Apple has released the first beta of their planned 2.2 firmware update for the iPhone, though Apple doesn’t really say anything about what’s in there.
From what I’ve seen on the web, one change is that in the browser the URL and search boxes, currently stacked on top one another, are now side by side.
[Via Mac Rumors]
iPhone owners (original and 3G) looking for a way to change their iPhone while on the go might want to take a look at Brando’s new Solar Powered Leather Case.
The case contains a battery that can fully charge an iPhone in 3 hours as well as a solar panel on the side to charge your iPhone via the Sun.
No word on how long it will take to completely charge the iPhone using solar power but expect it to take longer than 3 hours.
Not bad for $48.
For more info check out the product page here.
Apple yesterday issued a recall for the USB power adapter that was included with the iPhone 3G sold in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru. The adapters sold in other countries should be fine.
A problem with the adapter could result in a metal prong breaking off and remaining in power outlets.
Replacement adapters won’t be available until October 10th and the new ones will contain a green dot to help tell them apart from the originals. Users needing a replacement can order one here or just drop by ann Apple retail store on or after October 10th.
[Via Mac Rumors]
According to a note from Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner, he has received confirmation that updated MacBook’s are already shipping.
“Field checks” indicate that the new MacBooks have a “very thin aluminum casing, an LED-backlit display and an aggressive entry-level price point.”
If you’re about to buy a MacBook, might want to wait a day or two for this to be confirmed or shot down.
[Via Mac Rumors]
Looks like Apple has just released the 2.1 firmware update for the iPhone.
New in this update are:
- decrease in call set-up failures and call drops
- significantly improve battery life for most users
- dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
- improve email reliability, notable fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
- faster installation of 3rd party applications
- fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes if you have lots of 3rd party applications
- improved performance of text messaging
- faster loading and searching of contacts
- improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
- repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
- option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
- Genius playlist creation
I’m in the process of downloading the update right now so i can’t say for sure yet just how improved things feel but if you’re eager to get your hands on it you’d better hurry before people from all over world start hitting Apple’s servers.
Apple’s latest version iTunes, version 8, seems to be causing some grief for Windows Vista users.
According to reports, some users are experiencing a “blue screen of death” after plugging in an iPod or iPhone. Apparently having the device plugged in when the computer boots doesn’t make a difference.
Some affected by the problem have been able to connect their iPod or iPhone to their Vista computer succesfully by first unplugging other USB devices, particulary HP printers and scanners. For some, however, this doesn’t help at all and even a clean install of Vista doesn’t make things work.
Could it be related to a bad USB driver with iTunes 8? That’s what some users are guessing.
Either way, seems safe to say it is related to Apple’s inexcusably poor QA as of late. Seems that they’ve adopted Microsoft’s “screw it, we’ll patch it later” mentality.
Apple today announced that the iPhone would be receiving the 2.1 firmware update this Friday.
The new firmware is supposed to help with dropped calls, crashes, improve battery live, and speed up sync times. Unfortunately still no copy and paste feature.
Current iPod Touch users will also be able to get the 2.1 update but it will cost them $10. The new Touch comes with the newest firmware.
UPDATE: The new 2.1 firmware is available right now for the iPod Touch and if you’ve already purchased the 2.0 firmware this one will be free.
At Apple’s Let’s Rock event today they announced that NBC content was returning to iTunes and would be available in HD.
That means that all of these neworks are also back:
- USA Network
- SCI FI Channel
- NBC News
Yep, that also means that shows like 30 Rock, The Office, Hereos and Battlestar Galactica are also back.
Today in San Francisco Apple’s Let’s Rock didn’t hold too many surprises if you’ve been following the rumors leading up to the event.
iTunes 8 was revealed that will include a new Genius feature to recommend new music to you based on what sort of music you seen to be listening to.
The iPod Nano and Touch were also updated. The new Nano is quit a bit taller than the last model (which resembled a Chicklet) features a taller screen and an accelerometer to rotate your screen if you tip the Nano sideways (like the iPhone and iPod Touch) and also allows you to shuffle to another track by shaking it.
The new Nano’s will be available this week and be available in 8GB for $149 or 16GB for $199.
The new iPod Touch features the same look as the iPhone 3G and now includes a built-in speaker, external volume control (finally) and has integrated Nike+iPod functionality.
The new Touch is available right now and goes for $229 for an 8GB model or $299 for a 16GB version. Oh, and it’s being referred to in marketing material as “the funnest iPod ever”.
Another iPod, the Classic, was updated and now is only available with a 120GB hard drive for $249. This new model is available immediately and the two previous models, the 80GB and 160GB, are history.
When Google first released their Chrome web browser it’s primary target was Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and it looks like it as able to make a dent.
Last week Chrome averaged 0.7% (down form it’s peak of 1.2%) of all browsers used and IE lost 1.4%.
By no means is IE losing it’s strong position as the number one web browser (it still controls 71% of the market) but it’s encouraging news for alternative browsers overall. Firefox climbed 0.3%, Safari 0.4%, and Opera 0.01%.