First iPhone 3.0 Apps Show Off New Functionality [Apple]

First iPhone 3.0 Apps Show Off New Functionality [Apple]: “

To demonstrate the piles of new features and APIs included in iPhone OS 3.0, Apple brought along a few developers to show off their latest wares. Here’s what they’ve got so far.

First off, we’ve got another version of the Sims. The graphics look good, but the demo was really just a chance to demonstrate a few dev features. Pictured: Mr. Sim dancing to music drawn from your actual iPod library. You can also buy in-game items for your Sims for $0.99 a pop.

ESPN brought their web app native, taking advantage to two new features: background notifications and video stream. Scores and game stats can pop up on your phone in real time, and you can stream video content—with adaptable bitrates for different connections.

Meebo, the all-in-one IM web app, is moving to the App Store too. Background notifications are obviously the star of the show here, but they’ve also integrated a few other services, like Facebook. Sounds like the Palm Pre’s new ‘Synergy‘ service, except standalone app-ier.

By far the most manipulative pitch of the afternoon, LifeScan shows how new Bluetooth connection capabilities and accessory functions can help a young girl manage her diabetes. Above is a week-long chart of her glucose levels, which are good to know if you have diabetes and don’t want to die. LifeScan can pull these from a test unit via Bluetooth or cable.

Apple, stoke our enthusiasm for this ripoff-prone new purchases-within-apps feature! Huh? Touch Pets? A ‘social pet simulator’? In this iPhone Tamagotchi game I guess you can buy little shirts for your digital dog, or pay to have an imaginary vet express his anal glands. Also, you can also schedule meetings with other fake animals, and be reminded of your virtual playdates with background notifications. It was either this or the Apple tablet, people.

LiveFire is a Quake-y FPS in which you can send multiplayer invites to your buddies via push notification, then beat them horribly because you were willing to spend $35 on new weapons. Re: the multiplayer, it’ll run via Wi-Fi or 3G, though your ping may be mildly hilarious.

Remember that iPhone ocarina app? It was adorable and quirky. Now, as reps from Smule, the makers of Leaf Trombone, play the Phantom of the Opera on stage, with the winds of Apple’s new audio APIs helping them out, it’s kind of creepy. But hey, now your iPhone is an instrument, kind of. Congrats!

(Via Gizmodo.)


iPhone 3.0 OS Guide: Everything You Need to Know [Apple]

iPhone 3.0 OS Guide: Everything You Need to Know [Apple]: “

iPhone 3.0 OS, the next generation operating system for the iPhone, iPod touch, and whatever Apple device comes next. New features, new apps, here you will find all the information you need.


The new iPhone OS 3.0 adds over 100 new features including—at friggin’ last—cut and paste.

Copy & Paste text. When you double-tap over text, you will get a ‘cut, copy, and paste’ bubble dialog. Double-tap again and a ‘paste’ bubble will appear if there’s anything stored in your clipboard.

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This works across applications. You can expand your selection points using your thumbs and, if you accidentally paste something you didn’t want to paste, just shake your iPhone to undo it.

Copy & Paste photos. You can also copy and paste photos. Now you will be able to select multiple photos by tapping the action button, copy some of them, and paste them in an email, ready to send.

New Spotlight. iPhone OS 3.0 will allow you to search across the entire information contained in your device, no matter where, as soon as the information is supported it. If an application is written to support the new Spotlight, its data will also be available in the search.

In this screenshot you can see Spotlight bringing results from your address book, maps, your iPod, and apps in your springboard.

Search in Mail, Calendar, and iPod. These Apple applications have specific search interfaces. The search in Mail doesn’t support the message content yet, but it supports searching in IMAP servers—that will save a lot of time logging into Gmail.

3G Tethering. This feature will allow you to connect your iPhone 3G to a laptop, to use it as a modem to access the internet. Carriers still have to sign-off on it, and probably charge more for it. None have announced it yet.

Landscape keyboard. Apple has added the landscape keyboard mode to other applications, like Mail, SMS, and Notes.

Multimedia messaging. A big one to send rich content to people without mail-enabled telephones: The new MMS function will allow you to include everything, from images to sound to vcards (no word on video, however.) Personally, I find these usesless having email, but some people seem to want it.

Support for new calendar types. In iPhone OS 3.0 you will be able to subscribe to calendars on the web using two protocols: CalDAV—supported by Google and Yahoo—and subscriptions via the .ics format—which is what Apple uses in iCal.

Improved stocks application. The stocks application now allows you to read related news, so you can enjoy yourself learning about the latest market scandals, stock crashes, and executives getting bonus packages from government aid while their companies sink into hell. Thank you, Apple.

Stereo Bluetooth A2DP audio. You will be able to pair your iPhone 3.0 with a stereo Bluetooth A2DP device, like headphones or speakers.

