It has just been only a few weeks since Apple launched the preview version of iPhone OS 4.0. But the Jailbreaking community is almost instantly back with a Jailbreak for the extremely new OS which has yet once again been Jailbroken. The iPhone Dev Team has released a jailbreak for iPhone OS 4 beta 1. If you are not a developer and have still managed to get your hands on the new OS, you could very well try this one too. Jailbreaking does have its pros and cons but this time there are a whole set of warnings included;so better be careful.
This Jailbreak unlike others is complicated and is aimed at developers and not at the general public yet. For now, this Beta release supports only Mac OS X, iPhone 3G and the 4.0 beta firmware. Eventually, if you want to have a step-by-step guide on how to Jailbreak iPhone OS 4.0 beta 1, take a look at the detailed instructions here.
Opera Mini, a web browser by Opera for iPhone and iPod touch has recently been approved by Apple. When Opera submitted its browser for approval to Apple, the situation seemed to be very risky as Apple usually does not allow other browsers to work on iPhone OS. Surprisingly, this time it did not seem to be the case.
Opera Mini is available for download from the App Store and is Free. It is a somewhat good alternative to Safari and looks pretty decent. When the app is launched, it gives you some details about how to use it. The home screen looks clustered and feels as if Opera has just somehow managed to fit everything in one place.
We opened TheAppleGoogle and a few other sites such as Gmail and Apple. What you would notice at first sight is that it is significantly faster. But the page display is simply horrible. The characters are absolutely unreadable. Speed Dial, a feature that offers visual display to nine of your favorite sites was good but it somehow did not manage to capture the sites which we browsed. Tabbed Browsing just appeared as Safari’s window previewer. Some sites simply failed to load on the browser and displayed only a few characters. Even after changing a few settings, the page display was abominable. The browser simply failed to render the pages properly. Though images and videos were displayed in an efficient manner and looked great.
The browser is very fast and unlike Safari, Opera Mini does not make use of the WebKit engine, instead, it loads websites via a proxy, which in turn means pages are not rendered directly on the device itself, bypassing any possible problems Apple may have with how code is seen. The browser uses Opera’s powerful servers to compress data up to 90% before sending it to your phone, so page-loads are lightning-fast. Nice work done by Opera, at least in bypassing Apple’s strict policies, but still looks like a long way to go.
Opera Mini would work on all devices running iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.
Dictionary.com is a great website where you could find an alphabetical list of words with information about them. It helps you find the meanings and definitions of words. It is a virtual dictionary with great features which separates it from normal dictionaries. Thesaurus and Encyclopedia are also a part of Dictionary.com.
Dictionary.com is an Ask.com service. There is an iPad app of Dictionary.com available for download from the App Store. The best part of this app is that it can be used without being connected to the internet. You could use the dictionary and thesaurus offline. It has other great features such as Word of the Day, hear audio of a word and more. The iPad App is FREE and 43.3 MB in size as the dictionary could be accessed without the Internet. Though Internet connection is not required to access most of its features, but some features such as hearing audio and Word of the Day do require you to connect your iPad to the Internet.
The huge iPad screen is well utilized by the App. It has four tabs on the bottom – Dictionary, Thesaurus, Recent and Word of the Day. Recent displays some of the recent words you searched for. It has nearly 1,000,000 words in its dictionary and more than 90,000 synonyms and antonyms in its thesaurus. For some words, it incorporates the word origin and history. It uses the iPad accelerometer perfectly; if you shake your iPad, it would show you the definition and meaning of a random word.
It is a simple app presented in a stunning user interface.
According to a few sources, Apple plans to unveil iPhone OS 4.0 this Thursday.
iPhone OS 4.0 – Predictions
If “Think Differently” was the mission of Apple and the mandate of Steve from his Board, it is a job well done by him and his organization. Apple is undoubtedly the recognized leader of innovative technologies in the mobile devices space and Steve, the crowned king. What Sony did to the world with the Walkman sometime back, has been done today by Apple. The world is at Apple’s feet and is asking for an encore.
Business, however, recognizes innovation only if it is commercialized in form of a new product. A new product is given accolades and aplomb, only if it captures the market. The market share has the winning streak, if the margins are good. And the investors would be happy and recognize the performance of the business if the profits get translated into an impressive market capitalization.
Having released the iPhone and the iPad, Apple has convincingly moved up the ladder of performance recognition by a rung. In terms of the market share, which is the second rung, the facts need a scrutiny.
Thus, for the mobile devices space, its iPhone market share has to be compared with that of Nokia, RIM and others. If the frame of reference are the smart phones and if its market share increases steadily over Nokia and Blackberry, Motorola, HTC, Samsung, LG and others, then it will have the going good for itself.
And for the iPad, which is supposed to change the game, just in the same way as the iPod did to Sony’s Walkman, it would have to replace the laptop and the net books. In doing so, it will capture the business from Intel and Microsoft too.
