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Apple Rolls Out App Subscriptions to All Developers

About two weeks back, Apple had launched the Daily iPad app at a press event by News Corp. With The Daily, Apple had also unveiled a new feature – in-app subscriptions, which allowed app developers to offer one-click, recurring subscriptions for their apps. However, it wasn’t available for developers yet.

Today, Apple officially made in-app subscriptions available to all app developers on the App Store. Good news, right? Well, its not that simple. In this announcement, Apple has also mandated that app developers must offer subscriptions through the app, if they are offering subscriptions through other channels. The catch here is, that Apple takes a 30% cut if the user subscribes from within the app, and takes nothing if the user subscribes from outside channels. However, subscribing from within the app will obviously be much more easier for the user, so the revenues of apps offering in app subscriptions will likely be affected negatively. It may also lead to developers jacking up prices, as they will need to account for Apple’s cut while offering subscription based services.

Our philosophy is simple—when Apple brings a new subscriber to the app, Apple earns a 30 percent share; when the publisher brings an existing or new subscriber to the app, the publisher keeps 100 percent and Apple earns nothing,said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. All we require is that, if a publisher is making a subscription offer outside of the app, the same (or better) offer be made inside the app, so that customers can easily subscribe with one-click right in the app.”

Apple has set a deadline of June 30 for app developers to comply with the new guidelines.

Check out the official press release by Apple here.

iPhone Nano to Offer Only Cloud Based Storage via MobileMe?

Despite MWC hogging almost all the limelight this week, there’s one story which has managed to get a lot of coverage in the tech press. It’s about the smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone, which Apple intends to launch soon.

Apparently, Apple is now aiming to go after the budget smartphone market, which is currently dominated by Android. We have reported on the rumored iPhone Nano before, but today, we have some more scoop on it.

Smaller iPhone Nano

It seems like the Apple iPhone Nano which is supposed to be launched soon, will have a smaller display than the iPhone, in order to cut costs. Flash memory is one of the costliest components in the iPhone, so Apple has decided to skip it altogether in the iPhone Nano. It won’t offer any storage capacity at all, for user media files. All its content will be stored on MobileMe, a cloud storage service by Apple. Users will then be able to stream movies or music directly on their iPhone Nano from their MobileMe accounts via Wi-Fi or 3G. It might have some local storage memory, which might act as a cache, for temporary data and for installing apps.

The iPhone Nano will be very tightly integrated with MobileMe. It will feature a cloud based iOS.

To check out more details, head over to CultofMac

Apple to Launch Cheaper, Mini iPhones Soon?

According to a recent report by Bloomberg, Apple is apparently working on new versions of the iPhone which will be smaller and cheaper than the iPhone. It already has a few working prototypes in place, according to sources which “have been briefed on the plans”.

Apple has the highest profit margins in the industry, but its growth in the mobile sector has considerably slowed down compared to what it once was, and also compared to Android’s growth. With a cheaper iPhone, its profit margins may dip a bit, but it will make a higher overall profit due to higher volumes.

The iPhone “Mini” will be about 33% smaller than the iPhone and won’t have a Home button. It will be priced at $200 without a contract. Apple is also working on launching dual mode iPhones, which will support both GSM and CDMA. It will also come with the Universal SIM technology which will allow users to switch network providers without changing SIM cards.

It may either launch mid-year or may be scrapped altogether though, so don’t get your hopes high. Such an iPhone would do very well though, especially in countries like India, where the iPhone is priced exorbitantly high. As of now, those who cannot afford an iPhone just go ahead and buy a budget Android device.

Jailbreak iPhone 3GS/iPhone 4/iPad Running iOS 4.2.1 Using GreenPois0n

Up until now, iOS4.2.1 users could only tether’ jailbreak their iTouch device. A tethered’ jailbreak is a temporary jailbreak and will last only until a reboot. After rebooting, the jailbreak will be lost and the user will again need to jailbreak his iTouch using a PC/Mac. Now, the Chronic Dev. Team has finally released a tethered jailbreak for iTouch devices running iOS4.2.1.

