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iOS 4.0.1, Next iPod touch to Be iPhone Without Phone, Smartphone Antenna Issues, and More

This Week's iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.07.23

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Apple Releases iOS 4.0.1 for iPhone, iPod touch

New in version 4.0.1:

  • Improves the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display.

This update contains over 100 new features, including the following:

  • Multitasking support for third-party apps
    • Multitasking user interface to quickly move between apps
    • Support for audio apps to play in the background
    • VoIP apps can receive and maintain calls in the background or when device is asleep
    • Apps can monitor location and take action while running in the background
    • Alerts and messages can be pushed to apps using push and local notifications
    • Apps can complete tasks in the background
  • Folders to better organize and access apps
  • Home screen Wallpaper
  • Mail improvements
    • Unified inbox to view emails from all accounts in one place
    • Fast inbox switching to quickly switch between different email accounts
    • Threaded messages to view multiple emails from the same conversation
    • Attachments can be opened with compatible third-party apps
    • Search results can now be filed or deleted
    • Option to select size of photo attachments
    • Messages in the Outbox can be edited or deleted
  • Support for iBooks and iBookstore (available from the App Store)
  • Photo and Camera improvements
    • 5x digital zoom when taking a photo
    • Tap to focus during video recording
    • Ability to sync Faces from iPhoto
    • Geo-tagged photos appear on a map in Photos
  • Ability to create and edit playlists on device
  • Calendar invitations can be sent and accepted wirelessly with supported CalDAV servers
  • Support for MobileMe calendar sharing
  • Suggestions and recent searches appear during a web search
  • Searchable SMS/MMS messages
  • Spotlight search can be continued on web and Wikipedia
  • Enhanced location privacy
    • New Location Services icon in the status bar
    • Indication of which apps have requested your location in the last 24 hours
    • Location Services can be toggled on or off for individual apps
  • Automatic spellcheck
  • Support for Bluetooth keyboards
  • iPod out to navigate music, podcasts and audiobooks through an iPod interface with compatible cars
  • Support for iTunes gifting of apps
  • Wireless notes syncing with IMAP-based mail accounts
  • Persistent WiFi connection to receive push notifications
  • New setting for turning on/off cellular data only
  • Option to display the character count while composing new SMS/MMS
  • Visual Voicemail messages can be kept locally even if they have been deleted from the server
  • Control to lock portrait orientation
  • Audio playback controls for iPod and third-party audio apps
  • New languages, dictionaries and keyboards
  • Accessibility enhancements
  • Bluetooth improvements
  • Better data protection using the device passcode as an encryption key (Requires full restore.)
  • Support for third-party Mobile Device Management solutions
  • Enables wireless distribution of enterprise applications
  • Exchange Server 2010 compatibility
  • Support for multiple Exchange ActiveSync accounts
  • Support for Juniper Junos Pulse and Cisco AnyConnect SSL VPN apps (available from the App Store)
  • More than 1,500 new developer APIs
  • Bug fixes

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPod touch 2nd generation
  • iPod touch 3rd generation (late 2009 models with 32 GB or 64 GB)

System Requirements:

  • iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, or iPod touch 3G or 2G.
  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • iTunes 9.1 or later
  • Not all features are compatible with all devices. For example, multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Download within iTunes 9.2

Link: iOS 4 Software Update

Apple Releases iOS 3.2.1 for iPad

New in iOS for iPad Version 3.2.1:

  • Improved WiFi connectivity
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent copy and paste of single-page PDF attachments in Mail
  • Addressed an issue that could cause video playback to freeze
  • Improved reliability of video-out when using iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter
  • Added Bing as an option for Safari's search field

System Requirements: iPad (WiFi and WiFi + 3G).

Download within iTunes 9.2

Link: iOS 3.2.1 Update for iPad

iPad in Half of Fortune 100 Companies, Making Deep Inroads into Business

Electronista reports:

"The iPad already has a footprint in half of the companies in the Fortune 100, Apple said in the call discussing its spring results. About 50 percent of the top companies are already either using or testing the tablet for corporate use. Chief operating officer Tim Cook didn't have specific adoption rates but characterized the early acceptance at the workplace as 'incredible.'"

