According to the latest data from Millennial Media (PDF Link), Apple’s share of overall U.S. mobile device ad impressions is on the decline. In May, Apple devices accounted for around 25% of all impressions, down sharply from 35% the month before. The report gives no indication as to whether Apple’s changes to the iOS developer agreement, which banned the sharing of user and device data with third party ad networks and analytics tools, had any affect on the results. Also of interest in the report is a new section on mobile developer trends. The report claims that 90% of all U.S. developers are single-platform, with 56% of those focused on iOS development, followed by 29% that are focused on Andoid. Millennial Media’s numbers are based on impressions served on its network of mobile sites and apps, which reaches 82% of the U.S. mobile audience, according to the company.
O2 in the U.K. has announced that it will only be selling the iPhone 4 to existing O2 customers at launch. “iPhone stock will be extremely limited in the UK at launch and not everybody who wants one will be able to get one straight away,” the company says on its website. “We want to make sure that our existing customers get priority so until at least the end of July, only existing O2 customers will be able to get an iPhone 4 from us.” According to the same webpage, “existing customers” includes “mobile, mobile broadband, home broadband and home phone customers” who have been with O2 since at least May 24 of this year. In addition, the company also said it won’t be offering the iPhone 4 on its online store until at least the end of July. Apple will launch the iPhone 4 in the U.K., U.S., France, Germany, and Japan on June 24.
In a letter to the FCC dated shorty prior to the company’s official unveiling of the iPhone 4, Apple asked the regulatory body (PDF Link) for a 45-day confidentiality window on certain documents. Specifically, the test setup photographs, external photographs, internal photographs, and the user manual. In the letter, Apple says that “although Apple has begun to market the device publicly, these documents reveal technical and design information that has not been publicly disclosed in such marketing and that is protected by Apple as confidential and proprietary trade secrets.” As is standard practice, Apple in the same letter requested permanent confidentiality for more sensitive documents, including schematics for the applications processor, cellular radio, and Wi-Fi + Bluetooth. [via Patently Apple]
Griffin Technology and Waterfield Designs have each unveiled new cases for the iPhone 4. Griffin’s lineup includes the Elan Holster Metal, a horizontal holster-style case with a Velcro closure flap, polished metal accent, and a soft inner lining for $35, the Elan Passport Wallet, a vertical folio-style case with inner card/ID slots, a separate pocket for bills, and metallic accents for $40. Also available will be the slim-line Reveal case with a clear polycarbonate rear and rubber edging for $25. Waterfield is offering its iPhone Smart Case, a sleeve-style, padded fabric cover with a high-impact, rigid insert, a Ultrasuede inner lining, and a low-profile pocket. It comes in standard, flap, or clip styles, and sells for $39-$45. Both Griffin’s and Waterfield’s new cases for the iPhone 4 are coming soon.
A small number of photos and video taken with the new five megapixel camera of the iPhone 4 have appeared online (Translated Link) after someone in the Czech Republic managed to get their hands on a unit early. According to the owner, who goes by the name of Swenak, the iPhone 4 is very fast, including the GPS, which is said to locate “almost immediately.” As for the device’s new glass and steel body, Swenak said while the outer frame may accumulate minor scratches, the glass is better protected, and the slimmer profile makes it more pocketable. The report also notes that an hour of playing games, browsing the web, watching YouTube, and using Google Maps, the phone’s battery life fell by only 10%. While the photos do appear to be of a higher quality than those from past iPhone models, all the sample images included in the article were taken with ample daylight available, meaning that they did not test the iPhone 4’s low light and LED flash photography features. [via AppleInsider]
Last night Apple rolled out a number of updates to its MobileMe service. Most notably, the company brought its enhanced MobileMe webmail application out of beta, giving the web app a more iPad-like interface. Improvements include widescreen and compact views, the ability to use mail rules to automate organization, faster performance, support for sending mail from a different, non MobileMe address, and improved junk mail filtering. Also new is the navigation screen, which replaces the old row of icons at the top of the page with a single cloud icon. When clicked, or when evoked using the key combination of Shift-Esc, it brings up a Mac OS X-like application switcher that lets the user move between applications. These updates join the new Find My iPhone application, which was launched alongside the updates.