GreenPois0n_Logo

Today, the Chronic Dev. Team tool GreenPois0n was updated to RC5 which will allow users to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G and the iPad running on iOS 4.2.1. Unlike Redsn0w, users don’t need SHSH blobs of any previous iOS version to jailbreak. Users, who already have tethered’ jailbroken their iTouch, can directly use GreenPois0n to jailbreak their device.

iPhone 4 owners who are new to the jailbreaking scene and have unlocked their device are recommended to stay away from this jailbreak. They may accidentally update their baseband while updating to iOS 4.2.1 thus losing their unlock. They are suggested to use TinyUmbrella to preserve their baseband whilst upgrading to iOS 4.2.1.

Sadly, at the moment GreenPois0n is only available for Mac. A PC and Windows version is in the pipeline and should be coming soon. Mac owners simply need to download GreenPois0n from here and follow the on-screen instructions.

iPhone 4 "Two Is Better Than One" Ad Parody Mocks AT&T

Earlier last Sunday, Apple released a new set of ads which showed off their new partnership with Verizon with an advertisement which also featured AT&T. The catch line of the ad was "Two is better than one".

AT&T Verizon Two is Better Than One iPhone 4 Ad

However, it looks like some smart person doesn’t like AT&T and has gone ahead and created a parody of the advertisement where the ad takes apart AT&T’s connection issues on the and ends with a catch line "One is better than the other". Well, considering the problems faced by AT&T customers you might say that this ad would preferably have been better.

If you are an AT&T customer and hate their service and are looking to switch to Verizon, they will be starting to ship the starting February 10, pre-order starts on February 3rd and the unlimited data plan will be costing $30.

In the meantime have some fun watching the "Two is Better Than One" ad parody below.

Click here if you can’t watch it. Oh and yes, if you haven’t watched the original ad you can watch it below too.

(h/t @binoyxj)

Apple’s "Two Is Better Than One" Ad Promotes AT&T and Verizon [Video]

If you watch television in America, you might have come across several At&T and Verizon ads slamming each other. Frankly, there is no love lost between these two networks. However, it looks like Apple has managed to put both these rivals in a single advertising frame.

AT&T Verizon Two is Better Than One iPhone 4 Ad

While watching the NFC championship today I was bombarded with Apple ads which had not one but two being used in a commercial. That was pretty unusual since I have hardly seen that happen. However, at the end of the ad Apple has a catch line saying that "Two is Better than One" and splashes the AT&T and Verizon logos.

The ad is basically done to promote that Verizon is now a official iPhone carrier in US of A and will start offering the starting February 10 (pre-order information). So is Apple building harmony between these rivals Smile. Considering how fiercely these two have been advertising, I find it a far fetched attempt.

So are AT&T and Verizon happy about this marriage? Are you? Do let me know through your comments. Watch the video below or click here if you can’t see it.

Apple App Store Hits 10 Billion Downloads

Apple had recently put up a download counter on their website, which displayed the total number of iOS apps and games downloaded from the App Store. Since the last two days, it has been hovering around the 9.9 billion number, but today, at around 4 PM IST, it has finally touched 10 billion.

Yes, more than 10 billion apps have been download from the App Store since it was launched on July 10, 2008. That’s more than 10.8 million apps every day, about 125 apps every second.

Apple App Store 10 Million

According to a report by Asymco, about 60 apps have been downloaded on every iOS device on average. The App Store has completely revolutionized the way in which apps and games are distributed and has created many millionaires. It spawned many copies like the Android Market, Windows Marketplace, Blackberry App World etc.

Inspired by the success of the iPhone App Store, Apple even launched an App Store for Mac OS. It has also been trying to trademark the word “App Store” to stop competitors from using it.

Apple had also announced a contest in which it would give away a $10000 gift card to the person who downloaded the 10 billionth app. The name of the lucky winner will soon be revealed. Even MacPhun announced a $5000 gift card to the winner.

via Apple

Apple Pushing Out iOS 4.3 Beta 2 To Developers

Just as you would expect with any modern smartphone sold nowadays, continued support is in very high demand, namely software support and updates. Unlike Android, iOS has very controlled hardware that it runs on and only devices sanctioned (read: designed and built) by Apple get the thumbs up for iOS. This gives Apple the great ability to control the user experience and control what features a user has access to and what they don’t.

