In a new report discussing Apple’s rollout of its iAd mobile advertising service, Advertising Age suggests that iOS 4 for iPad will arrive in November. According to the report, Apple is telling marketers that the iPad—which will require an iOS 4 update to run the ads, and is being looked at as the most promising device for advertisers—won’t be on the iAd platform until November. In addition, the report claims that many of the advertisers that have signed on to the iAd platform won’t have ads in the system when it launches later this week, as many are still in the concept and creation stages. Advertisers are said to be paying $1 million just to be on the platform, with some companies, such as Nissan for automobiles and Citi for banks, paying up to $10 million in order to secure some measure of exclusivity in their respective categories.
iPont has released an update to its FlickStackr Flickr photo sharing application for the iOS devices. A universal app, FlickStackr allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to search and browse photos on Flickr, upload new photos and edit metadata for existing photos. FlickStackr 1.3 adds a number of new features including iOS 4 compatibility, Flickr video playback support, better integration with the Camera Connection Kit and iPhone camera and improved slideshow, swipe and photo list views and additional social features including Facebook integration. The update also now preserves existing EXIF information when uploading photos to Flickr and allows users to select a photo size when uploading. FlickStackr is currently available from the App Store for $1.
SmileOnMyMac has released a universal update to its TextExpander text expansion application for iOS devices. TextExpander 1.1.4 adds an iPad-native user interface and additional minor fixes and improvements. TextExpander is a utility app for iOS devices that allows users to create their own abbreviations for common snippets of text and expand them automatically. Unlike its Mac counterpart, limitations in iOS prevent TextExpander from functioning as a background application, requiring users to either compose their text within the app for pasting into another app or use a TextExpander-enhanced third-party application. TextExpander compatible apps include Twitter for iPhone, SimpleNote, WriteRoom, SMS touch and others; a complete list of third-party apps integrating TextExpander support can be found at http://www.smileonmymac.com/applist. TextExpander 1.1.4 is available from the App Store for $5 as a universal app for both iPad and iPhone devices and is a free upgrade for current users.
AT&T has started selling the iPhone 4 both online and at its retail stores, leading to another round of lengthy lines for the popular new handset. Mac Rumors reports that some lines are more than one hundred customers long, and a search of Twitter shows a large number of people in lines across the country. AT&T was originally expected to offer the iPhone 4 on launch day, announcing only two days prior that it was pushing its walk-in sales launch back to June 29 due to limited supply. AT&T is offering the iPhone 4 on a first-come, first-serve basis.
A number of iPhone 4 owners are experiencing a couple of new bugs unrelated to the ongoing reception issues. Over three hundred replies have been logged on one Apple discussion board thread dealing with a proximity sensor issue in which the iPhone 4 prematurely activates the screen, leading to inadvertent button presses and even accidental hang-ups. Another lengthy thread deals with a problem where the Camera app crashes immediately after opening. In both cases, it is unclear whether a software update will be able to fix the issue, or whether a hardware replacement will be necessary for those affected. [via AppleInsider | Mercury News]
Apple has posted its new television ad for the iPhone 4 online. Based heavily on a video shown during the company’s keynote address at WWDC, the minute-long spot focuses solely on the iPhone 4’s FaceTime video calling feature, and shows a number of different people using FaceTime in different ways to communicate. As it was during the keynote, the video is accompanied by the song “When You’re Smiling” by Louis Armstrong. Apple’s new iPhone 4 television ad can be viewed on the company’s website. [via Daring Fireball]
Apple’s new iPhone 4 Bumper cases are causing issues with prior-generation Apple cables and earlier headphones. A number of readers have reported that older Apple and third-party accessories are incompatible with the very tight port holes on the new Bumper cases, leaving owners unable to use many third-party cables and headphones. Notably, Apple’s own included cables and headphones should fit without issue, as tested by iLounge with both white and black Bumper cases. For more information on Apple’s iPhone 4 Bumper case, see our First Look article.
