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Apple Releases iPhone OS 3.2 SDK (GM Seed Version)

3/31/2010 12:04:00 PM - 1 comments
Apple has released the Golden Master (GM) Seed version of iPhone OS 3.2 SDK on Monday just less than a week ahead of the iPad tablet PC launch. This version will allow anyone registered with company’s iPhone Developer Program to build mobile applications for the iPad using non-beta tools. It is a fact that members of the iPhone Developer Program pay for presumably just this sort of access, to the tune of $99 per year.

Apple is highly optimistic and claims that some 150,000 apps will be available upon the iPad’s April 3 release. Moreover, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has revealed that the iPad would predominantly cater to educational segments and technological neophytes. Initial reports indicate that resources for the iPhone OS 3.2 GM Seed - iPhone Reference Library, Sample Code, iPad Programming Guide and Human Interface Guidelines; have remained basically unchanged from beta versions of the platform.

The final SDK version after the beta releases…

The release of Apple’s package of iPhone OS 3.2 SDK Golden Master represents the final version of the toolkit developer of applications for mobile devices - iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad. Apart from that developers can also download the official firmware iPad 3.2 for Tablet PC of the same name, as well as the corresponding license agreement. This Agreement also includes hints of the future firmware update, which however, have to pay.

This recent of iPhone OS 3.2 SDK GM release comes just less than a fortnight after the release of iPhone OS SDK 3.2 beta 5 (which was release only a week after the beta 4 launch). Beta 5 is considered a significant milestone; and apart from the SDK update, Apple had released version 1.3 of its Developer Application Loader utility. This Application Loader utility, according to developers is a new addition to the Xcode tool set. Developers who need the update can download a new copy of the application via iTunesConnect.

iPad apps are on a roll……

Analysts indicate that this new iPhone OS 3.2 SDK for iPad developers will make the way for Apple’s App Store to include as many as 300,000 apps for the iPad, the iPhone, and the iPod Touch by the end of 2010. There have also been reports of a 185 percent rise in the number of new application that have been initiated for the iPhone OS over the past few weeks and there has been a substantial presence of customized versions of existing applications tailored for the iPad.

The popularity soaring for iPad apps is ensured considering the fact that the iPad tablet PC itself has the potential to become a huge hit, with Morgan Stanley analysts estimating between 8 million and 10 million units shipped in the current year. Moreover, anticipation is high that believe the iPad will target the sizable sub-$800 consumer notebook market, which equates to 30 million units in the U.S. and 120 million units globally.

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Update: New iPad Orders Won't Ship Until April 12

3/29/2010 12:23:00 PM - 1 comments
If you are one of those who made up your mind now to make pre-order for the Apple iPad, news is that you have to wait beyond your expected iPad delivery date of April 3.

The latest company update on Saturday reveals that due to huge pre-orders of Apple's iPad, any new iPad orders including all three models of the WiFi-only iPad models will ship by April 12. However, for those that have already placed their orders, the delivery date remains April 3.

Moreover, pre-order customers who earlier had a choice of in-store pickup or delivery, also appears to have been removed from the Apple Store. This indicates that pre-orders have already accounted for all of Apple's available stock. Although nobody exactly knows how many iPads the company has actually ordered.

Report: iPad preorders phenomenal….

The iPad Wi-Fi + 3G is still scheduled to ship in late April; however, sources indicate that Apple have sold hundreds of thousands iPads since it began taking pre-orders on March 12. There are also speculations that the iPad's first three months of sales could top those of the original 1.2 million iPhone's sale in initial three months in 2007.

The pre-order rush for the iPad - the most anticipated gadget of 2010, is said to be phenomenal since preorders for the touch-screen tablet device are pouring in even before they have actually had their eyes or hands on one. Apple's Web site and has estimated the following pre-sale records:

- First day of pre-order availability: 120,000
- First week: 190,000
- Second week: 240,000

That’s an average of approximately one iPad order every five seconds since pre-orders opened up on March 12.

Apple.com is said to be taking reservations for customers who want to pick up a device in a store on the first day of sale on April 3, 2010. However, you will not require a credit card to be put down; that means if you do not pick up the device by 3 p.m. that day the iPad reservation is canceled. This indicates that a reservation should not yet be counted as a sale; yet, it's not fully clear how the iPad presales are being counted.

Apple offers ‘addition’ to iPad

But, what is it that has spurred pre-orders for Apple iPad? Apart from the many existing factors accelerating iPad , a new iPad accessory – the iPad Camera Connection Kit has also been made available for pre-order. With the help of this new accessory, you can connect your camera directly to the iPad. The Apple Store has scheduled the delivery for this $29 as ‘late April’. Delivery dates of the previously delayed iPad accessories however, remain unchanged.

