News tagged ‘applications’
Apple is said to be hosting an exclusive, secret iPhone and iPad developer’s summit in Cupertino, starting next Tuesday and running for 3 days, which the company is going to hold to improve the quality of software on the App Store. As known, this event will be a more intimate version of the iPhone Tech Talks that Apple held last year.
Of course, the stealth summit will be invitation only event, so Apple will invite only those developers, who it wants to see there. They will be granted time with Apple engineers, and may receive help with their applications. It is believed the event is timed to the release of iOS 4.2. It will be the first time then the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch will all be running the same version of iOS.
This week Apple released "Java for Mac OS X 10.6 update 3" and "Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 8", which brought bundled support for Java SE 6 up to version 1.6.0_22 in Snow Leopard and Leopard respectively. Along with that company noted that the version of Java that initially ships with Mac OS X is now deprecated.
"This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X. The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products."
As it was announced by Steve Jobs on the "Back to Mac"event, the next version of Mac OS X is dubbed as "Lion" and will come next summer, bringing some of iOS features to the platfrorm. According to Apple, Lion is being developed with taking into account the innovations that iPad brought with its software:
"Lion brings many of the best ideas from iPad back to the Mac, plus some fresh new ones like Mission Control that Mac users will really like. Lion has a ton of new features, and we hope the few we had time to preview today will give users a good idea of where we are headed."
You need an iPad? And you have a broken MacBook? So, you can do your own tablet! Just look what Matt at Enigma Penguin did with his old MacBook. He decided that he would recycle his old laptop and turn it into a tablet.
Developer Steven Troughton-Smith found out that iOS applications can installed on the new Apple TV. You only need to slightly modify the applications to identify them as Apple TV-compatible. Of course, Steven’s discovery is an important step in developers' quest to run applications on the device, but the applications are not yet usable, as the Apple TV doesn’t have any application launcher that would be required for an app to function.
Apple claims that it is impossible to track a particular iPhone in real time, as its transactions are anonymous and thoroughly randomized. However, Bucknell University network admin Eric Smith suggests that third-party application developers and advertisers may link your device to your name (and even your location) whenever they transmit data. Smith studied 57 top applications in the iTunes App Store to see what they sent out, and discovered that some fired off the iPhone's UDID and personal details in plaintext, including those for Amazon, Chase Bank, Target and Sam's Club, though a few were secured with SSL. Though UDIDs are routinely used by apps to store personal data, what Smith fears is that a database could be set up linking these UDIDs to GPS coordinates or GeoIP, giving nefarious individuals or organizations knowledge of where you are.
Apple on Wednesday dished out the first external betas of iOS 4.2, which will deliver multi-tasking, folders and threaded mail. However, AppleInsider has also discovered a handful of more subtle refinements:
AppAdvice posted a quick video walk-through of the first beta of iOS 4.2 for iPad, which was released just a few hours ago. The primary feature shown off is multitasking. The iPad users will be able view 7 applications in the multitasking tray in landscape mode and 6 apps in portrait mode.
The other additions are:
- The external switch is acting as a mute switch again.
- Users can create folders (containing up to 20 apps).
- You can activate AirPlay from the photo app (to stream photos to the new Apple TV).
Watch the video:
The biggest mobile trade show in the world, the Mobile World Congress, will host the first-ever Macworld Mobile next February in Barcelona, Spain. The new Macworld Mobile will be focused on developers who create applications for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The event is scheduled for Feb. 14-17, 2011, in Barcelona.
Finally we’ve got it! The updated YourTube 2.0 application has been launched, which boasts the full support of iOS 4.x for jailbroken phones, supporting devices such as iPad and iPhone 4 Retina Display. Now you can simply download video to your device iPod touch, iPad and iPhone, as well as import all your downloaded videos in the application for the iPod. This new feature is called «Gremlin» and will be available a bit later for other Cydia applications, such as Attachment Saver and Safari Download Manager.
According to iLounge, at this week’s event Apple is planning to unveil its new 2.8-inch iPod touch sporting the same resolution as latest versions of the device. It is said that the current Nano’s screen is a bit smaller, only 2.4 inches. At the same time it is running on the same processor (although it has less RAM).
The idea is pretty good, because it will help fill the gap between your Nano and Shuffle devices.
Some users believe that they would have difficulties in typing on 2.8-inch iPod touch, but we are sure that kids will really appreciate it. And the price is pretty funny, right?
Yet it is a very interesting concept. Just imagine Wi-Fi, web browser, email, 250, 000 applications from the App Store, maps, videos, photos and much more for $ 100 dollars. Is it tempting?
2 years and 49 days after it was opened, the US App Store has passed the milestone of 250,000 applications. According to the chart, the largest categories are Books, with 17% of all applications; Games with 14% and Entertainment with 11%.
Recently Royal Pingdom determined that 70% of all App Store applications are paid. At the same time, 64% of the Android Marketplace are free.
These statistics are likely to be discussed further on September 1st at Apple’s Special Event.
According to the first-hand information in China, China Unicom is currently advertising services for jailbreaking when you buy the iPhone 4. Quite intriguing, right? Thanks to online services such as Jailbreakme.com, jailbreaking has become much easier and it seems that the Chinese carrier of cell phones can realize this service, turning it into a great marketing scheme.
According M.I.C. Gadget, the advertisement is as follows: "Support Service: Free SIM-trimming, jailbreaking, installing more than ten hot applications."
However, with jailbreaking, China Unicom also offers free cases for your iPhone 4 with purchase, so buyers will not have to use the Apple's case program.
Facebook has released some statistics for its mobile application on different platforms, and the results are pretty interesting to look at. iPhone is right ahead with more than 104 mln active monthly users. BlackBerry goes second, with almost 60 mln, while Android is enjoying no more than 12 mln users. So, what do these numbers tell us? Last counted, there are more than 500 mln users of Facebook across the world, and it turns out that more than a third of them are using mobile applications. Quite an impressive figure!