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iOS 5.1.1 is released

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Apple has released iOS 5.1.1, which contains mainly of bug fixes. Among them are reliability improvements to HDR in Photo app, AirPlay video playback and Safari bookmarks and Reading List syncing. The update is for iOS 5 devices, which include iPhone 3GS and above, iPod touch third-generation and above, and all iPad. You can update iOS 5.1.1 directly on your iOS device from Settings app->General->Software Update.

Rumors: Logic Pro X and 3G-capable iPod touch

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It appears that an update to Logic Pro could come pretty soon. Japanese site Macotakara cited a source that the new update will be named Logic Pro X and will sport similar user interface familiar to its professional users, rather than a dump down GarageBand-style interface.

Apple launched existing Logic Pro 9 in mid 2009, with version 9.1 update in January 2010. There is no mentioned how Apple intend to distribute the new Logic Pro X, but it is safe to assume it will be Mac App Store only.

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It is the season of iPod rumor, typical this time of the year when Apple’s annual iPod refresh is happening very soon. Sites such as AppleSpot.nl are reporting that Apple will be launching a 3G-capable iPod touch, similar to the offering for iPad. But there are also reports stating that the upgrade to iPod touch this year will be minor, very similar to current generation. Rumor is just rumor.

Apple releases iOS 4.3.4 and iOS 4.2.9

Apple has released a new update to iOS which fixes security vulnerability when viewing malicious PDF files. This security loophole is used by JailbreakMe.com for its web based jailbreaking method, the same method could be exploited by other malicious downloads.

iOS 4.3.4 update is for iPhone 3GS/4, iPod touch third and fourth generation, and all iPads. Apple also releases iOS 4.2.9 update for CDMA iPhone 4.

Apple releases iOS 4.3.3 that removes location tracking bugs

If you’re concerned about Apple logging your every move on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, time to fire up iTunes to update to iOS 4.3.3.

This update contains changes to the iOS crowd-sourced location database cache including:

- Reduces the size of the cache

- No longer backs the cache up to iTunes

- Deletes the cache entirely when Location Services is turned off

This update also is reported to improve battery life.

Use Notes app’s wireless sync for quick note taking

Notes app on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is a great app for quickly jotting down ideas, to-dos and notes. Starting with iOS 4, you can setup to wireless sync your notes so that you can access the notes on your iOS devices and Mac without manually syncing via iTunes. This feature however is not available for iPhone 3G users.

Notes app is using the email IMAP protocol for its wireless sync. To enable this, you need to setup an email account that supports IMAP such as MobileMe or Gmail (Notes wireless sync is not working using the “Microsoft Exchange” method of email setup under Settings app). From the property setting of the email account under Settings app->Mail, Contacts, Calendars, turn on the Notes option.

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If you have more than one email account with the Notes sync turned on, an “Accounts” button will appear on the left top corner of Notes app. Tapping the button will allow you to select the account for the notes, or to view all notes.

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Wireless sync of Notes app is automatic provided there is an Internet connection on your iOS devices. The notes will be sync to your email accounts, which you can access from Mac’s Mail.app or web-based email system such as gmail.com.

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For quick notes taking while on the move with your iOS devices, the build-in Notes app with wireless sync might be the only app that you need.

Difference between iPod touch 4th generation and iPhone 4

In general, iPod touch is a phone-less iPhone. Both share similar hardware specs, and with each hardware iteration there are some differences:

  • iPod touch does not have cellular networking. Which also means you can buy it without a contract or monthly fee.
  • iPod touch is cheaper.
  • iPod touch is thinner and lighter.
  • iPod touch has 256MB RAM, iPhone 4 has 512MB RAM.
  • iPod touch’s rear camera is less than one megapixel resolution at 960×720. Compare this with iPhone 4′s five megapixel at 2592 x 1936. 1M resolution is hardly usable for 4×6 printing. Should be fine for casual web photos.
  • iPod touch has no GPS.
  • There is no remote or microphone for iPod touch’s bundled headphones.
  • iPod touch has a high resolution 960×640 display as iPhone 4. But it does not look as good as the iPhone 4.
  • The 8GB iPod touch ($229) is a new generation device as it has Retina Display and dual camera. In prior years, the lowest end model was based on previous year’s model. In comparison, the 8GB iPhone model that you buy now is based on last year’s iPhone 3GS design.
  • There is 64GB option for iPod touch.

