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CES 2011: Why Apple will steal the show - Computerworld Blogs

Air Video - Watch your videos anywhere!

The iBottleopener: iPhone 4 case / Bottle opener  — Kickstarter

5-in-1 iPad Camera Connection Kit - M.I.C. Gadget

How to stop iPhone, Android from transmitting personal data

iPhone 4 Hits $147 At Sam’s Club

Survey finds 17% of homes with Apple's iPad have 2 or more tablets

New Apple TV Sales to Top One Million This Week

Did Apple TV Just Stop Being Steve Jobs’ ‘Hobby’? » Podcasting News

IPhone and Android Apps Breach Privacy - WSJ.com

View iPhone Decals by IncredibleDecal on Etsy

Clamcase for iPad has finally arrived

The iPad Will Gain Kinect-like Gesture Recognition | Cult of Mac

AirPlay Hack Streams Non-iTunes Video - Wired.com

AT&T cuts refurbished iPhone 4 price to $99 | Macgasm

iPod Nano Hacked: Soon to Gain Apps? - iDygest

Mega Weather Clock  on the iTunes App Store

YouTube - The iPad Orchestra

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

Elf ur Face

Mobile Break

Polaroid Photo App

Image Box

North Pole

Word Lens

Air Video

Webout

Mega Weather Clock

NEU.notes

 

 

 

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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Apple - Support - Discussions - Iphone 3G OS4 problems

6 Reasons the Verizon iPhone May Be on the Way After All

AppleInsider | Android's weak sales drive Verizon toward Apple's iPhone

iBooks 1.2 introduces collections, illustrated titles | iPodNN

Nitako iphone game Save Toshi screenshots page | Nitako

YouTube - Introducing Word Lens

iPhone App Word Lens  | Fast Company

Price Of Apple iPad, iPhone Secrets: $22,000 | PCMag.com

BatteryDetective - InTech-BB.com

iPad Game for Cats: The World's Best Video Game (for cats, not humans)

Your Apps Are Watching You - WSJ.com

Best Buy gives free 3G, 4G routers with iPad bundles | Electronista

Best Buy bundling free hotspots with iPads | 9 to 5 Mac

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

Doodle Buddy

Mobile Break

Polaroid Digital Camera App

Image Box

Word Lens

Battery Detective - Cydia

Game for Cats

IdeaTable

TeacherPal

Tune in Radio

Jawbone Thoughts

 

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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

How to design a cover for Virgin’s iPad-exclusive Project magazine

AppleInsider | Android activation pace hits a plateau below Apple's iOS [u]

App promo codes become usable worldwide | iPodNN

Free iPhone 3GS Hitting Best Buy on December 10 Only – Contract Needed

YouTube - northpointministries's Channel

iPhone baby quilt - Boing Boing

iPad cutting board a good gift for foodies and techies alike - TUAW

AppleInsider | Google activating 300,000 Android devices per day, for free

FAQ: Compromised Commenting Accounts on Gawker Media

Toshiba building new factory to churn out iPhone LCDs, says Nikkei -- Engadget

Google Voice Now Supports iPads and iPod Touch

Woz Bought a White iPhone 4 From That Ballsy Chinese Teen

Advanced editing of Google Docs now available on the iPad | Macgasm

Here's Where Fred Wilson Is Wrong About Android And iPhone App Development 

Costco - dumps Apple

Apple Launches ‘Tron Legacy’ iAd – PadGadget

Wireless Thermometer Uses iPhone for Readout | Wired.com

Gawker HACKED: Was your Gawker password hacked? Find out here - Slate Magazine

Epic releases Unreal Engine for iOS developers- Destructoid

New TinyUmbrella Update Will Allow You to Restore iOS device san iTunes | Redmond Pie

iPhone GPS app and chopper find thief

ChangeWave: Business [hearts] iPad - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

Snowman Kit

Doodle Buddy

Surfballance

iWrite Chinese

i-Inject

ezShopList

Ornaments

Phone Aid

SkyGrid

Tune in Radio

Infinity Blade

 

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If you have listened to the Today in iOS podcast long enough you know that I have a love / hate relationship with stats.  As in I love them when they prove my point and hate then when they don't.

 

 Well Google just gave some stats I kind of think I love.  Way back in August Google said Android phones were being activated at a clip of 200,000 per day.  And that was the last time they talked about those numbers - that is until Monday December 6th when Google said they are now up to 214,000 activations per day.  

 

During that time Apple went from 230,000 activations of iOS devices per day on September 1st to 270,000 average activations per day in Mid October.  Which is a nice growth vs Android phones which actually have seen lower per day activation numbers since August.  But Rob Going from 200,000 to 214,000 is an increase you say. Ah but least we forget that the Samsung Galaxy tab which is in that 214,000 per day number and they represent approx. 17,000 activations per day.  So for Android phones since August there is actually about a 3,000 per day decrease.  See why I can love stats. 


And if you take these number further. On an average day there are 56,000 more iOS devices activated then there are Android devices.  But since everyone likes to talk about quarterly numbers - this quarter based on those number Apple will increase its lead of iOS over Android OS by over 5 Million units.  That is a lot more potential iOS customers for App developers vs Android.  


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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Nexaira 3G/4G Router Supports iPhone Tethering Without Jailbreak | Cult of Mac

iBye Can Now Backup AppStore and Cydia App Data

The 10 Printers that Work with Apple iOS 4.2 AirPrint | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Teaching your Apple TV to use a 3rd party remote - TUAW

Apple ‘to launch iOS 4.3 in December’ - Telegraph

Apple Beefs Up Legal Team - Bloomberg

[How To] Unlock iPhone 3G / 3GS On iOS 4.2.1 With UltraSn0w 1.2 |

Replacement metal back for iPhone4

Richard Branson's Project iPad Magazine Goes Live

Win! for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Verizon sucks at Photoshop: confuses the Droid X for an iPhone -- Engadget

iPad Launches in 11 More Countries in Asia and Europe - Mac Rumors

Nokia Siemens says iOS 4.2 reduces iPhone network congestion | Electronista

Libox for iPad Makes Accessing Your Music and Videos a Snap

The New Android Spokesman In Japan Is... Darth Vader?

Steve Jobs: AirPlay Coming To Safari And Third Party Apps In 2011 :: App Advice

iPhone Users Reporting Problems With Microsoft Exchange 2003 After Upgrading To iOS 4.2.1 – iPhone Hacks

Warning: ultrasn0w May Break GPS on Baseband 6.15.00 | JailbreakNews

iPhone App Saves Teen: iPhone app and quick-action from coaches credited to saving teen's life - ktla.com

UK Carriers Launch Subsidized iPad - Mac Rumors

iOS 4.2 emits less USB power on iPad | 9 to 5 Mac

RadioShack offering $50 off iPhone 4 - Los Angeles Times

Bloomingdales gives away iPads with $1500 purchases

Back Up Blobs From Your Device With iSHSHit - iDygest

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

GPS Notifier

US States Quiz - iPhone

US States Quiz - iPad

SurfBalance

Find My iPhone

SignMyPad

Hulu+ iPad 

Tosh Point 0

Loseit

iSHSHit - Cydia

 

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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

iOs 4_2 walk through

iOS 4.2 improves iPhone 3G performance

Stay tuned: Big announcement from Apple Tuesday - USATODAY.com

http://www.pocketgamer.biz/r/PG.Biz/Apple+iPad/news.asp?c=25149

Daring Fireball: Regarding Ashok Kumar's Track Record on Apple

Our Android tablet experiment has failed miserably | ZDNet

White iPhone 4 - WhiteiPhone4Now.com

Post Tech - Google Voice available on iPhone after being blocked, FCC questions

Google Voice for iPhone on the iTunes App Store

RIM Attacks Apple -- Video Showing PlayBook Browser Is Faster Than iPad's

Hulu Plus Lowered To $7.99, iPhone, iPad App Now iOS 4.2 Ready | The APPera

Apple’s iAd Coming to Europe in December

Steve Wozniak: Android's "More Features" Will Beat iPhone Eventually

Woz - Google Translate

Apple Destroyed Products | Fubiz™

Damn You Auto Correct! - Funny iPhone Fails and Autocorrect Horror Stories

iPhone beats RIM, others in satisfaction survey | Apple - CNET News

Non-iPhone buyer's remorse - Fortune Tech

SportSchedule - Add Sports Game Schedules to Your Calendar

iPad now on sale at Sam's Club

YouTube - iPhone 4 Beveled metal back cover

Serviced iPhone 4 Handsets Get Torx Screws : App Advice

Tony Parker’s iPhone 4 leads Eva Longoria to cheating | Zacquisha

AFP: Apple's iPad to go on sale in S.Korea on Nov. 30

Turn Your iPhone 4 or iPad Into a Mobile TV Set - Softpedia

Jailbreak 4.2.1 iOS iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G with Redsn0w | Redmond Pie

MacDailyNews - Apple releases iOS 4.2; 'Find My iPhone now free

Apple’s iOS 4.2 Available Today for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch

Find My iPhone for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

iPad tops Netflix, Sony 3D for Oprah's 'Favorite Things' | Electronista

How to Enable Find My iPhone for Free on Pre-2010 Devices

iPhone 4.2 how-to: Setting custom SMS alert tones

Apple - iPad - How to set up Find My iPad

judge issues temporary restraining order against FilmOn - LA Times

AirPrint Hacktivator « Netputing

Developers discover hack to enable shared printers for AirPrint

Mac News: 'The Daily' - No, You Can Not Wrap a Dead Fish in It

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

CropforFree

Juxtaposer

AppyNewz

US States Quiz

GPS Notifier

Google Voice 

SportSchedule

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It looks like third time is a charm - As in third golden master.  Or I guess first - really as both iOS 4.2 GM's were bypassed for iOS 4.2.1 - so for the public there is no iOS 4.2.  Just a jump to iOS 4.2.1.  We have mentioned some of the new features in the past - but a quick summary of the new features are:

 

1. AirPrint - Which allows direct Printing to an ePrint Printer, or to any printer connected to your Mac - while you Mac is turned on. Update - Per printing to any Printer connected to a mac that was true in the beta version of Mac OS 10.6.5 - but was removed for the GM version.

2. AirPlay - Which allows streaming of audio or video from your iOS device to your Apple TV.  

3. Improved Bluetooth control - allowing for AVRCP control.  You know skip tracks, volume control, and more from your bluetooth headset.  

4. Find my iOS device - for free.  You can easily set up your iOS device for the find my device feature and if your device gets lost - you can locate it on a map, send a message to it, lock it down or even remote wipe it - all for free - no more need for a paid mobileme account. 

 

NOTE:  If your iPhone is Unlocked and/or your iOS device is Jailbroken - you should not update to iOS 4.2.1 at this time.  Please wait for more info on this to come shortly (hopefully).  

 

If you are on an iPad - you get all the features from iOS 4.0 and 4.1 as well.  So for iPad owners it is a major plus plus update. For iPad owners you also get - folders, multitasking, GameCenter,  Unified Mailbox, iAds, and a bunch of smaller features.  

 

If you have an iPhone 3G - iOS 4.2.1 brings one key new feature - Usability - as in you can use your iPhone 3G again.  If you updated your iPhone 3G to iOS 4.0 or iOS 4.1 - you may have noticed a little bug where in your iPhone 3G slowed to 1/4 impulse power.  Well now it looks like your iPhone 3G is back up to full impulse power.  Granted not at warp speed like the iPhone 4 - but back to what you were used to in iOS 3.x  

 

In Apples announcement for iOS 4.2.1 they said the following: 

 

"The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy."

 

I set this up for my iPhone 4 and it was quick to set up and easy to use and I did not have to pay for mobile me for this.  So I do find it interesting that Apple made one of the most compelling reasons for getting mobileme - a free option.  I wonder if this means in the near future all of mobileme features will be free to iOS owners.  I hope so. 


According to Apple you can use Find My iPhone for free with your iPhone 4, iPad, or 4th generation iPod touch that has iOS 4.2 installed. Or you can use Find My iPhone with a paid MobileMe subscription.  Again not sure on that paid subscription thing now.  But lets say you have in addition to an iOS device from 2010 (iPhone 4, iPad or iPod touch 4th gen) that have a pre 2010 iOS device.  Like the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G and you want to set up find my iPhone on them - are you SOL - NO no you are not.  You just need to set up your 2010 iOS device first.  


Life hacker has an article that goes over this.  I have not had a chance to try this out on my 3GS yet - as I have not updated it to iOS 4.2.1 - as it is jailbroken and I was going to wait.  But if anyone else does this with success - as the authors of the lifehacker article claim to - please let me know.  But it does look like it is easy to do assuming you also happen to have a 2010 iOS device.  

 

One other feature I did not mention that is added to iOS 4.2.1 is the ability to set specific SMS alert tones for your contacts.  You are still limited to using the stock SMS tones - but that list of stock SMS tones has grown - but sadly most are still long tones - which is not the best for Text messages.  Who wants a 10 sec tone when you are getting a test message every 5 secs.  Just sayin. So this is not custom SMS tones - it is specific SMS tones from a predetermined list of tones that you can assign to your contacts - which is still much better than how it was before - if you are someone that is looking to set up specific tones to different people.  

 

Feedback from many different listeners has been very positive for this update.  The one issue that has been reported more than once was after the initial update - the Apps and podcasts did not get sync'd over and it required another sync to get that content brought over.  So as long as you are NOT jailbreaking and / or unlocking - it does look safe to update.  But you should still backup before you do the update - as always.  

 


Category:breaking news -- posted at: 2:43am EDT
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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Dragon’s Lair goes HD; Gets a special version for the iPad users

What Your Phone Says About You - TechCrunch

T-Mobile blames lack of iPhone for poor US sales

iPad 2 ads shot in New York last month - 9 to 5 Mac

Use a smart playlist in iTunes and your iPod to organize podcasts

Live Streaming of TV channles to iPhone

The Verizon iPad Commercial

Meet the CIO Who Bought 4,500 iPads - Computerworld

Stun Fone iPhone accessory: YouTube spoof or real product?

iPhone 4 Deemed Most Reliable - Mac Rumors

Install Android 2.2.1 Froyo On iPhone Using Bootlace in Cydia | Redmond Pie

Apple & The Dentsu Group Bring iAds to Japan

YouTube - TRANSFORM YOUR IPHONE INTO A STUN GUN!!!

Glassgate Hits Case Makers - Cult of Mac

Sprint unveils iPod Touch add-on - KansasCity.com

iPad developer gets a call from Steve Jobs - Seattle Times

Android users have secret iPhone urges – News - Know Your Mobile

OpeniBoot - iDroidWiki

YouTube - Android, WinPho7, iPhone4... What Grills Faster?

