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All posts tagged "iphone 3.0"

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

iPhone May Not be Deleting Your Email

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Macworld has stumbled on an interesting bug dealing with how your iPhone deletes (or more accurately, doesn't delete) email."

According to Macworld, if you use your iPhone for email, those messages you have deleted may not be gone. If you search for a few characters or small amount of text in mail, they say you will likely pull up a message that you thought had been previously deleted. If you tap on it, you can open it up in mail like any of your other email. If you then go back to inbox you won't find the message. And the messages supposedly aren't in the trash or the IMAP server either. The conjecture is that they aren't completely deleted from your iPhone. Something to be cautious of if you really want to make sure some of your email is gone.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Details on MobileMe Updates

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has detailed in a support article some changes that have occurred recently to its MobileMe online service."

Apple has published a lengthy list, but some of the highlights (at least for me) are the ability for iPhone 3GS owners to publish videos directly to a gallery (one is automatically set up if you haven't done so prior to posting), being able to keep a copy of calendar or contacts on mobileme even if you disable the syncing on the iPhone, iPhone contacts keep their assigned ringtones when synced and of course the remote wipe/find my phone features. And the list includes numerous features that improve anyone using the 3.0 software, not just for iPhone 3GS owners.

I've had a MobileMe account for a number of years, but this is really the first time I feel like they have added a lot of value to the service. If you don't have it, you may want to check it out. Anyone else out there using MobileMe, and if so, what do you think of it?

Monday, July 6, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Breaks Accessory Compatibility

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"For those who have their iPod Touch or iPhones connected to their TVs through a third party video cable, the 3.0 update was a bad one. It appears to have disabled the ability of non-Apple cables to transmit video."

Owners that try to use the cable get the "not a valid accessory" message on their iphone. If you have the apple chip accessory cable, it appears to still work although in a different way. Now when you play video it does NOT display on your iPhone screen. This is one of the things I hate about upgrades, expensive accessories not working correctly. The only option at this point is to downgrade to previous version of the iPhone software, but I don't think it is worth losing all the functionality of 3.0 software.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mixed Up iPhone Icons With 3.0

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"But not the right place, and that's the problem. Apple support boards are seeing increasing message traffic about icons that vanish, or attach themselves to the wrong app. This seems a problem with iPhone 3.0. Older versions seem unaffected."

This hasn't happened to me yet, but some are experienced some messed up icons. There are also icons that are turning white, some that aren't showing up at all and some that are in the wrong positions. One developer said it was seen in the beta version and was pretty common. It isn't happening with everyone and as of yet they haven't described a common denominator. Some of the solutions are to delete the app and re-download it, or sync without the apps then re-sync with them. Anyone out there experiencing this or the one that Vincent described in an earlier post?

Monday, June 29, 2009

How Gruber Gets Things Done With iPhone OS 3.0

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"I almost always edit the title, but the big score is having the URL field populated automatically by the bookmarklet. Prior to the arrival of copy-and-paste in OS 3.0, the only other way I could have gotten the URL from one page in MobileSafari to the link URL field in Movable Type in a second page in MobileSafari would have been to type it out by hand — painstaking and error-prone."

Photo Credit: (CC) Randy Stewart,

It's interesting how many possibilities OS 3.0 has opened up for people. For me personally, I've come to the conclusion that if someone could hack in support for Apple's BlueTooth Keyboard, I wouldn't need to carry my laptop on most business trips. Granted, Gruber's talking mostly about blogging, but it's not hard to extrapolate that out to any other line of work that involves writing.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Paul Thurrott is Arbitrarily A Moron

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"First, existing iPhone 3G customers cannot upgrade to a 3G S for $199 or $299. Those prices are for new customers only. You will pay $599 or $699. Yeah, really. Amazingly, several software features Apple showed off yesterday will arbitrarily not be made available to other iPhone users. These include Voice Control and Compass. What?? Also... Tethering, a feature of iPhone Software Update 3.0, will not be made available in the US. (Thanks AT&T.) If it happens later, it will be after AT&T adds a more expensive data plan. MMS, another feature of iPhone Software Update 3.0, will also not be made available in the US."

