The New iPhone iOS 4 is out on Monday 21st June and if you want to be able to take advantage of the new software update you will be best placed if you download the new iTunes software – iTunes 9.2 which has just been released.
iTunes 9.2 is the first piece of the software mix but only has some changes to the actual software but the main change is iPhone iOS 4 compatibility. There are going to be major software updates for the iTunes version 10 which might be available between September – November of this year!
The change log for Apple iTunes 9.2 is as follows;
• iPhone iOS 4 Compatibility : Sync with iPhone 4 to enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, books and more on-the-go
• iBooks Compatibility : Sync & read books with your iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4 and iBooks 1.1
• PDF Update : Sync PDF documents and read PDFs as books with iBooks 1.1 on the iPad and any iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4
• iOS 4 Folders : Organize your apps on your iOS 4 home screens into folders using iTunes
• Speed Update : Faster synching and back-ups for iPhones or iPod touchs running iOS 4
• Album Art Update : Album artwork improvements make artwork appear more quickly when exploring your library
The new version of iTunes from Apple is now available for download from the Apple website.
The much-hyped release of the new iPhone 4G should be with us in Ireland by mid June – and although rumours of early July still persist … we will have to wait and see what happens!
iPhone 4G NEWS UPDATE – Apparently the date is now July for Ireland and the UK with the prices being roughly the same as current 16 – 32Gb versions.
The new 4G iPhone will sell in the US first and the date of June 7th was being mentioned as the possible release date. I don’t think that will happen though.
On the back of the iPad release, the new iPhone 4G should have a huge amount of interest in Ireland & UK. Keep an eye on Vodafone, O2, 3 Mobile and Orange who will be pushing to be the first in Ireland & Uk to sell the new iPhone 4G.
The feature list on the new iPhone is becoming clearer, apparently coming with ;
a 5 MegaPixel camera
possibly including multitasking of iPhone apps
sleeker body design
clearer picture with a high definition capability
a 3.5 inch TFT touch-sensitive screen
available in 64GB & 80GB storage
built in half gig of RAM.
For those with the 3Gs iPhone there should be an OS upgrade also, which should give you some of the features of the new iPhone.
Note : the new 4G iPhone is actually a reference to 4th Generation and does not reflect a transition from a 3G network to a 4G network.
If you are a Knight Rider fan or remember the 1980s TV show then you will surely remember KITT – the talking car.
If you ever wanted to have the Speaking Equaliser which was associated to Kitts voice then you can look no further – the iPhone or iTouch brings you Phone Rider.
The Phone Rider iPhone App picks up your voice using the inbuilt microphone (or plugged in mic if you are using the iTouch) and displays any ambient noise, e.g. speech or music , in the animated Kitt output.
Shown above is the original design which is output by the Phone Rider app, but as everyone knows this was not always the way the Kitt voice was represented (see below for the alternate designs available from the control panel). You can choose from Plain Red, Red Diamond and inverted yellow.
I like this – but it can be a bit overly sensitive (which can be adjusted) – but a nice thowback to the 80s;
Phone Rider – Available on iTunes priced €0.79 – Click Here
This is just an update regarding the iKitt iPhone App’s operation as a speedometer using GPS as you are travelling.
Turn the iPhone on its side and you get the classic Knight Rider / Kitt speedometer. As the iPhone gathers the GPS coordinates and positioning it calculates the actual speed you are doing (please do not do this when driving!! I don’t want people telling me they crashed when trying this out!).
A screenshot of the app in operation is shown below.
The speed of the iKitt speedometer is not realtime, sometimes it will update once a second sometimes longer. However it is quite accurate. The actual speed when testing above was approx 90kph.
I was very tempted to try this in a 737 when taking off from Gatwick recently but felt the “Please turn off all mobile devices” was enough to get me to turn it off.
Its a very good app and well worth the €0.79c price tag on the iTunes App Store, even if it is just for the retro sentimentality.
The next generation iPhone 4G Prototype has apparently been “found” on the floor, in the bathroom of a bar in California, USA.
Gizmodo.com have announced that the phone in indeed believed to be iPhone 4G Prototype, the fourth generation iPhone. Watch the video below which is from the Gizmodo website outlining the iPhone 4G Prototype find which has blown the lid on the new new iPhone …
Although disguised as the iPhone 3GS by peeling off the fake casing it revealed the new-look iPhone 4G model. The new phone apparently has a host of different features, according to the Gizmodo.com website, including a front-facing camera for video chatting, has a physically larger battery, uses a Micro-sim, a larger lens on the rear camera (which should improve picture quality) and a camera flash. One notable difference is that the back is perfectly flat as opposed to the curved back on the current iPhone.
Gizmodo.com say there was almost no possibility the phone is a fake. Apple have also rumoured to have said that the phone was not lost but stolen – they want the prototype back.
The new iPhone 4G is Due for release in June. Vodafone and O2 in Ireland both have the iPhone 3GS on sale , starting at €199 for bill pay. Might the price of the 3GS drop after the release of the new iPhone 4G? Is it worth buying an iPhone 3G or 3GS now? Would you wait and see? is the iPhone found in the USA a fake? … We just have to wait and see !
The iPhone 4G is rumoured to be released in June 2010. The New iPhone will come after the release of the iPhone 3GS which had 2x speed, a video auto-focus camera and voice recognition, as well as on the success of Apple’s launch of the recent iPad. The new iPhone 4G is also rumoured to be called the iPhone HD and may have HD capabilities. It is also rumoured to have a forward facing camera, ideal for Skype video calls, and maybe a bit longer / thinner than the 3GS iPhone. This is an interesting concept of the New iPhone 4G
Other iPhone Rumours include
The new iPhone 4G will have an RFID antenna so you can scan products and use the phone as something such as an Oyster card.
The iPhone will have an OLED screen for a brighter, higher resolution screen which goes along with an HD iPhone for the 4G
The iPhone will have more storage – which makes sense possibly 64Gb or 128Gb
The iPhone HD will have a 16:9 screen – ideal for video
The iPhone 4G will have an LED camera/video flash and will be >5 megapixels
The iPhone release date for the 4G iPhone is in June
Nobody knows if these iPhone 4G rumours are correct but time will tell.