Apple adds another iPad GM seed - 9 to 5 Mac

You Can Use Ping On Your iPad Now

YouTube - OpeniBoot for iPad

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

PhotoShop Mobile

Doodle Buddy

MyCross

BookMark

Who's Calling

PKGbackup - Cydia

Dragons Lair - HD

 

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Verizon needs iPhone 4 more than observers were expecting : Beatweek Magazine

DIY iPhone / Smartphone Tripod connector

Nielsen cops to iPad stat messup • The Register

Secret Button Sequence Bypasses iPhone Security | Wired.com

Koredoko - Where the photo for iPhone and iPod touch on the iTunes App Store

Limesn0w to Unlock iOS 4.1 baseband 2.10.04 on iPhone 4? | Gadgets DNA

Apple Delays White iPhone 4 Till Next Year | AllThingsD

Apple Launches Online Store in China

The Real Reason White iPhone 4 Is Delayed | Cult of Mac

Table Connect for iPhone

YouTube - Banned White iPhone 4 Promo

Apple researching scratch-proof coating for iOS devices | Web Tablet Talk

The Sexy Details of How the iPad and MacBook Will Hook Up

iPhone gives Europe extra hour of sleep - CNN.com

The great iPhone serial port hack - Slideshow - Computerworld

Android phones outsell iPhone 2-to-1, says research firm - Computerworld

AppleInsider | Apple releases iPhone, iPad iOS 4.2 Golden Master to developers

AppleInsider | Target to sell Apple's iPhone at 846 stores starting Nov. 7

iPhone Video Editor 1stVideo Updated » Podcasting News

Apple Dominates Tablet Market Over Samsung, H-P, Research in Motion - WSJ.com

Apple iPad's rivals can't hang on pricing | ZDNet

Found footage: new ad declares that 'iPad is electric'

AppleInsider | First look: Apple's iOS 4.2 golden master with  bugs

How to Activate FaceTime in Middle East on iPhone 4 using FaceTime Hacktivator | Gadgets DNA

Table Connect for iPhone: Table Connect for iPhone - video demo launch!

Skyfire 2.0 for iPhone | Skyfire

YouTube - Why There Is No White iPhone 4, by Steve Jobs

Android vs. iPhone: Another round, another knockout - Computerworld Blogs

Mac News: iOS: 2011 iOS Preview for Apple Universe Stargazers

Hole in iPhone PayPal app allows account hijacking

WOW! Plex comes to new jailbroken AppleTVs | 9 to 5 Mac

 

Links to Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

Magnetic Alphabet

PhotoGene

Bible Puzzles

WhatToday

EstatePad

Printing from iPhone

Printing from iPad

Psycexplorer

Koredoko

Moxier Collage

Zumocast

1StVideo

Facetime Hacktivator - Cydia

iTranslate

MapQuest

HeyTell

 

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My 2 year Old Son as a Retro Robot with 2 iPhones

Below is a video of my 2 year old son dressed up in his Retro Robot Custom which has 2 iPhones - one to scroll "Boo" and the other to scroll the Binary version of "Boo".  And no he is likely not going to date until after high school.  

 

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iphone tripod holder mount

iPhone in SPAAAAAACE! | ZDNet

Acer’s JT Wang Thinks iPad Users Will Eventually Return To Their Senses

Apple iPhone 4 beveled back cover - Mobile

Survey: Third of iPad Owners Never Download a Single App | Cult of Mac

Square Starts Shipping New iPhone 4-Compatible Credit Card Reader

For a limited time, FREE GPS with an iPod touch purchased | High Tech Lounge

YouTube - Poker Face by Applegirl

KIDS as young as FIVE want iPhones for Christmas - The Sun 

Guide: How to jailbreak iOS 4.1  with PwnageTool 4.1 | MAGGadget

Geohot’s Limesn0w iPhone unlock is real after all? | iPhone World

Pwnage Tool: iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4, Apple TV Jailbreak Released | The APPera

How to uninstall limera1n and install greenpois0n or vice versa

limera1n

 

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Tii App

Jack O'lantern

Smart Stacks

Who's Calling

WildObs

Metabrowser

Photos Info

EXIF Wizard

Pro Camera + GeoTagging

HeyTell

Apple Remote

 

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ThinkGeek :: Video Out Cable for iPhone & iPad

Verizon to Sell iPads--Is the iPhone Coming Soon? - CBS News

The Last European iPhone Exclusivity Deal Is Dead | Cult of Mac

Android Tablets Will Beat Apple iPad, Says Analyst | Wired.com

Apple to get back to basics, possibly Mac with FaceTime | ZDNet

iPad Coming to Sam's Club - Gearlog

YouTube - "Take Me Out" by Atomic Tom LIVE on NYC subway

F.C.C. Wants Phone Companies to Warn Customers of Usage Limits - NYTimes.com

Apple's Steve Jobs takes shots at competitors - CNN.com

Apple sales top $20 billion - a new record - Oct. 18, 2010

Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones in Q4, iPad sales disappoint - Fortune Tech

What Steve Jobs said about Google - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

Lost in translation: HDMI adapter for iPhone 4 and iPad

NOOSY iPad HDMI adapter

UPDATE 3-Electronic Arts to buy mobile game publisher | Reuters

Dev-Team Blog - 20102010 event

YouTube - Angry Birds Golden Egg #14 in The Big Setup level 9-14

YouTube - Angry Birds Golden egg #15 and Star

 

 

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Tii App

Artstudio 

Audiopress

Cut the Rope

FilterStorm

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Here is a very quick summary of the latest quarterly numbers from Apple.

Rev $20.34 Billion

Total Cash = $ 51 Billion

 

Last Quarter Sales

iPhones Sold =  14.1 Mil

iPads Sold = 4.2 Mil

iPod Touches Sold = Not given as usual - but you can back into 4 Mil iPod Touches. 

All iPod's Sold = 9.1 Mil

275,000 iOS devices per day on average last 30 days.  (Means 133.25 Mil iOS devices sold to date through end of September.)

 

Misc Notes

iTunes Store = >$1 Bil Revenue for the Quarter. 

$8.82 Bil Rev from iPhone 

166 Carriers around the world for iPhone. 

80% of Fortune 500 companies deploying iPhones.  

26 Countries have the iPad at the end of last quarter. 

Steve came on the call to give a wrap up and talk about Apple selling more Smartphones than RIM sold in their last quarter.  275,000 iOS devices per day on average per the last 30 days.  He also went into details on the Android fragmentation issues.  Steve slammed the 7" screen and comments about 7" display is just 45% as large as the iPad screen. Did he listen to the last Today in iOS?  He says the 10" size is optimal - not the 7" size.  Called them tweeners.  Called 7" Tablets DOA.  

>250,000 Apple TV's 2 have been sold to date.  

 

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AppleInsider | Goldman Sachs says Apple planning thinner iPad with camera, mini USB

Analyst: iPad with Camera Due Next Spring | Apple Stock Watch | The Mac Observer

Apple TV internals reveal 8 GB storage 256 MB RAM |  AllNewsMac

Apple 7-Inch iPad Reportedly Ready for Production - PCWorld

AppleInsider | NPD: Early iPad adopters more satisfied, active than recent buyers

Dev-Team Blog - SHAttered iPod touch 4G

Amazon now selling iPad as well… | 9 to 5 Mac

Adidas pulls $10 mil iAd campaign

Family, friends say farewell to Tony Curtis - TODAYshow.com

Netflix adds support for Video Out for iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G Now! | Mobiles DNA

iPhone 4 & iPhone 3GS - Apple Store (U.S.)

My son is mistaking a smartphone for his mother - Slate Magazine

Apple iPad could have sold more than 8 million units

Verizon and Apple iPhone could make some LTE magic | ZDNet

What is a 'Verizon-ready' iPhone? - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

How hot was the iPhone 4 in Q4? - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

AT&T Increases Early Upgrade Fee by $125…Except for iPhone

With Antennagate over, is Glassgate next for the iPhone 4? gdgt

Japan’s DeNA to buy iPhone game publisher Ngmoco for more than $400M? | VentureBeat

What can we expect from iPad 2: Rumour Roundup | Macgasm

Limera1n iOS 4.1 Jailbreak is REAL [Confirmed] | Redmond Pie

iPad’s destructive reach extends further faster 

Glif - iPhone 4 Tripod Mount & Stand by Dan Provost — Kickstarter

Apple to Offer iPhone on Verizon, Ending Exclusivity with ATT - NYTimes.com

Don't be alarmed but your iPhone may have a daylight saving bug

AppleInsider | iPad coming to Walmart stores next week - rumor

Samsung Tablet May Cost $400 with Long-Term Contract | Wired.com

T-Mobile Galaxy Tab at $399 on contract, stacked up vs. iPad | Electronista

limera1n

Dev-Team Blog - Limera1n surprise

Geohot vs the Chronic Dev-Team the Jailbreak Drama Unfolds - iSmashPhone

JailbreakMe

 

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Tii App

Substrate

Photo Pad

Who's Calling

Smart Stacks

Photo Leach

MyWi - Cydia

Angry Birds

Flight Control

Doodle Jump

Shazam

Evernote

Plants vs. Zombies

Pandora Radio

Simplenote

Twitter 

Instapaper

Homerun Battle 3D

FieldRunners

 

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The WSJ is back to their link bait ways with another Verizon iPhone rumor. I will not even call it a story.  The latest rumor they posted is here  (Yeah link bait worked again for them).  What I think is most frustrating about this latest rumor is that it is just a rehash of a rumor the same "reporters" spread back in the spring.  While the internets never forget it does appear WSJ editors do.  

But the real reason to call total BS on this is the lack of any real sources. That is unless you count "people familiar with the matter" or "these people" or "people briefed on the phone" or "One person familiar" or "people briefed on the matter" and "a person familiar with the matter". With harding hitting fact check journalism like that the WSJ must be proud to have their name linked to this BS.

Sorry for the tone and temper of this post - but come on WSJ it was bad enough the first time you brought up this rumor but to completely rehash it and just update the dates is plain lazy.   

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VLC Media Player for iPad now available, your video codec worries decidedly lessen -- Engadget

As Apple relaxes App Store rules, C64 emulator for iOS gets BASIC again -- Engadget

Downgrade iPhone 4 iOS to 4.0.1 - The EASY Way 

The Firmware Umbrella

Credit Suisse: Verizon iPhone will get 1.4M users from AT&T in 2011 | VentureBeat

23% of iPhone owners want Verizon as AT&T exclusivity ends | Electronista

Blind user explains why he loves the iPhone

Side-by-side: Flip UltraHD vs. iPhone 4

Apple Gets HIghest-Ever Score in ACSI Survey | AllThingsD

Dev-Team Blog - redsn0wier

Jailbreak iOS 4.2 with Redsn0w 0.9.6 | Redmond Pie

Hey Soldier — You’re In the Smart-Phone Army Now! - Swampland - TIME.com

Verizon CEO Crushes Hopes of 1.4M AT&T Subscribers: Apple

iWork for iPad gets updated to export to MS Office formats | 9 to 5 Mac

Apple iPad Sales Will Surpass Mac - TheStreet

Walt Mossberg travels to Paris with iPad instead of laptop

Apple TV Splits Networks - WSJ.com

The Situation Might Get Sued Over iPhone App

Apple iPad officially hits Target shelves October 3rd -- Engadget

AppleInsider | Verizon-Apple iPhone agreement 'may not ever get resolved'

Apple gets chance to trounce Android with iPhone 4 launch in China | VentureBeat

iPhone 4 Arrives in UAE -- Without FaceTime - PCWorld

Change Your iPhone's App Icons Without Jailbreaking

ThinkGeek :: TK-421 iPhone Case with Flip-Out Keyboard

Devs bet big on Android over Apple's iOS - Computerworld

Meet BlackBerry Playbook, a tablet PC from RIM | ZDNet

Pinger Now Turns Your iPod Touch Into A Free Cell Phone

AT&T data plan leaked for Samsung Galaxy Tab

Apple Releases iOS 4.2 Beta 2 For iPhone, iPod Touch And iPad [For Developers Only!]

Changewave: Android gains on iPhone - Fortune Tech

Tethering may be coming to Apple’s iPad

E-Commerce News: iOS: Android's Smartphone 'Lead' Relies on Fishy Numbers

Apple TV 2nd Generation Teardown - Page 2 - iFixit

Hall of Fame Committee | App Hall of Fame

Verizon iPhone Trade-In Program Sucks, Use eBay Instead

iOS hits new high, Internet Explorer new low in web share | Electronista

Google acquires mobile-typing company | Deep Tech - CNET News

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App - V1.7.5

The Art of Glow

Meritum Paint Pro

iQIF

VLC Media Player

Commodore 64

Rate-A-Fi

Playon - Cydia

Bloomberg

 

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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

iPad chic: Seven couture cases - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

Enable iOS 4.1 HDR Photos Feature on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G | Redmond Pie

Cydia Buys Out Rock to Provide One Unified Jailbreak App Store for All | Redmond Pie

PowerBack Battery Case From Kensington Will Give More Juice To Your iPad: SoftSailor

'iPhone 5' May Have Qualcomm Radio Chip | Touch Reviews

E-Commerce News: iPhone: Consumer Reports Still Snubs iPhone 4

Apple profiles 4 big businesses using iPads | Macgasm

Clever toddler cons mother into buying Apple iPad apps

Android users quicker than iPhone users in upgrading to new OS versions

Apple’s AirPrint Wireless Printing for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch Coming to Users in November

iOS 4.2 turns iPad's screen lock into volume switch | Web Crawler - CNET News

Apple AirPrint: Wireless Printing for (Almost) Everyone? - PCWorld

iOS 4.2 on iPad preview (video) (updated) -- Engadget

Apple to launch iPad in five more countries on Sept 17 | iLounge News

comScore Reports July 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share - comScore, Inc

European Smartphone Market Grows 41 Percent in Past Year - comScore, Inc

Android vs. iPhone: Wait just a minute! - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

How to Downgrade iOS 4.2 to iOS 4.0.1 - mobilesdna

New Apple TV to Get Apps? - Mac Rumors

Samsung Galaxy Tab U.S. Carrier Release Dates Leaked? - HotHardware

Panic Blog » Newton Never Dies

Amazon pokes fun at Apple's iPad in sunny new ad for its Kindle reader

YouTube - iPad Caricature Demonstration with Sketchbook Pro

Chronic Dev Blog

iPhone 4 Available in China on September 25

 

