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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
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    Default 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.

    Source: CNET

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    Surround sound in iPhone 6?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
    Surround sound in iPhone 6?
    Lol already talking about iPhone 6? :P
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    Maybe they will finally make the other speaker work on the bottom of my phone.

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    Wait!, there's two speakers on the bottom of my iPhone??????? Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
    Maybe they will finally make the other speaker work on the bottom of my phone.
    I must have been mistaken all along..... I thought that one was a speaker, and the other was a mic.

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    Sorry was making a pun on the amount of times that has been asked as a mistake on the forums.

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    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

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    But the speaker location did switch sides in the iPhone 4.

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    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 08:36 PM.

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    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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    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by x12_Carnage View Post
    Lol already talking about iPhone 6? :P
    The iPhone 7. There! I think I'm one of the first people to actually type that. History has been made! Again.
    Last edited by Jahooba; 05-04-2011 at 09:20 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
    Even with emoticons... It's difficult to express sarcasm through text.
    That's why we need to engineer a "Sarcastica" font.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
    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.



    The iPhone 7. There! I think I'm one of the first people to actually type that. History has been made! Again.
    I think so. We can also make literally Killer sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
    I must have been mistaken all along..... I thought that one was a speaker, and the other was a mic.
    You are correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
    But the speaker location did switch sides in the iPhone 4.
    Say wha????

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
    Say wha????
    I was confused at first to when I upgraded from my 3GS as I was used to covering the left hole to dampen the sound some. But I kept trying to do that on my iPhone 4 did nothing that's because the speaker is on the right side now.

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    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.

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