Two More iPhone Apps Show Up Online

The first is a Digg app for the iPhone that looks beautiful and is designed with the iPhone in mind. It is shown off in a iPhone interface made in Javascript. Pretty cool, check it out here.

The second is a Twitter app that let’s you update your Twitter and view your friends timeline. Check it out here.

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First iPhone App Shows Up Online

A web app called OneTrip has shown up on the internet that has been built with the iPhone in mind. Well it is pretty dumb, I’m sorry but I just don’t think it seems that useful. It is basically a shopping list app that allows you to check things off as you pick them up.

I will say just this. On the iPod you can put in text files, that is enough for me. I would assume that the iPhone would have the same ability. But in all actuality why wouldn’t you just write out the list on paper instead of having to go through this confusing application to create your list.

Anyway if you want to check it out it only runs on Safari but you can check it out here.

3rd Party Apps for the iPhone

Very sad to say that Apple will not exactly be letting developers create 3rd party apps for the iPhone. They will let them make web apps for the Safari browser that is on the iPhone. They will be able to use the iPhones services like making calls and sending emails.

I’m really sad about this because how would you be able to use those apps when you don’t have any type of connection? On top of that, the developers would have to pay for all the hosting of that application. They also didn’t hand out an SDK telling the developers how to use the services or some type of pack that includes standard images or lay out of how the apps should be developed.

It is very disappointing but I sure do hope that they end up allowing 3rd party developers to write for the iPhone directly. Let’s hope.

Full Specs of iPhone Show Up

Mac Rumors has the full list of specs for the iPhone, Read their post here.

• System requirements
– Mac or PC
– iTunes 7
– Internet access is required, and a broadband connection is recommended
– Mac: Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later
– PC: Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 2)
• External Controls
– Volume Up / Down
– Ringer / Silent
– Power / Lock
– Sleep / Wake
– Menu Button
• Dimensions
– 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
• Weight 4.8 ounces / 135 grams
• Input Method – Multi-touch
• Operating System – OS X
• Screen size – 3.5 inches
• Screen resolution – 320 x 480 at 160 ppi
• Storage – 4GB or 8GB
• GSM – Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
• Wireless data
– Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
• Camera – 2.0 megapixels
• Battery
– Lithium
– Up to 5 hours – Talk / Video / Browsing
– Up to 16 hours – Audio playback
(Battery life varies by use)
• Connectors and other input & output
– 30 pin iPod connector
– 3.5mm jack includes audio and mic support
– SIM tray
– Built-in speaker
– Built-in microphone

The specs look just about right to me with little to no surprises. The only thing that is surprising is the 320 x 480 at 160 ppi screen. The resolution isn’t exactly what I would have hoped it to be but I’m sure that the iTunes movies and TV shows will look beautiful on that screen.

Another Who Has Held the iPhone

Someone on the AnandTech Forums claims to have used the iPhone. AMDMaddness says he/she has had some time with it. Gizmodo found the posting or someone gave them a tip about it. This is what they are quoting from the forum however some of it I couldn’t find (possibly deleted by AMDMAddness).

“It does have email and it is already set up for AOL/GMAIL/HOTMAIL etc.. and you can use your own POP email address.”

“Not worth the $500-$600 IMHO maybe half that.”

“I must say it has very fast response to input and very good resolution on the LCD it is very crisp and vivid.”

“…it has a place to put your SIM. It looks to not have an easily replaceable battery (like the IPODS no battery door).”

“The phone has a super top secret feature that I can’t even be told what is (anyone have a clue?).”

There are a few others that you can read over at Gizmodo here.

This is pretty darn cool. I have become less and less excited about the iPhone as the release draws near. I think most of it is just its size and the fear of it scratching (don’t know if it does or not).

Some of the things I’d like to comment on, the email set up for AOL/Gmail/Hotmail, it surprises me that it is already set up for it but the POP access is a given. I believe that it is worth $500-$600 but the better question is whether or not you would be willing to walk around everywhere you go with something that costs $500-$600 in your pocket. I figured that the screen would be pretty responsive since it has to respond to touch controls. Of course it has a place to put your sim, you have to be able to put a new one in easily.

I am very curious about that top secret feature that no one seems to know about. Maybe it is what that “Mysterious App” is.

Whether you are excited for the phone or not you have to admit that it will drastically change the handset market as we know it.

Another New iPhone Ad, Watered Down

I think that Apple has a brilliant marketing idea, since everyone blogs about all the ads they make, if they just make an ad a week or so they are always being talked about. They truly are brilliant and seem to make really amazing products as well.

Check out the new iPhone Ad, Watered Down, Below or you can see a higher quality one at Apple.com.


