Ah, those clever, clever Germans have gone and built themselves a very realistic looking prototype iPhone 5, and all based on the many rumors and other info gleaned from the big-old-web. As you can see from the above video, it's also a thing of sheer beauty!
I must admit, seeing an Asian fellow speaking perfectly good-old German is also kind of neat too, but, boy, oh boy, just look at this thing, is this thing slim, or what? If your German you can read more about it here, or you can read more about it here in good-old English.
Many other web sites out there, like ObamaPacman, among others, have been covering the story of this superbly crafted prototype, but all I want to say is: if this is the real deal.... then Me's wants one, and Me's wants one bad!
Of course, what I really like about this prototype is that larger screen, something that I really want to see in the next iPhone. And, oh, did I mention how just amazingly thin this little bugger is... like wow! This thing even makes the already super-thin iPhone 4 look positively and utterly fat in comparison!
The most exciting thing about the new iPhone 5 and iOS 5 could be Apple's much rumored about new Assistant, a built-in system-wide voice control feature who's artificial intelligence totally and utterly blows away Google's mostly other wise excellent Voice feature. Those 'sehr klugger Deutschers' who created this iPhone 5 mock-up nicely sums up Assistant by saying:
"Besides the new design and more powerful hardware - more on that later - another big improvement awaits inside iOS 5. The so-called “Assistant” is probably the biggest innovation in this new version. Thanks to a revolutionary speech recognition software the iPhone 5 could become your personal, voice activated assistant. In cooperation with Nuance and based on the work of Siri, a start-up that Apple bought last year, Assistant will enable you to dictate E-Mails, SMS and every other piece of text. We already know other speech recognition software but Assistant is said to be able to understand your words in a very intuitive way. Even sentences like “Meeting with Steve at 7pm”, “How is tomorrow’s weather?” or “How do I get to the nearest Apple store?” will be understood by Assistant.
While Google is providing their own speech recognition in Android, it relies on Google’s servers. Your voice is sent to Google where it’s processed and then send back to your device. This requires an internet connection.
Apple’s Assistant is supposed to work without a network connection. All necessary processing takes place on the device itself. This power hungry feature obviously requires updated hardware. 1 gigabyte of RAM and the dual-core CPU A5 will provide exactly that. Most of the upcoming features of iOS 5 were already shown at Apple’s developer conference WWDC in June or have since been leaked by beta testers."
In conclusion, just let me say that if the next iPhone comes out looking like this super-cool German prototype, especially with its Assistant feature, then Apple won't have to sue all of the Android and other blatant iPhone rip-offs out there, because this thing will kill sales of all other smart phones, making them look pathetically like dumb phones in comparison.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this cloudy Friday, September 30, 2011