Monthly Archives: June 2010

Developers: You can now submit your iOS 4 App

Apple is accepting iOS4 App from June 10 onwards, 11 days before the release of iOS 4 that Steve Jobs announced during WWDC 2010. Apple have also change the name of iPhone OS 4 to iOS 4 as we have seen more and more devices from Apple using this OS, they are iPad and iPod Touch, and who knows there might be more?

iOS4 has alot of new features, and alot of new APIs, thus it is a great move that Apple start taking in new Apps or updates to Apps that uses all the new APIs like Multi-tasking, iAds or folders. We hope that more App developers will be making use of the new APIs, as they really seems to be very powerful, like those we see from Skype and Panadora. [9to5mac]


iPhone 4 Bumper Photos

iPhone 4 Bumper Case is really not a Case to be exact, it is a…. bumper? It is nothing we have seen before to be honest, it looks like a rubber tubbing wrapping around the stainless steel on iPhone 4.  It does not cover the front nor the back, but to be honest you don’t need to protect the screen. The glass for both front and back are very scratch resistant and quite durable, but they can’t hold a 3.5 feet drop though.

We are not exactly sure if the bumper can protect your iPhone 4 from a 3 feet drop, and not shattered your iPhone 4. But it seems that it can handle a slight drop, and it is quite a eye-candy! [MacRumors]


iPad, iPhone, updating of Twitter & Facebook during Wedding?

First ever iPad Wedding? We have seen couple wedded in Apple Store, Tallest Married Couple in Apple Store, now we have the first ever iPad Wedding.

I think both the bridegroom and his celebrant are Apple fan boys and techies, as they not only used iPad and iPhone they even make updating Facebook and Twitter as a must-do in his wedding. Haha, something we have not really seen before.

It is just something you will never see, fan boys of any other brand of product making it part of their wedding, no windows or android wedding right? It is just so cool that they do it.

Check out his video:


iPhone 4 Screen Strong, but still Shattered upon drop

Apple claimed that iPhone 4’s aluminosilcate glass for front and back are “chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic, more scratch resistant and durable than ever”. Yes, it might be harder and more durable, but glass is still glass afterall? We have all seen video on how scratch resistant iPhone 3GS screen is, so we ain’t worry if we put keys and coins together with our iPhones when we go out, but what normally kill the screen is a drop.

iFixYouri tried proving to us that no matter how strong a glass screen is, its natural behavior still remain the same, shatter! They drop iPhone 4 from a 3 and a half feet above ground level, which is around the height where most people will drop that phones. iPhone 4’s Screen gave way on the 3rd attempt, and the result is what you have seen above, shattered.

What worry us is that now iPhone 4 is both glass front and back, the possibility of shattering any of the glass screen is doubled, so iPhone 4 users, please take care of your iPhone and try not to drop them? Do note that the test is conduct with iPhone 4, before they have been launch, thus we ain’t sure how iFixYouri got hold of one of them, and we are not sure if the screen they test with is going to be the “REAL” iPhone 4 screen. But I’m sure someone will try doing the test once iPhone 4 is launch in US by June 24! [iFixYouri]


Pulse praised by Steve, pull off from App Store, and is now back!

Pulse underwent lots of hardship, sweat and now sweetness. Pulse, as we have reviewed, is a News aggregator, RSS Reader type App for iPad, not only it is a RSS Reader but a beautiful one.

During WWDC 2010, Steve Jobs praised Pulse App in front of millions of viewers, and the next day it is being pull of from the App Store due to New York Times complains about their use of content. This is just 24 hours after Steve Jobs praise that App! But worry no more because Pulse is back in Apple’s App Store. So what happened? No one actually knows, but I’m sure Steve Jobs did talk to New York Times on the issue, calm them down and let Pulse back into his Store.

You can download Pulse once again in App Store for $3.99


Apple Design Awards for iPhone & iPad

Apple have announced their winners of their annual Apple Design Awards during WWDC! What is different this year is that there are no Mac Application, and iPad App took the stage.

Let’s Check out the winner of 2010 Apple Design Awards:

iPad

Financial Times offering a really great newspaper reading experience on iPad, the Financial Times presents an elegant user interface with animation, shadows, transparency, off-white paper color, nice typography, and intuitive navigation. Integrated photos and video nicely augment printed content. The app’s extensive features and interactions are powered by CoreText, MySQL, CoreData, Cocoa Touch, NSURL, UIwebview, and AV frameworks. The Financial Times also has an application available for iPhone.

Flight Control HD is the landmark game that defined a new genre of games on iPhone. Now available for iPad, Flight Control HD offers more layouts, including a 3D layout, head-to-head and multi-device play options, enhanced Multi-Touch control, and improved game mechanics enabled by the large iPad screen. This game is a great example of innovative gameplay, outstanding use of Multi-Touch, and superb attention to detail. Flight Control is also available on iPhone and is equally addictive.

Pinball HD is a real Pinball simulator with high fidelity art and stunning 3D graphics delivered through advanced use of OpenGL ES 2.0. This high-quality pinball game offers unique sound effects, a soundtrack with atmospheric music, and voices played using Core Audio. Its high performance, multiple camera views and support for real-time orientation changes brings you inside the action. Portrait mode gives you a flying-table view with the camera panning and zooming over the action while Landscape mode shows a full table view. Pinball HD delivers a level of realism you won’t believe.

