Those sneaky boys and, well, boys from tinhte.vn aren’t done showing off the test build of iOS 4 they have on their factory white iPhone 4 with 64GB of storage. In this brand new video, we can clearly see Facebook integration into the OS as opposed to being in an app (could it be Facebook contact syncing is finally coming, as reported months ago?) in addition to a new File Sharing option in the settings app. Dragging apps to create folders also shows us a brief look at a redesigned folder UI, though we doubt that’s final by any means since it definitely looks unfinished. Plus, there’s also that spiffy new multitasking Expose-style view — who could get enough of that? Hit the break for the video. More →
In a note to investors on Tuesday, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White became one of only a few analysts to take a minority stance on the iPad 2… sort of. White thinks Apple’s next-generation iPad will see stiff competition from the wave of tablets set to crash down on our shores this year, whereas most believe Apple’s tablet will be a clear winner over competitive offerings. “We estimate there are well over one hundred tablets coming to market around the world this year.” White writes. “Assuming a new iPad is unveiled at this event, we believe Apple must make a convincing case for why the iPad 2 is better than the plethora of competitors coming to market, while at the same time persuading iPad 1 buyers to upgrade to iPad 2.” That was enough to garner some attention, apparently, as White then pumped the brakes. “We still believe the combination of the Apple brand, economies of scale and the company’s powerful ecosystem are reasons enough for Apple to outpace its competitors,” he notes. White currently has a Buy rating on Apple stock with a $550 price target. More →
Following AT&T’s lead, Apple has dropped the end user selling price of its previous-generation smartphone, the iPhone 3GS. Last week, AT&T announced that it would be dropping the price of the iPhone 3GS to $49 with a new two-year contract. Today, Apple has matched the $49 price online and at Apple Store retail locations. The new price is a 49% reduction and applies to new iPhone 3GS units, not refurbished devices. The iPhone 3GS was launched in the summer of 2009. When the iPhone 4 was introduced last year, Apple continued to sell the 3GS for $99 as a less expensive iPhone option. The company also did the same thing with the iPhone 3G when the 3GS was introduced. The iPhone 3GS is currently available with 8 GB of storage space in black only. More →
iPhone 3G owners have had a rough time lately. First, they missed out on some of the best new features iOS 4 had to offer. Then, the watered down version of iOS 4 they finally got their hands on slowed performance to a near-crawl in most cases. But don’t worry, iPhone 3G owners, some long overdue good news is finally coming your way… iOS 4.2 will bring much needed performance improvements when it finally reaches consumers. Using the Gold Master build of the software, TiPb was nice enough to give us all an early taste of the new OS version on video. As you can see very clearly, the phone shows marked improvements compared to the latest public OS build. In fact, it’s almost on par with iOS 3 on the iPhone 3G. Hit the jump for the full video and if you’re an iPhone 3G owner, get ready to breathe a sigh of relief. More →
Google announced Thursday that its Google Instant service is now available for some iOS and Android-powered devices. Google Instant, which launched in September of this year, provides search suggestions as the user types. Search results are also automatically populated beneath the search bar, and they are refined as the user types or cycles through suggestions. Now, Google has officially moved the Google Instant experience off of the PC and onto mobile devices. Users of the iPhone and iPod touch (iOS 4+), and Android devices running Android 2.2 now have access to the Google Instant beta for mobile on Google’s homepage. The service can be enabled from beneath the search bar and it works just like the desktop version. So, if you like Google Instant on your computer, definitely check it out on your smartphone. Hit the jump for a video demo. More →
Over the weekend, Comex and his gang of merry men released an over-the-web, on-device jailbreak solution for iOS 4 dubbed Jailbreak 2.0 “Star.” The process is completely painless, and all that is required of you is: direct your iPhone’s Safari browser to www.jailbreakme.com, follow the one-step set of instructions. If you happen to be a developer, and updated your device to any of the iOS 4.1 betas, you are going to be out of luck. To everyone else interested: happy jailbreaking! More →
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was investigating the sluggish performance of iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G. While Apple is beginning an investigation, a reader over at Neowin was hands on with an iPhone and may have stumbled upon a quick fix. The problem is apparently remedied by turning off all the spotlight search options within Settings->General->Home Button->Spotlight Search. Though this may be a temporary band-aid, it may be enough to hold you over until Apple determines a root cause and issues a fix. If anyone gives it a try, let us know your results in the comments. More →
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple, Inc. is looking into reports that the performance of iOS 4, on the iPhone 3G, is sub-par. The most common gripes are that the two-year old handset is “sluggish” and “burns through a charge” very quickly after the update is installed. Anyone out there experiencing this? More →
Here is a little ray of sunshine for all you iOS 4 Skype users out there. Skype has just released a new version of their iPhone application, and it supports multitasking! The build is officially listed as 2.0.1 in the App Store, however the release notes read:
Run Skype in the background with multitasking in iOS4. Receive Skype calls and IM while other apps are running or when your iPhone is locked.You can also continue your call while you switch to another application.
Sadly, there is no support for video chat with the iPhone 4’s front facing camera. Maybe next time. Hit up the read link to open up iTunes and grab the new bits. More →
This particular piece of intel rates high on the rumor-Richter scale, so do take this one with a hefty dose of salt. Stuff.tv is reporting that a source “working on a future iPad app” has informed the online publication that Apple plans to charge users for the privilege of upgrading from iPhone OS 3.2 to iOS 4 on their iPads. Why someone working on a future iPad application would have this type of information is beyond us, but Apple charging for mobile OS upgrades certainly isn’t out of the question (see: iPod Touch). The closest we’ve gotten to a timeline for iOS 4 on the iPad is “fall.” It looks like we’ll just have to wait until then to find out.
Hey, what do we have here? Apple has just released iOS 4.1 beta 1 to developers. We’re in the process of downloading the new bits now and will report back with any new goodies (or fixes) we find. If you are already an Apple developer hit up developer.apple.com to get the latest firmware. Let us know if you find anything!
UPDATE 1: For starters there is a new signal bar thingy. Even with one bar of service it doesn’t look that bad — thanks to some taller signal bars (yay placebo!). Also, the Game Center is here.