Review - Top Grain Leather iPad Bag

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

PhotoGene

Sketchbook Pro

ArtStudio

Balkan Folk Instruments

Lockinfo - Cydia

AR Drone - Free Flight

Zumocast

Whistle Phone

iCall Free VoiP - Cydia

GV Mobile +

Activator - Cydia

MobileToolz

 

Direct download: tii_0147.mp3
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Tweak Tracker

IDC: iPhone to drop to 11% share by 2014 while Android rises | Electronista

Qualcomm Admits It: Apple’s iPad Killed Smartbooks «

Android Is As Open As The Clenched Fist I’d Like To Punch The Carriers With

iOS 4.1 Jailbreak Using New Bootrom Based Exploit Confirmed | Redmond Pie

Statement by Apple on App Store Review Guidelines

iPod Touch Teardown Reveals Only 256 MB of RAM and No Vibrator

Check Your iPhone 4's Antenna Reception With Field Test Mode In iOS 4.1

After Apple about-face, Adobe resurrects Flash tool - Computerworld

Videotron exec says iPhone for T-Mobile | 9 to 5 Mac 

Apple - iPhone 4 - Case Program

Yes! Jailbreak iOS 4.1 on iPhone 4/3GS, iPad, iPod Touch 4G, via @pod2g - Computerworld Blogs

Freaking Microsoft Weirdos Celebrate iPhone and BlackBerry Funerals

Jailbroken iOS 4.1 Will Bring HDR Photography to iPhone 3G, 3GS

The “Verizon iPhone” Versus “The iPhone On Verizon’s Network”

GreenPois0n to Jailbreak iOS 4.1 iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G and iPad? | Gadgets DNA

Developers Can Complain About Apple, But "The iPhone Is Where The Money Is"

iPad Wi-Fi Models Available in China on September 17

Consumer Reports Still Says No to iPhone 4 - Digits - WSJ

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

Sketchbook

Genius Scan

MyWi - Cydia

Auto3G - Cydia

 

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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Painfully slow iPad backups

Target Announces You Can Trade Them Your iPhone for a Gift Card

Apple Will Release Updated iPhone 4 With Redesigned Antenna By End Of Sep | Cult of Mac

Apple Reportedly Looking to Push Monthly iPad Production to 3 Million - Mac Rumors

Verizon iPhone 4: is it the reason for premature launch of Droid 2 : Beatweek Magazine

Apple Doubles iPad Production, May Triple Soon

iOS 4.1 GM, Download IPSW for all devices | App Insect

iPad Video Calling Debugger | 9 to 5 Mac 

Complete iOS 4.1 Walkthrough | 9 to 5 Mac 

iPod Touch Contains Motor for Vibrating FaceTime Alerts

Is Android Only Surging Because Apple Is Letting It?

9 Super Cool iPad Modifications

Unlockit - APN Changer for your iPhone

Apple resets Game Center, drops iPhone 3G support | MacNN

Snap Case for iPhone 4 : Products By Incase

AppleInsider | Apple forecast to sell 28M iPads in 2011, chipping away at PC sales

Antennagate took big bite from iPhone sales, analysts say - Computerworld Blogs

iOS 4.1 for iPhone, iPod Touch released | Circuit Breaker - CNET News

Rosh Hashanah: IPhone Apps for the Jewish New Year - Digits - WSJ

Dev-Team Blog - It's a trap!

CandyShell - iPhone 4 Cases - iPhone Cases - Speck Products

iPhone 4 Commuter Series Case // OtterBox.com

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

Glow Doodle

2Screens Remote

2Screens Presentation Export

TetherMe - Cydia

Words with Friends Free

 

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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Apple - iPad - iOS 4.2 Software Update coming in November

Pay as you go sim with data Wiki

Apple's iOS beats Android 6:1 on the Web

Mac News: Apple Juice: In iTunes, All App Reviews Are Not Created Equal

AutoCAD coming to iPad, iPhone, returning to Mac | Reuters

VIRTUALIDA: APP Review: MobileNoter helps you sync with OneNote

VIRTUALIDA: How many of you know OneNote?

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

Qvik Sketch

Fast Mall

Go Payment - Intuit

Splice

Perfect Browser - iPad

Fring

Auto3G - Cydia

Remove BG - Cydia

SoundPaper

iStudiez Pro

iHomework

My Homework

MobileNoter

iMindmap

 

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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

iPad app dev sees 50% piracy rate

Unquote | Define Unquote at Dictionary.com

Angry Birds to Get Movie, Comic Books, Action Figures, TV

iPhone 4 sets texting speed record, beats Samsung Galaxy S

Apple Sends Invites for September 1 'Special Event'  | PCMag.com

iSuppli: Apple to Dominate Tablet Market Through 2012 | Maximum PC

FTC Finds Paid Reviews Defy "Truth In Advertising"

Public Relations Firm to Settle FTC Charges that It Advertised Clients' Gaming Apps Through Misleading Online Endorsements

Qualcomm job listing for iPhone dev guru sets internet absolutely aflutter -- Engadget

Court OKs Covert iPhone Audio Recording | Wired.com

Mophie and Intuit release Complete Card Solution payment system for iPhone

Android App Developer: The OS is 'Hidious'

Friday Poll: How will Apple music event play out? | Crave - CNET

Apple Confirms Sept. 1 Media-Centric Event - PCWorld

New 4th-Gen iPod touch details and cases emerge | Apple Intelligence

iPod Touch 4G Will Have 3G Enabled Models? | The APPera

Developer: Apple's iAd solution is expensive and ineffective | Macworld

Bluetooth In-Car SpeakerPhone - T325 - Overview - Motorola, Inc. USA

At last: Next-day shipping for the iPad - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

Intel to Acquire iPhone Supplier Infineon's Wireless Chip Unit - Mac Rumors

Downgrade iPhone 4, 3GS from iOS 4.0.2 to 4.0.1 Without SHSH Blobs Saved | Redmond Pie

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

FX Photo Studio

B-Slap

Grammar Girl App

TV Out - Cydia

Depict

CallTell - Cydia

Ringtones

PWN Mail - Cydia

iRig - AmpliTube

 

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Apple's September 1st Event Rumors Bingo Card

Here is the Bingo Card with all the major rumors out there that Apple might announce at their September 1st event. As always we will go over these on the show following the actual event.  (ep 144).

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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

iXP1-500 Adapter Solves iPad USB Charging Issues

Apple iAd partners say they're happy with early results | Technology | Los Angeles Times

China Unicom plans to offer iPhone 4 in early Sep - MarketWatch

The Associated Press: Accused iPad thief faces attempted-murder charge

HTML5 Continuing to Gain Ground With Yahoo! Mail for iPad, Vimeo Embedding - Mac Rumors

AppleInsider | South Korean iPhone 4 preorders hit 130K in first 13 hours

The Nine Most Ingenious iPad Accessories | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

iPad Gmail Gets New Streamlined Interface

iPhone Gets the Official R2-D2 Case Treatment, Too

LG Vows To Kill Apple: "Our Tablet Will Be Better Than The iPad"

usbfever.com -  WaterWear

Report: Jobs Promises iOS 4 Update for iPhone 3G 'Soon' | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

YouTube - Jeffrey Jackson - Falling Off

Slashdot Apple Story | Apple Patents Remotely Disabling Jailbroken Phones

Apple patent looks to lock up jailbreakers - ZDNet

Five Reasons to Pick an HP Tablet Over an iPad - PCWorld Business Center

How to Downgrade Your iPhone 3G[S] from iOS 4 to iOS 3.1.3

 

iPad® Pillow - Sponsored Link

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii app

MyPaint Free

Newsy

Cali Lewis App

iRecorder

Infinifolders - Cydia

Frash - Cydia

iMovie

ComicZeal - Comic Reader Mini

ComicZeal - Comic Reader

OmniFocus for iPad

iRealSMS - Cydia

Notifier - Cydia

 

Direct download: tii_0142.mp3
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On the last episode I talked about Frash which is Flash for iOS.  Seems I forgot to mention an important point and that is you need to add a resource to Cydia before you can install it. Here are the instructions for installing Frash.

 

  1. Launch Cydia 
  2. Tap the - Manage - button
  3. Tap - Sources
  4. In the Top Right Tap the - Edit - button 
  5. In the Top Left Tap the - Add - button
  6. Then In the pop-up box, type http://repo.benm.at/   
  7. Tap - Add Source - to close the box
  8. In the Top Right Tap the - Done - button
  9. Go to the - Search - section in Cydia and search for "Frash"
  10. Install the app.

VERY IMPORTANT - You MUST include the  "/" at the end of the URL in step 6 or it will not work.

Again as I said in the show I see Frash more needed for the iPad than the iPhone or iPod Touch. But this will work for any iOS device.  Once it is installed go to a site that has Flash running and you will see a light grey box with "Flash" in the middle - tap on "Flash" and it will run the flash elements for that site.  
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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

IPhone Developers Can Now Advertise Their Apps via IAd - PCWorld Business Center

France Pays Most for iPad Data Plan - PCMag.com

Leaked Details On 2010-2011 iPods, iPhone 5, Bumper 2 + iPad mini | iLounge Backstage

Clearwire releases iSpot 4G - Seattle Times Newspaper

Survey Claims Fewer Dropped Calls for iPhone 4 Than iPhone 3GS - Mac Rumors

Magic Eraser magically cleans your Apple products

Why The Verizon iPhone Rumors are True—CDMA iPhone Due in January

Next iPod Touch with Retina Display and Two Cameras? - Mac Rumors

Dev-Team Blog - grow, grow ultrasn0w!

iPod touch rumor - Next generation iPod touch rumored to arrive in a few weeks' time

iOS 4.0.1 Download Available for iPhones - quickpwn

Apple Launches “Try Before You Buy” Apps

Apple's Verizon iPhone Prototype is Ready for January, Report says - PCWorld

Inside source confirms Verizon iPhone, with new antenna | DVICE

Verizon iPhone: A plausible timeline - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

Weeks later, iPhone 4 lines still huge | Crave - CNET

ChangeWave: 31% of iPhone owners likely to switch to Verizon - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

Downgrade from iOS 4.0.2 to iOS 4.0.1, iOS 4.0, Jailbreaking Guide for iPhone 4, 3GS, 3G and iPod Touch.

Mac Forums - View Single Post - iTunes Can't Backup Due to Unknown Error

Music Video

Gadget Freeway - Advertiser

Face-off: 1979 Apple Graphics Tablet vs. 2010 Apple iPad - Computerworld

New Website Promises Free Sustainable / Eco Minded Apps every 24 hours - iPhone, Eco, Apps

Dev-Team Blog - Fixing what Apple won't

News Corp. plans national newspaper for tablets - latimes.com

iPhone and iPod Trade Secrets Sold by Apple Manager » Phone Reviews

Uh-oh: Early Droid 2 Units Having Signal Issues?

Apple manager arrested in kickback scheme - San Jose Mercury News

Both Verizon Wireless iPhone and next generation iPad about to hit field testing? « Boy Genius Report

iPhone 4 pre-orders about to begin in South Korea

 

 

Apps Mentions in this Episode:

Tii App

Doodle Buddy

Glyphboard - Webapp

Cali Lewis App

MeeGenius

Frash - Cydia

WeFarm

PDF Patch - Cydia 

Poker Journal

Everlater

Trip Journal 

My Trips

 

Direct download: tii_0141.mp3
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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G real-world camera test - Computerworld Blogs

Build a DIY iPhone Steadicam for Smooth iPhone Video

MobileMe Gallery - Both sides

Apple's Droid X 'Death Grip' Claim: Bogus | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

YouTube - Droid X Death Grip

iPad Owners Are ‘Selfish Elites.’ Critics Are ‘Independent Geeks.’ Discuss. | Epicenter | Wired.com

10 Tips To Make iTunes for Windows Run Faster - How-To Geek

People sue Apple over 'overheating' iPads - CNN.com

OpenAppMkt

JailbreakMe 2.0

Dev-Team Blog - The return of jailbreakme.com!

White iPhone 4 Delays Due to Light Leakage? - Mac Rumors

Apple's antenna videos disappear from site | Technically Incorrect - CNET News

How To Prevent Malicious Websites From Using Security Hole In iOS Used In JailbreakMe iPhone Hacks

JailbreakMe site hacks iOS on iPhone, iPad & iPod touch - SlashGear

How to fix The PDF Exploit on your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch After Jailbreaking With JailbreakMe - iThinkDifferent

Security breach gives complete access to iPhone - Technology & science - Wireless - msnbc.com

iGriza: The Birth Story : Part 1

Mac News: iPhone: So You Want to Be a Jailbreaker?

iPhone 4 and iOS 4.0 / 4.1 Compatible Cydia Jailbreak Apps List | Redmond Pie

AppleInsider | Browser-based 'jailbreak' website blocked at Apple retail stores

MeeGenius!

AT&T Sees No Negative Impact When iPhone Pact Ends - WSJ.com

Gregs Tech Blog: As Many as 4.6 Million Android Users Data Stolen?

Common Sense Media for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

CLEAR offers 4G iSpot mobile broadband to iDevice owners

The man who made the iPhone 4 is out - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

Apple Executive Exits After IPhone Antenna Flap - WSJ.com

Daring Fireball: Papermaster and That Damn Antenna

How to Install Flash on your iPhone (The Easy Way)

Bad News For Android Owners: iPhone Users Have More Sex

Dev-Team Blog - grow, grow ultrasn0w!

 

Leather iPad Shoulder Bag - Gadget Freeway.com (Sponsor)

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii - iPhone App

MeeGenius

Sketchbook

Artstudio

iMovie

Frash

Common Sense Media

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Below is a video showing the jailbreak of an iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.0.1 - However this jailbreak works for any iOS device running iOS 4.0.1 or lower.  There were some early issues with MMS and Facetime not working. It is reported that MMS is now working.  I have heard reports from others that skype does not work in the background.  And I am sure there will be some other issues that are found. 

UPDATE: 8/2/10 11:42 PM CT - I jailbroke my iPhone 4 running iOS 4.0.1 - NO issues - All is working great including Facetime. Looks like they have resolved the issues they had last night.  Both my iPhone 4 and 3GS are working great. As with any jailbreak - as you ad more and more apps you increase your odds exponentially of there being a conflict.  So keep your jailbreak App downloads to a min and to just the ones you need.  If you try an app and don't like it - remove it ASAP.  Also those jailbreaking with iOS 4.0.1 for an iPhone seemed to report the best results. Mostly the reporting has been overwhelmingly positive for this Jailbreak - Kudos to those involved in making this possible.  

