So you're still debating whether or not to jailbreak your iPhone? Hopefully after reading this you will have made your decision. Back in October we brought to you the first Top 5 Must-Have Jailbreak Apps, well today we bring you round two of the series. Now keep in mind, all the seasoned veterans of Jailbreaking will or should know about all the apps listed here. This article is for the sole purpose of swaying those still on the fence to the darkside...
***All of the following apps can be downloaded via Cydia on your Jailbroken iPhone.
Apple Insider, quoting TouchMeme developer Krishna Vegesna, reports that Apple has made some changes to the way it displays applications in the App Store, which they break down into three areas:
-- Most popular apps are now highlighted in each category page
-- Free apps are separated from -- and hence no longer dominate -- paid apps in the side bar
-- Tweaked the design to make it more consistent with the iPhone App Store app
Per the video above, Ocarina for iPhone developer, Smule, is giving away $10,000 -- $1000 each for the top 10 Ocarina videos! How do you enter? Make a video response to the contest vid above, or put a video in their official group. How do you win?
Yes, you read the title correctly. In a move that nobody expected, you can now purchase an iPhone 3G from AT&T's web site, have it delivered to you, and activate it in the comfort of your own home. This home delivery service is now being offered to both existing customers adding a line and new customers.
If you purchase within the next 8 days you are promised to have your new iPhone the next day with free overnight shipping. AT&T also notes that shoppers have 8 days left in order to have it delivered before the Christmas holiday.
It seems that e-book readers are going to be technology's next big thing. With the Kindle being named Oprah’s favorite gadget and other e-book reading devices battling for pole position, the e-book reader is populating daily culture. But who wants to pay that much money for a dedicated reading device that is admittedly limited and still has no true standard format?
Insert iPhone. We all know that the iPhone does a great job in converging multiple devices, why not add being an e-book reader to its capabilities? Obviously we won’t have any e-ink technology in the iPhone but the e-book readers in the iPhone, Classics and Stanza, offer ease of use and a great free selection—plus you don’t have to plop down an extra 400 dollars to read a book.
See what we think of Classics and Stanza in our App vs App!
With the launch of the iPhone 3G, Apple dropped the price point to a carrier-subsidized $199 for the 8GB model. Naturally, that led the usual suspects to complain it wasn't cheaper. It should be $99. It should be free. They should pay us $199 to take it!
Somewhat -- if only slightly -- more seriously, however, that's pretty much what Apple Insider says Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty's studies are showing, with fully 46% turning their nose up at the current price point. She claims that sales of the iPhone 3G were half as strong in September and October when compared to July and September, and suggests:
Earlier this week, Macworld cried foul over some movies that appeared to be disappearing from the iTunes Store. There was no apparent pattern as the movies were all released by different studios. I checked a few of them in the Canadian Store, and they were still there...
So what was up?
CNet did some investigating, and it turns out we -- once again -- have big media to thank for our poor user experience:
Fans of EA's ever popular SimCity series should be jumping with joy right about now. Later this month EA will be releasing SimCity for the iPhone on the App Store. Kotaku was able to demo the game recently and here is what they had to say:
I thought my review last week for the Palm Treo Pro would be my toughest, little did I suspect Dieter would double up on my HTC and Windows Mobile experience (actually, triple up on HTC as I had the Android G1 for the first review). That's a LOT of Windows Mobile, especially for someone who abandoned the platform a long time ago, first for Palm OS, and now for the iPhone.
Reviewing the same OS two weeks in a row is a challenge. I originally focused on the PIM apps last week, including calendar, tasks, and notes, and through in email and web for good measure. This week I planned on focusing more on Windows Mobile from a media and "under the hood" perspective. However, something changed that: TouchFlo 3D. Turns out, not only was the FUZE's slider keyboard a big old hardware differentiator, their "skin" running on top of Windows Mobile was a fairly compelling software differentiator as well. So, instead of doing a poor job rehashing tech-specs that any writer over at WMExperts could run circles around, I'm going to go with the TouchFlo.
Just remember: I'm not coming at this device from a neutral point of view. That's not my job here. My job is to give you an iPhone user's opinion. So, consider me bias, a n00b, an iFanboy, a complete idiot, but consider this as well: my final, full review... after the break!
UPDATE: Yup, you read the new title right, CrackBerry Kevin -- the addict himself -- will be joining us LIVE tonight to talk -- you guessed it -- BlackBerry Storm vs. iPhone 3G! Don't miss it!
Just a reminder, folks, we kick off the next iPhone Live! tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 10) at 8pm EST/5pm PST. (We'll actually start broadcasting a little earlier tonight, if we can, so you can share in the pre-show with us!)
Topic is still being finalized -- we're trying to line up a very special guest -- but we'll of course be taking your questions. Leave them in the comments below, on Twitter @theiphoneblog, or chat live with us tonight!
The current generation of iPhone, iPod Touch, and pretty much all mobile devices max out at last generation 802.11g WiFi speeds. Could the next generation finally catch up? They'd need something that packed all that speed and range into a pretty tiny chip... Luckily,
Engadget says such a chip is already becoming available: