Earlier today, I received word that a second iPhone App had been denied access into the App Store, with Apple citing that the application duplicates existing functionality already found in the Apple ecosystem. This is beginning to become a problem, and if you aren’t seeing why, allow me to explain why this is so alarming to me. In case you hadn’t heard, a couple of weeks ago, an app called Podcaster was rejected by Apple for similar reason. The line of thinking there was that Podcaster, an app that would allow you to subscribe to and download podcasts while on the go, duplicated functionality already found in iTunes.
Now, if you’ve never used an iPhone, allow me to point out the absurdity. There is nothing on the iPhone or iPod touch that allows you to subscribe to, or even download, a podcast to your device. Sure, you can open the file in Safari, but that is not what we are talking about. That’s right, even if you enter the iTunes app, you will find right away that podcasts just aren’t there. So we have to then assume that Apple was referring to the iTunes desktop software when they said that Podcaster duplicated functionality. Really? Is that a major issue that a company decided to fix a gaping hole on the iPhone, even if that hole doesn’t exist on the desktop? Why, then, are there so many calculators in the App Store? After all, not only do we have a calculator as part of OS X, but there is a calculator that ships installed by default on the iPhone as well. It seems we have a double-standard here.
Winter will soon be upon us, and those of you with touchscreen devices may have to choose between risking scratching them with ordinary gloves or going inside to use them. Dots Gloves are an inexpensive, simple alternatives. They promise to keep your iPhone, iPod or other device smudge and scratch free. Available in two sizes and four colors, a pair can be yours for $13.00. Their Ragg Wools are also available in black or white for $18.00.
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Vestalife has teamed with Element Skateboards to release two Limited Edition Ladybugs. Similar to their original product, each dock has flip-down speaker wings, a digital amp and built-in 3-inch sub woofer. They also have LED volume indicators, full function remote, auto shut-off, and are compatible with any iPod with dock connection or iPhone. The USB connection makes for plug-and-play with your computer and an auxiliary-in jack can connect to other MP3 players. Each comes with a price of $124.95 with a portion of sales going to the MagicWater Project that supports children with pediatric cancer.
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iLuv has unveiled the iSP100 Mini Portable Stereo Speaker. It is compatible with iPods, iPhones, and MP3 players. Powered by 3 AAA batteries, the speaker has what the company calls “720° Surround Sound.” It comes with a retractable cable with 3.5mm jack for headphone or audio output and traveling case. Look for the speaker’s debut in the next few weeks with a price tag of $34.99.
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Since everything and their mother has been writing in requesting follow-up on the iPod touch 2.1 jailbreak, we figured we’d better respond. Latest is that you can now jailbreak iPhone 2.1 as well, and the GUI version of the iPod touch 2.1 firmware is available as well (thanks for letting us know, QuickPWN!). The one thing that isn’t yet done is the jailbreak of the newer iPod touch 2G, but that is only because no one on the Dev Team has happened to pick one up yet. I’m sure we’ll be seeing it in the next few days. You just can’t keep these guys down.
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Sony has a new iPhone/iPod Boombox. The ZS-S4iP has a tray to insert the music maker while charging and includes a remote. When you want to retrieve it, you simply push “eject.” It also has 2 2.0 W speakers, an AM/FM tuner with up to 30 presets, ID3 tag support, and a headphone port. Available in both black and white, the price estimate on the device is ~$140.00 with an expected October arrival.
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PURE has unveiled its i-10 for iPods and iPhones. Available with 9 different adapters, it can be used with all of the company’s speaker systems with its auxiliary input or others with 3.5mm stereo input. Needless to say, it doubles as a dock. The i-10 comes with remote for easy control and navigation and comes with a black and silver finish. Available at PURE’s online store in October, pre-order for a £29.99 (~$53.00) price tag.
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Apple has finally unleashed the iPhone 2.1 firmware to the masses as of an hour or so ago. If you’ve been running iPhone 2.0 since July, then you’ve probably been waiting desperately for this firmware release, which is supposed to clear up a ton of bugs and other annoyances about the app-centric iPhone OS. Here’s a list of the changes and improvements:
- Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
- Significantly better battery life for most users
- Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
- Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
- Faster installation of 3rd party applications
- Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications
- Improved performance in text messaging
- Faster loading and searching of contacts
- Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
- Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
- Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
- Genius playlist creation
So, there’s a lot of stuff there. Of course, most are concerned primarily with the big fixes. Here’s hoping that iPhone 2.1 is the solid OS that the 2.0 release should have been. You can get the update by connecting your iPhone to your computer, firing up iTunes 8 (it’s required), and hitting “Check for Update.” Good luck!
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Well, here’s something we could get used to. Pangea, maker of popular App Store titles like Cro-Mag Rally and Enigmo, have put their entire line of apps on sale. This is obviously just going to be for a limited time only, but we can’t seem to find the end date of the promotion anywhere. In the meantime, just know that for now, the prices on Pangea App Store software is as follows:
- Enigmo: $4.99, down from $9.99
- Cro-Mag Ralley: $1.99, down from $5.99
- Billy Frontier: $3.99, down from $5.99
- Beer Bounce: $1.99, down from $2.99
- Pangea VR Pro: $14.99, down from $19.99
A couple of these are fantastic for the money (we’re looking at you, Enigmo and Cro-Mag). Head on over to the App Store to start shopping. Here’s hoping this is just the beginning of App Store sales.
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During this morning’s Apple event, Steve Jobs let us in on a few of the details of the upcoming iPhone 2.1 software update. In giving the details, Steve also admitted to the faults that have been pointed out consistently since the iPhone 2.0 software launched. What can we look forward to when 2.1 is released this Friday for the iPhone? How does fewer dropped calls, major improvements in battery life, faster backups, and no crashing apps sound? Yeah, we thought so. Now to wait for Friday to see if the promises prove to be true. Fingers crossed!
EDIT: iPhone 2.1 has been released!
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