iPhone 5 Rumors and Google’s Swiffy Project

This article takes a look inside iPhone 5 rumors and Google’s new Swiffy Project, which offers Flash support to Apple products such as the iPad, iPod, and iPhone.

As is usually the case with most popular Apple products, rumors are plentiful when it comes to the iPhone 5.  Release dates are always a favorite topic of discussion, and some have hinted that the iPhone 5 will not hit shelves until the middle of next year.  Others, meanwhile, suggest that the iPhone 5 will be released with the iPhone 4S this September. 

Besides release dates, the iPhone 5’s upcoming features have sparked many debates among tech fans as well.  Instead of focusing on what the next iPhone has in store Apple loyalists, here are some features we know it will not have, thanks to statements from Apple representatives and research firms.

According to reports from BusinessInsider and The Independent, the iPhone 5 will lack NFC-based mobile payment, due to a lack of industry standards surrounding the technology.  Some believed the iPhone 5 would support the technology once the similar Google Wallet feature was released for Nexus S 4G phones, but that theory was debunked.

Another item you can cross off the iPhone 5’s list of features is built-in Flash support.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed the omission of Flash support in April of last year.  Jobs favors the HTML5 platform, and also described Flash as problematic when it comes to security and reliability.  He said: "Flash was created during the PC era — for PCs and mice.  But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open Web standards — all areas where Flash falls short."

Do not expect internal memory higher than 16GB or 32GB with the iPhone 5.  Apple introduced its cloud-based locker system iCloud at WWDC, giving iPhone users the ability to store apps, documents, music, and more without gobbling up internal memory.  Limiting the iPhone 5’s storage will also help limit the phone’s costs.  As an example, the 32GB iPhone 4 costs $100 more than the 16GB version.

What about display size?  Will Apple equip the iPhone 5 with a display larger than 3.5 inches?  It’s not likely, especially if you consider the company’s patterns when it comes to its other devices.  The iPhone 4 maintained a 3.5-inch display, but Apple improved its resolution.  The iPad 2 stayed true to the 9.7-inch display of its predecessor as well, despite the release of larger tablets by other manufacturers.  Lastly, do not get your hopes up for the release of a 4G LTE iPhone 5.  Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies & Co., noted that Qualcomm’s LTE chipset was not reaching Apple’s necessary yields for the iPhone 5.

Now that you know what not to expect from the iPhone 5, here are some features to possibly look forward to: support for 1080p video playback, voice recognition, an edge-to-edge display, GSM and CDMA compatibility with multiple internal antennas, an 8-megapixel camera, A5 processor, and more.

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Google’s Swiffy project offers Flash support on Apple products

If the lack of Flash support on your favorite Apple product has you down, help is on the way, and it comes in the form of Google’s new Swiffy tool.  Swiffy converts files in the widely used Flash format to HTML5, which is supported on Apple products such as the iPad, iPod, and iPhone.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs cited a dislike for the Flash platform in the past, noting security issues and a lack of reliability.  The lack of Flash support on Apple devices has been an item of contention for many users, so the introduction of Swiffy is likely to be welcomed with open arms.

Product manager Marcel Gordon announced Swiffy’s arrival in a post on the Google Code blog: "Today we’re making the first version of Swiffy available on Google Labs. You can upload a SWF file, and Swiffy will produce an HTML5 version which will run in modern browsers with a high level of SVG support such as Chrome and Safari.  Swiffy is a great example of how far the web platform has come. Swiffy animations benefit from the recent advancements in JavaScript execution speed and hardware accelerated 2D graphics in the browser. Viva la Web!" 

Swiffy works by rendering a compact JSON representation of an animation via SVG, HTML5, and CSS3.  The JSON object is interpreted in JavaScript in the browser and also contains ActionScript 2.0.  In terms of size, the Swiffy animations are similar to the original SWF files.
According to Gordon, Swiffy is not a complete solution to Apple’s lack of Flash support.  The tool does handle advertisements and animations successfully, but it may not convert all Flash content.  Still, Swiffy is impressive, especially when you consider that it came about from a hacking project.  Pieter Senster, an engineering intern, experimented with trying to display animations on devices that did not support Flash.  Senster was successful in his efforts, and Google hired him to a full-time position.  In addition, Senster was given a team to help work on the project, until Swiffy was officially born.

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