SwitchEasy and MiLi have rolled out their new accessories for the iPhone 4. SwitchEasy’s Nude case is made from GE Lexan polycarbonate, and features open access to all ports and controls, a wide-angle, flash-friendly camera hole, and a number of included add-ons, including two anti-static screen guards, a microfiber cleaning cloth, two headphone port protectors, and two 30-pin connector protectors. Nude for iPhone 4 is available in eight colors—two translucent, six opaque—and sells for $20; for more information, see our First Look article.
MiLi‘s Power Spring for iPhone 4 (pictured) is an updated version of its prior Power Spring for iPhone 3G and 3GS battery case, featuring a folding-top design, an integrated 1200mAh rechargeable battery, good for up to 7.5 hours of extra talk time or Internet use over 3G, and a variety of available color combinations. MiLi’s Power Spring has yet to find a distributor in the U.S.; exact price and release information has yet to be announced.
AT&T has released an official statement on recent reports of slow upload speeds observed by some iPhone 4 users. “AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent jointly identified a software defect—triggered under certain conditions - that impacted uplink performance for Laptop Connect and smartphone customers using 3G HSUPA-capable wireless devices in markets with Alcatel-Lucent equipment. This impacts less than two percent of our wireless customer base,” AT&T said in the statement. “While Alcatel-Lucent develops the appropriate software fix, we are providing normal 3G uplink speeds and consistent performance for affected customers with HSUPA-capable devices.”
SoftBank has announced that it registered 229,500 net new subscribers in June, outpacing rival carriers NTT DoCoMo and KDDI. The Wall Street Journal reports that while the company doesn’t break out specific iPhone sales numbers, Apple’s handsets—particularly the iPhone 4, which launched in Japan on June 24—is likely to have made a substantial contribution to that figure. Overall, SoftBank has added roughly three-quarter of a million new subscribers in the last three months. SoftBank is the exclusive service provider for both the iPhone and iPad in Japan.
IvySkin and Noreve St. Tropez have both introduced new cases for the iPhone 4. IvySkin’s iPhone 4 Reception Case (pictured) is a clear polycarbonate case measuring 0.8mm thick on the sides and 0.6mm on the back, with openings for access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and included front and back anti-scratch film protectors. It is available for pre-order now for $15; additionally, all iPhone 4 Reception Case customers will be eligible for a $15 credit towards the purchase of the upcoming SmartCase for iPhone 4 when it arrives in August. Noreve’s iPhone 4 Tradition C Leather Case is a pouch-style case featuring side openings for access to the power and volume buttons, ring/silent switch, and for ease of removal, a high-quality leather exterior, embossed interior lining, and a removable plastic belt clip. It is available in a wide variety of leathers starting at $45; both cases are expected to ship later this month.
Apple has told a prominent blogger that about 400 iTunes accounts were compromised during the recent rash of hacks that were used to boost sales of one developer’s apps. Clayton Morris, blogger and co-host of The Grizzly Bear Egg Café podcast, says that Apple responded to an earlier inquiry of his, claiming that only 400 of the 150 million iTunes users—less than 0.0003%—were impacted by the scam. Apple also said that the iTunes servers were not compromised in any way, and that Apple is going to have users enter their credit cards’ security codes more often going forward as an added security measure. The Vietnamese developer responsible for the most high-profile hacks, Thuat Nguyen, has been banned from the App Store.
This week’s featured photo is from our iPads Around the World gallery, and shows an iPad resting in a park, reflecting the image of La Tour McGill in Montreal, Canada. 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!
Apple has released a maintenance update to iMovie for the iPhone 4 addressing several issues with the 1.0 version. iMovie 1.0.1 improves reliability when exporting movies containing photos, resolves issues with music playback within a project and promises additional performance and reliability improvements. iMovie is available from the App Store in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Japan for $5 and is a free update for current users.
Web Information Solutions has released an update to its Pocket Information calendar and task manager for the iPhone and iPod touch. The version 1.5 update adds support for iOS 4 background alarms, location and syncing on multitasking-capable devices such as the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch. Local Notifications allow calendar alarms to now be set locally rather than relying on a Push Notification server and Pocket Informant can now take advantage of task completion to finish syncing with online services such as Google Calendar and ToodleDo even after the user has closed the app. The update also provides support for location-based task notifications on the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. Other improvements include resolution enhancements for the iPhone 4 Retina Display, the ability to associate icons with events and tasks and tap-and-hold context menus in month and week views. The update also improves performance and fixes several bugs from the previous version. Pocket Information 1.5 is available from the App Store for $13 and is a free update for current users.
Apple has released an update to its MobileMe iDisk application, adding iPad support and iOS 4 multitasking capabilities. MobileMe iDisk 1.2 is now a universal app providing native support for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The update also adds iOS 4 multitasking support for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and third-generation iPod touch devices with not only Fast App Switching support but also background audio allowing users to stream audio files from their iDisk while using another app. Users can also now open documents from their iDisk directly in compatible third-party applications, send out shared file links using any configured e-mail account or simply copy a shared file URL to the clipboard to paste into another application. The new version also now displays the last file or directory when opening the app and includes various stability improvements over the previous version. Mobile iDisk 1.2 is available from the App Store as a free download.
