$1400 in One Day from iAds

Developer of a basic flashlight app gets almost $1400 from one day of iAds revenue.

Apple of My Eye

A short film created entirely with the iPhone 4 camera and iMovie editing app.

Safari Extensions Blog

The natural successor to the defunct Pimp My Safari.

Apple’s Flawed Typography

Khoi Vinh:

Creating a beautiful display and patting yourself on the back for having good typography is disingenuous, I think. It’s a little like saying a high-definition television set makes for better television shows; an absurd claim at best.

Apple iPad UK Pricing

iPad pricing in the UK is out. 16GB: £429, 32GB: £499, 64GB: £599. Plus another £100 if you want 3G.

Removing UK VAT (at 17.5%) and converting the price to USD at $1.47 per GBP, a UK iPad is slightly more expensive than the equivalent US sold model.

Model UK Price US Price Difference
16GB WiFi £429 $499 +$35.70
32GB WiFi £499 $599 +$23.28
64GB WiFi £599 $699 +$48.38
16GB WiFi+3G £529 $629 +$32.81
32GB WiFi+3G £599 $729 +$20.39
64GB WiFi+3G £699 $829 +$45.49

No news yet on the cost of a 3G data plan.

Thoughts on Flash

Steve Jobs on Flash:

Besides the fact that Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support touch based devices, there is an even more important reason we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. We have discussed the downsides of using Flash to play video and interactive content from websites, but Adobe also wants developers to adopt Flash to create apps that run on our mobile devices.

We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform. If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.

Apple Rejects Healthcare Reform App


iSinglePayer, an iPhone application that advocates for single-payer health care reform was rejected from the App Store by Apple because it is “politically charged.” The application displays charts and bullet points about single-payer health care systems, and it allows users to call members of congress. iSinglePayer even calculates your local congressperson using GPS, and displays the amount of money donated to each congressperson from the health sector.

Fine, but then why does the App Store include apps such as the Drudge Reader and Conservative Talking Points?

Mac Up-To-Date

UK Apple customers who bought a Mac after June 8th can now buy an upgrade to Snow Leopard for £7.95.

Interestingly, the listing for the upgrade states a shipping date of “by August 28th”.

Planet Calacanis

Marco Arment dissects Jason Calacanis’ “out of this world” criticisms of Apple:

This, unfortunately, is the fate of Calacanis’ piece: he has some good points, but they’re buried in so much off-base ranting and misplaced frustration that it’s difficult to take any of it seriously.

Ninjawords Dictionary: Censored by Apple

John Gruber from Daring Fireball writes about the ridiculous process Ninjawords had to go through to get their dictionary app approved on the AppStore.

Ninjawords for iPhone suffers one humiliating flaw: it omits all the words deemed “objectionable” by Apple’s App Store reviewers, despite the fact that Ninjawords carries a 17+ rating.

Apple censored an English dictionary.

New Developments in Foxconn Employee Suicide Case

The New Yorker has some new twists on the suicide of a Foxconn employee over a lost iPhone prototype.

The Sourthern Daily claims to have viewed surveillance footage of the interrogation, and they show no signs that he was beaten or locked up.

Foxconn Employee Commits Suicide After Losing Prototype iPhone

VentureBeat reports:

Last Thursday, 25 year-old Sun Danyong committed suicide after a fourth-generation iPhone prototype he was responsible for went missing.

This sounds like something straight from The Onion, but the rest of the article has a very grave tone:

On Thursday, July 9th, Sun got 16 prototype phones from the assembly line at a local Foxconn factory. At some point in the next few days, he discovered that one of the phones was missing. He suspected that it had been left at the factory, but couldn’t find it. On Monday, July 13, he reported the missing phone to his boss. Then, that Wednesday, three Foxconn employees searched his apartment — illegally, according to Chinese law. Accusations are flying that Sun was detained and physically abused during the investigation, although this has not been substantiated (possible evidence: there’s this somewhat garbled and potentially faked instant message exchange from Sun shortly before his death).

What is known: On Thursday — a little after 3 a.m. according to surveillance videos in the apartment building — he jumped out of a window in his apartment building to his death.

iPhone 3G S UK Pricing

Across the pond, the new iPhone 3G S has kept the previous iPhone 3G price points of $199 and $299. The old 3G has been reduced to $99 as a budget option. This is what Apple has traditionally done with new products.

But in the UK, according to new O2 pricing, the iPhone 3G 8GB has remained the same price, while the two new 3G S models are even more expensive. If you want an 18-month contract at £35 per month, it will cost you £184.98 for the 16GB, or a whopping £273.23 for the 32GB, on top of the contract price.

If you want a contract free iPhone 3G S, it’s £440 for the 16GB, and £538 for the 32GB. That’s over double the cost of the equivalent iPod Touch.

