MotionX has released an update adding iOS 4 background navigation to its subscription-based navigation app for the iPhone and iPod touch. When running on multitasking capable iOS 4 devices, MotionX GPS Drive 5.0 now provides routing and live guidance in the background, including live voice directions while running other applications. The update also provides improved accuracy of GPS location information when connected to a power source. MotionX GPS Drive is available from the App Store for $1 and includes 30 days of real-time routing with Live Voice Guidance. After the initial 30-day trial period, users may continue using the other navigation features of the application or purchase a subscription for $3/month or $25/year to continue using Live Voice Guidance.
Sophiestication Software has updated its award-winning Articles Wikipedia reference app to support iOS 4 Fast App Switching and the iPhone 4 Retina display. Articles 1.2 also adds several other fixes and enhancements including search interface improvements, a list of recently-used languages, improvements to font size adjustments and chapter index display and several performance optimizations. Articles 1.2 is available from the App Store for $3 and is a free update for current users.
The Icon Factory has released a major update to its popular Twitter client. Twitterrific 3.0 merges the previous separate iPhone and iPad versions into a single universal app for both platforms and adds support for iOS 4 fast app switching and interface optimizations for the iPhone 4 Retina display. Other new features and improvements include VoiceOver accessibility for the visually impaired, a light appearance theme, OAuth authentication and tweet integration for media upload services, new “Relationship” information on the user profile screen and a simplified and friendlier user interface for iPhone users. The update also fixes problems with shortening very long URLs and preserving draft tweets when network problems occur. Twitterrific 3.0 is available from the App Store as a free ad-supported version—a Premium upgrade is available within the app for $5 to remove the advertising and add support for multiple Twitter accounts. Twitterrific 3.0 Premium is a free upgrade for Premium users of the iPad version; users of Twitterrific 2.0 for the iPhone will need to purchase the Premium upgrade separately or use the free, ad-supported version with single account support.
Speck Products has unveiled its new line of cases for the iPhone 4. The lineup includes updated versions of the CandyShell, a hybrid hard plastic and soft rubber case that’s priced at $35, the PixelSkin, a uniquely textured rubberized case that sells for $25, and the Fitted, a two-piece, snap-together hard shell case with a fabric-backed panel priced at $30. In addition, Speck is also offering the new GeoMetric, a TPU case featuring a unique triangular relief on the back panel and a price of $30, and the PixelSkin HD, a more detailed take on its PixelSkin case made from TPU and featuring shiny back panel with a smaller, pixel-inspired raised square design on the back; it is also priced at $30. Speck’s lineup of new cases for the iPhone 4 will be available soon.
De Voorkant has released an iOS 4 universal update to its archive file management application, iUnarchive. Originally released as an iPad application, iUnarchive 1.2.1 is now a universal app that can take advantage of the file management features of iOS 4. iUnarchive allows users to open and display the content of compressed files from other apps such as Mail or Safari using the built-in “Open In” option found in iOS 4. Users can then open individual files in other supported applications or open any additional nested archives contained within the original file. iUnarchive can open ZIP, RAR, 7-ZIP, TAR, GZIP, bz2, LhA and StuffIt archives, including password-protected files and can preview contained JPG, PNG, GIF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PDF, RTF and iWork documents as well as text files and syntax-highlighted programming language source files. iUnarchive requires iOS 3.2 or later on the iPad or iOS 4 on the iPhone and iPod touch. It is currently available from the App Store for $1 for a limited time and is a free update for users of the iPad version.
Return7 has released an update to its photo geotagging application PlaceTagger adding iOS 4 background location support. PlaceTagger allows users to track their location while taking photos using a standalone digital camera and then later use that location information to automatically add geotags to photos during import into iPhoto or Aperture or export geotag information via a GPX file for other applications. The addition of iOS 4 background location support to the latest version will allow PlaceTagger users to more effectively track their location without having to worry about leaving the PlaceTagger application constantly running. Although PlaceTagger provides options to balance location accuracy and battery usage, the release notes indicate that “PlaceTagger will consume more battery in the background than it will in the foreground” suggesting that background location tracking inherently consumes more power or simply may have fewer configuration options available for power-saving. PlaceTagger is available from the App Store for $10 and is a free update for current users.
