Apple’s App Store is now live with over 500 native applications for iPhone 3G, iPhone and iPod Touch. These applications however require iPhone 2.0 Software, which is not released yet. iPhone 3G which will be on sale tomorrow will have iPhone 2.0 Software as default. Existing original iPhone and iPod touch will need to upgrade to iPhone 2.0 Software to run these software.
You can access the App Store now via iTunes Store with the new iTunes 7.7 release. You can also access AppStore directly on your iPhone 3G, and on your original iPhone/iPod touch with the iPhone 2.0 Software installed. Over 125 of the applications are free download, and most pay apps cost less than $10 with the most expensive being ForeFlight Mobile at $69.99. Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has mentioned that 90 percent of the pay applications will cost just $9.99 or less.
Some of the free applications include Apple Remote for iTunes, AIM instant messaging, Twitterrific client for Twitter and Google Mobile. Example pay applications include Sega’s Super Monkey Ball, Apple’s Texas Hold’em, Pangea’s Enigmo, Pangea’s Cro-Mag Rally and Freeze Tag’s Etch A Sketch.
Apple today releases iTunes 7.7 which you can update via Mac OS X Software Update or download from Apple website.
iTunes 7.7 is not just another iTunes bug fixes update, it is required for use with iPhone 3G, access to the new iPhone App Store, and for upgrade of original iPhone to iPhone 2.0 software. The free Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch allows you to remotely control your iTunes software, presumably over Wi-Fi. You enable this feature via a preference setting “Look for iPhone & iPod touch Remotes” in iTunes 7.7.
Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later. Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home — a free download from the App Store.
With only 2 days to the launch of iPhone 3G on July 11, the Apple hype sphere is at all times high with iPhone 3G news, unboxing pictures and videos, and reviews all over the net. Have you not been tempted?
First, we have the advance reviews of the iPhone 3G from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Some highlights of the three reviews:
- Feels better than original iPhone in your hand due to the curved back
- Data speed is 3-5x faster than original iPhone due to 3G, as expected
- Battery drained much more quickly with 3G enabled
- Speaker sounded better. “In fact, few cellphones sound this good.”
- GPS is very accurate
- Exchange ActiveSync works well and relatively easy to setup
- There is still no video recording, no stereo bluetooth, no copy/paste, no memory card slot, no MMS and no voice dialing
Continue reading “Are You Ready For iPhone 3G?”
Apple has posted a new article ‘How to replace an original iPhone with an iPhone 3G’ on Apple Support website that contains step-by-step guide on how to move the contents and settings on your first generation iPhone to iPhone 3G.
The steps basically require the use of iTunes (version 7.7 or later required) to back up the contents and settings of the original iPhone, and then connect the new iPhone 3G to restore the backup into it. You can transfer SMS messages, email accounts and passwords, photos, notes, and other personal settings from original iPhone to iPhone 3G.
Another good piece of news to build up the momentum before iPhone 3G is released this Friday July 11. This time it is from a survey published by kakaku.com, a price comparison portal in Japan for home appliances and electronic goods. The survey results show that many are considering purchasing the iPhone 3G, and about 29% of the other carriers’ subscribers are apparently considering switching in order to use iPhone. iPhone 3G will be released by SoftBank Mobile exclusively in Japan on July 11.
The survey results showed that the intention of buying the iPhone is strong among the respondents: Those who answered “I have already pre-ordered one,” “I will definitely purchase one,” “I intend to purchase one” or “I am considering purchasing one” accounted for 50.9% of all respondents, Kakaku.com said.
Reasons cited for why they want the iPhone 3G include “Because its functions seem interesting”,”Because its design is superior”,”Because its interface seems easy to use” and “Because I like Apple’s products”.
Kakaku.com portal conducted the survey from June 19 to June 25 and received 7,963 responses, about 90% of which are male respondents.
Line for the iPhone 3G has started outside of Apple’s flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York, a week ahead of iPhone 3G’s launch on July 11. News is some people in the line are there to attempt to break the world record for waiting in line. We salute the people in the line, and what a way to spend your Fourth of July weekend and seven days of your life!
“This is the first line forming for the 3G iPhone at the flagship Apple 5th Avenue Store in New York City. About 10 people in line with the first two being a man and woman with a young child. I talked to the security guards and New York police who will allow everyone to stay and indicated that as of yet there are no plans to put out barricades. It appears that most (if not all) of the people in line are part of some group who may be either attempting to set a record for waiting in line or gain some publicity for themselves. It’s too early to tell if this is a hoax or whether these folks will stay in line through sun and rain for the next seven days”.
Number one in line is a man and woman with a baby, lets hope we don’t see the baby everyday for the next seven days. Are these people there for world record? Or for some kind of publicity stunts? Are they hired by Apple to hype up the launch? Will the line get longer and stretch over to wall street? Seven days to all the answers…
Google has released a new version of Google Talk instant messaging application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Google Talk runs entirely under the Safari browser of iPhone and iPod Touch and there is no software to download or install. Just point your iPhone or iPod Touch browser to www.google.com/talk.
Announced the release yesterday in Google Mobile Blog, Google Talk for iPhone does not provide the same always on experience as the desktop version due to its web application nature:
There are some differences from using Google Talk on your computer. For instance, in order to receive instant messages with Google Talk on your iPhone, the application needs to be open in your Safari browser. When you navigate away to another browser window or application, your status will be changed to “unavailable” and your Google Talk session will be restarted when you return.
It is great to see more instant messaging platform release on iPhone, providing alternative to traditional SMS text messaging available on mobile phone. With AOL AIM Client confirmed for iPhone, let’s hope we get MSN/Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger on board soon. Market share estimate that AIM has about 50 percent of the instant messaging market, followed by MSN/Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. Google Talk has about 2.5 percent of the market, according to Nielsen Online.
Reddit is one of the social news bookmarking site that we like to visit, it is similar to Digg where community votes for the news to be on the front page. There is now an iPhone friendly version available at http://reddit.buxfer.com, made possible by Buxfer.
This is the best you could get to read Reddit on your iPhone, there is no news if Reddit is working on its own iPhone version. The iPhone version of Digg is at http://digg.com/iphone