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It's a hire for Apple straight out of Star Wars - literally. The big buzz around Cupertino is that "sound legend" and venerable cinematic audio innovator Tomlinson Holman has been...
05-04-2011, 08:50 PM #1
Apple Reportedly Taps THX Creator for New Audio Ambitions
It's a hire for Apple straight out of Star Wars - literally. The big buzz around Cupertino is that "sound legend" and venerable cinematic audio innovator Tomlinson Holman has been hired by Apple to help dramatically improve the company's audio-related efforts, particularly with regard to phsyical products like the iDevice line.
Although Apple hasn't yet confirmed the hire, TWiT Network owner Leo Laporte broke the news by tweeting word of the hire which comes from a "good authority" on the matter. For the time being, Holman is a professor at the University of Southern California, where he has the inescapably cool reputation for being the guy who invented the Lucasfilm's epic THX sound system.
Also on the resume - and presumably something that hasn't came up in many job interviews around Apple - is that fact that Holman is an Academy Award winner (for technical achievement), an accomplishment that bodes well for anyone hoping that future generation iPhones and iPads will have better sound systems than your nearest IMAX theater.
While the hire of Holman is likely true given all we've heard thus far, what isn't clear is how Apple plans to tap the talents of a man with more audio engineering experience than virtually anyone else in the entertainment industry, and the holder of countless patents around the world for innovations that literally changed the relationship between entertainment and sound forever.
05-04-2011, 08:53 PM #2
Surround sound in iPhone 6?
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05-04-2011, 09:13 PM #4
Maybe they will finally make the other speaker work on the bottom of my phone.
05-04-2011, 09:24 PM #5
Wait!, there's two speakers on the bottom of my iPhone??????? Lol
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05-04-2011, 09:26 PM #7
Sorry was making a pun on the amount of times that has been asked as a mistake on the forums.
05-04-2011, 09:29 PM #8
Ok. I was not about to try to correct you. I know better than to call someone out here on Modmyi. I tried to put that as nicely as possible
05-04-2011, 09:29 PM #9
But the speaker location did switch sides in the iPhone 4.
05-04-2011, 09:31 PM #10
Even with emoticons... It's difficult to express sarcasm through text.
I do think a better sound would be great for the iPhone. It's DEFINATELY not loud enough /for me/. None of the volume boost tweaks through Cydia worked for me enough to notice.
I learned the hard way figuring out which was speaker and which was the mic. It was a trick using a needle to open up the mesh a little more. And realized that I did both of them(without needing to). And no..... Not on my precious iPhone 4. It was on my first iPhone.
Last edited by GellBrake'rrrr; 05-04-2011 at 09:36 PM.
05-04-2011, 09:35 PM #11
I think for the iPod line it would be more fitting. If it makes it to the iPhone that's not bad either.
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05-04-2011, 10:19 PM #12
This is all good and fine, but isn't the quality of the sound based on:
1. The compression ratio
2. The speakers you use
I mean, aren't we already living in an age where we can produce any sound that is audible to the human ear?
The only thing I can think of that would be absolutely mind-blowing would be the use of holographic sound in games/ apps.
05-04-2011, 10:23 PM #13
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05-04-2011, 11:42 PM #17
I learned a lot about iPhone speaker tonight. Thanks.
05-05-2011, 12:06 AM #18
Include better earphones is how you get better sound.
I bought Ultimate Ear earphones before it was bought by Logitech, they customize the earphone to fit in your ear canal. Actually take a mold of your ear canal, then integrate earphone into them... Cost around $1500 (couple years ago) but it is the last pair of earphone I will ever buy.
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05-05-2011, 01:42 AM #20
Hello, does THX, Movies, or TV goes together? Does iTV sounds familiar to you. I guess Apple is coming out a high end TV soon.