Daily Archives: July 10, 2008

Are you having problems with iPhone 2.0?

Are you having problems with iPhone 2.0?

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UPDATE – click here for NEW firmware download help!

So we can’t help but notice that Apple still hasn’t officially released iPhone software 2.0 for first-gen iPhones, even though most self-respecting gadget freaks have pulled it from the direct download links that popped up earlier. Since the file was hosted and available on Apple’s servers around the time it was expected for release, it seemed safe to assume that it was legit — and indeed, it (for the most part) works fine and plays well with the newly-live App Store. But a few of us here have had persistent problems on our first-gen iPhones: interface lag, crashing apps, hard resets, you name it. On top of that, we’re hearing whispers that the .ipsw in question was meant only for 3G phones and not first-gen units — and bizarrely, the build number of what we’ve got is 5A347, while our launch iPhone 3G is running build 5A345 on them. So until Apple stops being, well, Apple, and clears this all up, we’re putting it to you: how are things going? Any problems, or smooth sailing? Happy you took the early plunge?

(AGS)
I have had a few hinkey things happen, restarts, freezes etc….. How about you?

(Via Engadget)

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Mobile Me video guide uses Firefox browser NOT Safari…interesting.

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I finally got MobileMe to work me.com and there is a nice guided video tour of all the things it does. I found it interesting that the browser they use is Firefox and NOT safari. What do you think???

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Tons of iPhone 3G Pics -Big, Beautiful!

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iPhone 2.0 Firmware (5A347) Available Early

iPhone 2.0 Firmware (5A347) Available Early

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Once again, digging through Apple’s XML files has revealed the url to the iPhone 2.0 Firmware that is presently available on Apple’s servers. One of our readers found this new firmware image:

iPhone1,2_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw (download link)

This build is slightly higher than the one of the latest iPhone Firmware Beta (5A345) which was also spotted on shipping iPhone 3Gs. Despite the filename appearing in the XML file, the actual firmware has not yet been released officially. As well, the firmware carries a “1,2” designation while all previous firmwares, including the beta firmwares carried a “1,1” number.

Apple has posted an updated guide about firmware upgrades and warns:
Normally if you choose to update, the iPhone or iPod touch software is updated but your settings and media are not affected. If your device currently has a software version prior to 2.0 (1.x) and you are updating to software version 2.0 or later, all data on your device will be erased in order to perform install the new software. In this case, iTunes will offer to create a one-time media backup of your device depending on what content is on your device and what content is stored in the iTunes Library you are connected to. You should ensure that you have enough free space on your Mac or PC to accommodate a backup that matches the capacity of your iPhone or iPod touch (4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB) if you proceed with the this backup.

Be sure to fully sync prior to proceeding. In order to install this firmware, you will have to do it manually by pressing the Option key (Shift under Windows) when pressing the “Check for Update” button in iTunes version 7.7. Then select the .ipsw file manually. If for some reason your download is a “.zip” file, rename it to “.ipsw” before proceeding.

We expect the firmware to be officially released shortly and will appear in your iTunes software update. If you don’t wish to wait, you can use this method, but should proceed with caution and at your own risk. That being said, there are reports of people having successfully used this firmware on the original iPhone, and are successfully downloading and running App Store apps.

Note: Can not be used for iPod touch.

(Via MacRumors)

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‘January Upgrade’ included in iPod touch 2.0

Confirmed: iPod touch 2.0 software to include ‘January Upgrade’

In an update to their knowledge base article about the subject this morning, Apple has confirmed that the 2.0 firmware will include Mail, Stocks, Maps, Weather and Notes.

There had been some speculation about this earlier this month.

Also — when it’s available, Apple said the iPhone 2.0 Software Update for iPod Touch will be available at http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/appstore. Currently, the page points to the same “coming soon” page that we’ve come to know and love, but I’m sure checking back often wouldn’t hurt.

Apple also confirmed, as you might imagine, that the January Software Upgrade itself is now no longer available. iPod models shipped after January 15 included the upgrade, while models shipped before did not. Users of those earlier models had to pay $20 for the suite of five apps.

(Via (TUAW))

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Apple TV 2.1 – what’s new?

Apple TV 2.1 walkthrough

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Today Apple released the 2.1 update for the Apple TV. The main new features of this update are MobileMe and support for Remote.app (Apple’s Remote application for iPhone/iPod touch users).

Telling readers what the update did is one thing, but showing is a completely different story, that’s why we went the extra mile to bring you a walkthrough of the new features in the 2.1 update. So check out our gallery of Apple TV 2.1 screenshots.

Gallery: Apple TV 2.1 update

(Via (TUAW))

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3G iPhone Officially Torn Apart!

3G iPhone Officially Torn Apart by iFixit.com.

