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3.0 Parental Controls open gates for explicit apps

The new Parental Controls found in iPhone OS 3.0 have opened the door for Apple to begin approving iPhone and iPod touch applications containing explicit content, including nudity. The latest version of Hottest Girls - 2200+ Topless, Sexy Babes and Nude Models by Allen Leung appears to be the first app approved for sale in App Store under the new rules. Rated 17+ for “Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity” and “Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes,” the app sells for $2. “We uploaded nude topless pics today. This is the first app to have nudity,” developer Allen Leung told Macenstein. While the merits of such content on the App Store are debatable, the move should reduce the number of misguided rejections over explicit content, such as the South Park application, and more recently, the Nine Inch Nails: Access app—which Apple eventually approved, following a widely-publicized post from band founder Trent Reznor. To activate Parental Controls, go to the General > Restrictions menu in the iPhone’s or iPod touch’s Settings application.

Update: According to a post on the developer’s website, the app has been pulled to ease server strain. The message reads, “[t]he server usage is extremely high because of the popularity of this app. Thus, by not distributing the app, we can prevent our servers from crashing. Those who already have the app will still be able to use our app. To answer the question on everyone’s mind: Yes, the topless images will still be there when it is sold again.”

Cyanics debuts Portable Swing Speaker for iPod touch 2G

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Cyanics has introduced its IPS-46 Portable Swing Speaker for the second-generation iPod touch. The IPS-46 features a clear, slide-together case with an integrated headphone jack and speaker system. The speaker, which is attached to the back, rotates out for vertical listening or can be left in-line for horizontal positioning, and also features a built-in rechargeable battery that offers up to 8 hours of playback, along with a mini-USB port for charging and a pass-through headphone port. Also compatible with the first-generation iPod touch, Cyanics’ IPS-46 Portable Swing Speaker for iPod touch 2G is available now on Amazon and sells for $27.

Apple updates Remote for iPhone, iPod touch to 1.3

Apple has updated its Remote application for the iPhone and iPod touch to version 1.3. In addition to its prior functionality as an iTunes and limited Apple TV remote, the new version allows users to control their Apple TV’s menus via a new “Control” menu, that turns the iPhone or iPod touch into a multi-touch remote control, resembling the trackpads of current-model MacBook Pro computers. Remote 1.3 is available now as a free download from the App Store. Screenshots of Remote v1.3 can be seen in this news article.

Apple releases Apple TV Software 2.4, adds Remote gestures

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Apple has released Apple TV Software 2.4, the latest update to its HDTV-tethered media player. Notably, the new software adds expanded support for the company’s Remote application for the iPhone and iPod touch, allowing users to control the set-top box’s menus, video, and audio playback using touch-based gestures. Apple has yet to update its Apple TV software release notes page to explain what else, if anything, has changed; iLounge editors are in the process of downloading and installing the update and will update this article if any other changes are found, or when Apple updates its release notes. Apple TV Software 2.4 is available now via the Update Software selection in the General Settings menu. [via MacRumors]

Incipio debuts new Lab cases for iPod shuffle 3G

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Incipio has rolled out five new Lab series cases for the third-generation iPod shuffle. The Blocks dermaShot case is shaped like a LEGO brick, the Treat dermaShot like a dog bone treat, the Wafer dermaShot like a wafer cookie, and the Mint dermaShot like a mint chocolate candy bar. Finally, the Loop dermaShot adds a purse-like loop to the top of a plain case, letting the user hang the shuffle from hooks or buttons that might not accept the shuffle’s built-in clip. All five cases are made from high-density silicone, and offer full access to the shuffle’s top, as well as pass-through holes for the rear clip. The Blocks case comes in a four-pack, while the Wafer, Mint, and Loop cases come in three-packs, and the Treat case comes in a two pack; each is priced at $14. For more information on Incipio’s new Lab dermaShot cases for the iPod shuffle 3G, see our First Look article.

WildCharge rolls out charging cases for iPhone, iPod touch

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WildCharge has introduced its new WildCharge Skins cases for the iPhone and iPod touch. Made from a flexible, form-fitting material, the cases feature embedded WildCharge technology, allowing the encased iPhone or iPod touch to charge wire-free when placed on WildCharger Pad or other surfaces that are compatible with the technology. While the charging capabilities require a connection to the device’s 30-pin jack, the cases allow for use of all other ports and controls, and are compatible with all generations of the iPhone and iPod touch. The WildCharge Skin for iPod touch is available to order now, while the iPhone model will be available in July; both cases are priced at $35.

