iPhone 3.0

Apple deny App Store promo codes to 17+ titles: affects more than you’d think

Apple deny App Store promo codes to 17+ titles: affects more than you’d think

After suggestions earlier in the week that a significant proportion of titles in the App Store were so-called "bulk apps", cookie-cutter templates offered as distinct programs that differ only in their text/image content (such as travel guides), now come grumbles from the Apple developer community regarding an unforeseen impact of age limitations.  According to Marco Arment, an iPhone developer and lead behind the Tumblr project, Apple have decided that apps rated 17+ will not be able to use promo-codes.

Promo-codes are usually given out either to reviewers to build an audience for an application, or as rewards to users who spot bugs or errors in software.  While this may not seem a significant issue to most developers, Marco points out that Apple's guidelines for age restrictions may affect more apps than we initially thought.

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Apple blocking Push Notifications to iPhone unlockers

Apple blocking Push Notifications to iPhone unlockers

Apple is reportedly blocking one of the most anticipated features of iPhone OS 3.0, Push Notifications, for those users who have unlocked their handsets.  The issue has been flagged up by developer PoweryBase, who offer the NotifyMe reminder app, after finding "more than 80-percent of customer support requests" are from users complaining their hacked iPhone and iPod touch devices prove incompatible with the software.  The issue is being blamed on Apple's servers, which handle the Push Notification Service (APNS); the company is seemingly denying APNS updates to those handsets which have been unlocked.

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AT&T iPhone MMS delayed until September? Tethering cost controversy continues [Updated]

AT&T iPhone MMS delayed until September? Tethering cost controversy continues [Updated]

We probably shouldn't be surprised, but AT&T have reportedly delayed the activation of MMS for the iPhone until September.  According to Appmodo, AT&T themselves suggested that the originally tipped date of mid-July would be missed; they've now heard that in fact MMS will come three months after Apple enabled the feature in iPhone OS 3.0.

MMS will be accompanied by iPhone tethering, it's believed, which Appmodo insist is still expected to cost an extra $55 per month.  That's on top of existing data plans for the iPhone.  Users will be able to connect their laptops via USB or Bluetooth.

AT&T tethering cost denial after the cut

Updated with new comments from AT&T

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 25 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 25 2009

We've been singularly cellularly obsessed here at SlashGear over the past seven days, and it'll come as no surprise that the run-up to the iPhone 3G S has occupied much of our attention.  The new Apple smartphone may not look much different to its predecessor, but if our hands-on first impressions are anything to go by, Cupertino have done their best to make the user-experience as polished as the casing.  Still, it's not just shiny Apple hardware that's caught our eye this week; Novatel Wireless' GSM MiFi 2352 piqued our interest when we talked to the company themselves on Monday, and  then proceeded to impress us considerably in our full review.

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Apple iPhone 3GS hands-on

Apple iPhone 3GS hands-on

The first new US iPhone 3GS users are picking up their handsets today, and SlashGear is among them.  We've been down at the Apple Store in NYC this morning, and have been eagerly playing with the new smartphone to see whether all the hype was worth it.  For the moment we'll put aside any arguments about whether it's too expensive to upgrade or comes on your carrier of choice;

read on for our iPhone 3G S first-impressions. Update: iPhone 3GS Review

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