I was able to spend a few days with Wi-Fi Sync on my jailbroken iPhone and found only two downsides to this extremely simple app: It doesn't work on the iPad and it's not available in the App Store. Wi-Fi Sync allows you to sync your iPhone or iPod Touch to your Mac without having to use the USB cable to do it. This is a feature that should be standard on all iDevices, unfortunately the app was rejected by Apple and is now only available for the brave souls who are willing to jailbreak their device.
Pastebot [App Store, $2.99], the must-have utility for your iPhone has just been updated to allow users to sync more than one device with their Mac at the same time. The original version of Pastebot would only sync one device, causing problems for people who picked up an iPad to compliment their stable of Apple products.
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.
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.
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.
Despite my prediction that Apple won't let Opera's mobile browser into the app store, Opera announced today on their web site that the app has been approved and will be available for free tomorrow. Opera advertises that their browser is noticeably faster on slower networks, like the 2G Edge network, by changing how sites render in Opera Mini. But users could potentially be less satisfied by Opera's "mini-Internet" instead of the "real Internet," something Apple claims Mobile Safari provides.
Opera offers this link to download Opera Mini for iPhone, but as of this writing the link is not working.
Update: Opera Mini [App Store] is now available for free in the US App Store.
Today Loren Brichter, the developer behind Tweetie [App Store, $2.99], announced that Tweetie for iPhone has been acquired by Twitter. According to the post on his blog, Brichter is joining Twitter's mobile team to begin transforming "Tweetie" into "Twitter" for both the iPhone and the iPad. Additionally, Twitter has announced that Tweetie will soon be renamed "Twitter for iPhone" and made free for iPhone and iPod touch users.
No release dates have been announced as of yet, but we're guessing it won't take too long!
If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and an iPhone is nearly five ounces, then how many trips to the doctor can you avoid with new wellness tracking apps Body & Mind Connection for iPhone [App Store, $0.99] and iPad [App Store, $0.99] and Optimism [App Store, Free*]?
In both apps, you spend a short amount of time each day assigning number ratings to mood, amount of sleep and exercise, how healthily you ate, etc. The apps then help you establish relationships between lifestyle factors and various areas of well being, and ultimately help you reach your goals with their fancy progress-tracking charts.
One of the first out the gate with an iPad game, Vertigore has developed Pacific Defense [App Store, $1.99], a WWII game that puts you in the role of a WWII gunner using a turret shooting at enemy planes above and torpedos below.
Per TechCrunch, the game is designed so that you hold it up in front of you and look through it like a window into another world. The game is in black and white with scratches to make it look like an old newsreel and you tilt the iPad to aim and tap the guns on either side with your thumbs to shoot.