Tag - IPhone 4.0
In an unexpected turn, Apple has announced that it is renaming the iPhone OS. It will now simply be called iOS, reflecting its use on devices like the iPad. As previously revealed, the iOS 4 firmware brings several important changes including multitasking, app folders, a universal inbox and e-mail threading. Newly disclosed though is integration with the iPhone 4 retina display, and updated Camera and Photos apps.
People should be able to jailbreak the second-generation iPod touch when iPhone 4.0 is released in the near future, says iH8sn0w. The independent coder has been working on iPhone 4.0 jailbreaks since early April, and is now teasing a beta sn0wbreeze 1.6 hack with support for the older Touch model. The final v1.6 release should come after Apple officially launches the updated iPhone firmware, likely in tandem with upgraded hardware.
The often rumored 960x640 iPhone screen could be validated today through an up-close study of the LCD. Looked at through a microscope, Apple's panel appears to have far smaller pixels than the iPhone 3GS or even the crisp 854x480 screen of the Motorola Droid. At 3.5 inches diagonal, the display SuperiPhone sees for the next iPhone would have a 320 pixels-per-inch density where the Droid's larger screen would measure just 265.
What little doubt remained about the presence of video calling on the next iPhone may have been eliminated today as a screen capture has shown the feature running on live firmware. A source inside Apple has shown a field test version of iPhone 4.0 whose Settings area makes a clear reference to "video calls debugging" that lets engineers start, stop and export logs to track down errors. BGR didn't learn whether this would involve a proper iChat client, traditional video calls over 3G, or both.
Another potentially useful feature has been discovered in iPhone 4.0 beta 4. Within the Keyboard section of the Settings menu, Apple has added an option called "Edit User Dictionary," allowing people to hurry up the normally automated word recognition system in the iPhone OS. Typically, the firmware will only add words to its dictionary if a person deliberately skips recommended corrections.
Code in the fourth iPhone 4.0 beta contains references to camera flash, investigation reveals. One section suggests that Apple handhelds will have three different flash modes: always on, always off and auto, triggered by an ambient light sensor. The find backs up recent iPhone prototype leaks, which in both cases have included a LED flash on the back.
Apple tonight posted iPhone 4.0 beta 4 to the Developer Center with a strong clue that AT&T will finally enable data tethering. The new test release not only enables a "set up tethering" preference for American users but, when the menu is tapped, asks users to either call AT&T or to visit the carrier's website to turn the feature on. That it isn't automatically enabled suggests AT&T will charge an extra fee; for other smartphones, it normally charges an extra $30 per month.
Google on Tuesday bought Global IP Solutions in a possible sign of a video chat implementation for Android. The $68.2 million deal gives Google access to a firm that supplies both audio and video through IP networks. The deal is expected to go through as more than half of stakeholders already approve of the deal.
Apple chief Steve Jobs engaged in a rare involved debate late last evening where he defended his company's policies for the App Store. When criticized by blogger Ryan Tate for turning his back on "freedom" and "revolution," the company co-founder countered that the limits on sexual content and the approval process itself were about providing an ideal, safe experience. The real revolution was in breaking away from the traditional computing experience, Jobs answered.
(Update on French photo origins) One of the same Vietnamese sites responsible for discovering a different iPhone prototype has shown its device running iPhone 4.0. The phone appears to be working with both a cellular connection to GSM carrier VinaPhone and Wi-Fi turned on. The shot by Taoviet makes it difficult to tell if the screen is higher resolution, though even if so the public iPhone 4.0 betas may not support the higher pixel count to avoid giving away a hardware secret.