UPDATE 2: 8/3/10 12:05 AM CT - One other common thread seems to be those that do the jailbreak when connected to wifi are having better results then those trying the jailbreak via 3G. Also it seems better when clicking on a link like that below then when typing in the URL.  If you do have an issue - make sure to force quite safari and then clear your cache before trying again. 


BIG NOTE: Do not try to jailbreak if you don't like when things go to (expletive). If you need your device for your business and being without it for any period of time will cause you to loose your job - stop now.  If you get mad at your significant other at how they fold towels or put the toilet paper on a roll - Jailbreaking is probably not for your personality.  Sometimes things break and your device will likely crash more often then if it was not jailbroken. 

 

To Jailbreak just point your iOS device running iOS 4.0.1 or lower to:

http://www.jailbreakme.com

There is no need for a computer, SHSH Blobs or anything else.  Just point your iOS device to the link above and slide the slider to jailbreak.  See the video for more info.  

 

To learn how to use Cydia - The App store for Jailbreaking - See the following tutorials.

Of course - Make sure you backup before trying this.  And don't upgrade to iOS 4.1 or 4.0.2 or whatever comes after iOS 4.0.1 if you want to use this jailbreak method.

 

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http://blog.iphone-dev.org/post/890709355/the-return-of-jailbreakme-com

This post talks about the new very very easy to use jailbreak.  Just point your iOS device safari browser at:

 

http://www.jailbreakme.com

 

No need for mac or pc to jailbreak with this - do it all from your iOS device. However there is the issue the there are some issues.

I would highly suggest you hold off right now - as there are still some tech issues - especially with Facetime and MMS.

I am sure there will be updates on this coming soon.

If you do decide to do the jailbreak - please give your feedback below.

 

Category:breaking news -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT
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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Wired forecast the iPad's existence in 1999 - Boing Boing

Apple - Smartphone Antenna Performance

Apple Yanks iPhone-based "Chatroulette" App | PCMag.com

YouTube - Reality distortion field remains strong

Apple iPad Launches In Nine More Countries Friday - PCWorld

FY 10 Third Quarter Results Conference Call

Google quietly kills its once-hyped Nexus One phone - CNN.com

TRON for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown | Magazine

'Filemaker Go' Released for iPhone and iPad - Mac Rumors

AppleInsider | Rumors of Apple charging iPad owners for iOS 4 upgrade are false

Mili Power Spring Black Extended Battery for iPhone 4 at MobileCityOnline.com

My TV Remote for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Flashlight App Briefly Brought Unofficial Tethering To The iPhone - iPhone Hacks

Don't Hold It Wrong

Motorola says Droid X eFuse security won't brick your phone

Skype for iPhone gets multitasking, ditches hated 3G-calling fee - CNET Reviews

How a 15-yo Kid Tricked Apple With a Disguised iPhone Tethering App

iOS 4 and iPhone 3G is a match made in... what's the opposite of heaven?

Bicyclist allegedly steals iPhone during GPS demo  - CNET News

Nokia Profit Plunges; Banks on New Device for Revival - BusinessWeek

Comex To Release Spirit Like Jailbreak For iPhone 4 Soon |

Statement by Apple on White iPhone 4

BlindType: It’s A Keyboard, Jim, But Not As We Know It :: App Advice

FaceTime iPod Touch, iPad Coming Soon: Will Use Email Address | The APPera

Create Free iPhone Ringtones Using Only iTunes [How To] | Cult of Mac

Droid X Also Infected With Apple's iPhone 4 Antenna Plague |

Most iPhone users love AT&T - Jul. 23, 2010

Apple's 3rd party iPhone 4 cases arriving in late September? | 9 to 5 Mac

RazorianFly » YouTube hybrid embed player for html5

Dev-Team Blog - Blob banter

Delay on iPhone Upsets South Korea - WSJ.com

Spirit Jailbreak for iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 3.2.1 and iPod touch 3G Delayed | Redmond Pie

iPhone 4 Retina Display vs. Galaxy S Super AMOLED... fight! (updated) -- Engadget

iPhone 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S: displays at full brightness - Engadget Galleries

MacDailyNews - U.S. government makes iPhone jailbreaking, unlocking legal

New Gov't Rules Allow Unapproved IPhone Apps : NPR

Govt.-Approved iPhone Jailbreaking Won't Help Users - PCWorld

Big App Show for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

EFF wins enormous victory against DRM: legal to jailbreak iPhones, rip DVDs for mashup videos - Boing Boing

YouTube - 2 year old dances to trololo song on iPad

 

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

Draw

ExerciseTV

Podcaster

Big App Show

Tron

iRealSMS - Cydia

Filemaker Go

My TV Remote

Hulu+

Skype

 

 

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Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Jailbreak iOS 4 iPod touch 3G and 2G - Redmond Pie

Rumor: AT&T giving 3G MicroCells to long-standing customers - TUAW

Apple deleting mentions of Consumer Reports' iPhone 4 piece on forums, can't delete your thoughts -- Engadget

iPhone 4: The Consumer Reports fiasco - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

iPhone 4 carrier unlock teased, not released just yet -- Engadget

Amazon.com: Mophie Juice Pack Case 

EXOGEAR iPhone Battery Case - Exolife

5.6 and 7-inch OLED iPad rumors surface | ZDNet

Daring Fireball: iPhone 4 3G Data Performance

Apple has an ally; Electromagnetic engineer says Consumer Reports iPhone 4 study flawed CNET Reviews

Survey: iPhone tops satisfaction, planned purchase numbers | Macworld

YouTube - David Letterman - Bad iPhone Top Ten

Apple iPhone Antenna Defenders Speak Out: Yeah, They Exist - PCWorld

UPDATE 2-Apple to hold iPhone press conference Friday

Add Bluetooth to the iPhone 4 list of woe | ZDNet

Consumer Reports Electronics Blog: Apple’s Bumper case alleviates the iPhone 4 signal-loss problem

The iPhone Antenna: It’s Complicated « Velocity - Forbes.com

Apple Engineer Told Jobs IPhone Antenna Might Cut Calls - Bloomberg

iOS 3.2.1 delivers iPad Wi-Fi fixes, more | Macworld

iPhone 4 Meets The GripOfDeathInator - AntennaSys Blog - AntennaSys, Inc.

YouTube - Song A Day #561: The iPhone Antenna Song

The iPhone 4 Redux: Analyzing Apple's iOS 4.0.1 Signal Fix & Antenna Issue - AnandTech

Live iPhone 4 press event coverage – gdgt live

Live from Apple's iPhone 4 press conference -- Engadget

Macworld | Live Update: iPhone 4 Press Conference

Apple - Smartphone Antenna Performance

The Associated Press: Apple: iPhone 4 drops more calls than iPhone 3GS

Steve Jobs confirms: Android outselling iPhone - Fortune Tech

Motorola Is Willing To Break the Phone They Just Sold You

Bumper and all, Consumer Reports still doesn't recommend iPhone 4 - CNN.com

Apple's condescending iPhone 4 press conference. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine

Apple did the right thing, but it'll cost 'em - Technology & science - Wireless - msnbc.com

iOS 4.1 features: AVRCP stereo Bluetooth controls | TiPb

KansasFest -- Apple II Forever!

Why I’m Craigslisting My iPads

VIRTUALIDA : Why I Won’t Be Craiglisting My iPad

iPhone 4 Press Conference VIDEO: Watch Steve Jobs Announce iPhone 4 Free Case Offer

RIM Co-CEOs Comment On Apple Antenna Claims - FOXBusiness.com

Apple’s Claims About Other Phones — There’s a Response for That - Digits - WSJ

Dev-Team Blog - ultrasn0w is growing!

Spirit

Rivals Hit Back at Apple Over iPhone 4 'Death Grip' Claims | PCMag.com

HTC: Apple Drawing HTC Into iPhone 4 Problems Unacceptable - WSJ.com

 

Review - Plantronics 975 BT Head Set

 

Apps Mentioned in this Episode:

Tii App

Brushes

Zombie Farm

Video Zoom Plus

 

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Update 2:  No Recall.  Apple will give free cases to everyone that buys an iPhone through September 30th - if you already purchased a bumper case they will refund the purchase.  More about the meeting on ep 138 early next week. 

 

As the title of this post suggests and conventional wisdom is now indicating an iPhone 4 recall announcement is all but a certainty when Apple has its special media even tomorrow at 10:00 AM PT.  However when it comes to conventional wisdom and Apple - history is not on the side of conventional wisdom.  Remember the iPod Touch 3rd gen with a camera, or the iPad that was not going to be called an iPad or that said iPad would be on Verizon.  Those were all conventional wisdom that Apple did not go along with. And what about the time of the event - 10:00 AM PT when the markets are still open in NY.  That timing seems odd - especially for a major recall announcement from a company with regards to its biggest individual product.  Why not push the event out a couple of hours until after the markets close. That seems even more obvious than the issues from touching an exposed antenna.  

If you are not aware iOS 4.0.1 is officially out for the iPhone 4 and its effect on fixing the Antenna bars dropping issue is negligible at best. I can with a tight death grip get the iPhone 4 to drop 3 bars - however now that the first bar is so much bigger I don't seem to feel as bad.  It is however now much harder to get 5 bars on the iPhone 4.  

There are some very good posts out there on what to expect tomorrow and one in particular from MG Siegler from Techcrunch is very well done.  

But what if Apple throws conventional wisdom out the window and Steve gets up there and shows data on the iPhone 4 having 10 to 15 dB better reception performance than the 3GS when not held with the death grip and only 5 to 10 dB worse performance when held tightly with the death grip.  Then Steve offers up a free bumper or gift card for all iPhone 4 owners.  And then does the completely unexpected and announces the iPhone 4 will be available in XX days on Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.  I just heard from a good friend in the electronic components industry that his good friend told him Fox Con is already building the CDMA versions of the iPhone 4.  Yeah I know a friend of a friend - almost sounds like something from Digitimes or BGR.  Not that I really think this will happen - just throwing it out there as a possible anti-conventional wisdom possibility.  

 

If you have thoughts on what will happen tomorrow or if you have upgraded to iOS 4.0.1 please share your experience / thoughts below.

 

Update: Some listener email feedback

Hi Rob,

Just thought I'd share an experience I had this morning while eating
breakfast at a McDonald's in my area. I was sitting with my girlfriend
when I pulled out my iPhone 4 to check the weather. A group of elderly
people were sitting at the table next to us. One of them saw my phone
and asked me if it was "that new apple phone that was going to get
recalled". I said "well it the new apple phone but I'm pretty sure it
isn't going to be recalled". This group then began asking about the
antenna issues that had been in the news and were curious if I had any
problems. I told them that yes the signal does appear to drop but that
rarely results in a dropped call. Another group at a table also
nearby, this time with a group of 30-ish age people then joined the
conversation saying that they ha gotten android phones because of the
reported issue with the iPhone 4.
  I guess I hadn't realized just how big of a public perception
problem this antenna thing is. Apple is in some serious trouble if a
group of random people of various ages are all aware of the reported
issues. Anyway, I hope apple can do something to alleviate the
problem.

Regards,
Jason

 

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Apple releases troubleshooting article updates for iPhone and iOS devices  - CNET

Ducati Commercial Shot with Apple iPhone 4

iMovie App Works Perfectly Fine On A Hacked iPhone 3GS - iPhone Hacks

AppleInsider | iAd report: Apple's iOS 4 will reach iPad in November

iPad blasts past Android in usage share | ZDNet

How To Install iMovie on iPhone 3GS | Cult of Mac

AppleInsider | Apple issues iOS 4 fix for Exchange ActiveSync issues

Apple - Support - Discussions - 3G data speed on iPhone 4 is painfully ...

Bugs & Fixes: Seven iOS 4 troubleshooting tips | Macworld

Slow iOS4 runs faster on iPhone 3G with no Safari web pages open : Beatweek Magazine

Dev-Team inching closer to carrier unlock for iPhone 4 | MacFixIt - CNET

Apple Pulls Apps Citing Fraud - WSJ.com

Apple releases iPhone OS 2.1

iPhone 4 exceeds talk time promises | iPhone Atlas - CNET

indie's Adventures on the Pacific Crest Trail 2010

YouTube Mobile Site Launches for HTML5-Capable Devices - PCWorld

UPDATED: Best Buy to iPhone/Evo video guy: Welcome back. But he'll pass | Dollars & Sense

YouTube Mobile Site Trumps Dedicated iPhone App - PCWorld

Facebook | AT&T

AppleInsider | Apple's new iPod touch rumored to have 5MP camera, FaceTime

Gadgets -Dell's Streak Set to Arrive in the U.S. - But When?

Fring update approved for iPhone, does video calling with front cam over 3G -- Engadget

 

 

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Jailbreak How-To: Back Up Apps in Rock and Cydia | TiPb

iTunes 9.2: The iPhone cannot be synced

The parents of five children think the iPad ads are gendered.

AppFest Lets iPad, iPhone App Fans Meet Their Maker

Downgrade iOS 4.0 [Final] to iOS 3.1.3 Gadgets DNA

Lawsuit Claims Apple, AT&T Promoted ‘Deceptive’ Data Plans | Wireless Week

Bloomberg: Verizon iPhone coming in January? | Signal Strength - CNET News

Verizon iPhone coming in January? | Technology | Los Angeles Times

Verizon will finally offer the iPhone in January (report) | VentureBeat

iPhone on Verizon: 5 Reasons to Doubt the Latest Rumors - PCWorld

Hulu Launches Premium Video Subscription Service -- Online Video -- InformationWeek

Apple Sued Over New IPhone Reception Problems by Consumers - BusinessWeek

Here come the iPhone 4 antenna-gate class-action lawsuits - Computerworld Blogs

Apple hiring iPhone antenna engineers for some reason -- Engadget

Steve Jobs Is In Serious Denial Over iPhone 4 Antenna Issue (AAPL)

Letter from Apple Regarding iPhone 4

Daring Fireball: Translation From Apple's Unique Dialect of PR-Speak to English of the 'Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4'

Apple denies iPhone 4 e-mail exchange claim - Technology & science - Wireless - msnbc.com

Antenna Expert: Apple is Right, iPhone 4 Signal Woes Overblown - PCWorld

Apple's iPhone 4: Thoroughly Reviewed - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News

Puzzlement for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Best Buy Firing Employee Because He Makes A Funny Video That Doesn't Even Mention Best Buy | Techdirt

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Apple Dumps iPhone 4 Restocking Fee | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

iPhone 4 defenders debunk reception, 'grip of death' issues

iPhone 4 Retina Display Vs Motorola Droid X Vs Droid Incredible Vs EVO 4G | Gadgets DNA

HowTo Tie a Tie for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

YouTube - iPhone 4 Antenna Tech Support Call

Unlock iPhone 3.1.3 05.11.07 Baseband with Blacksn0w | Redmond Pie

Boy Genius Geller Paid 4 iPhone 4 Steve Jobs' Death Grip Emails- Yes-Buts, Source of iPhone 4 Exchange Named - WIRELESS AND MOBILE NEWS

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iTunes accounts hacking more widespread than initially thought. The facts, and what you should do.

