Gizmodo posted a followup today on the iPhone prototype they acquired this past week, having received an official letter from Apple Senior Vice President Bruce Sewell, requesting the device be returned. This letter is the final piece of evidence needed to completely prove that the device being profiled so heavily is absolutely an item originating from Apple.
Over the weekend, Engadget posted photos of a mobile device they claimed to be an iPhone 4G prototype. The phone was found neglected in a San Jose bar, concealed in an case designed to make it look like an iPhone 3G. Today, Gizmodo released their coverage of the device, which they have now obtained and dissected. They have taken it upon themselves to decisively say "you are looking at Apple's next iPhone."
While the iPad will not support the multitasking features presented by Apple last week at their iPhone OS 4 Preview until this fall, some developers have taken it upon themselves to provide solutions. Several new iPad apps feature the ability to run multiple instances side by side, allowing the user to manage web interfaces such as Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail simultaneously without exiting the app.
With the iPad launch out of the way, the internet can now return to its normal springtime routine of reading the tea leaves to learn more about the upcoming iPhone refresh. The latest development is from Boy Genius, who reports that several AT&T sources say that the company is denying any employee requests for vacation time in the month of June.
The iPhone Dev Team has released redsn0w 0.9.5 Beta with the ability to jailbreak the iPhone 3G with Apple's latest mobile operating system, iPhone OS 4 Beta 1. Videos of a working jailbreak solution were on youtube within 24 hours of Apple announcing the new update last week, but many believed that the public would have to wait until June to see a jailbreak tool.
With the iPad launch out of the way, the internet can now return to its normal springtime routine of leaking next generation iPhone details, of varying legitimacy. Today the rumor comes in the form of photos. The images are of what could be the back of the new iPhone to be released this summer.
The new design is evidently inspired by the iPad's aluminum shell, and taken at face value the images are fairly convincing. However, rational analysis brings a few problems to bear. The metadata in the images indicate that each picture has been passed through Adobe Photoshop CS4, an excellent photo doctoring application.
iPhone developer Smule has teamed up with the hit television show Glee to release an app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad [iTunes Link, $2.99]. The app allows users to sing along to music featured on the show, with new songs being added every week, and the aspiring vocalist can even add pitch control and auto-harmonizing effects to their voice. While it may sound like nothing more than a branded karaoke game, this app has additional functionality that places Glee in a club of its own.
According to Create Digital Music, the iPad may be capable of supporting USB audio interfaces using the iPad Camera Accessory Kit, shipping later this month from Apple. The camera connection kit's main purpose is to download photos from your digital camera to your iPad using either USB or an SD card. If this report is true, the USB connection will also allow audio devices that are compatible with the USB Audio Class standard to connect to the iPad.
iPhone users wasted no time in downloading the new Opera Mini Web browser [App Store, Free], putting the app in the number one free download slot in 22 international app stores. The new browser is the first true third party web browser to appear on Apple's iPhone OS.
When Opera originally announced plans to release a version of their browser for the iPhone, many were skeptical that it would be allowed entry into the app store. In the past there have been numerous cases of Apple rejecting apps that "duplicated functionality" of their core apps, such as Mail or the Phone app. Opera Mini was most likely accepted because it is a different kind of web browser than Safari. One of the major differences between the two browsers is how they render and display web pages.
ABC has released initial statistics on the performance of their iPad app, and the results are promising. The ABC Player [App Store, Free] has been downloaded 205,000 times since it's release just ten days ago, and the app has delivered 650,000 television episodes during that time.
While the app and its content are free, episodes are occasionally interrupted with short 30 second ads. ABC has stated these ads have already been watched several million times. Additionally, the app provides links to buy the TV show in iTunes. While it is still very early in the game, these features appear to be capable of producing significant revenue for the network, while also providing users with a simple and easy way to watch their favorite television content.