The component costs of the new 16GB iPhone 4 are roughly $188, according to research firm iSuppli. Based on their own teardown, iSuppli estimates that the iPhone 4’s high-resolution 3.5-inch “Retina display” is its most expensive component, costing an estimated $28.50. According to BusinessWeek, iSuppli estimates that the phone’s A4 processor costs $10.75, the gyroscope chip $2.60, and the accelerometer $0.65. “Over the years, the iPhone has generally tended to hover in the $170-to -$180 cost range because Apple seems to be trying to hit some kind of budget,” Kevin Keller, who helped conduct the iSuppli teardown, told BusinessWeek in an interview. Notably, iSuppli’s estimate does not include costs such as labor, shipping, advertising, research and development, or patent licensing.
Apple has posted a new support document explaining how to configure a firewall or security software to enable iPhone 4 FaceTime video chats over Wi-Fi. The document claims that while FaceTime will “just work” on most Wi-Fi networks, the feature may fail on some networks protected by a firewall. According to the document, port forwarding must be enabled for ports 53, 80, 443, 4080, 5223, and 16393-16472 (UDP) for FaceTime to function correctly on firewall-protected networks. For all other Wi-Fi related issues, Apple refers users to its general Wi-Fi troubleshooting document.
Due to the massive popularity of the iPhone 4, Apple’s shipment estimate for new online orders of the handset has been pushed to three weeks. It took less than 24 hours for Apple to sell through its launch-day allotment of iPhone 4 units online, pushing the estimated ship date back to July 2; hours later, the date was pushed back again, to July 14. In a brief statement included in the company’s announcement of 1.7 million iPhone 4 units sold in the first three days, Apple CEO apologized to customers who were turned away because of limited stock; despite the supply issues, Apple is on track to launch the phone in an additional 18 countries by the end of July. [via AllThingsD]
Amazon has introduced Kindle Editions with Audio/Video for users of the Kindle application on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The new e-book format now includes embedded video and audio clips in Kindle books, allowing readers to access rich-media content as part of the reading experience. Support for the new content was quietly added to the Kindle app for iOS devices last week with the new content appearing on Amazon’s Kindle Store yesterday. Some of the first books to take advantage of the new technology include Rick Steves’ London which provides walking tours with narration and Rose’s Heavenly Cakes which includes video tips on preparing the perfect cake. The current books are priced at $12 each and although only nine audio/video titles are presently available, Amazon notes that this is only the beginning and they are collaborating with major publishers such as Wiley and Avalon Travel to take advantage of this new functionality. Kindle for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available from the App Store as a free download. Kindle Editions with Audio/Video can be found at http://www.amazon.com/kindleaudiovideo.
Apple has announced that it sold more than 1.7 million iPhone 4 units from Thursday, June 24 through Saturday, June 26. “This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.” The iPhone 4 is available now in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Japan, and will be available in an additional 18 countries—Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland—by the end of July.
If you haven’t yet entered our Sound Earphones Giveaway, this is your last weekend to do so. In our Giveaway of the Month for June, iLounge and Sound Earphones are giving away five $100 Gift Cards good towards any product at SoundEarphones.com. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on June 30, 2010 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
Marco Arment has updated his popular Instapaper Pro application, adding basic iOS 4 support and renaming the application to simply “Instapaper,” dropping the “Pro” designation. Instapaper 2.2.4 continues to support all of the features of the previous “Instapaper Pro” version and adds support for Fast App Switching on iOS 4, swipe gestures for page-turning on iOS 4 and iPad devices with improved page turn performance and OAuth support for Twitter. The update also fixes minor interface bugs related to the actions menu, the folder list and zooming of text. iOS 4 multitasking support is currently limited to Fast App Switching; background task completion for synchronization is expected to be coming in a later update. Instapaper 2.2.4 is a universal app and is available from the App Store for $5; a free version is also available for the iPhone and iPod touch.