Note synching with iTunes.

Automatic login in Safari. The new version of Safari will remember login credentials, so you won’t need to introduce your username and password again while accessing Scoreland your work intranet.

Shake to shuffle music. If you are in your iPod application, you just need to shake it to start the shuffling mode. Hopefully this will be optional for sports people out there.

Wi-Fi auto-login. In case you have a subscription to a paid hotspot, your iPhone or iPod touch will autolog into it.

Anti-phising. Mobile Safari now can warn you against malicious sites trying to scam you.

Extended parental controls. Adult content filters can now be applied to movies, TV shows, and applications, in addition to web sites and music (porn apps, here we come).


Apple will include new widgets in the new version of the iPhone operating system:

Voice memo application. Obviously, allows you to record voice or any other sound, so you don’t forget any idea or want to play FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper.

Send and receive files. A dedicated application to exchange files between iPhones or iPods touch.


The new iPhone OS 3.0 adds 1,000 new APIs to extend the capabilities of new applications.

Peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connectivity. A new API will allow for two iPhones to connect directly—peer-to-peer—via Wi-Fi, without needing any Wi-Fi network.

They will be able to discover each other using Bluetooth, and then start a Wi-Fi connection transparently (we saw this technology at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, so you can check the video about how it works here.)

This opens a lot of possibilities. I doubt they will allow you to pass music, but you would probably be able to pass any other information, as well as directly communicating between applications in the two devices. One example: A pets game that allows two dogs to play with each other.

This feature could be combined with push notification, so your iPhone may receive a note from another iPhone, inviting you to play a game one-on-one.

Browse remote content. While the built-in iPod application doesn’t allow you to browse songs in other people’s iPhones or iPod touch, third-party applications will allow you to do that, according to Apple’s Forstall.

Use your iPhone/touch to control peripherals. A new API will let you use your iPhone or iPod touch as a control to your accessories. In this example, the iPhone is being used to equalize the sound in a loudspeaker.

However, the applications are endless. Johnson and Johnson is releasing LifeScan, an app that connects to a glucose monitoring device. The application can even alert other people automatically, in case something is wrong.

Maps inside other applications. New applications will be able to use Maps directly, which is now an API.

Turn-by-turn directions. Developers will also be able to create turn-by-turn applications using the GPS information from the iPhone and combining it with their own maps, without depending on 3G connectivity or Google.

Push notification finally coming. Hopefully this time it will be true. Push notification means that your iPhone OS 3.0 applications will finally be able to receive messages from the intarwebs automagically, so you can have an Instant Message application and have your iPhone vibrate or make a sound when a new message comes in, even if the application is not running.

Voice communication in applications. iPhone 3.0 applications will also be able to access a Voice over IP service. This means that you will be able to chat with other users while playing against them in a game, for example. This won’t use the telephone, but the internet over a Wi-Fi connection.

Rumbling. Games—or any other application—will also be able to rumble, like your console joystick.

Audio recording. Audio recording will also be possible from third-party applications using a standardized API, instead of custom workarounds.

Access your music from applications. Future applications will also be able to access the iPhone/iPod music library. This means that applications will be able to play your own music while they run.


The new OS will also offer an enhanced App Store, opening new possibilities for developers and consumers.

• Subcriptions to apps.
• Purchase additional content for apps, like new cities for a city guide application.
• Purchase additional levels for games.

Basically, this will allow developers to sell more things on top of their apps, and to consumers to expand their experience with those apps.

• This will work straight from the applications, so you can purchase new things through the software itself, even while it still goes through the App Store internally.


iPhone OS 3.0 will be a free upgrade to all iPhone users, including the first generation (not all features will be supported in the first generation, like Stereo Bluetooth support). iPod touch users will be able to but it for $9.95.

If you dare, you can sign up for the beta here.

(Via Gizmodo.)

iPhone apps round-up: Stay in touch | Software | iPhone Central | Macworld

iPhone apps round-up: Stay in touch | Software | iPhone Central | Macworld: “iPhone apps round-up: Stay in touch
Also released: Next Read 2.0, College Radio Tuner, Talking Pics micro, others
by Philip Michaels,

Category | iPhone » Software
Two apps just arrived on the App Store take two different approaches to staying in touch in our increasingly connected world.”

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MacPlus : iMafia : un autre modèle économique

MacPlus : iMafia : un autre modèle économique: “iMafia : un autre modèle économique
Catégorie : Économie iMike / 2 mars 2009 à 08:54

Le studio PlayMesh a t-il développé un modèle économique innovant à l’intérieur même de l’AppStore ? On sait en effet que la réclame dans les applications se heurtent à des problèmes d’assiduité de la part de l’utilisateur (lire « De l’économie des apps »), et que les tarifs des applications payantes n’ont de cesse que de baisser (lire « AppStore : les prix baissent »)… Mais iMafia, le jeu développé par PlayMesh, propose une troisième voie : le micro-paiement « in game » de nouveaux contenus.

L’application, qui met le joueur dans la peau d’un mafioso en quête de toujours plus de pouvoir et de prestige, est proposée gratuitement sur l’AppStore. Un magasin permet d’y acheter du contenu supplémentaire et d’autres applications, qui donnent de plus au joueur des points afin d’asseoir sa suprématie contre les autres utilisateurs en ligne.

Ce contenu peut être proposé par d’autres développeurs que PlayMesh, Apple touche son pourcentage standard sur ces bonus, le studio également, tout le monde est content… y compris le développeur tiers qui certes, voit ses revenus amputés de la part de PlayMesh, mais qui dispose dans iMafia d’une visibilité meilleure que sur l’AppStore, noyé au milieu des dizaines de milliers d’autres applications.”

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iPhone Bluetooth: Device-to-device communications achieved

iPhone Bluetooth: Device-to-device communications achieved: “Device-to-device communications achieved

Think the best news today has to do with tonight’s Battlestar Galactica/Dollhouse TV spectacular? Think again. iPhone developer Ralf Ackermann (who Ars posted about last month) has achieved a working device-to-device Bluetooth solution. He has built on work developed by Matthias Ringwald, who has put together a user space bluetooth stack.

Ackerman has built external adapters that plug into the iPhone’s connector port and has accessed the phone’s bluetooth stack in a way that could possibly even comply with the standard iPhone SDK. Yes, the connector port is off-limits to the SDK, but the stack access might be achievable if Ackerman has it right. Even so Apple would not likely allow Bluetooth stack programming to make it to App Store, and would likely close up any holes that currently permit access.

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(Via Infinite Loop.)

This week in Apple: Emoji, iPhone doc access, Apple TV feedback – Ars Technica

This week in Apple: Emoji, iPhone doc access, Apple TV feedback – Ars Technica: “here are the top Apple stories of the week for you to catch up on.

Typing Genius defies Apple, introduces Emoji support: Ars Technica chatted with iPhone developer Gary Fung who is shipping a version of his App Store software that enables Emoji support. But wait, hasn’t Apple been rejecting other apps for enabling Emoji support? Exactly.

German company PearC begins selling line of Mac clones: A German company called PearC is selling a variety of configurable Mac clones. Despite the legal trouble Psystar is having with Apple, PearC believes that a German law about the enforceability of EULAs might keep it out of hot water.

7 ways to take your docs on the go with your iPhone: Apple doesn’t let iPhone owners store files on their devices, but there are plenty of third-party options for getting the job done. Ars rounds up our favorite Web services, desktop clients, and native iPhone apps that allow iPhone users to access files while away from their desks.

McCartney says label execs holding up Beatles on iTunes: Negotiations to add The Beatles’ catalog to the iTunes Store are still in ‘gridlock,’ according to Sir Paul McCartney. He’s not giving up the details on what’s going on behind the scenes, but hints that the process is ugly.

10.6 to leave ZFS to servers, make printer drivers on demand: The next version of Mac OS X reportedly won’t have full support for ZFS in the client version, and in the interest of saving hard disk space will only install printer drivers as needed.

iPhone may not see light of day in China thanks to App Store: Talks between Apple and China Mobile have stalled yet again, this time over control of the App Store. Maybe it’s time Apple looked for a different partner in China. Like, say, China Unicom.

Apple asks Apple TV users for feedback, viewing habits: Apple wants to know how users are putting their Apple TVs to use. Are you purchasing movies or watching your own home videos? What kind of home theatre system do you have? All of this and more could help shape the future of Apple’s ‘hobby’ device.

MobileMe phishing scam making the rounds once again: If you’re a MobileMe user, you already know that you’re increasingly being targeted by phishing e-mails. Another one has gone out asking for credit card information, so be cautious with your link-clicking.

Minor OS X Dock bug could result in serious data loss: If you keep often-used documents in the Dock for easy access, an odd bug dealing with files in the Trash could result in data loss if you’re not careful.

Turn-by-turn GPS for (jailbroken) iPhones looks promising: Turn-by-turn GPS directions have come to the iPhone in the form of xGPS, a jailbreak application developed by a company named XWaves. The software doesn’t quite rival commercial solutions yet, but it could get there.

Here are a few other interesting posts from throughout the week:

A-lister Woz will soon be ‘dancing with the stars’
Google turns on Exchange for iPhone and Windows Mobile users
Apple boosts MobileMe syncing speed for Outlook on Windows
App Store Lessons: the tao of running contests”

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