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4 years ago

UPDATED: Fake or not?! Steve Jobs converses about iPhone 4 reception problems?

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UPDATED: Fake or not?! Steve Jobs converses about iPhone 4 reception problems?

UPDATE 2: BGR has posted again, saying they've accessed the guys email accounts and believe the emails to be genuinely from Apple and Steve Jobs'

UPDATE: According to Fortunte Apple PR is calling this email exchange fake and Apple Insider is saying a similar exchange was previously offered to them -- for a price. BGR meanwhile has posted screenshots and headers of the emails in question, perhaps to shore up their authenticity. Real, fake, or really fake?

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4 years ago

Why not all iOS 4 compatible app are "awesome"

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Why not all iOS 4 compatible app are "awesome"

Not all app in Apple's growing "awesome iOS 4 apps" list are "awesome" -- at least not in their implementation of iOS 4 or for iPhone 4.

We touched on this already in our iPhone 4 review -- in iOS 4, Apple has set up several types of behavior that, when taken together, create the multitasking experience for the user. What the user sees is the fast app switcher that launches when you double click the home button, and the carousel animation that sends one app to the "background" and another to the "foreground".

For this to work in a user-friendly way, however, developers need to implement something called "saved state", so a snapshot of the app's current position is stored in memory, and when you return to it, restored to exactly that position in the app. This is supposed to eliminate what used to happen with 3rd party apps in previous versions of iOS -- when you left an App Store app and came back to it later, it relaunched from the beginning. This was especially frustrating, for example, if you were playing a game, got interrupted by a phone call, and then went back to your game only to have to start over.

Ideally it shouldn't happen any more on iOS 4 compatible apps. But it is. What some developers are presenting as updates, and Apple is listing as iOS 4 compatible apps, aren't implementing saved state.

While I'm not certain, it appears the baseline for iOS 4 compatibility is simply that the app isn't supposed to crash when launched in iOS 4.

And that's not enough.

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4 years ago

Steve Jobs: iPhone 4 over the air HD video upload coming "in the future"

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Steve Jobs: iPhone 4 over the air HD video upload coming "in the future"

One of the big complaints of the iPhone 4 and HD video recording is that HD videos do not upload to YouTube in HD. However, it looks like we'll be getting this feature soon.

Here's the email that Chris T. sent to Steve Jobs:

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4 years ago

Ringtone Expressions iPhone 4 winner is...!

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Ringtone Expressions iPhone 4 winner is...!

TiPb and the folks from Ringtone Expressions teamed up to bring you yet another chance to win a shiny new iPhone 4. Yes, it was the third one, but we love doing it so much we simply had to do it again. Immediately.

Deal was -- ringtoneexpressions.com wanted you to create ringtones for those special someone(s) in your life. You did, they chose the winners, and here they are... After the break!

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4 years ago

Facebook for iPhone iOS 4 hits iTunes App Store

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Facebook for iPhone iOS 4 hits iTunes App Store

Facebook for iOS 4 has been updated to version 1.4. The new additions are as follows:

  • Updated for iOS 4: Fast App Switching along with high resolution icons.
  • Korean and Russian localizations.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

Unlike the last Facebook update, there is no mention of the bugs that have been corrected.

Have you updated yet? If so let us know how it's working for you!

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X ad punches iPhone 4 in the antenna

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Motorola Droid X ad punches iPhone 4 in the antenna

Motorola's full page New York Times ad takes a swift jab into the tenderest regions of iPhone 4 antenna issues.

most importantly, it comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls. You have a voice. And you deserve to be heard.

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4 years ago

LogMeIn Ignition updated for iOS 4

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LogMeIn Ignition updated for iOS 4

LogMeIn Ignition has just been updated for iPhone and iPad specifically with iOS 4 support.

Normally, this would not necessarily be too exciting, except I just got done testing this release. I am very excited to report that I was able to log in to my remote desktop, then check mail and other apps. Put the iPhone to sleep, come back minutes later and open LogMeIn Ignition and... my desktop was still there!

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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

Due to crazy summer schedules our newer, later time-slot seems to be sticking around for a while.

And guess what? We have tons to talk about as well. It's our first show post iPhone 4 release, post iPhone 4 review, and post iPhone 4 antenna, proximity, and other bugs. Like we said, tons

We'll be taking over the home page 15 minutes or so before the show, and yes:

Well be giving away iPhone 4 accessories... live.

Be here, and be ready to chat.

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4 years ago

Jonathan Ive discusses iPhone 4 design

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Jonathan Ive discusses iPhone 4 design

Core77 spoke with Apple Senior Vice-President of Design, Jonathan Ive, about iPhone 4's including the Retina Display, custom stainless steel antenna array, aluminosilicate glass front and back, and even the microSIM tray.

"A big part of the experience of a physical object has to do with the materials. [At Apple] we experiment with and explore materials, processing them, learning about the inherent properties of the material--and the process of transforming it from raw material to finished product; for example, understanding exactly how the processes of machining it or grinding it affect it. That understanding, that preoccupation with the materials and processes, is [very] essential to the way we work."

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4 years ago

iPhone 4 antenna problems clarified (a bit)

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iPhone 4 antenna problems clarified (a bit)

Anandtech has done some testing to try and find out what's happening with iPhone 4 signal attenuation and related antenna reception problems, and come to two equal yet opposing conclusions:

Holding the iPhone 4 without a case, in your left hand, crossing the black strip can result in a worst case drop of 24 dBm in signal. [...] The fact of the matter is that either the most sensitive region of the antenna should have an insulative coating, or everyone should use a case. For a company that uses style heavily as a selling point, the latter isn't an option. And the former would require an unprecedented admission of fault on Apple's part.

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