Apple is expected to announce the first brands to use iAds in Europe later this week, according to a new report. The Financial Times reports that Apple has twice delayed the launch of its iAd mobile advertising platform in Europe, and has in some cases been willing to discuss taking less than its $1 million minimum spend in order to attract better brands as advertisers. “Apple is in a weaker position than you’d think,” said one media agency’s digital leader. According to the report, early partners for the European launch could include L’Oréal, Renault and Nestlé, with two or three campaigns running in early December, and more planned for 2011. Last week, Apple announced a partnership with marketing firm The Dentsu Group to expand Apple’s iAd mobile advertising platform to Japan early next year; no such partnership for Europe is mentioned in the report.
Appremix has released a major update to its Boxcar notification management app for iOS devices. The new version represents a significant overhaul, sporting a completely new UI design and several new features. Boxcar 4.0 adds Retina Display support for the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch, a and now provides a centralized inbox with more alert options. Several additional services are now available as well including Google Buzz, Google Voice and more and users can now reply to and retweet Twitter messages directly in Boxcar without having to open an external Twitter client. Boxcar is a universal app and is available from the App Store as a free download. The free version is ad-supported; users can pay $5 via in-app purchasing to disable the advertising.
Urban Apps has released an update to Ambiance adding iPad and AirPlay support. Ambiance is an “environment enhancer” application that allows the user to play back a wide variety of ambient noises that can be downloaded from a very large catalog of sounds ranging from nature sounds to sounds from busy train stations. Ambiance 3.1 is now a universal application adding native support for the iPad as well as introducing AirPlay support for full audio streaming to an Apple TV, Airport Express or other AirPlay compatible output device. The new version also fixes a number of issues related to push notifications, caching of pages and general user interface problems. Ambiance is available from the App Store for $3 and is a free update for current users.
Facebook has released another update to its client app for the iPhone and iPod touch adding the ability to access account and privacy settings and the Facebook Help Center from within the app. These new options can be found by tapping on the “Account” button in the top-left corner of the main menu to open an in-app browser to the standard Facebook web pages which do not appear to be iPhone-optimized at this point. The update also fixes a problem introduced in the previous version that prevented users from uploading photos to specific albums. This most recent update does not include any of the new messaging features announced today by Facebook, however the company has indicated that these features will be coming to the iPhone application at some point in the future as the new Facebook messaging platform is gradually rolled out over the next few months. Facebook for the iPhone and iPod touch is available from the App Store as a free download.
Incase has unveiled its new Perforated Snap Cases for the iPad and fourth-generation iPod touch. Both cases feature a snap-on design, hardshell construction, and offer access to all ports, controls, and the iPod touch’s two cameras. The iPad version also features a soft-touch coating, while the iPod touch model includes a stand for widescreen viewing of content. Incase’s Perforated Snap Cases for the iPad and fourth-generation iPod touch are available now and sell for $40 and $35, respectively.
In a supposed email exchange with a customer, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has confirmed Apple TV streaming capabilities for the next Mac OS X version of Keynote. The customer’s email, reprinted by TUAW, asked whether the second-generation Apple TV would “accept Keynote presentations via [an] iOS device or a Mac,” and stated that he would “go buy two” if that were the case. In his typically terse fashion, Jobs reportedly replied, “It’s all coming soon. Stay tuned.” Rumors have indicated that an updated version of Keynote for Mac, along with Pages and Numbers, is either nearly finished or ready for release, although no specific release date has yet been announced.
Apple has posted a large image on its homepage, teasing an upcoming announcement regarding iTunes. The graphic reads, “Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget,” and instructs users to check back tomorrow “for an exciting announcement from iTunes.” Underneath the text is a series of clocks, used to indicate the timing of the announcement—7:00 a.m. in California, 10:00 a.m. in New York, 3:00 p.m. in London, and Midnight in Tokyo—which suggests that the announcement will be of an international nature instead of being limited to just one country.
Apple has added the ability for iPad users to access their Ping accounts via the iTunes app. The Ping tab allows users to view their activity feed, followers, profile, and a separate section dedicated to concerts, including local shows, artists on tour, and links to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.com. Ping went live on Apple’s other iOS 4 devices in early September. [via 9 to 5 Mac]
Don’t forget to get your entry in for our XtremeMac Luna SST Giveaway. In our Giveaway of the Month for November, iLounge and XtremeMac are giving away six Luna SST Alarm Clocks for the iPod and iPhone. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on November 30, 2010 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
Apple has released a revised version of its iOS 4.2 Gold Master for iPad, amid reports that the software’s launch was pushed back due to a bug. Citing a number of different recent articles, Mac Rumors reports that Apple has posted Build 8C134b of the software on the iOS Dev Center, a newer version than Build 8C134 which was seeded to developers on November 1. According to the report, rumors had indicated that there were Wi-Fi connectivity issues in the initial GM build of iOS 4.2 for iPad, forcing Apple to push back its internal schedule for the software’s release from this week to at least next week, and possibly as late as November 24, as reported by The Telegraph. Apple has said only that iOS 4.2 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch would be released in November.
Apple has released iTunes 10.1, the latest version of its digital media management software. As expected, iTunes 10.1 brings with it compatibility with iPod touches, iPhones, and iPads running iOS 4.2, the ability to use AirPlay to stream videos from iTunes to the second-generation Apple TV, and a variety of other stability and performance improvements. Notably, there is no sign yet of iOS 4.2’s release, nor of the Apple TV or Remote app updates expected to arrive with the updated software. iTunes 10.1 is available now via Apple’s Software Update utility or as a direct download from apple.com/itunes.
