Tuesday, 8 June 2010

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iBooks gets PDF upgrade, pirates rejoice!

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 12:35 PM PDT

The new iPhone 4 has a ton of extras under the hood, but one that wasn’t shouted about much at Apple’s WWDC unveiling was a tweak to the iBooks app, letting the iPad and iPhone read PDF files as well as books downloaded from Apple’s store. The casual book botherer won’t notice, but it’ll be music to the ears of e-reading pirates.

Sites such as The Pirate Bay are brimming with PDF versions of books available for retail, and in the past pirates have leaked blockbuster best sellers before they officially go to print. According to the chaps at Gizmodo, PDFs will get their own seperate bookshelf within the iBooks app.

The question is, will you resist the temptation to download eBooks elsewhere, not to mention illegally, or will Apple be giving you the equivalent of a secret shelf when its OS update arrives for iPhone later this month?

TBC | £free | Apple (via Gizmodo / image via GDGT)

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iPhone 4: All the official photos!

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 12:21 PM PDT

The iPhone 4 is here. Apple's newest handset unveiled in all its high-resolution glory. Want a peep at all the official photos fresh from WWDC in the US? Here's where to get them. Read on, and gorge your peepers on our gallery.

The new iPhone 4 has leaked more times than a shot-through sieve, but we're still bowled over by its luscious high-resolution screen. Apple's calling it a "Retina display," since at arms length it's impossible for the human eye to distinguish individual pixels.

The iPhone 4 packs in almost the same number of pixels as the iPad, despite its screen being much smaller. The result is a sharp display that Apple thinks will make shoppers swoon.

It's all wrapped in a glass enclosure, with a metallic rim that acts as the new iPhone 4's antenna system. The entire iPhone 4 package is 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS says Apple, at 9.3mm.

Inside the iPhone 4 you’ll find Bluetooth, N-standard Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G data, as well as an all-new gyroscopic sensor, giving developers true six-axis control, a lot like Wii Motion Plus.

At the heart of the iPhone 4 is the Apple A4 processor, the same powerhouse thundering away inside the iPad. And what's it running? iPhone OS 4 of course, except it now has a new name: say hello to iOS 4.

Get a good look at the all-new iPhone 4 in our gallery above.

Out June 24 | £TBC | Apple

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iPhone 4 dated for UK

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 11:52 AM PDT

Want to know when the iPhone 4 goes on sale in the UK? We’ve got the official answer, right here. Read on to find out!

The iPhone 4 goes on sale in the UK on 24 June, with pre-orders opening on 15 June. While no networking pricing has been announced, we expect it to follow shortly – and pre-registration is already open at Carphone Warehouse.

Interestingly, US network AT&T has announced it will allow iPhone owners to upgrade to the iPhone 4 six months before their contract is up – fingers crossed we see something similar on these fair shores.

Out 24 June | £TBC | Apple

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FaceTime: iPhone 4 video calling confirmed!

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 11:43 AM PDT

FaceTime is here, and about time too. The iPhone 4 featurewill allow for video calling, by way of the front facing camera, Apple has finally revealed. And to demo it, Steve Jobs chatted with Apple design guru Jonathan Ive on stage.

The conversation was plagued by network problems, with Steve Jobs calling for journalists present at the San Francisco keynote to disconnect from the theatre Wi-Fi, but ought to work without a hitch over Wi-Fi not being hogged by hordes of Apple followers. Unfortunately FaceTime is only over Wi-Fi for now – you won’t be able to make video calls over 3G on the iPhone 4 – but that should at least guarantee smooth conversations.

Interestingly, FaceTime will also allow you to use the rear camera of the iPhone 4 for chats with other iPhone 4 owners, though obviously you won’t be able to see them if you do. Anyone want to sell a mirror system accessory?

Out TBC | £TBC | Apple

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iPhone 4 UK pre-registration open now!

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 11:28 AM PDT

UPDATE: The iPhone 4 has been dated for the UK, and yup, it’s coming this month.

The iPhone 4 is just minutes old, but already UK vendors are starting to out their plans to flog the revamped smartphone with the holy grail of touchscreens atop it. First out of the blocks is Carphone Warehouse, which has opened up for pre-registration already.

Carphone Warehouse, which has sold the previous iterations of Apple’s phone, has set a page live allowing you to register to be first in line for the new iPhone 4 when it goes on sale – which the company says is expected this month, “subject to change”. So er, maybe not.

Still, if you don’t fancy epic queues for the iPhone 4 come launch day, we suggest you place your dibs now by hopping on over there. We’re already sold by the combination of iMovie and the dazzling display…

Out TBC | £TBC | Carphone Warehouse

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iOS 4: the new name for iPhone OS 4

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 11:18 AM PDT

iOS 4: say it loud, and start getting used to it. That’s the new name for iPhone OS 4, just revealed at Steve Jobs’ WWDC keynote in San Francisco. Could that be to pave the way for an iPhone OS powered Apple TV?

Steve Jobs didn’t reveal any major new features we weren’t already aware of in iPhone OS , or iOS 4, but it’s a clear attempt to rebrand the multitasking software. Could this be as iPhone OS branches out into other devices: the iPad already of course, but rumours suggest a new Apple TV will run it to. iOS 4 would make much more sense as a name, rather than calling a set top box a phone.

