Apple’s New iPhone Getting Closer to Realizing Eye Tracking
Well, it’s official. Apple announced earlier today that they would be releasing the fourth generation of its iPhone, the iPhone 4. Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs made his annual appearance at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, a meeting for software developers that takes place each year in San Francisco, CA. While it still doesn’t yet include eye tracking, it has some pretty cool new features.
Jobs calls the new 9.3 millimeter-thick device “the thinnest smartphone on the planet,” and it looks like the lost phone we saw Gizmodo get their hands on a few months ago. As reported, the new iPhone is encased in a steel frame that doubles as an antenna, a higher resolution screen, and a gyroscope that Apple expects game and app engineers will use in new programs. Also, as first reported, the new phone has a front-facing camera for video chats.
And remember that rounded case the lost iPhone had? It was actually camouflage for the newly square design. The phone looks more angular, with harder edges, and a sleeker design. With new hardware design comes new software, and Jobs spoke about Apple’s next version of their mobile operating system, iOS 4. The new system is said to come with more than 10 new features – multitasking, the ability to run apps in the background, a gaming platform, an iBooks reader, and a new inbox for email.
The phone can be used as a wireless antenna for a laptop, and offers seamless synching between the new iPad and the iPod Touch, synchronizing notes, bookmarks, books, and music, among other things. It’s possible to make annotations to books, and can read PDFs, which will be pleasing to many as well.
In addition to a new, larger, and more efficient battery, Apple’s new device boasts a 5-megapixel camera and HD video capabilities, as well as an A4 chip, the same one used in the iPad. This means it will be faster than previous models – something that will make a lot of iPhone naysayers quite happy. Upgraded video components make the iPhone 4 one step closer to having the ability to add eye tracking. Maybe all that needs to be done is create an iPhone app that is able to perform pupil recognition using the live video stream of a person’s face. In any case, we’re excited about the new design and hope to see some new applications that utilize eye tracking, now that it’s more likely to apply it.