News Roundup: Apple Approving Long Stalled Apps, AT&T To Launch LTE (4G) Network & iProd Is The New Apple TV
Earlier this month, Apple announced a significant change to its App Store review guidelines. With the new guidelines, Apple has eased its restrictions allowing developers to use third party development tools and compilers to build their applications.
As part of the announcements, Apple also announced that the company's App Store Review Guidelines were being made public in order to improve transparency of the review process.
According to a report on the Los Angeles Times, the announcements have already resulted in a lot of long-stalled iPhone app submissions being approved to the App Store. The report cites the case of Bryan Bartow, a Texas based developer whose iPhone app MePing was left unapproved for more than six months. The article notes that Bryan's app has now been accepted to the App Store. You may also remember the case of Sean Kovacs, the developer of the popular GV Mobile iPhone app, whose application is now on its way to being approved by the App Review staff once again.
AT&T to Launch LTE (4G) Network In 2011:
AT&T's plans to deploy 4G LTE cellular network is reported to be on track with the new HSPA+ technology expected to be rolled out by mid-2011. The new network infrastructure shall cover close to 75 million people by the end of next year. Ma Bell is also learned to be making significant investments on its 3G network infrastructure that is expected to serve as a fallback for those customers who will not be receiving 4G connectivity until later. The new HSPA+ technology is known to offer real-world download speeds of close to 7Mbps that is significantly higher than the real-world speeds offered by the current HSPA 7.2 technology.
iProd 2,1 Reference Traced To Apple TV:
The configuration files in iOS 4.2 beta has offered us a glimpse of upcoming devices many times in the past. Earlier this year, developers discovered references made to a new device codenamed "iProd 2,1" in the source code of iOS 4. Considering that the original iPad was originally referenced as "iProd 1,1", it was widely believed that the iOS code was the second generation iPad. It has however been confirmed now that iProd 2,1 actually refers to the new Apple TV. TUAW reports,
"We've received a tip from an iPhone developer who was looking through the USB device configuration list in the new iOS 4.2 beta. Our source found the fascinating configuration descriptor shown above. Noted as iProd in the device configuration, this slip shows that this instance of iProd is the new Apple TV, not a new, unannounced iPad."
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