Well, it’s official. The maker of the iPhone skin for the Pocket PC has published a copy of the cease and desist letter he received from Apple. In addition, in a daring move (sarcasm), he posted a pencil rendering of his design. Here is the letter from Apple:
Re: iPhone Interface on a Pocket PC
We represent Apple Inc. (“Apple”) in intellectual property enforcement matters and are writing to you regarding the recent Internet articles and postings about what you claim is a clone of the interface of Apple’s iPhone product.
In addition to seeking patent protection, Apple is also the owner of various U.S. and international intellectual property and other enforceable rights covering the iPhone, including its design, software, display, icons and interface.
Because we believe the software program that you say you authored and describe as an “iPhone interface clone” is an infringement of Apple’s rights in violation of U.S. and international laws, and because you may make the software commercially or shareware available, it is in both of our interests… more...
It was only a matter of time before the ugly duckling received a beauty therapist, as some clever chap has managed to get the iPhone interface on his Windows Mobile.
With the public only having seen so much of the iPhone, replicating it detail for detail would be a hard job for anyone, except Steve Jobs, but the sliding lock, Google Maps and a questionable looking iPod-feature are all available. Of course, some applications such as Calendar and Safari couldn’t be replicated, so Office XP and Internet Explorer take over where OS X leaves off, but it’s still nice none-the-less.
One thing though, notice at the start how he has to turn the phone off and on again to access the main screen? The iPhone has a single ‘home’ button on the bottom of it, something his Windows Mobile doesn’t have, but surely Apple wouldn’t leave it to just hardware to access the home screen when the real iPhone is released in June?more...
I won’t lie to you iPhone lovers, I’m not a Windows user, not any more at least, so Miranda IM is obviously not my first choice of multi-network instant message client out there - I prefer Adium for OS X.
Anyway, I’ve just stumbled across a rather clever looking iPhone skin for Miranda IM on DeviantArt.com. I think this is the first time ever I’m jealous of a Windows user! I’ve no idea if the skin works so if anyone should download and use, please let us know by leaving a comment below.
For those of us on OS X who use Fire, Proteus or AdiumX as our number one choice for multi-network IM client, be sure to check back here for the latest iPhone skin offerings in the near future - come on Adium developers, a simple dock icon is not enough!more...
Aww yeah, why wait until June spending half your bank when you can roll with your own iPhone right now, paper style. “Brilliance” is the only word I can muster as the tears roll down my face at the gorgeous sight of my very own paper phone. You can print, cut, and fold too courtesy of Sneakmove.
They even have an editable illustrator file so you can pimp zee iPhone. That’s how we roll!
There are 2 types of people who get their geek on around Mac circles: Those that take valuable free time out of their day to do something no one has the patience to do themselves and those who worship their efforts.
From Gizmodo, an anonymous fan remembered Steve Jobs’ iPhone had a distinct ringtone. So genius took the time to clean up the recording and make it available for all of us.more...