Items tagged with iPhone

Jonesing for a way to play PS 1 games, and happen to have an iPod handy?  An enterprising developer may have the answer to your woes.Previously only available as a private beta to donators, a PlayStation 1 emulator for the iPhone and iPod has been released to the public. The version is 0.1.0 so it’s obviously far from done, but psx4iPhone is available now.The developer, ZodTTD, indicates that although there will be public releases to come, if you want to see the full range of beta releases, you should sign up for the ZodTTD Beta Testers Club by donating.Good luck getting used to a touchscreen instead of a regular controller, but honestly, who knows?  It might just catch on.... Read more...
There is a fine line between protecting the products and future markets of a company, and stepping on the feet of global commerce.  That fine line is currently being treaded by Apple, who is threatening Asian retailers in Singapore who are reselling iPhones they legally purchased, imported and unlocked to work with local carriers.“According to retailers, Apple threatened in an e-mail to go after them for illegally 'unlocking' parallel imported iPhones. The phones are unlocked by hacking into their software so that local SIM cards can be used. Sim Lim Square retailers and even some online local sellers have stopped selling the gadget. A retailer in Sim Lim Square said shops there, including... Read more...
The pre-MacWorld rumors are always some of the most interesting, but it looks like a few of the rumored products such as sub-notebook and 3G iPhone are virtually done-deals.  The 3G iPhone was actually leaked by AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson, so we're moving that one out the rumor file.  If that's not enough for you, here's more about the ultra-portable“...he has now heard from manufacturing partners in Asia that Apple is preparing to unveil a new, ultra portable laptop computer at the company's Macworld event next month in San Francisco.The blogs have speculated about this, but he says he now has hard evidence that the smallest laptop ever from Apple is only weeks away. He says the... Read more...
The screen is small, the device is small, but the market share, for the browser of a mobile phone is, relatively speaking, big. The iPhone has only been available since late June, and it's already the most popular mobile browser for surfing the Web, beating out even Windows Mobile, which has been available for over 10 years.Net Applications came out with its quarterly browser marketshare report this weekend. More surprising than the solid market share gains that the Mac platform made, was iPhone's phenomenal showing..09 percent may seem like an extremely small marketshare but when you consider that the iPhone has only been selling for 5 months and for most of that time was in one – albeit large... Read more...
You can nearly set your watch by the weekly Apple lawsuits, and future generations may count them to establish a sense of time between historic tech events in the same that way we count tree-rings to determine when natural disasters took place.This week's lawsuit was filed on behalf of Klausner Technologies and asserts that the Visual Voicemail technology, a service from co-defendant AT&T that works with the iPhone, infringes on two of their patents.  This isn't the first time that we've reported claims of patent violations leveled at Apple's iPhone, but the damages being sought are worth mentioning as is the fact that Klausner has won similar law suits against other huge industry names... Read more...
France has it.  Unlocked, no less, if you want it.  The iPhone has hit mobile carrier Orange's stores.French consumer law requires Orange to sell handsets that are "unlocked" and able to work on any carrier, which Orange will do. And Germany's Deutsche Telekom is selling an unlocked phone via its T-Mobile unit after a Hamburg court ordered it to, in response to a challenge from rival Vodafone Group PLC.Unlocked handsets will cost about $965.32 in France, much less than the $1,485.91 T-Mobile is charging in Germany. It costs about $149 to have a handset unlocked independently.A little less than $1,000 for an unlocked phone?  Hey, T-Mobile: it's exhorbitant, but not quite as exhorbitant. ... Read more...
You'll recall that just yesterday Vodafone managed to get an injunction against T-Mobile, charging that T-Mobile violated German law by selling the iPhone with a SIM lock and two-year contract. Well, be careful what you wish for.T-Mobile said on Wednesday it will offer the iPhone without a T-Mobile contract for 999 euros ($1,478) at its shops.It will also allow those customers who bought an iPhone since November 19 to unlock the device free of charge so it can be used with other SIM cards. However, that will not enable customers to make use of all the functions that the music-playing and Web-browsing device offers.$1,478?  Software unlockers, don't go anywhere, as it appears we still need... Read more...