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Innopocket has launched its new PolymerZip Pocket Stand for the iPad. Made from a durable polymer, the PolymerZip features a padded resting surface for the iPad, the ability to hold the iPad at multiple angles in both vertical and horizontal orientation, and a pocket-friendly fold-flat design. Available in green, orange, blue, or grey, Innopocket’s PolymerZip Pocket Stand for the iPad is on sale now for $15.
With over 4,400 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll—“What do you use today as your primary Apple device for media playback?”—has ended. Readers could choose between the iPad, the iPhone, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod classic, iPod touch, or Apple TV.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Apple’s iOS-based devices dominated the responses — one-in-three (33 percent) readers said they used an iPhone for their primary media playback device, followed closely by 27 percent of readers who said an iPod touch was their primary Apple device, and 20 percent who said the iPad was their go-to media playback device. Overall, these three iOS devices accounted for 80 percent of all responses. The high-capacity iPod classic was tops amongst non-iOS devices with 10 percent of the overall vote, followed by the iPod nano with six percent, and the iPod shuffle with just one percent. Notably, three percent of readers said the Apple TV was their primary device for media playback; we have broken this number out separately since the second-generation model is an iOS device while the first-generation is not. Thanks for all your votes!
Our new poll focuses on your holiday season shopping plans. Do you plan on buying an Apple media product as a gift for a friend or family member this year? Perhaps an iPad, iPhone, or some model of iPod? Or perhaps you’ll be gifting an Apple TV? Our new poll, “Do you plan to purchase an Apple media product as a gift this holiday season, and if so, which one?” lets you answer that question. As always, you can find the iLounge Poll in the left column of the main iLounge.com homepage. Cast your vote today!
Marco Arment has released a major update to his Instapaper offline reader application for iOS devices, making several UI and performance improvements and adding new sharing options. Instapaper 2.3 adds article preview text to the list view on the iPhone and iPod touch similar to that found in the iPad version, while also adding slightly longer preview text for the iPad. New indicators in the article listing now display the approximate length of each article as well as the relative progress using a row of dots. The iPhone version also adds support for toggling Dark Mode from within an article, and a new option is now available on both platforms to automatically switch the display to Dark mode at night based on the sunset times in the user’s area as determined by the device’s location. The update also adds several new sharing options including the ability to send links to OmniFocus and QuickReader as well as copy links or article text to the iOS clipboard. Other new features include performance improvements in the iPad version, simplified bookmarklet installation and the addition of an “ihttp” URL scheme for sending web pages to Instapaper without requiring the bookmarklet. Instapaper 2.3 is available from the App Store for $5.
Mobigame has released an update to its acclaimed Edge puzzle game adding iPad support and Retina Display graphics for the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch. Edge is a unique geometric puzzle game where players must push a cube through a maze-like playing field avoiding obstacles and making use of moving platforms, elevators, and other objects. Players work through 46 distinctive levels each with their own unique challenges. The new version also provides general performance improvements, four new unlockable levels and a new login screen to submit scores on iOS 4 devices. Edge is now a universal app for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad users and is available from the App Store for $3.
FileMaker has released an update to its Bento for iPad database application adding several user interface and synchronization improvements. Bento 1.0.3 expands text fields to up to 34 lines and now allows users to view them in full screen and adds the ability for related data fields to be created and edited on the iPad. Users of Bento 3.0.5 for Mac can now sync tasks from iCal directly into Bento on the iPad and the update also provides two new themes and fixed performance issues related to library loading and synchronization of larger databases. Bento for iPad is available from the App Store for $5. Synchronization of databases with a Mac requires Bento for Mac, sold separately.
Evernote has released an update to its universal cloud note storage app for iOS devices. Evernote 3.4 now provides users with the ability to select multiple images from their device’s photo library for adding to a single note or creating multiple snapshot notes rather than needing to add images one at a time. The update also offers several improvements to audio note recordings, increasing the maximum recording time for a single note to 90 minutes and adding playback, pause and replay controls both within the app and via background iOS 4 audio controls. Additional new features include iOS 4 “Open In” support allowing users to send PDFs and text files from Safari, Mail and other compatible third-party apps directly into Evernote and AirPrint support for printing notes directly from Evernote to a network printer. Evernote is a universal app for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad and is available from the App Store as a free download.
Fantabulous has debuted its new Alligator and Leopard pouches for the iPhone 4. Both pouches features form fitting designs, premium faux leather exteriors—in an alligator skin-style on former and leopard print style on the latter—Tricot microfiber lining, and open access to either the headphone port or Dock Connector depending on how the iPhone is inserted into the pouch. Fantabulous’ new Alligator and Leopard pouches for iPhone 4 are available now and sell for $20.
Dexim has rolled out its new Super-Juice Power Case for the iPhone 4. The Super-Juice is a hybrid battery/case, with a 2-piece, slide-together design, an integrated, rechargeable 2000 mAh lithium polymer battery good for a claimed 6 additional hours of talk time, an external charge indicator, a micro-USB port and included cable for charging and syncing the iPhone while still in the case, open access to all ports, controls, and cameras, save for the Dock Connector, and a built-in kickstand. Pricing and release information has yet to be announced. [via Übergizmo]