Following a recent update to its MobileMe service, Apple has released Find My iPhone for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices. A native app for the web-based service, Find My iPhone can be installed on any device running iOS 3.1.3 or later and assists users in locating another lost or missing iPhone, iPod touch or iPad that is using the MobileMe service. Users simply sign in with the MobileMe member name associated with the missing device and the Find My iPhone app provides an integrated map to show where the lost device last reported its location. Users can then display a message and/or play a sound on the remote device, remotely lock the device with a passcode or wipe the device completely in the same way as through the MobileMe web-based Find My iPhone service. Note that the Find My iPhone service must already have been enabled on the missing device in order for the app to locate it. Find My iPhone is a universal app that runs natively on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices and is a free download from the App Store, although a $99/year MobileMe subscription is required to use the Find My iPhone service.
Ngmoco has released its latest online social media game Godfinger (iLounge rating: C) to App Stores worldwide. Initially released for limited testing on the Canadian App Store in March, Godfinger puts the player in the role of an all-powerful deity who must customize and cultivate their world and convert inhabitants into loyal followers. The game provides an open-ended gameplay where users can choose to play as a benevolent god or a destructive demagogue. Players increase in level by generating additional followers and can then earn additional Wonders to impress or subdue their subjects. The game utilizes the Plus+ network for players to invite their friends to become followers or Mystics to help rule on their behalf. Godfinger is available as a free download from the App Store in separate iPad and iPhone versions; game progress is synced via the Plus+ network so the same world can be played on multiple devices. The game is free to play but like other recent Ngmoco titles encourages users to accelerate their progress in the game by purchasing upgrades and currency via in-app purchase.
Apple’s new iPhone 4 will contain 512MB of RAM. Mac Rumors reports it has verified that Apple confirmed the 512MB figure during last week’s WWDC conference. The 512MB will give the iPhone 4 double the RAM of the iPad, third-generation iPod touch, or iPhone 3GS, and will give iOS more memory to use when multitasking. In addition, the report states that Apple has said iMovie for iOS will only run on the iPhone 4, and not the iPhone 3GS nor the iPad, suggesting that the application may require iPhone 4’s extra RAM.
Apple has posted a new Knowledge Base document revealing that iBooks 1.1 and iTunes 9.2 now support the sync of iTunes Digital Booklets to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. According to the document, users simply need to select the desired iTunes Digital Booklet from the Music library, click Get Info, change the Media type to Book, and hit okay. The Digital Booklet will then be moved to the Book library, and can be synced like any other book. Apple has already released iTunes 9.2, and is expected to release iBooks for iPhone and iPod touch alongside iOS 4.0 on June 21.
Ten One Design has debuted its new Particle case for the Apple iPad. The Particle is made from lightweight rubber, and stretches around the edges of the iPad without covering its back. It also features integrated rubber feet for added stability when using the iPad on a flat surface, open access to all ports and controls, an integrated stylus clip, and an included Pogo Sketch touchscreen stylus. Ten One Design’s Particle case for the iPad is available now and is priced at $35.
iSkin has introduced its new line of cases for the Apple iPad. Made from Microban-enhanced silicone, the Duo is a low-profile case featuring side grips for better handling, push-through protection for the volume, home, and sleep buttons, and a front-facing black screen frame. It comes in seven colors and sells for $50. The Vu is a hybrid case offering both soft and hard plastic components, a rear bottom hatch that can be removed for docking, recessed power and volume button protection, an integrated earphone port cover, and home button protection. It also comes in seven colors and is priced at $65; both of iSkin’s new cases for the iPad are available now.
Andrew Auernheimer, a key member of the Goatse Security group that recently went public with its exploitation of an AT&T security hole that exposed the email addresses of tens of thousands iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G customers, has been arrested on a number of unrelated felony charges. Cnet reports that Auernheimer was arrested following the execution of a FBI search warrant, and is charged with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor possession charge, with the drugs including cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, and schedule 2 and 3 pharmaceuticals. Auernheimer, writing under the first name Escher, recently penned a response to AT&T regarding the security attack, claiming that AT&T “would have never fixed” the problem if his group hadn’t gone public.
After a necessary halt to pre-orders erroneously taken for launch window white iPhone 4 units, Best Buy has now stopped accepting pre-orders of all iPhone 4 models. “Please note that effective immediately Best Buy will no longer be accepting pre-orders for any models of the iPhone 4,” reads a bold message on the company’s iPhone 4 pre-order FAQ page. The page notes that existing pre-orders will still be valid, and that pre-orders were stopped “due to the demand and inventory concerns.” Unfortunately for some customers, Best Buy also claims that “a pre-order does not guarantee a phone on launch day,” and that pre-orders are “simply a way of queuing our inventory whenever the store gets their quantities of iPhone 4 inventory. If your place in the pre-order queue is higher than the inventory received for launch, your pre-order will roll over to the second shipment and so on.” This also indicates that it’s unlikely, depending on the number of pre-orders at a given store, that the store will have iPhone 4 units available to walk-in customers on launch day. Apple will officially launch the iPhone 4 in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Japan on June 24. [via MDN]
Apple has released iTunes 9.2, the latest update to its media management software. According to Apple’s release notes, iTunes 9.2 includes support for iPhone 4 and iOS 4, as well as the ability to organize and sync books to iPhones and iPod touch units with iBooks 1.1, support for iBooks PDF management, the ability to create and manage iOS 4 home screen folders from within iTunes, album art speed improvements, and faster backups when syncing a device running iOS 4. iTunes 9.2 is available now via Apple’s Software Update utility or as a direct download from apple.com/itunes.
