iPhone Software 2.1 has revealed exciting bits o' information like, turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps, the coveted, copy and paste, and now a new bit information. The possibility of a new iPod touch.
Careful checking of the new software's file structure reveals a string with "iPod2,1" in it. The current iPod touch is "1,1."
Will the newest iPod touch have a camera? Maybe it'll have GPS? Or maybe, just maybe, it'll bring 1000 years of peace to the Earth.
The Mac|Life staff chat about Defective by Design's protest plans and wonder what's the appropriate course of action by the group. App Store apps have allegedly been hacked and another clone maker teases Apple lawyers with their new OS X compatible machines.
The group is recruiting readers to book slots at their local Apple Store's Genius Bar to question the employees about Apple's policies concerning the iPhone development, DRM and Apple's use of proprietary standards.
We love open-source and DRM-free software and music as much as the next guy. It just seems that asking the Genius Bar employee about larger company policies is like asking the guy who pumps your gas why the price the oil is so high.
If the idea of paying for apps for your iPhone/iPod touch just gets your goat, not only are you cheap, but you'll be happy to learn that the Fairplay DRM has been allegedly hacked. The hack strips the DRM from App Store purchases and allow apps to be played on unauthorized iPhones.
As with most hacks, you'll need a jailbroken iPhone, XCode, and some command line experience.
The Mac|Life Posse wants to remind everyone that developers are people too. They put their pants on just like the rest of us - one leg at a time. Except once their pants are on, they make sweet apps.
Last week, we reported that another Mac clone, manufactured by Open Tech, had surfaced. Today, ComputerWorld is reporting that the company won’t be pre-installing Mac OS X and that the liability should fall on the consumer rather than the manufacturer.
Open Tech argues that Apple’s end-user license agreement (EULA) states that buyers can purchase a legitimate copy of Mac OS X and install it on non-Apple hardware. Therefore, Apple’s still making profit off of the operating system rather than the hardware. Apple’s EULA clearly states otherwise.
The company also announced the price of its machines. Open Tech Home and Open Tech XT will sell for $620 and $1,200 respectively. The machines are pretty legit (perhaps too legit?...to quit?) and include some pretty beefy specs. But, Open Tech’s “free-for-all” computer philosophy will undoubtedly infuriate Apple.
We should also note that Open Tech completely revamped their homepage and it sucks. It’s good to be open! is their new slogan. Where is an eye rolling emoticon when you need one?
If you’ve visited iTunes recently, you may have noticed something different about the “Top TV Episodes” section. Currently, the three best-selling shows aren't episodes at all, but an independently produced series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, written and directed by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly).
Thanks to iTunes, this may be the beginning of a paradigm shift, where television shows will be freed from network control and put into the hands of their creators.
The trains might run on time, but for those Germans who pre-ordered iPhone 3G’s, scheduled arrivals are way off. Gizmodo translated a post on German website iphone-ticker.de which noted that after weeks of waiting for their precious new toys, these customers received a paper “build-it-yourself” iPhone template with the phrase (roughly translated) “As a small pastime/tinkering project” at the top.
Funny, ja? Nein!
No further details were given as far as when those customers would be receiving more sturdy iPhones that wouldn’t require bits of tape.
For anyone who has suffered through the fits and starts of on-again-off-again functionality of Mobile Me—which actually has .Mac subscribers missing that now-defunct service.—this list is for you. Maybe a laugh or two now will help you not be so annoyed by the fact that MobileMe is still not working seamlessly, two weeks after it launched.
Check our list of 6 things that work better than MobileMe after the jump.
Apple is already in the works with firmware 2.1, adding fully functional directional GPS and push notification.
To the doubtful that thought the iPhone 3G’s GPS capabilities were subpar and would never prevail among its competitors, doubt no more. The lucky few with access to beta 2.1 reveal that Core Location can now recognize the basic direction of an iPhone, as well as its velocity. The GPS will have the necessary components to properly emulate turn-by-turn directions.
AppleInsider has also confirmed that Apple is working to implement background push notification so that third-party programs receive data without interrupting another process. This will save processing power and make sure that the app receiving the notification won’t interrupt apps that depend on constant access to the Internet.
More information on 2.1 should flood the web real soon.