If you live in Germany or plan on moving there soon, you're going to want to kiss German Vodafone CEO Friedrich Joussen when you're there.  He and his company just obtained a court order that forces rival, T-Mobile, to sell iPhones without contract to those that want it.“For its part, Vodafone -- which at one time was in the running for its own exclusive contract to sell iPhone to parts of Europe -- claims that it took the matter to court out of fears that other handset makers may follow Apple's example and begin tying their handsets to specific providers, further shredding the German wireless market.Vodafone Germany chief executive Friedrich Joussen in a statement said his firm's goal is... Read more...
It appears that the Apple iPhone is so in such high demand around the world that even China Mobile may be trying to get in on the action.It should be easy to make incredible sales numbers in China, especially with the rapidly growing middle-class in China.  Perhaps brisk iPhone sales might even encourage Apple to open up stores on the mainland where currently several local players are selling imported Apple products at a severe markup.“China Mobile Ltd. is in talks with Apple Inc. about bringing the iPhone to China, but no agreement has been reached yet, the telecom's chief executive said Tuesday.The companies still need to iron out their differences over revenue sharing, Wang Jianzhou told... Read more...
It's no secret (at least, by now it'd better not be!) that the iPhone doesn't have a user-replaceable battery.  In fact, lawsuits have been filed over it.  But the firm Exradia thinks not only was this an oversight, it is a health risk.Exradia has launched a range of replacement batteries for popular models of mobile phones which incorporate its special magic circuit to interfere with the bad RF coming from your handset, but iPhone users, with their non-replaceable battery, will just have to suffer.According to the release Exradia are "...surprised Apple has chosen to ignore this potential health issue", though the company admits there's no evidence that mobile phones cause problems... Read more...
Apple introduced the iPhone in the U.K. and Germany on Friday, and at the same time unleashed software update 1.1.2 on the world.  Little did they know it had been broken already.Erica Sadun at The Unofficial Apple Weblog obtained jailbreaking code for the 1.1.2 update almost simultaneous with its release last night, and tests this morning confirm that it works for both the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The 1.1.2 update patched a flaw in the way OS X handles TIFF image processing, which was the way hackers gained access to the iPhone after the 1.1.1 update, and it also wiped out third-party applications just like before.Back and forth and back and forth.  One side trumps the other. ... Read more...
Cash?  Nope, you can't buy an iPhone with cash any longer.  Nor can you buy more than two, as Apple has instituted new policies to prevent reselling of the devices.The new policy started Thursday, said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Before then, there was no cash restriction and the purchase limit was five per person. "Customer response to the iPhone has been off the charts, and limiting iPhone sales to two per customer helps us ensure that there are enough iPhones for people who are shopping for themselves or buying a gift," Kerris said. "We're requiring a credit or debit card for payment to discourage unauthorized resellers."Reselling?  As we know from when the iPhone debuted,... Read more...
For those of us that have been wondering when we might start seeing 3rd party applications (not hacks) available for our spiffy new iPhones, the answer is likely to be sometime next year at the very earliest.The delay is initially due to Apple taking a stance against allowing any modification of the iPhone, including non-Apple software.  Apple has quietly dropped that position, one announced by Steve Jobs at the iPhone's unveiling, and now Mr. Jobs is even going on to say that the an iPhone SDK is due in February:“It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the... Read more...
The filing of law suits over the iPhone never seems to stop.  In fact, the sheer volume and type of litigation over the iPhone may end up seeing the device unwelcome in France.  Quelle honte!This new class action law suit, filed by Timothy Smith in California, is quite similar to the one filed last week: customers want service and support covered under the warranty on unlocked phones plus monetary damages.“Smith's lawsuit also claims that an exemption to the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 granted last year allows for phone unlocking and so should invalidate Apple's move last month to disable phones modified to work with non-AT&T networks. Moreover, said the suit,... Read more...
Is Apple working on a new iPhone?  We're not sure, but a recent html bug hints and a product called the iPhone Extreme.  We're not sure exactly what features an 'Extreme' iPhone might have, but it should be noted that Apple uses the word 'Extreme' to define their high end networking products, and this could just end up being an iPhone with some form of 802.11N support.“Nestled within the HTML code for the feedback form is a hidden variable called "product" which contain the value "iPhone Extreme." Unfortunately, that's the extent of the rumor.Obviously, speculation is that "iPhone Extreme" could represent some new product down the line, a new name for the current iPhone if a cheaper... Read more...
