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iPhone 4 is coming – are you getting one??

So, today at WWDC10, Steve Jobs talked about the iPhone 4 and how Apple has focused a lot of its efforts on video calling.

iPhone 4 will be able to make “Face Time” video calls to other iPhone 4 users through two cameras mounted on either side of the handset – sounds clever enough!

However, there is a catch!  The feature will only be available over a Wi-Fi internet connection (this year at least), whilst the company tries to form some sort of arrangement with wireless carriers to make it work well enough over 3G.

Jobs also said that the iPhone 4 is 24% thinner than its predecessor (The 3GS) and will have a much sharper display, coupled with longer battery life.  The updated device will also house a gyroscope which, when combined with its accelerometer, will give it six-axis motion sensing, much like a video game controller.

It will also have a better camera (5MP) and will be able to shoot video in HD – nice! 

iPhone 4 will also correct one of the iPhone’s main criticisms… its ability to multitask.  It will be able to run multiple apps at the same time, so users will no longer have to close one application down, just so they can open another.

Release Dates

The new handset will be available in five countries (not including Canada) as of June 24, and will ship across to 18 more in July.  It won’t be available in Canada until late July – although this may change!

So, will you be the first to get an iPhone 4?  Or will you wait?

Fake iPad Facebook app removed from the Apple Store

The Facebook Ultimate Logo

 

 Many lucky people switched on their shiny new iPads for the first time this weekend, with quite a few downloading the iPad edition of Facebook.  

Called ‘Facebook Ultimate’ it was created by a woman called ‘Dill’ and cost $2.99.  The application itself quickly became one of the App Store’s top selling applications for the iPad. However, users soon realised that the application wasn’t good, didn’t work as well as expected and that it wasn’t created by Facebook at all.  And now, only days after the application was one of the most downloaded, Apple has promptly removed it from the App Store.  

All Facebook pointed out yesterday, the application rose to become number 7 in the top paid app on the App Store. The app received many poor reviews which warned that the app was poor and not to download it, but that apparently didn’t stop people and the downloads continued.  So, citing trademark infringement, Facebook took action and working with Apple, removed it from the store.  

There’s no word if any users who did download it will receive a possible refund.  

Did you download the app?  If so, what did you think of it?  

(via TechCrunch & All Facebook)

iPad suffering from wi-fi issues…. already?!?!

So, just a few days after it’s launch and it seems there are already a few complaints logged to Apple over issues with the wi-fi operation on the iPad .  Users are advising the Apple support teams that their device simply shows “no wi-fi signal” (at most a very weak signal) with other devices in the house picking the signals up without any issues. 

“It’s dropping down to one bar in a part of the house the most other devices, including my MBP and my iPhone, get full service. The WiFi is so dense in our house that I often get signal outside on most of my devices. The iPad’s WiFi antenna is like the new iMacs – it’s centrally located behind the Apple logo, and it’s tiny. The difference is the iMac’s Apple logo isn’t usually resting on something; the iPad’s usually is….” 

Most people are saying that the issue lies with the design of the wi-fi antenna in the back of the iPad and that it’s too small in order to provide a decent signal. 

Another user was quoted on the Apple site saying, “Not spending $500 on something I can’t even use.  Its going back tomorrow.”

I guess it’s early days, so maybe it’s just a handful of people having the same issues and it’s not widespread with the device.  For Steve Job’s sake, I hope that’s true.

Have you have any issues trying to connect your iPad to your wi-fi network??

More power for your iPhone!

If you’re ‘app-happy’ and constantly draining the battery from your iPhone, you need to look at providing more power….  but how you exclaim!?!

Well, MiLi have come to the rescue, with the MiLi iPhone Power Pack.  In layman’s terms, the MiLi is a rechargeable (via USB) external battery which is concealed inside a protective case.  It offers twice the battery life of the iPhone alone – up to 390 hours standby time!

The clever design means you can sync your iPhone with iTunes and charge it via USB while it’s snug inside the MiLi case.  Sweet!

It’s available in a range of colours from Firebox and costs £49.99

BookArc for iPad – A tabletop stand for your iPad

The TwelveSouth BookArc is designed to be used as a stand for your iPad and you can use it in portrait or landscape mode to watch movies or even sync and charge your iPad.

Redesigned exclusively for iPad, BookArc is a beautiful slice of heavy gauge steel that provides a perfect perch for the latest stroke of genius from Apple.

It uses a soft silicone, reversible insert to hold your iPad in four different positions, which let you use your iPad just the way you want to

“BookArc for iPad gives you a choice of four different positions. In “work mode,” iPad sits at an angle in both portrait and landscape positions, and provides access to the home button. In “storage mode” iPad sits upright in both portrait and landscape positions, perfect for charging and using your iPad as a stylish photo frame”

The TwelveSouth BookArc is available now and costs $39.99

iTunes 9.1 has iPad/iBook support

Ok, so the latest (and possibly greatest?) version of the well-known Apple software has been prepped and finely tuned for all you iPhone/iPod geeks. 

iTunes 9.1 is now packing support for iPad syncing, as well as the ability to “organize and sync books you’ve downloaded from iBooks on iPad or added to your iTunes library”.  

The file size for the update is close to a hefty 100Mb…. so, put the kettle on, sit back and let it update on it’s own.  If you’ve already done it, what do you think of it so far??  Let us know via the comments.

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