Late last week PC World published a story highlighting seven ways Android 2.2 is superior to the iPhone. From the seven posted reasons, we get the distinct impression the author has never used an iPhone. As if their lack of iPhone experience isn't bad enough, they are comparing a year old OS to an unavailable OS. If they wanted to compare unreleased operating systems, perhaps they should have compared Android 2.2 to iPhone OS 4.
Rend Collective Experiment, a band out of Ireland, has posted a video of a song made completely using only iPhones as their instruments. The four minute video features four guys using five iPhones for each of their instruments (the singer's microphone is the fifth iPhone). At one point, you can even see one of the musicians close one app and open a second one for a new "instrument." In all, the band used nine different apps to pull it off. It honestly looks more difficult than using real instruments.
If your iPhone or iPad is set to sync automatically when you plug it into your computer, you likely noticed it always performs a backup before syncing. Sometimes, the backup takes an extremely long time. We have found a solution that fixes most of the backup issues in iTunes.
Video of an amazing app surfaced a few weeks ago: Wi-Fi Sync, which let's you sync your iPhone or iPod Touch without the hassle of plugging it in to your PC or Mac. Not only did we feel this app should be available in the App Store, but it should be part of the next iPhone OS. Apparently the app reviewers at Apple don't agree, because we just got word from the developer, Greg Hughes, today that Apple has rejected Wi-Fi Sync, citing security concerns among other reasons.
According to Forbes, Motorola posted their phone sales today at 8.5 million units, some 300,000 less phones than Apple sold in the same quarter, positioning Apple as the largest phone maker in the US. The startling fact in these numbers is that Apple only makes one phone, compared with Motorola's 117 different phones.
As Apple gets ready to release its latest version of the iPad, some people still have a hard time justifying the tablet as a business device. Most notably, the ability to print is conspicuously missing, a shortcoming that the iPad shares with its cousin, the iPhone. Seemingly, the easiest way to print from these devices is to email yourself with whatever image or item you wish to print attached. Fortunately, in an ecosystem like Apple's App Store, developers are quick to fill the gaps in functionality the iPhone's OS.
Check out a list of some of the front-runners in this category, below.
One of the most annoying aspects of the iPhone and iPad could be the fact you have to physically plug the device into your computer to sync. As a result, it's something I rarely do on any of my iDevices. Developer Greg Hughes has submitted an app to Apple that allows users to sync wirelessly. According to the developer, the app uses public APIs, which means there shouldn't be a technical reason for the app to be rejected by Apple. If the app is approved, I'll be first in line to buy it. And of course we'll provide more information here as it becomes available.
Check out the short video demonstration below.
iPhone hacker, Comex, has confirmed that his Spirit jailbreak for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad will be available on Friday. Spirit should provide an untethered jailbreak, meaning users won't have to plug the device in each time they reboot. We will provide more details as they become available.
Several tech blogs are reporting today that FaceBook has gone iPad and iPhone friendly with the adoption of HTML5 for its streaming videos. Previously, when a using Safari on one of the Apple mobile devices, you would get a message that you needed to install Flash to view a video. This has changed, and now the videos play.
An analyst from Broadpoint AmTech suggests that Apple could stand to make over $4 billion per year in revenue from their new iAds, revenue Apple will receive after developers snag 60% off the top. This estimate is on the high side, assuming that Apple will net $0.032 per ad view (or $32/1,000 viewers), but even on the lowest estimates of only $0.002 per ad view Apple stands to make $292 million from their 40% share of the ad revenue. That's not a bad amount of revenue for sitting around and doing nothing. And although that number is not likely to cause Apple's board to get excited, it would more than cover the cost of acquiring Quattro Wireless earlier this year.
AmTech's ad pricing assumption is below.