As we all know, the rumors that the iPhone will be available with Verizon are getting stronger. Regardless of how we feel about the carriers, we'd love to see a day when our iPhone network isn't bogged down with everyone and their dog using it (those of you in big cities know how that goes). We can only imagine a few more carrier options would help with that, and it looks like that's what people want--specifically, Verizon.
Sure, the iPhone 4 may be barely two months old by now, but that isn’t stopping some folks from looking ahead to what the next model may bring. With Apple’s recent hiring of a “near field communications” (NFC) expert, the future may be using your handset to pay for most everything.
We're pretty certain this week you rushed to iTunes to download the security-patch-update-only for iOS 4, you know, the one that renders jailbreak.me unworkable. Sure you did. Since Mobile Safari handles PDF files so wonderfully in the first place (cough cough, GoodReader), you open them up all the time and needed to be safe against bad script action. Right? Right? Are those crickets or did someone switch our ringtone again?
Cue up the Rocky montage music and get ready for your Apple devices to strut their stuff. It's hard enough being in a competitive market with PC evangelists and Android users, so why not download a couple of apps that could really showcase your Mac and iOS device's true capabilities? Your technology has fast processors, video games and multitasking, too (the iPad is getting there…hold your horses!). Here are a couple of apps that can really show what your Mac, iPhone and iPad are made of.
You know the iPhone is very powerful, but did you know that it can handle some of id's really graphics intensive games, too? John Carmack, the man who brought Doom to our hearts and to our computers, demonstrated Rage on the iPhone during his keynote speech at QuakeCon 2010. The game was running at a very normal 60 frames-per-second, better than the abilities of the Xbox or Playstation 2.
Carmack's demonstration only shows what the iPhone hardware is truly capable of, especially now that the processors are getting beefier with each iteration. The game was shown demonstrated on an iPhone 4, but it could probably, very easily, run on an iPhone 3GS.
We mentioned Grooveshark's web-based music streaming service in last week's Free App Friday, but today it's available in the official App Store as a streaming music app--one to add alongside the likes of Pandora and Last.FM.
The app was once denied by the App Store judges, so the company made it available in the Cydia app store to jailbroken iOS devices. Fortunately, the tables have turned and the Grooveshark app is now available as a free download.
The iPhone 4 includes a front facing camera that can be used to photobomb yourself in a stream of action shots. Every photo opportunity is a chance to have fun and fortunately, Apple has facilitated. However, FaceTime is more than just way to take perfectly angled Facebook photos, it's also a way to utilize the iPhone 4's video conference capabilities. This week's tips will focus on FaceTime set up, troubleshooting, and testing.
Still trying to grab an iPhone 4, seven weeks after it was first launched? You may not be alone, if recent stock inquiries into Apple retail locations are any indication -- the popular handset is still sold out at nearly half of their stores. So much for “Antennagate”…
From today’s “should have seen this one coming” department, Apple has pulled the popular TapTapTap Camera+ app from the App Store after the company let it slip that a rejected feature could easily be enabled through a trick in Mobile Safari. Needless to say, Apple was not amused.