New iPod touch has a phone app?

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Judging from the product site at Apple.com, it appears that the new iPod touch has a build-in phone app. Check out iPod touch More Features page, and look out for the green Phone app icon. Someone at Apple marketing will sure get some heat from the boss.

Update: Apple apparently corrected the photoshop job, but only one of them. The phone app icon is still in the spotlight shot.

10 Speculations On iPhone OS 4.0

iPhone OS 4.0 Speculations

Apple is briefing its developers on the future plan for iPhone OS this Thursday April 8. This surprised many as it comes so soon after a successful launch of iPad just last weekend. The latest iPhone OS version for iPhone and iPod touch is 3.1.3 while iPad is running version 3.2. The next version of iPhone OS which Apple will unveil on Thursday will most likely be 4.0. (Updated: It is obvious from the Apple invitation picture above that it is indeed iPhone OS 4.0!) Here are our 10 speculations and expectations on what’s in iPhone OS 4.0.

  1. Multitasking. This is the single most sought after feature by developers and techies. But most consumers and your mum and dad are not so aware of the lack of it in their iPhones. Current build-in apps such as iPod and Clock are capable of running in the background. Apple has sited battery life as one major hindrance why it does not allow third party apps to run in the background. Instead Push Notifications is the options Apple offered to work around the lack of background processing. There are hints that Apple will finally allow some form of running third party apps in the background. We are curious to know how Apple will implement it without sacrificing battery life and stability.

  2. Tweaks to Home Screen. There might be some minor tweaks to the home screen. Apple might also implement a shortcut to your contacts on the home screen, allowing you quickly touch the icon on your home screen to call your contacts.

  3. Push Notifications Central. How about an area (in the Settings app?) where we can browse through and manage the push notifications that were received?

  4. iTunes in the cloud. Apple’s recent purchase of Lala hints at the inevitable of iTunes library in the cloud. We hope there is an API in iPhone OS 4 for developer to access to the music cloud service, if that’s the case we will be able to know Apple’s iTunes cloud service direction in a few days.

  5. Ads API and platform. Apple is set to compete with Admob and Google in the mobile advertising space after acquiring Quattro Wireless. Will the ad platform be build right into iPhone OS?

  6. MobileMe Reloaded. Apple should release APIs that will allow third party apps to access to its cloud based service. In addition, MobileMe basic subscription should be free with charges only for additional disk space used. This will entice more users to use the service.

  7. Documents and Documents. We hope Apple can expand the iWorks.com portal to compete with Google Docs and Dropbox. How about combine it with MobileMe and let us store any documents in it? And off course an API for developer to access the documents.

  8. Easier Document Sharing. Beside a cloud based document storage option, the next best option is to make it much easier to share documents on your iPhone and iPad. It is rumored that the next iPhone OS will allow you to specify a document folder on your iPhone/iPad as shareable, and it will appear as a folder on your desktop. Many apps now has its own take on how to implement document sharing between your mobile device and desktop. We are curious to see the midas touch Apple will bring to its implementation.

  9. Multi Resolution Support. It is rumored that the next iPhone device will spot twice the resolution (960×640) compared to the current iPhone’s 480×320. And the new iPad has a different resolution at 1024×768. There might be APIs that will allow developer to easily adapt their apps for different resolution screens.

  10. One iPhone OS Version For Both iPhone and iPad We believe the next version of iPhone OS will exist in one single version for both iPhone/iPod touch and iPad.

New iPod touch With Camera and Microphone?

With the launch of iPhone OS 3.0 and iPhone 3GS last month, one noticeable missing announcement is a new iPod touch which is a target platform of iPhone OS 3.0. We probably will see the new third generation iPod touch sooner than later, if the Wired.com post is right:

A well-connected source tells us those rumors are on the money, and that Apple’s factories in China are already manufacturing iPod Touch models with integrated cameras and microphones. An Apple spokesman declined to comment when reached by phone.

What we hear so far about the third generation iPod touch:

  • look similar to current iPod touch
  • 3M camera with VGA video, same as iPhone 3GS
  • will spot a microphone which will make it a capable voice-over-IP device
  • supports higher Wi-FI speed with 802.11n
  • uses the same cpu and graphics processor as iPhone 3GS