Apple has updated iTunes in preparation of Firmware 3.0 for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The update focuses on bringing compatibility between iTunes and Firmware 3.0 which will arrive early this summer. Also included are miscellaneous bug fixes and minor tweaks. iTunes 8.2 can be download via Software update or here.
Since Apple enabled Podcast downloads in the mobile iTunes Store, the general census has been pretty hateful towards the nasty 10MB limit which restricted you to downloading said Podcasts over Wi-Fi. Apple changed things up (for the better) and has removed the limit.
Most speculated that the harsh limit of 10MB per episode over the cellular connection was put in place to prevent massive traffic from going through the carrier’s networks ultimately upsetting them. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore as the limit has been removed so you can download any Podcast episode (video included) over the cellular connection without the need to be tethered to a short range Wi-Fi network.
Ironically the 10MB limit for App Store downloads is still in effect.
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After we reported yesterday that a prototype version of the iPhone was available on eBay, Beta Firmware build and all, it managed to get the attention of Apple who requested the auction be pulled due to copyright concerns. Now the Beta Firmware is around in the wild and far from the reaches of Apple’s legal grip.
According to a tweet from Arnold Kim, the same Firmware we saw demoed on the prototype iPhone that made its short debut on eBay is now floating around the Internet as a sort of mockery to Apple’s copyright complaint. If you missed the video demonstration which suffered the same fate as the eBay auction, it’s been uploaded to YouTube again.
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Chris Howard isn’t afraid to bash Apple when something is screwed up. But he’s also not above praising the company when something exceeds his expectations. Right now Chris Howard is very pleased with the iPhone. IF you’re wondering why it is a sordid tale of servers being overwhelmed, bandwidth caps and iTunes locking up. You can read the whole story at out sister site: Apple Matters. But a link isn’t enough, I mean the energy expended clicking a link… Too much to ask! Here’s an excerpt:
Now lazy programmers would have simply restored the last known OS, but Apple obviously weren’t lazy, and coded to detect the new OS waiting and used it. Well done, Apple.
Of course, there were no apps on my iPhone (besides the Apple ones), so I was still a bit nervous. But then a sync kicked off and it indicated it was installing my apps. I think at this point I stopped holding my breath.
Well it isn’t all sunshine and flowers. Chris, like the rest of the iPhone world is wondering where copy and paste is. Keep… more...
Is the Google Mobile app available yet? If not, why not? (as of 10:08 Sunday night it wasn’t). Well, Google Mobile App was available but it was the same old lame Google Mobile App as before. The one you want is:
Sadly that app isn’t available yet. Too bad because that is a completely killer app. If Apple has a lick of sense it will get that one out as soon as possible and whip up some commercials showing it off. Sure, Urban Spoon is mildly diverting (Me hungry, me can no pick food!) but it is more gimmicky than truly useful.
Which app do you think worries RIM and Verizon more?
I’d like to say I’m pretty secure and sometimes don’t mind taking the extra step to log in each time I visit a page on my iPhone, however, it could be a lot easy (not to mention, faster) to just bypass the login process.
LogOnce, a desktop password manager has released a new way for users of the iPhone and iPod touch to skip having to enter user names and passwords on sites that require them. You can log-in to any site where you’ve saved a password just by opening up a special bookmark that plugs in your log-in credentials for you.
There’s no software to install, and nothing to remember. As for security, You can also wipe out any access just in case you manage to lose your phone or get it stolen.
You must first register with the site, then plug in all your usernames and passwords from various sites, then make sure you’re logged into the LogOnce site via your device. After that, it’s simply a matter of summoning up the bookmarklet shortcut when you’re on the log-in screen at any given site where your registered.
If you have been keeping up with the news, or happen to witness the $999.99 app in the iTunes App Store, then you may know about Apple pulling it a day after it was released. Although the release of the app sparks some questions on Apple’s behalf, what is even more troubling is that 8 people actually purchased this app.
Dubbed “I Am Rich,” this app simply displayed a a red jewel on your iPhone screen. Nothing more, nothing less. But if you happen to glance a little to the right of the “I Am Rich” info screen, you would notice the $999.99 price tag. Ouch!
I wouldn’t have expected for anyone to purchase this app, but I was overwhelmed by the 8 individuals that purchased the app - accidently of course.
One gentleman explains that he was simply clicking the “buy” button to see if it was some kind of practicle joke. He found out otherwise when he noticed the $1000 charge on his credit card and promptly posted the review in the App Store:
THIS IS NO JOKE. “DO NOT BUY THIS APP AND APPLE PLEASE REMOVE THIS FROM THE… more...
A reference in the late beta version of iTunes available with iPhone SDK Beta 8 points to a new Apple-made program that will navigate tracks on Macs and Windows PCs from any of Apple’s current handhelds which would be the iPhone and iPod Touch.
I figured an application would come forth like this eventually. I remember a patent a while ago that indicated this feature.
Beyond the new remote functionality, iTunes 7.7 is also known to add an Applications tab to let you specify loading only certain software on the phone, and will be necessary for both iPhone 3G and the MobileMe sync service.
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Perhaps we have forgotten about the iPhone 2.0 beta and the features that’ll come, not only to the 3G iPhone, but to existing iPhones as well. Specifically, the AppStore in which many of the cool software will be released.
Games are going to be a huge success for iPhones. Apple knows this, and game developers know this as well. That is why I am thinking most of the Apps will be games.
Of all the games that are likely to be releases, two of them will be Blackjack and Mahjong.
Mobileage says it will be offering two games for the iPhone and iPod Touch through the iTunes App Store later this year. Blackjack21 is described as the definitive version of the world’s most popular casino card game.
“Blackjack 21 offers super seamless gameplay as it responds to the same gestures used in a live game. You can further customize the game by directly downloading awesome card and table art for free.”
TouchTile Mahjong is described as the classic tile matching game for iPhone and iPod Touch.
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Installer.app has been updated with some, from what I hear, annoyances.
Installer.app received a search feature, and the slight hesitation after installing new programs that sends you back to your unlock screen, has been fixed.
It now quickly relaunches your Home Screen to seamlessly load the newly downloaded programs, which essentially makes Installer.app and its functions even more integrated into the iPhone.
Other noteworthy items in the update include the ability to refresh one source at a time and a search feature in the Uninstall category.
Now in v3.11, Installer.app is becoming a powerhouse of a program and perhaps the most integrated native app that jailbreaking has to offer.
Installer.app is automatically installed when you jailbreak your iPhone with iLiberty+ or ZiPhone.more...