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5 years ago

Apple Announces (Again) Push Notification Services for iPhone 3.0

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Apple Announces (Again) Push Notification Services for iPhone 3.0

We've asked what happened to the Push Notification Service that iPhone Software VP, Scott Forstall first announced back at WWDC 2008. We've even wondered if Apple had changed their mind and gone with a true background multi-tasking approach. Or whether they'd simply scrapped the idea entirely?

Turns out Push Notification took a little longer to polish up than Apple anticipated, in addition to developers requesting features above and beyond what Apple initially expected (though, in all "truthiness", we didn't see anything new above the surface yet ourselves).

Apple claims to have tested Windows Mobile, Android, and other devices running background IM, and that battery drain was 80% compared with 20% for Push Notification. We're not buying that yet, but we are happy Apple is taking their time with this. Better a rock-solid implementation than anything approaching MobileMe's disastrous launch.

So what is Push Notification and how does it work? Read on after the break!

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5 years ago

Turn by Turn Apps Coming to iPhone 3.0 App Store

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Turn by Turn Apps Coming to iPhone 3.0 App Store

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5 years ago

iPhone OS 3.0 SDK Beta: 1000 New APIs! Maps! iPod! P2P! iPod Access! Dock Access! More!

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iPhone OS 3.0 SDK Beta: 1000 New APIs! Maps! iPod! P2P! iPod Access! Dock Access! More!

As part of their just concluded iPhone OS 3.0 Preview Event, Apple refreshed the iPhone SDK and announced over 1000 new API for developers which, according to Senior Vice President of iPhone Software, Scott Forstall, are designed to better help developers make great apps. (And a boatload of money for all involved, 'natch).

Highlights include:

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5 years ago

What's new with Bluetooth in iPhone 3.0?

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What's new with Bluetooth in iPhone 3.0?

There were plenty of things we were hoping for with iPhone 3.0, but that list definitely included improved support for the many things we can do with Bluetooth. The list was as long as the feature list for Bluetooth itself and though Apple didn't get everything, they certainly got a lot. Here's the list of what you can (and can't) do with Bluetooth on iPhone 3.0:

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5 years ago

iPhone 3.0 to get Spotlight Device Search

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iPhone 3.0 to get Spotlight Device Search

The rumors had said that the iPhone would pick up some features that had been touted for the Pre. One feature of the Pre: Universal Search. The iPhone does the Pre one better with their Spotlight search -- it not only searches contacts and apps, but will also search within other key applications like Mail and SMS.

Spotlight on the iPhone works thusly: it becomes your new left-most home screen. When you get there, you can just start typing to bring up a list of everything that matches your search. The list will include data from:

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5 years ago

iPhone 3G to Support MMS, Original iPhone Won't

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iPhone 3G to Support MMS, Original iPhone Won't

Whew! The feature announcements in the iPhone 3.0 event came fast and furious. One of the most-wanted features, MMS, will be supported when 3.0 is released to consumer this summer. That's the good news. The bad news: Apple claims that the radio on the original iPhone 2G can't support MMS, so that feature will not make it to 1st gen iPhones.

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5 years ago

Apple iPhone 3.0 Preview = Every iPhone Fanboy's Wishlist! Copy/Paste, Turn-by-Turn, MMS, Push Notification, Notes Sync, Stereo Bluetooth, Landscape Keyboard, P2P, Subscriptions, More!

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Apple iPhone 3.0 Preview = Every iPhone Fanboy's Wishlist! Copy/Paste, Turn-by-Turn, MMS, Push Notification, Notes Sync, Stereo Bluetooth, Landscape Keyboard, P2P, Subscriptions, More!

Today Apple previewed over 100 new features for iPhone 3.0 -- coming sometime this summer -- along with over 1000 new API's for developers, and enough new features to answer the fevered dreams of 17,000,000,000 fanboys.

We'll be back with more feature-by-feature coverage in a bit, but here are the highlights.