Are you yet to order your iPad? Hurry and join the revolution!

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iPad Jailbreak is Ready for Release, Claims Geohot

3/27/2010 01:23:00 PM - 6 comments
The latest news doing the round pertaining to iPad launch on April 3, 2010 is about George Hotz’s claims of having developed a new untethered software jailbreak method for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which might even work on the iPad.

Popularly known in the iPhone jailbreak community as Geohot, Hotz has revealed that his new unnamed jailbreak method is as simple to use as his previous iPhone software jailbreak, blackra1n.

Geohot has however, maintained strict silence about the possible release date for the new software yet; although speculations are rife about a possible jailbreak release to greet iPad on its launch. In his blog post, Geohot has not given specific assertion as to whether his new jailbreak method will work on iPhones running the latest iPhone update from Apple, OS 3.1.3. However, he seemed quite optimistic about the iPad jailbreak.

There is also news that the Dev Team is working towards creating an iPad version of their iPhone jailbreak greenpois0n.

iPad Jailbreak – the Ins and Outs

The reason why people jailbreak iPhone is because jailbreaking allows you to tether your iPhone to your laptop; however, you either have Wi-Fi only or you have 3G built on the iPad. You would probably never require tethering your iPad to your notebook computer – at the most you need not carry both at all. You would definitely like to keep your laptop at home, once you start carrying the iPad.

Another favorite application among jailbreakers is called Winterboard. With this theming app, you can redesign your iPhone's UI from icons to the background and even the battery icon and the "side to unlock" bar itself. However, on the iPad, users can now use any image as the iPad's background image instead of just on the lock screen as is done on the iPhone.

Moreover, many jailbreaking apps that allow performance for iPhone-related functions including camera apps will no longer be necessary since the iPad is not a phone and is devoid of such features.

Do you really need to jailbreak the iPad?

Although, previous jailbreaking tools like blackra1n and RedSn0w had a tough time beating Apple's iPhone OS update 3.1.3, Geohot is confident that the new software which he has developed will "probably work on the iPad". However, we are yet to verify it the iPad is shipped.

Now, the BIG question is that do you actually need to jailbreak the iPad. The jailbreaking community definitely has its own analysis on jailbreaking iPad - you can place any application you want on the device from unofficial application stores like Cydia.

Research shows that many may consider iPad jailbreak just to customize the iPad in ways restricted by Apple. It is a fact that with iPad jailbreak you can change your homescreen background or even install visual themes. You can also remove standard Apple applications that are otherwise not removable, such as Stocks or Weather. But are these features besides being nice, compelling enough to encourage iPad jailbreak?

Share your views, keeping in mind that in the coming weeks post iPad launch, the iTunes App Store will be flooded with iPad applications.

Posted: Seuli.B


Digg App for iPhone Launches in App Store

3/25/2010 09:52:00 PM - 0 comments
If you are of those who wished Digg existed on iPhone too, here is good news for you. Social news aggregator Digg.com has released its free iPhone app in the App Store – the faster and more elegant alternative to the Digg mobile website.

The app packed with an efficient, feature-rich interface is seamlessly easy to Digg or bury a submission. Apart from that, you will have immediate access to browse popular stories on Digg as soon as you launch the app.

Digg iPhone app lets you search through stories by typing a keyword in a search field. You can also view popular stories by topic - technology, business, science, and even browse through upcoming articles that are about to hit the popularity charts. The Digg app is available for free download now in the App Store.

How it works….

Digg iPhone App, you just need to tap a link to launch the story inside an in-app browser; to cast your vote, there is a bar below which contains thumbs up and thumbs down. The app also has a function which allows you to save a story for reading later with just the press of a button.

Some other interesting features include being able to move swiftly around categories along with bookmarking them for later use. You can also share Digg story pages or the source content through e-mail and social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

What’s missing?

The Digg app for the iPhone is fabulous; however, there is still room for improvement and analysts are optimistic to see them in reality in version 2. A major limitation is that the app does not allow you to comment on stories like you would on Digg.com. You can view comments posted the users on the Digg website, but you can’t actually write any using the iPhone interface, which just cuts short the stories/discussion from being lively.

Apart from that, limited interaction is allowed between the Digg app and other apps i. e. you are not able to hit a button to share Digg links through Twitter, Facebook or e-mail. So, if you’re browsing your Twitter feed in Tweetie and you tap a Digg link, it doesn’t launch the Digg app.

