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    Apple iOS 4 Update Released

    Today, Apple has released iOS 4, formerly known as iPhone OS 4.0, for iPhone and iPod touch owners.

    The update, free for iPhone and apparently, also free for iPod touch owners, is available now. To download the update, connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer running iTunes 9, and the software installer will be downloaded to your computer.

    No Legacy Support for You

    Unlike previous iOS updates, the iPhone G2 and the first generation iPod touch will not be supported for this upgrade. Additionally, iPhone 3G owners will not be able to use the new multitasking features of iOS 4. If you want to get iOS 4 and you have one of these devices, you’re going to have to upgrade your hardware.

    iPad Out in the Cold?

    No! Apple’s iPad customers will be getting an upgrade to iOS 4, however, they are going to have to wait until the fall for their upgrade.

    For more details, check out the iPhone or iPod touch pages on the Apple website.

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    Facebook for iPhone, iPod touch Updated to 3.1.3

    Yesterday, an update for iOS (formerly known as iPhone OS) was released to the Apple App Store.

    The main improvements for Facebook 3.1.3 is the ability to watch videos, writing on event walls, and a change in how wide uploaded photos can be (now 720 pixels wide).

    You can update to Facebook version 3.1.3 by hitting the App Store icon on your iPhone or iPod touch, or by using iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

    iPad owners: the iPhone/iPod touch application will work on your device in low res mode. While you can scale it up to 2x mode, in my opinion, the text looks terrible. I still recommend that you use Safari to browse to the full Facebook website.

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    Apple WWDC 2010 Keynote Online

    Apple has posted this year’s WWDC 2010 keynote delivered by co-founder, Steve Jobs.

    Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduce the new iPhone 4. See the video-on-demand event right here, exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4.
    You can stream the keynote address directly from the Apple website, or you can download the entire video in iTunes via Apple’s keynote podcast feed and watch it on your favorite Mac, PC, iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or my personal favorite, Apple TV + 42-inch TV.
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    Apple Introduces the iPhone 4

    Earlier today, at WWDC ’10, Apple introduced the iPhone 4 for the AT&T Wireless network.

    Apple® today presented the new iPhone® 4 featuring FaceTime, which makes the dream of video calling a reality, and Apple’s stunning new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in super crisp text, images and video. In addition, iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40 percent longer talk time—in a beautiful all-new design of glass and stainless steel that is the thinnest smartphone in the world. iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes over 100 new features and 1500 new APIs for developers. iOS 4 features Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform. iPhone 4 will be available in the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan on June 24, starting in the US at just $199 for qualified buyers with a two year contract.
    “iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “FaceTime video calling sets a new standard for mobile communication, and our new Retina display is the highest resolution display ever in a phone, with text looking like it does on a fine printed page. We have been dreaming about both of these breakthroughs for decades.”
    Apple’s stunning 3.5 inch Retina display has 960 x 640 pixels—four times as many pixels as the iPhone 3GS and 78 percent of the pixels on an iPad™. The resulting 326 pixels per inch is so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when the phone is held at a normal distance, making text, images and video look sharper, smoother and more realistic than ever before on an electronic display.
    iPhone 4 features a new 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a 5x digital zoom, a backside illuminated sensor and built-in LED flash that allows you to take amazing pictures even in low light and dark environments. iPhone 4 lets you record and edit incredible HD video and the popular tap to focus feature now works while recording video. You can use the iPhone 4‘s LED flash for both still photography and video recording. The new iMovie® app for iPhone lets you combine movie clips, add dynamic transitions and themes and include photos and music, and users can buy it for just $4.99 through the App Store right on their phone.
    The new iBooks® app will be available for iPhone 4 as a free download from the App Store and includes Apple’s new iBookstore, the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile product. The iBooks app will sync your current place in a book, along with any bookmarks, highlights and notes you have created, between copies of the same book on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch®. iBooks users can also now read and store PDFs right in iBooks. There are now over 60,000 books available in the iBookstore, and users have downloaded over five million books in the first two months.
    Pricing & Availability 
iPhone 4 comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model in both Apple and AT&T’s retail and online stores, Best Buy and Wal-Mart stores. iPhone 4 will be available in the US, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on June 24 and customers can pre-order their iPhone 4 beginning Tuesday, June 15 from the Apple Online Store or reserve an iPhone 4 to pick up at an Apple Retail Store. iMovie for iPhone will be available on the App Store for just $4.99 (US).
    Also on June 24, a new iPhone 3GS 8GB model will be available for just $99 (US). iOS 4 software will be available on June 21 as a free software update via iTunes® 9.2 or later for iPhone and iPod touch customers.
    iPhone 4 will roll out worldwide to 88 countries by the end of September. iPhone 4 will be available by the end of July in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
    For more details about the new iPhone 4, check out Apple’s website. The full version of the iPhone 4 press release is also available online.
  • apple,  ipad,  iphone os

    Apple Sells 2 Million iPads In Less Than 2 Months

    Earlier today, Apple has announced that the company has sold over 2 million of the “magical” iPads in in less than 2 months.

