The iPhone Alley team is back from Vegas and finally caught up on sleep. The city of Vegas never sleeps, so neither did we. We had a great time both inside and outside of the convention center and even as a whole we came back with more money than we
There were several little features that appeared in Steve Job's keynote on Thursday, most of which weren't even discussed during the presentation. Steve mentioned quickly that the iPhone, with OS 4.0, will support bluetooth keyboards just like the iPad. Spell check on the iPhone will be on par with the iPad spell check, which underlines misspelled words more like the Mac OS and presents possible word options. Additionally, Steve mentioned that the Photos app will now feature "places" to group geo-tagged photos, much like iPhoto on the Mac. On the keynote slide, there are a couple of mentions of new mail features, such as file and delete search results, and the ability to choose an image size in a mail message.
Below is a screenshot of the keynote slide which shows only some of the 100 new features Apple says are coming to the iPhone this summer.
Today Apple announced a developer preview of iPhone OS 4.0. The new OS will be available for developers later today and to consumers this summer. The update provides over 1,500 new APIs for developers and over 100 new user features. Apple focused on seven new iPhone OS 4 features, first and most noteworthy is the ability to run 3rd-party applications in the background via the use of new multitasking APIs.
Apple stated that the reason they held off on multitasking was to avoid performance losses and significant battery drain, and 4.0 provides multitasking features without most of the negative aspects. The multitasking APIs allow applications to run specific services in the background while the full application is suspended. Photos follow below.
Today Google announced on the Google Mobile Blog that they've just launched a new interface for Gmail on the iPad. The new UI is based on the HTML5 interface they launched last year for the iPhone, although it's currently in an experimental test phase. The most obvious change is that the iPad version shows you a list of messages on the left and the full content of the selected message on the right — just like the Mail app. Not much else has changed, although Google is encouraging its users to send them feedback and suggestions for the new version.
To check out the new version, bring up gmail.com on your iPad or in the iPad simulator. Screenshot follows below!
Steve Jobs has come out of his shell somewhat lately to offer controlled leaks regarding the iPad and iPhone OS via email. In the latest episode, per 9 to 5 Mac, Jobs sent a message from his iPad Build 7B359 to say that there will be a way to import docs (from iDisk or iWork.com) into iWork on the iPad and the iPad/iPod/iPhone's Mail.app will eventually have Universal inbox functionality.
Universal inbox functionality is something users have hoped for, but it is unlikely to be in iPhone OS 3.2 as that's mostly an incremental update and and a Mail.app rewrite would seem to indicate a new version of the OS.
After much anticipation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone OS 3.1 software update at the "Rock and Roll" media event on Wednesday, September 9th. The new firmware, a free download for iPhone OS 3.0 users, adds the following fixes and changes:
A potential security hole in the iPhone OS 3.0 and 3.0.1 firmware has just surfaced via a YouTube video in which the host describes how, by searching for the title of a deleted message, the resulting screen displays two copies of the message; when either is selected for the first time, Mail crashes. According to MacNN, when the messages are selected a second time however, an iPhone will either display the original text, or a warning saying "This message cannot be displayed because of the way it is formatted."
Macworld has stumbled on an interesting bug dealing with how your iPhone deletes (or more accurately, doesn't delete) email. If you use your iPhone for email, chances are you've deleted at least a few messages by now. What you may not know is that just because these messages are no longer accessible in the Mail app, they're not completely gone.
The swipe to delete gesture is one of the most often used on the iPhone, but sometimes swiping to delete many emails can take time. With iPhone 2.0 Apple expanded Mail's "Edit" button to allow selection of multiple emails for deletion. You can also use this multiple selection mode to move emails to a specific folder. Just hit the "Edit" button! It's a basic feature, but it's one that everyone can use.
Apple made sure to tout the fact that Safari has a nifty on its keyboard .com button for easy URL typing, but it seems like they forgot about Mail. As it turns out, Mail does have a .com button, but it's hidden. To get to the magical .com button, simply hold period for 2 seconds and a popup containing .com will appear. Also available are .org, .edu, and .net. Now go email your mom... and include a link to something!