Would you like to download Digg app for your iPhone? Share your views.

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Apple iPhones are Contract-Free, Not Unlocked

3/23/2010 10:44:00 PM - 0 comments
When news broke out in the iPhone world on Monday that Apple was going to start selling contract-free iPhone at list price in its stores and on its Websites, many thought that iPhones would be sold unlocked. However, it was not the case; list price was referred to here as the price without subsidization from AT&T.

On further analysis, it was found that while the iPhone 3G 8GB model sells for a list price of $499, the iPhone 3GS 16GB and 32GB models sell for $599 and $699 respectively; and now the iPhones are being sold at list price to customers sans an AT&T contract. The offer however, hasn’t yet reached the online store; therefore you will have to visit your local Apple Store to clinch the deal.

New policy changes for iPhone - Will this propel iphone unlocking?

In the latest internal memo, Apple revealed the details of the new policy change which mentions that customers may now buy ‘one’ iPhone at full price, without an AT&T contract, per day (you can purchase up to five contracted iPhones). Apart from that, customers can purchase up to ten full-price iPhones per lifetime.

This policy of course, doesn’t mean much for the average customer, unless you were contemplating iPhone unlocking. You may not require demonstrating proof of an AT&T contract to get an iPhone from an Apple store; however, you'll still need an AT&T contract if you want it to be anything more than an iPod Touch. Some industry experts have referred to the recent launch of contract-free iphone as the first sign of the arrival of the fourth-generation iPhone.

It is now for you – the consumer to decide if you would like to opt for a contract-free iPhone at full price or an unlocked iPhone. For technical support and service for iphone unlocking or jailbreak iphone you may visit easyiphoneunlocking.com for quick assistance.

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The iPhone Apps you’d like to see in iPad Too – 1

3/21/2010 10:41:00 PM - 0 comments
All those iPhone users who also have their eyes on the iPad are awaiting its release on April 3. And so also has changed the equation as to how users are analyzing their iPhone apps – most users and developers alike are confronting iPhone apps with an outlook to judge how such an app would fare for the iPad. Will the experience be bigger and better with the added touch-screen space?

Analysts believe that the availability of larger screen room in the iPad will probably make development of more complex control systems easier. Moreover, iPad’s will come with a little more processing power, which will make apps deliver better as it will take away any delays you’ve become used to on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The pre-launch hysteria of the iPad is slowly catching up as users have started reviewing every productivity app, digital-photo editor or gaming app on the context of iPad version.

What users are thinking……

As you brace yourself for the scheduled iPad launch just more than a week later on April 3, questions that arise in your minds are many and varied. Reports suggest that most queries and doubts are related to apps like how a popular iPhone app would look on the larger screen. What more would game developers add to the iPad version of this game?

It’s true that your favorite iPhone apps might appear awkward on the iPad. This is because the iPad has a much bigger screen than the iPhone. Native iPhone apps can either be stretched to fill the iPhone screen, or run in a small, iPhone-sized window.

At the same time survey of app developers plan indicate that most of them are ready to accept the challenge of being on the iPad zone sooner or later. It is perhaps the initial sales figures and acceptance of the device amongst the consumers that can boost confidence for the developers; while some are waiting till they get their hands on the device.

With so many apps at the App Store, it is really a tough job to ascertain which ones will be actually iPad-ready. And how long do you think it will take for developers to make them iPad optimized. Which according to you are the iPhone apps you would like to see in an iPad version too and which do not stand a chance.

We welcome your popular votes for the Apps you’d like to experience on iPad too. Watch this space for the next update.

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Apple's iGroups Patent: Social Networking to the iPhone?

3/19/2010 10:27:00 AM - 0 comments
Apple Inc. is known to be pioneers in making revolutionary patent requests. Supported by a highly knowledgeable and qualified team of professionals, the latest news to rock the world of mobile technology is a patent request that suggests that Apple may soon join the social networking bandwagon. Reports indicate that Apple may be working on a mobile social networking application that apparently allows iPhone users form impromptu groups based on their geographical locations.

This new patent request from Apple Inc. suggests that this new application for the iPhone will be called iGroups. As a location-based social networking site made for the iPhone, iGroups will enable groups of people to share data, and those without a GPS enabled phone, will be able to locate their position using the positions of others with a GPS enabled phone.

Apple reveals that the patent is focused on the cryptographic key system that protects the data. As of now, the name iGroups is most likely just a placeholder for the time being.

What’s the new Apple Patent all about?

