Apple today released the first beta version of iOS 4.1 and the associated software development kit (SDK) to developers. There is no word yet on changes included in the updates. Many users have been waiting for a promised iOS software update to address signal strength display issues on the iPhone 4, but it is likely that Apple is planning to push out a smaller update specifically addressing issue rather than waiting for iOS 4.1 and all of the associated developer testing before releasing it
Computerworld reports that Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner today compared Apple’s iPhone to his company’s much-maligned Vista operating system, suggesting that Apple might be headed for a similar experience to that of Microsoft in terms of customer response and criticism. “It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I’m okay with that,” said Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, in a keynote speech at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), which runs through Thursday in Washington, D.C. According to the report, Turner also took the opportunity to poke fun at the iPhone 4’s signal issues in promoting Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system
Note: This is a Page 2 News Item Apple’s iOS devices are beginning to make their usefulness as musical instruments known, with a number of musicians adopting them for use on stage in increasingly prominent roles. Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon , English New Wave band Squeeze performed one of its early UK hits, “Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)”, with keyboardist Stephen Large sharing time between his Roland VK-8 and an iPad, even going so far as to play a solo on the iPad. ( Thanks to DPA for the tip. ) Along the same vein from last weekend’s Oxegen music festival in Ireland, Greg French of The Brilliant Things kicked things off as the first band ever to play on the Vodafone stage at the festival by incorporating an iPhone solo into the group’s “Something to Say”
Cult of Mac spoke with several public relations experts who suggest that a recall of Apple’s iPhone 4 is “inevitable” given growing criticism over the device’s antenna issues that is spilling over from blog communities into the mainstream media. The PR crisis grew substantially yesterday when the widely-read Consumer Reports review and recommendation magazine failed to recommend the iPhone 4 to potential customers despite the device otherwise topping the rankings of smartphones. “Apple will be forced to do a recall of this product,” said Professor Matthew Seeger, an expert in crisis communication. “It’s critically important.
BMW is the first car manufacturer to have announced support for a little-known feature in iOS 4 called iPod Out. CNET reported last week on this new iOS 4 feature: This feature allows a connected iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, or iPod Touch (second or third generation) to output and display an iPod interface on a connected device’s external screen. That device, in this case, would be a future BMW or Mini vehicle.
Earlier this month, popular product review and comparison group Consumer Reports noted that it felt that signal issues with the iPhone 4 were not significant enough for users to forgo buying the device, citing overall improvement in signal strength and the fact that many phones experience the same issue. There’s no reason, at least yet, to forgo buying an iPhone 4 over its reception concerns. And even if those do materialize, Apple’s Steve Jobs helpfully reminds new iPhone buyers that “you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.” Just one day later, however, Consumer Reports confirmed that it had been able to duplicate the signal loss issue in real-life settings, something it wasn’t able to do in its testing center. Today, as part of its smartphone ratings, Consumer Reports officially reports that it is unable to offer a “recommended” label for the iPhone 4, despite the fact that the device’s feature set placed it at the top of the magazine’s rankings.
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.
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Note: This is a Page 2 News Item Fstoppers posts an in-depth look at a recent fashion photo shoot conducted by fashion photographer Lee Morris using only an iPhone 3GS for the camera work. While the photos were processed in Photoshop, Morris notes that photos taken with professional-level cameras would be subjected to the same treatment. Post-processing, many observers have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the images