Apple has released iTunes Connect Mobile, a new iPhone and iPod touch app designed to allow developers to access their sales and trend data from the iTunes Store directly on their devices. iTunes Connect Mobile allows users to view daily and weekly sales data related to application updates, paid apps, free apps, and In-App purchases. Although iTunes Connect Mobile provides sales numbers in terms of actual downloads, this version does not provide any reporting on more detailed information available from iTunes Connect such as actual dollar revenue, sales history, chart positions or customer reviews. iTunes Connect Mobile is available from the App Store as a free download.
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O2 has announced its data plan pricing for the iPhone 4 in the U.K., while removing its unlimited data options. O2’s new plans scale the amount of data along with the number of voice minutes, ranging from 100 minutes and 500MB of data for £25 a month on a two-year contract to unlimited minutes and 1GB of data for £65 per month with an 18-month agreement. All of O2’s new plans also include unlimited use of the company’s U.K. Wi-Fi hotspots. O2 will also be offering data add-ons beginning in October, with 500MB of additional data running £5 and 1GB costing £10, both on a monthly basis. In addition, the company is offering current customers an early upgrade option, with a £20 charge for each month remaining on their minimum term. Apple will launch the iPhone 4 in the U.K., U.S., France, Germany, and Japan on June 24.
Hard Candy, Uncommon, and Proporta have all announced their new case lineups for the iPhone 4. Hard Candy’s new cases include both soft touch and metallic versions of its textured polycarbonate Bubble Slider case, the snap-on Superlight case, and the soft touch, polycarbonate Candy Slider, all of which are priced at $35. Uncommon will be offering customizable versions of its TPU-based Trooper Case and Gallery Case—in white or black—as well as the simple Loop. Finally, Proporta’s lineup includes updated versions of its Aluminum Lined Leather cases for $43, Silicone cases for $29, and Shine cases for $37, as well as standard and mirror-finish screen protectors. All of Hard Candy’s new cases for the iPhone 4 are available for pre-order now and will ship June 15; Proporta’s new cases can also be pre-ordered and will ship soon, while Uncommon will be taking orders for and shipping its new lineup later this summer.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an inquiry into the recent security breach on AT&T’s website that led to the exposure of more than 100,000 iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G customers’ email addresses and SIM IDs. “The FBI is aware of these possible computer intrusions and has opened an investigation to address the potential cyber threat,” FBI spokesman Jason Pack told Reuters. The security hole, which was found and exploited by a group called Goatse Security, has since been closed, claims AT&T. The investigation isn’t surprising, the report claims, quoting an unnamed telecommunications executive as saying ““if there’s a high profile data compromise it’s not unusual to get a phone call from government officials.”
Mobile network Three in the U.K. has announced that it will be offering the iPhone 4. Similar to AT&T in the U.S., Three will begin taking iPhone pre-orders starting on June 15, with the device’s launch to follow on June 24. Service pricing has yet to be announced.
Vodafone in India has confirmed that it will offer the iPhone 4 “in the coming months.” The company was not able to say when the launch will take place, but it is expected to come by the end of September, as Apple plans to have launched the device in 88 countries by the end of that month, and Apple has already halted sales of the iPhone 3G in India, according to a Techtree report.
Bell, Telus, and Rogers have all announced that they will offer the iPhone 4 in the coming weeks. None of the three companies has provided any further information, such as pricing, but all three have set up webpages dedicated to the device, with Bell and Rogers offering customers a form to sign up for more information. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 4 in Canada in July.
T-Mobile in Germany and the Netherlands have confirmed that they will offer the iPhone 4. In Germany, T-Mobile will begin taking pre-orders on the 15th, and in an earlier Twitter update indicated that it will be the iPhone 4’s exclusive carrier in Germany. T-Mobile Netherlands has posted a simple page indicating that it will offer the iPhone 4. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 4 in Germany on June 24 and in the Netherlands sometime in July. [via Engadget]
iLounge has posted a set of two new high-definition hands-on videos of Apple’s iPhone 4 today, one focused on the externals of the new phone by comparison with the original iPhone and iPhone 3GS, and the other on its new software and interface.
The first video is a comparison of the iPhone 4, original iPhone, and iPhone 3GS (YouTube HD link), showing the final, working phone from all angles. It’s also available from Vimeo.
The second video is a full interface video for the iPhone 4 (YouTube HD link), showing off everything from FaceTime to iBooks, iMovie, iOS4 multitasking with the new Pandora application, and the iPhone 4’s other built-in applications. It’s also available from Vimeo.
Both videos are in 720p format.
According to a Forbes Blog report, The Hershey Co. has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Hotrix LLC, creators of the iPhone application iMilk, seeking a declaratory judgment that its own Hershey’s Chocolate Milk iPhone application does not infringe upon Hotrix’s copyright on iMilk. According to the suit filed by Hershey, Hotrix sent a notice of infringement to Hershey in December 2009, claiming that Hershey had stolen the iMilk code and modified it for its own product. In the notice, Hotrix also demanded that Hershey cease marketing its Chocolate Milk app, and threatened to sue if the Chocolate Milk application was not removed.
