An iPhone 4 has reportedly caught fire while charging, the second report of a combustable iPhone this week. According to Brazil’s The iPhone Blog (Translated Link), Ayla Paulo Mota plugged her iPhone in to charge overnight, and awoke at dawn to see sparks and black smoke coming out of the device, which was just 15cm (roughly six inches) from her head. Unfortunately for Mota, her iPhone was purchased in France, and according to the report only phones purchased in Brazil are covered by Apple’s warranty in the country. Earlier this week, an iPhone 4 unit began emitting smoke aboard an airplane; that unit has since been turned over to aviation authorities for further investigation.
Omer Shoor has released an update to Photogene² for iPhone adding the ability to export photos directly to Instagram along with several other improvements. The update improves app launch time and library synchronization speed, particularly on devices with larger photo libraries and users can now apply frames presets on top of other presets and iOS 5 users can take advantage of preserved original filenames when sending photos by e-mail. The latest version also adds the ability for Pro users to paste IPTC data on multiple photos and fixes several problems from the prior version including issues with blurry and pixellated saved photos, combining center-focus effects and crashes and freezes in red-eye auto-detection and the metadata viewer. Photogene² for iPhone requires iOS 4.2 or later and is available from the App Store for $2.
Quora has released an update to the iPhone and iPod touch application for accessing its online Q&A knowledge service adding support for photo attachments and improvements to viewing and posting comments. With Quora 1.1, users can now easily attach photos from the camera or iOS photo library to questions, answers and posts right from within the app, The new update also adds fully native support for threaded comment views and comment voting and improves the UI for adding and replying to comments and introduces the ability to open pages from the mobile Quora web site or e-mail notifications directly within the native app. Quora 1.1 is available from the App Store as a free download.
Software from “Mobile Intelligence” provider Carrier IQ has been found on the iPhone, following the widely-publicized discovery of its software on Android phones. According to The Register, Android developer Trevor Eckhart posted a YouTube video on Monday showing the software running on an HTC EVO handset. In the video, Eckhart demonstrated the software’s ability to record key presses, over a cellular data connection and Wi-Fi, and even when entering the information onto a page using SSL encryption. In addition, the software appeared to be capable of forwarding text messages to the company’s servers, all without any user notification. Unsurprisingly, the findings resulted in a media uproar, leading Carrier IQ to post an obtusely-worded media alert (PDF Link) on its website, which has since been “translated” into common language by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.
Now, Jailbreak developer chpwn—otherwise known as Grant Paul—has discovered the underpinnings for Carrier IQ software on Apple’s handsets. According to Paul, the software’s name was changed between iOS 3 and iOS 4, and with iOS 5, requires users to opt-in by enabling the “Submit Logs to Apple” option during the setup sequence. As such, it can be disabled on iOS 5 by selecting the “Don’t Send” option of the Diagnostics & Usage area of the Settings app (Settings > General > About > Diagnostics & Usage). Compared to the version running on Android devices, however, Paul says the software does not appear to have any access to the UI layer, where text entry is done; it can and does, however, record users’ phone numbers, carriers, countries, and locations. The latter happens only if Location Services are enabled; Paul admits that it is possible the software could collect and transmit other information that he has yet to discover. Apple has yet to make a statement on the matter.
Update: Apple has since issued a formal response on the matter to AllThingsD. “We stopped supporting Carrier IQ with iOS 5 in most of our products and will remove it completely in a future software update,” the company said in its response. “With any diagnostic data sent to Apple, customers must actively opt-in to share this information, and if they do, the data is sent in an anonymous and encrypted form and does not include any personal information. We never recorded keystrokes, messages or any other personal information for diagnostic data and have no plans to ever do so.”
Chair Entertainment has released Infinity Blade II, the much anticipated sequel to last year’s highly acclaimed sword-fighting action game, Infinity Blade (iLounge Rating: A). Infinity Blade II continues the epic story from the prior game with the God King defeated and the player now on a quest to discover the secrets of the Infinity Blade, descending deeper into the world of the Deathless tyrants and their Titan armies. Originally unveiled at Apple’s iPhone 4S Event in early October, Infinity Blade II was shown as a demonstration of the higher performance hardware in the new iPhone 4S; the game has been optimized for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 to provide extremely detailed and high-resolution graphics and lighting effects to create an immersive and dynamically changing environment with graphics and animation described as beyond what is being done on high-end gaming consoles.
Infinity Blade II expands on the gameplay of its predecessor adding three new styles of combat with multiple classes of weapons, armours and spells that include specialized capabilities such as Dual Wielding and Two-Handed in addition to the standard Weapon and Shield classes. The character customization has also been further expanded from the original, allowing players to use mystical objects that they discover in their travels to create and forge more powerful weapons and providing a richer storyline as the player explores and discovers the story of the Infinity Blade. iCloud support has also been included to allow players to synchronize game status between multiple devices. Infinity Blade II is available from the App Store for $7 and is a universal app supporting the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, the iPad and iPad 2 and the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch. iOS 3.2 or later is required, iOS 5 is recommended.