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5 years ago

Apple iPhone 3.0 Preview Event Live Meta-Blog

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Apple iPhone 3.0 Preview Event Live Meta-Blog

Thanks to those who joined us today for TiPb's Live Meta-Blog of Apple's iPhone 3.0 Preview Event. It was a great event, with great features like Cut/Copy and Paste, MMS, Stereo Bluetooth, Spotlight, Landscape Keyboard, and quite literally everything every fanboy wrote on their wish-list.

For our full transcript, read on after the jump!

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5 years ago

Sygic "Confirms" First Turn-by-Turn App to Enter App Store?

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Sygic "Confirms" First Turn-by-Turn App to Enter App Store?

Dieter gave us our first eyes-on look at Sygic's Turn-by-Turn GPS solution for the iPhone 3G, but we wondered if Apple -- whose iPhone SDK specifically forbid providing such navigation -- would ever allow it.

Seems Sygic thinks they will:

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5 years ago

Review: Griffin Clarifi for iPhone 3G

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Review: Griffin Clarifi for iPhone 3G

The Griffin Clarifi Case for iPhone 3G is available from The iPhone Blog Store for $29.95. If you are looking for a case that enhances your close-up iPhone camera photos, is slim and dockable then this case might be for you. Let’s see how it measures up after the break!

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5 years ago

Copy/Paste! MMS! Kevin Rose's Last Minute iPhone 3.0 Rumors

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Copy/Paste! MMS! Kevin Rose's Last Minute iPhone 3.0 Rumors

Kevin Rose jumped on Facebook video (login to Facebook required) to basically confirm what he said previously about copy and paste, saying it would be across apps, with cut available as well in those apps that support it (?).

He also confirmed hearing MMS would be enabled from multiple sources, something he said he didn't know previously.

A third, unidentified rumor was mentioned but not elaborated on as Rose said he had conflicting sources.

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5 years ago

Hockenberry on Apple Netbook Rumors: How About "Front Row To Go"?

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Hockenberry on Apple Netbook Rumors: How About "Front Row To Go"?

Twitterrific developer Craig Hockenberry has posted an interesting article about where he thinks Apple might be going with those 10" multi-touch panels they're rumored to have bought. Not wanting to cannibalize iPhone or MacBook sales, and wanting to experience yet another iPod Halo effect, he takes a look at the gaps he sees in the current product line up and comes up with "Front Row To Go":

Think of it as a second screen for the current hardware.

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5 years ago

iPhone SMASH Puny AT&T Network at SXSW in Austin, TX

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iPhone SMASH Puny AT&T Network at SXSW in Austin, TX

What's causing all the commotion down in Austin, Texas right now? Turns out it's not only iPhone news at South by Southwest 2009 (SXSW), but it's everyone using iPhone 3Gs as well! It's SMASHING AT&T's network.

We've joked before that AT&T had basically gone out and strapped rabbit ears on their EDGE antennas and called it 3G, well if that's the case, they're rapidly strapping even more ears on round Austin way right now, according to Business Insider:

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5 years ago

iPhone 3.0 Rumor Round Up!

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iPhone 3.0 Rumor Round Up!

We're just under 24 hours away from when -- we presume -- Phil Schiller and Scott Forstall (and maybe Tim Cook?) will take the stage at Apple HQ and preview iPhone OS 3.0 and the new SDK. We'll be meta-live blogging it, of course, tomorrow at 1pm EDT/10am PDT, so be sure to join us for the TiPb take on things as they unfold. In the meantime, here are the current rumors, broken down by functionality... after the break!

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5 years ago

How To: Autofill Your iPhone with Music

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How To: Autofill Your iPhone with Music

iTunes 8.1 brought us some snazzy improvements to Party Shuffle iTunes DJ and the iPhone's Remote app. That wasn't the only iPhone-related improvement, however, as Ars Techica notes, there's a new feature that used to be reserved for the iPod Shuffle that you can now use for the iPhone: Autofill.

Autofill essentially lets you just fill up the empty space on your iPhone with some randomly chosen music (you can choose to leave some space open for installing apps and the like later on). As somebody who's not really into constantly creating playlists and managing albums, it's a nice option. A nice option that's squirreled away in a pretty difficult to find place.

After the break, we walk you through the steps (courtesy of the Ars Article) screenshot-by-screenshot.

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