RealPlayer SP rips YouTube, other videos to iPod, iPhone

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RealNetworks has announced RealPlayer SP, the latest version of its media player application. Among its many features, RealPlayer SP adds the ability to download and convert Internet videos—including YouTube videos—to the iTunes-friendly h.264 format, allowing users to load the content onto their iPods, iPhones, or Apple TVs. Other features include support for custom device profiles that let the user easily change settings based on device, the ability to create audio-only files from videos for playback on audio-only devices, such as the iPod shuffle, the ability to share videos via Twitter and Facebook, and support for the latest versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome. RealPlayer SP Beta is available now as a free download; h.264 video conversion and DVD functionality is available only to those who upgrade to RealPlayer Plus SP for a one-time charge of $40.

Jobs’ liver transplant confirmed, prognosis ‘excellent’

Following a Wall Street Journal report that Apple CEO Steve Jobs received a liver transplant roughly two months ago, and subsequent speculation as to Jobs’ health and eligibility for such a rapid transplant, Methodist University Hospital in Tennessee has confirmed the surgery and its context. James D. Eason, M.D., the hospital’s chief of transplantation, said in a statement that Jobs did receive a liver transplant, and was eligible for a rapid donation “because he was the patient with the highest MELD score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) of his blood type and, therefore, the sickest patient on the waiting list at the time a donor organ became available.” Jobs was said to be recovering well with an excellent prognosis, and chose Methodist due to its nation-leading one-year patient and graft survival rates.

Monster intros new chargers, transmitters for iPod + iPhone

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Monster has announced its new line of in-car FM transmitters, chargers, and other accessories for the iPod and iPhone. Previously discovered in stores and covered on iLounge, both the iCarPlay Wireless 1000 and iCarPlay Wireless 800 are iPod- and iPhone-certified. The 1000 is powered via USB, allowing it to be used both in the car and in the home or office, and also includes AutoScan 3D automatic station finding for $100. The iCarCharger 1000 is a dock-connecting car charger that offers integrated playback controls on the charging bulb and an AUX-output cable with built-in cord management. Compatible with both iPod and iPhone, it sells for $50. The company has also introduced the iCarPlay Cassette 800 tape adapter, which sells for $20, and the iCable 800 and 1000 mini-jack cables, designed to work with car auxiliary input jacks. The cables come in lengths of 3- and 7-feet and sell for $15 and $30, respectively. Finally, the iSplitter 800 is a two-way headphone jack splitter offering individual volume and mute controls. It sells for $20. All of Monster’s new accessories are available now.

Mix: Million download apps, iPhone 3GS reporting, XtremeMac

  • June 23, 2009

Two iPhone developers are touting a million downloads of their respective apps, with one becoming the first paid iPhone application to reach a million downloads. Freeverse has announced that its Flick Fishing game has become the first paid application to reach the million download milestone, with the one millionth copy being sold over the weekend. In addition, nearly 10% of users have made in-app purchases of a new fishing location and new fish since the feature came online last week. Online movie ticketing service Fandango has also announced that its application for the iPhone and iPod touch has been downloaded one million times since its launch on March 13.

A pair of TV reporters—Kris Reyes from Citytv in Toronto and Gio Benitez from CBS 4 in Miami—both shot reports of the iPhone 3GS launch using an iPhone 3GS. Reyes’ piece can be seen here, while Benitez’ segment is available from CBS 4’s video library.

XtremeMac has announced several new cases for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The company’s Tuffwrap line of silicone cases is being expanded to include the two-tone Tuffwrap Accent and laser-etched Tuffwrap Tatu, while the Microshield line of low-profile plastic cases gains an Accent model with an ergonomic rubber border, and a Tatu model with textured sides and custom-designed artwork. All four new cases will include a screen protector and viewing stand, and will begin arriving in mid-July for prices ranging from $20-$30.

iPhone 3GS poll ends, iPod classic poll begins

With more than 3,100 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll—“Will you be purchasing an iPhone 3GS?”—has ended. iPhone 3G and iPhone users had separate positive response options, as did those planning to purchase the iPhone 3GS for whom the new model will be their first iPhone or iPod touch. Reasons against buying included upgrade pricing, displeasure with the local carrier, happiness with the original iPhone, and lack of appeal.