We are witnessing an increase in the sale of iPhones and from the zero base the iPad is also expected to stoop to conquer. But perhaps the time has come for Apple to look at the complete market space and not only at the niche markets to establish its overall dominance. There is so much money to be earned from the complete market rather than only through the niche ones. If making money too for the investors by a larger measure from the entire market space is Apple’s aspiration, then it is time for it to think differently.
For most of us the iPad started at $499 and ended at $999. The ‘WiFi only’ version with 16GB of space was for $499 but the compelling apps and accessories made it worth $999.
iPad apps are too costly when compared to the iPhone. Gone are the days when Apps used to be worth $0.99. These days, Apps are heavily priced ranging from $3.99 to $19.99. Some apps require subscription which need $17.99.
I got SoundHound for $4.99 which is an instant search and music discovery app.
Then I chose Asphalt 5 HD over F1 which took me another $6.99. Scrabble, The Elements, Brushes and Plants vs Zombies HD added another $43.96.
Apple has put up some great accessories to choose from for the iPad. Those Accessories are actually necessities needed for complete optimization of your iPad.
1. Keyboard Dock – Helps you connect your Apple Wireless keyboard with your iPad via Bluetooth so that you could work as on a laptop. This was absolutely essential and added $69.00 to my cart,
2. Camera Connector – Allows you to connect your Camera to your iPad and transfer pictures from it. then you could share those transferred pictures online, directly from your iPad. So this added $29.00 to my list.
3. iPad Case – Prevention is always better than cure and going by this proverb I chose to pick up this Case. This case helps you protect your iPad and even acts as a stand for reading books, watching movies and playing slide shows of your pictures. I know that there is already a rush of iPad cases over the Internet but this one looked pretty neat with the Apple Logo in the center. This costs me $39.00.
4. iPad 10W USB Power Adapter – I am always hooked up to either my desktop or laptop and charging my iPad by them would be a wise decision. Another $29.00 would of course make no difference.
Apple Care Protection Plan
I knew that I was going to use this device extensively and I must opt for the Apple Care Protection Plan. Opting for it would extend my technical support and hardware coverage for two years from the original purchase date of my iPad. I could ask questions and get advice directly from Apple experts. Repair and replacement service of the iPad and even its accessories is covered under this plan. This will dent my pocket by $99.00.
The iPad is a content creation and consumption device and creating content would surely require a place from where I could access it from anywhere. I could even share photos on the go and put them together in an album. I wanted my iPad, iPhone and MacBook to be interconnected and this would help me achieve my goal. I chose the Family Pack while purchasing my iPad which gave me an instant $30 off. So adding this to my list was another $119.00.
At the end, when I proceeded to the cart, I was stunned to see my total amount nearing to $999.00. Oh My God, I guess this was the case with most of you. At the end of the day, I could only say that “It all started with $499”.
Apple has recently uploaded a few iPad Guided Tours. You could enjoy a guided tour of all the iPad features including Mail, Photos, iPod, iBooks etc.Out of all working with iBooks looks pretty awesome and the elegant screen makes watching videos so much better. In total there are 11 guided tours which Apple has put up.
A new “Guided Tours” tab has been added to the iPad Navigation Section and the videos give the user a great perspective of the iPad which he/she was unable to get from the Keynote. Digg deep into every iPad feature and decide whether to get one or not.
Apple released iTunes version 9.1 yesterday which brings in iPad compatibility and support for iBooks. This update enhances iTunes, provides new features and fixes some issues.
Now iTunes is compatible with your forthcoming iPad and supports iBooks.The applications bar which was earlier termed as “Applications” was renamed to “Apps”. It even gives users the ability to rearrange, remove or rename Genius mixes. Seven vulnerabilities in iTunes were patched by this update.
Major features include:
• Sync with iPad to enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, books and more on the go
• Organize and sync books you’ve downloaded from iBooks on iPad or added to your iTunes library
• Rename, rearrange, or remove Genius Mixes.
Though the update makes iTunes better but it still feels as the same old bloated music management software.
1. A new “Books” bar has been added which could be viewed while navigating your iPod touch/iPhone.It could be used to sync audiobooks.
2. An option of converting higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC is now available.
Apple released a new update for Mac OS X Snow Leopard which brings it to version 10.6.3. Though there aren’t any great features but there are a lot of fixes and an update is recommended. It addresses various security issues and includes a lot of patches and fixes.
Some of the important fixes are:
a color issue in iMovie with HD content.
the reliability of certain third-party USB devices.
an issue in which the microphone level in iChat may not increase the volume after reducing it to prevent a feedback event.
an issue that could cause Mail to delete mailboxes on a Microsoft Exchange server that is hosted behind an Internet load balancer.