Apple 'Stunned' by iProduct Demand

The Register's Rik Myslewski reports:

"Apple doesn't have enough iPads and iPhone 4s to meet consumer demand, doesn't know when it will, and doesn't know how many more it needs.

"And, no, it didn't create an artificial shortage of either device to hype up a buzz storm.

"'We do not purposely create a shortage for buzz,' Apple COO Tim Cook to analysts and reporters after announcing Cupertino's $15.7bn third fiscal quarter on Monday. 'I'm not sure where that comes from, but that is not our objective. We would like to fill every customer's orders as quickly as we can.'

"But they can't."

iPad Outselling Apple Desktops, iPods

Forbes' Brian Caulfield notes that while it took a decade for Microsoft to build up a business around its Xbox big enough to make a serious impact, Apple has done the same with the iPad in just three months, selling 3.2 million iPads over the course of its first quarter on the market. It already represents 13.8% of Apple's revenues - a bigger chunk of Apple's business than desktop computers and iPods

iPad Shaping Up to Be the 'Tickle Me Elmo' of the 2010 Holiday Season

iSuppli reports:

"Amid indications that Apple Inc. is ratcheting up its iPad production targets to meet booming demand, iSuppli Corp. is ratcheting up its shipment forecast as well.

"iSuppli now predicts Apple will ship 12.9 million iPads in 2010, an increase from the previous forecast issued April 2nd of 7.1 million units. Shipments will rise to 36.5 million in 2011 and 50.4 million in 2012.

"'The iPad is shaping up to be the "Tickle Me Elmo" of the 2010 holiday season, with product demand expected to vastly exceed available supply,' says Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research for iSuppli. 'Apple has hiked its iPad manufacturing goals to suppliers across Asia. As iSuppli stated in its initial forecast, the key to continuing success will be how quickly Apple responds to issues as they arise and whether the company can align suppliers to meet demand needs. Apple's acceleration of its component demand indicates that the company has raised its iPad production target for 2010. Our latest research indicates there is much higher production than previously expected for two key components: LCD panels and NAND flash.'"

Next iPod touch Will Be a True Phone-Free iPhone

Hardmac's Lionel reports:

"Historically, the iPod touch have always been very close to the iPhone in their design and conception, except the lack of camera for the model released last year due to last minute technical issues. The future model of the iPod touch will be very close to the iPhone, Besides the 3 MPixels camera (5 Mpixels for the iPhone), it should also be powered by the A4 CPU, and would include a gyroscope and a compass."

Whoopi Goldberg Frustrated with Her iPhone 4, So She Destroys It

On ABC's The View, Whoopi Goldberg vented her frustration with the new iPhone, which was so great she was compelled to "murder" it by smashing it to smithereens with her car door.

A longtime Apple fan, Whoopi says she loves her iPad and has replaced the problematical iPhone 4 with a tried and true iPhone 3G.

Apple Says Only 0.55% of iPhone Owners Have Reported Antenna Problems

AppleInsider Staff reports:

"Just 0.55 percent of all iPhone owners have called AppleCare with an antenna issue, and the return rate for the iPhone 4 has been 1.7 percent - much less than the 6 percent seen with last year's iPhone 3GS, Apple said Friday."

Editor's note: Of course, that doesn't count iPhone owners who went to AT&T or an Apple Store with their problems.... dk

Even with Free Case, Consumer Reports Won't Recommend iPhone 4

Electronista reports:

"Consumer Reports has already shot down Apple's offer of free iPhone 4 cases to solve the phone's reception issues. The testing magazine still declined to give a recommendation as it didn't believe the program reached far enough. It was a 'good first step' but wasn't universal and had a set expiry date, CR said...."

Apple Compares Smartphone Antennas

Apple says:

"Every smartphone has a cellular antenna. And nearly every smartphone can lose signal strength if you hold it in a certain way. To demonstrate this, we tested iPhone 4 alongside other smartphones."

Smartphone Antennas
Apple's page about smartphone antennas.

RIM Objects to Jobs' Comments Regarding Their Smartphone Antennas

Research In Motion principals Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have issued a statement protesting Steve Jobs' comments on Blackberry antenna performance in his presentation to the press.

"Apple's attempt to draw RIM into Apple's self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple's claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple's difficult situation.

"RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage.

"One thing is for certain, RIM's customers don't need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple."