In those few words he managed to squeeze so much stupidity in it has to be a new world's record. Time to play "Drop the Stupid Windows Fanboi On His Head:"

1. The compass isn't available in prior iPhones because they don't have a magnetometer chip like the 3GS does. You can still get a compass app (like the one in the commercial) but in order to determine your direction, you have to walk in a straight line and it calculates the direction you're facing using GPS.

2. The upgrade price for the 3GS isn't automatically $599 and $699. I paid $499 for my 32 Gig 3GS. While the process by which AT&T determines your price isn't clear, what is clear is that you don't automatically end up paying those quoted prices. (Although, his assertion is that those prices are out of line which is also laughable considering how much some Windows Mobile devices go for from Sprint and Verizon).

3. MMS will be available in the US, just not at launch. As dumb as that is, it's not permanent; another assertion Thurrott seems to be making.

4. According to John Gruber who has a much better record on knowing what's going on with Apple hardware than Windows zealot Thurrott, the Voice Control is based on a DSP that isn't in the 3G. Arbitrarily indeed, stupid.

Am I taking out a lot on this dope? Sure I am, but for years I've heard "Apple Fanboi" bandied about to describe anyone who doesn't think they should be ashamed to be a Mac user and should "know their place." Most of those same morons who use the word "fanboi" get their information from sources such as Thurrott or whatever other hive-mind of dopes that spews forth without information, or with information that is easily disprovable.

3.0 Launch Day: Open Thread

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 03:30 AM

We don't know when, but we know it'll be today, so when the moment finally arrives, come share your thoughts, impressions, and pitfalls here so we can all learn from them. I for one have been clicking the Check for Update button more than any reasonable human being should but I have a feeling the update won't make it here before I have to leave for work.

Monday, June 15, 2009

AT&T Not Planning On Charging for MMS

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

Well, this is somewhat interesting news... Many of us assumed that AT&T was going to end up charging for MMS whenever it did get around to making it available for the iPhone (after all, it's not like AT&T has any other devices that do MMS so the delay is totally understandable), but according to AT&T's own documents, if you have a text messaging bundle, you'll have MMS when the time comes.

Sounds good to me, now can we get our collective butts moving on it, already? Honestly making iPhone users wait for MMS when the rest of the network has phones that (as AT&T brags about) are MMS enabled already is just flat out dumb.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Apple Recruiting Push Notification Testers

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple has begun emailing registered developers with the following: As a developer actively working with iPhone OS 3.0 beta, we would like your help in testing the Apple Push Notification service. We have selected a pre-release version of the Associated Press app for iPhone OS 3.0 to create a high-volume test environment for our servers. Great move on Apple’s part, provided they recruit enough developers to really test the scaling of their iPhone 3.0 Push Notification system. After last year’s disastrous MobileMe launch, Apple needs to make sure their infrastructure is as bullet-proof as possible before they pull the push lever… even if they are planning some limited multitasking as well…"

I'm very excited about iPhone 3.0, and the fact that the Push Notification Service has moved into testing means, to me, things are starting to really become more concrete. I'm very much looking forward to WWDC so we can finally get some dates about when we'll see new hardware and software. I know it's coming in June, but that seems like a year away in my mind!

If you'd like to read the text of the above e-mail, hit up The iPhone Blog; they've been kind enough to post the whole thing.

Friday, May 8, 2009

iPhone OS 3.0 or Bust! Literally!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Starting Thursday, iPhone app developers will have no choice but to test against iPhone OS 3.0 if they want to guarantee their places in the App Store, and have been warned their existing apps may be pulled if support breaks."

The email was sent to registered developers advising them their code "must be compatible" with the 3.0 version from now on if they want to continue to have their software accepted into the App Store. Apple notes they don't expect problems from current apps running on version 3.0, but that developers "shouldn't assume apps built for 2.x will carry over smoothly."

