A BoingBoing reader noticed a bit of information within the iPhone SDK Agreement that may put the skids on TomTom's iPhone GPS software. "Applications may not be designed or marketed for real time route guidance; automatic or autonomous control of vehicles, aircraft, or other mechanical devices; dispatch or fleet management; or emergency or life-saving purposes." This means that either Apple is working on their own GPS navigation system, or they are working their best-buds, Google to enhance Google Maps on the iPhone. It also means no robot vehicles controlled via the iPhone. We all know what happens when robots get vehicles, and it isn't pretty. UPDATE: A Mac|Life commenter pointed us to an Engadget artcle where one of their commenters shared some interesting information, "Astute commenter Austin points out that these terms are copied almost word-for-word from the Google Maps API terms -- which means that TomTom and others are probably free to use their own maps to do real-time guidance." Where would the internet be without its many commenters?
Apple’s newest operating system was announced at the 2008 Worldwide Development Conference. Code-named Snow Leopard, the new version’s moniker implies Apple is focusing on refining the operating system more than making major changes.
Apple has released QuickTime 7.5. The latest update "improves compatibility and addresses security issues." The security update addresses maliciously crafted media files for both Windows and OS X machines. These media files could lead to unexpected application termination, arbitrary code execution, buffer overflow and all around bad stuff. Check out Apple's complete security rundown and crediting of the firms and individuals who discovered the flaws.
AT&T might as well just start posting these on the front doors of their stores. They seem to have a problem with the leaking of memos. Gizmodo got their hands on an internal AT&T memo that outlines the selling procedures of the iPhone 3G. As earlier reported, all new iPhone 3G's will be activated in-store. Also, the three iPhone limit means if you have four people in your family, it's time for a serious family meeting. Other exciting facts, AT&T will sell OG iPhone's until their stock is depleted. If you bought an OG iPhone after May 27, you have until August 1, 2008, to exchange it for a free new iPhone 3G -- minus a 10% restocking fee. The return policy has been extending from 14 days to 30 days. So it's kinda official, July 11 will require a ton of patience on our part.
Mac|Life's British sister site, MacFormat has good news for the iPhone loving British public. The iPhone 3G in the UK is a better deal than the United States version. In the UK, the iPhone 3G will sell for £99. Existing iPhone owners on O2's £45 or £75 per month tariffs can get a new iPhone for free. That's right FREE! Well, at least we still have cheaper gas. Check out MacFormat's entire list. UPDATE: A commenter pointed out that anyone can get a free iPhone from O2, not just current iPhone owners. To AT&T we have this to say, "WTF."
Gizmodo talked to AT&T President of National Distribution, Glen Lurie about the iPhone 3G. What he told them might make you think twice about camping out to get an iPhone 3G on launch day. Gone are the days of at-home iPhone activation. Instead, all iPhones will be activated at the Apple or AT&T stores at time of purchase. Each activation will take approximately 10-12 minutes. In case you missed it, 10-12 minutes for each iPhone sold. So, instead of the quick, take your money, hand you an iPhone, you leave happy. You'll now have to wait for a sales associate to activate your iPhone while you stand there jonesing for 3G action. The new procedure has allegedly been put into place to curb the unlocking of iPhones. What the procedure may unlock is the patience of early adopters. Gizmodo also learned that the iPhone $20 unlimited data plan will be thing of the past. All iPhones will now require the standard $30 AT&T 3G unlimited data plan.
Steve Jobs announced the release of the iPhone 3G today (known colloquially as the iPhone 2.0). The announcement was met with a great deal of wow and a smattering of harumph.As with most Apple products, the new iPhone will include features that you didn’t know you needed, such as the ability to wipe your data remotely, so that the theft of your iPod won’t necessarily mean the theft of your identity.However, some features were excluded--features that many Apple watchers were hoping to see. So what’s missing from the iPhone 3G?
A multitude of downloadable programs will launch for iPhone and iPod Touch devices in early July, with Apple’s release of the App Store. Software developers will be able to directly reach customers on either of those devices, with programs less than 10MB even being available for download over-the-air through a mobile phone company. Software bigger than 10MB will be available through iTunes on a Mac or PC, or directly through a WiFi connection. Apple will handle the file hosting and transactions for developers, sharing 70 percent of the revenue with those designers. Software developers will chose the price for their programs, including being able to give applications away for free.
After all the rumors and leaks, the iPhone 3G is here. Well maybe not here, but it's been announced. On July 11, we expect huge lines for the new iPhone, but will you be in that line? So even with 3G and GPS, is the iPhone 3G a must have device?
If you couldn't make it to the keynote, Apple has posted the entire video on their site. See actual demos of products! See Phil Schiller make fun of ActiveSync. See the unveiling of the 3G iPhone. Check it out!