Appropriately connoted "Group Formation Using Anonymous Broadcast Information", Apple has placed this request for mobile social networking application patent with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. This can be depicted as a location-aware mobile application delivered via token-based system that would enable mobile devices in close proximity to discover each other, form a group and ultimately congregate for events like concerts, conferences, business meeting, tradeshow and even weddings.

Apple has intended offering users with user interfaces, filters and search engines so as to enable you (users) to search and manage groups. You can use the groups you create, to provide additional content and services to the users with various applications like, calendars, address books, e-mail, instant messaging, etc.

The unique feature of this application is that you can keep track and send location-based services (LBS) and content to any particular group, if the geographic location of the group at the contact time is known. This can be particularly helpful taking into accounts Apple’s perception that you can continue to be in touch with individuals you had brief contacts during private or public events, for post event interactions.

How is that possible?

Taking into account the token-based system, the Tokens once received, will be stored locally on the users' iPhone or mobile device with corresponding timestamps, which would enable a service to go with or associate the tokens with other tokens of users in the same geographic location. Thereafter, the service would perform an analysis on the tokens and timestamps to converge in on the locations of other iPhone/mobile device users.

Further briefing on its patent, Apple reveals that a group can be created based on results of the analysis; this will also help you to identify user as members of the group and invite them to join the group. Here, modern wireless devices can operate in an ad hoc mode, with the help of which wireless devices within range of each other can discover and communicate in peer-to-peer fashion without involving central access points.

Do you think this patent once approved can make iPhone experience indomitable?

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PayPal 2.0: Bump iPhones to Send cash

3/17/2010 09:46:00 PM - 0 comments
If you are one of the millions of iPhone users relying on PayPal for your business transactions, here’s good news for you. Paypal has rejuvenated its association with iPhone by bumping up mobile commerce with an iPhone application. It has recently released version 2.0 of its Send Money application for iPhone – with the help of this app, paypal account holders can avail cashless transaction facilities with ease.

PayPal is highly optimistic about the time of release of Send Money app. It has been launched at a time when smartphone sales have leapt past 172.4 million units in 2009. At the same time, PayPal mobile transactions have increased almost six-fold, from US$25 million in 2008 to US$141 million in 2009.

Cool functions with the new version 2.0 Paypal iPhone app

This free application from Paypal is also supported by three nifty features - Bump, where iPhone users physically bump phones to transfer money from one account to the next, a Split Check calculator and the Collect Money function, which politely prompts debtors to pay up.

With Bump you can connect two iPhones and quickly transfer funds between the respective PayPal accounts. On the other hand, the Split Check feature in a hassle-free way allows you to divide and instantly pay back each other for instances like the cost of a meal, including a tip, to as many as 20 people. Besides that, with Collect Money function you can request money from multiple people for a joint gift, concert tickets, and more.

Another breakthrough function of PayPal Send Money app is that users can forward gifts of money instantly for birthdays, Christmas, to charities or any other worthwhile cause. In a nutshell, PayPal Send Money app will allow you to access your wallet through your iPhone. The new version 2.0 has also incorporated a feature where users can manage their PayPal accounts all from the iPhone and set reminders for recurring payments as well.

The new version also comes with a currency calculator for international transactions and 15 different languages. All you require to use PayPal Send Money app is a PIN or password for every transaction, so as to help prevent unauthorized use. You can download the application now for free at the Apple iTunes store online or the Apple App Store from any iPhone or iPod Touch.

Watch this video to know more about the new version of Paypal App for iPhone:

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iDongle: Tethered Booting for Jailbroken iPhone 3GS

3/15/2010 08:45:00 PM - 4 comments
The newly shipped updated ROM for all new iPhone 3GS models besides been an asset for the iPhone users; however, does not allow users to jailbreak iPhone or iPod the way it was previously done. This has in fact created a problem for all those users with jailbroken iPhone, as they might need to perform a tethered jailbreak each and every time their iPhone or iPod reboots or crashes.

Here comes the ‘revolutionary’ iDongle - a new device that allows users 3GS unlocked iPhone with new Jailbreak tethered iBoot, to turn off and start the device at any time, without having to connect to PC / Mac for making the usual recovery. iDongle is nonetheless a boon for iPhone users since, it can be considerably aggravating to always carry a computer or laptop to tether your Apple device as soon as it crashes or reboots. The iDongle here comes as a device that can handle complex circumstances like this with ease.

