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More IPhone 3G internals photos





Portelligent and Semiconductor Insights published a document describing interals of IPhone 3G. Techonline described the details. (Previous IPhone 3G internals photos can be viewed here)

Commuunications (3G/GSM) are on Infineon chips. One for GSM/GPRS/EDGE, another for WCDMA/HSDPA (3G). GPS module is not SiRF as we all thought. Apple uses PMB 2525 Hammerhead II. The Hammerhead II integrates an assisted-GPS (A-GPS) baseband processor with a low-noise GPS RF front end and multi-path mitigation to avoid large errors in urban environments.


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Free vs paid IPhone applications by category



Pinchmedia recently announced new report regarding IPhone applications (take a look at the previous one here). They counted free and paid applications in each category. Guess what the results are:

News and social networking are disproportionately free, since it's difficult to charge for content that's freely available elsewhere and social networks grow in value with the number of participants. Entertainment and games are disproportionately paid, reflecting a belief that people will pay money to have fun. Since the AppStore's applications are disproportionately entertainment and games (helped along by a lot of $0.99 e-books), the AppStore's applications are predominantly paid. The most common price for an application in the 'games' category is still $9.99, although the second-most common price is $1.99.

   

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Unlocked firmware 2.0 demo



ВумЕуфь published another interesting video - IPhone with firmware version 2.0 unlocked and fully working. Itunes and Cydia Installer is just fine with 2.0.

   

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PwnageTool 2.0 preview video



DevTeam recently published a video of working PwnageTool 2.0 - for unlocking, activating and jailbreaking IPhne fimware, that will work with the new firmware 2.0.

"Many many hours have gone into this and now it should be as easy enough for your grandmother to use. We’ve added lots of new features, including 2.0 support, spotlight file indexing of .ipsws, canned websearches, installer custom configuration, custom root partitions and various other things that you’ll see on the release. Release date is soon although not this weekend. So check out the video, hopefully it will hold you off until we release."

PwnageTool works with 2.0 upgraded 1st gen (!) iPhones if they are activated or not.

   

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iPhone Configuration Utility



iPhone Configuration Utility lets you create configuration profiles for your devices. There are two versions of iPhone Configuration Utility—one is a Mac OS X application and the otheris a web-based version for Mac OS X or Windows. Application-based looks a bit different, has more functionality, but web-based could be used on windows platform.

After installation of Web utility open a web browser and go to: http://localhost:3000. Log in with the user name admin and the password admin. You're all set. Create profiles and distribute them by email or web.

There are several tabs here:


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Saturday, July 12th, 2008. 22:58

Unlocked IPhone 3G. How much?



There were many discussions about unlocked IPhone 3G. The first step is to buy the device without AT&T (or some other operator) subscribtion. There are rumors that without a contract IPhone will cost $600-$800 in the US. George Hotz in his blog says that the best way is to buy contract and cancel it. It will cost $200+$35+175=$410. Which is not bad at all.

As for the unlock software, I believe it will be avaliable quite soon.

   

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IPhone 3G internals



Ifixit recently published an article, describing how they had disassembeled the new IPhone 3G. Quite impressive. Especially taking into account that they bought it in New Zealand (it was 12:00 July 11 there when it was 5:00am July 10 in the US). Here are the internals:

From top left to bottom right: Display glass, LCD, Main board and EMI shield, Antenna and battery, Back panel.

George Hotz published an annotated version of IPhone's motherborad:

More IPhone's internals pictures:


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Friday, July 11th, 2008. 14:09

IPhone application price



The Apple's online store with applications for IPhone is opened. Here are some statistics provided by pinchmedia. They counted 559 applications - 421 of them paid, 138 of them free (7:00 PM EDT). Paid applications ranged in price from $0.99 to $69.99, with the most common price points being $0.99 (85 applications), $9.99 (82 applications), and $4.99 (62 applications). A bar graph of iPhone application price distribution can be viewed in the beginnings of this post. Of course every day there are going to be more and more IPhone applications avaliable in iTunes store.

   

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IPhone applications are in iTunes Store



Here are the news from Apple: "When the iPhone 3G goes on sale tomorrow, more than 500 native applications will be available on the revolutionary new App Store — including more than 125 free applications."

But the applications are already there!! Because in some parts of the world it is already July 11. And what is great, there are many free applications. For example, Remote, AIM, Google Mobile, NYTimes, Myspace Mobile.

Users can download applications directly from new IPhones or through iTunes.

   

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Google Talk for IPhone



The special version for IPhone was launched recently. This is a very nice online web client for poplular instant messanger Google Talk. The link is www.google.com/talk.

Features:
Chat with your Google Talk contacts in real time. Send and receive instant messages in chat sessions with your contacts. Move easily between multiple open chats.

View and search for your Google Talk contacts. See the availability and status message of your contacts and change your own status on the go.

Go off the record if you don't want to store your chats. Off the record chats are not stored on Gmail.

   

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Friday, July 4th, 2008. 16:25

New version of JocStrap and UICaboodle is avaliable



These two libraries that are needed for Java on IPhone were updated recently. Downloads are avaliable through Cydia Installer.

Jocstrap is a bridge between Java and Objective-C. UICaboodle is a JocStrap extenstion for the IPhone. Both are needed to write Java applications for IPhone.

   

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ICQ, MSN, AOL, Yahoo, Jabber and GoogleTalk on IPhone



There was an application called Apollo IM. It worked, but didn't work good - it hanged, dropeed connections, exited for no reason. Later there was MobileChat, which version 2.23-2 was much better than Apollo. It did work. It leasе I used it with ICQ many times. However it didn't have history and there were some problems with offline cyrillic messages.

Now there is AgileMessenger. It is quite popular, because it supports many phones (not just smartphones). Now it is avaliable for IPhone. The interface is good. Users can chat, send pictures, there is history. And history is saved even when you restart an application. There is even a traffic meter.


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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008. 19:01

Not only Java for now



Hello, everybody!

There were many visitors to Java4IPhone site recently. This is great! I like the idea, that this site is useful. Most visitors are from the US and Russia (since there are 2 languages supported). But I see quite a lot of interest from all over the world: Europe, China, India, even Kuwait and Maldives :)

So I decided to extend the site news to everything that is IPhone related. For those who is interested only in Java on the IPhone there is a category Java+IPhone with subcategory Java Applications.

Stay tuned and have fun.

   

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008. 17:44

JavaSysInfo - another sample GUI Java application



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This is another simple Java GUI application for the IPhone/IPod from Java Flavor Weblog. It simply shows Java system information on iPhone/iPod touch. It uses Java, JocStrap and GNU Classpath.

This application can be installed through Installer. Just add the repository http://javaflavor.cocolog-nifty.com/apptapp/. The application can be found in Java section and is called JavaSysInfo. Or just download it here: javasysinfo-092.zip. The package includes compiled class files, source java files and runnable script with an icon. Here are the sources: JavaSysInfo and JavaSysInfoController.

Note that JocStrap applications, including JavaSysInfo, currently require JocStrap, UICaboodle, JamVM, GNU Classpath, GNU Classpath Tools, Apache APR, libffi and BSD Subsystem. In most cases all this was installed during Java on IPhone installation.

   

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New version of JamVM is avaliable



 New version of JamVM

JamVM - Java Virtual Mashine for IPhone, has been updated. New version 1.5.1b2-17 is avaliable through Cydia Installer.

   

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2008. 17:51