By Alex Heath on Apr 23, 2011
A new report from This is my next reveals some interesting rumors about the iPhone 5. According to Joshua Topolsky (the former editor-in-chief of Engadget), the iPhone 5 will in fact be a significant redesign of the current iPhone 4.
Topolsky doesn’t cite specific sources, but he claims that the iPhone 5 will have a design very similar to that of the fourth-generation iPod touch. Engadget originally said that the iPhone 5 would be a major evolution of the iPhone 4, and this report from This is my next corroborates that claim. Read More
By Sebastien Page on Jan 15, 2011
Now that we’re done with our round of Verizon iPhone rumors, it’s time for the interweb to come up with a whole new set of speculations, leaks, and unverified information about a new device: the iPhone 5.
That’s Engadget who started this new rumor mill by citing multiple sources (anonymous, of course) who claim to have details about the iPhone 5, set to launch sometimes this summer… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jan 1, 2011
There have been reports of outrage from iPhone users who weren’t woken up by their iPhone alarm on New Year’s Day morning. There is still mystery surrounding why this problem has occurred, but it seems to be widespread enough to raise concern.
As of 1/1/2011, users began complaining on Twitter that their alarm in the iPhone’s clock app didn’t wake them up like normal. After the clock struck midnight to usher in the new year, all non-repeating alarms in the clock app failed to sound. This problem sounds like the Daylight Savings Time issue that the iPhone had back in November.
The point is, you if set your alarm clock on your iPhone to be woken up tomorrow, you’ll be getting more sleep than you intended…
By Guest Author on Sep 22, 2010
Just for the record I have yet to publish an article for an app that has been sponsored or paid for in any way. I say that so when you see that I’m writing about an app, that I actually find it worthy or ridiculous enough to mention. This one falls under both categories.
Engadget has a little write up about a new selection in the App Store called Awareness! (punctuation theirs). Awareness sets up a noise threshold to your headphones, then disallows those noises from entering your state of consciousness. At least that’s what it says… Read More
By Guest Author on Sep 13, 2010
We were all dancing in the street while holding up our posters of the Apple hierarchy when the announcement that the rules and regulations had been altered to allow just about anything into the App Store, right? Certainly there is no reason to believe that apps from the past that were once denounced will likely be gracing the store soon. But is that all of it?
What did the regulation altering really say? Certainly a company the size of Apple would need to put specifics down to paper when changing something as influential as the App Store regulations. PC World shows us they certainly did write things down, in that evasive Apple tone that always leaves room for immediate alteration in policy. Read More
By Guest Author on Sep 11, 2010
I find it interesting how the rumor mill operates. Last month every report out there had Verizon pegged as the next carrier to offer the iPhone which I still believe to be the frontrunner as well. Lately however the influx of rumors have centered around T-Mobile‘s aspirations for offering the Apple handheld.
Apple Hot News cites Engadget as saying that an executive vice president of Canada’s Quebecor claims that Apple is in the process of building a compatible iPhone for T-Mobile’s 3G network… Read More
By Guest Author on Sep 4, 2010
This is interesting. Engadget has a screenshot of the UK Apple Store that shows iOS 4.1 scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 8th.
The US Website still shows the usual “Coming Soon” announcement so we’ll go out on a limb here and say that the 8th is the day. Any ideas on how this inconsistency of information happens? Read More
By Guest Author on Aug 17, 2010
It seems as if someone at Sony feels threatened by the iPhone and its ability as a gaming device. I’m not sure why since it’s quite obvious that the device isn’t the first toy you think of when you hear about “serious gaming”.
Nevertheless Sony has released a PSP commercial taking shots at what is obviously supposed to be an iPhone game. Kevin Butler (whose supposed iPhone has a game titled ‘Lame Castle’ on its screen) and young Marcus Rivers are featured in what is actually a pretty funny clip. Rivers tells Butler that his phone is for “texting your grandma and calling your girl” and that it can’t handle “big boy games”.
Engadget has the full video that informs us that the PSP has games as low as $9.99. It’s an amusing little clip but why Sony feels the need to compare its PSP to the iPhone games is a bit bewildering.
I don’t know about you but when I play a game on my iPhone, it is usually to just pass time here and there. Never have I considered it to be a gamer’s device of choice. Is this just friendly banter from Sony or a bit of desperation? Give us your opinion in the comments right after you text your grandma.
By Sebastien Page on Sep 25, 2008
What a great column Engadget editor-at-large Ryan Block wrote today about Apple’s overshitty way of treating developers (and indirectly users). The column is spot on. Obviously, I don’t expect Apple to reply directly. You know what? I don’t even expect Apple to change anything at all. The only thing I expect is the fall of Apple’s supremacy in the new-generation-mobile-device-business(aka Android is coming!!!).
The full column can be read here but I wanted to give you a little test of it.
So it seems to me, you have two possible courses of action to clean up this mess, Apple: one, the bare minimum of courtesy and respect for its developers, and the other, full-on-righteous. If absolutely nothing else, you need to post some very clear, very easily interpreted guidelines as to what will and will not fly in the App Store. No more mystery, no more concern as to whether the investment associated with developing a program will be for naught if some faceless App Store approval technician semi-arbitrarily decides to hit reject. Just lay it out for all to bear and follow. Sure, there will be a lot of hating going on when Apple says in explicit terms that Mozilla has zero hope of ever getting Firefox on the iPhone, but at least the crippling uncertainty is removed from the equation. You shouldn’t have to be one of the hallowed few approved by the iFund to be certain before you start work on your app that it will be approved.
Now, if you want to do the right thing — the thing that may ultimately keep you out of some grumpy developer’s class-action lawsuit, the thing that will take away Android’s biggest consumer appeal right now — you’ll will simply stop filtering apps based on content, and only look for the kind of code Steve specifically promised to protect users against in the first place: grossly buggy and broken, malicious, or otherwise evil. I’m not exactly convinced of the latter’s likelihood, but closed market or open, at a certain point this whole thing becomes about consistency and reliability, and right now you’ve got neither to wave in your defense, Apple.
In the meantime, groups like the iPhone Dev Team will continue to carry the torch for jailbreaking, hacking, and unauthorized app development. Hell, jailbroken development will even likely gain steam as increasing numbers of users can’t find enough apps of any real utility on the official App Store. Even big companies like Sling Media have taken to working around the walled-garden. So here’s to doing good by all the good people willing to invest in your platform, and to the simple kind of change that Apple, as a company, can make today if only you think a little harder about tomorrow — and everyone living in it with an iPhone or iPod touch.
Great job, Ryan!