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I think my iTunes account was hacked? - Page 5 - Mac Forums

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There are a lot of posts popping up this past weekend about iTunes being "Hacked".  While "Hacked" does not appear to be an accurate description - as it appears no rouge hackers broke through the walls and stole passwords from users randomly. What it does look like is in Apple's "Pristine" walled garden there are lots of weeds.  I for one have said iTunes and Apples ability to control what goes on in iTunes is in the long run a key advantage over the Android eco system.  However that is only true if Apple does their part - and right now that does not appear to be the case.  The current incident appears to be where some less than reputable App developers have taken purchasing / account info from users of some of their apps to purchase their other apps. 

 

See the following for more info:

The Next Web - Apples App Store Filled with "App Farms"

 

TUAW - App Store Chicanery powered by iTunes account fraud

 

Mashable - iTunes Accounts Hacked

 

The Next Web - iTunes accounts hacking more widespread than initially thought

 

Alexbrie - iTunes accounts hacked by shady developer?

 

Again I don't think from what I read that "Hacked" is an accurate description - I think "Shady developers mis-use iTunes accounts" would be a better description.  Reading through the one post from The Next Web - they mention some of the developers doing App farms and if these developers are responsible for the illegal activities and Storm8 is one of the guilty parties as mentioned by The Next Web - then I think Apple has shown they have not done their job in policing the iTunes App store.  Back on Episode 104 I mentioned a post on Boing Boing - iPhone game dev accused of stealing players phone numbers  -  At the time I had this to say on the show:

Ok - what I am not sure on this next one is what shocks me / surprises me the most - And this is per the story about how the company storm8 is being sued for harvesting cell numbers of the iPhones where the app was installed. What I am not sure on which surprises me the most - is one that they did this after what was reported earlier this summer with a company in Switzerland doing the same - or that Storm8 and their games are still in the App store - and some were free ones I even talked about in the past - World War, Vampires Live, Ninjas live, iMobster and more - although I think I only talked about World War. Which by the way sucked and I removed from my iPhone long ago. I am really shocked apple has not just kicked them out. They are claiming it was a bug - you know they type of bug where you accidentally climbed up on a chair and reached up on the fridge and were reaching into the cookie jar when your parents turned the light on - type of bug. Yeah. And Boo boo boo storm8

 

I am not saying Storm8 has stollen users passwords and put false charges on users account - I don't now that one way or the other - but to even see them mentioned and one of their Apps mentioned in some of the posts on this subject leads me to think where the is smoke there is fire.  And if they do in fact prove to be one of the guilty parties - Apple had been given warning about these guys back in 2009 and did NOTHING.  Just like they have done nothing with the App developers that have paid for their reviews.

 

Bogus iTunes App Reviews 

 

More Bogus App reviewers and reviews

 

That's right Apple having it brought to their attention of bogus paid app reviews in iTunes back on April 30th has done nothing and taken no actions with regards to the App reviewers taking payola for app reviews or the ones paying for the App reviewers.  Apple was made aware of Storm8 in 2009 and did nothing.  Apple has weeds in their walled garden, those weeds have been brought to their attention and it sure looks like Apple is not interested in yanking out those weeds.  This in my opinion is a bigger issue than anything that may or may not be wrong with the iPhone 4.  It is the eco system stupid and it sure looks like Apple is not on top of their developers. 

 

 

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iPhone 4 screen seemingly scratch-proof, but not unbreakable

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Experts weigh in on iPhone 4 display quality

SquareTrade Study Finds iPhone 3GS Model 20 Percent More Reliable Than 3G Model

The complete guide to the iPhone's new OS - Gizmodo- msnbc.com

More than a quarter of iPhones break within 2 years - Computerworld

Dev-Team Blog - foursome news

iPhone 4 Teardown - Page 3 - iFixit

AFP: Apple delays white iPhone 4 in manufacturing glitch

Apple responds to iPhone 4 reception issues: you're holding the phone the wrong way -- Engadget

Statement by Apple on White iPhone 4

No friends with new iPhones? FaceTime with Apple instead

YouTube - iPhone 4 Drop Test by iFixYouri.com

iOS 4.0.1 may tackle iPhone 4's antenna problems | Electronista

Verizon iPhone 4 No Longer In Verizon’s Area Of Interest? | USA News Week

Steve Jobs on iPhone 4: "No Reception Issues, Stay Tuned"  - CBS News

The iPhone 4 Death Grip saga - Fortune Tech

iPhone 4 Video Sex Chat Services Already Staffing Up

iPhone 4 Sales Top 1.7 Million

iPhone 4 stockouts: 60% of Apple Stores, 100% of the rest - Fortune Tech

Mac News: Reviews: One Giant Leap for an iPhone

Lawsuit Brewing Over iPhone 4 Antenna Issues? - PCWorld

Possible fix for iPhone 4 signal problems available? | MacFixIt - CNET Reviews

Does adjusting or trimming the iPhone 4's micro SIM fix the antenna issue? Probably not. -- Engadget

Leak shows Apple's spin on iPhone 4 flaws - CNN.com

Apple Can't Wish Away iPhone 4 Antenna Woes - PCWorld

How bad is the iPhone 4's signal loss? - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech



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I know there have been a LOT of videos out there showing reception issues with the iPhone4 depending on how you hold it.  Personally I am not seeing this issue - As the video above shows. Don't get me wrong I am not saying this issue is not happening to some people - just that it is not happening to all people.  Here is what Apple said about the issue. (From Engadget

Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

There are also many other post out there - Gizmodo has a post that has many videos showing people that do have the issue.  

Here is my theory on this and mind you it is a long time since I worked with a Smith Chart (Yes I have an Engineering Degree - and was even the Chief Engineer at a company that made Quartz Crystal Oscillators - which are the heart of RF systems).  I think this is a Stub issue where depending on what band you are on and the size of your hand, and the amount of muscle / fat in your hand / body you may or may not see this issue. Yes that sounds like voodoo - Welcome to RF engineering.  One part science one part magic. 

The following is as non-technical as I can make this.  Antennas are tuned for specific lengths - known as Stubs - where if you hit the right length you get the best reception.  However there are specific lengths that cause an anti-stub and these will actually cause total loss of reception. The way the system sees the antenna length will vary when external stimuli are introduced (you). How the circuit looks at you in addition to the circuit will depend on many factors - How big you are overall, the size of your hand, the make up of the fat / muscle in your body, and where you are touching the antenna.  Some people I think are perfect anti-stubs and cause complete loss of signal.  Others will have minimal to no effect.  It is possible when (if) I loose 20 pounds - that my results above could change - just as they could change based on the Cell band the phone is on. 

Again I have been away from the bench (RF Engineering) for a while - almost 10 years.  So above is just my theory.  I am sure others have their theories.  And by no means was the above meant to be a RF Engineering 101 course - I leave that for Les Besser who I met a long time ago when just a college student and he pointed me to the RF world.  Actually I reached out to Besser and Associates - the foremost authorities on RF engineering and they gave me the contact info of their Antenna Guru. If he replies back I will update this post with his thoughts. 

Let me know in the comments below if you are having the issue with the reception of the iPhone 4 getting worse when you hold it in your hand.  

Update 1: Engadget found their own antenna expert here is their post on this subject.

Update 2: Here is a
link to my second video which shows me holding with the "Death Grip" for over a minute with Zero issues.  Again not saying it is not happening to others - just that it is not happening to me. Obviously your results may vary. 


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YouTube - STAR WARS I-PAD BRIEFING

Android Phone Users More Willing to Switch to IPhone, Finds Nielsen - eWeek

SIM to micro-SIM | Crave - CNET

iPhone Dev Team to offer jailbreak and carrier unlock solution for iPhone 3.1.3 and  4.0 OS

First WiMAX handset not Sprinting from stores - The Register

PCWorld - EVO not as fast as advertised

Apple's Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed

microsim2sim 2010 | MicroSIM Adapter and Cutter shop 3FF mini-UICC

Google mobile ad chief fires back at Apple lockout - The Register

ATTs iPhone 4 Deals for Recent iPhone 3GS Buyers

ATT e-mail apologizes for iPad data breach | Security - CNET News

HTC EVO 4G and Droid Incredible suffering from unresponsive screen issues -- Engadget

"Hackers" Respond To AT&T's iPad Security Breach Email

Apple iPhone 4 Pre-Ordering Is a Total Disaster

iPhone 4 pre-order mess takes a sinister turn with privacy breach -- Engadget

iPhone 4, with 512MB of RAM, to offer 'robust performance' - Computerworld

ATT MicroCell use to count against data caps | Electronista

Is your iPhone 4 really reserved for next week | ZDNet

iPhone 4 has display supply issues, analyst says  - CNET News

Forrester: iPad sales will plummet - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

Apple Sells Three Million iPads in 80 Days

No Walk-In iPhone 4 Sales at ATT Retail Stores Until June 29th - Mac Rumors



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Update5: 7:09 AM ET 6/16/10 - Looks like AT&T is at fault for most of the pre-order issues.  One thing to make sure when putting in your phone number put it in as 9135551234 format - no spaces or dashes - that seemed to work for some.  

Update4: 10:47 AM ET - If you still can't pre-order from the Apple site - maybe you will want to try the new Apple Store App here - If that does not work then you can look at pre-ordering with ATT, Best Buy or Radio Shack:

att.com must pay up front
Best buys. 50.00 deposit
radio shack 50.00 deposit
Walmart will be selling the day of delivery 6-24
(Thanks Steph for sending that in)

No one has White iPhone4's - so it just looks like the Black Model at Launch.  

Update3: At 9:00 AM ET lots of reports coming in about the Apple system being down or timing out.  Just keep retrying.  It took me three tries at 8:00 AM to get all the way through.  Just looks like lots and lots of interest in the iPhone4.  I am also getting people emailing in they also were able to reserve / order their iPhone - so you will get through - it just make take a few (dozen) tries. 

Update2: You can as of 8:00 AM ET reserve or pre-order your iPhone4.  However only the black iPhone is available for Reserving at the Apple Store for pickup.  :(  I hope Apple lets us change the reservation to the white iPhone on the 24th. 

Update1: New link for reserving the iPhone added.  Rumor is now 8:00 AM ET.

Sometime between 12:00 AM ET and probably 9:00 AM ET the iPhone 4 will be available to pre-order.

When it is available I will send out a push with the URL to pre-order and also update this post.

If you will want to pre-order for delivery to your house you will need to go here - http://store.apple.com/

If you want to reserve an iPhone 4 for pickup at your apple store you will need to go here - http://store.apple.com/us/go/iphone4

Right now the Apple reps do not know what time Pre-Orders / Reservations will start.  But if the past is any indication it likely will be around sunrise on the East coast. 

Again this post will be updated as soon as I have more info.


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Apple Sells Two Million iPads in Less Than 60 Days

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Analysts hastily revise iPad numbers - Fortune Tech

AT&T makes sweeping changes to data plans, iPhone tethering -- Engadget

AT&T axes unlimited data, unveils tethering price

AT&T pulls a switcheroo on 3G iPad users - Computerworld

Updated: Contact AT&T CEO, Randall Stephenson - The Consumerist

AT&T warns customer that emailing the CEO will result in a cease and desist letter -- Engadget

AT&T Sparks User Backlash With End to Unlimited Plans (Update2)

AT&T says sorry to customer who e-mailed CEO | Technically Incorrect - CNET News

SquareTrade Rolls Out New iPhone Warranty Program - Mac Rumors

Live WWDC 2010 keynote coverage – gdgt live

WWDC 2010: Second generation iPod touch gets free update to iOS4

Mac Rumors: Apple Mac Rumors and News You Care About

Steve Jobs live from WWDC 2010 -- Engadget

Live WWDC 2010 keynote coverage – gdgt live

Hands On With Apple's New iPhone 4 - PCWorld

Daring Fireball: iPhone 4 Impressions and Observations

Apple - QuickTime - WWDC 2010 Keynote Address

Thoughts on the new iPhone and AT&T

5 Bummers About Apple iPhone 4 - Mobile - IT Channel News by CRN



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Wal-Mart slashes iPhone 3GS price to $97 - May. 24, 2010

Technology News: iPhone: Apple Consigns iPhone 3GS to Wal-Mart's Bargain Basement

Holman Jenkins: Apple's Second Date with History - WSJ.com

Nerd Alert! The iPhone 3G Is Dead To You And Me | Complex Blog

Report: 30% of netbook shoppers bought an iPad

Tii Post on Retrevo from Feb.

Apple makes iPhone dev deal -- with Microsoft? - Computerworld Blogs

YouTube - How Steve Jobs Beat Death

YouTube - Apple - Newton - Restaurant

Man arrested for shooting at car of iPhone theives - Boing Boing

Microsoft debunks rumor of Ballmer appearance at WWDC

AT&T Claims 40% of iPhone Sales Made to Business Customers - Mac Rumors

AT&T: 40 percent of iPhone sales are enterprise -- Engadget

Mac News: An iPhone for Verizon and Sprint: Dream On

NBC, TBS & Others Say No To iPad | Shelly Palmer

Apple iPad Launches Internationally, the Crowd Goes Wild

AT&T to offer iPhone insurance for $13.99/mo « Boy Genius Report

Bing to take over iPhone/iPad/iPod touch search? | 9 to 5 Mac

Apple To Face Regulatory Probe Over iAd Mobile Ad Product - ClickZ

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Leak backs new iPhone's 960x640 screen | Electronista

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Apple has no "Marketing Danger" | ZDNet UK

Report: Specs on Next Apple iPhone | AllThingsD


iPad Already Taking Away iPod Sales


iPad JB Compability - Google Docs

Bogus App Review Site responds to my post


iPad app fatigue: Is it happening to you? | Crave - CNET

iPod Touch rumors from Vietnam

Apple reverses no-cash iPad policy | MacNN

ATandT May Support Tethering on Apple iPhone OS 4 - eWeek

What a free iPad bought Apple - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

AppleInsider | Apple's iPad believed to be outselling Macs in the US


Brits vote iPhone 8th greatest invention -  Fortune Tech


Don't even think about bringing your iPad to a Yankee game  - Yahoo! Sports


AT&T To iPhone Users: Leave Early, Pay Dearly - PCWorld

hackulo.us announces first official application - Installous! - Hackulous


Sayonara, iPhone: Why I'm Switching to Android - Newsweek.com


Got O.A.T.S.? - Organization for App Testing Standards


AppleInsider | Pictures of iPhone 4G with white front panel surface


Sprint to Also Get iPhone This Year? - Mac Rumors


Sprint iPhone 4G Also Coming this Year, Confirms a Best Buy Employee | Redmond Pie

Is mounting your Apple iPad on a steering wheel safe? -  USATODAY.com



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Below is an email from the person running the App review site that offers up Paid App reviews in iTunes we talked about / exposed in this post.   His email is in Blue my comments are in Black.  If you have not read the original post - please do so now.  