Nokia Also Objects to Jobs' Comments Regarding Their Smartphone Antennas

Nokia also took umbrage, saying in a statement:

"Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.

"Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls, music playing, web browsing and so on. As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.

"In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That's why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design."

iPhone DSLR Prototype

iPhone DSLR prototypeiPhone DSLR's Jeremy Salvador says:

"Here are Photos/Pictures of my iPhone DSLR Prototype 1.0 This is my first attempt at putting together an iPhone DSLR. You might ask & Why pair an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, or iPhone 4 with a DSLR lens? Why not!

"Apple has updated its iPhone 4 camera and now has 5-megapixels still frames, HD video, and an LED flash. Put that together with a DSLR lens, and you've got a device that can shoot amazing images/video with SLR lenses, edit them on the fly, and share them on the Internet all in one device....

"The mount currently fits only Canon EF lenses. Eventually, with the right adaptors, I should be able to fit Canon FD lenses, Nikon lenses, and M42 lenses....

"The housing is a solid piece of anodized billet aluminum. It weigths [sic] about 1.1 lbs, has two handle grips, and 4 x 1/4 3-20 female threaded mounting holes so you can actually screw this thing into a standard tripod. The housing can fit any iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, or iPhone 4."

Apps & Services

New App Turns iPad Into a Second Monitor for Windows PCs

MaxiVistaBartels Media GmbH announces MaxiVista 4.0, the multi monitor App that can turn an iPad into an additional monitor for Windows computers. MaxiVista is a pure software solution and requires no further Hardware. Instead of using a cable connection, MaxiVista transmits the expanded virtual desktop, digitally and without loss of quality, over a normal Wireless LAN network connection to the iPad. Swapping between portrait and landscape can be done by turning the iPad.

Program windows can be shifted seamlessly from PC and on to the high-end screen of the iPad to alleviate the hassle of swapping between overlapping applications. MaxiVistaPhotoshop color palettes, toolbars, messenger programs and file folders windows can be moved to the iPad screen to create room on the main monitor.

MaxiVista offers a portable Dual Monitor Solution for Mobile PC users underway. The application offers a display frame rate that, although wireless, closely matches that of a conventional monitor. Due to a special data compression, the CPU and network load stay mostly within single digits.

The new graphic card standard, WDDM, that was introduced with Windows Vista prohibited the use of multiple graphic cards from different manufacturers on one computer. MaxiVista is the first application of its kind to MaxiVistaovercome these limitations and functions with Windows XP as well as with Windows Vista and Windows 7. The MaxiVista video drivers are digitally signed and therefore compatible with 32 and 64 Bit operating systems. Swapping between portrait and landscape can be done by turning the iPad.

Supported Languages: US English and German

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPad
  • Requires iOS 3.2 or later
  • 0.2 MB

MaxiVista 4.0 is $9.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. An OS X version is on the way.

Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 Available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

One of the world's most trusted encyclopedias with newly updated content and hundreds of new images and maps, faster article search, a host of new features and learning tools directly on the latest Apple mobile devices.

Educational publisher Paragon Software Group announces the immediate release of Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 2.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The new concise version of one of the world's most trusted encyclopedias includes the latest content, nearly 2,000 new maps and images, categorization of search results, new search options, and new interface features. The Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is the most reliable and comprehensive learning and reference source of information on the go, requiring no Internet access and minimal memory space.

Prepared by the editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 delivers over 25,000 thoroughly researched and fact-checked entries covering art, history, geography, politics, technology, science, sports, pop culture, and other subjects. Watch topics come to life with thousands of colorful images and maps. Whether you are wondering where Wall Street got its name or when the excavation of Pompeii began, you will find that Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 is the perfect information resource for home, school and the office. Don't remember the exact spelling of a name, place or event? The advanced wildcard search feature allows you to replace unknown letters with symbols, and instantly find the word you re looking for.

New in Version 2.0:

  • Enhanced search results
  • Nearly 2,000 additional images
  • Categorization of search results
  • New interface features

Additional Features:

  • No Internet connection required information accessible anywhere, anytime
  • On this Day feature highlights what happened on any calendar day in history
  • Browser-like user interface
  • Share articles with friends via e-mail
  • View hyperlinks between articles
  • Receive random articles by shaking your device
  • Instant access to all your Favorite articles
  • Suggested Searches appear at startup screen
  • Search History for last 100 articles

Compatibility: iOS 3 - iOS 4

The Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad is available for 19.99 (15.99 EUR) via download from the AppStore.

