While looking at a new app this morning, I noticed the App Store in iTunes on my Mac had been redesigned. The screenshots seem bigger, a sidebar to the left with stats about the app, the descriptions starts small and can be expanded by clicking “more”. I like it so far. This may be part of the redesign before they release iTunes to be viewable on the web (recent rumors).
At the time of writing this article, Apple has still not posted special pricing in the US store but they have in the UK. Here’s a few screenshots of the sales. Apple may wait until the entire US is in Friday before changing their site. In the UK, discounts are small but include iMacs, Macbook Pros, iPod Nanos, the iPod touch, Apple TVs and a whole bunch of accessories.
So are you going out in the crowd? Buying any Apple stuff?
AT&T is not the only company to release new commercials recently, Apple has also launched two new iPhone commercials. The new commercials “Did You See My Email?” and “What Time’s The Movie?” both seem take a subtle stab at Verizon. Unlike AT&T they do not specifically mention Verizon but, the two ads highlight the iPhone’s ability to talk on the phone while simultaneously using other capabilities of the iPhone including; viewing email, browsing the web, sending MMS and using App Store apps. Each commercial ends with the the tag line “Can your phone and your network do that?” Check out both ads below.
It seems the Apple has quietly entered into this little drama. I’d say it’s becoming quite the thing. Personally, I like the subtle approach… these commercials made me smile!
This is an interesting little story. You may have already seen this but, if not, it is an interesting read. It seems that The Little App Factory, a Mac shareware company, received a letter from Baker & McKenzie, the lawfirm that represents Apple.
In the letter the company is told that they must change the name of one of there most popular applications iPodRip and also remove the iPod image from another of their application’s logo.
iRip (formally iPodRip) is an application that allows the user to copy and transfer your songs from iPod™ & iPhone™ to your computer. iRip has been available since 2003 and has had over 5 million downloads.
The Co-owner of The Little App Factory decided to send Mr. Jobs an email addressing the request. Below is that email as well as the response.
Another of Apple’s newest commercials again advertises 100,000+ apps in the app store. One of the apps shown is Shazam which recently released a new version of their app, Shazam Encore, that detects what song is playing and now costs $4.99. The apps in this commercial include: Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals ($7.99), Credit Card Terminal ($0.99), Facebook (Free), The Sims 3 ($6.99), Redfin Real Estate (Free), Shazam (Free).
New commercials from Apple are now advertising 100,000+ apps in the App Store and though some may be low quality, Apple shows off some of the better apps in this commercial. The apps in this commercial include: Target (Free), ColorChange ($2.99), The Snow Report (Free), Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition ($4.99), HotelPal (Free), Zipcar (Free).
There’s not much info for this rumor, but someone started it, so here it is: Apple will sell an 8GB version of the iPhone 3GS for $99. Currently you can only get the 3GS is sizes as low as 16GB. Having 8GB of space on the iPhone 3GS is pushing it. You have your music, videos & apps. Then you add pictures using the bigger 3MP camera & videos of 640×480 at 30fps you’re going to eat up space quick. Either way, a cheaper iPhone with all the power will be a better choice versus the competition.
Apple has announced to developers that they are changing the in-app purchase feature of App Store applications. In the past, only paid applications could use the in-app purchase feature however, Apple is now allowing the feature to be implemented into free apps as well as paid apps.
I’m not sure what I think about this yet but, I do think it could help clean up the App Store a bit. Instead of developers creating a free lite version of their app, they could just make the application free with an in-app purchase to buy the full game thus eliminating the need for free lite versions of applications.
Below is Apple’s memo. [Read more...]
According to info from some Dev Team members, new iPhone 3GS models are coming with an updated bootrom version 359.3.2. The current exploit, 24kpwn, is not working on iPhone 3GS models with this bootrom. We’ll know more and more as people buy iPhones but beware if you are buying a new one. Although there is no working jailbreak for this bootrom, hackers have always made it past any roadblocks from Apple and will likely make it past this one eventually. Here are a few quotes from the Dev Team on Twitter:
Apple has recently updated their “Apps for iPhone” page adding an “Apps for Everything” section. The Apps for Everything sections features apps based on specific categories. The current categories include; Apps for Cooking, Apps for Keeping Current, Apps for the Great Outdoors, Apps for Music, Apps for Work, Apps for Students, Apps for Moms and Dads, Apps for Working Out, Apps for Going Out, Apps for Managing Money, Apps for Traveling and Apps for Fun and Games. Each category features between 8-10 applications. A very nice redesign and a great way to find quality applications in specific categories.
I’m sure many of you have heard the news that, after a few meeting with Apple’s top guys, China is expected to get the iPhone. According to Engadget, China Unicom will be announcing today that they will be launching the iPhone on October 1st. Below are the package details. Looks like Apple’s 50 Million device count is about to go way up! [Read more...]
I’m sure many of you have already seen the interview that the New York Times did with Steve Jobs however, for those of you who may have missed it… they did ask some relevant questions. The two questions that I was glad to see were; Why is didn’t they add a camera to the iPod touch and Why does the iPod nano take video but not still pictures. Below are his answers. [Read more...]
Ok, so I couldn’t find a list (at least the correct one :) ) of the games that were demoed in the iPod touch ad Next Level of Fun, so I decided to figure it out myself. I think I got them all right. Below is the list in order that they appear (links to App Store).
• Top Gun
• Real Racing
• Monster Trucks Nitro
• 3D Rollercoaster Rush
• Touch Hockey: FS5
• Homerun Battle 3D
• Tiger Woods PGA Tour by EA Sports
• Finger Foos
• Slope Rider
• A tiny second of a game… I can’t tell what it was!
• 2XL Supercross [Read more...]