Dear Rob Walch,

I've just read your article re YAR

As you can easily imagine, I'm very surprised and upset by this smear campaign against our company. 

I call it an awareness campaign and it is not against your company but rather it is for the endusers.  


The most disturbing is that your scenario is only based on assumptions.

Read the original article I give links to all the reviewers and list the apps they reviewed - That is not assumption that is fact.  The Assumption is that the App developers actually paid you - I have no proof of that - but what is not an assumption is that said reviewers from that article reviewed with 4 and 5 star reviews all the Apps I listed and for the most part only those apps listed. 

 

If I had to post a review on your report, I would put no more than 2 stars.

Then that would probably be the first 2 star review your company ever did.  I guess that would be considered progress. 


YES YAR offers developers to test their Apps by real users. YES developers pay for it. YES users are paid for performing their review.

What's wrong with that? 

To Start - Where is the Full and Fair disclosure?  There is no mention in the reviews that they are paid for. Not one of them says that. Any paid review system needs to have Full and Fair disclosure.   


User test is one of the key tools for any good marketing process. It has been part of the basics used by any marketing agency for decades. Have you never used such services inside or outside your company? It's quite normal when you launch a new product to ask real users whether or not your product is responding to their expectations, whether or not they understand how to use it, whether or not they find the interface intuitive... And the most important is that, if they don't appreciate it, they can advise about the areas for improvement.

Yes and that is done in private without posting up reviews to a public site where said product is available for sale.  And it is never done where a person is paid for doing a review does not fully disclose said relationship with the company. I don't think you fully grasp the concept of full and fair disclosure.  But the FTC sure does. You might want to check into what they say. The fines can be pretty big.  


Why did you mainly find positive reviews? Our reviewers are free to give positive or negative feedback. However, If you had read our offer in more details, you would have seen that only positive reviews are automatically published. The negative reviews are forwarded to the developers to help them improve their Apps. They then decide if they want them published or not which explains why some of the Apps you've mentioned only have a couple of reviews even if our minimum package size is 5 reviews.

So they are paying for just positive App reviews in iTunes.  Are you essentially saying that some reviewers have ethics and give real reviews while others sugar coat things.  Because when I look at many of the Apps you appear to have reviewed and you take away all the reviews you did - you are left with lots of 1 and 2 star reviews. 

Take a look at the reviews for the App HealthCalcs.  Reviewers from your service gave 20 - 4 or 5 star reviews.  The App has a total of 26 reviews.  Of the other 6 reviews that do not appear to be involved with your service there are ZERO 4 or 5 star reviews - Zero as in nada, zip, none,  There is 1 - Three Star review, 2 - Two star reviews and 3 - One star reviews.  So your App reviewers which are doing "honest" reviews all thought the App was great.  And everyone else that was not being paid to review the App thought it sucked or at best one was in the middle at 3 stars.  Hmmmmm. What are the statistical possibilities on that one. 

The assertion that they/you are doing "Honest" reviews is laughable IMO. Well unless you were someone that purchased one of the apps mentioned and then you probably were not laughing.  Now in fairness - because we are all about fairness - one of the apps I mentioned in the original post did have some 4 and 5 star reviews from those outside your group. Sadly now however all reviews look suspect from the consumers perspective. 


NO, YAR doesn't sell positive reviews. 

Sure seems like you do.  


We offer to the App developers a chance to see their App tested by real users in the sole purpose of having a feedback. As I've said to you by email (04/29/10) "We are not posting fake reviews. Our reviewers are real iPhone and iPod users.  We don't pay them to post fake positive reviews but to give their honest opinion re Apps".

It's true that students are part of our reviewer team. For them it's a way of earning some dollars to finance their studies and we are proud of supporting them. As some of them don't own an iPad, they use one of ours and review the Apps using one of our iTunes accounts. That's why our accounts have multiple Apps reviewed which can sometimes be conflicting. Our customers are aware of it and have never complained about it. Our practice is perfectly honest and we have never tried to hide it. Yes some of our students seek the soul mate, some try hard to lose weight, some are marathon runners... and one of them has lost a loved one and has kindly accepted to test a relating App.

I am not saying that is Total BS - but come on.  Really your answer to why one reviewer reviewed a subliminal weight loss app and a Marathon App is that they are college students and don't have their own iPad?  Really - So what you are then saying is they are doing reviews for apps on a product they don't own - so then they are not real reviews by real users.  Well I bet that section looked good before you hit send.  But come on - They shared an iPad defense is a poor one at best.  Per the App with loss of a loved one either the Dev or Apple yanked that one from the App store. It was pretty slimy to include that app for review with your service.  But thanks to admitting that they paid for that one.  


I hope I have clarified our way to conduct business. I also hope you understand that your comments have been very hurtful for us but above all for our reviewers and our customers.

What is that old saying - Oh Yeah - The Truth Hurts. And as my Dad would say - Deal with it.


As a right of reply, I would appreciate to see this complete letter published on your blog (http://tii.libsyn.com) and I would like you to remove from your article the names of our reviewers and customers in order to prevent them to sue your company for libel.

It is not libel if it is true - Tell me one thing I said that is not true.  So simple answer NO!!!!!  Actually I have put up a second post here  with even more of the apps and reviewers you appear to be involved with.  And I am sure I will be adding more as you add more customers and reviewers.  Consumers have a right to know who appears to be paying for app reviews and who appears to be getting paid to do reviews. If all your reviews are so above board and legit - why not just post on your site who you do App reviews for and who is doing the reviews for you?  Until you do that there are my posts and others in the iPhone Podcasting and blogging space to help people out.   

 
Thanks in advance.

Sincerely, 
Alan Kane

Founder of YourAppReviewed

Alan thanks for taking the time to reply to my post and per your request - above is your complete email.  

Please feel free to send along more emails. 

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5 Collumn Spring Board - Cydia
Five Rows - Cydia
Infiniboard - Cydia
Infinidock - Cydia
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Well it has been almost 2 weeks since we broke the story on the 300 plus bogus app reviews in iTunes, who the App reviewers were and what apps were apparently paying for said reviews. It has been over 9 days since Apple replied they were reviewing. And sadly Apple has yet to take any action. 

That said - We will keep finding those that are doing paid app reviews and those apparently paying for said reviews and exposing them here. This way you know which reviewers not to trust and which apps not to buy.  Since the original story broke - Link to Original Post - There have been more reviewers and Apps reviewed. Here are the new ones:

Bogus App Reviewers: 


Apps Getting Bogus App Reviews:
Algebra Pro
Calculus Pro
Diet OK
HeartScan
Math Pro
Parabola
PosePad
Sound Memory Family
Statistics Pro
Tic Tac Toe - iPad Edition
Trig Pro

Don't forget to check out the original post for more Apps and App Reviewers that are part of this Bogus app review scam. 

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Update 1:  This is for Jailbreaking - NOT for unlocking.  If you want to take your iPhone to another carrier (unlock) then this is not the tutorial for you.  

Note: This tutorial works for OS 3.1.3 and 3.1.2 for all iPhones and iPod Touches.  It also works for the iPad and OS 3.2.  This works if you are using iTunes 9.1.1 - but please note to make sure iTunes is shut down before running the jailbreak.  The Spirit jailbreak is a very very easy jailbreak and if you can download and open an app you can jailbreak your device. 

There are some very good articles on how to jailbreak but many miss a couple of steps that new jailbreakers need to know especially when it comes to using Cydia - the resource for finding and installing jailbroken apps.  This tutorial tries to help those first time jailbreakers.  If you are on an iPad regardless of your experience level read all the way through.  

Do not try to jailbreak if you don't like when things go to (expletive). If you need your device for your business and being without it for any period of time will cause you to loose your job - stop now.  If you get mad at your significant other at how they fold towels or put the toilet paper on a roll - Jailbreaking is probably not for your personality.  Sometimes things break and your device will likely crash more often then if it was not jailbroken. 


1. First you need to download the program Spirit.  Make sure to download to your desktop.  Download Spirit per the links below:

Windows (here)

Mac OS X (here)


Then Un-Zip the file once on your desktop.

You will then have the Application - Spirit - on your desktop.  Connect your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to your computer.  Quit out of iTunes.  Then open the application Spirit.  You should see the following.


Next simply click on the button "Jailbreak" inside the Spirit application.  That is all you have to do to jailbreak.  After just a few seconds the application will say it is jailbroken.


Your device will need to reboot.  And when it does you will see it go to what looks like the beginning of a Dr. Who episode.  There is a status bar as it loads.  Once it finishes the load and reboot, your device should be jailbroken now. So what do you do next?  Well first thing is to find the Cydia App on your device.  It is brown with a white circle in it and says "Cydia" underneath.  See the image below. 



Tap to open it.  The program will do some maintenance the first time you open it. 



After it closes - you will need to reopen it.  The second time is the charm and you will be ready to go. 

Next you will be asked "Who Are You?"  If you are reading this article - then you are "User (Graphical Only)" - select that option. 



Per the screen - Welcome to Cydia.  



One App almost everyone will want and that works on the iPhone's, iPod Touch's and the iPad is the app Backgrounder.  This app allows true multitasking on your device and it is free.  To install this app Tap on "Search" in the bottom row of Cydia and then in the search box type "backgrounder"


Next Tap on "Backgrounder from BigBoss" the second one - not the one that says "(2.x only)"


Then Tap on "Install" in the upper Right corner


Then Tap on "Confirm" in the upper Right corner


At this point you have installed your first jailbroken App. It is recommended you open up Backgrounder and adjust some of the settings. 


First tap on "Global".  After you make your donation that is.  


Set all the switches to "ON".  Then go Tap "Back" and then Tap "Control"


Finally scroll through and select how you want to be able to enable and disable backgrounding for apps.  Personally I like the "Short Hold" of the Sleep Button.  It makes it very easy to enable and is not likely going to be enabled by accident.  

Thats it you are now jailbroken and have your first real jailbroken app running on your device.

Please understand sometimes installs of apps are interrupted - in which case you need to try and re-install.  Things are not as stable when you jailbreak - expect some additional crashes and conflicts between apps. 

Note: If you have an iPad - do not - repeat - do not - install Five icon dock - it will really mess up your iPad and you will need to restore it.  However that app works great on the iPhone and iPod Touch.  For iPad owners most apps at this point do not work.  

Jailbroken Apps that work on the iPad:

Backgrounder 
Veency
Safari Download Plugin
SBSettings
OpenSSH
MXTube
FakeLocation
Quicklock
Insomnia

If you come across more jailbroken apps that work on the iPad - please add them to the comments below. 

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Ep 129 is a little delayed as I am distracted with shinny things - ie Spirit jailbreak.  Working on a tutorial which should be up soon.  But here is a quick video of me jailbreaking my iPad.  Right now the only Jailbreak App I am using on the iPad is backgrounder as most others are not working or needed.  

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When you start doing research for what you consider shady at best practices and then during that investigation you come across something that really makes you sick to your stomach it is hard not to get emotional when writing the blog post for said story.  That said that is what happened here and I do apologize upfront for the tone of this post.  


I was forwarded an email from a listener of the show that has an app.  He was contacted by a site by the name of YourAppReviewed dot com - no I am not going to put the link to said site and from here on out I will just refer to them as YAR.  This site is claiming to offer paid reviews in iTunes for your Apps.  I contacted the person running the site posing as someone interested in this service.  Well really I was not posing I was very interested in the service just not in the way they thought.  


I asked the following question:  "Can you give us a few examples of Apps in the app store you have worked with?"  


YAR's response to that question was the following:  "As I'm sure you can easily imagine, our customers are not really keen to have there name disclosed."    


Which lead me to send the following:  "Now you have me a bit concerned - is your service something that our clients should be worried about using?  In other words is this something that Apple would throw an app out of Itunes for using?"  


YAR response to that was: "As we are not posting fake reviews, it's not something which is conflicting with Apple rules. Our reviewers are real iPhone and iPod users.  We don't pay them to post fake positive reviews but to give their honest opinion Apps.  Don't worry about that."


Well first I don't think Apple would be happy with any paid review services - and second he comments that they were "honest" reviews.  This I seriously questioned in my mind.  So I started doing some research and was able to figure out who many of the reviewers are that they use and the apps they reviewed. When I started looking at the reviews it became clear they were anything but honest - IMO.  Here is a list of the Apple usernames I was able to work out that are part of YAR and doing the paid reviews.  The number of 4 or 5 star reviews for each is listed - along with a link to their reviews so you can see for yourself.  


#   Reviewers

35  ACKirkPatrick

34  RobbyRedPort

32  Violin Lady

31  amberg914

31  RRS Comm

29  HustonJudge

28  stephyboop

16  sailing r

15  Wii4Me

13  kyoku1

13  Meowzers9

13  Writer R

 9  Bartsrock

 9  Seatramp

 8  R2S Writes

 7  Musician 123

 7  RS 11

 7  Witchygreemeyez2

 5  Nice Mom

 4  relsenpeter

 2  WriteWithMe


UPDATE 1:  Additional Bogus Reviewers

5  Parker from PA



Note - There were additional reviewers that did single reviews for some of the apps below - but as they only did a single review it was tough to prove they were part of YAR so I did not include them in the list above. If they do more I will add them at a later date. 


The group above was responsible for doing well over 300 reviews in iTunes for the following apps, The number of likely paid reviews performed by the "reviewers" above is listed before the App in question.  



# Reviews

App

44

Various Prof McMurphy's Subliminal Techniques Apps

19

Super Camera 2: ALL-IN-1

18

HealthCalcs

12

iSMEStorage

10

Attack of the Titans

10

Color Me!!!