(found a better ad so I decided to change it to this one instead of the Gizmodo one)

[via Gizmodo]

iPhone Ads Say June 29th Release Date

Apple has released 3 iPhone ads that are running on TV now, but you can also seem them on the Apple.com website here.

They are pretty cool, showing off some of the more interesting features of the iPhone. The music is a little weird but all in all they are cool.

The Ads also give a little bit of interesting information that we didn’t know until they were released and that is when the iPhone will be available. That will be June 29th. Just making it in the month of June.

This is great news and cool ads but there has been some buzz around the internets that there won’t be very many iPhones per store when it launches. I’ve heard numbers as low as 40 per store. That isn’t a whole lot and since I have also heard that some AT&T stores have been holding private pre-order lists (which is against company policy) It may be very difficult to get one.

Well I do have the ads here from youtube if you would rather check them out here, videos after the jump.

iPhone Receives FCC Approval

AppleInsider has evidence showing that the iPhone has received FCC approval this means that Apple can legally sell the iPhone to consumers. The iPhone does seem to be on track and should begin to be sold in the later half of June.

This comes just a day after Engadget received a email saying that the iPhone would be pushed back. That email was not true however because Apple quickly mailed an email that said that the previous one was not correct.

The iPhone does look like a neat product but as it gets closer to launch I think more and more people are beginning to jump ship from the iPhone band wagon. Yea, it is a really cool device but unless there are some price cuts and some reason to believe that the big touch screen will not have an issue with scratches, I think  less people will be willing to buy one than Apple wants to believe.

iPhone not delayed until October, Leopard not delayed until January

Engadget was sent an email from inside of Apple that said that the iPhone and Leopard were both delayed. Well I just wanted to let you all know that if you didn’t already here the email was quickly retracted.

The iPhone and Leopard are both still on track. If you want to go read the emails Engadget has them published on there website here.

Apple Will be Adding Features to iPhone and AppleTV

According to AppleInsider, Apple said that they would be adding software features to the AppleTV and iPhone free of charge.This is a pretty awesome little bit of information. All of the people who said that they are going to wait for the second version of the AppleTV may change their minds after Apple begins coming out with new features. This doesn’t really surprise me though because they added features to the 5g iPod for free through software updates. I just wonder what they could be adding to the AppleTV. It is pretty obvious that the iPhone will get some little features and occasional widgets, maybe some games, but what would come to the AppleTV?

Where Does iTunes Go From Here

Well what is Apple going to do with iTunes now. With the recent addition of the AppleTV to the product line you have to wonder if Apple will put 720p content into the iTunes music store, Its tough to say and there are a few things that Apple needs to deal with before they can go ahead with it.First of all they have to deal with compatability with their current iPods. I’m not sure if there is quite enough horse power in the current iPods to decode 720p H.264 video so that would make things difficult already. How would Apple decide to display their content on the iTunes music store. One of the key aspects of the iTunes music store is that you just download it and it works. You can play it on your computer and your iPod with no trouble but when you throw this new format into the mix it confuses people. I will know that if I download an AppleTV version it won’t play on my iPod but I don’t think my mother would.

The only thing I could think of is that Apple released the 5.5 gen iPod with a fast enough processor to handle the 720p content and they decided to phase out the older 5 gen iPod. This of course would upseet many users who would like to download content for their iPod, so of course this wouldn’t make sense. Maybe Apple will decide to have two buttons next to everything: High-Res and Low-Res the problem is of course as I mentioned earlier that would confuse some users.

Now that we have absolutly no conclusion about those problems, confusion and video compatabilty, we deal with file sizes. Not only is this going to be an issue for Apple who has to host this content but for customers who have to keep this content on their hard drives. Even though hard drives are getting bigger and bigger, we are also dealing with bigger and bigger file sizes making things difficult for many users. If you do the math a video encoded for the AppleTVs maximum quality at a length of 2 hourse will be about 4GB of video. That is quite a lot. It is about 1/10 of the total size of the AppleTVs hard drive. Not to mention that it would take about about a day to download that big file for most of us in the US with terrible bandwidth.

Let me throw this scenario at you, the iPhone can handle the same video size as your AppleTV, it might be able to we don’t know. You of course because of the high price of the iPhone went with the lower end 4GB version. That means if you wanted to watch a movie on your iPhone and that movie was 2 hours long, that would be all that you could fit onto that iPhone. How would this work, would Apple allow you to download two versions of the video or would that cost extra? will the 720p version cost extra? Will iTunes ever go high-def? These questions will be answered and since the AppleTV was “designed for widescreen televisions” I think we will get answers soon.

I’m am hoping that we will see 720p content in the iTunes music store, but I think that they will be movie rentals and after 5 days iTunes will automatically deauthorize and delete the file unless you tell it that you would like to re-rent the movie. I would assume that the price would be much lower for a rental and iTunes will, for some, become the Netflix replacement.