Aside from the signal bar changes, Apple has also made a number of other small improvements to iOS in their latest beta which was released to developers tonight. Game Center returns to the beta releases with a brand new look (screenshot above). Game Center is Apple’s matchmaking and leaderboard social network for iOS games
Late last week, Wired reported that a lawsuit filed against Apple and AT&T over the carrier’s exclusivity arrangement for the iPhone has received class action status, meaning that it now automatically covers every iPhone customer in the United States. In an interview Friday with Wired.com, Mark Rifkin, lead counsel representing the plaintiffs of the suit, highlighted that the terms of AT&T’s two-year customer contract say that customers have the option to terminate whenever they wish for a fee to switch to another carrier. By only offering the iPhone on one carrier, iPhone customers are still essentially locked in despite having the termination option, the suit argues. Playing a significant role in the lawsuit has been the disclosure in documents related to the case that AT&T’s exclusivity agreement with Apple was originally scheduled to last five years from the device’s 2007 launch, or into 2012. The plaintiffs have argued that even customers fulfilling their two-year contracts with AT&T for the iPhone are unable to switch carriers and continue using their handsets, effectively locking them in to AT&T for longer than their signed contract unless they are willing to switch phones
Last week, fring rolled out its updated App Store application, bringing a number of new features, including support for two-way video calling over 3G and Wi-Fi for iPhone 4 users.
A number of users noted that soon after the update was released, Skype became unavailable on the multi-protocol chat and communication application. After initial indications that [...]
Apple continues pushing their easy to use the video conferencing of the iPhone 4 as its main marketing message. Four new FaceTime TV ads debuted tonight on Apple’s website. Two (Meet Her and Big News) are embedded above. They include: – Meet Her – Haircut – Smile – Big News Each commercial shows personal conversations and moments where video conferencing plays a key role
iFixyouri has performed a drop test on the iPhone 4 with one of Apple’s bumper cases to see if there is much protection offered by the accessory. We’ve have known for a little while now that iPhone 4 bumpers do not offer all of the protection needed because customers have called in an told us. Although it does not take a video by iFixyouri to inform you that dropping your new iPhone 4 on concrete is a bad idea, hopefully this video squashed any doubts as to the bumpers effectiveness
Note: This is a Page 2 News Item BoyGeniusReports posts pictures of one customer’s iPhone 4 having caught fire. The photos come from an AT&T source after the customer brought the iPhone 4 in. It’s the first time our guy has seen this happen (us too), but the brand new iPhone 4 caught on fire while being hooked up to a computer using the Apple USB cable that accompanied the device. The customer wanted to exchange the iPhone — obviously — for a new, non-charred unit however the AT&T store in question was out of stock. An Apple Store did confirm to our AT&T connection that this did appear to be a defective USB port and not some sort of user error.
iPod touch (left) and iPhone 4 camera (right) After we heard today’s rumors claiming that the next iPod touch might be getting the iPhone 4’s 5-megapixel camera, we asked iFixit’s Kyle Wiens if that would even be possible given the sizes of the parts involved. iFixit offers repair guides (iPhone 4 guide) and parts for Apple products and has made a name for itself by posting detailed product teardowns. This issue of camera size is one we’ve seen before. The iPod nano, for example, contains a video-only camera but is unable to take still photos
Looking to upstage Apple’s FaceTime video calling feature, fring has announced that its App Store application has received an update enabling two-way video calling on the new iPhone 4 via both Wi-Fi and 3G. With the new fring for iPhone you get lots of fring goodies including 2 way video-calling where you want and with whom you want! – Face-to-face video calls with friends on their Droids, Nokia (Symbian S60) and other iPhones – Video calls over 3G or Wi-Fi (Performance over 3G is subject to mobile operators’ 3G coverage & quality) fring added video calling support to its iPhone application last December, but the lack of a front-facing camera on the device limited video calls to one-way only. fring has also published a brief YouTube video showing off the video calling feature, and while the video appears to demonstrate some blockiness and stuttering, the ability to call over 3G networks could make the performance acceptable for some users. Today’s update to fring also adds support for multitasking on iOS 4, a cross-community social stream integrating tweets, Facebook updates, chats, and calls, and address book improvements.
Actualidad iPhone reports [Google translation] that Spanish mobile carrier Movistar has issued a series of tweets indicating that the iPhone 4 is set to launch there on Wednesday, July 28th. While we can’t say for certain that the announcement is anything more than speculation, as the Movistar representative does say that there is “no guarantee”, the tweets do suggest that the device should be available by that date barring any unforeseen news or issues receiving stock. Furthermore, the representative notes with tongue in cheek that not even Steve Jobs knows the pricing information yet.