From what I gather in reading this article is that the existing apps should run fine, but if you want approval any new apps better be built with version 3.0 in mind. But if there is an existing application that turns out to be incompatible, it "may be removed from the App Store."

I guess that is enough advanced warning, hard to say though since even though WWDC is month away, there is no word on when 3.0 will be released. Last year, version 2.0 of the iPhone OS was released about a month after WWDC, so if they follow what they did in the past, developers have about a 2 month window to fix any problems. Is that enough of a warning? What do you think?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Screenshots Leaking Out Everywhere (Maybe)

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"One of our trusty ninjas just blessed us with some exclusive iPhone 3.0 shots. Things like detailing a video recording application, more settings options, an accessibility entry, and even showing that Apple could possibly be integrating voice dialing, too."

I don't know about you, but I'm starting to doubt what's coming just because of the number of rumors out there. Apparently Apple is including World Peace 1.0 rA in this version of the iPhone OS. While I'd love to see all of it, I'm starting to wonder if a lot of it is just wishful thinking. If it is true, then we're gonna have one hell of a device in a few months.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Pilferers Beware: 3.0 Will Hurt

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"The problem isn’t that the version of iPhone OS 3.0 floating around the Web contains a trojan or anything, the new OS simply checks with the mother ship to make sure that the user has an active and paid up Apple Developer Connection account. And once you go 3.0, there’s no turning back."

Ouch. That's gonna leave a mark. You're left with two options: swap it under warranty, or pay the $100 for an ADC account. Doing either should get you running again.

And next time, read the fine print!

Friday, March 20, 2009

iPhone 3.0: What Was Missing

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"Now that we know what Apple announced on Tuesday at its iPhone OS 3.0 preview event, it's time to go over what wasn't announced. Between escalating rumors, increased competition, and good ol' fashioned feature requests, Apple didn't quite satisfy everyone's appetites. The following is an exploration of what is still missing from iPhone OS 3.0 that some would still like to see."

David Chartier has a record of being accurate, smart, and even-thinking when it comes to Apple, and this time is no different. I dig his list of features and agree that some of them would've been nice. Overall 3.0 is a great upgrade, but it isn't perfect. Read David's thoughts and then come share your own below. I have a feeling most of us are going to be in agreement with him.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

iPhone 3.0: Push Notifications

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 02:00 PM

Let's face it; this is the one thing most of us were waiting for the longest and with breath most baited. Since Apple seems dead-set against background applications, this is as good as it's going to get if you don't want to jailbreak your phone. I've always hated the idea of bouncing a notification off a third party server, but there are certain advantages to the app not running. While I think they exaggerated the battery life hit of a background application, this definitely does save battery life.

It'll be nice to have an IM application that can "stay running" when closed, too. Currently, BeeJive does a good job of this by pusing MobileMe e-mails to your phone when a notification comes in and you're offline, but that's less than ideal. In the implementations shown by ESPN and Meebo, you can really see that this does have a lot of potential despite its potential shortcomings.

I'm taking a wait and see on this one with the hope that it's as good as it can be rather than as big a disaster as the devil on my shoulder is telling me it will be. I just hope it was worth the extended wait.

That's it for our iPhone 3.0 announcement coverage. There was a lot of other small stuff announced that we didn't cover, but I think we covered the most important features. Jeff and I will have our thoughts on 3.0 and what it means for users tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

iPhone 3.0: Notes Sync

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 01:00 PM

While not on the level of some of the other announcements made, Notes sync is the one thing I wanted so bad that if they didn't do it eventually, I'd have to find another platform of choice. Okay, that's not true, but that's how much I wanted it. As a former Windows Mobile user, I got accustomed to using the Notes app for pretty much everything. As a BlackBerry user, it was pretty much the same thing. When I got my first iPhone, the utility of the Notes app was seriously compromised by its inability to sync with a desktop client of some kind despite Apple building one into every single Mac.