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It’s official: While here in the states we begin the countdown to 8 a.m. tomorrow, those in parts of the world have already been blessed with the iPhone 3G wonder as the launch is underway. Members of iFixit.com flew to New Zealand to be amongst the first to buy and disassemble the iPhone 3G. You can check out iFixit’s photos and logs of their excursion and subsequent findings on their website. Additionally, according to iPhoneBuzz.com, the first person in line in New Zealand (alias: iPhone Johnny) posted photos of the kickoff event and the first iPhone sold at his local Apple store. For those of your who want to live the experience before actually living it: check out the fairly interesting play-by-play on his blog.

A couple of notes provided for readers by iFixit, and those tech savvy enough to care:

• LCD and Glass components are NOT glued together
• Battery is not soldered on

Lastly, Apple issued a press release today on their website reminding us that the iPhone 3G will go on sale tomorrow here in the U.S. at 8 a.m. at Apple and AT&T stores across the country. The press release also includes a laundry list of the 3G’s most promising assets…In case you weren’t already sold. To view the document in its entirety, click here.

Additionally, iFixit.com has posted an iPhone 3G First Look Gallery, but their site is being extremely unresponsive. Hopefully a mirror will come soon.

(Via MacBlogz)

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App Store for iPhone already a hit with developers

App Store for iPhone already a hit with developers – USATODAY.com
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs expected to launch his App Store — the online venue for third-party iPhone and iPod Touch applications — with 200 software offerings; he ended up with more than 500.
“The reaction has been so strong,” he says. “So many developers responded.”

The App Store is a way for owners of the iPhone and Touch (like the iPhone without the phone) to add games and other software and Web shortcuts to the devices. Heavyweight participants include Facebook, MySpace, AOL, eBay, Major League Baseball, Sega and Bank of America.

The App Store (AAPL) is timed to spur sales of the new iPhone, which goes on sale at 8 a.m. Friday with a lower price ($199 from $399) and faster network. The App Store is available as a free download for owners of the old iPhone and $9.99 for Touch owners.

Consumers initially will buy the new iPhone for its price and speed, but later on applications will make the sale, says Tim Bajarin, an independent analyst at Creative Strategies.

“When IBM introduced the PC, it was good, but it didn’t take off until people started discovering the software,” he says. The breadth of the applications “dramatically differentiates the iPhone” from competing smartphones such as the Treo and BlackBerry, he adds.

“The games are what you’d find on a computer, not on a phone,” he says. “You’ll end up with PC-class applications that fit in your pocket.”

Having an application on the device — instead of going to a website to use it — makes it a quicker, more robust experience, says Chris DeWolfe, CEO of social network MySpace. His app instantly updates you on friends’ activities. You can post directly to MySpace photos taken with the iPhone’s camera.

“You do more of the work on the device than over the Net, so the load time should be quicker,” he says.

Another new application is from Pandora, which lets you create customized Internet radio stations. Pandora is already available on other phones from AT&T (T) and Sprint, (S) for a monthly fee. On the iPhone, it is free. That makes it “a credible alternative to broadcast (radio),” in part because iPhones can be plugged into car stereos, founder Tim Westergren says.

The new offerings aren’t only from the big guys. Xavier Carrillo Costa, CEO of Digital Legends, a Barcelona game company, had never worked with Macs before but wanted to develop games for the phone. “You forget that it’s a phone,” says Costa, whose action game Kroll will launch in September for $9.99. “It has all the power of a computer.”

Jobs says 25% of the apps will be free, and 90% of the ones for sale will be $9.99 or less. Apple gets 30% of the revenue.”

(Via usatoday )

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iPhone 2.0 Firmware Now Available!

iPhone 2.0 Firmware Now Available!

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The iPhone 3G will not go on sale until tomorrow and version 2.0 software isn’t yet available for “old school” iPhones either. Apple has still decided to move forward and release iTunes 7.7 complete with a live AppStore. Look but don’t touch! Wait a minute? What’s that? Uh oh, it looks like original iPhone owners are in for a treat as we’ve just received word the the 2.0 firmware is now live and available for download. Well we received word and a download link (just hold down the option key and click – Check for updates, then point it towards the downloaded file) that is. If you’ve decided to hold on to your OG iPhone, for nostalgia’s sake perhaps, it’s your lucky day. Get it now before Apple’s servers get hosed and start enjoying all of that exchange-rocking, legal app-supporting goodness right away.

(Via The Boy Genius Report)

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iTunes 7.7 available now!!!!

iTunes 7.7 available now

Well, we weren’t “wrong” yesterday, just off the mark by about 12 hours or so. As of approximately 3:15 a.m. EDT, iTunes 7.7 is now appearing in Software Update.

This is the description from the download screen:

Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later. Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home – a free download from the App Store.

Thus far, I can’t find any specific UI changes or option settings, so I’m assuming that the elusive “Applications” menu item will appear as soon as the App Store launches.

We’ll post more details as they become available. For now, I’m going back to bed in the hopes that my BlackBerry’s blinking lights won’t keep me up.

(Via (TUAW))

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