If you own an unlocked iPhone that was recently put out of commission by the firmware upgrade that just came down the pipe, have hope yet!  It appears that the eternal struggle between Apple and hackers isn't over yet, and in many cases you can at least partially resurrect your non-functional device:“These latest instructions allow users to roll back their firmware upgrades and use some functions like the phone’s iPod and Wi-Fi capabilities, but they do not necessarily restore the phone’s ability to make calls, in particular for those users that used a freely downloadable tool that performed a "SIM unlock" on their phones. That’s because hackers have not yet found a way to roll back the... Read more...
Apple warned that its latest update, 1.1.1, might disable some hacked, unlocked phones, but it appears there are cases of unhacked phones being bricked. It is not clear exactly why this is occurring, as Apple has yet to comment on the problems. But the rash of reports from those who have not unlocked or modified their phones indicates that whatever the Cupertino company is doing to 'brick' unlockers may have unintentionally taken out some of its law-abiding customers. A closer look at the iPhone support forums show many of the issues deal with loss of data, which isn't the same as bricking, where the device is useless.  However, we were able to find at least two... Read more...
Software unlocking of the iPhone has become the "deal of the day" with paid and unpaid solutions.   Apple has an answer for that, and you may not like it. Apple issued a statement Monday afternoon warning users of unlocked iPhones that the next software update it ships will probably break their phones. It's not clear how many people have unlocked their iPhone to run on networks other than AT&T's, but there has definitely been some interest among early adopters who want no part of AT&T's network. Most of those folks were always operating under the assumption that Apple might relock their iPhones with future software updates, but were they expecting... Read more...
As if the potential danger to the hardware (and occasionally the owner/hacker) isn't enough to make people shy away from an 'unlocked' iPhone, it seems that the phones are possibly becoming blacklisted.If this turns out to be the case across the board, owners of 'unlocked' iPhones shouldn't be expecting replacements, repairs, or possibly even connections to other services.  What can owners of hacked iPhones do?  Complaining loudly and often might work for some:“Only after asking for the manager and having several conversations with her, did they finally allow me to return it, but charged me a 10% restocking fee…Pretty Scary! Didn’t Steve and Woz get their start in college by selling a device... Read more...
O2 has finally be confirmed as the U.K. carrier for Apple's iPhone, but they paid dearly for the privilege. The UK's largest mobile operator came from behind at the last minute to seal an agreement with Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, to market the iPhone in the UK, but one other operator described the deal as "madly money-losing". O2 is understood to have agreed a margin on the retail price - to be confirmed tomorrow - but will return to Apple as much as 40% of any revenues it makes from customers' use of the device. Unlike other phones, the carriers are actually being raked over the coals in their rush to grab the rights to this device,... Read more...
It looks like the days (literally, just days) of having to pay almost $100 for an iPhone unlocking program are over...more or less.  We don't recommend or suggest that you try any hack due to the possibility of damaging your product and, according to some reports, the risk of bodily harm.  That said, it is certainly understandable why some people might want to give the iPhone a try.  For those intrepid souls, please read on:“Our friends at TUAW pointed out that the iPhone Dev Team has struck gold for everyone who wants an iPhone but not an AT&T contract. Yes, that's right: the team has released anySIM, a free, completely GUI app for unlocking your iPhone. As of this writing, you can download... Read more...
Today Apple sent out invitations to one of its typically hush-hush press conferences.  It's expected that this will be the announcement of the UK version of the iPhone.Apple has began sending out invitations to members of the UK press on Thursday, as it planned to hold an event at its flagship store in London on Regents Street next week. In typical Apple fashion, few details were given in the invitation other than the tagline "Mum's no longer the word." Speculation is rampant, with most analysts expecting the Cupertino company to announce its UK carrier for the iPhone.The UK carrier for the iPhone, though still unconfirmed, is expected to be O2.  One good thing - with all the publicity over the... Read more...
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