What is iDongle and How it works

Renaud, the brain behind iDongle and its developer reveals that the device is in prototype stage and is presently available in limited number. However, he is hopeful that the manufacturing of the device shall commence once he is able to attract significant number of pre-orders. The price of the device is yet to be announced but it might cost around 30€ or $41.

iDongle is a piece of hardware that comes with a mini-USB connector on one end and a male 30 pin connector on the other. The iDongle is just a 60×30mm piece and uses a 9V battery to provide necessary power to boot your jailbroken iPhone. Besides that, it also assists users in jailbreaking and hacktivating your iPhone or iPod if you haven’t yet done it. Presently iDongle supports iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 2G/3G models only. It works by:

- Put the power ‘On’ on your jailbreaked device

- Plug iDongle on iTunes logo

- Wait for flashing to end

- Unplug iDongle or wait for boot

The Tethered and Untethered Jailbreak Saga

There is much confusion about tethered and untethered Jailbreak. In tethered jailbreak, if you shut down a jailbroken iPhone 3GS, or if it runs out of power, you can only turn it back on by plugging it into a computer. However, in case of untethered jailbreak, if you shut down a jailbroken iPhone 3GS, or if it runs out of power you can switch it on back with power button.

The iDongle is most possibly one of the finest solutions possible solutions for untethered jailbreak. Operation is very simple; all you need to carry is a little thumb-sized dongle with you so in case you need to reboot your iDevice.

iDongle: Impressions and Reviews

iDongle supports iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 2G/3G with OS 3.1 / 3.1.1 / 3.1.2 only. This lightweight hardware measuring 6.6 cm x 2.65 cm is quick and easy to use. The people behind iDongle would definitely love to work in tandem with the iphone dev team. One of the preliminary flaws detected so far is that the battery connector is very delicate, and hence should be incorporated with caution.

Another drawback to the iDongle is its limited supply. iDongle's creator as of now claims to have only a dozen of (working) prototype and he strongly urges on the requirement to raise some minimal funds to start manufacturing them in quantities. This will help lower the price as much as possible for the benefit of the jailbreaking community of iPhone users. There is also apprehension that iDongle developer may eventually suffer a legal wrath from Apple Inc.

iDongle is in development process and keep a watch on this space for the next release update. Till then watch this video showing iDongle in action.

Posted: Seuli.B

Rumor: Apple to Add Multi-Tasking in iPhone 4.0

3/13/2010 09:37:00 PM - 5 comments
It is a fact that most Apple iPhone users have always wished to be able to run multiple applications on the device; and if rumors are to be believed, you might soon get your wish fulfilled this summer. News is rife that Apple will include multitasking in its iPhone 4.0 update, which will allow several third party apps to run at the same time as well as in the background.

Although, it is not very clear as to how the iPhone update would deal with two of the biggest issues associated with multitasking - battery life and performance; it is for sure that Multitasking will be hailed by most iPhone users. However, there are also many who do not consider it as that important, as you do not actually need multitasking for looking up restaurants, movie times or news reports.

Do you actually need Multitasking for your iPhone?

There’s a big debate as to if you actually require Multitasking for your iPhone. Even though some have revoked the idea of multitasking, it is fact that the feature would be useful for running apps like Pandora in the background. The iPhone developers have also been recently developing apps that 'remember' what you were doing when you last closed the apps. It was almost like the app was running in the background ever since it restarted.

However, one thing that hold true is that even though Apple doesn't really need multitasking for the iPhone, it is the competitors in the fray in the smartphone market, who are pushing multitasking as a feature. This in fact is giving the perception that it is a feature that can ‘make a difference’ when it comes to customer choice.

Going by reports, other smartphones like the Motorola Droid, which support multi-tasking; the feature comes with a heavy impact on battery life and performance, and perhaps this could be one reason for Apple taking so long to include it. And taking Apple's focus on preserving battery life to date, it seems rather unusual to believe that iPhone OS 4.0 will be targeting Apple products that are powered by multi-core capable processors, such as the ARM Cortex A9.

There are also rumors doing the rounds that iPhone OS 4.0 may not be released in 2010. While all eyes are on the iPhone OS 4.0, amidst all rumors we hope against hope that Apple will definitely have something wonderful to offer for its customer base.

What is your opinion – do you think multitasking is a ‘must-have’ feature for the iPhone?

Posted: Seuli.B


Free iPhone Texting to Friends with TextPlus App

3/11/2010 01:14:00 PM - 1 comments
Are you paying both ways - to send and receive SMS and text messages? Well, if you are an American cell phone user, you surely do; unlike other international users. Earlier, many of you might not have been able to send SMS messages from your iPhone and it still depends on how you use your iPhone – for many are not able to use the feature yet. Quite a few free SMS apps for the iPhone exist but none could match up to the TextPlus App from Gogii.