With the update of iOS 4.3b2, developers should expect a slew of new features including the ability to create a personal hotspot on the device (for WiFi tethering) and some new API for gesture control. Apple has indicated that end-users may not be getting gesture support once 4.3 goes live and it is mainly for developers to test their applications, implement gesture support or ensure that their code does not conflict with any changes.

You can register as a developer (you’ll need to fork over $99 while doing that) to get access to this beta directly from Apple and you’ll receive access to the firmware images that support the Apple TV, iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS as well as the 3rd and 4th generation iPod Touch. As always, the XCode and Apple SDK are available to download as well.

Most users will want to stay on the carrier supported release, since this is technically beta firmware and is aimed at developers who want to get a jump on gesture controls and any other API calls that Apple has added in.

It’s rumoured that the 3rd beta will be released within a few weeks and should be the final seed before iOS 4.3 is release sometime in February.

White iPhone 4 May Come To Best Buy In February

The White had been delayed indefinitely, however several users have spotted the white iPhone 4 suggesting that the device exists and is being tested.

White iPhone 4 Best Buy

Now according to a leaked inventory screenshot sent to Mac Rumors by a source, the White will probably show up in Best Buy Stores on February 27th.  Both the White iPhone 4 16GB and 32GB models are seemingly coming to Best Buy on February 27, 2011. However, there is no indication as to who the carrier of the device will be. Earlier Engadget has also spotted the white iPhone 4 in Vodafone Germany’s inventory.

Considering that Verizon is launching the iPhone 4 on February 10, the white iPhone 4 may be available for both AT&T and Verizon networks. Though there is no way to confirm this through the listings. Considering that it took 2 years for Apple and Verizon to come up with the CDMA version of the iPhone, they might have definitely worked on doing the same for the white iPhone 4.

Unfortunately, we will only know what type of iPhone 4 will be available after February 27, so you might just have to hold off buying the iPhone from Verizon till then. If you do buy it, you might be able to return the device within 30 days, so make sure to check out on that.

Are you waiting for the white iPhone 4? Will you buy it if it only comes on AT&T or would you prefer waiting for the Verizon version? Do let me know through your comments.

Word Lens : Magic Software Translates Languages in Real-time [Videos]

The blogosphere and twitterati are calling it “magic software”. If you think it’s surprising that even in this day and age, with all the capabilities of software, one can still consider some piece of software as magical, then you have to try it out to believe it.

Quest Visual, a startup comprising all of two people, are the ones behind all the buzz.

They have released an iPhone application called “Word Lens”. Word Lens is an Augmented Reality application which does language translation in real-time video. Real-time video translation is a difficult feat especially when done using the computing power of only an iPhone. To top this, Word Lens does not even require any network connectivity. So there is no time lag of getting information from the Internet and then displaying it, which is usually common for Augmented Reality applications.

If you are still not convinced, check out these videos of Otavio Good, one of the founders of Quest Visual , demoing “Word Lens”.

As per Otavio, the application is still in it’s initial version and needs a lot of improvement with text recognition , speed and the number of language it supports.Word Lens is currently supported on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 3G.

It is left to one’s imagination how useful this application can get. Right from reading restaurant menus to road signs, it can become an indispensable tool for tourists.

With plans to be able to look-up the words on say, Wikipedia, read fine-text accurately and support a lot more languages, I think this application which topped the charts on the App Store, sure has a lot of potential.

You can directly download Word Lens for the iPhone from here

iOS Game Center Hacked Through Cydia App HackCenter

iOS Game CenterWhen   came out, one of the most interesting things to be introduced was the Game Center. Game Center provided game developers with a centralized way to track scores and show top scorers for any game that integrated with it.

Now, each and every user who plays games on their or would definitely want to be on the top of the list so that they can brag about it to their friends. However, that required users to be exceptionally well at games they played.

