’s a crime when dealing with something so beautiful. So, to set the world right, we give you the iPhone 5 as it was meant to be seen.

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And if you’re wondering about the phone’s wallpaper, it was created by Louie Mantia.

Apple’s retail partners were given few iPhone 5s

Apple made sure its stores were well-stocked for the iPhone 5′s debut, but the company’s retail partners were forced to make do with laughably small inventories,  The Wall Street Journalreported on Monday.

Some Best Buy stores, for instance, had just 10 iPhone 5s in stock on September 21 when the device launched. And Target and RadioShack stores were similarly slighted, receiving just handfuls of the phone apiece, the Journal said.

To give you an idea of how inadequate those supplies were, one particularly popular Apple store sold 3,000 iPhone 5s on Friday alone. And through the weekend, Apple sold more than 5 million new smartphones.

Apple aggressively pursuing ex-Googlers to help improve its disappointing Maps app

Apple is well aware that its new Maps app leaves a lot to be desired, and to bring it up to snuff, the iPad maker is aggressively recruiting ex-Googlers who helped build the maps against which all others are measured, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch yesterday.

And according to the source, who was involved in building Street View, many of the former Google employees Apple has approached are jumping at the opportunity to work for the search giant’s biggest rival.

Many of my coworkers at Google Maps eventually left when their contracts ended or on their own accord. One guy looked around for other GIS work and ended up at Apple when a recruiter contacted him. He had heard rumors for a while that Apple was going to develop its own in-house mapping platform, and given his experience at Google, he was an easy hire. Apple went out of their way to bring him down to Cupertino and he’s now paid handsomely as a GIS Analyst. Another coworker that was a project lead at Google Maps, left for the East Coast after his contract ended, and was recently contacted by an Apple recruiter. The position sounds like a product development manager position, and will pay him $85k+ and all the moving expenses from the East Coast. He’s gone through 2 rounds of interview and seems like a frontrunner to land that position.

Apple has its work cut out for it, the source said, but it’s conceivable that the company, with its vast resources, could catch up to Google in the maps market.

Apple has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to build a robust mapping platform to counter Google Maps, so it doesn’t surprise me that it’s going out of its way to lure former and current Google Maps employees. At Google Maps, we know what data’s important, rendering priorities, keyword searches, and how the user experience is suppose to be. However, Apple needs to find a way to get its own 5 million miles of street view data, partner with the right folks, and spend a fortune on licensed data – which it can.

Apple has sold over 5 million iPhone 5s since Friday

Apple’s latest iPhone has only been available since Friday, but the company has already sold over five million units, Apple announced on Monday.

“Demand for iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get an iPhone 5 into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said. “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.”

Apple also said that more than 100 million iOS devices have been updated with iOS 6, the iPhone maker’s latest mobile operating system. iOS 6 has been available for download since last Wednesday, and it ships with the iPhone 5.

Google’s stock hits record high

Apple isn’t the only tech company whose stock is soaring. Shares of Google have skyrocketed, too, and they reached an all-time high of $748.90 on Monday, surpassing the company’s previous record of $747.24, which was set in November of 2007.

In 2009, during the global economic crisis, shares of Google went for less than $300.

Apple wants a further $707 million from Samsung

Not content with the $1.05 billion in damages it was awarded last month, Apple filed a motion with Judge Lucy Koh on Friday seeking an additional $707 million from Samsung as well as a permanent ban on U.S. sales of 26 of the Korean company’s smartphones and three of its tablets, Reuters reported yesterday.

Specifically, the iPad maker has requested “a further $400 million damage award for design infringement by Samsung; $135 million for willful infringement of its utility patents; $121 million in supplemental damages based on Samsung’s product sales not covered in the jury’s deliberation; and $50 million of prejudgment interest on damages through December 31.”

As for the injunction, Apple said it ought to cover “any of the infringing products or any other product with a feature or features not more than colorably different from any of the infringing feature or features in any of the Infringing Products.”

Samsung, though, wants last month’s fine reduced by at least $35 million, and in a court filing, the company requested a new trial.

“The Court’s constraints on trial time, witnesses and exhibits were unprecedented for a patent case of this complexity and magnitude, and prevented Samsung from presenting a full and fair case in response to Apple’s many claims,” the company said.

“Samsung therefore respectfully requests that the Court grant a new trial enabling adequate time and even-handed treatment of the parties.”

German court to Apple: Samsung didn’t infringe on your touchscreen patents

So much for momentum. A German court ruled on Friday that Samsung’s Galaxy devices don’t infringe on Apple’s touchscreen patents.

In a statement following the court’s decision, Samsung said, “We welcome today’s ruling, which affirms our position that our products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property. We will continue to further develop and introduce products that enhance the lives of German consumers.”

On August 24, a federal jury in California found that Samsung willfully ripped off Apple’s technology and designs with a number of derivative devices and ordered the South Korean company to pay $1.05 billion in damages.

How iOS Spotlight ought to work

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I use Spotlight on iOS quite frequently. If I want to make a call, I’ll unlock my iPhone, swipe to the right, and type someone’s name into Spotlight. I open their contact info in the Contacts app, tap their number, and I’m callin’ em. Pretty easy, but maybe a step too long. I almost always want to call that person, so having to open their information in Contacts and then click on their number doesn’t really make sense. Will that extra four seconds kill me? No, of course not, but with Apple products, we have come to expect the simplest and most elegant way of doing things.

