2009 was a great year for the iPhone. I’ve put together some news, apps and hacks from 2009.
Verizon vs. AT&T
Starting with a commercial that attacked AT&T’s 3G coverage, Verizon released a series of commercials that compared the two networks and eventually the DROID vs. the iPhone. AT&T sued Verizon claiming the maps of AT&T’s network only showed 3G coverage which confused customers into thinking there was no coverage in blank areas of the map. AT&T eventually lost the lawsuit and then started in with their own commercials.
blacksn0w & blackra1n – jailbreak & unlock from Geohot
Geohot did it again, creating an jailbreak and unlock for the iPhone 3GS. Of course the cat and mouse game will continue in 2010 but with the addition of hardware encryption on the iPhone 3GS and Apple’s authorization process of each firmware before you can restore your iPhone, jailbreaking has become more difficult to develop.
Facebook iPhone App Developer Quits
The developer for the Facebook iPhone app announced he would no longer work on the iPhone app after getting fed up with Apple’s App Store process. Others at Facebook are still working on the app but this was a big PR blow to Apple’s app approval process.
Google has had the Android software out for a while but this year many more phones were released with the software including the DROID from Verizon. Even more phones are scheduled to be released in 2010, some with 1GHz prosessors, OLED screens and other features missing from the iPhone. The official “Google Phone” is also expected to be released in the first quarter of 2010.
Other Major Headlines from 2009:
There were many apps that have been a long time coming. Here are some of the app released in 2009:
New Hacks & Mods
LiveClock – Moving Clock Icon
WeatherIcon – Update Weather Icon
BossPaper – Wallpaper App by BigBoss
Maps Enhancer – Keep Maps Cache and Adjust Zoom Level
Inspell – Spell Check
SnapTap – Use Volume Button as Camera Button
LockInfo – Feature Packed Lockscreen Mod
Multiflow – Multitasking Application
Snappy – Launch Camera without Leaving your Current App
MultiIconMover – Move Multiple Icons at a Time (without a computer)
SMS Helper – SMS Character Counter
Tricker ThreeG – Allow Apps Like Skype and Slingplayer to Run on 3G
Rotation Inhibitor Update – Turn off Auto-Rotating Feature
Cydia Store – Paid Jailbroken Apps
New iPhone Features:
MMS (Picture Messaging)
Firmware 3.1 Adds Video Editing Ability to iPhone 3G and iPod touch
Genius Recommendations for Apps – Overview
Apple’s iPhone OS 3.1 Feature List
AT&T Wi-Fi Supports Auto-Authentication on New iPhone OS 3.0
Firmware 3.0 Preview: Copy & Paste
Firmware 3.0 – New Features
Apple iPhone School
Here are some statistics for appleiphoneschool.com from 2009:
Unique Visitors: 3,059,376
Top Ten Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, France, Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Italy & Brazil
We also introduced a new feature of the website, Quick Tips.