SpotACop for iPhone Helps Users Avoid Tickets - Guaranteed

Announcing that SpotACop LLC, the developers of SpotACop 2.1, has release the latest update for iPhone 3G and 3GS users. The company is offering the only guarantee in existence for a social network radar detector. SpotACop, as the name implies, offers police and law enforcement location data, with information gained from a network of drivers sharing information. The cost to users is around twenty cents per day but SpotACop.com will reimburse the price of any ticket received while using the app.

The application alerts drivers to speed traps and will issue warnings to slow down. While that is what this app is mainly used for, it also offers a myriad of other notifications, as well. Users are also able to discover other avoidable locations, such as places where weigh stations, stoplight and speed cams are positioned. Toll booths are also noted, along with the price for that particular toll. Sometimes, people need to find a police station and SpotACop can direct drivers to the closest one. All they have to do is check the built-in map.

Some of the features offered in SpotACop:

  • See locations of police officers, police stations, stoplight cams, speed cams, toll booths and weigh stations
  • Know ahead of time how much is needed for upcoming toll booths
  • Find out which side of the highway the weigh station is on
  • Easy touch technology
  • Community driven data - the information comes from real people
  • See report time - when the cop, etc. was spotted
  • Avoid getting tickets
  • Purchase premium package to get ironclad guarantee

As a community driven data collector, SpotACop and its available information grows as its membership does. The app consists of user input, which makes the company's proffered guarantee an extra added bonus. Anyone who gets a ticket while using the SpotACop app will be refunded the cost of their ticket.

SpotACop costs ninety-nine cents to download from iTunes, however to be eligible for ticket reimbursement, users must purchase the premium package that is available through the website. Cost to users for this added piece of mind is about twenty cents per day and they are billed monthly. Well worth the small price when compared to even one speeding ticket. Learn more about how to get your ticket free guarantee by visiting the SpotACop website.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone 3G/3GS/4
  • Requires iOS 4.0 or later
  • 0.5 MB

SpotACop 2.1 is 99¢ and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

Tips & Tricks - Free iPhone Secrets Lite Now with iOS 4 Tips

Intelligenti have released an update to their popular Tips & Tricks - iPhone Secrets Lite to include new iOS 4 tips. With the app having been downloaded over 2 million times worldwide, version 4.0 offers new tips that will help all users. With this being a free app, it aims to be used by all getting acquainted with their device or those looking to learn some more.

The new update includes over 25 tips all presented in a book like app. The app is controlled by swiping from right to left to turn each page and users can also easily swap between chapters or go to individual pages. Each tip is presented with examples relevant to the user along with most tips including a picture illustration of how the tip works.

The app includes tips related to iOS 4 including how to access multitasking, how to use spell check, how to unify the Mail inbox, and more. The guide is also updated with a bonus chapter that gives the user three new and different tips every month to further their knowledge.

"This is a nice app for people who aren't tech savvy. I know several people who have but don't know all they can do. So I'm constantly showing them things. Now I will just recommend this app of the full version." - Sweetie-K, iTunes App Store 5 Star Review.

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • 2.7 MB

Tips & Tricks - iPhone Secrets Lite 4.0 is free to download and available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store in the Productivity category.

Presentation

Tilt iPhone 4 Stand: Give Props to Your Phone

Tilt iPhone 4 StandYour shiny new iPhone 4 deserves only the coolest accessories. Look no further than the Quirky Tilt, a funky new bumper-style case and stand that protects your phone in style, while offering cool details to boot.

Features:

  • Protects the sensitive sides and edges of your iPhone.
  • Modern cutout design.
  • Durable plastic body, with soft rubber front face.
  • Faceted, easy-to-grip sides, pinched in for easy horizontal cord wrapping.
  • Easy-to-use stand function: bottom portion of the case hinges back and snaps at 90 degrees to hold your phone in landscape and portrait modes perfect for watching media or using the new FaceTime feature.

Available in classic black and a fun white/purple combo.

MSRP $30

Presale: $28

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