9

AmplioWords

9

sleep deeply

8

easy weight loss

8

iExit

7

Total Confidence & Success

7

Wagumo

6

abcDJ

6

easy stop smoking

6

Emoti

6

TapFolio

5

BandMate: Concert Tipster

5

Battery Status Pro

5

CarSpot

5

chinaquiz, a game to learn chinese characters

5

Crap of Defense

5

Dock Suite

5

Elemental (PToE)

5

FoodEssentials Scanner

5

Geotag Photos

5

Health Spender

5

Herbs+

5

iWeddingManager

5

Kaeru Jump

5

New Mom

5

NoteCalc

5

Sailing Log

5

TrackinU Universal

4

Disaster Readiness 2011

4

Doodle Air Hockey

4

Life Goals

4

Qwik BT

4

Relax Completely

4

ShowMe Stories

4

Tennis Bundle universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod-Touch

4

triathlon and marathon training with ontri.com

4

Yada 6 Family

3

Bible Books

3

Dolch Sight Words Complete Edition

3

QwikClique Lite

3

Yada 6 Friends

2

Air Hockey Ultimate

2

Crash Test

2

FastCalc

2

iTinnitus Solutions


Update 2 - More Apps Likely getting Bogus Paid Reviews:

    5    HeartScan

    4    Diet OK

    2    Sound Memory Family

    2    Tic Tac Toe - iPad Edition

    


Note: Again there were other apps I am pretty sure were part of the YAR reviews - but as they were just a single review and I did not want to include them in the list above.  I am sure there are other apps and reviewers I did not come across - but the ones above I have a very high level of confidence that they are part of YAR. Sadly some of the apps above had 4 or 5 star reviews from people that clearly were not part of YAR - but those are now IMO rendered moot as you can not trust anything you read for reviews for any of the apps above - except the 1 and 2 star reviews - which many of them have.  


Per the start of the article where I was disgusted by what I discovered, that was when I came across a review by apple user - RobbyRedPort.  It was for the app -  Overcome the loss of a loved one with prof McMurphys subliminal techniques - Thats right they appear to be paying to put up a fake review for an app that "prays" on those that lost a loved one.  That to me was way over the top.  Oh and if you think I am jumping to conclusions - go an look at the apps he reviewed for the developer (ZENESSA) of that and the other Prof McMurphy apps.  Apparently RobbyRedPort - also had issues with Acne, Weight, keeping new years resolutions, finding a mate, improving his sex life with the mate he was looking for, being successful, being happy, and oh yeah he also reviewed an app for Marathoners and Triathletes because nothing says I need subliminal help with my weight like someone that is running a marathon.  Yup they all seemed like honest reviews (Heavy Sarcasm). Looking at the other "reviewers" reviews that have multiple apps you find other conflicts.  Like Amberg914 that reviewed apps for New Moms, a Wedding Planner, and how to find a man.  I guess that is possible.  After all - RSS Comm, Violin Lady and Bartsrock all reviewed the New Mom and Wedding planner apps - Maybe they should have reviewed a birth control methods app.    


It is possible some of the reviews are real and heart felt - but you know what - not a single one of them said they were paid to do the review by the App developer they did said review for - and that is what the real issue here comes down to.  These are app reviews as an end user you really can not trust.  It makes you wonder how many others are doing this as well. Granted 300+ bogus app reviews is small in relation to all the app reviews out there and thankfully Apple does have control of the App store and what goes in it so they can do something about this.  


I hope Apple reads this and takes appropriate action - especially with regards to the app that prays on those that just lost a loved one.  To me this went from a fun project to something that just made me sick to my stomach.



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App Message Fail Thanks to Rich for sending in the image for this post.  Definitely a major App message FAIL. 
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Camera A / Camera B
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Instapaper
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In the iPhone OS 4.x event.  Steve Jobs gave an update on the iPad sales about 450,000 units sold up to April 8th and Best Buy is out of stock.  Over 4 Billion App downloads to date and over 185,000 apps in the App store, and over 3,500 iPad specific Apps.  The iPhone has a 64% of the US mobile browser usage. Sold over 50 Million iPhones and another 35 Million iPod Touches.  

The iPhone OS 4.0 update will be available this Summer for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and then in the fall for the iPad.  Developer preview available April 8th. 

Over 100 new user features including:  Bluetooth Keyboard access, Home Screen Wallpaper, 5x Digital Zoom on the camera, Spell Check, Tap to focus on Video and more. 

However there are 7 key "Tentpole" features

1. Multitasking - Not to be confused with pure backgrounding.  There are some limitations.  Such as it will work only on the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3rd Gen (and the iPad).  This means for all other owners - Jailbreaking is your only option.   As I said this is not 100% backgrounding of Apps.  In most cases apps are frozen in the background, only some options are able to run in the background.  Like audio in Pandora.  But IM's in Skype or AIM are not live in the background.  Apps must be setup by the app developers to use the limited set of background features. 

2. App Folders - similar to categories on the jailbreak side, accept these folders don't look like folders they look more like tiny docks.  In all you can now put 2160 apps on your device.  If you max that out - there are issues you need to work out with your shrink.  I was surprised on this one - I did not think they would do folders - but am very happy they did. They actually combined Categories and Overboard - This is a nice addition. 

3. New Mail App - Finally - Now you can have a single unified inbox - multiple email accounts including multiple exchange accounts. And organizing by threads.   

4. iBooks - Yes the same iBooks as is on the iPad except smaller for the iPhone and iPod touch.  Can buy a book once and transfer between iPad and iPhone / iPod touch - including wireless syncing of page and bookmarks. 

5. Enterprise - This is for reaching out to the Enterprise users.  In includes - Better data protection,  Mobile Device Management, Wireless App distribution, Multiple Exchange Accounts, Exchange Server 2000, and support for SSL VPN.

6. Game Center - Think of this like match.com for Gamers.  Or I guess X-Box Live.  This will not launch until later in the year.  You can challenge your friends to games or they will match you up with strangers.  

7. iAd Advertising - Remember Apples purchase of Quatro in January - well they will be putting that purchase to use very soon.  Apple will build in Ad serving for apps into the SDK. Apple will take 40% of the Ad revenue - up a little from their 30% cut of App sales.  Will be interesting to see what type of inventory they can get and what the ad rates are. 

Also Custom background images - As mentioned above.  While not as full featured as Winterboard with full themes. It is nice to see this added - and not surprising at all - as it is already available in OS 3.2 on the iPad. 

Overall the new features are really nice - and folders will be really welcome on my iPhone.  However if you have an older gen iPhone or iPod Touch - Apple really is saying go and jailbreak because you are not getting some of these features.  Some you will get - but not all.  


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Ep 126 is a little late due to me playing with my iPad more than I expected. However I do have the review done for the iPad which you can read here.  This means I can now go out and read the other reviews.  However I am staying away from any reviews where the iPad was given to the reviewer.  

Below will be a list of reviews of the iPad from those that actually purchased their iPad that I liked. 

iPad Reviews:









Know of some other good reviews? let me know in the comments below. 

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iPad - Looks like some people will not get theirs delivered on Saturday Waiting here in line for my iPad and it is 45 degrees out (Thanks Steve) and I am kept warm by my blankets and the bottom of my MacBook. Last night before I went to sleep my wife asked me why I needed to get on line early, I tried to explain - but she did not get it. However it is per the email below that makes me remember why it is I am in line.  Looks like not all are going to get their iPad's that pre-ordered them for shipment today.  

Hi Rob,

Just got the notice today that UPS will not deliver my iPad until Monday instead of on Saturday.  This in spite of the fact that on the Apple website they guaranteed delivery by April 3rd when I placed my order.

Both Apple and UPS lost credibility with me over this one.  There are three Apple Stores in Honolulu.  I could have and would have gone to any of them to pick up my iPad if Apple had mentioned that delivery to my house was not guaranteed.

Place my vote in the very disappointed column.

Aloha and keep up the great work on your Podcast,

Will B
Honolulu, HI

If you have received notice that your iPad is not being delivered today as promised - please let us know in the comments below.  

Update: 4/3/10 2:03 PM Central  From Will B: 
Hi Rob,

Well, I guess the notification from UPS was just insurance in case they could not make the Saturday delivery, but the UPS truck was at my house by 8:30 AM on Saturday after all, even before the Apple Store opened.  That's more like what I expect from Apple.

Enjoy your iPad.  Look forward to hear yours and the experiences of your listeners.

Aloha,  Will B.


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iPad Total Cost of Ownership - ATT vs Sprint vs Verizon vs Clear

 
In the weeks leading up to the iPad launch, Verizon,  Sprint and then Clear.com all made announcements, pushes, or even commercials talking about their mobile hot spots to support the iPad or even iPhone in the case of the Sprint Ad.   What none of them are doing is breaking down their costs vs. what it will cost from Apple / AT&T.  But no worries the attached graph breaks down the total cost of ownership for the iPad and a Mobile Data Plan for all 4 options.  


As you can quickly see the cheapest solution is going with Apple / AT&T - which for 3 years is $1000 cheaper to own and operate on AT&T than on Sprint or Verizon.  It is also the most convenient solution as there is no extra hardware to carry around as is required by the other three solutions.  However if you are looking for the fasted connection speed.  Then you will want to look at the 4G (WiMax) solutions from Clear and Sprint.  But note with both Clear and Sprint when you are not on the 4G network - then the data is not unlimited.  You have a 5GB cap on the 3G connection or 300 MB/mo. while off-network roaming. Additional monthly usage over 5GB costs $0.05/MB. You may not use more than 300 MB/mo. while off-network roaming.


My recommendation - If you want the simplest and cheapest solution - hands down go with built in 3G and AT&T.


If you do not want anything to do with AT&T or want the fastest solution then Clear is the next best option.  


But each solution does have it pluses and minuses.  Here they are to help you decide for yourself.


Apple / AT&T:

Pluses: Cheapest solution by a wide margin. Most convenient solution - All in One.  Best for the road warrior that cuts the handles off of tooth brushes to save on weight.  Never any overages if you go with $30 plan. Very easy to turn on and off 3G plan so you can save even more money or even go with the $15 a month plan for very limited bandwidth (250 MB).  


Minuses: If in NY or San Francisco - AT&T - enough said.  Need to wait until late April for your iPad.  


Clear: 

Pluses: Fastest connection speed (same as with Sprint) WiMax.  Cheaper than Sprint and Verizon.  Can go month to month with data plan.  Can use 4G/3G modem also with your laptop when not using iPad. 


Minuses:  Very limited 4G coverage. Data cap on 3G coverage area with $0.05 per MB fee after cap is reached.  Need to buy both a hot spot unit ($140) and a 4G/3G modem ($225) - on top of the iPad - highest up front cost.  


Sprint: 

Pluses: Overdrive is one device ($99) so lower upfront cost vs. Clear.


Minuses: Very limited 4G coverage. Data cap on 3G coverage with $0.05 per MB fee after cap is reached. Most expensive solution.  Over $1000 more than Apple / AT&T solution for first 3 years. 


Verizon: 

Pluses:  MiWi is a single device and cheaper ($50) than the other options. Verizon 3G coverage is the widest of all the options. 


Minuses:  $1000 more over 3 years than AT&T option with a slower connection speed than AT&T 3G.  Data cap of 5 GB per month.  


NOTE: The cheapest solution overall really is just getting the $699 WiFi only iPad and not getting a data plan.  This post is just on comparing the iPad for those that must get a data plan or feel they must get a data plan. 


For more information check out these links:


Apple 


Clear


Sprint


Verizon - MiFi

Verizon - Plans



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You know that is a pretty strong title I used - You might say "Rob you are opening yourself up to a libel lawsuit" - but there is one thing about libel - it is not libel if what you say is true.  Wired Magazine had an article this week titled -  Pay to Play: Some iPhone App sites Demand Money for Reviews .  That article is something we have mentioned multiple times on the Today in iPhone Podcast and you know how much I hate sites that do that.  Full and Fair disclosure all the time is a must.  But that is not what this post is about - you can listen to my past shows for my soap box rants on that.  No this article is about something in the Wired Article that really got me mad.  It is the following from the Article.  


"The iPhone App Reviews editor-in-chief Shaun Campbell said he was unaware that his sites writers were requesting payment in exchange for reviews. He explained that the reviewers work autonomously, so he is unsure of how theyre paid by app creators. As of this writing, The iPhone App Reviews About section remains unchanged, stating that fees only apply to expedited app reviews."



See here I have a big issue - as Mr. Cambell is claiming he was unaware of this.  As of March 18th 2010.  However, here is the full Email from Mr. Cambell to me after I called out his site for the same thing back in September 2009.  



From: Shaun Campbell <webmaster@theiphoneappreview.com>

Date: September 22, 2009 2:04:13 AM CDT

To: <todayiniphone@gmail.com>

Subject: Podcast feedback


My name is Shaun Campbell, Im the Editor in Chief of The iPhone App Review.


It has come to my attention that your podcast "Today in iPhone" made a number of (incorrect) assumptions and allegations about theiphoneappreview.com which I would like to address.


I do not deny that there is a charge for a review to be published – just about every other leading iPhone review website charges a fee - most charge more than us - but I fiercely deny the allegation that the reviews are dishonest. The other review websites may refer to the fee as 'an expedition fee' to speed up the process of the review. However you choose to word it, the outcome is the same – the review is being paid for, and we are then no more deserving of your criticism than any of the others. It seemed that the lack of discretion was your main concern - this was not intentional and has since been remedied.


We have a strict policy on the reviews – the developer is purchasing exposure, not a glowing recommendation. I instruct all my authors to write honestly. We have published several reviews in just the past week that have scored ratings of 50% or lower. iDrop Dead was a paid review and scored 4/10 ( Hostile Waters was a paid review and scored 5/10 - there are other examples.


I would appreciate it if you would check your facts before you make such claims in the future. We take pride in having some of the best written and comprehensive iPhone reviews available, and this will continue into the future.


Regards,


Shaun Campbell


Oh but that is not all in February, 2010 the following email was sent out from one of his reporters that he claimed he did not know how they were paid. (Hint - BS)


From: "Nancy" <nancy@theiphoneappreview.com>

Date: February 28, 2010 xx:xx:xx AM CST

To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: App Review Opportunity


My name is Nancy Jones, I'm an author at The iPhone App Review  Would you be interested in having your app, xxxxxxxxx, featured and reviewed on the website? The iPhone App Review is a leading online source of iPhone application news and reviews, and with thousands of readers each week, you’ll gain invaluable exposure to a targeted audience of potential customers.

 

We can provide an expedited review on The iPhone App Review for only $25. Our review will provide a permanent direct link to your app on the iTunes store. Additionally, we can link to your corporate website to help with your promotion and sales. Reviews on The iPhone App Review are both comprehensive and honest, and apps will still be judged on merit.

