The good news: The iPhone is out and people seem to like it.
The bad news: It doesn’t come with its own two bedroom apartment As a result, you’re going to be forming a relationship with your friend’s couch over the next month.
This situation may improve within a few months, as Kevin Chang, an analyst for JPMorgan was recently quoted as claiming that Apple plans to launch a cheaper version of the iPhone in the fourth quarter.
According to Reuters, the revised iPhone would be based on Apple’s current iPod Nano digital music player. Chang cited sources within the supply channel who asked not to be named and pointed towards a patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office dated July 5th. The patent application detailed a multifunctional handheld device with a circular touch pad control similar in appearance to the scroll wheel on the iPod Nano.
To date, Apple has declined to comment on the rumors.
Chang has also stated that Apple would do well to follow up the iPhone with a cheaper version priced around US$300 or lower. The current, first revision iPhone retails for US$500 and US$600 for the four and eight gigabyte models, respectively.
If you have any thoughts or ideas on this, let us know.
Late Monday, Mark/Space released the fourth beta of its Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0.1, its synchronization utility for communication between Mac OS X and Palm OS-based devices.
The new beta, a 42.1 megabyte download (via VersionTracker) offers the following fixes:
-Fixed crash when opening video conduit settings (localized versions).
-Fixed View Readme for localizations.
-Fixed location of “day” in French.
Missing Sync for Palm OS retails for US$39.99 for new users (US$24.95 for upgrading users) and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later to run.
No word has been given as to when the final version of the Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0.1 upgrade will be released.
Adium, the open-source instant messaging client with support for multiple programs (including AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! Google Talk, Bonjour, etc.) has just been updated to version 1.0.5.
The new version, a 13.2 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
-Fixed inadvertent deletion of the chat transcript index after opening and closing the chat transcript viewer; this could lead to performing a full, slow re-index when next it was used (#7037).
-Fixed retrieval of user name and password for systemwide proxy settings when the proxy requires authentication. (#6998)
-Fixed display of the fingerprint when verifying an OTR fingerprint. (#7001)
-Fixed a potential crash when doing text-to-speech.
-Fixed a crash when selecting ‘undo’ after closing a message window.
-Fixed display of ICQ to ICQ messages when utilizing OTR (#6901).
-Fixed installation of AdiumLibpurplePlugins.
-Updated to libpurple 2.0.2 (from 2.0.0).
-Moving an ICQ buddy from one group to another no longer re-requests authorization from that person.
-Fixed SOCKS5 bug which caused Jabber file receiving to fail.
-Remove MSN’s random “Authorization Failed” dialogs.
-Fixed MSN to correctly detect incorrect passwords.
-Get User Info on MSN is now more reliable & accurate.
-Fixed for some QQ authentication problems.
-Prevent “Logged in:” times for AIM buddies being ridiculously high.
-Improve support for some non-Latin encodings over ICQ.
-Fix for buddy icons disappearing.
-Don’t escape html entities in Yahoo! system messages.
-Receives notifications when XMPP buddies send “leaving chat” messages.
-Fixed error messages when joining XMPP chats.
-File transfer progress for transfers on MSN is now correctly displayed.
-Fixed Open Hotmail Inbox for MSN to work more reliably.
-Google Talk accounts will not import buddies from your Gmail address book.
Adium 1.0.5 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later to run and is available for free.
If you’ve tried the new version and have either positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.
The latest iPhone app that has no business model, but a very cool concept, is MockDock.
MockDock is a simple webapp that links to a number of other iPhone ready apps. The clever part? It mimics the look of the iPhone home screen, so you add apps to your ‘Dock’ and go from there.
Get the geeks together and, odds are, they’ll come out with something cool and useful.
This was apparently the result of the first iPhoneDevCamp help by BarCamp.org.
According to the mighty iLounge, the iPhoneDevCamp, which took place over the weekend, produced more than 20 web-based applications for Apple’s recently-released iPhone. The new applications include programs like gOffice for iPhone, which functions as a word processor that allows you to save documents as Microsoft Word-formatted documents and then e-mail them to yourself and others. Other programs, like Gas.app, allow users to find cheap gas prices in a given area.
A complete list, as well as full links, is available here and iLounge’s full list of iPhone applications can be found here.
Take a look and if you know of someone working on something cool for the iPhone, let us know.
In spite of how genuinely cool a device may be, problems are bound to occur at some juncture. According to iPhone Atlas, a number of users have reported that their iPhones are generating an uncomfortable amount of heat from their units under various circumstances.
Like other consumer electronic devices, excessive temperatures can lead to erratic behavior and potentially damage component surfaces.
The reader reports point to the following circumstances where the iPhone’s temperatures have become excessively hot:
-When being used while charging.
-While using Wi-Fi while on phone calls.
-When the iPhone is performing multiple simultaneous functions.