That is why I propose this: an overhaul of Spotlight on iOS. A Spotlight that allows for instantly calling any contact, one where I can get my information quickly when I’m in a hurry, and a system where I can search within an application without having to launch it first. Actually, I want even more than that.

 

The results

As of right now, the following results can be found in Spotlight: Contacts, Applications, Music, Podcasts, Videos, Audiobooks, Notes, Events, Mail, Voice Memos, Reminders, and Messages. You can search for stuff in nine different applications, all pre-loaded onto your iPhone.

You can toggle which results come up and decide which results have priority over others. However, there is no way to filter within these results while searching. That’s the core of this revamp.

Spotlight1 How iOS Spotlight ought to workThe first image is the current results for “Mike.” The second is my proposal, with the filter bar on the bottom. Tapping an app icon will filter results to that app, shown in the third picture.

Rather than changing what results come up in Spotlight, in settings you can modify which filters do, along with where they are placed (your filter bar will have pages as well, indicated by the page dots). Apps with zero results will not show up at all.

 

Getting more use out of Spotlight

With this new system in place, you are capable of doing things a lot quicker. For example, tap phone numbers to call from Contact results. Tap their email addresses to email them. Tap “play” on a music result to play the song without ever entering the Music app. Check Calendar events, or Notes, or Reminders instantly. You get all this information at a glance, without ever opening the applications. Of course, tapping the entry (the arrow in Contacts, entire clipping in Notes, etc.) will bring you into that application.

Spotlight2 How iOS Spotlight ought to work

UI breakdown

Though some parts will vary, such as the tappable area to enter an application, the general idea stays the same. You always know where you’re searching, results will always be themed to the respective application, and they will always be listed vertically.

Spotlight3 How iOS Spotlight ought to work

A silent Siri

Siri is amazing, but sometimes you’re in a situation where you can’t talk or just don’t feel like it. Siri takes what you say and converts it into a text query anyway, so why not be able to type to Siri? Take a step back before answering that and think of Siri as Apple’s answer to a search engine. Along with being a virtual personal assistant, Siri is a search engine, or an answer engine, rather.

With this in mind, if you have a general idea of what you’re looking for, this could provide rich Siri-esque results when you want ‘em without talking. If you’re looking for a nearby restaurant, for instance, you would use the Maps filter and search for food. Checking your calendar? You would use the Calendar filter with the date in the search field. Your iPhone is smart, so it’ll know what you’re looking for when you just type “pizza.”

Spotlight4 How iOS Spotlight ought to workAlternatively, there would be a Siri filter. This is a little silly, though, but would be easier for things like asking about movie showtimes, or Wolfram Alpha results. Those could be their own filters, however. “Smart filters,” even, that will only appear when your phone is able to tell that’s what you’re looking for. Even throw in a “talk to Siri” button, because why not?

What about the personal-assistant aspect? Throw in some buttons that allow you to add reminders or calendar events from Spotlight. Okay, now I think I’m going a little too far, but you get the idea. This idea has a lot of potential to do some new and innovative things on iOS.

Spotlight5 How iOS Spotlight ought to work

Wrap-up

I find it hard to accurately explain each aspect of this proposed “Spotlight 2.0″ through text, so excuse the high quantity of images you were bombarded with. As I’ve said, this is essentially just a filtering system for Spotlight on iOS. With a few extras, it makes for an experience where you can do things much faster on iOS.

Everyone has Spotlight to the left of their first page of apps. It’s a large part of iOS. This could potentially speed up daily processes on your iPhone by 200%, letting you do what you need to do in mere seconds and then go on with your day, without ever launching an application. This isn’t to replace apps, but rather to complement them and allow for simple tasks.

You can even get really crazy and say it’s a widget system. Or you can label all your reminders with “todo,” and make the Reminders filter a to-do list that you can check off. Or you can use it as your primary Twitter client in the Twitter tab. These filters would be the same quality of actual applications, with third parties developing their own filters to go with their applications.

Spotlight6 How iOS Spotlight ought to workVery useful for third-party music apps

 

Why Apple would never do this

I would love to see these features in iOS, obviously. However, it’s pretty unlikely. In fact, it’s impossible. Apple would never implement such features. It’s just not them.

The biggest reason is that Spotlight is meant to be as simple as possible. Filters, while powerful and very useful, isn’t Apple. Call it a flawless, well-kept system, or call it thinking we users are stupid, but Apple wants us to have the simplest experience with their products.

Then, in order for this to work, developers would need to develop entire new filters for their applications. Developer support for iOS, even right after a major release, is always pretty stellar, but this feature would pose a large workload on all existing and future apps.

This would also mean spending less time in applications. Sure, great for us who want to get back to doing things that don’t involve our phones, but not good for developers and Apple. Generally, developers want you in their applications for as long as possible, not getting your information from a “widget” of sorts. Screw your busy schedule, think of the engagement time and ad money, dammit!

That’s not to say that Apple wouldn’t implement their own way to filter Spotlight results, or make it more useful. This is simply my answer to a broken Spotlight.

 

Update: 176 more pixels

Well, the iPhone 5 was announced. Regardless of your opinions, we do have 176 more pixels, vertically, to display information. You know what that means? Even more Spotlight results!

Spotlight7 How iOS Spotlight ought to work

Update: Development underway

Just wanted to mention here that development has started with this as a jailbreak tweak. The talented John Coates will be handling the development side of things, while I take care of design. I’ll keep you guys posted via this blog and my Twitter.