While most wait for flash support to arrive on the iPhone, others are wondering when Bluetooth file transfer will become available on Apple’s mobile phone. Well, wonder no more. Thanks to developer MeDevil, iPhone Bluetooth file transfer may become a reality sooner than later as he is currently working on one as we speak. The video is just a peak into the future of his app, and when the time is right, it will be unleashed to jailbroken iPhones all over the world via the iSpazio repo. There’s still no word on when the full vesion will be released, but considering that these iPhone developers are such efficient folks, I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes live by next week.
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iPhone users will now have an option as to what browser to use when surfing the web as Apple has approved 3rd party internet browsers to be featured on the App Store. Among the first batch of approved internet browsers, the Edge Browser (shown in the picture) stands out as it provides full screen browsing and, more importantly, is free. If anonymous surfing is your thing, the Incognito browser will come in handy, but it’ll set you back $1.99 to use it. The Webmate browser, meanwhile, provides tabbed browsing and costs less than the Incognito at just $0.99 to download. With this latest turn of events, we’re now a bit more optimistic of the chances that we will one day see Mobile FireFox and Opera Mini become available on the iPhone.
In what could be a preview of the not-so-distant future of Apple, Steve Jobs has stepped down as Apple CEO in order to take a medical leave until June of this year. Here’s a copy of the letter he sent to Apple employees explaining his decision:
"Team, I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought. In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June. I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan. I look forward to seeing all of you this summer. Steve"Even though the people behind the technology and success of Apple’s products are still there, the absence of Steve Jobs will surely raise some concern especially from an investor’s standpoint. Nevertheless, it’s business as usual over at the Cupertino-based company, and to be quite honest, I don't see this latest development having any immediate effect at the consumer level. However, we cannot discount the fact that people will react to this news. As to what extent Steve Jobs’ medical leave will affect Apple as a company, we’ll just have to wait and see how things will turn out in the next couple of months. Get well soon, Steve, as I’m sure everyone will rest more easy when you’re back at the helm at Apple.
The Steve Jobs-less Macworld 2009 has ended without much fanfare, but one of the definite highlights of the show was the unveiling of the new 17-inch Macbook Pro. The full-featured big brother of the Macbook family has finally gotten a much deserved aluminum unibody make-over that ties it in nicely with the rest of Apple’s product line. There will only be one base model for this new 17-inch Macbook Pro which will feature an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB 5400rpm SATA HDD, NVIDIA 9400M and 9600M GT graphics chips, 3 USB ports, and a 39% bigger glass trackpad as compared to the regular Macbook. However, there are options available to upgrade to an antiglare display, 2.93GHz processor, 8GB RAM, and 320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD, 128GB or 256GB SSD for storage. It’s also interesting to note that the battery life of this new Macbook Pro is rated at 8 hours on the 9400M chip, while using the more powerful 9600M GT chip lowers it to a respectable 7 hours. That’s really impressive if it can truly lives up to its billing in real world conditions. The 17-inch unibody Macbook Pro’s starting price is at a whopping $2799. This will hopefully hit the local market before the 1Q of 2009 comes to a close.
The highly awaited and anticipated iPhone 3G unlock called Yellowsnow is now available.
You do need to have the latest 2.2 firmware installed and jailbreak it first before you can proceed with the unlock, but after you’ve done that, simply install the app via Cydia/Installer, return to the Cydia Main Menu, reboot with the new SIM inserted , wait for 10-15 seconds before sliding to unlock, and that's it, your're done! However, do note that this is still a beta version so don’t be surprised if you hit some bumps along the way. PIN support is not available yet so you better disable PIN request on your SIM before proceeding. With that being said and you’re more than ready to give this unlock a try, you can find Yellowsnow at the following locations: Cydia: http://apt9.yellowsn0w.com/ Installer: http://i.yellowsn0w.com/ If you encounter problems along the way, you can read more about Yellowsnow at the iPhone Dev Team's blog or send them your complaints/feedback here so that an appropriate fix can be included in their next release. Happy unlocking guys!
It seems that the prayers of all those who are hoping for Flash support to become available for the iPhone/iPod Touch may have just been finally answered, and no, it’s not coming from Apple. It’s courtesy of the iMobileCinema app which is designed for the jailbroken iPhone and iPod Touch. Even though it promises to provide Flash support on the Safari browser, it’s not a completely perfect solution as users have reported that some Flash-based sites still don’t work. Nevertheless, this is probably as close as you’re going to get to having Flash work on the iPhone/iPod Touch at the moment. If you want to try it out, just add d.mobilecinema.com to the sources in Cyda and install the iMobileCinema app. While you're at it, tell us what you think about it in the comments section below as we certainly want to hear your take on this ambitious application.
Those who have been waiting for a serious game to become available for the iPod Touch/iPhone will be delighted to know that Konami is all set to release a couple of games this month and next year.
Frogger is already out which costs $5.99 with Dance Dance Revolution S Lite and Silent Hill: TheEscape likewise set to debut later this month. Meanwhile, Metal Gear Solid Touch will be available in Spring of 2009. The release of these games will surely heat up the gaming scene as far as the iPod Touch and iPhone are concerned. I am a bit worried, though, that while the graphics will undoubtedly be splendid on the said devices, the touchscreen interface might prove to be more of a liability during gameplay especially for such fast paced engaging games such as Metal Gear Solid. Anyway, we’ll just leave it at that for the time being. We'll know more about its performance once it has been released and if it's indeed a worthy game to purchase and download.
We’ve got good news for all those still waiting for a software unlock tool to become available for the 3G iPhone. The iPhone Dev Team has announced that they are ready to release one by New Year’s Eve.
In anticipation for its public debut, they will likewise stream a live video demo of this 3G iPhone unlock to be broadcast at a date to be posted on their blog.
With this latest announcement, I guess we can now really look forward to a very promising new year. New phones, new gadgets and thanks to this iPhone 3G unlock, we can probably look forward to cheap unlocked 3G iPhones hitting the interwebs as well.
UPDATE: The iPhone 3G unlock demo video has been released already. Video after the break.
The iPod Touch may look like the iPhone and provide a similar user experience, but it obviously lacks mobile phone functionality. That was before the TruPhone app hit the scene. iPod Touch that others have yet to offer. Unfortunately, this only works with 2G iPod Touch models so the greater majority of us who are still clinging on to their 1G iPod Touch are left out on all the fun. The TruPhone app is completely free of charge and is now available at the App Store. Downloading and installing the app is the easy part. Finding a compatible headset for your iPod Touch, however, is more of a challenge. There are also versions of the TruPhone app for Nokia and BlackBerry phones available as well as for the iPhone so you can get in touch with more friends without spending a single cent.
If Makati’s too far away a place for you to go for the Microwarehouse sale, then you might want to head on over to Ynzal as they're also having a year-end inventory sale starting today and will run until Wednesday. For those who want to view the items on sale, you can find the pricelist here. Ynzal is located at 25 Scout Rallos Street, Quezon City. A map of its location can be viewed here. They may not have as diverse a collection of gadgets as Microwarehouse, but they nevertheless have a decent set of devices worth checking out especially for the Mac fan boys out there.