The article then offers the following advice to help keep the iPhone’s temperatures down:
-Remove the case, which can prevent heat from dissipating properly. Silicon covers tend to act as insulators and can retain additional heat within the iPhone.
-Activate Airplane mode, which powers down various parts of the internal circuitry and helps keep the phone cool.
If these steps have been taken and your iPhone is still operating at excessive temperatures, be sure to contact Apple in order to see if repairs or a warranty replacement might be applicable. And if you’ve seen this from your own iPhone or have a suggestion or workaround, let us know.
Fusion, the upcoming emulation software by VMWare, reached Final Candidate status on Tuesday. The new version, a 159 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
-Improved Unity feature: Bug fixes have been added to Fusion’s Unity component, which allows for features such as drag and drop and launching Windows applications on the fly or from the Dock. Experimental support has been added for Unity on Windows Visa, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.
-Improved Mac integration: Mac OS X-style shortcuts such as Command-Tab, Expose and keyboard shortcuts have been updated and optimized.
-Enhanced Boot Camp performance: The new version improves disk performance on Boot Camp partitions and allows for faster Windows application launch times.
-Better support for Mac OS X Leopard: VMware Fusion has improved experimental support for running your favorite virtual machines on Mac OS X Leopard.
-Experimental 3D support for MacBook and Mac Mini: The release restores experimental 3D support to Macs with Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics cards.
-Improved USB compatibility: Beta 4.1 and the Release Candidate restore USB compatibility with Santa Rosa-based MacBook Pros and Mac OS X 10.4.10.
Fusion is expected to ship later this year and is available as a US$39.99 pre-order. The software will sell for a full retail price of US$79.99 and requires an Intel-based Mac and Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run.
If you’ve tried the release candidate and have positive or negative feedback about it, let us know.
A representative of the group working to unlock Apple’s recently-released iPhone handset claims that the project could be finished in as little as three to seven days according to Macworld News.
‚ÄúWe believe it will be easy. We are privately aware many of the iPhone engineers came from other handset manufacturers, and we understand their design techniques fairly well,‚Äù stated a group member identified as “gj”, who has been communicative with the media throughout the effort.
An unlocked iPhone would allow the handset to function with providers other than AT&T. AT&T has penned a five-year deal to exclusively sell the iPhone within the United States.
By Tuesday night, the iPhone unlocking effort had cracked the iPhone’s activation process, having written tools that would allow them to activate an iPhone without Apple’s iTunes software. The iPhone’s activation process relies on a software token sent from iTunes to Apple. Apple then signs the token and returns it to the iPhone, which activates the iPhone’s capabilities. Recently developed tools written by the project allow a software token from an activated iPhone to be used to activate multiple iPhone units. The token itself is not being provided with the tools that have been developed so far.
IIf you don’t have a known token (which does contain identifying information) you won’t be able to use the tool,” gj said.
An alternative tool developed by a hacker known as “DVD Jon”, allows for the iPhone to be activated without iTunes and initiates certain functions, such as the iPod and Wi-Fi systems. The hack currently doesn’t allow for the phone capabilities to be activated, but is seen as a step in the right direction.
A rumored software update which was anticipated yesterday could undo some of the project’s work and patch security holes as well as areas that have been worked with for the effort. No firm date has been released as to when the update could be expected.
If you have any thoughts, ideas or workarounds about this, let us know.
I’ll say this about Walt Mossberg: Sometimes he comes up with some really interesting tidbits. I can’t quite say if I’d want him covering my back in a bar brawl, but he does the Wall Street Journal proud, whatever his bar brawl abilities may happen to be.
In Mossberg’s recent Questions About Apple’s iPhone column, Mossberg mentions that the iPhone will be able to play additional Internet video format via an Adobe Flash plug in that Apple plans to add through an early software update.
The guys at iLounge have made a good point in illustrating that Apple’s lack of Flash support in the Safari web browser for the iPhone has been a point of contention in early reviews about the device.
Mossberg’s column also mentions a cool tidbit about Apple extending loaner iPhones to its users for US$29 should your iPhone require repairs.
The column is a good read, especially with more people becoming interested in the iPhone and having questions as to its basic features, what can be done with the calling plans and what’s possible in terms of overseas calls, so give it a once-over if you have a moment.
One of the complaints that have followed the iPhone is the earbuds shipped with the unit. Like the iPod’s earbuds, they were apparently better suited to the guys out in Cupertino than their customers and it’s been noticed.
Unfortunately, there’s currently few (if any) third party alternatives to these earbuds, especially if customers want to keep the mic and music toggle options built into Apple’s headphone cable. Finally, a “non-standard, standard” jack makes things that much harder.
The guys over at Engadget have thrown together a tutorial video featuring James Papadopoulos, who shows you how to install a pair of third party headphones with a little confidence and some soldering. It’s somewhat for the brave of heart, but it the iPhone’s earbuds were driving you nuts, this might come in handy:
If you have any ideas or workarounds of your own to the earbud issue, let us know.
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