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iPhone OS 4.0 Preview Event Video

On April 8, Apple unveiled plans for the biggest and most exciting iPhone software update yet. iPhone OS 4 will include over 100 new user features for iPhone and iPod touch owners to enjoy. And for developers, a new software development kit (SDK) offers over 1500 new APIs to create apps that are even more powerful, innovative, and amazing.

iPhone OS 4 will ship this summer for iPhone and iPod touch, and for iPad in the fall. A developer beta is available now.

Watch Keynote

iPadDevCamp Registration Now Open

iPadDevCamp, produced by iPhoneDevCamp, will be held on April 16-18, 2010 at eBay offices in San Jose, CA. Tickets ($50) are available now through EventBright. iPadDevCamp promises to be full of nerd fun:

The event is inspired by BarCamp, SuperHappyDevHouse, and MacHack, to develop Cocoa Touch and Web-based applications for iPad. This follows the previous iPhoneDevCamp events held at Adobe Systems in San Francisco, July 2007 and August 2008, and Yahoo! in 2009. Out-of-town guests are welcome.

Attendees will include Cocoa Touch developers, web developers, UI designers, and testers, all working together over the weekend. Development projects will include both solo and team efforts. While some attendees will wish to work solo during the event, we encourage attendees to team up, based on expertise, to work in ad-hoc project development teams. All attendees should be prepared to work on a development project during the event.

Live Coverage of Apple 'Latest Creation' (Tablet) Event

Here are some sites with live coverage of Apple's tablet event:

Engadget
Gizmodo
gdgt
CrunchGear

- They're calling it iPad!

  • 9.7 inch IPS Display
  • 0.5 inch thin, 1.5 pounds
  • 16-64GB
  • 1 GHz Apple A4 chip
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WiFi 802.11n
  • Accelerometer, Compass, Speaker, Microphone, 30-pin connector
  • 10 Hour battery life
  • Runs almost all iPhone apps
  • iBooks app and iBookStore
  • iWork apps $10 each
  • 3G version
  • 16GB/32/64 : $499/599/699 WiFi, $629/729/829 WiFi +3G
  • AT&T 3G service for U.S. : No Contract, $15 upto 256MB/month, $30 unlimited; International deals coming this summer
  • All 3G models are unlocked, use with any GSM carrier with microSIMs
  • WiFi version to ship in 60 days, WiFi + 3G 90 days

Round-up of iPhone and iPod Products at CES

iProng has a nice collection of iPhone and iPod products from CES 2010. Included are products from Scosche, Case-Mate, On-Star and more.

Go check it out...

Belkin Releases Bluetooth Music Receiver

Belklin has released the Bluetooth Music Receiver ($50) which connects to your home stereo system and allows you to listen to music from your iPhone (all versions) or iPod touch (2nd and 3rd gen). The device is shipping now in the U.S. and expected to ship in March 2010 in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Features

  • Bluetooth v2.0 with EDR for superior performance
  • Transmits up to 33 ft. away
  • Includes 3.5mm-to-RCA and 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cables
  • Compatible with all devices enabled with A2DP stereo Bluetooth, including:
    iPhone 3GS, 3G, and first generation
    iPod touch 2nd and 3rd generation

More info...

CopyTrans 4 Released

CopyTrans 4, the latest version of WindSolutions popular transfer/backup/recovery tool for Windows, has been released.

Features:

  • 16x faster iTunes transfer - Revolutionized music and video backup
  • "Smart Backup": transfer only needed information - 100% Duplicate Proof
  • For all iPhones and iPods
  • Now supports Voice Memos and Home Made Videos & MMS Videos
  • Imports Smart Playlists and all track meta tags, including "Date Added"
  • iTunes 9 compatible
  • Designed for Windows 7, XP & Vista (32 & 64-bits)

More info...

Apple "It's only rock and roll, but we like it." Event Video

Apple has posted video of today's event featuring new iPods and iTunes 9.

Watch now...

Coverage of Apple's "It's only rock and roll, but we like it" Event

Live coverage of Apple's event is available here:

iLounge
MacNN
Engadget

Apple Event 09.09.09: It's only rock and roll, but we like it.