We’ll let you know if any new iOS 4 devices break cover, iPhone 4 aside…

Out TBC | £TBC | Apple

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iMovie for iPhone 4 unveiled!

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 11:06 AM PDT

iMovie for iPhone, letting you edit HD video shot on the iPhone 4, has just been announced at WWDC in San Francisco. Mobile video editing just took an epochal leap forward: read on for the details.

While video editing was first introduced in iPhone OS 3 for the iPhone 3GS, it only allowed you to bring cut a clip shot in VGA resolution. iMovie for iPhone 4 however will let you cut up 720p footage, add transitions, titles and even music from iTunes, all with geotagging included.

No word yet but we’d expect iMovie for iPhone 4 to arrive with the iPhone 4 itself – fingers crossed that’s later this month. Whether or not iMovie for iPhone 4 will run with lower resolution clips on the iPhone 3GS is still to be confirmed.

Out TBC | $4.99 | Apple

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iPhone 4 official: all the details!

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 10:34 AM PDT

The iPhone 4 is official! That’s the name for the super hot smartphone we’ve seen leaked to shreds over the last few months, and now at long last we’re getting the details on it. Read on for the full iPhone 4 run down.

The new iPhone 4 looks exactly as we’ve seen it before, but now we’ve got some hard stats to go with it: it’s 24 percent thinner than the iPhone 3Gs, at just 9.3mm thick. There’s a front facing camera, a 3.5mm audio port on the top of the iPhone 4, a camera with an LED flash and a slot for a micro SIM, just like the iPad.

Cleverly, the iPhone 4’s new case is actually used as part of the antenna, and much of the case is made of stainless steel. Pixel density of the iPhone 4’s 3.5-inch screen meanwhile has been quadrupled, to 960×649 as we expected – and the sharpest on any smartphone on the planet. The density is now 326 dpi if you’re counting – and it’s now being badged up as the iPhone 4’s Retina Display.

Pictures and video are about to get a whole lot sharper – so sharp in fact that Steve Jobs claims that you won’t be able to distinguish things better with the human eye at a higher density. In other words, the iPhone 4’s display is so sharp, it’s hit a limit. Jobs revealed that unlike the iPad running iPhone OS 3, the iPhone 4 doesn’t just pixel double apps, but upscale them properly in iOS 4, so your favourite apps won’t be left looking grainy.

The iPhone 4’s camera also gets a boost from three megapixels on the iPhone 3GS up to five, with a backside illuminated sensor and an LED flash, and it’s capable of 5x digital zoom. It records HD video at 720p resolution at a respectable 30 frames per second, and it works with the video editing feature first included in iPhone OS 3 – but now rolled into a dedicated iMovie for iPhone app that lets you add transitions and titles. The front facing camera meanwhile was shown on stage making a video call – from Steve Jobs to lead Apple designer Jonathan Ive. The feature is call FaceTime, and only works over Wi-Fi.

Under the bonnet meanwhile, the iPhone 4 uses Apple’s A4 processor seen in the iPad, and there’s a non-replaceable battery. Apple claims that iPhone 4 battery life will run you seven hours talking over 30, 10 while browsing on Wi-Fi or watching video, and 300 on standby. Storage sticks at up to 32GB – sorry folks, no 64GB storage option like the iPod touch 3G.

Apple’s also included a three axis gyroscope inside the iPhone 4 which it’s hoping developers will take advantage for better motion controls in games. Steve Jobs demoed a Jenga type game with a stack of blocks which rotated on screen as he turned around on stage – Nintendo’s Wii Remote eat your heart out.

Jobs joked to the audience at WWDC 2010 that they should “Stop me if you’ve already seen this”, a pop at the fact that the iPhone 4 was leaked by several gadget sites earlier this year. However, Jobs’ keynote was later interrupted by technical difficulties, limiting what he could show the audience at Apple’s annual conference, and forcing him to ask journalists present to disconnect from the Wi-Fi.

The iPhone 4 goes on sale in the UK 24 June, with pre-orders opening on 15 June.

Out TBC | £TBC | Apple

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Farmville headed to iPhone

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 10:29 AM PDT

Oh dear. Farmville, the popular procrastination game found on Facebook, is headed to the iPhone. Prepare for even more of your time to get wasted – and without the need for Flash!

Mark Pincus of online gaming giant Zynga took the stage at Steve Jobs’ WWDC keynote to unveil a version of the massively popular Facebook game for iPhone. As you might expect, the isometric graphics are kept the same, but now you get push notifications if your crops start to wither, and it runs without Flash.

There’s no word yet on when Farmville will hit the iPhone App Store (Or if a HD iPad version will land too), but if you’re a fan, this is either great news, or an opportunity to sink even more money into the game. Stay tuned for the major updates from the WWDC 2010 shortly.

Out TBC | £TBC | Zynga

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iPhone 4.0 launch: one hour to go

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 09:00 AM PDT

The iPhone 4.0 launch starts in one hour. In the meantime, take a look at the rather staggering results of our iPhone 4.0 poll, the iPhone rivals it might be worth waiting for and our WWDC predictions. Click through to give us your educated guesses on what other announcements Steve Jobs will make…

There will be name checks up for grabs for the most accurate prognosticators and we'll be bringing you all the latest news from San Francisco as soon as it emerges from his mouth.

Due 6pm | £TBC | Apple

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