If Apple's recently-filed patent has its way, then we may be going completely wireless in the near future. An inductive charging dock is depicted in the filing, which only requires a device to be placed inside of it for it to begin charging. In turn, eliminating the need for grabbing a cable while makes charging possible even when returning home after a drunken texting spree. (Disclaimer: iPhone Alley does not condone drinking and texting, however we do condone better-than-modern-sitcom humor...)
AT&T announced today that they are changing the iPhone data plan, eliminating the $30 free-for-all, and offering two limited plans: $15/month for 200MB and $25/month for 2GB of data. More surprising, the $25/month data plan on the iPhone also replaces the existing unlimited data plan on the iPad. This change is conspicuously effective as of June 7. Could this be a hint of the end of AT&T's exclusive deal with Apple?
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.
The iPhone Dev Team has released redsn0w 0.9.5 Beta with the ability to jailbreak the iPhone 3G with Apple's latest mobile operating system, iPhone OS 4 Beta 1. Videos of a working jailbreak solution were on youtube within 24 hours of Apple announcing the new update last week, but many believed that the public would have to wait until June to see a jailbreak tool.
George Hotz, also known as Geohot, has announced that his Blackra1n jailbreak is now working on iPhone OS 4.0, only one day after we learned that Blackra1n will work on the iPad. We're still waiting on an official release, and we'll keep you informed as soon as more information becomes available.
A video has surfaced of what looks to be the beginning of the iPhone OS integration into a car interface. The video shows a simple application that is bundled in iPhone OS 4.0 that feeds a simplified menu for navigating your audio library out to a video lead. Without any official announcement from Apple, we can only speculate on the possible direction for this interface. Ideally this system will interact with some of the major auto manufacturers, like Ford's Sync, allowing you to use your radio controls, or even steering wheel controls to navigate your iPhone or iPod Touch while on the road.
Be sure to mute your sound before playing the video below, unless you're a fan of Wynonna Judd and Christmas music.
The rumors of a front facing camera for the iPhone and iPad continue to stay alive as evidence of an iChatAgent appeared in iPhone OS 4.0, which is currently only in developer preview. On the Mac OS, iChatAgent is the background process that supports iChat's connectivity to chat services such as AIM, Bonjour, Jabber, and others. Inclusion of this daemon in the iPhone OS strongly suggests Apple intends to offer chat services in the iPhone soon. Though a camera was not included in the initial iPad hardware, it is very possible that the next generation iPhone — which may be introduced as early as June — could include a front facing camera.
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.
Apple has just posted a streaming QuickTime video of the iPhone OS 4.0 event which took place earlier today. The keynote covers seven major features now included in 4.0, including multitasking, Home screen folders, a much improved Mail application, and much more! Check it out now.
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.