Announced yesterday morning, Apple’s 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference has sold out in less than 12 hours, marking a new record for quickest sell out. DigitalArts reports that the conference was sold out by 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time; last year’s conference sold out in eight days, which was then a new record. A search of eBay currently returns two results for tickets, one of which carries a Buy It Now price of $3,150, while the second has received 12 bids and is now up to $2,500. Tickets were originally sold for $1,599 each. Apple will hold WWDC 2011 on June 6 - June 10 at Moscone West in San Francisco.
JBL has rolled out its new OnBeat speaker for the iPad. The OnBeat offers a rotating dock capable of holding an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, side-mounted volume buttons, dual Phoenix full-range transducers, DSP equalization, the ability to charge the docked device, a USB for syncing, a 3.5mm auxiliary input, composite video output, an included remote control, and JBL’s Weave design. The JBL OnBeat speaker dock will be available in April and will sell for $150.
RadioShack will begin to offer the iPad 2 at 500 locations around the United States tomorrow, March 29, according to a new report. Citing an internal RadioShack notice, Mac Rumors reports that stores that will offer the device have been sent details about the launch; the report notes that representatives at multiple stores have confirmed that they are scheduled to launch the device tomorrow, but stock levels are unknown. iLounge has contacted RadioShack for comment on the story and will update this post if/when we receive a reply.
Update: RadioShack has since confirmed its iPad 2 rollout, and is now offering an online tool to help customers find stores carrying the device.
Apple is now accepting online reservations for next-day, in-store iPad 2 pickup in Australia. MacStories reports that customers can only reserve an iPad 2 if their selected Apple retail store has them in stock. Interested customers can access the reservation system via Apple’s retail site.
Apple has reportedly blocked access to the Cydia jailbreak app store on its retail store networks. The iPhone Download Blog reports that if a user attempts to load the Cydia store while on one of Apple’s free wi-fi networks, they will be redirected to Apple’s website instead.
Apple has removed all external liquid contact indicators (LCI) on the iPad 2, according to a new report. 9to5Mac claims that Apple’s Genius database now lists checking the SIM card tray (if present) for corrosion as the only way to externally check for damage caused by liquid. iFixit’s teardown of the iPad 2’s headphone jack showed no LCIs present, as they were in the first-generation design; the first-generation iPad also had LCIs in the 30-pin connector port, whereas the iPad 2 appears to have none.
Some iPhone users in the U.K. are reporting that a glitch in iOS caused their alarms to malfunction. BBC News reports that the problem is related to the clocks going forward for British Summer Time, and left some users’ alarms coming one hour late, one hour early, or not sounding at all. The report notes that the glitch appears to have affected non-recurring alarms set within the iPhone’s calendar application, rather than its dedicated alarm clock.
Apple has released the fifth TV advertisement in its “If you don’t have an iPhone” series. The new spot, entitled “Retina,” boasts about the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, “the highest resolution screen on any phone,” showing how it enhances the act of watching movies, viewing maps, reading emails, and viewing videos. As with the other ads in the series, it concludes with the announcer saying, “If you don’t have an iPhone, well, you don’t have an iPhone.” The new advertisement is available for viewing now on Apple’s website.
Apple today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 - June 10 at Moscone West in San Francisco. According to the company, it will unveil “the future of iOS and Mac OS,” suggesting that the company may be skipping its traditional spring iOS press event in favor of an unveiling at WWDC. “At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.” Activities at the 2011 conference will include more than 100 technical sessions led by Apple engineers, over 1,000 Apple engineers offering code-level assistance, and the Apple Design Awards, which recognize “iPad, iPhone and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.”
A U.S. trade panel today ruled that Apple did not violate any of five Nokia patents. Reuters reports that the patents were for electronic devices, including mobile phones, portable music players, and computers. Judge James Gildea of the International Trade Commission said in his initial determination that Apple did not violate the Nokia patents; the next will be for the commission as a whole to either uphold or throw out Gildea’s decision. The target date for that decision is August 1.
Nokia first filed suit against Apple in October 2009, claiming that the iPhone infringes on several Nokia patents; Apple filed a countersuit claiming patent infringement in December. The lawsuits were followed by a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint from Nokia near the end of the year, alleging that Apple infringes on the Finnish company’s patents “in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, and computers.”
