Just past official summer target
(Updated with statement on tethering) AT&T this afternoon finally established a firm date for when it would add MMS support to iPhones on its network. The carrier will switch on the feature as of September 25th through a software upgrade for iPhone 3G and 3GS owners. Adding the feature will let those running iPhone 3.0 or later firmware send photos, videos and general data like contact cards to any MMS-aware phone.
iPhone 3GS Review
Apple enthusiasts have almost been lulled into a certain degree of complacency with iPhone releases in the past two years: each one has been accompanied by a major hardware change along with whatever software changes may have been promised. The iPhone 3GS marks the first time Apple has had a subtler upgrade in store. But with a faster processor and graphics, a digital compass and voice control, is it enough to persuade first- or second-generation iPhone buyers to invest? We'll find out in a special iPhone 3GS review that focuses on what's changed in this smartphone.
iPhone Missing Sync ships
Mark/Space has updated its iPhone sync software with the release of The Missing Sync for iPhone 2.0.2. The update adds support for transferring and saving both voicemail and voice memos as well as brings iPhone 3.0 compatibility. The software works in parallel with iTunes, offering options iTunes does not, like syncing tasks, files and documents while archiving text messages and call histories. Version 2.0.2 adds voicemail and voice memo to the notebook area, placing them side-by-side with text notes.
In brief: PoweryBase is currently looking for several testers to help with the beta version of its newest iPhone application. NotifyMe is designed to allow users to enter items to be reminded of later and that note will then be displayed at a designated time using the push notification feature in the iPhone 3.0 firmware. FastMac has announced that it is now offering a new "Not PC" T-shirt as a response to recent Microsoft advertising. A sale is also currently being on offered on other T-Shirt models and for a limited time customers can get free shipping by using a special promotional code. Meanwhile, a new social networking site for FileMaker developers has been launched. FMGreet was designed as a tool to allow Devcon attendees to communicate with other developers at the event and around the world. The site provides messages boards, and a special section for instructors to post notes from their presentations at Devcon.
Rogers Ships Android w 6GB
As promised, Canadian provider Rogers today launched its Android phone lineup. The carrier is the first outside of T-Mobile to use Android in North America and the first to have an official version of the HTC Magic. Both it and the HTC Dream vary from the T-Mobile G1 through extra hooks for Rogers services as well as built-in Microsoft Exchange push mail support.
Android 2 Demo
Google at its I/O keynote today demonstrated the first major revision of its Android mobile OS. Nicknamed "Donut" but likely to be rebadged 2.0, the upgrade centers on a new ability to search the entire device for information. Similar to the upcoming iPhone 3.0 update, the addition will let users start typing a search tat can find apps, contacts, media and other content on the phone itself; it can also search online. Google Voice Search will also be embedded for speaking out searches where the spelling isn't familiar.
TomTom Hire for iPhone GPS
TomTom may be stepping up its efforts to produce turn-by-turn iPhone GPS through a low-key recruitment effort. A job listing for an iPhone app developer doesn't mention the company but asks for someone to develop navigation software in Amsterdam, the location of TomTom's headquarters. The term would start in May or June and last for at least six months.
Bluetooth 3 Spec Official
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group on Tuesday confirmed its third-generation Bluetooth specification. Officially labeled Bluetooth 3.0 + HS (High Speed), the standard takes advantage of the presence of Wi-Fi on many Bluetooth-equipped devices to offload high-demand transfers to Wi-Fi. The speed theoretically boosts transfers up to 24Mbps on a typical 802.11g link and saves power versus using Bluetooth alone. The SIG anticipates the format being used to beam HD video from a camcorder or send large files from cellphones.
Apple Dropping EasyPay
Apple will take advantage of the support for external hardware in iPhone OS 3.0 to finally replace the Windows Mobile-based EasyPay transaction handhelds at retail stores with iPod touch devices, sources speaking to AppleInsider claim. Once the new firmware is available, the company will reportedly give store staff iPod touch units loaded with custom point-of-sale apps as well as card readers to process the payments. They would also handle the store's Concierge, ordering and other store operations without requiring separate hardware.
FLO TV iPhone In Works
Qualcomm today revealed that it's developing an add-on that could give several smartphones, including the iPhone, a tuner for FLO TV digital broadcasts. The communications firm's FLO TV head Bill Stone remarks to SAI that iPhone OS 3.0's support for third-party hardware has set Qualcomm to developing an external receiver that could give both the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as other smartphones, access to the over-the-air TV service. When it would ship isn't yet certain, as is whether it would use the Dock Connector or else attach wirelessly.
Celio Mulls iPhone Redfly
Celio is investigating a version of its Redfly mobile companions for the iPhone, a company representative has told Electronista at an event ahead of CTIA. While no definitive support has been planned, the device maker says it has already been experimenting with drivers that would let a connected iPhone use a Redfly's larger screen and keyboard. It's not certain whether this would include every feature or whether it would connect through Bluetooth, USB, or both.
Copy/paste in iPhone 3.0
Digg founder Kevin Rose today "confirmed" that a Apple will implement a version of the much-anticipated "copy & paste" function in iPhone v3.0 (expected to debut next week at Apple's Townhall Event), but said that Apple was not expected to support background apps or processes. The "confirmation", which came in a Diggnation podcast recorded at SxSW in Austin, said that users will be able to "double click" a word to bring up a magnifying glass with two sets of quotes that users can drag forward or background and then click on copy or cut. Rose also claims that it brings a number of other features to bring the iPhone up to par with the Palm Pre, but did not include application multitasking or video (claiming the latter was due to a technical problem with writing to NAND memory too many times/too fast, but that it would come in future releases).