The Apple web-site (http://www.apple.com/ru/iphone/) announces about coming start of the iPhone 3G sells in Russia.
When will new Apple firmware be available?
- An iPod Touch firmware upgrade to 2.1 version should be already available and costs $9.95.
- An iPhone firmware update is totally free of cost, but will be presented only on Friday.
What’s new in iPhone FW 2.1:
- The problems arising while making calls or launching the application are corrected;
- The synchronization speed with iTunes is increased;
- The battery will work for a longer time.
The energy optimization might be copied from existing PocketPCs – probably iPhone automaticly designates the running programs statuses and sets a processor speed according to the current load. That’s just a guess-work…
Steve Jobs makes fun on the gossips about his death. As you remember, at least twice for the past three months newspapers wrote he is being near death (Steve suffers from pancreas cancer). Here you can see the famous Mark Twen’s phrase, that famous writer used in the similar circumstances.
A well-known racing game will appear in AppStore on November.
A Japan-based mobile operator Softbank makes it’s best to raise the sells of iPhones in the country of the Rising Sun. They should sell approximately 800 000 iPhones in the next two months to follow the conditions identified in the contract that Softbank had signed with Apple.
When Softbank dropped the tariffs from $55 to $16 per month that didn’t succeeded – the Japanese mobile market is overfilled with different New Generation mobile gadgets, and iPhone doesn’t even pretend to compete with them. And Softbank has only two months before it should report Apple about the sales statistics.
That’s extremely interesting, how Russian operators will try to evade the errors made by their Japanese colleagues.
New iPod Touch is supplied with brand new headphones, that was announced by Apple yesterday conference Let’s Rock.
The main feature of new device is that a small woofer and tweeter are integrated into headphones. So we have the two-way stereo-speaker, that can size in your pocket. There are also three earpieces supplied to fit every earsize.
The volume control and microphone are fixed on the right ear wire. At the moment, Apple sais that this earphones are compatible with iPod Touch, New iPod Nano 4G and new iPod Classic. There was no any word said about iPhone unfortunately.
What was the next? The occasion, that nobody expected.
Apple have redesigned iPod Touch!
The player became thinner. The metal edging appeared on the case. The size of the display haven’t been changed.
After finishing the announcement, Steve Jobs had mentioned, that approximately 100 million applications have been downloaded from AppStore and that iPod Nano can also work with this online store.
A 32Gb model was also announced. Here are the prices.
8GB is $229, 16GB is $299 and 32GB is $399
iTunes with multimedia albums was presented. It’s also possible to upgrade at the moment.
The next extremely expected announcement was the presentation of 4th generation iPod. Here are the photos.
Different points of view
When you orientate your iPod horizontally the landscape mode is activated, that shows that iPod received the same accelerometer that iPhone has.
New iPod Nano can play music all day and night long (for 24 hours) and show video for 4 hours.
Greenpeace now loves Apple. The new iPod Nano is totally environment friendly.
It’s available in any color of the rainbow (and also in steel color, of course).
The 8Gb model is available for purchase for $149, the 16Gb will be offered for $199 from the next week.
A player is supplied with special headphones with the remote volume control ability and microphone for voice recording, so you are able to make notes using voice-recorder integrated application.
The presentation started from the following announcements:
iTunes Store accounts approximately 8,5 million songs, 125 thousands of podcasts, 30 thousand episodes of different TV-show, 2600 movies, 3000 applications from AppStore.
The HD TV Shows support was added on 9th of September (it costs $2.99). Also NBC returned to iTunes Store offering their tv-series Monk, The Office, Battlestar Galactica, 30 Rock.
A lot of people want to now, will be the monstrous Worms:Armrageddon ever ported to iPhone. Here’s some information about this cult game perspectives.
There are only two developers left, who are working under Worms project – their names are Deadcode and CyberShadow. The last one is living in Kishenev, Moldova, he also enjoys playing Worms and likes to modify the game’s code in order to improve it.
We have communicated CyberShadow and asked him, if it’s possible to port Worms game to iPhone platform. The developer said the following.
Unfortunately, this project can’t be realized because we have only heavily restricted rights to make changes in game. The only thing we can do is making updates for Windows-based game version – everything else is in Team 17 competence.
They say, Team 17 is making new Worms game at the moment, and the iPhone version is also expected. So I don’t think that the Worms:Armageddon port-project will be appreciated by Team 17 as commercially successful. Anyway, I advice you to contact Team 17 director Martyn “Spadge” Brown.
We must also mention another Worms clone named HedgeWars ( http://www.hedgewars.org/ ), that is being developed by Russian team. They plan to issue the commercial version of the game for iPhone platform, but Team 17 already claimed them for copyright violation.
As we can see, the only sticking point is Team 17. If they will consider to do so, the new Worms game port will appear in AppStore before the Christmas.
Our special thanks to Eugeny Reshetov.
According to Vedomosti newspaper, the Big Three operators (Russian MTS, Vympelkom AKA Beeline and Megafon) are ready to offer iPhones in Russia without any service contracts.