Amazingly, 58% of all respondents said that they were planning to purchase the new model. Nearly a quarter of respondents—24%—said they planned to purchase an iPhone 3GS as their first iPhone or iPod touch, followed by 19% of readers who said they weren’t upgrading their iPhone or iPhone 3G because the pricing is too expensive. 18% of readers said they would be upgrading from an original iPhone to the 3GS, with another 16% planning to upgrade from the iPhone 3G. 10% of readers said they were skipping the 3GS because they don’t care for the device’s carrier in their region, 8% said they weren’t upgrading because they were happy with their original iPhones, and 6% said they weren’t purchasing an iPhone 3GS because it didn’t appeal to them. Thanks for all your responses!

Our new poll focuses on the iPod classic. We’d like to know if you think Apple should update its longest-running iPod model, the iPod classic. Should they update it, but only if they add a combination of new features and more capacity? Or would you be satisfied with one or the other? Are you more interested in the iPod nano, iPod touch, or iPhone, or do you not care, as the size and fragile nature of hard drive-based storage make it a non-starter? Our new poll, “Should Apple update the iPod classic?” lets you answer that question. You can find the iLounge Poll in the left hand column of the main iLounge.com homepage. Vote today!

AT&T releases Navigator app for iPhone 3G, 3GS

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AT&T has released its new AT&T Navigator application for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Powered by TeleNav, AT&T Navigator is a turn-by-turn direction application, offering users voice-guided and 3D on-screen GPS navigation. Features include automatic rerouting, automatic map updates, real-time traffic updates, the ability to search for gas by price, the ability to enter an address from the iPhone or prior to a trip via computer, and a database of more than 10 million business listings. AT&T Navigator is available now for the iPhone 3G with iPhone OS 3.0 update and the iPhone 3GS, and is a free download; service is $10/month and is charged directly to the user’s AT&T bill, apparently skirting Apple’s rule on charging fees for free apps after purchase.

iPhone 3GS videos causing glitches for Flickr, Vimeo

In addition to the hundreds of photographs and screenshots posted to accompany the release of the iPhone 3GS last week, iLounge posted new video clips comparing the performance of the iPhone 3GS video camera to two other types of video recording devices. One, a Canon PowerShot SD700IS camera, is designed to let viewers see how the new iPhone 3GS’s 640x480 camera compares to the 640x480 recordings of a three-year old pocket point-and-shoot camera. The second, a Flip UltraHD camera, lets viewers see the differences between the iPhone 3GS and a dedicated consumer video recording device in resolution, focus, and color rendition.

Unfortunately, video sharing services Flickr and Vimeo have been experiencing issues importing clips created by the iPhone 3GS. Vimeo users have reported that iPhone 3GS videos are missing audio, are presented upside-down, and/or are not converting at all, while users of Flickr have found videos easy to convert but sometimes presented upside-down. This appears to be due to an iPhone 3GS orientation setting that is saved by the iPhone but not properly processed by video sharing services. One of our videos can be seen in this orientation. Because of the importation issues, our iPhone 3GS videos are on both Flickr and Vimeo, with non-3GS videos on Vimeo. Use of iMovie to import and then export the videos is a potential workaround while the services work to accommodate the video changes.

Separately, iLounge sample videos uploaded to YouTube offer a look at the iPhone 3GS’s automatic transcoding for faster transfer and easier viewing, without orientation glitches, but with lower resolution and more visual artifacts.

Apple changes iPhone 3G S name to iPhone 3GS

In its press release announcing sales of one million iPhone 3GS units in the device’s first weekend on sale, Apple quietly changed its naming scheme for the new device. Previously referred to in all official Apple communication as the “iPhone 3G S,” yesterday’s PR referred to it as the “iPhone 3GS.” Indeed, a quick check of Apple’s press info site shows that they retroactively changed the name in the release announcing the device, although it appears the company is taking its time implementing the name change on its website and online store. While the company has not given any reason for the change, iLounge’s editors had noted the longer name’s awkwardness. This is the second time in recent memory that Apple has changed an element of a product name after release; the iPod photo was originally called the “iPod Photo” by the company, and changed shortly thereafter.