A lengthy thread on Mac Rumors’ forums dating back to July 4 suggests that AT&T is at best experiencing data difficulties and at worst outright capping uploads speeds of iPhone 4 users. Many users report seeing upload speeds around 100kbps in places where they previously saw speeds of 1.0mbps and higher just a few days earlier. The phenomenon appears to be most common in major metropolitan areas, including, according to the thread, New York City, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Washington D.C., Salt Lake City, Columbus, and Orlando. One iLounge editor living in the Orlando area has yet to see the problem in testing using the free speedtest.net app; Mac Rumors says that a couple of users have spoken with AT&T and were told that the company is experiencing data issues in much of the country, although no timetable was given for when the problem might be fixed.
Groundspeak has released a major update to its Geocaching application for iPhone and iPod touch users. Geocaching 4.0 adds a number of popular user-requested features including a functionally redesigned user interface and Google Maps integration. Users can also take photos with the iPhone camera and submit them with geocache logs, submit logs for Trackable items and view and edit log submissions. It is now also possible for users to view any list of caches on the map and view their inventory of Trackable items. The update also provides improved support for Pocket Query downloads, an online/offline indicator, GPS status and support for setting a Home location within the app. Geocaching 4.0 is ”>available from the App Store for $10 and is a free update for existing users.
The winners of our Sound Earphones Giveaway have been announced. In the giveaway, five iLounge readers won a $100 Gift Card good towards any product at SoundEarphones.com. Congratulations to all the winners! Don’t forget to enter our V-Moda Crossfade LP Giveaway, our Giveaway of the Month for July.
iLounge is pleased to announce the V-Moda Crossfade LP Giveaway. In our Giveaway of the Month for July, iLounge and V-Moda are giving away five Crossfade LP Headphones. In addition, V-Moda is offering the first 100 people who use coupon code “iLounge” on shop.v-moda.com a free set of Remix Remote earphones with the purchase of Crossfade LP Headphones. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on July 31, 2010 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
Apple has issued a response to reports of iTunes users seeing their accounts hacked and used to purchase certain apps in order to build App Store rankings. “The developer Thuat Nguyen and his apps were removed from the App Store for violating the developer Program License Agreement, including fraudulent purchase patterns,” Apple told Engadget. “Developers do not receive any iTunes confidential customer data when an app is downloaded. If your credit card or iTunes password is stolen and used on iTunes we recommend that you contact your financial institution and inquire about canceling the card and issuing a chargeback for any unauthorized transactions. We also recommend that you change your iTunes account password immediately. For more information on best practices for password security visit http://www.apple.com/support/itunes.” It remains unclear how many accounts were compromised, or how, although it has been suggested that it was a very small percentage of the 100 million active iTunes accounts.
Vaja has debuted its first two cases for the iPhone 4. The iVolution Top is a flip-style case with a fold-forward screen cover, a leather exterior, open access to most ports and controls, and embossed interior lining. It is available in a wide range of colors and leathers and sells for $80. The Classic Retro Slim Bag is a sleeve-style case offering a vertical front stripe and opening for the power button for $55. Both of Vaja’s new cases for the iPhone 4 are available for order now.
Gowalla has released an update to its social location sharing app for the iPhone and iPod touch, adding support for iOS 4 multitasking and adding new high-resolution graphics for the iPhone 4 Retina Display. iOS 4 improvements include support for Fast App Switching and continuous tracking of nearby spots as well as other improvements in how Gowalla handles location tracking. New users can now sign up for a Gowalla account directly within the app, including the ability to fill in information from the iPhone Address Book and the update also improves the process of connecting to Twitter and Facebook. Gowalla 2.2 is available from the App Store as a free download. A separate iPad version is also available.
Apple has increased its monthly iPad orders to its Taiwanese manufacturing partners to over two million units in July, according to a Digitimes report. Citing Digitimes Research analyst Mingchi Kuo, the report claims that Apple is estimated to have ordered roughly 2.3 million iPads in July with a mix of 58-60% iPad with Wi-Fi +3G models despite the Wi-Fi-only model’s stronger sales in the first half of the year. The iPad is currently available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K., and will launch in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July. [via Mac Rumors]
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is now expected to skip the annual Allen & Co. media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, according to new report. The Financial Times claims that Jobs has told some he plans to skip the event, while telling others that he was “leaning against” attending, but remained undecided. This contradicts a BusinessWeek report from late last month that claimed Jobs was expected to appear, and speculated that he would use the gathering of notable CEOs and leaders from both the technology and media industries as a opportunity to convince some executives to offer more content for Apple’s devices. Jobs has attended the conference twice in the past, in 1999 and 2005.
SK Telecom is in talks with Apple about offering both the iPhone and service for the iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in South Korea. The Wall Street Journal reports that SK Telecom CEO Jung Man-won recently said that the companies were in talks, but admitted that “some noises about problems with the latest iPhone” were worrisome. “We’ve built a solid reputation for offering good after-service for handsets, and we can’t take any risks,” he added. According to the report, SK Telecom has seen significant competition from rival KT due to the latter’s sale of the iPhone; KT plans to launch the iPhone 4 in July, while no plans have yet been made concerning the iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in South Korea.
Users of Nike+ compatible iPhone and iPod touch models running iOS 4 are reporting a number of issues using the exercise companion system. Issues reported on a lengthy Nike forum thread include difficulty in linking with sensor, the inability to resume a workout after a pause, lack of spoken feedback, uncomfortably loud spoken feedback, workout distance totals that are double the true distance, failure of new workout distances to be added to workout totals, out of order playlists, and more. A Nike representative is monitoring the thread, and has said a team is “attempting to summarize and quantify this information for internal purposes and for [their] colleagues at Apple.” The representative appears confident that a fix will be available soon for affected users, although it’s unclear whether such a fix can be rolled out independently of a larger software update from Apple. [via Macworld UK]