Saurik Acquires Rock Your iPhone

Jay Freeman a.k.a. Saurik, the creator of Cydia, has just bought out his main competition – Rock. Since 2008, both of these underground App Stores have competed vigorously to become the best source for 3rd party apps. Rock is well known for its more pleasing user interface and backup feature, but Cydia has always had the upper hand when it comes to robustness and shear number of available apps and tweaks.

Mario Ciabarra, the creator of Rock, commented about the aquisition:

It’s been a fun ride. We set out to change the landscape and I think we were very successful. I think we contributed to attracting more business professionals to the iPhone jailbreak community, and added some great functionality to the platform. The current transaction with Cydia is a great opportunity for us. We’re going to miss some of the excitement, but no reason for anyone to worry. I, personally, will be spending even more time in Intelliborn apps development (both existing and exciting new projects). A few months ago, Jay and I sat down together and we realized, I enjoyed making apps more (and was better at it), while Jay enjoys providing platform functionality. It was a win-win for both groups and we’re excited about the transition.

Saurik plans to integrate the packages from Rock into Cydia, so you won’t miss out on any applications. Users will still be able to download apps from Rock for the next 10 days, but then its APT servers will be shut down. When the full details of the acquisition are made public, we’ll let you know.

via Saurik

@OneBiggBoss @rockyourphoneco has been working with me on the data import process, and all user’s APT backups will be available in Cydia. ;P

[Mod My i]


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Battle of the Screens: iPad vs. iPod touch 3G, 4G

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see some comparison pictures between the iPhone 4′s IPS-ready Retina Display and the iPod touch 4G’s LED Retina Display that aren’t in strange lighting or background settings? Well, it’s your lucky day, because waiting beyond that read link are some comparison photos of the iPad’s IPS screen and the iPod touch 4G’s.

As expected, the iPod does fair a little bit worse than some were hoping. However, due to the portability of the iPod touch compared to the iPad, I feel that it is easier to hold the iPod (or iPhone) at a straight angle, therefore virtually eliminating the angle viewing advantage. Still, the iPad and iPhone 4 have a leg up here. Plus, how much less does the iPod touch cost than an iPad? Or an iPhone? Exactly.

Just so you know, these photos haven’t been edited in any way, shape, or form, and were taken by a Nikon D40 DSLR camera using the kit lens.

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iPhone 4 Case Program Ending September 30th

That’s right, folks. Grab your free cases while you can, because they’re on the way out.

During the Apple press event that addressed the iPhone 4′s attenuation problem (fondly referred to as ‘deathgrip’ and ‘antennagate’), Steve Jobs and Co. stated there would be an evaluation come the end of September, to see if the free cases to every iPhone 4 bought was still needed. Today, it seems as if the decision has been made. No more cases for iPhones bought after September 30.

Of course, this could mean any number of things. It could mean that new iPhone 4s are being coated with something to help alleviate the antennagate problem, or it could simply mean Apple thinks the insanity surrounding the entire situation has died down enough to phase out their ‘solution’ to the problem.

As the text on Apple.com reads:

We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought. A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free. For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.

The first sentence – “We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought” – really sounds like Apple saying that the excitement and upset has died down, and they don’t feel the need to continue to buy customers cases. Totally understandable; after all, this program wasn’t going to last forever. However, the last sentence leaves a bit of an opening for users who are experiencing antennagate in their everyday usage of the device to receive a free Apple Bumper case.

[Apple]

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Microsoft Proclaims iPhone “Dead”, has Funeral

I wish that was a metaphor, but sadly, it is not. To celebrate the release of the Windows Phone 7 RTM, Microsoft had a parade; complete with floats, bagpipes, balloons, and… hearses? Yes. That is a picture of an iPhone being loaded in a hearse. Not only are they going after Apple, but RIM and Google as well. Here’s a picture of a parader dressed in trash bags carrying a road sign depicting the Android mascot falling off of a cliff. You can view the entire flickr gallery at Trioculu’s photostream. Microsoft plans to announce the release date of their latest mobile OS on October 11th.

It seems Redmond’s arrogance knows no bounds. (I see far too many kilts and capes.)Windows Phone 7 must be one amazing platform.

[Neowin via Engadget]

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FaceTime Desktop Client Coming Soon?

