Posts tagged "design theory"

Apple Designed iOS 5 with Science in Mind to Make It More Appealing

Good design consists of more elements than most people consider, and it seems that good designers are rare. Look at design outside of Apple’s creations in the technology world, most of it is clunky and, dare I say, blatantly rips off Apple. One element that Apple incorporates into its design

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Latest iPhone OS 3.1 Beta Points to Unknown Device

An updated USBConfiguration.plist file discovered in the most recent version of the iPhone OS 3.1 firmware beta offers evidence that Apple is continuing development on an unknown device. According to an ArsTechnica story, the product, referred to as "iProd", was first discovered in March and has since been updated as "1,1", which has led users to believe there is indeed an unknown product inside of Apple under active development running the iPhone OS.

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Apple Seeds OS 3.1 Beta 3, SDK 3.1 Beta 3 To Developers

Apple has seeded iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 3, build 7C116a, to developers, as well as SDK 3.1 Beta 3, build 9M2808. No interesting developments have been found as of yet, though it is suspected that Apple may be implementing tools for use in Augmented Reality applications that require the ability to overlay real-time downloaded data on top of live video. Developers can get the new OS and SDK from the iPhone Dev Center.

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Apple To Allow Augmented Reality Apps In September With OS 3.1

According to the LA Times, Apple will finally be allowing applications like Layar and TwittaRound that use the 3GS's combination of digital compass, live video and internet connection to superimpose a layer of content over the real world, thereby "augmenting" our reality (hence the term). Sources allegedly indicate that Apple will be releasing iPhone OS 3.1 in September, which will add the ability to make apps like these possible.

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AT&T Slowly Enabling MMS For Some iPhone Owners?

Several iPhone developers using the iPhone 3.1 beta have reported that MMS is beginning to work on AT&T. We reported earlier when 3.1 was seeded that it enabled the MMS option, although the required support from AT&T was still disabled. One developer in Little Rock, AR reports that sending and receiving photos has been working since July 9th. Another reported on the 17th that MMS worked in several major cities during a road trip. MMS still seems to be disabled for most users so it's likely that AT&T is enabling it on a phone-by-phone basis.

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iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 2 Breaks Tethering Hack

Those of you on AT&T's network that have decided not to wait for AT&T to offer a legitimate tethering solution and modified your IPCC files to enable tethering on your devices might not want to get too comfortable just yet. TUAW reports that the OS 3.1 beta 2 that was just released to developers breaks the tethering hack. This means that after OS 3.1 hits, you won't be able to tether on AT&T's network without their permission. Hopefully they will announce tethering plans soon, but don't hold your breath.

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Apple Seeds iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 2 To Developers

Today Apple provided iPhone developers with OS 3.1 Beta 2, an update to the beta seeded two weeks ago. The release notes don't mention any changes in this version, although beta 1 included minor feature adjustments without any mention from Apple. We're assuming that Beta 2 will contain mostly bug fixes which address issues in Beta 1. An updated version of the iPhone SDK for both Leopard and Snow Leopard has also been released. If you see any changes, feel free to report them in the comments!

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Things We Like: iPhone OS 3.1 Lets You Copy Numbers & Addresses From Contacts

As we all know copy & paste finally made its way to the iPhone in 3.0, but it was missing ONE BIG THING. You couldn't copy information from contacts! Honestly Apple, how the heck did you miss that one? Sure, you could hit "Edit" and copy the number out that way, but it was so inconvenient. Thankfully iPhone OS 3.1 beta (seeded to developers earlier this week) has added this oh so important feature. When it drops, you'll be able to copy out phone numbers and addresses and even someone's name, email address, photo, and just about anything else! And yes, we even have a pretty picture of it in action for you to check out below.

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Geohot Releases 3GS Jailbreak For Windows

In response to the Dev Team's decision to wait until OS 3.1 to release a jailbreak for the iPhone 3GS, George Hotz, aka Geohot, has released his own jailbreaking tool for the iPhone 3GS called purplera1n, as he announced on his site. Right now it's only for Windows, but he says a Mac version is next on his list. It's still in beta, and many of the comments on his website are from people experiencing issues like frozen iPhones and compatibility problems with Vista, but an equal number of comments say it works just fine.

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iPhone 3.1 Update Brings Non-Destructive Video Editing, MMS Options, Other Improvements

Yesterday Apple seeded a beta of iPhone 3.1 to developers to test with their applications. Although not listed with release notes, iPhone 3.1 comes with quite a few noticeable improvements as well as bug fixes. Forum member 370GT pointed out that 3.1 now comes with the option to save edited video as a copy instead of overwriting the original. He also pointed out that the phone vibrates when you start moving icons, and Voice Control now works through bluetooth headsets. We've also noticed that boot time has been greatly improved. Also noted yesterday, MMS is enabled by default in 3.1, although the required service option hasn't been enabled by AT&T.

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