Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference for 2009, due to kick off on June 8th, has sold out. The event, officially announced last month, is an opportunity for iPhone and Mac OS X developers to code alongside Apple's own IT team, as well as attend numerous sessions in which Apple engineers explain the intricacies of their platform.
It looks like Apple weren't completely upfront with all of iPhone OS 3.0's new features; according to unnamed sources, the software update will bring with it voice control. Set to launch over the summer, iPhone OS 3.0 apparently includes several voice synthesis and recognition systems under the codename "Jibbler".
Apple posted the third version of the iPhone 3.0 Beta for developers to download and play with. Reports are that the beta offers speed increases, Spotlight Search saving and minor changes for MMS on German networks.
DigiTimes has a report that claims that Apple has placed an order of 100 Million 8GB Flash NAND chips from manufacturers, mostly from Samsung. As a result, analysts are saying that supplies will be short until about May. As a result, prices of NAND chips have jumped as much as 16%.
According to the latest build of the iPhone firmware 3.0, the next-gen iPhone - known as iPhone 3.1 in the documentation - will use Broadcom's BCM4329 chipset, bringing with it the potential of improved WiFi performance and radio functionality. The BCM4329 adds support for WiFi draft-n, together with power saving features and not just an FM receiver but a transmitter also.
While an official Skype client for the iPhone was a welcome announcement, the news that carriers' and Apple's Terms of Service prevented VoIP calls being made over 3G connections put a dampener on things. Now it seems that Skype running on handsets using iPhone OS 3.0 is able to use a 3G link for voice calls, in addition to WiFi.
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iPhone and iPod touch developers distributing through the App Store may find themselves seriously out of pocket if return rates on their software climb too high, thanks to a refund clause in the Apple contract. According to the clause, while Apple passes 70-percent of App Store revenue onto developers for sales, developers are liable for 100-percent of the cost should Apple have to refund a buyer.
Headlines this week were a tussle between Apple's iPhone OS 3.0 announcement and the launch of the Dell Adamo luxury ultraportable. We were pleased to see SlashGear readers in their thousands join us for our Apple liveblog and, while there may have been no new hardware, the features hitting the iPhone over the Summer - MMS, A2DP Bluetooth, copy & paste, and Spotlight, to name but a few - could keep the smartphone well ahead of the competition. That's not what Palm wanted to hear; we ran through the key differences between the iPhone OS 3.0 and Palm Pre at our sibling-site My Pre.
Tethering on the iPhone has traditionally been something of a black art, with various hacks (usually involving Jailbreaking your smartphone) and a cat & mouse game with Apple tugging the rug out from under third-party apps. Still, using the iPhone 3G as a modem for your laptop is an often-demanded function, and so Apple's confirmation earlier this week that it would be a feature of iPhone OS 3.0 - carriers obliging - came as a pleasant surprise. The OS 3.0 beta has tethering disabled, but enterprising hackers have found a way to switch it back on.