Ars Technica has once again found references to an iProd 1,1 in Apple firmware, this time iPhone 3.1 Beta 3. iProd was last seen back in May in the iPhone 3.0 betas under the prototype designation iProd 0,1.
TiPb is getting reports of an AT&T data network outage in California. If you're having trouble connecting to EDGE/3G with your iPhone, let us know where and when in the comments, and if it comes back up, let us know that as well.
Apple today announced that they've added Mexico to growing list of international iTunes Stores. And we say... it wasn't there already?
“The iTunes Store in Mexico is off to a great start with music from all of the majors and hundreds of indie labels,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “And the revolutionary App Store in Mexico gets bigger and better with great new apps using amazing new features, and we can’t wait to see what developers come up with next.”
Crazy rumor of the day, courtesy of Silicon Alley Insider, has Apple considering turning iTunes accounts into a Paypal competitor. Though they're careful to classify it as gossip and not confirmed news (heh), it's not beyond imagination that someone, somewhere, wanted to gauge a little public reaction to this idea.
Now, TiPb has given Microsoft a lot of negative feedback for losing focus and getting into areas they have no business getting into (pun intended). So, we have to do the same for Apple.
In light of AT&T's continuing challenge to support the iPhone and provide adequate coverage and service to iPhone users, TiPb asked our readers whether they thought Verizon could better handle the iPhone. Rumored to have been Apple's first choice, Verizon's advertising focuses specifically on the reliability and reach of their network. Could things have been different if Apple went with them instead?
Twitbit [$4.99 - iTunes link] is a Twitter client for iPhone and iPod touch that includes built-in push notification for not only @mentions but direct messages as well.
It was not long ago that Rene introduced us all to the app, and we wouldn't be telling the truth if we didn't say things started off pretty rough with the initial launch. TiPb is happy to report, however, with the latest upcoming update, 1.1, things have changed greatly.
More granular push configuration
Selectively push DMs, mentions, neither, or both.
Better push support while the app is running (new message badges, vibrations, etc.)
New direct message workflow
Summary/inbox view that's modeled after the built-in "Messages" app, organized by user
Landscape tweet and direct message composition
Built-in photo browser with landscape support
Landscape mode in the built-in web browser
Saved timeline position
More tweet actions (open in browser, send in email)
More browser actions (send in email, post link in tweet)
Customizable tab order
Customizable re-tweet format
Fix for the "HTTP 401" error when posting tweets and direct messages.
Lots of other UI enhancements and bug fixes
TiPb has been putting this latest beta through it's paces the past two weeks and so far so we've been impressed. Look for Twitbit 1.1 to hit Apple's App Store any day now.
Pictures of Twitbit 1.1 in action after the break!
According to sibling site WMExperts, Microsoft has released a developers guide for porting iPhone apps to -- shock and horror -- Windows Mobile.
Can't blame them, though, 65,000 apps via a unified, on-device store, fart apps and rejected apps aside, is a huge competitive gap to make up, especially when your previous generation was stuck in a Windows 95-style user experience.
Selfishly, we hope the competition helps force out those fart apps and get those rejected apps back into Apple's iTunes App Store where they belong...
Buy.com is offering the iPhone 3GS at 32GB "Never-Locked LEGALLY Unlocked" for $999. You can also get the iPhone 3G at 16GB for $849.
While seller DB Electronics doesn't source the gear, we can only guess they're picking them up somewhere Apple sells unlocked iPhones (like Hong Kong) and reselling them here (if someone knows better, drop us a correction in the comments).
Can't believe we missed this iPhone 3GS headed robot! (Don't tell Dieter). Which exact ancestor of our future robotic iPhone overlords we don't know, but we figure when the day does come, if they're rocking iPhone heads, at least Apple might still reject "wipe out humanity" or somesuch from their overlord App Store... (insert your own duplicates functionality joke here!)