The ITC launched an investigation into Nokia’s claims against Apple in late January of 2010; it announced a similar investigation into Apple’s claims against Nokia in February of that year. In March, a federal judge in Delaware signed an order halting litigation between Nokia and Apple pending resolution of the companies’ respective claims with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC); Nokia then sued Apple again in May, alleging that the iPhone and iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G infringe on five of its patents. The ITC case between the two companies is ongoing, but ITC staff issued a pre-trial memo stating that Nokia shouldn’t be found liable of infringing upon Apple’s patents. A report from November 2010 indicated that Apple has been bolstering its legal team ahead of key battles with Nokia, as well as HTC and Motorola; since then, Nokia has filed new patent complaints against Apple in Europe, while Apple has filed a lawsuit against Nokia in the U.K., claiming that one of Nokia’s European patents for scrolling technology on a touchscreen device is invalid.
In reply to a customer email, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller has suggested that Apple won’t be making a Keyboard Dock for the iPad 2. 9to5Mac reports that the customer’s email read, “From what I’ve heard, the Apple keyboard dock is not made for the iPad 2. Is there an iPad 2 version that I can’t find on your online store – or is it coming soon?” While Schiller did not directly answer the question, he did suggest that most users prefer to use the device’s soft keyboard. “People prefer to use the iPad’s built in soft keyboard most all of the time, it works very well,” Schiller said in his response. “Those that do choose to use an external keyboard most often choose to use Apple’s bluetooth wireless keyboard for the convenience it provides.”
As noted in our comprehensive review of the iPad 2, Apple’s iPad Keyboard Dock works properly with the iPad 2, as does the original iPad Dock.
MeMap, a new application by iOS developer Matt Farnell aims to provide easy and intuitive social location sharing using Facebook Places as a foundation. By integrating with Facebook and providing a front-end experience similar to other location-based apps such as Foursquare, Loopt and Gowalla, MeMap allows users to leverage the world’s largest social network for location sharing rather than having to sign up for and then invite friends to join specific location-based services. MeMap aggregates location data shared on Facebook Places from Facebook or any third-party location-based network and provides a simple, intuitive map interface displaying friends’ locations and check-ins. The application provides single-tap check-ins for location reporting as opposed to continuous location tracking and includes advanced privacy features that allow users to control how check-ins are shared and provides a simple method for clearing all location data entirely. MeMap users can also send messages through the app to other MeMap users and share checkins to Twitter as well as Facebook. MeMap is available from the App Store as a free download.
Apple has released iOS 4.3.1 for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, third-, and fourth-generation iPod touch. According to Apple’s release notes, the update fixes an occasional graphics glitch on the fourth-generation iPod touch, resolves bugs related to activating and connecting to some cellular networks, fixes an image flicker issue when using the Apple Digital AV Adapter with some TVs, and resolves an issue authenticating with some enterprise web services, among other big fixes and improvements. iOS 4.3.1 is available now via the Update feature in iTunes.
Fring has released an update to its voice and video calling app for the iPhone and iPod touch adding support for both the front- and rear-facing cameras on equipped devices and in-app purchasing for fringOut calling packages. Fring is a multi-platform instant messaging and communications app that allows users to place and receive voice and video calls over either Wi-Fi or 3G connections with any other mobile device using Fring. The latest update allows iPhone 4, fourth-generation iPod touch and iPad 2 users to switch between the front and rear cameras during a video call and improves battery efficiency. Users can also now purchase fringOut credits directly within the app using Apple’s In-App Purchasing system in order to place voice calls from Fring to regular phone numbers. Fring is available from the App Store as a free download.
Verizon Wireless retail stores are currently offering deep discounts on first-generation iPad models. According to The Appera, the company is selling 16GB units for $299, 32GB models for $399 and 64GB units for $499. The 64GB price, in particular, represents a $100 savings over Apple’s clearance pricing; according to the report, no contract is required for purchase. Verizon started selling the first-generation Wi-Fi-only iPad on October 28, 2010, bundled with a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, with pricing matching the GSM Wi-Fi + 3G model. [via Mac Rumors]
Apple has released its fourth TV advertisement in its “If you don’t have an iPhone” series. Entitled “Game Center,” the 30-second spot touts “the largest selection of games on any phone,” with notable appearances by Scrabble and Infinity Blade. The spot also prominently features Apple’s Game Center social gaming network, showing the user finding friends, inviting them to a game, and playing online. As with the other ads in the series, it concludes with the announcer saying, “If you don’t have an iPhone, well, you don’t have an iPhone.” The new advertisement is available for viewing now on Apple’s website.
