Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Oct 2010 22:04 UTC
Legal Apple sued Motorola back. Who wants a Pop-Tart? Seriously, why don't they sell Pop-Tarts in The Netherlands? Why do I have to jump through so many hoops just to get Pop-Tarts? Or root beer for that matter? I mean, come on.
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RE[4]: Multitouch
by Neolander on Sun 31st Oct 2010 11:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Multitouch"
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Remotes on the earphone wire was more or less standard on the mid-priced and more expensive portable CD players/diskmans of the '90s, and it has forever been default on most wired phone hansdsfrees. Makin that a kind of Apple invention is rather far fetched. Any medicore engeneer with a little knowledge of portable electronics would specify such a solution.

On those MD and CD players, you had a special socket coupling a standard 3.5 minijack and some extra pins for remote use. When you didn't have the remote, you just used the minijack without caring about the extra pins. When using the remote, you plugged it in the minijack *and* the extra pins, and you plugged your earphones on the remote.

What Apple did with the iPod Shuffle 3G (I think it's 3G...) is not exactly that. You have a 3.5" minijack in which you plug the Apple earphones, and the remote is soldered on that wire, not allowing you to use it with any other pair of earphones. Remote and Shuffle communicate on the earphone wire via non-audible frequencies if I remember well. This basically forces the user to use the Apple earphones or shuffle3g-specific earphones made by authorized resellers, since you need that remote to do basically anything with the Shuffle 3G.

And in case you wondered if somebody made an old-style remote for this Shuffle generation, bypassing this limitation : some DRM chip from Apple has been added to the remote, preventing non-authorized resellers from making remotes for the iPod shuffle 3G. (source : )

So making this required Apple a bit more engineering than simply copy-pasting existing remote technology... Though not much, indeed, that's why I called it a trick.

Edited 2010-10-31 11:42 UTC

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