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4 years ago

NOVA gets Retina Display and Gyroscope support

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NOVA gets Retina Display and Gyroscope support

Gameloft's NOVA has just received one awesome update; high-res retina display support and the ability to use the gyroscope (looks like Gun Range proved useful after all) for iPhone 4. First let's talk graphics...

This game looks absolutely amazing. Color. Crispness. It's all there. No aliasing problems, things just look great. Now for the not so great news, the Gyroscope.

I have been playing with the NOVA update for the last couple of days and for the life of me, I can't seem to feel comfortable using the gyroscope in conjunction with the traditional controls. Sure, the gyroscope is precise. Sure you can pivot in a circle and the game will rotate with you. But when it comes to playing in a firefight with aliens, it is hard to be using the traditional controls to pan while using the gyroscope to aim. Perhaps I just don't have the reflexes of my youth, but I found the experience frustrating. Thankfully you can turn the gyroscope controls off.

This was just my experience, how are you liking the update? Let us know in the comments!

Video after the break.

[$4.99- iTunes link]

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4 years ago

iOS 4 features: Search the Web, Wikipedia

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iOS 4 features: Search the Web, Wikipedia

While iOS 3 (iPhone 3.0) introduced Spotlight search for on-device information like contacts, songs, and apps, iOS 4 examples Spotlight to search the Web and Wikipedia as well.

From the main home screen, just swipe to move left to Spotlight, or click the home button to toggle to it, and start typing your search. You may see the aforementioned local results start to pop up but you'll also see a Safari icon saying Search Web and a curiously blank icon saying Search Wikipedia.

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4 years ago

True cost of Apple control: no carrier bloatware on iPhone

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True cost of Apple control: no carrier bloatware on iPhone

We often accuse Apple of being too controlling when it comes to the iPhone, but sometimes that control benefit the end user -- for example preventing the kind of carrier bloatware being foisted on the iPhone that Wired says is being foisted on the new Android devices from Samsung and HTC. Examples include trial versions of subscription services like MobiTV, GoGo Flight Internet, Where, Nascar, Football, and others.

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4 years ago

AT&T activates 3.2 million iPhones in Q3

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AT&T activates 3.2 million iPhones in Q3

Hot on the heels of Apple's 8.4 million iPhones sold in Q3, AT&T announces a record-breaking 3.2 million of those were activated on their network. Their churn levels were lower than ever as well, 1.01 percent postpaid churn and 1.29 percent total churn, and the all-important ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber) up 3.4 percent.

On June 24, AT&T began offering iPhone 4, the most powerful iPhone yet. Preorder sales of iPhone 4 were 10 times higher than the first day of preordering for iPhone 3GS a year earlier. For the full second quarter, AT&T iPhone activations totaled 3.2 million, the most quarterly iPhone activations ever. Approximately 27 percent of those activations were for customers who were new to AT&T.

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4 years ago

Jeff Williams promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations to take charge of Apple product quality

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Jeff Williams promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations to take charge of Apple product quality

AppleInsider is reporting that Jeff Williams, who's been at Apple for over a decade, has just been promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations and tasked with making sure Apple products meet "the highest quality standards".

It's hard not to imagine this as anything other than a response to "antennagate" and other iPhone 4 problems, though there's another theory afloat:

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4 years ago

iPhone is 3% of handset unit volume, 2x profit of RIM, Nokia, Sony combined. iPad next?

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iPhone is 3% of handset unit volume, 2x profit of RIM, Nokia, Sony combined. iPad next?

While iPhone accounts for only 3% of handset market share by unit volume, Finacial Times reveals some Goldman's numbers that show it's set to capture a stunning 2X the profit share of Nokia, RIM, and Sony -- combined.

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4 years ago

And cue the iPhone on T-Mobile US in Q3 rumors!

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And cue the iPhone on T-Mobile US in Q3 rumors!

Cult of Mac is claiming an exclusive, highly placed source has told them iPhone 4 is coming to T-Mobile US as soon as Q3:

Talks between Apple and T-Mobile are at an advanced stage, our source says, and it’s 80 percent likely that the iPhone will be coming to T-Mobile in Q3.

The source works at T-Mobile but asked not to be quoted directly and to remain anonymous because they aren’t authorized to talk to the press.

T-Mobile is a GSM carrier, like AT&T, but they use a 3G band probably not even supported by iPhone 4's 5-band radio (though rumors suggest Apple might simply have chosen not to list it). If it's not supported, Apple will either have to add that band to future units, or produce a new model just for T-Mo.

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4 years ago

Skype updated to support iOS 4 background VoIP multitasking

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Skype updated to support iOS 4 background VoIP multitasking

Skype for iPhone has just hit version 2.1 and brings with it the ability to run iOS 4 background VoIP multitasking. Yes, you finally have the ability to leave Skype running and answer calls as an almost equal citizen to the built in, old-school Phone app.

Hurrah.

If you try it out, let us know how it works for you.

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4 years ago

AT&T outage in North Carolina, Georgia

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AT&T outage in North Carolina, Georgia

AT&T appears to be down in North Carolina and maybe Georgia right now, but luckily TiPb readers still have land lines to light up our alert lines. We're not sure whether it's voice, data, or both as we're getting lots of different reports. If you're having a problem with your iPhone on AT&T, let us know where you are, what kind of service outages you're experiencing, and if you've heard anything from AT&T.

[Thanks Roger and everyone who sent this in!]

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4 years ago

iPhone live tonight, 6pm PT, 9pm ET, 2am BST

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iPhone live tonight, 6pm PT, 9pm ET, 2am BST

This is it. The big one. It's TiPb vs. Antennagate in the steel cage and only one of us will come out alive. Oh, and apps and lots of other news. Join us right here at 6pm PT, 9pm ET, 2am BST

As always, iPhone live takes over the home page 15 minutes or so before the show http://www.imore.com.

Be here, and be ready to chat. We want to hear from you.

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