This is the first time after many years Apple will be live streaming a media event.
Apple is using HTTP Live Streaming to stream the event, which means that you will be able to watch the event live not only on your computer but also on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Apple® will broadcast its September 1 event online using Apple’s industry-leading HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. Viewing requires either a Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®, an iPhone® or iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad™. The live broadcast will begin at 10:00 a.m. PDT on September 1, 2010 at www.apple.com.
We will provide coverage of the event so please don’t forget to visit iPhone Hacks.
As you can see in the video below, someone from iPod.dj first shows off a white and black iPhone 4 and then reveals the small touch screen of the next generation iPod Touch.
In the second video, he shows off the digitizer of the next generation iPod Touch. As you can seen, the digitizer has a hole at the top centre, which could be for the front facing camera to support FaceTime.
It will be interesting to see if the touch screen iPod nano will run a version of iOS.
We can’t wait for September to find out what Apple has in store for us tomorrow. How about you?
When Steve Jobs had announced at the iPhone 4 press conference that Apple will be giving a free case to all customers who had purchased an iPhone 4 only until September 30, 2010, it had raised some eyebrows.
According to Marco Quatorze, Telcel's Director of Value Added Services, the iPhone 4 sold in Mexico will initially be the same hardware as that sold in the U.S. and elsewhere, with Apple offering a free case to address potential issues with antenna performance. But he also noted that as of September 30th, when the free case program expires, revised hardware without the reception issues will become available.
Macrumors goes on to add:
The veracity of Quatorze's claim is unknown, as it is unclear whether a carrier executive at his level would even be privy to such information, and it is possible that he may simply be mistaken in his understanding of Apple's September 30th expiration date for the free case program.
Steve Jobs believed that they have got to the heart of the problem and that is the smarphones have weak spots, which is a challenge to the entire industry.
After all this, if Apple releases a revised version of iPhone 4, its going to turn into another PR nightmare for Apple as early adopters are going to be really pissed off.
The only reason that can force Apple to release a revision version (assuming it has a fix for the antenna issue) would be a drastic drop in demand for iPhone 4. But according to Apple, demand for iPhone 4 is ‘absolutely stunning’ and they’re selling every iPhone 4 unit they can make, which clearly shows that customers don’t think the antenna issue is a deal breaker.
I would be really surprised if Apple releases a revised version of iPhone 4 to fix the antenna issue. In my opinion, Apple bought some time by launching the iPhone 4 case program until September 30 to see if it can bundle the free case while shipping iPhone 4 rather than running a separate program until it releases the next generation iPhone in mid 2011 as I’m sure it adding unnecessary overheads.
What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Also, as an official carrier, China Unicom is likely to offer microSIM cards with the purchase of iPhone 4 and iPad and hence a SIM-trimming service appears doubtful at the moment.
Interestingly, the promotional poster also talks about offering customers free cases along with the purchase of iPhones and iPads. This would make it unnecessary for these customers to sign up for Apple's free case program. The note however does not mention how these cases shall be different from those offered through Apple's program.
What do you make of these reports? Do you think they are true? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
recoiledsnake writes “The author of iPhone prototyping tool Briefs has decided to open source it after the App store submission has been in limbo for over three months. The app had got into trouble for what Apple believes is being able to run interpreted code, though the author denies it, saying all the compiling happens on the Mac. While Rob stays civil, his co-worker blasts Apple for not even rejecting the app. Three months is nothing compared to Google Voice for the iPhone though, which is still being studied further by Apple after more than a year.”
The simple ringtone hack that was discovered almost three years back still seems to work with the latest version of iTunes.
It is based on the fact that iTunes differentiates a song file and a ringtone by the file extension. While we all know that the song file extension was AAC; the file extension for ringtones is "M4R".
All you need to do is take an m4a file, which is DRM free and not more than 30 seconds, rename it to m4r and add it to iTunes.
You can check out this step by step guide to create free custom ringtones for your iPhone using iTunes:
In iTunes, right click on the song you are going to make into a ringer and select “Get Info.”
Go to the options tab and go down to the “Start Time” and “Stop Time” check boxes. Check both boxes and input the time you want your ringtone to start/stop (it should not be more than 30 seconds). Click OK when you’re done.