According to the French blog Mac4Ever, iChat will soon be updated with FaceTime support, allowing you to make video calls from a Mac to an iPhone (or iPod Touch). It is unknown what client PC users will get, since there is currently no Windows version of iChat.

Roughly translated:

Apple is preparing to leave FaceTime for Mac and PC, the Mac version coming to settle down in the iChat software.

Apple is really pushing FaceTime, and has featured it as the center piece in many of the latest iPhone commercials. If video calling does become the “must-have” technology of the future, Apple wants to be leading the charge. Plus, FaceTime is supposed to be an “open industry standard“, so it would make perfect sense to introduce desktop support to get full market saturation.

[Mac Rumors]

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Apple Releases App Store Guidelines, Relaxes Restrictions

Apple has relaxed their restrictions on 3rd party developer tools, allowing devs to have more freedom when it comes to choosing which tools to create applications with. This means that Flash CS5 could be used to create iOS apps, so you may see a surge in tower defense games in the coming months. (Note, this does not mean that Flash, the browser plugin, will be allowed.)

In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need.

Additionally, Apple has published firm, albeit blunt guidelines on what they don’t want in the App Store. Basically, they really don’t want anymore fart apps. They also want to reduce the number of pointless duplicate applications. (Oh! Nevermind about those tower defense games.)

Having a full set of guidelines will make it easier for developers to know what is acceptable from the beginning, so they don’t waste time creating an app that will never be released.

The full pdf is available here. (via Google Docs)

Introduction

We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps. If your app doesn’t do something useful or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted.

If your App looks like it was cobbled together in a few days, or you’re trying to get your first practice App into the store to impress your friends, please brace yourself for rejection. We have lots of serious developers who don’t want their quality Apps to be surrounded by amateur hour.

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iOS 4.1 Bootrom Exploit Found

That was faster than expected. The same day that iOS 4.1 was officially released, an exploit was found by pod2g, laying the foundation for future jailbreaking tools. This exploit is confirmed to work on the latest iPod Touch as well, so you will soon be enjoying all of Cydia’s goodies on your shiny new device.

via MuscleNerd

Crazy timing that @pod2g got latest exploit just as 4.1 went public (lots of work left…keep away from 4.1 for now!)

@pod2g is this exploit valid for ipod touch 4g? just wanted to clarify ive read alot of conflicting stuff

@Darkchaos455 yes IPod4g too

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iPod touch 4G Does Not Have Vibrate

Contrary to a previous post, dozens of confirmations by Apple ‘Experts’ themselves, and some very compelling photographic evidence, it appears that the new device does not have vibrate for notifications or games.

The confirmation of this comes from iFixit’s teardown of the iPod touch 4G, revealing that the alleged vibration motor is in fact the microphone.

On Apple’s side, the page we had originally cited as further evidence of the vibration support has been edited, now reading:

If somebody wants to start a video call with you, you’ll receive an invitation on your iPod touch asking you to join. Simply tap Accept, and the video call begins.

In place of:

If somebody wants to start a video call with you, you’ll receive an invitation — along with a vibrating alert — on your iPod touch asking you to join. Simply tap Accept, and the video call begins.

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Confirmed: iPod Touch 4G Has Just 256 MB of RAM

iFixit has done what they do best, and completely torn apart the iPod Touch 4G. Sadly, the teardown revealed that the latest Touch has only 256 MB of RAM, compared to the 512 MB on the iPhone 4. This shouldn’t stop you from buying one, (Nor should the quasi-IPS display or nigh-one-megapixel camera) but it could become a concern with some of the more intensive games and applications that may be revealed down the road.

@iFixit

Breaking news: the iPod Touch has only 256 MB RAM, same Samsung part markings as iPad.

Hit the source to see the full teardown.

[iFixit]

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iMovie Update Adds iPod Touch 4G Support

Just in the nick of time, Apple has updated the iMovie iOS App to version 1.1, adding support for the latest iPod Touch. You can now record, edit, and export home movies directly from a $229 handheld gadget. Crazy. The application is $4.99, and available through the App Store.

What’s New In Version 1.1

• Compatible with iPod touch (4th generation).
• Ability to split video clips.
• Automatic music looping when video extends beyond music track.

[iTunes]

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