If you're a regular in the forums, you may have noticed the changes that have taken place. We've moved things around a bit to make the forums a little more organized. So today's From the Forums will be a little different.
Since the forums have been re-organized, we'd like to point out a few forum sections that have changed for all of you to take advantage of.
iPhone Forum - This is for general chat about the iPhone 2G and 3G, including iPhone news and rumors.
The new Shuffle is half the size of the previous -- a feat achieved by removing nearly all of the controls off the device itself and onto the headphone cable. Only the Off/Repeat/Shuffle switch stays on device. In other words -- don't plan on using your own headphones with the Shuffle. While that's a bit of a downer, the upside is that the headphone controls are very thoughtfully laid-out and easy to hit without looking.
VoiceOver and how the controls work -- after the break!
Prototype as in the early engineering test unit we saw briefly on Ebay and YouTube, we're guessing. Apple had that pulled. Will they be able to pull the firmware now that it's been leaked onto the internet? Probably not, but they'll likely not be able to pull Steve Jobs and his iCommandos off the person who leaked it either...
If it's not a gag, hoax, or other form for silly fun, getting a look at the origins of the iPhone OS could potentially help some developers... and some competitors.
It's not that the Apple Store is down -- that happens fairly often. But on a Wednesday?! It's a running joke that Tuesdays are Apple product drops. Did Daylight Savings Time bump Apple not just 1, but 24 hours into the future? Tough to know.
Tougher to know what they'll be releasing this time, though chances of a 32GB red iPhone are next to none. MacRumors is hearing a 4GB iPod shuffle, though, which is scary big for a tiny device... and makes us think 32GB iPhone's aren't out of the question for an update later this year...
Michael on Facebook sent us link to this announcement on innerfence, which says Google is shutting down the Infinite SMS App.
According to the developers:
Google has claimed no grievance with Infinite SMS other than its success. Their given reason for the block isn’t abuse or wrongdoing; it’s that we brought too many users (and thus too much cost) to an experimental service.
Was it the outcry on Twitter? The evisceration courtesy of numerous blogs? Or did someone at Apple actually take our advice and wake up? We don't know. But we do know this: according to developer Loren Brichter:
Great news! [Tweetie] 1.3 has now been approved! Alright Apple!
Following up on the story about Tweetie 1.3 being rejected because an Apple reviewer saw the word f**k in the Twitter Trends tab, developer Crowded Road contacted us with the story of their app, Human Weather, which was initially rejected by Apple for a similar reason: someone happened to have dropped the f-bomb in the Twitter-stream while it was being reviewed.
Ok, well Apple is really not selling $200 iTunes gift cards for only $2.60 so keep dreaming. But according to Music Ally Chinese "pirates" have hacked the algorithm that generates the iTunes gift cards and so now fake cards are flooding the market for as low as $2.60 in China. When we say flooding we literally mean flooding the Chinese market:
Apparently six months ago, a $200 card went for around 320 RMB (roughly $47), but the price has since plummeted to around 18 RMB ($2.60) as more sellers pile in.