TextPlus is free to download and allows you to not only text for free from your iPhone or iPod touch but also text multiple people at the same time and start conversations with multiple contacts. Though the service has some shortcomings, it can be considered as one of the best solutions for those who want free texting on the iPhone; or even for those using an iPod touch and want to send SMS messages over Wi-Fi.

More about TextPlus iPhone App….

The incredibly easy to use TextPlus app requires iPhone O 2.2.1 or higher and works with iPhone OS 3.0. Once installed, all you need to do is just tell the app whether you would like to send a message to someone, either by loading up your iPhone contacts and selecting who you want to text from the list or by entering their number.

The application also gives you the option to enter as many people as you like i.e. up to 20 recipients for any single message. Apart from that, the other highlight of the application is that it supports both portrait and landscape typing. You can also add people to ongoing conversations quickly and easily from the composition screen.

This is one of the unique ways how TextPlus differs from essentially phone-based instant messaging apps. It empowers you to include or exclude people into/from a group conversation at any time; and if any other people are using TextPlus as well, they can do the same too.

Complete control with TextPlus App

TextPlus App gives you complete control over how you text and manage your contacts. Communicating with people also using this app comes with an advantage - if your recipient is using TextPlus for SMS messages and you're sending to their TextPlus account, they won't pay for it as long as you send your message to their TextPlus address.

The application also allows you to block any of your contacts from sending you texts. Besides that you can also bring up a name from your Contacts and just tap to call or e-mail that contact. TextPlus like any other service or app that replaces default functionality emphasizes on your Contacts too to use TextPlus to benefit the advantage of sending and receiving texts for free, see threaded conversations, and allow people to join or exit conversations at will.

Yet, it doesn’t mean that friends who do not have this app on their cell phone cannot receive your messages. The best part about TextPlus App for iPhone is that you can send messages to any cell phone.

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iPad Arriving on April 3, Pre-Order on March 12, 2010

3/09/2010 03:32:00 PM - 0 comments
In a recent press release Apple Inc. announced the release of its ‘magical and revolutionary’ iPad in the U.S on Saturday, April 3, 2010. The April 3 release is however, only for Wi-Fi models; while the Wi-Fi + 3G models will be launched in late April.

And what is more exciting to the announcement is that beginning March 12, US customers can pre-order both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models from Apple’s online store (apple.com) or from any Apple retail store.

Apple also announced the availability of all iPad models in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K in late April. iPad users will be able to browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read e-books and much more.

iPad with initiate the beginning of a new era

iPad will definitely mark the beginning of a new era where you can now connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, spontaneous and enjoyable way than ever before. The revolutionary product which weighs 1.5 pounds is just 0.5 inches thick and is thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. Moreover, it delivers battery life of up to 10 hours – although results may vary depending upon device settings, usage and other factors.

Apart from that, the iPad’s Multi-Touch™ interface gives a whole new dimension to web surfing, by making it more interactive and intimate than on a computer. You can not only read and send email on iPad’s large screen; but can also import photos from a Mac, PC or digital camera, organized them as albums and view or share them using iPad’s elegant slideshows. Book your iPad now and get ready to watch movies, TV shows and YouTube on your iPad.

Easy access to App Store for iPad Apps

You can now wirelessly browse, buy and download new apps from the App Store on iPad. Apart from the 12 innovative apps designed exclusively for iPad, you can also run almost all of the more than 150,000 apps on the App Store, including applications available for iPhone or iPod touch. Developers are busy developing exciting new apps for the iPad on popular demand that take advantage of its Multi-Touch interface, large screen and high-quality graphics.

Not to mention, the iTunes Store gives iPad users access to the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store with a catalog of over 12 million songs, over 55,000 TV episodes and over 8,500 films including over 2,500 in stunning high definition. Moreover, all the apps and content you download on iPad from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore will be automatically synced to your iTunes library the next time you connect with your computer.

Pricing & Availability

- iPad will be available in Wi-Fi models in the US on April 3, 2010 for a retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB.

- The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.

Will you buy your iPad now OR wait and watch? Share your views.

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Jobs: iPad Incompatible to Tether with iPhone

3/07/2010 10:19:00 PM - 1 comments
If you have been awaiting tethering option for your iPhone, as most of you are; Steve Jobs has got some news for you. In a recent response to an emailed question, Jobs revealed that Apple's iPad, scheduled for April 3, 2010 launch, probably won't support tethering either. Although, tethering for iPhone is much in demand, it comes as no surprise that it is still a much awaited situation for iPhone users.