Both applications allow users to virtually drink a glass of milk on the iPhone and iPod touch. Hershey’s complaint argues that Hotrix LLC cannot claim to own “the unprotectable idea of a virtual glass of milk.” According to the complaint, Hershey created the application independently and notes that the two products are not substantially similar. “Although both reflect the idea of using an iPhone to create a virtual milk drink,” the complaint says, “the actual execution of Hershey’s Chocolate Milk iPhone application is very different than that of the Hottrix application, with numerous substantial differences in the actual expression of each application.” Hershey’s Chocolate Milk application includes a number of features not found in iMilk, including a virtual Hershey’s Syrup bottle, a spoon for stirring, and the iconic red and white straw from Hershey’s product labels.
FileMaker has released an update to its Bento database application for the iPad. Bento for iPad 1.0.1 adds the ability to view Adobe PDF documents stored in media fields and resolves a number of issues related to Address Book integration and videos, pictures, encrypted fields and calculation fields. The update also includes several improvements related to searching, navigation, orientation support and performance and adds three new themes. Bento for iPad is available from the App Store for $5 and is a free update for existing Bento for iPad users.
Slacker has released an update to its popular Slacker Radio streaming music application, introducing the ability for users to listen to Slacker Radio content without an active Internet connection. With Slacker Radio 2.0 users can now cache their favorite stations on the device for offline listening, regardless of whether a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection is available. The offline station caching feature requires a $5/month Slacker Radio Plus subscription; free Slacker Radio Basic users can try the caching feature free for 14 days. Slacker Radio Plus subscriptions also provide users with ad-free listening, access to song lyrics, unlimited song skipping and unlimited song requests. The application also provides both free and paid subscribers with access to artist biographies and album reviews, unlimited online listening and custom radio stations. Slacker Radio 2.0 is available from the App Store as a free download; Slacker Radio Plus subscriptions may be purchased from within the application.
Pangea Software has released a universal update to its game, Antimatter, bringing native iPad support. Antimatter 2.0 is a unique physics-based arcade game where users must direct a stream of glowing antimatter blobs to affect cosmic strings in order to advance through the game, while collecting power-ups and bonus points as well. Antimatter 2.0 is available from the App Store as a free download and is a free update for existing users.
Konnet has rolled out its new ReflexDock Pro for the iPod and iPhone. Designed to work with encased iPods and iPhones, the ReflexDock Pro features an integrated Dock, the ability to charge and sync the attached device via a micro USB port on the rear, Konnet’s Sound Reflection Design to improve the speakerphone experience while docked, and an included AV output connection cable. Konnet’s ReflexDock Pro for the iPod and iPhone is available now and sells for $50.
U.S. antitrust regulators are preparing to launch an investigation into Apple’s decision to effectively bar AdMob from its iOS devices. The Financial Times, citing people familiar with the matter, reports that it’s currently unclear whether the Federal Trade Commission or the Justice Department will handle the investigation. Apple recently changed its iOS developer terms to forbid the sharing of user information with “an advertising service provider owned by or affiliated with a developer or distributor of mobile devices, mobile operating systems or development environments other than Apple,” effectively barring AdMob from all iOS applications. Notably, the company also added language that bars third-party analytics services. Apple is already facing antitrust scrutiny from the Justice Department in relation to its digital music business and its blocking of Flash software from its iOS devices.
A security hole on AT&T’s website has led to the exposure of email addresses and SIM ICC-ID numbers for 114,000 iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G users. Gawker reports that a security company known as Goatse Security discovered a script on AT&T’s website, accessible by the public, through which it obtained the data. While the security group did notify AT&T of the breach, and the company subsequently closed the security hole, the group admits it shared the PHP script it used to harvest the data with several third-parties prior to AT&T’s action, meaning that the accounts of all 114,000 known users, and possibly more, have potentially been compromised. Included in the breach were the email addresses and ICC-ID numbers of a number of high-ups in the media, tech, and financial industries, as well as a number of senior government officials, allegedly including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Despite the leak, a notable security expert at the University of Virginia told Gawker the exposure of ICC-ID information “has no direct security consequences.” AT&T and Apple have yet to comment on the matter.
Both Best Buy and Radio Shack will offer the iPhone 4 on launch day, according to a new report and a series of Twitter updates, respectively. Citing a trusted unnamed source, Engadget reports that Best Buy will be offering the next-generation iPhone at launch, and that stores will apparently have no less than 45 units on hand—30 for the higher-capacity 32GB model and 15 of the 16GB units. Additionally, Radio Shack has confirmed via its Twitter account that it will be offering the iPhone 4 at launch, and will begin taking pre-orders with a $50 deposit on June 15, the same day as Apple. Interestingly, the company will also be accepting trade-ins for the iPhone 4, offering as much as $100 credit for iPhone 3G units and $200 for iPhone 3GS units; more information can be found on the company’s trade-in program website. Apple will launch the iPhone 4 in the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K., and Japan on June 24.
