The Web is abuzz with speculation that the anticipated Friday release of the much awaited update announced by Apple some months back has been delayed by at least a week due to Wifi connectivity issues experienced by testers of the Gold Master 4.2 build (supposedly the final version before the official release).
The equally controversial recent Mac OS X 10.6.5 software update also set the Web on fire amid rumors that the much-awaited AirPrint functionality was pulled out at the last minute. The update was indeed released without AirPrint functionality.
Ever said to yourself, “I’d like to be like Johnny and battle the devil for a fiddle of gold”, but never quite had enough cash to purchase the fiddle and for the 1-on-1 lessons to make your dream come true? Well stop day dreaming because it’s now a reality for only $2.99 (and of course the hundreds of dollars you’ve already spent on your iPad).
Smule, the creators of Ocarina – one of Apple’s “All-time top 20 Apps” — along with other popular ones including Glee Karaoke and Magic Piano bring you Magic Fiddle for the iPad. Learn basic and advanced fiddle techniques in Story Book mode, perform from a list of 20 songs, earn medals for your performance, and compete with other fiddle players from around the world in online leaderboards (Satan may or may not be a competitor). So if you’ve ever had aspirations of learning how to play yet another instrument on your iDevice, Magic Fiddle is another unique musical app from Smule that shouldn’t be missed. Check out the video demo after the gap.
Smule, Magic Fiddle, 16.04MB – $2.99
Released just a little over a week ago, Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition app was not only well received by iPad users, but it was also chosen as iTunes’ “App of the Week” upon launch. For those of you who are not familiar with developer PadWorx Digital Media’s first foray into the App Store, Dracula for the iPad puts a new spin on the classic novel by Bram Stoker. The interactive app is likely one of the most unique ebooks you’ll come across on your iPad. Users can drag a lantern around the screen to read certain journal entries and “blow” leaves off the tombstones to reveal writing beneath, among other neat interactions.
And now with Halloween just around the corner, PadWorx is also running a contest, where an iPad and 10 copies of Dracula are up for grabs. You don’t even have to purchase the app to enter! Check out the simple instructions for your chance to win after the gap.
PadWorx, Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition, 542 MB – $4.99
The JBnator Diaries – Jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with iOS 4.1 via limera1n [Tutorial]
Hi folks! I know it’s been a while, but with the recent release of the long-awaited jailbreak for iOS 4.1 from both geohot and Dev Team I just couldn’t NOT address it. I made a short news bit about it several days ago, but I know what you really want is a detailed step by walkthrough. So here you are! Oh yeah, just remembered – if you’re an owner of an iPhone 2G, 3G or iPod Touch 1G or 2G this is not the article for you. At the moment limera1n only works on iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G/4G, iPad, iPhone 4 and theoretically on the Apple TV 2G. So if you’re the lucky owner of the aforementioned devices – read on!
Also, if you desire a clean device while keeping all of your saved games and other stuff, look out for an updated guide on backing up and restoring the info in the near future.
Like many publications that have recently joined the iPad revolution, The New Yorker has now released their own app. For long time readers, this should come as a much welcomed addition to the App Store. In case you’re not familiar with the popular weekly magazine, here’s a description from iTunes:
The New Yorker offers a signature mix of reporting and commentary on politics, international affairs, and the arts, along with fiction, poetry, humor, and cartoons. Founded in 1925, The New Yorker has received more National Magazine Awards than any other magazine.
The app is free to download, though initially, you’ll only have access to the Table of Contents. Each weekly subscription will then cost you $4.99 and can be purchased from within the app. Oh, and Jason Schwartzman also stars in the promo for its launch. It’s an absolute hoot and definitely worth watching. Video right after the gap…
CondeNet, The New Yorker Magazine, 1.8 MB – Free
I purchased my iPad in part to take notes at business meetings – at least that’s what I told myself when I plunked down the cash. The iPad comes with a note taking app (Notes) which like it’s cousin on the iPhone is woefully limited. Luckily there are many alternatives in the App Store (many many alternatives). A new one seems to pop out every week! Not only that, but they’re constantly in flux with bug fixes and feature enhancements.
Depending on the situation (taking personal notes, meeting minutes, lecture notes, etc.) and your preferred method of note taking, your choice of an app may differ, because there is a wide variation in the approach and functionality available. If you haven’t looked closely at the options, you may be pleasantly surprised at what’s available!
The entire iWork Suite has been updated for better online support via iDisk or WebDAV and better Microsoft document handling in the latest 1.2 update. I spend hours and hours with Pages every day and notably less time with either Keynote and Numbers, but I’m confident in saying that Apple’s software options are leagues ahead of competing productivity and business apps, yet still behind their desktop analogues. For serious typers, Pages is a better option than Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite (TMA Review). It’s faster, handles tables and images better, and now, has iDisk support along with word counting! The same goes for Keynote and Numbers, Apple’s presentation and spreadsheet apps.
The updates are free for customers who already own each app. Grab ‘em below:
Full list of updates and more screenies after the gap:
If the iPad was a perfect device, a lean-to would have been magically embedded into its smooth backside. Instead, it is almost perfect and we, the heavy-walleted consumers, have to shell out for lean-to’s and keyboards for typing, cases, and other accessories of all sorts to protect its polished posterior. Ever faithful case manufacturer, Marware, have adopted the ‘leather’ Kindle Eco-Vue case for the iPad to help typing, presenting, travelling iPad users part with their money in the confidence that their metal investment is safe and sound.
For all you video junkies out there, this is definitely worth mentioning. VLC, a free and open source media player that can handle just about any codec, has now made its way onto the App Store. The all-in-one media player has been a favorite of mine for many years and it’s pretty much an essential application on both my Desktop and Macbook. While I’ve been using OPlayer HD over the past month or so to watch video files on my iPad, it’s great to finally see VLC submitted (and approved) by Apple.
Just don’t expect the app to be as robust as the desktop client. At the moment, it’s pretty bare bones and you’ll only find controls for playback. Regardless, it’s free and iPad users will no longer have to first convert avi/divx files before watching their video collection on the go.
APPLIDIUM, VLC Media Player, 8.9 MB – Free
One of the major announcements of the Sept 1st event was, of course, iOS 4.2. The eventual update will finally unify the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad under a single version, bringing the lucky owners of the dream tablet into the world of folders, multi-tasking, Game Center and more. And guess what – the first beta has just been released and clever and inquisitive minds all over the Apple community, willing to risk the stability of their iDevices, have already installed it and have begun exploring the new possibilities. Features uncovered after the gap.