At an annual shareholder's meeting today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made two noteworthy comments regarding the iPhone. To be succinct:Jobs said "You'll see a lot of apps out there this summer," referring to native applications born out of the iPhone software developers' kit (SDK) due to be discussed at a special event this Thursday. We don't know if these means Jobs thinks it will take a few months for developers to start cranking out applications with an SDK that's released soon, or if it indicates that the SDK won't be in developers' … Read more
ZiPhone 2.5, a new release of the tool that can jailbreak and unlock iPhones through a graphical interface under both Mac OS X and Windows, has been released in an iPhone 1.1.4-compatible edition. This means that any iPhones with any firmware version -- including those that shipped with 1.1.4 out-of-the-box (OTB) can be jailbroken and unlocked. Users who have older firmware versions and wish to use the utility should perform a "restore and update" process in iTunes to bring their iPhones to version 1.1.4, then use one of the ZiPhone routines, … Read more
The Irish Times reports that the iPhone will be released next month in Ireland under O2 -- the same carrier for the iPhone in the UK. The iPhone will be available in 8GB an 16GB models, costing ?399 and ?499 (inclusive of VAT) respectively on March 14th. Tariffs (monthly subscription fees) will range from a ?45 to ?100.
O2 stores and Carphone Warehouse locations will carry the phone, and an 18-month contract will be required.
During the Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium today, Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook dropped some interesting hints about Apple's iPhone "software road map" event March 6, where the company is expected to discuss it's official SDK for the platform.
Saying that the iPhone is "a platform not a product," Cook said that he thinks the SDK will "broaden the platform more, to the point where the only limit will be people's imagination."
He also said:
"We started by getting developers to focus on Web 2.0 apps. There's … Read more
Apple distributed invitations this morning for "an iPhone software road map" event to take place on March 6th.
Apple's official software development kit (SDK) and associated components for the iPhone are complete and ready to ship, sources familiar with the matter have told iPhone Atlas. However, a series of legal hurdles -- potentially including patent approval delays -- have thus far stalled a release to developers.
At the time of the SDK's announcement in October, 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the company was working on "an advanced system which will offer developers broad … Read more
A number of users are reporting that iPhone software/firmware 1.1.4 does indeed provide a healthy boost in cell signal strength, which was severely degraded for some users under the 1.1.3 software/firmware revision (prompting a series of boosting methods including one that involves scotch tape). This enhancement stands in addition to a series of other undocumented fixes in 1.1.4.
Some positive reports from iPhone Atlas readers:"I am getting 2-3 bars and solid edge in the Chicago Union Station north bound Tunnels. Normally would be no bars and EDGE would be sketchy. … Read more
Surprisingly, iPhone software/firmware update 1.1.4 can still be jailbroken -- for the use of unofficial third-party applications -- via some currently available methods, including ZiPhone (for full instructions, see this page). Previous software/firmware updates from Apple have broken jailbreak methods. (the tool "iJailbreak" does not work with 1.1.4)
After jailbreaking, the iPhone should be restarted once in order to restore normal phone functionality for devices used on authorized networks.
UPDATE: iPhones running software 1.1.4 used on unauthorized networks cannot be artificially activated with current tools. The developers of the jailbreak … Read more
Apple has released iPhone firmware/software 1.1.4, which is now available via iTunes or as a 165 MB standalone download.
If you use the standalone download, after downloading the update, you can hold the option key on a Mac or Shift key on a Windows system, then click the "Update" button in iTunes (under the iPhone tab) and select the file to apply it.
To apply the update using iTunes, simply connect your iPhone then click the "Update" or "Restore" … Read more
The iPhone can playback H.264 video at throughput rates up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats. This means that videos in other formats -- including AVI -- must be converted in order to be properly synced to the device via iTunes and played.
Apple has released iTunes 7.6.1, a minor update to the music playback, purchase and synchronization tool that "includes several bug fixes and improves compatibility with Apple TV software version 2.0."
The new release is available through Software Update, or as a standalone download.We haven't noticed any iPhone or iPod touch-related enhancements in this release, but if you've found some, please let us know.