Apple has just released the Beta 1 of iOS 4.2 to developers. All people who have an iPhone Developer Standard or Enterprise account will be able to download the Beta version. iOS 4.2 brings with it numbers of new features including Multi-tasking, AirPlay, AirPrint, GameCenter and Folders etcetera to the iPad. The final version of iOS 4.2 will be released in November by Apple.
iOS 4.2 will bring with all the features to the iPad which the iPhone got with the iOS 4 update. Apple has even setup a dedicated page for the iOS 4.2 update for the iPad which mentions about all the feature it will be getting with this update. The iOS 4.2 update is aimed mainly at iPad but it will also bring new features like AirPlay and AirPrint to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
There is still another one and a half months to go for the final version of iOS 4.2 to be released. Until then, we can expect many more Beta(s) and Golden Release Candidate from Apple.
Today, Apple in a press release has officially announced the release of the iPad in China. The Apple iPad has been an astounding success for Apple. The tablet device has been breaking all sorts of sales record for the Cupertino Company. Even after five months of its launch, Apple is still struggling to meet the demand for the iPad. Apple however has launched only the Wi-Fi sporting models of iPad in China.
It was earlier this summer that Apple had launched its flagship store in Shanghai. The iPad will be available at all the Apple retail stores and authorized Apple resellers from September 17. Users who will be buying the iPad from the Apple retail stores will be getting a free Personal setup service so as to customize their iPad. The 16GB model of the iPad will cost CNY3988 which roughly equals to around $600 while the 32GB version will be available for CNY4788. The top of the line 64GB version will cost CNY5588.
All these prices when converted to U.S dollars are roughly 20% higher than retail price of the iPad in the U.S.
The two largest unofficial jailbreak App stores for iPhone users, Cydia and Rock, have now combined to form a single unified App store.
Cydia, owned by Jay ‘Saurik’ Freeman officially acquired the Rock Your Phone app store run by Mario Ciabarra yesterday. Both the owners had been in talks about an acquisition or a merger since months.
All the applications in the Rock app store will be transferred to Cydia and Rock users will need to create a Cydia login to continue using the app store. All the user backup data and other details of Rock users will be merged with their Cydia accounts.
Cydia had more users and a better app catalog than Rock and also raked in more revenue but Rock had a much better interface and was much faster.
Here’s what the Founder of Rock Your Phone, Mario Ciabarra had to say “It’s been a fun ride. We set out to change the landscape and I think we were very successful. I think we contributed to attracting more business professionals to the iPhone jailbreak community, and added some great functionality to the platform. The current transaction with Cydia is a great opportunity for us. We’re going to miss some of the excitement, but no reason for anyone to worry. I, personally, will be spending even more time in Intelliborn apps development (both existing and exciting new projects). A few months ago, Jay and I sat down together and we realized, I enjoyed making apps more (and was better at it), while Jay enjoys providing platform functionality. It was a win-win for both groups and we’re excited about the transition.”
Google played a gamble when they decided to foray into the mobile operating system by purchasing Android about 5 years ago. However, 5 years down the line that gamble seems to have paid off, since reports suggest the Android will soon overtake RIM and iOS as the 2nd largest mobile in the world behind Symbian.
According to Gartner, Android will become the No. 2 worldwide mobile operating system in 2010 and will challenge Symbian for the largest mobile OS title by 2014. Currently Symbian has the highest markets share with 46.9% overall, however, that is set to drop to 40.1% in 2010.
Android on the other hand had only 3.9% market share in 2009, but that is set to leap to 17.7% in 2010 overtaking Apple’s iOS which had 14.4% share last year, is set to rise to 17.5% because of several new introductions including the iPad and iPhone 4. Blackberry’s RIM to is on a downswing with 19.9% share last year and 17.5% share predicted for this year.
Android phones have definitely hit the roof since last year. More than 200,000 Android devices are sold per day, this number is bound to rise, with several mobile manufacturers adopting the Android OS for their devices.
With the introduction of Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 3.0 aka Gingerbread, Google is all set to challenge the mighty Symbian who was at one point of time one of the best Mobile OS. Sadly Symbian has lost ground since then and has failed to make impressive changes to challenge the newer age mobile OS platforms.
We already know that Microsoft is going to officially launch Windows Phone 7 on October 11. There have been scores of Windows Phone 7 related leaks in the past month. Some of them have been very revealing, like the LG GW910 and the LG E900 while some leaks like the HTC Schubert and the Sony Ericsson Julie haven’t been disclosed many details.
Today, images of yet another Windows Phone 7 smartphone – the Samsung GT-i8700 surfaced on the internet. It seems to have a stylish design and a camera with an LED flash. It also has 8 GB internal storage. Except that, no other details are out yet.
iOS and Android are growing at a rapid pace, both adding close to 200,000 devices a day. Many Android tablets are about to launch soon, further strengthening its position in the market.
The response to Windows Phone 7 has been quite decent, with the Windows 7 SDK seeing more than 300,000 downloads by developers. There are rumors of atleast 10 Windows Phone 7 smartphones in development currently.
