Apple's announcements on Thursday don't spell doom for Windows Phone 7, but they sure do highlight the challenges of trying to play catch-up in the fast-moving smartphone market.
When Microsoft first started talking about Windows Phone 7 earlier this year, one of the challenges I highlighted was the fact that it was comparing its phone, which wouldn't be out until the holidays, to where Apple was at as of last year. I was sure that Apple wouldn't be standing still. Indeed, the iPhone is becoming an even fiercer competitor this summer, well before anyone will be … Read more
One big takeaway from Thursday's Apple announcements was that some features of iPhone OS 4.0, most notably multitasking, won't be available to iPhone 3G users, and most won't be available to users of the original iPhone at all.
This means that some iPhone owners who don't have an iPhone 3GS may be thinking about upgrading. But many don't have that option. Those who bought a 3G right before the 3GS came out, for example, have to wait until they're eligible for an upgrade or buy used.
I, myself, am in that latter camp, … Read more
Apple's distaste for Adobe Systems' Flash went a step further Thursday with new iPhone programming terms that could shut down an Adobe tactic to slip its technology onto the iPhone through the back door.
Flash is a widely used foundation for applications and video-streaming sites on the Web. Apple doesn't like it and blocks it on the iPhone and iPad, though it's ubiquitous on PCs and laptops.
Adobe sidesteps this ban with its upcoming Flash Pro CS5--due to be formally announced next week--which can package Flash applications so they run as standalone programs on the iPhone. Last … Read more
Gamers who use Apple's iPhone, iPod Touch, and now the iPad are likely to be looking forward to Apple's "Game Center" network, which was announced among the other updates as part of iPhone OS 4.0. But what about the companies that are running existing social networks for the platform?
It's not the end of the world, apparently.
Ngmoco, maker of popular game titles such as Rolando, We Rule, and Touch Pets, also created the Plus+ social network. It's built in to all of its own titles, as well as a select group of games from other developers. Ngmoco's chief publishing officer, Simon Jeffrey, told CNET that the company "has anticipated this move from Apple for some time," and that it should bring a "cleaner developer and consumer experience."
But what does that mean for the Plus+ implementation that has been built into more than 75 titles? "Plus+ took a strategic shift in direction a few months ago toward being a service, and less about being a set of social-gaming features," Jeffery said in a statement. "Plus+ is all about empowering monetization and discoverability mechanisms for the development community, and we have clearly demonstrated with games like We Rule that these mechanisms work."
Discoverability was, in fact, one of the biggest benefits of using services like Plus+, but it's also something Apple plans to offer within its Game Center. Plus+'s implementation was to show you what your friends were playing, as well as show off games that had just been launched. According to the very few details mentioned by Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone software, during Thursday's press event, both of these things will be a part of the Game Center framework.
So does that mean that Plus+ is going to be more focused on advertising and the metrics of what users are doing within apps? If so, that's another area where Apple has delved into with its iAds platform.… Read more
Apple CEO Steve Jobs answered many an iPhone user's prayer on Thursday, as he showed off some of the key new features that will be included in the next generation of Apple's iPhone OS--namely, multitasking. Here is a roundup of video clips from his presentation.
iPhone OS 4.0 revealed Apple announces multitasking, Game Center, iAds, and more. We recap all of Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 announcements from Apple headquarters.
Apple unveils iPhone OS 4.0 with multitasking At an Apple press event, Jobs announces multitasking support in the newest iPhone operating system. Users will finally … Read more
With Thursday's announcement/town hall demo of iPhone OS 4, a few more gripes about Apple's growing OS and software platform were erased. Multitasking, organized app folders, and more robust e-mail joined the fold, adding to the usability of any iPhone, iPod Touch, or eventually iPad, and closing the gap just a little bit more.
What gap? Why, the gap between our conceptions of what a smartphone or tablet is versus a traditional computer.
Last year, universal search and held-back tools like cut and paste may have been available on other smartphones, but the iPhone benefitted greatly from … Read more
Apple's iPhone 4 release is due out this summer, and it will bring many long-awaited features to the platform.
For the third year in a row, Apple used an early spring event to give developers a preview of the changes coming to the iPhone OS. In case you missed our live coverage of the event, here's a quick summary of what Apple CEO Steve Jobs and other executives unveiled Thursday in Cupertino.
Multitasking: iPhone developers and users will finally be able to switch back and forth between applications without having to shut down the app entirely to enter … Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component below. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and a few CNET editors. For those of you who just want the updates, we've included them in regular text here. To get the key points from today's announcement, you can check out our summary of what got announced, in our story here.
We're coming to you live Thursday from Apple's campus with news about the iPhone OS 4 as it happens.
Maybe the biggest news is this: Apple is bringing multitasking to the iPhone. CEO Steve Jobs and his crew showed 12 apps running at the same time. But not all models of the iPhone will get multitasking or other upgrades. Third-generation models of the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch will be out this summer.
In addition, Apple is touting services including background audio, background location, and voice over IP. And there's more: a new folders feature, flicking between pages of apps on the phone, and the new iAd mobile advertising platform.
The newly released iPad, meanwhile, will get OS 4 in the fall.
Transcript of live blog starts here:… Read more