Apple is offering new iPhone 4 users a dedicated toll-free hotline for them to call to test the FaceTime feature of their new handsets. Mobiture reports that calling 1-888-FACETIME and instigating a FaceTime call allows users to video chat with an Apple representative who can tell the caller how to use the feature and offer advanced tips. The service is available from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Central Time; Wi-Fi is, for obvious reasons, required for the service. [via Engadget]
In response to a customer email asking, “Do you think you will ever allow syncing iPhone to Mac over Wi-Fi?,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs reportedly said, “Yep, someday.” Mashable notes that several iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad applications already sync data between the Mac (or PC) over Wi-Fi, but most require specialized desktop software to be running in order for the feature to work.
Pioneer Electronics has introduced a new line of Elite A/V receivers that offer iPhone and iPod support. In addition to offering Works with iPod/iPhone certification via an integrated plug-and-play experience, the new receivers will allow iPhone and iPod touch users to control the audio settings via Pioneer’s iControlAV app, which is available now as a free download from the App Store.
Malaysia Airlines has installed a bank of five iPad-driven kiosks in Kuala Lumpur Sentral to allow passengers to check in via iPad. The iPads are running a modified version of the airline’s existing MHmobile app, which allows users to book flights, check in and choose seats, retrieve their flight status, and more.
Visual Ingenuity has introduced its new CucciCoos covers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. These handcrafted sleeve-style cases are made from a variety of materials and are lined with sheepskin suede to gently clean the device as it is removed from the case. CucciCoos are available now and are priced at $25 and up.
Apple has issued a statement on the reception issues some iPhone 4 users are reporting when holding the device in their left hands, with their palms bridging the small gap between the upper and lower steel plates. According to Engadget, Apple said, “Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.” Notably, a large portion of Apple’s promotional material for the phone up to this point has featured people holding the phone in the exact same manner, and while the service changes do not appear to be as severe as the loss in service “bar” indicators suggests, the issue is gaining media attention and could become a larger problem should it become more widespread.
A class action lawsuit filed against AT&T and Apple earlier this month over the former’s change in data plan offerings has been amended and refiled to include more users, including those out-of-state. The New York Times reports that the suit, filed in U.S. District court in San Jose, CA, currently names three persons who claim Apple and AT&T “baited” them in an iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G with the unlimited wireless data plan, “only to have that promise reneged upon within weeks of their purchases.” The suit notes that AT&T and Apple originally claimed that iPad 3G customers would be able to easily opt-in and opt-out of the unlimited plan, but following AT&T’s data plan changes, it’s unclear whether users who decide to skip a month of data will still be eligible for the unlimited plan afterwards. The suit also claims that AT&T was abrupt in its decision, giving customers less than a week’s notice that the unlimited offering would be eliminated.
iTeleport has released an update to its VNC remote control application for iPhone and iPad devices, introducing support for iOS 4 Fast App Switching and the iPhone 4 Retina display. iTeleport 4.0.4 is available from the App Store for $25 and is a free update for current users.
Toodledo has updated its iPhone task management app to provide support for iOS 4 Fast App Switching and background synchronization when exiting. Toodledo 2.0.1 also provides support for the iPhone 4 Retina display, fixes a problem with the rotation lock on iOS 4 and improves French and Italian translations. Toodledo 2.0.1 is available from the App Store for $4 and is a free update for current users.
Urbanspoon has released an update adding Fast App Switching for multitasking-capable iOS 4 devices. There appear to be no other notable changes beyond iOS 4 support. Urbanspoon is available from the App Store as a free download.
Amazon has updated its Kindle app with optimizations for the iPhone 4 Retina display, but oddly does not appear to have added support for other new iOS 4 enhancements such as Fast App Switching. The release notes also continue to indicate that dictionary support and Google and Wikipedia lookups will also be coming “in the next release.” Kindle 2.1.1 is available from the App Store as a free download.