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Behind the Story of the iPhone's Default Text Tone 102

Posted by timothy
from the it's-the-little-things dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In a fascinating post from Kelly Jacklin, the long time Apple software engineer details how he helped create the default text alert sound on the iPhone — a sound otherwise known as 'Tri-tone.' The history of the the pleasant text alert sound that we've all come to know and love stretches all the way back to 1998, nearly 10 years before the iPhone ever hit store shelves." Here's Jacklin's post.
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Behind the Story of the iPhone's Default Text Tone

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  • by tuo42 (3004801) on Monday August 12, 2013 @08:07AM (#44540581)
    Wether you love or hate Apple, it's exactly this attention to detail that makes many of their products special. As long as you pay enough attention to hold them right, of course ;)
  • by Sockatume (732728) on Monday August 12, 2013 @08:35AM (#44540681)

    The Nokia Tune predates polyphonic ringtones. You've not really heard it unless you've heard it in its original dentist-drill format, in its preferred setting of "important part of movie you've been waiting to see for months" or "close enough to hear, but too far to reach and silence, while you are attempting to fall asleep".

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 12, 2013 @08:40AM (#44540699)

    So I've just learnt that Tri-tone is:
      - never going to give me up
      - never going to let me down
      - never going to run around
      - or desert me.

  • by BrokenHalo (565198) on Monday August 12, 2013 @09:50AM (#44541095)

    how many iphones can you pack in your ass at once without leakage?

    I don't think the wombat features highly in the /. demographic:

    As you splash along the track
    Eyes alert and ears pinned back
    You might have seen those queer square turds
    And thought, if not expressed in words

    The stress of such a defecation
    Baffles ones' imagination
    But it's not done to entertain us -
    The Wombat has an oblong anus.

    So if your slumber is disturbed
    By cries and screams, don't be perturbed.
    Eyes closed, teeth clenched and racked with pain
    A Wombat's gone and crapped again!!

    HTH

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