Technically, the iPhone can share its mobile or WiFi connection with an attached desktop or laptop. The problem of course lies with AT&T - the only carrier for the iPhone in the United States markets, which doesn't yet support tethering. Much has been heard about AT&T’s promise to eventually bring this feature to iPhone. However, not much has transpired out of the promises as that yet remain a myth waiting to be turned into reality.

The email that ‘reignited’ the iPhone tethering situation

The whole issue about ‘tethering’ got a new lease to life, thanks to the email of one Jezper Söderlund, a European user from Sweden. Unlike his American contemporaries (whose iPhones are bound to AT&T exclusivity), Söderlund is lucky since he is free to tether his connections to his hearts' contents, since his carrier supported the functionality. In a recent email to Apple’s Steve Jobs he wrote (excerpts):

"I'm Jezper from Sweden, a long time Apple fan, currently about to replace the very last computer at home with a brand spanking new iMac i7. I'm also awaiting the release of the iPad. However, I have one question:

Will the wifi-only version somehow support tethering thru my iPhone?

Two devices, based on the same OS, with already built-in technology to share one data plan suggests a secondary contract could possibly be redundant.

From the look of your keynote, where the iPad sits well between my MacBook Pro and my iPhone, I was hoping the three of them could interact as seamless as possible.

All the best,

Jezper Söderlund"

To which, Jobs replied in the ‘negative’ and even mentioned that tethering is going to be impossible on the iPad.

Raising many questions on iPad tethering

The email and the subsequent Steve Jobs reply has infact raised several question regarding the option of iPad tethering:

- Will a 3G-supported iPad be able to tether a connection to a desktop or laptop PC?
- What about a WiFi-only iPad?

- Will a user be able to plug a 3G iPhone into a WiFi iPad to tether the connection?

- What about jailbroken iPhones or--presumably--jailbroken iPads?

- Will customers accept having to purchase separate data plans for mobile Internet on their iPad an iPhone devices?

Commenting on the iPad tethering issue, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs assured that in no way can the iPad is considered a threat to the previous version of iPhone. He also updated the users that the products of Apple currently support Bluetooth as well as USB. Apart from that the company has also introduced the technical capacity to compete with the iPhone 3.0 firmware.

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'Revolutionary' Note Taker App for iPhone Released

3/05/2010 10:50:00 PM - 0 comments
Have you ever wished about writing on the iPhone touchscreen with your finger when you need to jot down something quickly, instead of using the iPhone keyboard? Well, that’s not a myth anymore. VisiCalc creator Dan Bricklin, who also made your life easier with his invention of the spreadsheet has forayed into mobile development and released his first iPhone application - Note Taker.

Note Taker App allows you to write notes with your fingertip rather than using the iPhone keyboard. It’s more like using the tip of your finger on your touchscreen to jot down quick notes, just as using a pen on an index card.The full version of Note Taker is $1.99 in the iTunes Store and Note Taker Lite is free (with a four-page limit).

How it works

Note Taker application utilizes some ingenious interface mechanisms that make writing long sentences easier for you across the iPhone touchscreen. For instance, it doesn’t require swiping, and scrolls right while you jot. Apart from that it shrinks your words to a legible version for reading while you write. It has to be noted that Note Taker doesn't do text recognition; however, you can transcribe jotted notes using the keyboard.

This app is just the right one for all of you who like to sketch, mind-map, or list without fat-fingering small keys. Here you can write just the way you normally would on a notepad. However, many users with awful handwriting or those who are comfortable typing on the iPhone keyboard may not be comfortable using it. The full version of Note Taker is $1.99 in the iTunes Store and Note Taker Lite is free (with a four-page limit).

Dan Bricklin writes….

Dan Bricklin, the personal computing wizard who skillfully developed this new app, explains what motivated him to come up with Note Taker App even after being more than 30 years in the business. He confesses about working on learning a different medium and a different business environment over the last couple of months.

It all begun since mid-September, when he purchased a shiny new 24″ Apple iMac and an iPhone 3GS. Soon he signed up for the Apple iPhone Developer Program, bought a few books and started doing the tutorials. Soon he came up with the idea for an app – the Note Taker, which he personally felt he needed and built a prototype. Later, he started creating a full app that would prove to be useful for others too.

Dan submitted his completed Note Taker application for inclusion in the App Store a few days before Thanksgiving. And now, it has been approved and all set to storm the iPhone world. A word of caution though: Dan urges that once you are ready to try out the application, be prepared to work through the initial "Try It" mode. You can also view the working of the Note Taker app for iPhone in the screencast below:

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NASA Releases Free iPhone Lunar Rover App

3/03/2010 01:41:00 PM - 0 comments
It’s a pleasure to present before you news of an iPhone app release - Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Simulator, from NASA. Known for their futuristic approach, this new offering from NASA is a strategic attempt to reach out to the millions of iPhone users all over the world and make space and the moon accessible to people in general.

NASA Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Simulator helps you assimilate how it would be like to support the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost. The game app released by NASA will also come packed with an exciting interactive gallery. Developed by the Analytical Mechanics Association at the NASA Langley Research Centre, in Hampton, Virginia, this app is available for FREE download through the App store or iTunes.

Features: Version 1.0 of the NASA Lunar Electric Rover App

The Version 1.0 of NASA’s interactive game called Lunar Electric Rover comes featured with:

- Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Photo Gallery
- Interactive LER Viewer
- Awesome conceptual animation
- LER Simulator
- Multiple difficulty levels

This app developed for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch will facilitate users to gain an insight as to what it would be like to be involved in a lunar mission. Here, you can drive the Lunar Electric Rover around a Lunar Outpost and carry out a variety of tasks to help support the mission.

This includes transporting supplies to and from different locations. Again, whilst navigating the tricky terrain, users must closely monitor their power levels to ensure they don’t get stranded away from the docking station. Who knows, perhaps your skills honed here, courtesy this Lunar Electric Rover Simulator will go on to become a major part of the NASA Astronaut application process in the future.

Imparting Education with fun

NASA has been very clear about the iPhone app it wanted to develop. The primary intention is to come up with an application that is more than just an information source, but a cool game where in spite of a very basic version is enthralling alongside educating the users.

The most interesting aspect of NASA Lunar Electric Rover app is that the Rover is based around a prototype being tested at the Black Point Lava Flow in Arizona. This ‘real’ Rover was a part of the NASA Constellation solar system exploration plan before it was discontinued.

NASA: Touching new horizons

NASA has come of age and this latest technological initiative is a bold attempt by NASA to try and engage in new media. Besides, being active on social networking media like Twitter, it has also made its presence felt with other educational applications that allows users to explore the moon’s surface.

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Cheaper, Technically Advanced Apple iPhone 4G – Coming Soon

3/01/2010 09:48:00 PM - 1 comments
Good news for all of you! The latest buzz is that the much-awaited Apple iPhone 4G is expected to cost significantly less than previous models. This assumption according to the analysts is based on the fact that since, 85% of the smartphone market is not willing to shell out the amount of money Apple would like to quote for their devices; a price drop is inevitable for the Apple iPhone 4G.

As Apple is slated to launch its next version of the iPhone in June, iPhone enthusiasts and industry analysts are equally optimistic of Apple offering its new device with a lower total cost of ownership and also new functionality - potentially including gesture-based technology. Along with the price drop rumor, others which are doing the rounds include specifications for the iPhone 4G consisting of WiFi N, a 5MP camera, an A4 chip clocked at 600MHz, perhaps faster, and AMOLED touchscreen from Samsung.

As the story unfolds….

As we move quickly into March 2010, with the WWDC approaching around the corner in June, when the much anticipated 4th generation iPhone is expected to be launched; it will not be wrong to say that the design, features and price strategy must be already in place by now. Most analysts are of the view that Apple will potentially come up with lower price tag to not only their latest version of the iPhone but all the iPhone versions till date.

Can’t really say if this is too much or appropriate to expect from Apple Inc. who are masters of marketing strategy. Is there a reason why Apple should go much lower with pricing on subsidized iPhone(s)? The one visible factor possibly playing a role here is the iPad, which Apple is currently interested to make accessible to a wide customer base.

Can a price cut be possible?

Amidst the rumor mills churning stories of a possible price cut for iPhone(s), one question that seem to rattle thinking minds is that – will it be feasible for Apple to cut prices for ownership of a new iPhone till it maintains its exclusivity with AT&T.

Going by records, since the original iPhone went on sale, adopters were able to get away with a plan consisting of $40 for voice and just $20 for unlimited data. Soon after, the $20 fee was hiked to $30 in 2008 with the introduction of the iPhone 3G and it has hence remained since then and also with the iPad.

Enthusiasts are optimistic that Apple will come up with new data plans with limits, such as 100MB for $10 per month, 500MB for $20 per month, and unlimited (nee 5GB) for $30 per month. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and await Apple’s new offering for the new decade!

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