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6 years ago

Microsoft on iPhone ActiveSync

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Microsoft on iPhone ActiveSync

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6 years ago

Review: Invisible Shield for the iPhone

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Review: Invisible Shield for the iPhone

The Shieldzone Full Body invisibleSHIELD ($24.95) for your iPhone is an invisible, thin plastic coating that serves well to protect your pretty shiny iPhone from scratches, scrapes, and scuffs without adding additional bulk.

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6 years ago

SDK iFund: 100 Million Dollars!

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SDK iFund: 100 Million Dollars!

In a move sure to boost Michael Arrington's post count, the "one more thing" at today's Apple's iPhone SDK Roadmap event turned out to be doozie -- 100,000,000 doozies to be exact.

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6 years ago

About that 70/30 Revenue Split...

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About that 70/30 Revenue Split...

Make your app free, and Apple will distribute it via AppStore and iTunes for free (and eat the costs, see below). Charge for it, however, and Apple will give you the same deal it gives Big Music: 70% for you and 30% for Apple.

How does it stack up across the commercial space? What do other publishers/distributors take?

Retail? Maybe 50%. Amazon Advantage? 55%. Typical book publisher? 90%. Record industry? (Is there a number higher than 100%?)

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6 years ago

Demand for iPhone SDK Brings Down Apple's Servers [Developer stampede]

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Demand for iPhone SDK Brings Down Apple's Servers [Developer stampede]

Response to Apple's release of an iPhone SDK has been overwhelming; literally. Since it became publicly available yesterday, Apple's developer website has been swamped with user registrations and download requests. I personally have made numerous attempts to download the SDK, all unsuccessfully. If that's any indication of the frenzied bustle of app development we might expect, I'd say we can expect a torrent of iPhone applications in the coming months. Bring your umbrella.

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6 years ago

App Wait-a-Thon: Win $100 in iTunes Gift Cards

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App Wait-a-Thon: Win $100 in iTunes Gift Cards

Everybody here at the iPhone Blog is very, very excited about the iPhone SDK Roadmap. We can't wait for native apps, for more functionality, for games, for Apple to go after BlackBerrys. We can't wait - seriously - it's going to kill us waiting until "Late June" for all this good stuff. We've called in a team of psychiatrists, it's not looking good.

We bet you feel the same way.

So to help ease the pain we're instituting the iPhone Blog App Wait-a-Thon! Starting next week and then every week until Apple releases the iPhone 2.0 Software Update, we are going to give away a $100 iTunes Gift Certificate to a lucky reader.

You may not be getting your native apps now, but at least your can download some emo music to drown your sorrows, or a Pixar movie to cheer you up, or the first three seasons of LOST1 to help remind you that it's not that bad.

Here's how it will work: Sometime during the week, two to three of our blog postings, articles, or reviews will have "Wait-a-Thon" after the title, that's your cue to comment on that entry. Comment on that entry and you'll be automatically entered in that week's drawing. (Just one entry per post counts, max three per week).

The latest Wait-a-Thon post is always available here<a.>. Just take a look over next to the Wait-a-Thon contest graphic!

Full details after the break!

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6 years ago

We Wanted Tasks, Search, Better Calendaring. Are They Coming?

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We Wanted Tasks, Search, Better Calendaring. Are They Coming?

Yesderday's Apple Event was very, very exciting. My wife is a clinician and was almost leapt off of the couch when she saw Epocrates with the new functionality. I was excited by the gaming apps; go figure.

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6 years ago

No Multitasking for 3rd Party Apps?

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No Multitasking for 3rd Party Apps?

John Gruber skims through the iPhone updated HIG (Human Interface Guidelines) and reveals the following:

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6 years ago

Apple Posts iPhone SDK Roadmap Event Video. Grab Your iPhone and Some Popcorn

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Apple Posts iPhone SDK Roadmap Event Video. Grab Your iPhone and Some Popcorn

Apple has posted the video from its March 6 iPhone Software Roadmap event, available for viewing. Go here.

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6 years ago

iPhone SDK Event Showcases Games

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iPhone SDK Event Showcases Games


[Photo credit: PhoneMag]

Wait…You mean it’s a phone, an internet portal, an iPod AND a gaming device? Apple is certainly following through with this one-gadget-to-rule-them-all motif. In fact, the game demos pretty much stole the show at the iPhone SDK Roadmap event.

Using the three-axis iPhone accelerometer, multi-touch, and pretty much everything else that the iPhone is capable of doing—portable gaming is officially on notice.

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6 years ago

Apple Officially Unveils iPhone SDK, Enterprise Roadmap, Game Support, and Lots of Other Stuff

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Apple Officially Unveils iPhone SDK, Enterprise Roadmap, Game Support, and Lots of Other Stuff

Months ago Apple made a promise to developers, committing to one day release an SDK and open the iPhone for platform development. Today it made good on its promise, and reaffirmed that old adage "good things come to those who wait".

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6 years ago

Apple to RIM: You Been Served!

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Apple to RIM: You Been Served!

During the iPhone SDK Roadmap event today, Apple strolled up to RIM, slipped out a glove, dropped a brick into it, and slapped out one "boom" of a challenge.

Blackberry is an email monster, no doubt about it. Intoxicating "push" delivery and back-end IT administration have made it the darling of the enterprise world. But it isn't without problems: due to the centralized server-model RIM utilizes (where all mail is collected by RIM prior to being pushed out to end-users), there's a single point of failure for all Blackberry users everywhere (as seen in two recent, service-wide outages) -- and a single point of exploit as well (where an attack on RIM's server could compromise the privacy and security of the entire user base).

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6 years ago

SDK Roadmap: Color Commentary

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SDK Roadmap: Color Commentary

We're not able to liveblog the event here at Phone different, but we are able to put our two cents in -- stay tuned to this blog post during the event for color commentary on what Apple announces. It won't be up to the second, but you'll get a little more analysis in exchange for those extra minutes.

Bonus: comment on this post and we'll quote our faves in at the top.

T-Minus 25 minutes. When you see the "read more" link below, it's showtime!

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6 years ago

iPhone Apps to be Exclusively Developed on Mac? Sorry Windows

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iPhone Apps to be Exclusively Developed on Mac? Sorry Windows

For those of you looking for forward to building apps for iPhone, don't plan on writing that code on Windows. According to story posted on iPodNN, Apple will be making its upcoming iPhone SDK available for Mac only, with Leopard as required OS. That?s not surprising given that iPhone runs on an embedded flavor of OSX, and it?s not as though Mac software can be written in Microsoft Visual Studio. Apparently Apple will be releasing an enhanced version of Xcode, with built-in tools for iPhone application development.

So there you have it. Buy a Mac mini, fire up Xcode, and start compiling.

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6 years ago

Apple Will Open the Kimono to Developers Outside of iTunes Walled Garden

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Apple Will Open the Kimono to Developers Outside of iTunes Walled Garden

Today is the big day for soon-to-be iPhone developers, anxiously awaiting for an SDK to drop from the mothership. Before that happens, I'd like to clear up some comflicting reports that are spreading through the ether. As you might have guessed, Apple's distribution portal for native iPhone applications will be iTunes, just as it now for iPod media and games. However, according to my sources that will only apply to commercial (as in BUY NOW) software.

Free and or open source applications won't by tied to the great orifice that is iTunes. Those applications will have a method for loading on iPhone, provided they adhere to Apple's development guidelines and are signed with a special digital signature, ala Symbian, for security purposes.

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