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.
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.
Apple’s “Let’s Rock” event is taking place tomorrow, September 9th, and according to rumors we can expect to see:
- Updated iPod Touch
- Updated iPod Nano
- Release of iTunes 8
- Release of iPhone 2.1 firmware
There’s an outside chance that MacBooks will be updated as well but that seems pretty unlikely at tomorrows event.
There’s also a rumor that the iPhone 2.1 firmware will hold a few surprises for developers with some new features being revealed that had been previously withheld in SDK releases.
[Via Ars Technica]
Looks like the Meizu M8, the most obvious of the iPhone clones, might really be getting ready to hit retail. A video of the device in action has been posted to YouTube and I must say, it doesn’t look bad.
Its lacking some of the polish that Apple has in their interface, but all in all it looks like a pretty nice effort.
Check it out for yourself below:
Google has announced that it’s Android-based mobile phone platform will be getting it’s own online application distribution system similar to the iPhone’s App Store called Android Market.
While the Android Market will initially be released in beta form, it is expected to be available when the first Android-based handsets hit the market later this year.
The process for developers to add their applications to the Android Market seems pretty straight forward–register as a merchant, upload your apps content, then publish it.
For more info check out Eric Chu’s blog post here.
The cat and mouse game plays on between Apple and the iPhoneDevTeam. Apple updated their iPhone and iPod Touch firmware to 2.0.2 and the iPhoneDevTeam has updated their PwnageTool to version 2.0.3 which supports hacking the new firmware.
Also new in PwnageTool 2.0.3 is:
- Updated version of Installer.app beta 6
- New .de localization for German speaking users
Grab the tool here or if you already have it use the tools updating feature.
The first iPhone clone to get attention was the M8 MiniOne by Meizu, first showed off in late 2006.
The M8 is back in the news and may actually be releasing later this year.
According to Meizu CEO Jack Wong the M8 (MiniOne has been dropped from the name because people kept referring to it as just the M8 so the company is going with that) will be available in white only and will be released in October or November of this year “at the latest.”
The hardware is “essentially the same, but the software has been improved.”
We’ll see, I guess…