Marware and Belkin have announced their new cases for the iPhone 4. Marware’s lineup includes updated versions of past cases, including the SportShell Convertible for $45 and CEO Premiere for $35, as well as the new CustomShell, a polycarbonate case with a clear window on the back to allow for user customization that sells for $30. Belkin’s new offerings include Grip cases like the textured Grip Ergo for $25, Shield cases like the Shield Shock for $30, leather Verve cases like the Verve Cinema for $30, and Fit armbands including the ProFit for $40. Both Marware and Belkin’s new cases for the iPhone 4 are expected to ship later this month.
Apple has updated its iOS developer agreement to allow for some sharing of user and device data with third-party advertisers, while effectively banning Google-owned AdMob in the process. AllThingsD reports that in April, Apple changed its developer agreement to ban the sharing of user and device data with third party ad networks and analytics tools, a move that Apple CEO Steve Jobs later said was made in the interest of protecting user privacy, adding that the company might revisit the terms in the future. The new terms allow for the sharing of “UDID, user location data, and other data specifically designated by Apple as available for advertising purposes,” but only when prior user consent has been given, and then in only two circumstances: when the collection, use or disclosure is necessary “in order to provide a service or function that is directly relevant to the user of the Application,” or “is for the purpose of serving advertising” to the application.
Notably, the new terms specify that developers “may not use third party analytics software” to “collect and send device data to a third party for aggregation, processing, or analysis.” They also stipulate that third party advertising is only allowed when the advertising service is “an independent advertising service provider whose primary business is serving mobile ads (for example, an advertising service provider owned by or affiliated with a developer or distributor of mobile devices, mobile operating systems or development environments other than Apple would not qualify as independent).” The new terms appear to ban both AdMob and analytics services such as Flurry, which was singled out in Jobs’ response explaining the initial change.
AdMob founder Omar Hamoui has responded to Apple’s move in a post on AdMob’s blog, saying the changes threaten to “decrease – or even eliminate – revenue that helps to support tens of thousands of developers. The terms hurt both large and small developers by severely limiting their choice of how best to make money. And because advertising funds a huge number of free and low cost apps, these terms are bad for consumers as well.” He added that the change in terms “is not in the best interests of users or developers,” and said the company would be “speaking to Apple to express our concerns about the impact of these terms.”
KainosAgora has released TweetAgora, its anticipated filtering client for Twitter users on the iPhone and iPod touch. First previewed in late March, TweetAgora is a fully featured Twitter client that aims to improve the signal-to-noise ratio in users’ Twitter streams by providing advanced filtering capabilities to allow users to better control what they see in their timelines. Users can filter out tweets by keyword or sender, filter out conversations and in the full version can also hide tweets from services such as Foursquare, Gowalla and Formspring. Further, TweetAgora allows users to view only specific types of tweets within their timeline, such as links, pictures or retweets and to also create their own “Agoras” to consolidate content into a single stream based on keywords, lists and people. Beyond its filtering capabilities, TweetAgora also provides support for Twitter lists, full conversation threads, drafts, Evernote integration, Geo-location support, image links and URL shortening, both new and old style retweeting, and support for 280-character Direct Messages. TweetAgora is available from the App Store as a free download. The free version allows users to filter up to three keywords and three people, create up to three Agoras and load up to 150 tweets in a timeline. Users can upgrade to the paid version for $5 via in-app purchase to remove these limitations and add support for multiple accounts and Foursquare, Gowall and Formspring filtering.
This week’s featured photo is from our iPads Around the World gallery, and shows an iPad getting ready to cross into the Arctic Circle along the Dalton Highway in Alaska. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures featuring your favorite iPod, iPad, or iPhone and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!
In celebration of the iPads Around the World Gallery launch we are giving away a $250 iTunes Gift Card. All you have to do is retweet our message and submit one or more photos of your iPad in front of a landmark and be entered for a chance to win the $250 iTunes Gift Card. The winner will be picked in a random drawing on July 1, 2010.
Jays has outed its new a-JAYS Four iPhone stereo music headset for the iPhone 4. Designed to match the iPhone 4 but compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPad, third-generation iPod touch, fifth-generation iPod nano, and third-generation iPod shuffle, the a-JAYS Four iPhone features an in-line three button control module, the same sound signature as the company’s a-Jays Three, a new, custom-built silicon microphone, an angled 3.5mm plug, and a flat, tangle-free cord. a-JAYS Four iPhone will be available in black and white and is expected to ship in Q3 2010; pricing has yet to be announced.