There's some confusion in the wake of Apple releasing iOS 4.1 for iPhone and iPod touch to developers today -- namely where is the iOS 4.0.1 bug fix release and where is iOS 4.x for iPad?
iOS 4.1 will be a proper new release, just like iOS 3.1 (iPhone 3.1) was last year, which means developers need to test against it, which means Apple needs to release an early beta for those developers. Last year, iOS 3.1 beta 1 was released on June 30, 2009. So today is a couple weeks earlier than last year's point release beta -- read into that what you will -- but not crazily off schedule.
Earlier this afternoon Apple released the very first beta for iOS 4.1 along with the software development kit (SDK) to all developers. Unfortunately, there has been no word on what changes have been made within the software from Apple. If you are a developer and notice anything worth a mention, be sure to let us know.
So on one hand the hype surrounding iPhone 4 antenna issues has risen to the level of a David Letterman top 10 list and Top Gear joke (see videos after the break), and on the other it's got Microsoft COO Kevin Turner calling it Apple's Vista (which is a bizarre slam on Microsoft's own product):
It's beyond the looking glass. What is Apple going to do? What should they do?
How does a "shooting scene reconstructor" use his iPhone to get the job done and what iPhone apps help get him through his day? TiPb’s iPhone at work contest aims to bring you just such slices of the iPhone life. Here’s Theta's answer and as a small token of thanks we’re sending him a $20 iTunes gift certificate. If you want to see your name up on the TiPb home page and get a gift certificate all your own, head on over to the TiPb iPhone Forum and share your story now!
I just got my first iPhone, an iPhone 4. Before that I used two different generations of iPod touches.
I do quite a few "shooting scene reconstructions", and other investigations related to firearms examination. To that end, I have converted over from using a Tablet PC for field note taking, to using Office² and various self made worksheets. I can quickly enter various types of data related to the evidence I am examining. Today I even took a picture of a fired casing comparison using the iPhone 4 camera through the microscope objective, cropped the image (CropForFree), annotated it (iRetouch Lite), and then inserted into my worksheet in Office².
According to the Sun, Apple has purchased Quebec-based Poly9, a mapping API provider for Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo!, MSNBC, and NORAD.
Poly9's website has been shuttered, their employees moved to Cupertino.
Last year, Apple bought PlaceBase, a company that specialized in API for layering data sets over maps.
Since there's only a few companies that actually own the maps themselves, Apple still isn't going into the map business -- but they certainly look to be doing a lot to make their implementation of maps better and more powerful.
Osfoora is a Twitter client that’s been gaining a lot of traction on the iPhone platform. Me, being me, decided to finally give it a go. As we already know, I’m extremely shallow and finicky when it comes to picking an everyday Twitter client. But as we all know, there’s tons to choose from and what may suit one person, doesn’t suit another. For me, I’ll use whatever serves as the best all around client for me until something better pops up. In my opinion, Osfoora is the best all around client right now.
One of the huge advantages of iOS 4's virtual keyboard is that, for people who write in multiple languages, changing from English to Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, or other non-Roman options involves a simple Settings change. This is helpful for language students and business travelers alike. It can also be fun, especially when it comes to things like Japanese Emoji (think emoticons gone wild).
Kyle sent this our way:
When turning on the japanese romaji keyboard, if you return to the
keyboards menu you will be given a new option "edit user dictionary"
where you can add a new word/Yama (if I remember that right) to the auto-correct dictionary and I assume the spell-check as well.
After tinkering for a bit, I saw the Chinese Pinyin keyboards work as well for the dictionary. Now, while meandering through the Japanese keyboard, I saw this "^_^" key under the '123' tab. Tap it and you'll be given a gigantic list of 'emoticons' if you will and some of which include symbols like those
of a character map.
I HIGHLY recommend you see these as some are a bit
funny looking and it really makes you think why Apple would put these
on here, and why so many?
We're guessing it's because iPhone is popular in Japan, Emoji are popular in Japan, and Apple's using the latter to increase the former. If any Japanese readers have a better theory, let us know!