I thought we were rid of Rip-off Britain.

Apple Safari 4 Beta

Or as I prefer, Apple Safari Chrome.

If you have any InputManager plugins installed, you’ll probably need to uninstall them to run this. 1Password crashes and PithHelmet screws up the rendering.

If At First You Don’t Succeed

Then try and try again, at least with submitting your iPhone application to Apple’s App Store.

Apple Trackpad Firmware Update

Apple have issued a firmware update for the new uni-body MacBook and MacBook Pro trackpads to fix the issue with clicks not registering. Since installing the update, on my MacBook Pro the issue is now gone. The clicking also seem to be more responsive as well, which is a bonus.

Apple Drops iPhone NDA


the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s success, so we are dropping it for released software.

The Great PC RAM Swindle

AppleInsider on how Apple’s move to 64-bit in Snow Leopard exposes a “great PC swindle”:

One developer we consulted about the issue noted, “consumers are being scammed by [PC] OEMs on a large scale. OEMs will encourage customers to upgrade a 2GB machine to 4GB, even though the usable RAM might be limited to 2.3GB. This is especially a problem on high-end gaming machines that have huge graphics cards as well as lots of RAM.”

NetShare Added Then Removed

Nullriver released their NetShare application onto the iTunes App Store last night, only to have it removed only a few hours later.

It’s surprising that this app was approved in the first place, since AT&T typically charge an extra $30 per month to allow tethering use in the US. Upon investigating the terms set out by other telecos, O2 UK say:

You may not use your SIM Card in any other device, or use your SIM Card or iPhone to allow the continuous streaming of any audio / video content, enable Voice over Internet (Voip), P2P or file sharing or use them in such a way that adversely impacts the service to other customers of O2 or The Cloud.

Which seems to restrict the use of streaming audio and video content, something which the built-in YouTube app allows you to do, along with Last.fm radio streaming app. However what it doesn’t explicitly forbid is the use of a tethering application to allow you to access the internet through another device, as long as the SIM card is still in your iPhone, so with O2 UK there is nothing to stop you using NetShare.

If, like me, have your iPhone unlocked and on another network such as T-Mobile UK, they may have even less restrictions. From T-Mobile’s web’n’walk fair use policy:

This plan comes with a fair use policy of 1GB a month. We’ll monitor how much you send and receive each calendar month so that we can protect our network for all our web’n’walk customers. If you use more than your fair use policy amount, we won’t charge you any more, but we may restrict how you can use your plan, depending on how often you go over your amount and by how much.

Which seems to allow everything, as long as you keep within the 1GB fair use policy. As Apple has exclusive contracts with one teleco for each country the iPhone is being sold, it is possible for them to restrict NetShare to only countries that allow tethering apps. The chance of the app appearing back on the App Store is small though, which begs the question, why was it approved in the first place?

PwnageTool Unlocks iPhone 2.0

If you’ve been using an original, unlocked iPhone with a SIM from an “unofficial” provider, then you haven’t been able to upgrade to the new 2.0 firmware because, well, it would lock your phone. You’ve had to sit by twiddling with the old 1.1.4 firmware while been reading reviews of the fantastic new applications and all the new things you can do with them.

The new firmware has been out for over a week now without a released unlock tool, although videos of a proof of concept unlock have been floating around the internet.

This week, the iphone-dev team finally released their long anticipated PwnageTool that’s capable of unlocking the original iPhone with 2.0 firmware. Infact it’s quite clever in that it takes the official firmware, and transforms it into a jailbroken and unlocked version that you restore with iTunes!

The process is pretty straightforward, but still not without pitfalls which could be hard to dig yourself out, so I’ve made some notes of problems I’ve had during the unlock, so you don’t have to:

  • You’ll need three other files along with PwnageTool to unlock your phone, the two bootloaders and the original firmware. PwnageTool should be able to find those automatically after you download them.
  • If Safari extracts the original firmware to a folder, drag the iPhone1,1_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw.zip file from the trash to your desktop and remove the .zip from the end of the filename.
  • PwnageTool might fail when it tries to enter DFU mode (also known as recovery mode). Don’t worry, manually put your phone in recovery mode by having the iPhone plugged into your computer, holding the home and power button for seven seconds, and then releasing the power button (but still holding the home button) and wait for iTunes to report that your iPhone is in recovery mode.
  • I would use Expert mode to stop PwnageTool from replacing the Apple boot logo with their stupid pineapple.
  • To restore your cracked firmware, hold alt/option when clicking the Restore button (shift in Windows) and then you can browse to the file you want.

PwnageTool is for Mac users only, but if you look hard enough, you can find a pre-cracked firmware that you can just restore with iTunes on Windows.

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