Pangea Software, developers of such popular iPhone game applications as Enigmo and Cro-Mag Rally have announced that it will be providing free updates to all of its iPhone games to add native support for the new iPhone 4 960 x 640 Retina display. Most Pangea titles have already been updated for iPhone 4 and and are available as free updates for users of the previous versions, including Enigmo, Cro-Mag Rally, Bugdom 2, Nanosaur 2, Antimatter, Billy Frontier, PangeaVR and more. A complete list can be found on Pangea’s App Store Page. All updated applications will continue to support the older iPhone and iPod touch models running iOS 3.1.3 as well.
Magmic has released an official Rubik’s Cube game optimized for iPhone 4 devices. Rubik’s Cube provides an authentic digital representation of the classic puzzle and can take advantage of optimized Retina display graphics and gyroscope controls when used on the iPhone 4. In addition to the traditional 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube, the game provides 24 other styles with sizes ranging from 2x2x2 to 5x5x5. Players can also choose an extra challenging CRAZY Cube or create a Picture Cube with their own photos. Rubik’s Cube also supports custom background and Cube stickers, an anaglyph 3D model for three-dimensional play and an included solution guide. Using the iPhone camera, users can also take a photo of a physical Rubik’s Cube and the application will analyze it and provide hints and solutions. Rubik’s Cube is available from the App Store for $3.
Case-mate and Grove has rolled out new cases for the iPhone 4. Case-mate has added to its lineup of iPhone 4 cases with the Vroom, a $15 black silicone case featuring a tire tread pattern on the rear, access to all ports and controls, and an included screen protector, and the Gelli, a semi-transparent, flexible TPU case featuring a form-fitting design, a geometric pattern on the rear, and an included screen protector for $20. Grove’s new lineup includes both Plain and Artist Series iPhone 4 cases milled from solid, FSC-certified bamboo, with a slide-off bottom for easy docking, either a stainless steel or black aluminum bezel, and open access to all ports and controls. Grove’s Plain and Artist Series bamboo cases for the iPhone 4 sell for $49 and $69, respectively.
A number of iPhone 4 owners are reporting that their new phones arrived with portions of the screen exhibiting a brown or yellow discoloration. Mac Rumors reports that users on both its forums and on Apple’s Support Discussion forums are complaining of the hardware issue. At least one iPhone 4 owner was told to take their problematic device to the nearest Apple Store Genius Bar, although the same representative admitted that there are no replacement units available at this time. It is unclear how widespread the issue may be, but it appears to be affecting a non-trivial number of users. [Photo by Apple forum member elitemrp]
Update: An AppleInsider forum member named austingaijin claims that the discoloration should dissipate within a few days of use. He states, “Apple is using a bonding agent called Organofunctional Silane Z-6011 to bond the layers of glass. Apparently, Apple (or more likely Foxconn) is shipping these products so quickly that the evaporation process is not complete. However, after one or two days of use, especially with the screen on, will complete the evaporation process and the yellow “blotches” will disappear. How do I know? I was involved in pitching Z-6011 to Apple.” [via Engadget]
Apple has released its iMovie app for the iPhone 4. Announced at WWDC 2010 on June 7th, the iPhone version of iMovie provides iPhone 4 users with a mobile version of Apple’s Mac iMovie application, providing the ability to edit videos directly on the iPhone via onscreen Multi-Touch controls. Users can add video from the iPhone library or record directly using the built-in camera, scrub through and trim videos, and add background music, photos, titles and basic transitions. A selection of five themes is available within the app, with each theme including its own distinct set of titles and transitions. Additional features include support for location services to automatically insert maps and appropriate place titles, inserted photos with a Ken Burns effect and ducking support for lowering background music and highlighting audio. Movies created in iMovie can be exported in Medium, Large or HD formats, shared via e-mail or MMS or uploaded directly to MobileMe or YouTube. iMovie runs only on the iPhone 4 and is available from the App Store in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Japan for $5.