Right click on your newly “clipped” song and select “Convert Selection to AAC.” The song will be re-encoded using the start and stop times determined (If your menu item does not read “Convert Selection to AAC” and reads “Convert Selection to MP3? (or some other format) please go to iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > Importing and change the “Import Using” drop down menu to “AAC Encoder”).
After the song is done encoding navigate to your iTunes Music folder, locate your song, and drag it to your desktop. After the song is on your desktop go back to iTunes and delete the clipped version from you iTunes library (It won’t delete it from your desktop, it will only remove it from iTunes).
Go back the song on your desktop and right click on your song and choose “Get info.” Go to the name and extension section and change the extension from .m4a to .m4r (or you can just change the extension right from your desktop)
After the extension is changed simply double click on the file to add it to your iTunes library. It should show up under the ringtones section. Then sync your phone with iTunes.
You should now be able to change the ringtone to the new one by going to Settings –> Sounds –> Ringtone. The new ringtone should show up under “Custom”. Tap on it to set it as your default ringtone.
Please let us know how it goes and don't forget to tell us your favorite ringtone in the comments section below.
If you like playing table tennis also known as ping pong then you should checkout World Cup Table Tennis developed by Skyworks.
It makes great use of iPhone’s multi-touch interface to give you a good gaming experience.
The controls of the iPhone game are quite intuitive if you have played table tennis before but it will take time and practice to perfect the technique to win a tournament.
World Cup Table Tennis features four modes: Practice, Tournament, Head to Head and Arcade mode.
The Practice mode allows you to play the game against the CPU to get comfortable with the controls.
You can move the paddle or table tennis racquet by pressing and holding down anywhere on the lower half of the screen and sliding across the screen. To hit the ball, move the paddle to the ball. The direction and speed that the paddle is moving when it comes in contact with the ball determines the direction and speed of the ball.
You can also spin the ball by moving the paddle quickly in the direction of the desired spin when coming in contact with he ball.
Once you have perfected your technique in practice mode, you can play the Tournament mode where you are pitted against the CPU. The difficulty level of the opponents increases as you move to the next round.
The objective of the Arcade game is completely different. You have to hit the ball at circular targets that randomly pop up on the other side of the table.
The head to head mode allows you to play the game on the same iPhone. But the overhead view of the table unlike the other modes just doesn’t feel right. It would be amazing if Skyworks can introduce a multi-player or head to head feature, which allows you to play with your friends who have iPhone or iPod Touch.
You get to choose from three different paddles ranging in spin and power levels before starting a new game.
You can also choose from two different tracks that play in the background. But I would have preferred the option to choose songs from my iPhone’s music library.
You can compete with players around the world with the Global High Scores board though it doesn’t really make sense when you are collecting points by playing locally on your iPhone.
The in-game sound of the ball hitting the paddle or bouncing on the table is pretty realistic. It is always good to see the developers have also paid attention to some of the finer details.
You can checkout the demo of World Cup Table Tennis below:
Many users seem to have marked the game down due to the lack of online multi-player option, which I felt was a little harsh for a $0.99 game. But it is something that the developers should look at providing via in-app purchase.
Overall, World Cup Table Tennis is the best table tennis game I have played on the App Store and at $0.99, it is a steal. If you have come across a better ping pong game then please do let me know.
You can purchase the iPhone game using this iTunes link or try the lite version of the game before buying it using this iTunes link.
As always, please don’t forget to give us your feedback on the iPhone game in the comments section below.
Developer of PushFix has released a jailbreak app on Cydia called MiTime, which activates Facetime on unlocked iPhones running on unofficial carriers such as T-Mobile US.
According to the developer, the jailbreak app should work in almost every country except for Cambodia, and Bolivia (Tigo).
MiTime costs $5.99, which seems reasonable if you want to enable the FaceTime feature that is currently not working on your unlocked iPhone 4. It also includes the cost of sending two international SMS required to activate the feature.
You should be able to receive International SMS to activate the FaceTime feature. (You can use this website to test whether you receive a SMS).
You can follow the instructions provided on the MiTime website to activate Facetime on your unlocked iPhone 4.
The video below demonstrates how MiTime activates the FaceTime feature: