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6 years ago

Apple Holding Special "iPhone Software Roadmap" Event on March 6. Bring a Date, and your Compiler

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Apple Holding Special "iPhone Software Roadmap" Event on March 6. Bring a Date, and your Compiler

Mark your calendars for March 6, 10:00 am PST. Apple will be holding a special event for members of the media, outlining the company's iPhone development roadmap, as well a possible SDK release for developers. Apple began sending out invitations to the press early this morning, except for me of course. Steve Jobs has never forgiven me for photoshopping his head on Napoleon's bust. And I was so looking forward to the free crab cake.

Stay tuned.

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6 years ago

US Legislation: You Have the Right to... Unlock Your iPhone?

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US Legislation: You Have the Right to... Unlock Your iPhone?

Representative Ed Mackey (D-Mass) wants to make Apple & ATT (and all other US providers) cry. How? By copying the French. Well, technically, by adopting a law similar to France's which mandates that cell companies "shall offer to consumers the opportunity to purchase subsidy-free wireless customer equipment."

Under this proposal, Apple & ATT would likely be forced to offer an unlocked (and unsubsidized) version of the iPhone. (Bidding to start at US$999?)

Potentially worse for the telcos, it would mandate a level of clarity, detail, and (gasp!) understandability for rate plans, including itemization and disclosure of taxes and early termination fees.

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6 years ago

iPhone SDK Event Next Thursday

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iPhone SDK Event Next Thursday

It's coming, the SDK is really really coming. Thank the lord. Apple has sent out invitations to an event titled "iPhone Software Road Map." That may or may not mean they're actually releasing the SDK, but it doesn't sound like we'll be getting a slew of new apps next week.

Yes, it technically is late for the February release, but it's a relief to not be so in the dark anymore. Also interesting:

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6 years ago

1.1.4: Jailbreakers: Go! Unlockers: Stop!

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1.1.4: Jailbreakers: Go! Unlockers: Stop!

Well the news about 1.1.4 is that there's no news -- the apps are the same, the features are the same. The good news is the popular ZiPhone / iJailBreak method of jailbreaking works just fine -- for Jailbreaking. Unlocking is apparently still a no-go, but just you wait, it will be.

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6 years ago

SD... er... Firmware Version 1.1.4 Released

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SD... er... Firmware Version 1.1.4 Released

If you're a dirty, dirty iPhone Jailbreaker or iPhone Unlocker, move right along because I'm sure it's going to take awhile for this to shake out. If you're a mere mortal, though, go on and open up iTunes and apply the update to version 1.1.4. What's on it? "Bug fixes." That's all we know for sure just now.

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6 years ago

Findme: LoJack for your iPhone

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Findme: LoJack for your iPhone

Erica Sadun has done it again, creating a great app for the iPhone called "findme." What it does is constantly track your iPhone's location and sends it via SMS to Twitter. The idea is that if your iPhone is stolen or you want to enable your stalkers to keep track of you constantly, you can set this up and you'll automatically have a private Twitter page that shows the iPhone's approximate longitude and latitude.

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6 years ago

iPhone SDK: Delayed? Full Featured? Yes Please.

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iPhone SDK: Delayed? Full Featured? Yes Please.

The SDK might be delayed one to three weeks, says Arik Hesseldal of BusinessWeek:

I’m hearing from one source that its going to be late. I’m not yet hearing any reasons why, and it’s sounding like the official release date could slide by anywhere from one to three weeks. [...] However I’m also hearing that the situation is fluid, and a lot of last-minute decisions are close to being made about what precisely will or will not be disclosed next week, if anything. There are, apparently, a lot of moving parts to something this complex.

A lot of "moving parts," eh, ya think? It would be a major bummer if the SDK is delayed, but it wouldn't be too shocking - the sand is quickly running out of February's hourglass. Fairly soon, though, we're going to have some information about the SDK and I have to admit that my expectations are rising the more I think about it.

This is related (again) to Mike and my discussion in our iPhone Podcast last week. As I see it, there are four ways that the SDK announcement (whenever it comes) can shake out. Read on for some thoughts on what we might see and what I hope to see.

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6 years ago

Two Great iPhone Apps: AppFlow and Touchpad

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Two Great iPhone Apps: AppFlow and Touchpad

A couple of great iPhone apps (for Jailbroken iPhones) came out in the past couple of days. The first is AppFlow, which lets you browse your applications (but not your Web Links, they're a little different) via the sweet coverflow interface. - ericasadun.com » Introducing AppFlow

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6 years ago

Apple Event Happened - Just Linkin Park

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Apple Event Happened - Just Linkin Park

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6 years ago

Apple's Multitouch Patent Offers Hint to iPhone Method?

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Apple's Multitouch Patent Offers Hint to iPhone Method?

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6 years ago

Phone different Podcast 12

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Phone different Podcast 12

Two weeks later and we're still waiting for the SDK. Mike talks about what he hopes will come, Dieter about what he fears. Plus we discuss the Tiny Code excitement (lies!) and, yes, Google again too.

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6 years ago

Tiny Code: Just Kidding!

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Tiny Code: Just Kidding!

That giant gaping hole you see in my cheek, that would be the result of the hook that KellyTM of Tiny Code used to fish me in. Thankfully, I'm not alone. Turns out that, per this MacRumors post, he was just joking around. Yeah: No 1.1.4. No NDA broken (or ever even signed). No wrist slap. No nothing.

At least the rumors were plausible, right? Oh well, we shouldn't be surprised. With the official SDK so close, it was inevitable that there's be some crazy rumors floated about.

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6 years ago

Lying Bastard: iPhone SDK Leak Site Exposed as Hoax, Sparking Waves of Angry "Sent from my iPhone" emails

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Lying Bastard: iPhone SDK Leak Site Exposed as Hoax, Sparking Waves of Angry "Sent from my iPhone" emails

Angry verbs and adjectives are flying from iRate iPhone users brewing over the revelation that a site claiming to have a leaked SDK and working in partnership with Apple, was in fact a hoax intended to generate traffic and a some laughs. It's getting lots of the former, but very little of the latter. The person behind the hoax site, Tiny Code, perpetrated this caper by posting what he alleged to be "leaked" information, then later pulled down the information, at the request (so he claimed) of Apple's attorneys, and even redirected the site domain to point to Apple's server.

In a forum post on MacRumors he confesses to his crime and then blames the blogosphere for picking up the story in the first place...

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6 years ago

iPhone SDK and Firmware Release "Imminent", As In "Look Out Your Window, It's Pulling Up the Driveway Now"

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iPhone SDK and Firmware Release "Imminent", As In "Look Out Your Window, It's Pulling Up the Driveway Now"

Remember those long hot summer days, back in your childhood, when the musical sounds of an ice cream truck pulling into your neighborhood sent you bolting out the door and running into the street, painting the sidewalk with your saliva along the way? Well prepare to feed your inner child another tasty treat. Tiny Code, the site behind Installer.app repositories (yes, THAT installer.app) has apparently leaked information regarding Apple's upcoming iPhone SDK, claiming that it was working with Apple to develop said SDK, no less.

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6 years ago

1 in 10 iPhones Unlocked, Used on China Mobile

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1 in 10 iPhones Unlocked, Used on China Mobile

rener points us to this story: that roughly 400,000 iPhones are showing up on China Mobile's network. That's 1 in 10. That's alotta iPhones:

According to China Mobile, the biggest wireless carrierin China, there were about 400,000 cracked iPhones using its cellular network service at the end of 2007, representing one out of every 10 iPhone shipments announced officially by Apple. - In-Stat - Information Alert

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