Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod touch graphics primed for huge leap?

Apple Online Store“Here’s a headline that might be buried on page nine: ‘Imagination Tech Buys Caustic Graphics for $27 Million,'” Mike Schuster reports for Minyanville. “And here’s the headline that might be splashed on the front page come June 2011: ‘Apple’s New iPhone Runs Crysis.'”

Schuster reports, “You see, Imagination Tech is the manufacturer of the video chips found in Apple’s flagship smartphone, and Caustic is renowned for producing cinema-quality 3D graphics. Put Imagination’s peanut butter with Caustic’s chocolate, and you have a revolutionary Reese’s smartphone.”

“As it stands, the iPhone is regarded as having the best visual display of any smartphone,” Schuster reports. “And with this week’s acquisition, the combination of processing power and photorealistic graphics could potentially blow everyone else out of the water.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Fun for iPhone 4 and new iPod touch users: Find a fake iPhone sufferer (Fragmandroid, preferably, because some of them actually believe the hype, but any will do) and have them navigate to The New York Times website. You do the same. Then have them infringe on Apple’s patented IP and zoom into the New York Times’ masthead as far as possible. You do the same. Now compare your crystal clear Retina display with their pixellated mess and watch their faces fall as they sheepishly stuff their POS back into their pocket in shame and disgrace. Try it, it’s really fun!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JES42” for the heads up.]

17 Comments

  1. Not enough time to integrate technologies, develop/test an iPhone using it before June 2011. June 2012 (year ATT exclusive expires) is another matter.

    Imagine an LTE iPhone with graphics quality as described with a programmable, carrier agnostic, SIM. Game over man.

  2. Android users don’t care about stuff like that. They just want cheap smartphones. Anything they get beyond saving money is gravy to them. Initial cost is nearly everything to Android users. It’s especially tough for them to ignore a BOGO offering.

  3. Unfortunately, most people don’t appreciate quality, even when it is literally staring them in the face.

    I know quite a few people (non-tech inclined) who think their Droid phones are great, and really don’t have any clue why an iPhone would be any better.

  4. “MacDailyNews Take: Fun for iPhone 4 and new iPod touch users: Find a fake iPhone sufferer (Fragmandroid, preferably, because some of them actually believe the hype, but any will do) and have them navigate to The New York Times website. You do the same. Then have them infringe on Apple’s patented IP and zoom into the New York Times’ masthead as far as possible. You do the same. Now compare your crystal clear Retina display with their pixellated mess and watch their faces fall as they sheepishly stuff their POS back into their pocket in shame and disgrace. Try it, it’s really fun!”

    MDN. Breeding the worst kind of arrogant Mac fanatic one take at a time.

    Take the high road people.

  5. Outside of tech demos, there’s still not a single AAA game on the market (PC/Mac/XBox360/PS3/Wii) that uses ray tracing instead of rasterization, despite the heavy push from Intel for years now. Although the performance with ray-tracing is getting better and more feasible, and lighting/reflections/refractions look better with ray-tracing, all sorts of other problems occur that AREN’T as good as using the rasterization model. And to suggest that Crysis will be on the iPhone next year is such a joke. A ray-tracing version of crysis would: 1. take a complete re-write of the graphics engine, 2. would take the highest end PC of today and bring it to its knees. Imagination is just hedging their bets in case SOMEDAY this tech actually gets used.

  6. @Rageous

    You remind me of the guy Goldman just fired for downgrading AAPL in Dec 08. They replaced him with someone who “better understands what makes the company tick.”

    At first glance, MDN seems extremely partisan, well because I guess it is. But sometimes the truth is extremely one-sided. I piled into Apple stock big time several years ago, at what is now single digits, because I saw the reality of Apple and their competition. MDN has tracked that same vision consistently and any errors they have made, from what seems to you as fanboyism, have been rare. There is not one tech pundit, not one stock analyst whose record can touch MDN’s for accuracy in understanding the landscape and predicting the fates of Apple and their competition.

  7. Gregg Thurman,

    First off a LTE phone would use a sim (LTE is Verizon, Sim’s are used in GSM phones, LTE phones won’t require sim’s) ANd no a combo GSM, CDMA, (+LTE) would be a stupid idea, it would burdon GSM phones users (the large majority) with CDMA/LTE compatibility that they don’t need or want.
    Second that date you specify was the original contract, that contract was re-written a year later when Apple permitted AT&T to “lock in” users with a subsidized iPhone (when the 3G was released). No one (to my knowledge) outside Apple & AT&T (and possibly Verizon if current rumors are true) knows the contents or (revised?) term limits of that contract.

  8. I don’t know about Ray-tracing, but I am using that Google Latitude stalker app to do some hot pharm rep tracing.

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