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All Articles by Rene Ritchie

3G Rumorpalooza: Intel Inside?

The Inquirer is rumormongering that the fabled iPhone 3G (in this case, iPhone version 3, rocking 3G HSDPA data speeds) will, like big brother Mac before it, be undergoing a brain transplant. And Intel once again has the technology.

Crutching itself on a CeBIT slide showing Intel's MID (mobile internet device) roadmap, they point to a very conspicuous iPhone image in the bottom right corner. Wassup indeed?

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UPDATED! India to Spy on Blackberry, Make Steve Jobs' Day?

When Steve Jobs took the stage at the iPhone SDK Roadmap event, it was with business eyes fixed squarely on market leader RIM's Blackberry device:

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Flash on iPhone: Video Dream or Privacy Nightmare?

The internet in your pocket. That’s what Steve Jobs and Apple advertising have promised us since Macworld 2007. Not the watered-down WAP internet, the server-pre-rendered kinda-sorta-internet, or the stunted mobile internet. Just... the internet.

In large part, they’ve succeeded. By promoting open, standards-based support for HTML (hyper-text markup language) structure, CSS (cascading style sheet) design, Javascript actions, and the hybrid interactive richness of AJaX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) that enable WebApps, Apple has brought us the closest thing yet to a desktop-class browsing experience on our mobiles.

About the only thing missing, many would argue, is Flash.

Adobe’s ubiquitous interactive, multi-media technology powers everything from online office apps to easily embedded video clips to in-our-face banner adds. It also powers it’s own “cookie” (online state-saving and tracking) system. Didn’t know that? Advertisers do. They already exploit Flash cookies on the desktop. And as much as we want our videos clips on the iPhone, they want their cookies more. After all, the iPhone is the “next generation mobile” devices -- the one that know everything about us, including who we are and where we are, with all of our private contacts and secure contents just there for the tracking, aggregating, and selling.

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iPhone SDK - 100,000 Downloads

Apple Inc. VP of Marketing and SDK Roadmap presenter extraordinaire Phil Schiller announced today that over 100,000 peeps have downloaded the SDK and over 1 million have watched the aforementioned bid'ness and app show. “Developer reaction to the iPhone SDK has been incredible."

How incredible? Apple lines them up to tell us. Intuit, Namco, NetSuite, Rocket Mobile, Six Apart, PopCap, and THQ are all "very excited."

Focus is still very much on bid'ness (Hello RIM!):

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Rogue Amoeba: Will App-solute Power Corrupt?


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Rogue Amoeba (developers of such acclaimed apps as Audio Hijack and Airfoil) have been putting up a great series of blog posts on topics such as code signing and app restrictions, as well as a very interesting list of "bugs" submitted to Apple on the SDK.

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Thurrott Steps Out of the iPhone Closet - Wait-a-Thon!

Longtime Windows pundit Paul Thurrott has always had an interesting relationship with Apple. He has a MacBook, uses iPods, and link baits Apple fanboys every chance he gets.

But the times, they may be a changing! Look no further than the Windows Weekly Podcast, where Thurrott had this to say about Microsoft's own Windows Mobile platform efforts when compared to the iPhone (transcribed):

"I have one very callous thing to say myself about the Windows Mobile guys, which is s**w them because, no offense, but seriously, you guys have had - I was there for the first version of WindowsCE, Pegasus I think it was called, and I have watched as they've mismanaged this smartphone market from day one. It has... it has always lagged behind, it's not always been Microsoft's fault - I understand part of it is just the nature of the business - but you know, Apple revolutionized the smartphone business not just with the hardware and the software but also with the way that they're now presenting this stuff to users and updating the system over time, providing new functionality. This is something that doesn't happen with other smartphones and it's the type of thing where I can go to a Microsoft event and they can announce a new version of Windows Mobile, and that thing, I won't see it in a store for another, you know, at the time, 18 months. That's ridiculous. That's ridiculous. Yeah, s**w 'em. If a Windows Mobile device was better than an iPhone I would use it, but you would have to show me that device."

Wow. Guess even Balmer hath no fury as a Windows pundit scorn...

While his original iPhone 1.0 review was mixed (or honest, as he claims, in the face of too many softball reviews from others), it slowly improved with firmware 1.3, and now with the beta of 2.0... Well, we'll let iThurrott speak for himself:

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UPDATED! iPhone 2.0 Firmware Pwned: Full Jailbreak and Unlock

Gizmodo raises the Jolly Roger this morning with news that the scurvy Pwned Project DevTeam has forced the iPhone SDK beta firmware to walk the plank:

  • Jailbreak? Aye.
  • Unlock? Aye Aye.
  • Unsigned Apps? JAR!

Old applications will need to be updated to the new APIs, but by using a firmware patch rather than hack, DevTeam believes this Jailbreak will be hard for Apple to counter. Prepare to be boarded!

Has the DevTeam got Apple's treasure for good this time or is Cap'n Jobs already coming around, cannons primed? The cat and mouse game continues!

UPDATE: Ars Technica explains:

The new exploit works by taking advantage of the boot loading process on the iPhone, using the AppleImage2NorAccess extension to load a custom firmware to the device in the same way that the standard restore process works. After the patched firmware has been written to the device and restarted, any unsigned app can be loaded and run.

Catch the video after the break!

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iPhone Win Design Awards

Ive's name be praised, for Apple Inc. has won eight (count'em - 8!) design awards at CeBIT 2008, including the universe-denting iPhone and its miniscule Bluetooth headset companion.

Also taking home the prize were Apple's iPods Nano, Classic, and Touch, USB and Bluetooth Keyboards, and the all new, aluminum and glass iMac.

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Apple vs. RIM: Lowdown on the "Push" Throw-down!

Analysts Rob Sanderson and Shaw Wu step up to the line for two rounds of bare-knuckle Apple vs. RIM enterprise assessments. Brought to us by the always excellent team at Apple Insider, both analysts start us off with the "tale of the (architecture) tape:

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iPhone 2.0: 802.1x a Win for Business and Universities

When the iPhone and iPod Touch first shipped, many eager big business users and university students snapped up the "breakthrough internet devices" only to find that, because the iPhone and iPod Touch didn't support the 802.1x protocol, they couldn't connect to some very large Wi-Fi networks.

Posts piled up on Apple's Discussion Boards, feature requests and bug reports flooded in (I know I sent one!), and, as of the SDK Roadmap event on Thursday, Apple has listened! 802.1x has been announced for firmware 2.0!

But what is it and why's is it so important?

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In ur SDK: Sun Brewing Java for iPhone?

Sun, the company that loves Java so much they made it their stock symbol, has announced that they've looked at the new Apple SDK and believe they can use it to bring Java VM (virtual machine) ME (micro addition) to the iPhone:

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iPhone 2.0: Mass Mail Delete, PPT Quickview... and Spotlight?!

Apple's Thursday press release (via Ars Technica), while big on Enterprise and chock-full of SDK goodness, also snuck in some new, long sought-after features for one of the built-in apps: MobileMail (Mail Touch?).

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Carmack: AppStore is Doomed!

We've mentioned John Carmack at least a couple of times before. The ID founder and famed developer of Doom and Quake seems to have a special place in his heart for Apple and Apple gaming (even if Sir Steve doesn't return that love).

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Devs on Apps: Charge Us More, Users Less

Craig Hockenberry, the widely acclaimed Mac developer of Twitterific, has had extensive experience developing for jailbroken iPhones and iPod Touches. So, when he weighs in on the iPhone SDK, it's definitely worth a read.

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Microsoft on iPhone ActiveSync

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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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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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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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).

Read on for more!

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