The Grand Theft Auto series of video games from Rockstar Studios has always been a cash cow for the studio. Giving people the opportunity to play the bad guy for once, the series exposes a criminal underworld of a fictitious city (such as Vice City or Liberty City) based on a real-world location. With lots of action, car chases and an open world to roam about, the game is the epitome of clever game design as well as an immersive world with a strong storyline. Originally available for the Nintendo DS, the game was later re-made for the Sony PSP and the iPhone/iPod Touch. Now, Rockstar has announced an HD version of Chinatown Wars for the iPad.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars was one of the most successful handheld games in quite a long time. First released for the Nintendo DS system, the game garnered a bunch of great reviews. Sometime later, Rockstar re-made the game for the Sony PlayStation Portable and quickly reached to the top of the Metacritic rankings, followed quickly by an iPhone version. While the recent versions of the Grand Theft Auto series featured third person action, Chinatown Wars adopted the top-down 3D perspective for better visuals on the handheld devices this has translated well for handheld gamers who want a quick game with relatively less lag on the go.
The iPad version called Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD will have more than 50 missions, lots of side-quests, customizable music, and much more to romp about Liberty City as Huang Lee. Chinatown Wars HD will be available in the Apple App Store from September 9 for £5.99 ($9.99 in the USA)
The surprise of the Apple event in San Francisco has been finally revealed. It’s the second generation Apple TV. The new generation of Apple TV is very very small. In fact it’s so small that you can hold it in your palm. At the back of this tiny box lies an HDMI port, an Ethernet port and built in Wi-Fi. The Apple TV also has a very nice remote control.
With the second generation of Apple TV, Steve Jobs also introduced a brand new rental model for the device. Users can rent HD content (when available) for very low prices 99 cent for TV shows and $4.99 for first-run movies. The TV shows will be commercial free as well! Netflix subscriber can also stream content to the Apple TV from their Netflix library. Along with this users can watch YouTube videos in HD, and photos from Flickr and MobileMe. Another option the Apple TV provides is to stream content from your Mac or PC.
The new Apple TV does not have any storage management or a storage disc. It does all the above said stuff via streaming only! The AirPlay feature which Apple will be introducing with the iOS 4.2 update for the iPad will support Apple TV as well. AirPlay feature will allow iTouch device owners to stream media for their iTouch to the Apple TV. The UI of the Apple TV is pretty simple and is mainly oriented at what its meant to do.
Sadly, the Apple TV won’t be supporting any applications which many people expected. The second generation Apple TV will be up for sale in four weeks for a retail price of only $99.
Apple has just rolled out the iOS 4.1 update for its iTouch devices. The iOS4.1 update fixes tons of bugs present in the iOS4 including the popular Proximity sensor bug on the iPhone 4, Bluetooth bugs and performance issues on the iPhone 3G. Along with this, this update also brings HDR photo to the iPhone.
According to Steve, here is what HDR does :
Let’s start off with HDR photos, what are they? A lot of times when you take a photo, it’s blown out with bright light. Now, when you turn on HDR, it takes 3 photos in rapid succession: one normal, one under exposed, and one under exposed. It combines the three with some pretty sophisticated algorithmsâ€¦
Another feature which the iOS4.1 update brings onboard is the Game Center. This Center’ is all about playing multiplayer games and challenging your friends to beat your score. The Game Center will also allow users to discover new games.
The Apple iOS 4.1 update will be released for selected iPhone and iPod Touch models next week for free.
After Opera, the folks behind SkyFire have decided to release their browser for the iPhone. SkyFire is a very popular browser on many platforms due to its support for Flash, multiple tabs etcetera. According to MobileCrunch, the company behind SkyFire is soon going to submit their application for approval to the Apple’s AppStore. According to their sources, they plan to submit the browser for approval as soon as early next week.
As of now, it is unknown what all features SkyFire browser for the iPhone will feature. The company is expected to announce its AppStore submission after the weekend ends. It will be interesting to see whether Apple will approve the SkyFire browser or not. Apple’s AppStore policies clearly state that any application which competes with its own product won’t be allowed on the AppStore. However, Apple had to approve the Opera Mini browser due to the heavy media pressure and because of the limelight the whole thing got.
Windows Phone 7 is a very impressive new OS release by Microsoft. Microsoft seems to have learnt from its mistakes and has released a truly innovative mobile operating system this time around. From the looks of it, Windows Phone 7 seems capable of going head-to-head against Android and iOS.
Even Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 7 is a huge improvement over its predecessor on Windows Mobile 6. The guys over at PocketNow managed to get their hands on an LG Panther (LG GW910) with an early build of Windows Phone 7 OS. They have uploaded a video which compared the browser performance of Windows Phone 7 on the LG Panther with Android 2.2 on a Nexus One and iOS 4 on an iPhone 4.
The Panther running IE on WP7 easily holds its own against the best mobile browsers – Android’s Webkit browser and Safari. The page load times are very impressive and the tab management is quite good. The scrolling and zooming is also very smooth. If this video is any indication, Microsoft may have a huge hit on its hands.