Apple’s 2009 WWDC – Rundown of the Big Event (iPhone OS 3.0 – New iPhone 3GS)

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Keep a look out here for major updates from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference as well as a final recap as the conference closes. Apple fans, iPhone devotees and the rest of you, it is WWDC time! If you are interested, take a look at the entire event over at Apple’s WWDC QuickTime page.

Highlights:

  • Major MacBook upgrades and Incremental MacBook Pro upgrades (all aluminium versions are now MacBook Pros)
  • Snow Leopard to be sold for only 29$ USD! Microsoft’s balls are in Apple’s court now – They cannot afford to price Windows 7 less than Windows Vista, so upgrading to the newest from Redmond will be very, very expensive in light of Apple’s supple and tidy OS.
  • iPhone 3G at 99$ (8GB), iPhone 3GS 199$ (16GB), iPhone 3GS 299$ (32GB)
  • Autofocus Camera @ 3 MegaPixels and new Camera software/10cm Macro
  • MMS
  • Digital Compass to work with Core Location
  • Turn by Turn Navigation and In-App Google Maps Support
  • Better Language Support
  • Find My iPhone for Mobile Me users
  • Tethering/HTML 5.0/OpenGL 2.0
  • Voice commands for phone and iPod functions
  • Landscape editing
  • Spotlight search for entire iPhone and all apps!
  • Better Battery (iPhone 3GS)
  • More Accessibility support
  • iPhone users can download movies straight from iTunes (unless your mum says now)
  • Cut/Copy/Paste for every app in the App Store and all Apple apps (2 years too late?)

Of course, we knew many of these functions as part of the OS 3.0 Sneak Peak back in March.

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In-Call MMS Patent Unearthed – iPhone P2P Looks Handy

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If you haven’t time to read through the entire 19-page patent, let me outline it for you. A system called, “Methods and systems for mixing media with communications” will tentatively allow users to share different media whilst making telephone calls. Apple would accomplish this by enhancing the phone function in the iPhone with an ‘add media’ button. iPhone users could then share music files, video, images, voicemails, and podcasts with a tap.

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GravSynth Music App – Gravitational Music for the Musician and the Curious

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GravSynth is an exciting musical app which bends synth music DJ-style in the palm of your hand. Perhaps, it would be more appropriate to describe it rather, as an instrument. It uses the forces of gravity, touch input and your unerring creativity to produce music.

Tokyo-based Kayac have been producing mobile apps for different platforms, but GravSynth is their first App Store release. Among their many mottos is what could roughly be translated as ‘continual production’ (つくり続ける) which shows in their unswerving dedication to production and continual new ideas.

Take a look at their marketing literature, photos and a demonstration of GravSynth in action after the jump
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Down She Goes! Apple’s Mac and iPod Line Losing Ground for 2nd Straight Quarter

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While not the news we hope and pray for, we can still pray. Pray that things set themselves aright (aside from sliding prices). Apple have been losing selling power now for the 2nd straight quarter. Mac shipments for the month of April have slipped 1.8 percent and quarterly sales by 3, a number that proves that even Apple are susceptible to recession.

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Updated: QuickOffice Mobile Office Suite in Review – A Mostly Productive Productivity Suite

Join the long list of people waiting for a proper Microsoft Office editing suite. Take a number. Have a seat. And maybe a coffee. Several good options have made appearance at the App Store but none are quite ready to be dubbed true Office Editors.

QuickOffice, a suite a suite comprised of Word and Excel editors, takes charge of a few great features of the iDevice and makes Office editing possible along with file sharing and creation. To attest the fact, this review has entirely been written on my iPod touch.

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Background Apps – Apple Say Maybe

Apple (APPL) have been stubborn in regards to adding third-party background app support. Previously citing battery life problems, security concerns and added consumer confusion as reasons to leave support out of iPhone OS firmware, Apple may be changing their stance. Lack of such support flies in the face of Apple’s staunchest of competitors who each have some sort of support for the function. 

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Brushes in Review – Dali Finger to the Rescue

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We gots an artist in the house!

In the strain of all great artists, I subjected myself to self torture and then re-created shigzeo as only I know him (me). Brushes, by Steve Sprang is that method and the outcome is the Monet/Van Gogh you see above.

I did not use the 3x ‘how to draw a face’ tutorial that can be seen after the jump (didn’t need it), nor did I apply learning that I received from school or study. Simply, I let the artist within me flow to the nearly excellent canvass that is my iPod Touch.

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iPhone App Bugs – Questioning the Validity of Issue-prone Software

2009-05-13-iphonebugsPrior to OS 2.0 and the App Store’s inauguration, optimists crowded the iPhone scene with conjecture that the new software would bring not only the iPhone but its users truly into a deserved limelight. Well, nearly a year later, there are tens of thousands of apps and millions of happy iPhone and iPod Touch users; the iPhone platform is hotter and the iPod Touch funner than ever.

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Shouting at the Coach: Manage Your Football Club to Hit App Store Shelves

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31 March 2009, Sports Director, creator of Football Director for the DS, announced their upcoming title which is slated for release in quarter two of this year. Football fans, its time to queue up for this exciting addition to fantasy football at the App Store. That is, fantasy football meets The Sims. Manage Your Football Club (MYFC) is a deeply rooted strategy football game aimed at satisfying both power mongers and hooligans. You can play anywhere, make all pertinent decisions for your squad and choose the path to glory as your take the helm of your favourite team.

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Enfour’s Oxford Deluxe in Review: Redefining ‘The Best’

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Though there are many concise versions of the Oxford English Dictionary, only a couple versions of the Oxford Dictionary of English have hit the shelves of the App Store. Likewise, our Oxford reviews have focused on the many flavours of the Concise versions. This week however, we sample the taste and culmination of research, programming and foresight that Enfour have employed to bring the entire ODE & OTE Oxford to the App Store.

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