    Apple® today announced that iPad™ sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.

    “Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

    Developers have created over 5,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®.

    According to AppleInsider.com, Apple is selling about 35,000 – 36,000 iPads a day.

    Pricing for the Apple iPad starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $629 for the 3G + Wi-Fi model.

    You can the full version of today’s press release on the Apple website.

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    Keynote: Now Appearing On Alan’s iPad

    I purchased a copy of Apple’s Keynote for the iPad today.

    Before you get too excited, I honestly believed that I have a legitimate, ok, legitimate enough, excuse to drop $9.99 for the touch-based presentation software: working while on the go.

    Ok, I can hear a number of you yelling “Foul!” on that one. But look at it from my perspective. I’ve been getting a lot of information technology research notes from the likes of Gartner, Forrester, and Info-Tech. Most of the research I’ve been asked to read has been in the form of PowerPoint slides (either in native PowerPoint format or as Adobe Acrobat documents). The slides are usually printed and handed to me. Aside from not wanting to be tangentially responsible for the mowing down the rain forest, if I had the slides in electronic form I can read them while I’m walking around the house or waiting for the kids to finish their various sports practices. Makes perfect sense.

    When slides showed up on my desk today for Microsoft Office 2010, I asked for the electronic version and then pulled out my iPad and purchased Keynote. So far, the slides have been easy to read on the iPad’s amazing screen and I’ve started reading the report. Hopefully this will allow me to get some more work done, raise the geek bar slightly, and still justify the $10 as a business related expense.

    You can purchase Keynote 1.1 for the iPad from the Apple iTunes App Store. Starting today, owners of Keynote 1.0 for the iPad can download a free update to Keynote 1.1 for iPad.

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    Apple Releases Pages 1.1 for iPad

    Today, Apple released Pages 1.1 for the iPad.

    The new version of Pages, Apple’s touch-based word processor for the iPad, includes UI refinements and improvements for Microsoft Word support.

    The enhancements in Pages 1.1 include:

    • Toolbar and ruler landscape support
    • Auto fit in landscape mode
    • Import/Export functions for Microsoft Word documents
    • Fixes a scrolling after movie import issue
    • New localization support

    Pages can be purchased from the App Store for $9.99. The update to 1.1 is a free update to current Pages for iPad owners. You can purchase Pages or download the update using iTunes or the App Store app on the iPad. [iTunes App Store Link]

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    Documents To Go for iPhone OS Updated

    Documents To Go 3.2 for iPhone OS has landed in the Apple iTunes App Store.

    The biggest updates in this release are enhancements to searching, application optimizations, and bug fixes. I’m excited to learn that the next update for Documents To Go for iPhone OS will support the iPad! I’m really looking forward to that since Documents To Go will allow you to work with native Microsoft Office documents.

    DataViz is also running a special promotion to upgrade to the Premium edition of Documents To Go. On my iPod touch, using the in app upgrade option, I can step up to the Premium edition to gain Exchange attachment support and Box.net/Dropbox support for $4.99. Not a bad offer if you ask me.

    Hit the App Store icon on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to get the latest update to Documents To Go.

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    What’s On Your iPad?

    I’ve been really enjoying my new 32GB Apple iPad. Here’s a quick run down of the iPad specific apps that I’ve installed so far.

    • 12 Solitaire Games from Astraware
    • ABC Player (Free)
    • AccuWeather Cirrus
    • Air Hockey (Free)
    • Apple iBooks (Free)
    • Apple Pages ($9.99)
    • BigOven Lite (Free)
    • Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List (Free)
    • EW’s Must List (Free)
    • Flight Control HD ($4.99)
    • Harbor Master HD (Free)
    • IMDb Movies & TV (Free)
    • Marvel Comics (Free)
    • MotionX Zen HD (Free)
    • N.O.V.A – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance HD ($9.99)
    • NPR for iPad (Free)
    • NYT Editor’s Choice (Free)
    • PCalc Lite (Free)
    • Tap Tap Radiation (Free)
    • Twitterific for iPad (Free)
    • USA Today for iPad (Free)
    • The Wall Street Journal (Free w/ limited functionality)
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    Still Having iPad Wi-Fi Problems?

    I’ve been using my iPad daily to connect to Wi-Fi hot spots at home, at the office, and around town. I did get bit by the Wi-Fi connectivity error that some people reported during the first week of the iPad’s US availability, but I have not run into trouble since I rebooted my iPad. Anyone else still having trouble?