No one has yet connected the dots between another CES reveal and the Next iPhone: TrackingPoint's Precision Guided Firearm (PCWorld has details), which marries a high-tech digital scope and sensors with a custom-built Surgeon Rifles bolt-action long rifle. Among other things, the PGF uses Wi-Fi to display its high-tech in-scope image and data on its accessory iPad mini. Using the Next iPhone and a new software protocol, iShoot, to remotely control the rifle, upload photos and video to iCloud, and automatically sync calendars with your local butcher is an obvious next step.
iPhone 6 will have triple strength Gorilla Glass
If only we could have CES once a month instead of once a year.
Jonathan Leggett, of USwitch.com, was hanging around in Vegas, too, and took note of Corning's announcement that a "new strain of Gorilla Glass purported to be three times tougher than the version currently in service on top-end smartphones, paving the way for a new generation of more robust handsets."
And one Very Special New Generation Handset in particular.
According to a March 2012 post by 9to5Mac's Seth Weintraub, Apple and Corning's relationship has been "shrouded in mystery." The glassmaker was never mentioned in Apple marketing material and "even isn't included in Apple's supplier lists," he wrote. But on March 2, 2012, "Apple released its US Jobs report which included the following info: 'Corning employees in Kentucky and New York who create the majority of the glass for iPhone...,'" Weintraub noted.
"Debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, Gorilla Glass 3 has been conditioned to be less brittle than ever before thanks to an ion-bonding treatment and some clever atomic jiggery-pokery that we're not even going to pretend to understand," Leggett wrote, with disarming humility. (But the neat British-ism "jiggery-pokery" usually suggests trickery or underhandedness rather than manipulation.)
With somewhat less humility, Leggett didn't hesitate to draw the obvious conclusion.