If you are an avid Jailbreaker, get ready for The iPhone Dev Team’s latest and greatest, just don’t expect it too early. Currently, the team have managed to officially unlock OS 3.0 on the carrier side, but they won’t release it too soon as Apple might throw a last-minute spanner into the works. In any case, the video shows the unlocked 3G and explains briefly the baseband unlock.
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.
Appbank’s blog noted that 3.0 was available for download earlier today which was promptly eaten up by its administrator for 1200円. After paying out the goodly amount and updating, however, the iPod Touch remained with version 2.2. This is not an isolated report. At least three people at Appbank received news that 3.0 had debuted. After downloading however, their iPods also showed that 2.2, not 3.0 was installed.
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.
Despite the lamentable changes in the laptop line, WWDC brought excitement to the scene with great announcements about Snow Leopard, iPhone OS 3.0 and a the new, faster iPhone 3GS. In all the rush of news and disappointments, it would be easy to forget that Safari 4, Apple’s latest version of their svelte web browser emerged from beta to greet eager downloaders last evening.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
TMA’s excitement over Apple’s rumoured new hardware knows no bounds. With the expectation of OS 3.0, Snow Leopard and a possible iPhone hardware announcement at WWDC, there is little to keep our feet on the ground. Last year’s update brought a sleeker design, better headphone support, a cleaner signal, better reception, OS 2.0 and the App Store, longer battery life among other features that have kept the iPhone 3G a beautiful contender in the handset race.