The iPhone App Store has been a resounding success: 100 million downloads worldwide.
But… why are the apps only for running on your iPhone and iPod?
Why can’t app developers be encouraged (via potential profitability) to make apps for the iMac/Macbook as well?
Apple of course already has all the SDK and development tools in place for Mac app development. Can’t the developers that make indie games, specific widgets, handy organisational software, music software, etc, submit their creations to Apple for a bit of the ol’ 70/30 profit split? Y’know.. let Apple handle all the hassle of credit card billing, update pushing, hosting and bandwidth, to allow $0.99 (Or $1.19 in Australia) fun-on-the-bun games for your computer?
Couldn’t the next version of iTunes come with two tabs in its App Store.. iPhone/iPod Apps, and Mac Apps?
Then the next step after that is for iTunes to sell Windows apps. Beat Windows 7 to the punch, as Windows 7 is rumoured to have a software marketplace.
After all.. isn’t the iTunes app store just Ubuntu’s package manager with people’s credit card details in the system?
But seriously. Imagine how many good games would there would be for your Mac. It would out-fun the PC, just for its sheer number of weird games. It could be a return to the days of crazy fun simple games, rather than the cinematic half-interactive games of today.
Late at night Australia-time, and middle of the night America-time, Apple has released the iPhone 2.2 Software Update! You get:
Hilarious - A woman on the iPhone forums says that her husband claims that the Genius Bar at Apple told him the iPhone has a bug that makes it look like the phone emailed random photos to people. Because in her husband’s phone there looks to be an email sent to a girl with a ”raunchy” photo of him.
Please help! I took my husband’s i-phone and found a raunchy picture of him attached to an e-mail to a woman in his sent e-mail file (a Yahoo account). When I approached him about this (I think that he is cheating on me) he admitted that he took the picture but says that he never sent it to anyone. He claims that he went to the Genius Bar at the local Apple store and they told him that it is an i-phone glitch: that photos sometimes automatically attach themselves to an e-mail address and appear in the sent folder, even though no e-mail was ever sent. Has anyone ever heard of this happening? The future of my marriage depends on this answer!
Apple is getting sued because the iPhone 3G isn’t as fast as it was claimed to be, and now also because the white iPhones develop hairline cracks in their case.
I suspect it’s happening to the black iPhones as well but nobody can see the cracks and so they don’t care.
How’s your white iPhone? Looked at the back of it lately?
The Punch-O-Meter. You grasp the iphone (firmly) in your hand, tap the screen, and then give it your best shot. The app uses the iphone’s accelerometer to measure how fast you can punch. After each punch, you get a score and a one-to-five-star rating. It is guaranteed to destroy your phone, in which case you will need Get it Repaired Ltd who specialise in iphone repairs.
Who knew the accelerometer they originally put in the phone just to detect sideways orientation would turn out to actually be really useful?
Let us know in the comments when you break you phone from it. Or your friend’s face.
Until then, here’s the video:
Google just released a new app that lets you ask your iPhone anything, using your voice, and it’ll bring up the google search results for it. Now wouldn’t it be a smidgen cooler if it spoke the answers as well?
Of course it’ll be tuned for the American accent, so let us know how well this works for you and your Australian accent. (Speech recognition has always been annoying that way.)
And welcome to the future!
Update: It’s not on the appstore yet, but here’s a video:
Just hold out until
and you’ll get:
According to a study by SquareTrade, iPhones are the most reliable mobile phone. They’re the least likely to malfunction, but the most likely to be dropped, because of their slippery case.
I’ve found they can be dropped from quite a height and still be fine, even without a protective case. What’s the highest you’ve dropped your iPhone from and still have had it undamaged?
It had to happen sooner or later.
The RAZR is now #2, and the Blackberry is #3.
ZDNet say it’s the US$200 pricetag that made it the winner. The phone is basically free here in Australia, so is it set to be the #1 phone in Australia as well?
Gooooo touch screen technology!
1. Picture messaging (MMS), and
2. The ability to sync over wifi
At least according to the iPhone feature request voting site pleasefixtheiphone.com.
Does that match up with your iPhone wants and needs?
Bend a binder clip tip and you’ve got yourself some adjustable stand action.
Have you discovered any more creative ways to stand your iPhone up?
The new iPhone firmware (2.2), coming out soon, will let you download new podcast episodes right on your phone & iPod touch. So that means you can keep your iPod touch in your car and have an automatically updated podcast stream.
So that’s essentially a personalised radio station. Pretty awesome. So long as your wifi reaches your garage.
By the way, what podcasts do you listen to? Let us know in the comments.
Now that’d be nice; to make an iPhone app and have it advertised on TV. Because that’s what Apple have started to do. An ad per app. But only the uber-cool ones. Shown here is the Shazam app ad. The Shazam app recognises which song is playing in the air, so you can then download it from the iTunes music store. Make an app that cool and you too could be a (behind the scenes) TV star?
Welcome to the new look AussieiPhone.com. We’re back from holidays and ready to give you all the news and app reviews you can handle!
You thought mapping was cool on your iPhone before. Welcome to 3D mapping. Google just released Google Earth for iPhone minutes ago, and it is indeed awesome.
You tilt the view by tilting the device. And it has wikipedia info right on places on the map.
And it’s free! Download it today!
Check out the video:
What’s the cheapest way to own an iPhone? Apparently it’s the $49 Optus plan. Check this out for a great overview of how much it’s gunna cost you in total.
So far, the things we all want the most are:
1. Copy and Paste to be added
2. Landscape email reading
3. Flash in Safari
4. IM client with background notifications
The list is great. In that it is both fantastic and long. Check it out.