Star Walk is a personal planetarium for anyone who is interested in stargazing. It makes discovering more than 9,000 stars, planets, constellations, and messiers beautiful and easy using OpenGL ES 2.0 to create stunning 3D graphics delivered at 30 fps. Star Walk uses the accelerometer, compass, and Core Location frameworks to accurately determine orientation, bearing, and location to enable viewing of the night sky as it appears from your location. Star Walk also reaches an international audience with versions in English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Russian.

TabToolkit is an incredibly powerful music notation viewer with multi-track audio playback. The app includes an audio synthesis engine that enables you to listen to and control the audio for all instrument tracks individually. TabToolkit makes learning how to play your favorite songs on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and other instruments easier and more fun. It offers a beautiful design with high-fidelity artwork optimized for iPad.

iPhone

20 Minute Meals is a self-contained digital mini-cookbook that sets the bar with an attractive interface that demonstrates tremendous attention to detail and high production value. 20 Minute Meals integrates high-quality photos and audio and uses HTTP Streaming to deliver high-resolution video throughout the app to explain kitchen and food preparation techniques. This app shows off the power and mobility of iPhone with integrated shopping lists, unit conversions,audio coaching within recipes, adjusting portion sizes based on the amount of people, and a shake-to-get-a-random-recipe feature.

Articles features a one-of-a-kind presentation of Wikipedia articles, perfectly optimized for iPhone and iPod touch. It is a beautifully designed example of an app that does one thing really well, and shows off the value of a quiet browsing experience. Articles uses Foundation, UIKit, NSURLConnection, libxml2, UIWebView, HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, Core Data, and Map Kit and reaches an international audience with versions in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Articles is also available on iPad.

Brushes is a powerful freehand painting tool for creating original artwork that completely re-defined a genre of apps most people would not have expected on iPhone. It features a painting gallery, balanced painting tools, an advanced color picker, realistic brushes, layers, extreme zooming, an eye dropper tool, and a simple, yet very functional user interface. The painting engine is implemented entirely in Core Graphics and makes heavy use of Core Animation. Brushes reaches an international audience with versions in English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Doodle Jump is arguably the most addictive game available for iPhone today and is currently rated with 4.5 stars and over 55,000 reviews. Doodle Jump integrates very well with the accelerometer, has innovative progressive leader boards built right into the game screen, has incredible hand-drawn artwork, layered graphics, and visual effects, and offers Facebook, email, and Twitter integration. It also uses innovative cross-promotion with other apps, including sharing themes. Doodle Jump has a large and active fan base largely due to the addictive game play and frequent updates that include new themes and capabilities.

Get into the drivers seat with Real Racing and tear through forests, seaside circuits, and burning deserts. With beautiful track environments, carefully detailed cars and console quality 3D sound effects, Real Racing delivers an exhilarating racing experience. Real Racing, also available on iPad, sets the standard for quality and console-like performance and capabilities on iPhone. [Apple]


iMovie for iPhone 4

Most Mac Users will be very familiar with the Mac Application, iMovie, it is simple to use movie creator program which comes together with iLife(Which is came free with any Mac purchase). iMovie can be one of the best Home Movie Creator Program you can find in the Market, with simple effects, trim, speed up and many other functions that can easily apply to your home video.

Now you can film, edit, process your HD Home Video just from your iPhone 4! It is announced together with Apple iPhone 4 during WWDC on Monday that iMovie is coming to iPhone 4! Although it come with a cost of $4.99, but I think it will be totally worth it as the native trim and cut function are abit too limited if you wish to edit your home video.

Editing is done in a timeline view and new clips and photos can be added anywhere in the timeline. Not only that, music from the iPod library can be added, geolocation information can be used as they are recorded by the camera. Movies can be exported at 360p, 540p, or 720p.

iMovie haven’t been released by Apple, but it will be coming soon, should be release together with Apple iPhone 4, although we are not sure if they will support previous version of iPhone like iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G.


iOS4 Gold Master Release Jailbroken within 24 hours

Just within 24 hours after Gold Master iOS4 was release it is now jailbroken. GoldMaster Release is the version of OS/ Program that is very close to the official release version. It is normally released for App Developer or programmers to test their software before the official launch of a OS/Software.

The Good news is that iOS4 can be say as jailbreakable, thus we shouldn’t have worry like iPhone OS 3.1.3 where we have to wait for almost 3-4months for Spirit to save our life!

Check out the video and thanks to msft.guy who created the jailbreak bundle:


iWork Suit is coming to iPhone?

Apple rarely make mistake, but it seems like they are either careless this time or they just want to leak it out to everyone. In one of the recent Apple iPhone Mail Photo, this above photo was found having the option to export to keynote, which is one of the 3 Apps in the recent iPad iWork Suite.

If this iWorks is coming, I’m sure it will be selling like hot-cakes as iPhone is the only device we always carry around, quick edit of documents or keynote before we send off as attachment is sweet. [Engadget]


Putting a quick Notepad on your Mac’s Menubar

Many a times you wish you can quickly write down short notes to remind yourselves on something, or just to take down a phone number of your friend. But if you just open up a textedit document, you will normally forgot about it, or you just have too many textedit documents opened up! Evernote is one of the favorite program in mac, but most of the time you are taking notes that you will never need it again, thus what lifehacker shown us in the youtube video below is kind of helpful on events like this.

Check it out!