iPhone OS 4.0

iPhone HD: hardware evolution, lock-in revolution

iPhone HD: hardware evolution, lock-in revolution

Last week's expansive leaks (and no shortage of rumor) gave us the opportunity to pick through the hard changes involved in the Apple iPhone HD; a display estimated at 960 x 640, a front-facing camera, talk even of the 1GHz Apple A4 CPU from the iPad. The question remains, though, will the iPhone HD be another game-changer or more of an incremental evolution? Right now, extra pixels and faster CPU aside, it looks more of the latter; the cynic might compare the iPhone HD with OS 4.0 to an ageing athlete, requiring the services of a bolted-on exoskeleton in order to keep up. The new software platform (which has likely saved a few surprises for the official fourth-gen hardware reveal later in the year) brings some much-anticipated features, but they feel a little clunky in their implementation. As I said in my recent iPad review, background notifications and multitasking will work, but they lack the purity found in earlier iterations of the platform.

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Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live Integration Part of a Managed Portfolio

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live Integration Part of a Managed Portfolio

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is doing a pretty good job of maintaining itself in the market, even if it is still months away before a launch. But, with videos like the one we saw earlier today, showcasing the Office Hub, how could it not be? This time around we don't have a video, but we do have some more information pertaining to the Xbox LIVE experience you should expect this holiday season on your handset.

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iPhone HD gets caught, gets teardown, deemed legit

iPhone HD gets caught, gets teardown, deemed legit

Somebody over at Apple is going to have an even worse day than they were likely already having.  After leaked photos over the weekend, the device now looking decidedly like the iPhone HD - aka Apple's fourth-gen iPhone - has shown up in the plastic, glass and metal over at Gizmodo.  Among the hardware changes are an improved main camera with flash and an added front-facing camera, a higher resolution display and some serious reworking of the internal components to fit in a 16-percent larger battery.

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Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch Responds to Apple’s Latest iPhone SDK

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch Responds to Apple’s Latest iPhone SDK

By now you've heard about the ongoing war between Adobe and Apple. You've probably heard about it even if you live under a rock. It's everywhere, and as we expected, it didn't die down after the launch of the iPad. In fact, it seems to be getting worse after the announcement of iPhone OS 4.0. Especially when folks started navigating through the fine print and legal documentation, and we started to learn that Steve Jobs and company had begun a far stricter implementation of the rules for their SDK. More importantly, they tied the noose around Adobe's figurative neck a bit tighter.

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iPhone OS 4.0 wrap-up

iPhone OS 4.0 wrap-up

Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 preview has been and gone, and the aftermath is a much more appealing OS not only for the iPhone but for the new iPad.  As anticipated, the biggest draw of today's event was multitasking, with Apple telling us it's taken them four iterations of the iPhone OS to get it just right.  Elsewhere there's a new social gaming network for competing with both friends and strangers, a unified inbox and folders for better organising email and apps, and a new iAd advertising platform.

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Apple iPhone OS 4.0 SDK Available Now

Apple iPhone OS 4.0 SDK Available Now

If you're a fan of the iPhone OS 4.0 right now, and you've tied to the developer program for Apple's mobile devices, then you can go ahead and have your say with the new mobile Operating System. iPhone OS 4.0 SDK is available right now for developers. This is the first of the Betas, so be sure to keep that in mind. And, as always, Apple suggests that you don't put this on your own, personal device, and keep it on your testing devices, because it is Beta, and bugs do happen.

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Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Introduces Game Center: Social Gaming Network

Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Introduces Game Center: Social Gaming Network

One of the best parts of the iPhone, along with the whole phone thing, is the fact that it's got a vast App Store with plenty of games out there. In fact, they've got a monstrous list, at 50,700 total games, and it rakes in somewhere in the ballpark of $500 million in revenue for the company. So, obviously mobile gaming is something that Apple wants to capitalize on, and sure enough, they've introduced Game Center for iPhone OS 4.0.

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Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Introduces iAd [video]

Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Introduces iAd [video]

We had heard rumors about it, but now it's official. Apple has pulled the lid off of their own mobile advertisement plans, and have introduced iAd. There's a lot going on here, and Steve Jobs did a great job of showcasing just what the iAd program is all about. But, mostly, the whole point of the last tentpole is to say how all the other mobile advertisers haven't done anything worthwhile, and Apple has found a way to make it all make sense.

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Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Introduces Unified Inbox

Apple iPhone OS 4.0 Introduces Unified Inbox

Something else that people have been aching for since the launch of the iPhone, Apple has officially announced the support for a unified inbox, thanks to iPhone OS 4.0. You can also include more than one Exchange account with the introduction of iPhone OS 4.0, which will probably make quite a few people out there very happy. Secondly, if you want to focus on one inbox more than others, you can do that. Also, there's also "fast inbox switching," which does exactly as it sounds.

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