Starting at 10AM PDT, Mozilla wants the entire universe to download the official release of Firefox 3. Dubbed "Download Day," Mozilla is hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in one day. If you feel like joining the hip crowd and smashing a made up world record click here and download away. If you have better things to do, like work, you can sit on the sidelines and make snarky remarks about how [insert random browser here] is cooler.
According to O2, consumer interest in the iPhone 3G in the UK has eclipsed interest in the current by an unprecedented rate. Well, maybe not unprecedented when you realize that the iPhone 3G can be had for free in the UK on the O2 mobile network. More than 130,000 people have pre-registered their interest in the new iPhone. Compared to the 35,000 people who pre-registered for the original iPhone and it seems the iPhone 3G could be a huge hit in the UK. The iPhone 3G will hit the British Isle on July 11.
French language site, MacGeneration spoke with Yann Lafargue of TomTom about the their navigation software on the iPhone. The company does have its software running on an iPhone. Lafargue states that the discovery of a restrictive clause within the iPhone SDK agreement that restricts real-time route guidance isn't an obstacle, and is Apple's way of protecting itself. Still, TomTom is proceeding with caution with it's plans to bring its software to the App Store. "In general, Apple has so far worked with more Americans than Europeans, prompting a caution. There is a whole set of things to confirm before talking about marketing." Editor's note: Quote translated using Google Translate. Via iLounge
Not so fast -- the Snow Leopard that developers got is just a preview. But yes, it's a preview for Intel Macs only. So you may have heard some rumors that the next version of OS X, code-named Snow Leopard, will work on Intel Macs only. Screenshots (and more) from the developer preview being handed out at WWDC attendees show that the current (emphasis on current) version of Snow Leopard requires "an Intel processor." Processor support for the final version, expected to ship in a year or so, is still unconfirmed.
Fame, fortune, and supersweet prize packages given to developers of the best OS X and iPhone apps. The 2008 Apple Design Awards ceremony was yesterday, always an exciting part of WWDC. Awards were given to OS X apps as well as native iPhone apps that won't be available to schlubs like you and me until the App Store goes live in July. Besides the prestige and in-your-facery of such a major award, the prize packages are pretty great too -- we're totally jealous. The OS X and iPhone winners get two 15-inch MacBook Pros, two 30-inch Cinema Displays, a 16GB iPod touch, an 8GB iPhone, a Premier Membership in the Apple Developer Connection, plus reimbursement for one person's WWDC expenses, including conference ticket, airfar, and hotel. Oh yeah, and one 2009 Apple Developer Connection Macworld Expo Exclusive Marketing Package, which we believe is a long way of saying they'll get to show off their winning app on the show floor at next January's Macworld. Check out the winners after the jump.
Analyst surveys developers post-keynote. Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Musnter chatted with 20 Apple developers after Monday's keynote address. Gene learned that of the 20 developers he spoke to, 50% attended to develop exclusivley for the iPhone/iPod touch, 50% we're developing "Enterprise apps." While 70% had written applications for other mobile platforms. With regard to app pricing, 71% of the apps would be free, with the average paid app price to be $2.29. These numbers are nice, but can 20 developers out of 5,200 be any real indication of the developer community's plans for the iPhone/iPod touch? Via AppleInsider
Rumor site, 9to5Mac is reporting that sources within O2 have leaked information about the upcoming O2 launch of the iPhone 3G in Britain. Some of the rumored features coming to the UK: -Wi-Fi coverage across London and other UK metropolitan areas. O2 customers will also be able to use their data account information to log in with their laptops and desktops. - Bluetooth tethering for laptops. Using your iPhone as a 3G modem. If these rumors prove to be true, add in news that O2 is offering free iPhone's with some of their plans, and it seems the mobile provider may be creating an iPhone nirvana.