Now, you can put all those efforts aside thanks to a new app in Cydia store called Hack Center. This new app allows users to submit any score to the Game Center. So you can easily beat anyone at the top of the league with this app and then brag about it to everyone.

iOS Game Center Leaderboard

This app will only work on jailbroken iPhone which has the Cydia app installed. Considering the number of jailbroken iPhone’s out there, it will now be really hard to trust all those Game Center top scorer listings any more. You can watch a video of the HackCenter app in action below (courtesy 9to5Mac). Click here if you can’t watch the video.

Would you prefer to cheat your way and add a fake score using HackCenter? Would you be able to trust the Game Center score boards anymore? Do let me know through your comments.

Ultrasn0w Permanently Unlocks The iPhone 3G On Baseband 06.15

Here is some good news and possibly some bad news for 3G users. According to @MuscleNerd’s tweet, the Ultrasn0w unlock for baseband 06.15 will be permanent.

Because there’s no 4.3 beta for iPhone3G, it’s effectively unlocked for life via the 06.15 ultrasn0w unlock

However, here is the bad news. This means that iPhone 3G users will not get the iOS 4.3 update and will possibly be locked out of any future updates coming from Apple too.

The iPhone 3G was launched around 3 years ago, so it makes sense for Apple to remove support for the device considering that they might launch the iPhone 5 this year.

So have fun with your unlocked for life iPhone 3G but don’t expect any new goodies from Apple.

Researchers Put The iPhone Audio Port To Proper Use

Researchers at the University of Michigan have been working away at putting the 3.5mm audio port on the iPhone to many other uses other than playing music, including the ability to display EKG readings on the 3.5″ Retina Display. While this isn’t one of the first products we’ve seen that extends the functionality of an iPhone using the audio port, it certainly is one of the most interesting. The code for interfacing with the “HiJack” is free, open source and available under the BSD licensing scheme. The research team has advised that they will be reviewing project proposal ideas and providing 20 project-taskers with hardware in order to develop and continue research.

This project provides developers, DIY’ers and other researchers access to external hardware without going through the Dock Connector API and without jailbreaking the device, all for the extremely cheap (if done in large volumes) price of $2.34 for the hardware.

Android Overtakes iOS in Terms of Mobile Ad Impressions

Android Beats iPhone - Millenial AdsAndroid has had a very good year. It had already surpassed the iPhone and RIM in terms of US smartphone shipments in November 2010, and according to a recent Comscore report, it also beat Apple in terms of total US smartphone subscribers that month.

With RIM’s growth being negative, and Android having the highest growth among other platforms, we should see Android leading the US smartphone market by the end of Q1 2011. Today, Millenial Media, the third largest mobile ad network after Admob and iAd, released mobile ad impression stats for December 2010.

According to its report, Android now has the highest share of mobile ad impressions on its network. 46% of all mobile ads on Millennial’s network are served on Android devices. 32% of the total ads are served on iPhones while RIM accounts for 16% of the impressions.

Google gives away Android for free, in the hope that more users will use smartphones, connect to the mobile web and click on ads served by Google. Most developers on the Android platform have realized that the best way to monetize Android apps is by releasing them for free and then plastering them with ads. The paid app model just doesn’t work on Android the way it does on the iOS. Google acquired AdMob in 2009 and is now the leading mobile ad network. If the stats by Millennial are any indication, Android is likely the biggest platform for mobile advertising already.

via Techcrunch

AT&T Sends Out A Trap Message For Jailbroken and Unlocked iPhone

AT&T seems to be doing something about the multitude of iPhone jailbreaks and iPhone unlocks which allow users to use iPhone on another network. The most recent thing is sending an SMS to users to upgrade their devices to a latest update available from Apple.

AT&T iPhone Upgrade Message

However, don’t fall for the upgrade message, it is a trap. The Dev team just tweeted that the message sent by AT&T (see above) is a trap and users should not upgrade their devices, specially those who have unlocked their iPhone.

iPhone Upgrade Trap

The new update will possibly break the unlock and jailbreak, rendering your device unlockable till an update is available. So please stay away from it if you want to preserve your iPhone unlocks.