iPhone 2G to get iPhone OS 4.0 – take that, Apple!

At one point in the iPhoneOS 4.0 keynote I was almost sure I heard 1.7 million hearts drop. I’m talking, of course, about the announcement of the platform the new OS is coming to. Roughly 2% of iPhone users still use the original iPhone 2G. Apple, in its quest to win over the hearts and wallets of the general population built such a magnificent device that quite a significant amount of people are still quite content with it, despite all of the features, only present in the newer versions.

Well, it seems I’m not the only one who thinks the policy of shutting the original iPhone out of the new bright future of OS 4.0 is cruel and unusual punishment. Rebuilding OS Group – a small independent team led by William Campell and previously know for some hacks of the PSP and Nintendo OS’s among other things has recently announced they are already working on making a special version of the OS 4.0 adapted for the iPhone 2G.

This version will, of course be based on the one for the iPhone 3G as the two devices share very similar hardware. Work is hard in progress, but already roughly 40% of the functions work fine on the original Jesus Phone and the project has been moved to beta stage. I’m still on the fence whether this is a fake or not, but I’d like to beieve in a better brighter future where all iPhones are created equal.

[iphones.ru via fittingstorm]

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APPointments at the Apple Store – there’ll be an app for that

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If you’ve found it hard to stand on your two (give or take) feet for long at the Apple Store, thank heavens, Apple may have just what you need: an app which will let you browse while the powers that be crunch queue numbers. I may be taking liberty here; Appleinsider mention that the app will actually help you schedule Concierge appointments, Genius Bar drinks, and Pro Care surgery. A welcome step (and timely as my MacBook Pro will be going back for its _third_ surgery in less than 6 months) where users don’t have to bother with as many online steps. This is still in rumour status, but AI reckon that the source is better than spotty, so look for ward to: iQueue – APPointments

iProd to be available for touch in early 2010?

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Some people say that the only thing capable of travelling faster than the speed of light is rumors. And have I got a juicy one for you. Okay, maybe it’s not a completely new one, but is still more than worthy of attention. We’ve all heard of the iTablet, Apple supposed strike at the netbook market, a hardware which many hoped would debut at Apple’s “It’s Only Rock and Roll” event. Well, it seems we may not have to wait for much longer.

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iPhone in Korea: KT and SKT dangle the smartphone in front of hungry customers

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The Korean market isn’t new to corporate promises that the iPhone will appear on its shores. Since the 3G’s 2008 American introduction – a product launch which, along with the App Store, gave Apple’s phone new legs, promises of the phone’s introduction have come in well-timed spurts which are never accompanied by product. The lastest, again from Korea’s largest carrier, KT, suggests that it will supply Apple’s handset -a promise which SK (the nation’s 2nd largest carrier) are also staking. Several hardware hurdles which have held foreign manufacturers from the market have been removed, but still, successfully establishing a niche in what has until now, been a handset dictatorship, is difficult.

That may just be the problem – the dictator has become the prime minister. Samsung pretty much owns the country and is looking for a bigger piece all the time. Theme parks, grocery stores, car parks, life insurance, skyscrapers, mobile carriers, etc.; without Samsung, which accounts for 20% of Korea’s export market, the country would cease to operate.

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8GB iPhone 3GS – coming from Apple

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Many people complain that the iPhone or iPod touch doesn’t heft their entire library of music, games, apps and movies in its pricey 32GB bulk. Then, there are those who like me, plug in, sync iTunes with what we want to listen to and view for the next few days. It takes about a minute extra and costs thousands of pennies less. Well, for  that latter group, the 99$ iPhone may see an upgrade to its 3GS iteration, a move which will see even the poor sods racing by the nearly stationary 16GB 3G owners at 6,7x the speed. This report comes from the ninjas at BoyGenius who have obviously planted snap-happy informants at Rogers.

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Netflix coming to the iDevice

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According to Mutlichannel, the popular streaming video interface, Neflix, will bring its services to the iDevice and Nintendo’s Wii console. This rumour comes at the hands of an ‘executive familiar with neflix’s plans’, so perhaps it is not time to undo your cross fingers, toes, arms and eyes; but time to pray. In the event that netflix software does hit the iDevice, offering 12 000 videos for streaming, it might be safe to say that a collective ‘whoopee’ will rise from fans of Apple’s device from around the world.

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Make way for the iProd!

Thanks Computerworld Blog

If you’ve had enough of hardware rumours, flip down the page to the Klipsch S4 Inner Earphone review. If not, stick this one in your tailpipe. Okay, so TMA have recycled the above rendering about 27,5 times now, but that doesn’t mean that this article isn’t exciting. The same ArtsTechnica who tossed a first-generation iPod nano around till it nearly died, have been alerted to a minute, yet weighty change in Apple’s latest USB configuration.plist – a change which designates the evolving of an interesting product, the iProd.

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3rd Gen iPod touch and 5th Gen Nano Cameras Revealed?

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If this rumour can be believed, it is another cemented piece of evidence that the new iPod touch will receive a camera. This time, the evidence comes from pictures of what is purported to be new iPod cases from China. The pictures come from several case manufacturers.

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Next Gen iPod touch: camera and mic

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Thanks Wired!

Dime a dozen rumours are again in full swing with this bout of conjecture pointing not to a next iPhone, but the next iPod touch. Wired.com evidently have special monkeys within the business who have sussed out the innards of the next iPod touch. It is only fair too that the iPod finally gets some speculative press after surviving in in the iPhone’s shadow for far too long.

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Apple Netbook slated for an October release?

Thanks Computerworld Blog

Thanks Computerworld Blog

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.

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