The App Store. For Macs.

By Tom on December 13th, 2008

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.


iPhone 2.2 Software Update Just Released

By Tom on November 21st, 2008

Late at night Australia-time, and middle of the night America-time, Apple has released the iPhone 2.2 Software Update! You get:

  • Enhancements to Maps
    • Google Street View
    • Public transit and walking directions
    • Display address of dropped pins
    • Share location via email
  • Decrease in call setup failures and dropped calls
  • Resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email
  • Improved formatting of wide HTML email
  • Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network)
  • Improved stability and performance of Safari
  • Improved sound quality of Visual Voicemail messages
  • Pressing Home button from any Home screen displays the first Home screen
  • Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard Settings
Plug your iPhone into iTunes now and grab it!

Does The iPhone Have A Bug That Makes It Looks Like Random Pictures Have Been Emailed To Random People? Sure, Why Not. That Excuse Will Do.

By Tom on November 18th, 2008

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! 

And the apple forum goers are backing him up!


The White iPhone: It’s Cracktastic

By Tom on November 16th, 2008

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?


Punch-O-Meter!

By Tom on November 15th, 2008

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.

Either way.

Until then, here’s the video:

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Speak And You Will Find

By Tom on November 15th, 2008

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:

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New 2.2 Firmware Available On 21st November

By Tom on November 12th, 2008

Just hold out until

21st November 2008

and you’ll get:

  • Google Street View
  • Walking directions
  • 461 Japanese emoji icons
  • Direct downloading of podcasts from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store
  • Google Public Transit information
  • Location sharing
  • A new look for the Safari with the Google search bar now in its own space on the title bar
  • Line-in audio activated and used through the headphone jack
  • An added toggle switch to disable the auto-correction
  • Support for new languages
  • The App Store ‘Categories’ showing the icons of the applications instead of the list
  • ‘Tell A Friend’ & ‘Report A Problem’ buttons on the App Store
  • Scoring applications when you delete them

in your pocket.


iPhones Break 5% Of The Time. Other Phones Break 10%+

By Tom on November 11th, 2008

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?


The iPhone Is Now The #1 Selling Phone In Americaland

By Tom on November 11th, 2008

It had to happen sooner or later.

The iPhone is now the number one selling phone in the U.S.

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!


Smiles Makes You Crazy

By Tom on November 11th, 2008

The game is like rapid-fire tetris and bejeweled. 

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MMS And Wifi Syncing Now The Most Wanted iPhone Features

By Tom on November 10th, 2008

The most wanted iPhone features are now:

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?


iPhone Stand

By Tom on November 10th, 2008

Often watching TV on my iPhone is great except that I have to find something to stand the phone up.

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?


Ouch. Oh. Stop It, My Friends. My Friends, Stop It.

By Tom on November 10th, 2008

If you weren’t already sold on the iPhone, I think this app is going to put you over the edge. YouTube Preview Image


Personalised Radio

By Tom on November 10th, 2008

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.


The iPhone Is Replacing The Computer. Slowly.

By Tom on November 10th, 2008

Apparently poor(er) people tend to buy a single iPhone instead of a computer + an old-style phone.

Steve Jobs has previously shrugged off the rumour that Apple will produce a netbook (a cheap, small screened notebook), saying that the iPhone is that netbook. He may be right. What do you think?


TV Advertsments For Specific iPhone Apps

By Tom on November 10th, 2008

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?


Site Redesign + Hiatus Over

By Tom on November 10th, 2008

Welcome to the new look AussieiPhone.comWe’re back from holidays and ready to give you all the news and app reviews you can handle!


Google Earth In Your Pocket.

By Tom on October 27th, 2008

 

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:

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Best Value Australian iPhone Plans

By Tom on October 26th, 2008

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.


What do you want fixed in the iPhone the most?

By Tom on October 21st, 2008

A new improvement via community voting site in the style of the Ubuntu one and the Windows one has been created for the iPhone. What do you want fixed/added the most in the iPhone?

Go to the site and place your votes, or add some new complaints.

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

5. MMS

The list is great. In that it is both fantastic and long. Check it out.


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