iLounge has posted its First Looks at Apple’s two new accessories for the iPhone 4: the iPhone 4 Bumper “case” and the iPhone 4 Dock. Notably, the dock is smaller than you might expect, and is reportedly in short supply at Apple Stores, while the Bumper is simply a thin glossy plastic band that protects the iPhone 4’s sides and not much else. To learn more about either or both of these new official Apple accessories, visit the articles via the links above.
The iPhone 4 has officially launched in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Japan, with customers standing in lengthy lines to get their hands on Apple’s latest handset. iLounge editor Jeremy Horwitz found a substantial group of people waiting to enter the mall and begin queueing outside the Apple Store when he arrived at the Walden Galleria in Buffalo, NY at 5:30 a.m. Our publisher Dennis Lloyd found a similar crowd waiting outside the Apple Store in Costa Mesa, CA, and reports from other cities across the U.S. indicate that most Apple Stores have and/or had impressive crowds awaiting the launch. Notably, the line outside Apple’s flagship 5th Avenue store in New York City—which TUAW describes as longer than the lines for the iPhone 3GS or even the iPad’s launch—wraps around a full city block.
Internationally, the Associated Press is reporting that lines “hundreds” of people long were seen outside stores in nearly every country, including outside Apple’s retail stores in the Ginza shopping district of Tokyo, Japan, Regent Street in the U.K., and outside T-Mobile’s flagship store in Berlin and Softbank’s flagship store in Tokyo. The report also relays the story of a French shoe salesman who went to pick up the iPhone 4 on his lunch break only to learn that they were already sold out. “Either I’ll look elsewhere or come back later,” he said.
Update: Four and a half hours after arriving at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA, iLounge Publisher Dennis Lloyd has yet to enter the Apple Store due to the lengthy reservation line. For customers still waiting, Apple has been providing free Smart Water, coffee, half sandwiches, lemonade, iced tea, and umbrellas for shade.
iLounge has posted a suite of brand new videos comparing the video capabilities of the new iPhone 4 to those of the iPhone 3GS and Flip Ultra HD.
A set of two 720p videos, filmed at the same time, show how the iPhone 4 camera directly compares against the Flip Ultra HD camera, a pocket-sized rival that Apple targeted last year with video camera updates to the iPod nano and iPhone 3GS. For the first time, iPhone 4 has the resolution to compete pixel for pixel against Flip’s higher-end recorder, and it has something Flip doesn’t: Tap to Focus during video, enabling the iPhone 4 to create depth of field effects, but also to render some scenes softly relative to the Flip since the latter device’s fixed-focus lens offers consistent sharpness without depth of field capabilities. The first iPhone 4 video is here, and the comparison Flip Ultra HD video is here. The second iPhone 4 video is here, and the comparison Flip Ultra HD video is here.
For those interested in seeing the iPhone 3GS versus the iPhone 4, a longer set of videos shows how the older 640x480 camera on the iPhone 3GS compares to the newer 1280x720 camera on the iPhone 4. Both devices now have Tap to Focus capabilities during video recording, but differ in both aspect ratio and lens width; the iPhone 4 crops and scales down its 5-Megapixel sensor to get the 720p frames it captures. Each set of two videos was recorded at the same time. The iPhone 4 video is here, and the iPhone 3GS video is here. Enjoy!