 

Your app looks like it would be a lot of fun and educational as well.  I look forward to testing it. 

 

If you would like us to feature your app, please forward me your iTunes link, preferred website URL, promo code and any supporting images, and I will publish your review within 7 working days. Payment can be forwarded to PayPal ID shaun.p.campbell@xxxxxx.xxx


 

Nancy Jones

Author

The iPhone App Review

 

(xxxxx's added by Today in iPhone to protect all involved - even if one did not deserve protection)


For him in the article on Wired to say he knew nothing about the pay for play and how they were paid is a lie - plain and simple.  He knew it in September when he emailed me - and he definitely knew it in February when the email went out with his pay pal account for payment.  


As I said before do not trust any reviews you read on - the iPhone app review - site or any other site that charges for reviews.  And as a developer don't ever pay for an app review.


I would love to hear your feedback in the comments or call it in for the next show. If you are a listener you know the number. 


Update: 3/20/2010 10:41 AM CT - Mr. Campbell sent me an email threatening legal action if I do not remove the emails above. He claimed they were in violation of Copyright law.  However I claim they fall under the fair use doctrine - as the emails present a counter claim to his public comments in the Wired article and as such provide the public with needed information.  I guess we will let the courts decide.  I don't like being threatened - Mr. Campbell I will NOT remove the emails above.  Mr. Campbell here is something to try - How about full and fair disclosure next to each post where someone paid for the "expedite fee".  


Update: 3/21/2010 9:02 AM CT - Mr. Campbell contacted me to let me know they are now including with each post which ones paid an expedite fee.  As per what we recommended above and in compliance with what the FTC requires.  However he is still threatening us with legal action.  And claiming the following:  "You don’t even have the common decency to reply to criticism, you just post your ramblings where there is no right of reply."  Ummm - How about the comments button below Mr. Campbell? Or calling into my show? 

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How to Reserve you iPad for pickup at an Apple Store While Apple touted that you could starting today reserve your iPad for pickup at an Apple Store - they sure are not making it easy to find out how to do so.

After waiting on the phone for 25 Minutes with Apple support - They spilled the beans.  Go to http://www.apple.com/retail  to reserve your iPad for pickup.  There is a big section right now for the iPad at the top of the page - if it is not there when you go - here is another link you can try.  

I reserved mine and will be at the Apple store in Leawood for pick up of mine prior to 9:00 AM when they say the iPad will be available.  See attached pic for more info.  
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Credit Suisse downgrades Verizon, says AT&T likely won't lose exclusive iPhone deal until 2011 - latimes.com

Apple Bans Location-based iPhone Ads -- InformationWeek

zoomIt brings SD card access to iPhone, iPod touch | iLounge News

iPad pre-orders overwhelm Norwegian stores

iPad tablet computer consists of components that cost only $219.35

Microsoft's Bill Gates Comments on the Apple iPad - AllThingsD

iPad news from Redpark Product Development

Dev-Team Blog - Scam season

Bill Gates on iPhone: 'Oh my God, Microsoft didn't aim high enough'

Photoshop App Tops 6 Million Downloads On The iPhone

Former CNET Wants To Fund Your iPad App - ReadWriteStart

Apple placing ban on jailbroken devices? | iPodNN

>5000 Apps Banned; The New Rules « Chillifresh

Rumor: The iPad To Go On Presale Next Week

Is Apple Preparing To Add An ‘Explicit’ Section To The App Store? | Cult of Mac

AT&T tops in PCWorld’s 3G wireless testing - msnbc.com

91% Of iPhone Users Would Recommend Device Vs. 69% Of webOS Users

Apple raises limits on downloads via 3G

Possible Apple iPad Dashboard Key Spotted - PCWorld

Steve Jobs Still Using iPhone OS 3.1.2; Surely Not Jailbroken? - HotHardware

 

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Wondering Why You Can’t Pre-Order an iPad? It Isn’t Legal Yet - Wired.com

The iPhone grabs/loses market share - Apple 2.0 - Fortune

Apple Has Another Tablet In The Works. - TechCrunch - (Pure BS)

Did Steve Jobs’ iPad Have An iSight Camera? | Cult of Mac

Hot Apps - Palm Developer Center

YouTube - Sir Patrick Stewart #dig_nat

BackOff Shortens Long iPhone and iPod touch Sync Sessions - Lifehacker

Apple releases iPhone OS version 3.1.3 | CNET

Are iPad Skeptics as Wrong as iPhone Naysayers Were? - PCWorld

Plantronics Voyager 855 Stereo Bluetooth Headset | Calls & Music

Wired’s Magazine App For iPad Won’t Work On The iPad – Oops! | Cult of Mac

Apple Now Lets You Preview iPhone Apps In Your Browser

AT&T Gives Green Light to Sling TV Over 3G - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

iPhone dev to make an app in one week -- live on the web

iPad Study: The More You Know, The Less You Want One - PCWorld

Survey: Majority of people don't want an iPad | Technically Incorrect - CNET

Only 9% To Buy iPad? Polling Shows Weak Demand For Apple Tablet

Report: Mac U.S. Marketshare Hit 8.8% In Third Quarter | Cult of Mac

Only 9% To Buy iPad? Polling Shows Weak Demand For Apple Tablet -TheNextWeb

Apple iPad Hoopla Fails to Convince Buyers | Retrevo 

 

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A phrase I have quoted before and will quote again is that  "There are lies, Damn Lies and then Statistics." Let me show you what I mean. There was a survey that was done both before and after the iPad was announced of over 1000 random US users of the service doing the report. In the second survey 82% of those contacted had heard of the iPad. Prior to the Jan 27th event only 48% had heard of an Apple Tablet that might be revealed. So Apple grew product awareness from 48% to 82%. Pretty nice.

Lets put the mac market share in perspective. In the 3rd Quarter of 2009 in the US Macs had an 8.8% market share of PC sales. This according to Gartner. That was Apples best market share since the 80's and a slight improvement from the 8.6% market share from the year earlier period.

What if I told you the survey found that of those that had heard of the iPad 11% answered that "I think I would like to buy one" and another 26% said "I'm interested but I need more information before I'd buy one"  or spun another way 37% said they were interested in the iPad and / or wanted to buy one. Over one third that knew of the iPad after the event on the 27th were interested in the iPad. That is really impressive. Even if you took it back to all those that responded 30% were interested in the iPad. That is over 3.5 times the market share Apple currently has with the Mac. That is what the survey said. Those are the facts from the Survey.

If you projected that out to the US population as a whole - Over 31 Million iPads could be sold to those that want one now and another 73.5 Million to others interested or that there is potential demand of over 100 Million iPads in the US alone. Again that is based on the survey numbers. But let me show you some of the headlines for the survey - Starting with the one from the Company Retrevo that actually put this survey together.

Retrevo - "Apple iPad hoopla fails to convince Buyers"

PC World - "iPad study the more you know the less you want one"

CNET - "Survey - Majority of People don't want an iPad"

The NextWeb - "Only 9% to buy iPad? Polling shows weak demand for Apple Tablet"

Yup those are the titles of the blog posts out there all from the same survey data I just spun a different way. I think Apple if they even bothered reading the post from Retrevo was doing cartwheels because 37% or 30% or 11% or even 9% interested in the iPad and / or wanting to get one - is really really good and higher than their current market share for Mac's. Yet Every and I mean Every Post on these results was negative and coming to the conclusion the iPad will be a failure or not a significant player in the market. I think looking at these numbers nothing could be further from the truth. But then again there are Lies, Damn Lies and Blog Post titles from Retrevo.  Comments are welcome below. 

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Mac News: Computers: Apple's Plunge Into the Open Waters of Tablets

McGraw-Hill axed from iPad launch after CEO leaks on TV | VentureBeat

iPhone SDK calls out nonexistent iPad cam, confirms split views

Jailbreak iPad

AppleInsider | Wall Street expects iPad to sell 1M-5M in first year

AT&T Reports 3.1 Million iPhone Activations in 4Q 2009 - Mac Rumors

FAQ on the Apple iPad’s IPS display -- Government Computer News

iCall App Allows 3G VOIP Calls for iPhone, iPad - VOIP

Apple's A4 IPad Chip Could Find a Home in IPhones - PCWorld

Pee-wee Herman gets an Apple iPad in new Funny or Die video

The Flash Blog » The iPad provides the ultimate browsing experience?

Adobe Plays the Porn Card in Flash Campaign Against iPad | Wired.com

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Bank Account Fraud? There's an App for That at SmartMoney.com

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That Time Of The Month: iPad Jokes 

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The "iPad" is announced officially and you probably already know my thoughts on the name.  Which we will go over along with the iPad itself in Ep 118 which should be out later this evening. But in the mean time here are the bingo card results and also how I did on my speculation of the specs vs. the reality.  Both charts I will go over in detail on Ep 118.

First up is the Bingo card results that shows which rumors were true and which missed. And once again Bingo did not happen.

 

The next chart is how I personally did with my speculation for specs back at the end of December.  

 

And Yes I am getting an iPad - most likely the 64 GB WiFi only version as I already was mentally ready to spend more than that.  

Update: Thanks to John in Mesa AZ for pointing out the error with Bluetooth keyboard support - the iPad does have it.  So changed to green above.  

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(Thanks Dave for the heads up)

Well I guess when the company has your last name and your are the CEO you don't worry about spilling the beans and those darn NDA's.  After all you really don't need to worry about those things when on CNBC it's not like anyone is listening.  

Wow is all I can say.  Someone at Valley Wag owes him some money. He even talks about it being based on the iPhone OS. Nice - Think Steve and Company are happy about this one.  

Here is the video of him talking about it back end of the video.

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Bookies take bets on Apple tablet's name

iPhone dominating mobile web in Americas and Europe

Mac News: Wireless Foes May Have to Share Apple's New Toy

Enable Disk Use On Your iPhone Without Jailbreaking - TechnoBuffalo

iPhone Exclusivity Going Away On Wednesday - HotHardware

Steve Jobs - Tablet “Will Be The Most Important Thing I’ve Ever Done.”

Apple Tablet: The Second Stage Media Booster Rocket

Apple - Quarter 1 - 2010 Financial Results

 

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Complaints rolling in about Google phone - CNN.com
Verizon Wireless - Mobile Broadband - Products
Will Apple's Tablet Actually Be Called the iPad? Mac Rumors
24 Free iPhone Apps for Job Hunting
Apple bunging Bing search into iPhone? -- Engadget
Amazon offers publishers new 70% Kindle deal | 9 to 5 Mac
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Man Buried in Haiti Rubble Uses iPhone to Survive - Wired.com
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It is less than one week until the Jan 27th Apple event so that means it is time to make available the Bingo Card for you to play along at home.  This one covers most of the big rumors and info, from Inside sources / Industry sources, that are out there for the Tablet, plus a few more for the iPhone OS v4.0 that is likely to be announced. Enjoy.


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Possible Verizon iPhone found in screen cap | Electronista
Apple iPhone 3GS - 32 GB Cell Phone Package - AT&T
The case against a 10" AMOLED Apple tablet
Apple January 27th event to show off its 'latest creation' - Engadget
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Calling All App Developers - we are introducing a new segment to the Today in iPhone Podcast - it is an elevator Pitch challenge for iPhone Apps.  What we are looking for is a 60 second audio recording by you the developer - talking about your app that is already in the App store. This must be in your voice - no celebrity or guest voices.  You can either record on your iPhone or computer and email to us at:  todayiniphone@gmail.com  or you can call in to 206-666-6364.

Please note it is a hard fast 60 sec limit - at 60:001 - We will cut off any extra audio - even in mid word. 

The Challenge part is we will play your recording along with two other recordings from other developers.  Then ask for listeners to vote by emailing in for a promo code for just one of the three apps.  So your app must be a pay for app and you must supply at least 5 promo codes to participate.  You can supply more promo codes if you like - but to keep from biasing the audience we will say only 5 are available for each app. 

After 7 days from when the segment airs we will count the votes (requests for each promo code) and put up the results in a blog post on the site and also mention on the next episode. 

If you would like to participate - Please send us your recording first.  Do NOT repeat do NOT send the promocodes YET!!! - as they expire and we are only doing 3 Apps per episode.  Once we have you scheduled we will let you know and then follow up a week prior to the airing of the segment for the promo codes. But we must have your recording to schedule you.  Placement in episodes will be based on a first come first serve basis.  No Pay for placement is allowed / possible for this segement. Your ONLY cost is the 5 promo codes and time to make the recording.

Please also send a link to both your iTunes Store page and your website when you send in your recording.  We use your Website link to tag for upcoming show notes so we need both.

When we provide the promo codes to the listeners we will be asking for them to write reviews in iTunes and Blog / tweet about your App.  Plus your app will get mentioned in at least two episodes and one blog post on the Today in iPhone site.

If you have any other questions please email us at todayiniphone@gmail.com  or just send me your recording. Again first come first serve so get us your recording.

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Photo of 10" Apple Tablet Glass | News | The Mac Observer
Apple May Sell 3M iSlates « Velocity - Forbes.com
Apple takes a bite out of LCD and OLED supply | TG Daily
4G iPhone coming in 'early May'? | 9 to 5 Mac
Apple - Quarter 1 - 2010 Financial Results
InformationWeek.com - Korea Times rumors.
John Gruber: No Camera on Apple Tablet - Mac Rumors
Apple’s tablet is an “iPhone on steroids” « Boy Genius Report
Valleywag's Apple Tablet Hunt: Win Up to $100,000! - Gawker
Why No iPhone Updates? The Tablet, Perhaps. - washingtonpost.com
IPhone w/ New Camera May Be Out By June - Bloomberg.com
Apple App Store Has Lost $450 Million To Piracy – 24/7 Wall St.
Apple Wins the First Prize in Our Tablet Scavenger Hunt! - Gawker


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Magic Mouse linked up by BTstack (video) -- Engadget
Google Voice+PushMail+iPhone=Free Text
Apple to Buy Quattro Wireless for $275 Million - AllThingsD
Apple’s App Store Downloads Top Three Billion
Release of iPhone OS 4 on 27 of January – SoftSailor
ARM Cortex A9 Performance Demo - Mac Rumors
Tablet will use Verizon's 3G network, sources say - Computer World
Apple employee says Tablet UI has “steep learning curve” | Cult of Mac
Apple tablet: $340 in parts? - Fortune
FLO TV and mophie Partner to Bring Live Mobile TV
MotionX GPS Drie App Review - Blog by Vlatte
Apple Tablet Has No Intel Inside - TheStreet.com
Push Notifications Come To Facebook App - Mac|Life

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