There is simply nothing more exciting than new hardware announcements from Apple. If this rumour from the Taiwanese Infotimes is to be believed, 1st-generation touch screen based hardware from the Cupertino company could be in the hands of Apple’s faithful by October. As part of that faithful, I am counting my pennies now and have come up short by about 20 000.
Ten companies who control ninety-percent of the European smartphone market have agreed to standardise in/out ports in order to drastically reduce thousands of tonnes of waste generated each when phones are upgraded. Adamant that such waste was unnecessary, the EU Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen says the EU will back the micro-USB standard in an effort that will likely have a ‘knock-on effect’ in the rest of the world.
Among many hidden and official features of the new OS, there is speculation, hype and perhaps even a bit of placebo stirring among the enthusiastic audiophile crowd; apparently, the new OS has improved the sound of both the iPhone and the iPod Touch. I am a keen member of headfi, a great headphone-devoted forum where you can geek out with enthusiasts, trade, sell, barter, discuss and make noise about your favourite phones, amps and cables. Since 2004, I have been perusing heafi and since 2006, verbosely posting. In my short time, I have seen the coming and going of many hype threads and and others that are true treasues. As a portable audiophile, I am more than interested in claims that OS 3.0 improves iDevice sound quality.
This will be as short as my opinion of the Telecom Giant, AT&T. I am not American, nor do live in the country, but I met an American once and I feel sorry for the dude. He surely now has an iPhone and a laptop and may sometime just wants to use part of his 5GB ‘unlimited’ internet rather than fiddling with the dinky ‘real internet’ on the toned-down iPhone Safari. So what are his options? Well, AT&T in their infinite wisdom and abundance of PR skills have affected a new policy that tethering will be a surcharge of 55$ per month.
This post has been updated with news from AT&T’s Facebook page in our post entitled: Tethering Plan Update: Not 55$, but Not Free.
Layar, an interesting app that allows the simultaneous use of the GPS, camera and digital compass in Android phones like the G1 to give real-time digital information about a location. While not yet a Star Trek Tricorder or scanner, this app is shiveringly enticing. Available as of 1 June, it is clearly only an Android release, but if we know anything of software designers, there will be the same sort of software on the iPhone 3GS before too long and possibly, even from the same company.
Not that we had expected much less – AT&T won’t be support tethering to your laptop when OS 3.0 debuts on the 17th of this month despite upgrades to their network. Still, better in many ways than the Canadian Rogers Corp., there was the slightest of hopes that the American Telecom giant would play nicer to its customers with OS 3.0 and the 3GS debut. As it turns out, even grandfathered GoPhone plans are subject to AT&T’s arbitrary decisions.
Daniel Burkholder, a TUAW reader tipped the website about AT&T’s divine new PR initiative.
A large percentage of tech sites feature RSS feeds. Even your friendly TouchMyApps staff have put together a subscription system so that you never have to browse our site at all unless really bored. Well, I woke this morning with an email in my mail box from a trusted site’s RSS feed which led me to an article over at the Sun. Usually, I stay away from publications that begin and end in the same syllable, but today I couldn’t get back into sleep and, not wanting to wake my wife, I read on.
Many of you have read the Spider email that made rounds a little over half a year ago. The culprit, a person by the name of David Thorne is at it again with mixed, but good results. His first joke is rather duff, but, David flourishes his humour in top form as the page scrolls south.
Prior to this year’s WWDC, several rumours mentioned the possibility of an updated graphics core appearing in the new iPhone. Indeed, Phill Shiller’s keynote hinted that the 3GS sports more than just upgraded memory and CPU. The current-generation iPhone and iPod Touch utilise the PowerVR MBX core which is fully OpenGL 1.1 compliant, whereas Phil specifically mentioned support for 2.0 in the iPhone.
Take a look here for a ‘rundown’ of the keynote speech. Quite exciting releases in OSX, OS 3.0 and the iPhone 3GS kept this WWDC’s keynote a real page-scroller. 3rd iPhone rumours will now bring up memories that now can go lie in shallow graves, but as you can see, many of the rumours were spot on.
After the jump is a list of items that did not get mention at WWDC.
Today’s WWDC (World Wide Developer’s Conference 10 AM PST) will usher in a new wave of enthusiasm for Apple’s devices. Positive or not, charges will be set under both Apple’s faithful and its heretics alike. Last year saw the App Store’s maiden voyage and the launch of the iPhone 3G; 2008’s conference was one of the most historic and revolutionary events in Apple’s life. Now, with a mature Leopard in the innards of every Mac and the iDevice, they will need to do the impossible yet again: wow the ever-expectant crowd.