Mophie has introduced its new line of Juice Pack Universal external batteries for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The Juice Pack Reserve is a slender external battery for the iPod and iPhone, featuring a retractable 30-pin connector, four LED status indicator lights, and integrated LED flashlight, a 1000mAh, high-output battery, an included USB charging cable, and a keychain attachment. It is priced at $40. The Juice Pack Boost offers an identical feature set and similar design to the Reserve, but ups the battery to a 1500mAh cell for $60; the company will also be offering a larger-capacity, iPod-, iPhone-, and iPad compatible charger known as the Power Station for $100. The Juice Pack Reserve is available now; the Boost and Power Station will be available at a later date.
The Omni Group has released a major update to its flagship OmniFocus productivity application for iPhone and iPod touch users. OmniFocus 1.7 adds new refreshed high-resolution artwork for the iPhone 4 Retina display and adds support for several of the multitasking features introduced in iOS 4. When running on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and third-generation iPod touch, OmniFocus 1.7 now provides fast app switching, local notifications of due tasks and the ability to complete some operations such as database optimization while running in the background. Local Notifications allow users of multitasking-capable iOS 4 devices to receive notifications when tasks are due even when OmniFocus is not the active application and regardless of whether the user is synchronizing with a back-end server or not. The previous synced calendar alert system continues to be available for users of older devices or users still using iOS 3.x or earlier. The update also includes several other minor changes including the display of completed projects within the Completed perspective and bug fixes related to audio recording. OmniFocus 1.7 is available from the App Store for $20 and is a free update for existing users. It can synchronize with the Mac version of OmniFocus (sold separately) via Wi-Fi or a WebDAV server such as iDisk or can be used by itself as a standalone application.
In a posting to its Facebook account, Radio Shack is warning customers that its stocks of iPhone 4 will be severely constrained. “The demand for iPhone 4 has far exceeded expectations across the industry. Due to limited supply, we will do our best to help you understand what to expect on launch day,” the company says. “In some cases, stores that took requests will not receive the iPhone 4 on June 24. We are sorry for any confusion and disappointment regarding this and will share future availability as soon as we have more information…. The quickest way to confirm that your store will have inventory is to call the store this week. For those who placed a Customer Request, please understand that due to limited supply we may not be able to fulfill all requests. We are making every effort to contact all customers who placed requests to let them know the status of phone availability.” Radio Shack also notes that all iPhone 4 pick-ups must be done by noon on June 24, or else the phone will be made available to the next person on the list. [via TUAW]
Apple has posted its new User Guide for the iPhone 4 and iOS 4 online (PDF Link). The 28-chapter, 200+ page guide covers a host of iOS 4 features—including syncing and file sharing, all the core, pre-installed applications, iBooks, Nike + iPod functionality, and accessibility. Notably, the Guide includes several iPhone 4-specific notes and illustrations, including those for SIM card installation, high-definition video syncing, putting a call on hold—you press and hold the Mute button on the iPhone 4’s call screen—placing a FaceTime call, switching between the device’s two cameras, and a note stating that movies rented on the iPhone 4 cannot be transferred to a computer as on the iPhone 3G and 3GS; although movies rented on the computer in iTunes can be transferred to an iPhone 4 unit. [via Mac Rumors]
Apple has released a statement confirming that white iPhone 4 units will be unavailable on launch day. In the statement, Apple claims that white models of the iPhone 4 “have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July.” Speculation about the availability of white iPhone 4 units has persisted since the phone was unavailable for pre-order alongside black models on June 15; this is also the first time Apple has publicly suggested that a black iPhone model is more popular than its white counterpart.
Although Apple is spreading out the arrival of iPhone 4 pre-orders over three days, the influx of new handsets appears to already be causing some problems with iTunes and AT&T’s activation servers. One iLounge editor had repeated trouble attempting to activate his iPhone, with the activation going through on the seventh try, and only after a restart of iTunes; repeated “timeout” messages were seemingly resolved by the restart. However, two other phones were received and activated without issue. It is unclear whether these problems are related to AT&T’s activation servers, a glitch in iTunes, or something else, and whether they will persist or quickly dissipate ahead of tomorrow’s official launch.