Jailbreak developers are always seeking out news ways to tweak iOS in small chunks to make certain aspects more appealing and convenient. Even when you think all the possibly-modifiable areas of iOS have been covered, a new jailbreak tweak comes around that does something totally unimaginable and interesting. If you're looking to add further functionality to the iPhone and iPod Touch volume indication HUD (heads-up display), a new jailbreak tweak, dubbed HUD Pro, has all of the flexibility and options you could possibly hope for - in fact, some are a bit too far-fetched.
Apple sent out email to its developers today, announcing the Gold Master release of the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK. The Gold Master release represents the version of the iPhone OS that will ship on the iPad, and likely be released to iPhone users in the near future (possibly the date of the iPad launch).
Attention all iPad app developers: if you'd like to have your application in the App Store in time for the iPad launch, submit your app by March 27th. According to an email sent to all developers, Apple is now accepting iPad apps into the App Store. From the email, "iPad will begin shipping soon and your opportunity to be part of the grand opening of the iPad App Store starts today. Submit your iPad app now for an initial review by the App Review Team and receive feedback on its readiness for the grand opening."
The full email follows below:
Today Apple released an updated version of the iPhone SDK 3.2 beta for iPad development on the iPhone Dev Center (developer account required). So far we haven't heard of any significant changes in beta 5, although previous releases generally provided bug fixes and minor improvements for developers.
The new iPhone SDK beta has been downloaded and dissected, and while it didn't yield a ton of new information, there may be some cool stuff en route.
Per 9 to 5 Mac, the gestures folder contained references to two new types of commands (3Tap.plist and LongPress.plist) that that have yet to be released. Apple is likely to allow developers to incorporate these new commands into the new version of the iPhone OS as well as integrate them into the iPad.
Today Apple released (developer account required) an updated version of the iPhone SDK 3.2 beta for iPad development. Beta 4 includes several fixes for the SDK, including a fix for Safari's bookmark feature within the simulator. Additionally, it seems that Apple has removed the "Camera" tab from the Photos app within the iPad simulator. The tab led many to believe that the iPad may ship with a camera, however Apple clarifies by saying in the release notes, "The Camera tab represents photos available via the Camera Connection Kit for iPad, and is not relevant for the Simulator. The Camera tab will disappear after a few seconds."
According to iPodNN, the current iPad SDK contains additional search options that allow you to choose Wikipedia as one of the default search engines for Safari on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The reference is buried in the code of the iPad SDK, alongside the two other search options. While Safari defaults to Google at present, users can also toggle Yahoo search for a different set of results.
We suspected that because of it's larger size, the iPad would be able to fit more powerful components into it's frame, with the obvious result being more speed, better graphics and longer battery life. Now Apple saying that is only partly the case. While it's got a more powerful processor and bigger battery, the iPad uses the PowerVR SGX graphics processor made by Imagination Technologies; the same one used in the latest iPod Touch. The info was found in the most recent iPad SDK Beta 3 documentation.
We've been seeing lots and lots of references in the new OS 3.2 SDK betas about cameras and the ability to capture photo and video on the iPad, nearly to the point where it's almost a certainty that some iPad will eventually have a camera. Now even more references have been found, this time supporting a front-facing iPad camera, video conferencing, and even zoom and a flash bulb.
Apple Releases iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta 3 For iPad, Pulls The Update, Includes More Camera References [Updated]
Earlier today, Apple released iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta 3 for iPad developers before pulling the update shortly thereafter. It's not clear why Apple pulled the update, although some have reported that it contained some significant bugs.
Update: Apple has re-released iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta 3 for developers.
In spite of the update being pulled, many folks managed to grab it before it went down. Our pals over at 9 to 5 Mac got their hands on it and found that the iPad simulator now includes the Photos app in addition to Safari, Contacts, and Settings. Most notably, the Photos app contains a "Camera" tab, which could indicate that the iPad will ship with a camera. However, as 9to5 points out, this could simply be related to the iPad's ability to interface with a camera.