Orange has announced its handset and tariff pricing for the iPhone 4 in the U.K. Orange is offering tiered pricing on its iPhone 4 handsets, ranging from a free 16GB unit with the £75/month plan, which includes unlimited minutes, texts, data, and Wi-Fi, and 3GB of tethering on a 24-month contract—the 32GB model is £29 with the same plan—to £319 for the 32GB model on a £35/month plan, which includes 600 minutes, 500 texts, and unlimited data and Wi-Fi on an 18-month contract. Notably, separate 750MB/month fair use policies apply to both the unlimited data and unlimited Wi-Fi, and all the plans save for the £75/month, 24-month contract require a bundle for tethering, which start at £5 per month. Apple will launch the iPhone 4 in the U.K., U.S., France, Germany, and Japan on June 24.
Only hours after Apple sold through its initial allotment of iPhone 4 units, pushing the ship date on new pre-orders back from the device’s June 24 launch date to July 2, the company has been forced to push new pre-orders back even further. According to the company’s online store, new iPhone 4 pre-orders will now ship by July 14, nearly two weeks later than orders placed just earlier today. Apple announced earlier that it and its carrier partners took more than 600,000 pre-orders for the iPhone 4 units yesterday, saying it was “the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day,” while apologizing for “order and approval system malfunctions” that left many potential customers unable to order their chosen device. [via Mac Rumors]
Following last week’s announcement that developers can begin submitting updates for iOS 4 compatibility, updates have now begun to appear on the App Store. Among the first applications boasting iOS 4 compatibility is the popular Dropbox app, which has also received some minor bug fixes as well. Developers can simply recompile their applications using the iOS 4 SDK to take advantage of the new Fast App Switching feature in iOS 4, allowing applications to be suspended in the background and resumed at their current state, and all applications listing iOS 4 compatibility should at least support this new multitasking feature. Other multitasking capabilities such as Background Task Completion will need to be specifically added by developers and will not necessarily be inherent in iOS 4 compatible applications.
Naan Studio has released an update adding native iPad support to its Echofon Pro Twitter client. Echofon Pro 3.1 provides a redesigned user interface for the iPad with a split-pane view in landscape mode, a thumbnail user list view and pop-over windows for opening picture links, conversations and user profiles. The update also provides additional features and fixes for iPhone and iPod touch users, including a refined user profile and web view, optimized scrolling speed, OAuth authentication, API support for bit.ly and Japanese localization. Echofon Pro for Twitter 3.1 is available from the App Store for $5 and is a free update for existing users.
After more than 3,000 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll—“How will AT&T’s new iPhone + iPad data plans affect you?”—has ended. Readers were given choices of sticking to their unlimited plan, using the $15 or $25 plans, saying they aren’t interested in any AT&T plan and the company’s exclusivity was keeping them from purchasing an iPhone, saying they were in the U.S. but weren’t interested in the iPhone regardless of available plans, and saying they lived outside the U.S.
A majority of U.S.-based readers—56%—said they were sticking with their current unlimited plan, followed by 17% who said they weren’t interested in any AT&T plan, and that the company’s exclusivity was keeping them from purchasing an iPhone. Equal percentages of U.S. respondents—12%—said they were switching to either the $15 or $25 plans, while only three percent said they weren’t interested in the iPhone regardless of available plans. 11% of overall respondents lived outside the U.S. Thanks for all your votes!
Our new poll focuses on Apple and AT&T recent’s iPhone 4 pre-order problems. We’d like to know if they impacted your opinion of either company. Did they make you lose respect for AT&T, or Apple, or both, or did they somehow help you to gain respect for either or both companies? Or was your opinion unaffected, or do you have no opinion at all? Our new poll, “Has the iPhone 4 snafu changed your opinion of Apple or AT&T?” lets you answer that question. As always, you can find the iLounge Poll in the left hand column of the main iLounge.com homepage. Cast your vote today!