iOS News for iPhone and iPad Owners
iTunes 8.0.1 Released
iTunes 8.0.1 is out, with substantial changes to media playback and purchase. The update also features a device synchronization tool. Specific changes include:
Seamlessly plays the current song when creating a new Genius playlist.
Apple hits 10MM iPhones - 80% Over Estimates
According to Fortune Magazine, Apple has reached its stated 2007 Macworld goal of selling 10 million iPhones in 2008.
To put things in perspective, Kathryn Huberty of Morgan Stanley expected that Apple would sell only 8.5 million iPhones in 2008, and Scott Craig from Bank of America estimated 8Million.
Conversation With Arlo Gilbert, CEO iCALL
A few days ago, we wrote a preview piece on iCall, a new VOIP app that is set to hit the App Store in "the next few weeks". We caught up with Greenwich Based Arlo Gilbert, a serial entrepreneur and founder of the company.
GPhone Emulator Released
Want to see what android looks and feels like? Now you can. Here's the link to the GPhone Emulator TMobile's HDC phone emulator running Android.
First impressions of the GPhone Emulator: much cleaner design than i would have expected.
Full Screen Web Apps -- The Answer to a Restrictive App Store?
A few days ago, Apple Insider noticed that one the new features in the 2.1 iPhone Firmware is the support for full-screen Safari web apps. These are simply normal Safari web applications, but they run without the Safari browser window around them.
iCall Free VOIP coming soon
iCall, a Greenwich CT based startup started by Arlo Gilbert is busy working on another competitor to Fring, mentioned Friday. What is interesting about iCall is the ability, shown in the above video, to intercept incoming cell calls and patch them through to a VOIP network.
Interesting use of Digital Clock App
Via iPhone Saviour.
Friend of AppCraver Sudo Labs, developer of puzzle game Skizzle, sent us this demonstration video for Skizzle.
Review coming soon...
The iPhone Platform -- Discussions With a Leading Developer
I spoke today with a leading independent iPhone developer off the record. (Despite the fact that the NDA has been lifted today, one has to be somewhat cautious). A few bullet points:
- iPhone app development can, in fact, be a way to make a living.
Polarbit Developing Wave Blazer and Armageddon Squadron for iPhone
We're hearing that mobile developer Polarbit is in the process of developing Wave Blazer and Armageddon Squadron for release on the iPhone by the end of the year. Polarbit is the developer of wildly popular games Raging Thunder and Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D for the iPhone.
Flash coming to the iPhone?
VentureBeat reports that Adobe is indeed working on Flash for the iPhone. Apple Insider is confirming, saying that Senior Director of Engineering at Adobe Systems Paul Betlem said at the Flash on the Beach conference that his team is working on Flash for the iPhone.
Apple Drops iPhone Developer NDA
Apple is dropping the NDA on developers for released iPhone software. From the Apple site:
The NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s success, so we are dropping it for released software.
Business Week Surveys the Market for iPhone Apps
Business Week has an in-depth review of the reality facing App Store developers. A common picture emerges: despite some isolated successes, many developers are feeling intense competition and are being forced to cut prices, or even give away their iPhone apps for free.
AirSharing Downloaded more than 1 Million Times
In a mere two weeks, the file storage program AirSharing has been downloaded over 1 million times according to the company's president and CEO, Dave Howell. Check out our review of AirSharing which scored a perfect score 10/10 with our staff.
Nine Inch Nails in Deal With Tapulous. Are Single Artist Apps Next?
Trent Reznor, the leader of Nine Inch Nails, will distribute his last two albums in a special Nine Inch Nails themed version of Tap Tap Revenge. This opens the door to the possibility of specific apps for individual artists, where avid fans would have access to tour dates, new music releases, video out-takes and other material.