Boingo: iPhone driving mobile Wi-Fi growth

The iPhone, and to a lesser extent, the iPod touch, are driving increased device-based Wi-Fi use, according to a Boingo Wireless report. Boingo Wireless is a provider of Wi-Fi hotspot access, with more than 100,000 hotspots worldwide. As of May 2009, mobile devices accounted for 26.1% of all connections to Boingo’s networks, compared to just 11.5% in May 2008 and less than a half of a percent in May 2007. Of these mobile connections, the iPhone accounts for 89.2%, followed by the iPod touch with 4.7%—giving the iPhone OS platform a total of 93.9% of all mobile device connections. Finally, Boingo has also seen growth in the amount of data consumed by smartphone users signed up for the company’s monthly Wi-Fi plan, with the monthly average up to 114MB as of May, compared to just over 60MB in January.

Push instant messaging comes to iPhone 3.0

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A handful of Push Notification-ready AIM client applications have hit the App Store. AOL has updated both its paid and free versions of AIM for iPhone OS 3.0, adding the ability for users to stay logged in for up to 24 hours after closing the app, with all messages received during that time pushed directly to their device. The paid version, which sells for $3, also adds landscape support in buddy list and conversation views; the release notes state this feature will be added to the free version in a later update. In addition to AOL’s official AIM clients, BeeJive has updated its $10 BeeJive IM client with Push Notification support, as well as performance and user interface enhancements. All three updated AIM client apps are available now from the App Store.

Some iPhone 3GS units emitting high-pitched tone

A number of iPhone 3GS owners are reporting a high-pitched tone emanating from the device’s speaker following the play of nearly any system sound. The issue, reported by Boy Genius Report and detailed further in an Apple discussion thread, appears to be triggered any time the phone makes a noise—such as when using the keyboard or locking/unlocking the phone. The noise may be inaudible to some users due to its high-pitched nature, which BGR estimates to be in the 15KHz range. It is currently unclear how widespread the issue is, and whether or not it can be fixed via a software update as opposed to a hardware replacement.

Apple offering $30 iTunes credit for activation delays

Apple is offering iPhone 3GS customers affected by activation delays over launch weekend a $30 iTunes Store credit for their trouble. Mac Rumors has published Apple’s email to customers, which states, “[w]e appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience caused by the delay in your iPhone activation. We are still resolving the issue that was encountered while activating your iPhone with AT&T. Unfortunately, due to system issues and continued high activation volumes, this could take us up to an additional 48 hours to complete. On Monday, you’ll receive an email from Apple with an iTunes Store credit in the amount of $30. We hope you will enjoy this gift and accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience this delay has caused.” Apple did not offer any such credit to users who dealt with similar but far more widespread activation issues during last year’s iPhone 3G launch, but did offer a $100 Apple Store credit to early iPhone customers in 2007 following a $200 price drop on the handset just months after it debuted.

Apple CEO Jobs had liver transplant, says WSJ

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave from the company since mid-January, received a liver transplant roughly two months ago, according to the Wall Street Journal. Reporting without citing a source, which may have been due to an intentional but quiet Apple leak of the information, the Journal claims that Jobs had the surgery done in Tennessee, possibly to bypass longer transplant waiting lists in other states. The report goes on to cite William Hawkins, a doctor specializing in pancreatic and gastrointestinal surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., as saying that the type of pancreatic tumor Jobs had in 2004 will often metastasize in the patient’s liver later in their lifetime. Hawkins also raised doubts as to the effectiveness of liver transplant surgery in such cases. Jobs is expected to return to work at Apple by the end of the month.

Apple sells over one million iPhone 3GS

Apple has announced that it sold more than one million iPhone 3GS units over the device’s launch weekend, through Sunday, June 21. The total is on par with that of the iPhone 3G, which also sold one million units in its first weekend of availability despite nagging activation problems. In addition, the company revealed that more than six million customers have downloaded iPhone OS 3.0 since its release on Wednesday. Notably, Apple CEO Steve Jobs provides the quote for the company’s press release, his first contribution to a public company statement since January.

“Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With over 50,000 applications available from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever.”

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