Not much was said about this except for the fact that it "Syncs through iTunes," but that's good enough for me. A couple of other goodies (small ones) they've added are YouTube accounts (thank God! No more re-favoriting!), LDAP, Auto Filling of usernames and passwords on sites, and other fun features make this a pretty complete tune up of the OS.

iPhone 3.0: A2DP

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

I never thought Stereo Bluetooth was worth the praise it was given; of course I had never tried it either and just assumed it was as mediocre as the sound quality on 90% of the Bluetooth headsets out there. Then I tried a new pair of Motorola's offering and I was totally convinced. The implementation of A2DP, to me, is one of the things that got glossed over, but that customers will totally love once they get to experience it. I can't tell you how many times I've either yanked out a cable mid song or yanked my phone out of my pocket because I turned my head in an odd way that caused my iPhone to come flying up out of my shirt pocket.

Thank God those days are over!

iPhone 3.0: New APIs

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

The one thing that Apple has been criticized for with regards to the iPhone since the advent of the 2.0 firmware is how closed it was. With 3.0, it seems like Apple is going to great lengths to open up the APIs offered to developers. Previous things that were off-limits are now not only possible, but implemented easily for developers to take advantage of.

For example, in-Application Maps are now a reality. No more clicking a "Go to Map" link that takes you out of the application and into Google Maps. An example was given of a wine bar application that had half the screen as a list of bars and the other half a map pinpointing their locations.

Other interesting tidbits included Apple opening up the iTunes library, meaning if you don't like the built-in iPod, you could theoretically write a new client to play music because you have full read access to the entire library. Apple also has finally lifted the ban on turn by turn and allowed developers access to Core Location, but in order to implement it developers will have to provide their own maps; Google's agreement with Apple does not allow their maps to be used for turn by turn GPS.

There are tons more niceties in the new OS, but one thing's for sure; Apple was obviously focused on giving developers much more access to the OS and the hardware than in 2.0, and this should make developers pretty happy in the long run, which of course means happy consumers aren't that far behind!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

iPhone 3.0: Accessories

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 03:00 PM

Johnson and Johnson was on hand to demonstrate the new connectivity between applications and third party accessories. They demonstrated a LifeScan glucose meter that could communicate readings with the iPhone and, for diabetic children with iPhones, text that reading to parents so that they could keep an eye on their kids and their readings. Of course, the big story here is that connectivity like this will open the door to the Nike Plus making its debut on the iPhone soon, much to the joy and welcoming arms of many people who love their Nike Plus. I can only imagine the kind of apps that will take advantage of this connectivity, but if what Johnson and Johnson has come up with is any indication, it's going to be pretty awesome.

We'll have much more coverage of the new software tomorrow, so stay tuned. There's so much to talk about that it didn't make sense to just cram it all into one big gigantic post and dump it all out there today.

iPhone 3.0: Peer to Peer

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 02:00 PM

Imagine local exchange of information over Bonjour and BlueTooth or WiFi from one iPhone to another. Now stop imagining. It's here. Apple has implemented Peer to Peer connectivity that will allow the exchange of data however the app would do so. Examples included business card applications, multiplayer gaming, etc. Apple seemed very big on this one, but I don't know how much it'll actually matter in the real world. It's more of a neat-to-have thing than a I-have-to-have-it thing, in my opinion.

iPhone 3.0: In-App Purchasing

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 01:00 PM

Answering the requests of developers, Apple has implented in-app purchasing for additional content. An excellent use of this would be in an app like Kindle where you could buy a new book from inside the Kindle app itself. Other examples include purchasing in-game content like weapons or costumes (like in the SIMS) or even clubs in Tiger Woods (a feature already in the XBox 360 version that I hope makes it into the iPhone version).

Developers will definitely like this new revenue stream, and users will appreciate the extension of their application purchase by adding more to it. This is a small thing, but can work out to be a great thing for everyone involved.

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