To celebrate the start of the Formula 1 racing season, Firemint has announced that an upcoming update for its Real Racing 2 HD game will enable full HD, 1080p output via the Apple Digital AV Adapter. According to the company, the feature will be a first for iOS, and will offer 30 frames per second performance, real-time telemetry, and a “console-like” experience. Real Racing 2 HD is available now from the App Store for $10; the 1080p HD output will require an iPad 2.
Lines for the launch of the iPad 2 have begun to form in many of the 25 countries where the device will go on sale tomorrow. iFun.de (Translated Link) reports that two men in folding armchairs were camped out the Apple Store in Munich, Germany more than 24 hours before the launch; when asked about the cold night ahead of them, they said they were well equipped. According to iTWire, the line outside the Apple Store in Sydney, Australia has now wrapped around the corner and is expected to grow throughout the night, while the first person in line outside Apples Regent Street store in London got there at 7:30 this morning, local time, saying, “I was fourth in the queue for the first iPad, and it was such an amazing atmosphere, I really wanted to be first this time.” The iPad 2 will launch in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK tomorrow at 5 p.m. local time. [via Fortune]
iSkin has introduced its new line of earTones earphones. The new earphones feature “FlexFit,” a flexible earbud neck allowing for easier insertion and greater comfort when worn, an in-line single-button remote and mic, and Microban anti-bacterial treatment on both the earbuds and microphone control surfaces. iSkin’s new earTones earphones are available in six color combinations—black/black, black/red, black/white, pink/black, blue/white, and purple/white—and sell for $40.
Apple is in the process of launching its online sales across the 25 countries slated to receive the iPad 2 tomorrow. As noted by iLounge reader Michael W, online ordering is now open in in Australia and New Zealand—orders are slated to open at 1:00 a.m. local time in each country where the product is launching—and new orders are showing a 2-3 week estimated ship time. Mac Rumors adds that Apple typically maintains separate distribution channels for its North American, European, and Asian markets, thus shipment estimates in the countries where online orders have yet to begin could be different. Meanwhile, Apple has dropped its estimated shipping wait time for new iPad 2 orders placed on the U.S. online store from 4-5 weeks down to 3-4 weeks, suggesting that the supply shortages seen for the device in its first two weeks of availability may be starting to subside.
AudioPress has released a new Pro version of its audio digest app for the iPhone and iPod touch providing synchronization of playlists for offline listening. AudioPress Pro provides the same features as the free version released last fall, allowing users to listen to a customized digest of podcasts, streaming radio and text-to-speech audio updates. The Pro version provides ad-free listening and enables users to select playlists to download and cache on the device for listening when no Internet connection is available, making the app more practical for iPod touch users and air travellers. AudioPress Pro is available from the U.S. App Store for $1.
H2O Audio has rolled out its new Amphibx Go waterproof case for the iPhone. Amphibx Go is a 100% waterproof soft case, offering a waterproof headphone jack, an integrated D-ring and simple to use locking hatch, waterproof capabilities to a depth of 12 feet, and complete use of the touchscreen, buttons, and cameras while the iPhone is inside the case. In addition to iPhones, the case will also accomodate iPod touch models—inserted upside-down for headphone access—as well as other portable electronic devices. H2O Audio’s Amphibx Go waterproof case for the iPhone is available now and sells for $50.
Taptalk has released an update to its iOS forum app adding native iPad support and the ability to perform basic forum moderation tasks. Tapatalk provides a native iOS user interface for quickly accessing any of thousands of discussion forums that have activated the Taptalk plugin including our own iLounge Discussion Forums. Supported forums include phpBB3, vBulletin, Invision Power Board, Simple Machine Forum and XenForo, iOS device users can browse and search through forums, create, edit and reply to topics and access private messages. Advanced features include Facebook integration, direct image uploading, quick access to unread and participated topics and optional geo-tagging of posts. Tapatalk 1.11 adds the ability for vBulletin, phpBB and XenForo forum moderators to delete/undelete, stick/unstick and lock/unlock forum threads and posts and provides a new tab for quick access to moderator-related features. The update also adds general UI and performance improvements, bug fixes and improved French and Arabic language support. Tapatalk is now a universal app and is available from the App Store for $3. Forum administrators will need to update the Tapatalk forum plug-in to provide access to the new moderation features.