wwdc 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – June 15th

SlashGear Week in Review – June 15th

Unsurprisingly the iPhone 3G has overshadowed just about all other news this week, with Steve Jobs taking to the Keynote stage at WWDC 2008 on Monday and announcing Apple's updated cellphone.  Packing 3G, GPS, improved software and more into an only slightly thicker (and curvier) chassis, the iPhone 3G is destined to make waves when it launches on July 11th, especially given the lower price of $199 (for the 8GB model).  We live-blogged the Keynote and many of you were good enough to join us; check out our coverage here, and click over to iPhone Buzz for more up-to-the-minute iPhone news.

iPhone 3G hands-on review roundup

iPhone 3G hands-on review roundup

Several hands-on iPhone 3G reports from after the WWDC 2008 Keynote are out, and as you might expect they're all saying pretty much the same thing. Despite the few extra millimeters thickness over the old iPhone, Apple's newly slimmed edges disguise it well and the plastic - which is a concession to the numerous wireless radios packed inside - feels reasonable, though some question how scratch-resistant it will prove. Apple are claiming it'll disguise wear better than the original. The buttons have been switched to metal for aesthetic, not practical reasons, and are sharper-edged. A few people have suggested that the new, white 16GB handset is particularly feminine, though that's more personal choice than anything else.

Update: SlashGear iPhone 3G review on July 11, 2008

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WWDC 2008 Keynote Transcript

WWDC 2008 Keynote Transcript

The WWDC 2008 keynote is over and If you missed our live cast you can read it on this post.

07:17 am Vincent Nguyen: Onsite at Moscone West! The line outside is packed with attendees. Press registration starts at 8am.

WWDC 2008 – 3G iPhone revealed!

WWDC 2008 – 3G iPhone revealed!

This will likely come as a shock to no one, but Steve Jobs just announced the next-generation of the iPhone. As expected, this upgraded model will be the 3G version that everyone has been anticipating. As you already know, our own Vincent is attending the show and feeding us all of the juicy details. Read on for features, specs and everything else you've been dying to know.

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WWDC 2008 – iPhone Application Store

WWDC 2008 – iPhone Application Store

The new Application Store is going to be available in 62 countries when it goes live. One of the best parts about this whole store is that developers are going to be keeping most of the money for the applications they develop. For paid downloads, there will be a 70/30 split in revanue, with no money charged for free downloads.

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WWDC 2008 – Apple talks background application support for the iPhone

WWDC 2008 – Apple talks background application support for the iPhone

Now they've moved on to discussing one of the most-requested features from developers is a way to track whether or not someone is using an application. Apple notes that one of the solutions is to allow for backgroud processes. While that would seem appealing (Windows Mobile has been doing this), it is actually terrible for your battery life. Don't worry though, Apple does have a solution.

Apple has created a push notification service which will be distributed to all developers. Essentially the iPhone will keep a steady connection to the Apple servers. When you quit an application, updates are shuffled from the server to your iPhone.

We won't be seeing this functionality until September, however, developers should be getting their hands on this very soon.

WWDC 2008 – iPhone 2.0 firmware discussed

WWDC 2008 – iPhone 2.0 firmware discussed

If you're waiting to hear about the iPhone 2.0 software, this is the place to be. One of the first new features will be contact search with live searching. Hit the jump for a larger list of applications.

One of the biggest additions is iWork support, MS Office document support which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Next you'll finally be able to move and delete messages in bulk, which is something I know I've been looking forward to. You'll also be able to download images that are sent to you.

Other apps include a new calculator which will switch to scientific mode when the iPhone is rotated. You'll also see parental controls and excellent language support.

Look for the iPhone 2.0 firmware to hit in July sometime. iPhone users will be able to download this for free, however iPod Touch owners will need to pony up $9.99 for the update.

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