Last week MobileTeleSystems signed an agreement with Apple Inc about iPhone mobiles distribution. Vympelkom and Megafon made that a little bit earlier. All operators announced, that the’ll begin to sell iPhones till the end of the year, approximately in the fall of September or in October. According to the agreements signed, Vympelkom and Megafon must sell 3 million iPhones each one for two years , and MTS – 1 millon in three years.
The contracts allow Apple Inc to control all the operator’s movements that consider to iPhone sells. The only one thing operators can manage by themselves is to sell iPhines with the contract or not.
Trafic jams are the main enemies of people living in capital-cities. But there’s way to solve this trouble – and that’s bicycle. No time lost in the jams, you enjoy healthy way of life. And now also your lovely iPhone can be attached to the steer.
iBikeConsole is a mounting gear for iPhone with integrated controls to manage sound volume and the order tracks are played. Console costs $75 on the manufacturer’s web-site. There are also additional gadgets available, for example a device to measure and show the speed of your bicycle. You can also mount an iPod Nano 3 there.
A revolution in Cydia is performed by the new music utility named dTunes. It searches music tracks on the web-sites of music groups, fan-sites and just the admirers’ pages.
It can download the tracks you have found
and listen to them using embedded player.
Unfortunately you can’t download full albums at the moment, just pull them from the web track by track.
Attention! The mighty iPhone is going to be killed! The murderer will enter the mobile phones market in 12 days. It’s name is 01Phone (see the manufacturer’s site the01phone.com for details).
The main difference from existing analogues is the QWERTY laser keyboard, projected to the horizontal plane and used to type SMS or any other text information.
That looks very exciting and a lot of gadget-people want to see and test that device. But it looks like nobody really thinks, that the 01phone will be able to knock out the King-Of-The-Hill AKA iPhone.
Resume: a nice concept, but it lacks of any commercial perspective. Just an interesting toy like Meizu M8 project.
A new coming in Cydia available – the KeyVib application can be installed right now. With this application installed your iPhone will get an ability to vibrate when you will be typing SMS, e-mails or notes.
KeyVib is installed from iSpazio repository.
On 9th of September a Apple-held conference will start, where iTunes 8, iPod Nano 4Gb and … 2.1 firmware for iPhone will be presented! This is a quintessence of the most of the specialists expectations. If a new iTunes appears in Apple Macintosh, then it would be logical to expect the application mobile version appearance.
Update: here’s a banner on Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, where the “Let’s Rock” Apple Inc. presentation will be held.
photo from macrumors.com
The PR-department of Apple Inc does everything to keep silence and also to make everybody now about new iPod Nano is coming. It looks like that new iTunes8 with interactive albums feature will be presented also. Those who purchase interactive album will be supposed to receive posters,theme photos and lyrics content.
The new iPod should be able to be compatible with this new multimedia features. But what it will be look like? The first photos appeared on the Net on 23rd of August. It looked like this (see the picture):
Apple Inc decided to return from the square-formed back to the rectangle form-factor. The lines became smooth, and the screen was enlarged a lot.
The last photo from MacNN site also proves that theory:
O’Reilly Media have launched a new conference project named iPhoneLive. The registration is opened till 14th of october. The membership cost is $125. The conference will be held in San-Hose, California.
The main aspects to be discussed on conference are:
- the iPhone-targeted software development;
- new business perspectives;
- how the applications are premoderated in AppStore;
- how to achieve success in app development;
- the iPhone market perspectives;
The target auditory of the conference are the developers and mobile-content business holders.
Is there anybody from Russia going to get there?
The most exciting aspect of the start of iPhone expansion in Russia is the mobile tariffs, that The Big Three operators (MobileTeleSystems, Megafon and Beeline) will announce. The battle is expected in the area of mobile content – nobody knows even a preliminary roadmaps of operators content distribution policy.
But Beeline, Megafon and MTS hire the same people as we are, and some of them want to chat about the rumors, circling in the companies. We call the people of that kind as insiders or informators. The employees of the first companies are as silent as fishes, but we got at least one comment from MTS. Our source said, that “There will be no competition of any kind in the price policy”.
Apple is famous for making all the operators do what only Apple wants. Just look at the Maczone and Deepstore. This two independent companies have set just the same prices on Macs. These rumors are partially confirmed by the recent news about Megafon and MTS press-releases.
It looks like all the operators will announce the same connection prices. The winner will be the operator, who will success to establish the best contact with the common customer.
Electronic Arts game development company is starting a full-scale attack on iPhone. This weekend Spore Origins – a life simulator game from EA will be presented. You will be able to see how an infusorians or flying saucers ale living in this dangerous and cruel world.
By the way, EA mobile announced a number of games for iPhone to be released soon. Here’s a short list of them:
- Yahtzee Adventures
- EA Mini Golf
- Lemonade Tycoon
And these will be presented in a nearby future:
- The World Edition
- Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 09
- Need for Speed Undercover
- Sims 3
Impressive, isn’t it? It looks like EA is designating iPhone platform as a market to be conquered. The 7th of September – a date of Spore’s release, will show, how serious are EA mobile.