Apple is having another of their trademark special events to launch new products. In this case it's likely to be focused on a new generation of iPod touch, but we'll see:

Apple, with its usual air of mystery, announced on Monday that it would hold a media event next week but did not reveal what it would be about.
An invitation sent to journalists inviting them to the September 9 event in San Francisco featured a picture of a woman in silhouette holding an iPod and the tagline: "It's only rock and roll, but we like it."

The invitation sparked speculation on technology blogs that Apple planned to release a new line of iPod music players.

Joe Hewitt: Apple Should Eliminate App Store Review Process

Joe Hewitt, iPhone developer at FaceBook, writing on his personal blog:

I'd like to add my voice to the stream of complaints about the iPhone App Store, but before I say anything critical, I have to promise one thing. No matter how annoyed I get, I will not stop developing for Apple's platforms or using Apple's products as long as they continue to produce the best stuff on the market. I never forget how deeply Apple cares about making their users happy, and that counts more than how they treat their developers. Besides, when I have a problem with a friend, I don't threaten to boycott our friendship until they change, so I'm not going to do that to Apple either.

Having said that, I have only one major complaint with the App Store, and I can state it quite simply: the review process needs to be eliminated completely.

Read it all...

iProng: Interview with The 88

Our friends at iProng Magazine have an interview with The 88, who recorded their latest single directly on iPhone:

The 88 is a band from Los Angeles. Their upbeat brand of music has been featured on The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother. Recently, they have made headlines by being the first band to record a single, the song “Love is the Thing,” directly onto an iPhone.

How hard was it to using an iPhone as opposed to a more traditional way of recording?

It was super easy. Everything on a Mac and on an iPhone is very user-friendly. It was just like you’d imagine. Everything is very self-explanatory; you don’t need any manuals or to be a recording engineer genius to figure it out. Anybody can do it. And we kept that theme of “anybody can do this” and did it very simply with cheap instruments – the drummer used a toy drum set, the bass player ran his bass through a practice guitar amp. I played keyboards on a cheap $150 keyboard. We didn’t use any microphones at first and just used the built-in microphone to record everything. I did a mix of that and it sounded cool but the lead vocals sounded a little bit distant. It still had a very unique sound and I thought it was pretty cool, but we also thought it might make it even more intimate to try to use a microphone going directly into the phone to do the lead vocal. So we did a little more research and I found a thing Alesis called Pro Track. And with that you hook your phone into it and you can hook a microphone into that. So we re-recorded the lead vocal into that to get a more close up feel. And I think it came out really great. But all the other tracks were recorded using the built-in mic, which actually is a decent mic. It picks up everything really nicely. It’s a lot better than I expected.

Full interview...

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WindSolutions: CopyTrans Manager Adds iPhone 3G S Support

WindSolutions has added iPhone 3G S support to their iTunes alternative for Windows, CopyTrans Manager.

Features:

  • Ultra light, fast & portable alternative iPod, iPhone, iPod Touch manager
  • Take control of iPod, iPhone, iTouch without iTunes
  • Add songs to iPod, create & edit playlists from any computer
  • Can be installed on iPod to manage music on-the-go
  • Play iPod music directly on any computer

More info and download...

WSJ: Jobs Had Liver Transplant

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Steve Jobs had a liver transplant in April:

Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave from Apple Inc. since January to treat an undisclosed medical condition, received a liver transplant in Tennessee about two months ago. The chief executive has been recovering well and is expected to return to work on schedule later this month, though he may work part-time initially.

Mr. Jobs didn't respond to an email requesting comment. "Steve continues to look forward to returning at the end of June, and there's nothing further to say," said Apple spokeswoman Katie Cotton.

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iPhone OS 3.0 Released

Apple has released iPhone OS 3.0. The update is available through iTunes. iPhone users get OS 3.0 for free, however, iPod touch users will be charged $9.95.

Features:

  • Cut, Copy & Paste
  • Landscape Keyboard
  • MMS (some carriers)
  • Spotlight Search
  • Voice Memos
  • Buy Movies, TV Shows, and Audiobooks
  • Enhanced Stocks App
  • Internet Tethering (some carriers)
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Shake to Shuffle
  • MobileMe Find My iPhone and Remote Wipe
  • More...

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