Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” Event has wrapped and left us wanting for more. NO iPhone 5 announcement yet but we will get - iOS5 on October 12th. Apple did manage to boast some pretty impressive numbers though:
- 93% of fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying the iPhone
- Three out of four tablets sold in the US are iPads
- Apple passed the 250 milion iOS device sales mark
- 1 Billion apps downloaded per month
Here’s what we do get – The iPhone 4S – pronounced Force
- A5 chip (dual core)
- Retina display
- Glass back
- World phone with both GSM and CDMA.
- 8 MegaPix camera 3264 x 2448 w/ backside illumination.
- Hd video w/ 1080p
- Screen Mirroring (wired)
- Siri Intelligent Assistance (Voice Recognition)
- Comes in 64 GB
- Pre-orders on the October 7th, and then launching on the 14th.
- Available on Sprint
- Siri Intelligent Assistant (voice recognition)
Apple also announced the cards app, iCloud which is coming October 12th, A new iPod Nano and an updated iPod Touch.
New iPod nano, 8GB ($129), and 16GB ($149). 7 colors.
New iPod Touch:
- Retina display
- HD video
- Comes in white
Very disappointing for most of us devs. Guess will have to wait until 2012 for the illusive iPhone 5.
The other day I received my first “new” email notification from the App Store Review team . . .
Yay!, Apple must be reviewing my app I thought. But then the email body contained the unfortunate “Your application review process will require additional time.” #fail.
I’m really not sure how these changed state emails are going to provide developers with any helpful information. Previously our app status would have shown In Review and we would have had to wait until it was either accepted or rejected. Now we can see if the our apps are waiting for review or actually are in review sure, but how does that help me? Knowing that my application state has changed isn’t a huge relief to me either. What knowledge have I gained? I still have to wait until it is either accepted or rejected and now I have an additional step to add to my anxiety.
As you can see from the these screen shots the Status History doesn’t provide much helpful information either. It would at least be interesting if we could see which App Reviewer was looking at our app. Instead it just says Apple. No kidding, really? Can you imagine seeing inspected by number 7.
I guess it’s a good sign that Apple is trying to provide more information to developers regarding their cryptic review process but we are far from a perfect system.
OK boys and girls I will spare you the fanfare, hype and waiting. Were going to get right down to the meat and potatoes of today’s Apple Press Event (It’s Only Rock & Roll.) Thanks to theappleblog.com & gdgt.com for their live coverage of the event. Without them I would not have had this info or these pictures to bring to you.
Steve Job’s is back and did a large part of the presentation. He has the liver from a 20 something male who died in an unfortunate car accident and donated his organs.
iPhone & App Announcements:
30 million iPhone sold.
App store a year old. 75,000 apps.
1.8 billion apps downloaded.
iTunes 9. (Available for download NOW)
Manage apps on the iPhone via iTunes!
“Home Sharing.” Copy songs, movies, TV shows among up to 5 authorized computers.
iTunes LP – Albums w/ photos, lyrics and more!
Share on Facebook or Twitter with iTunes.
iPod & iPod Touch Announcements:
iPod has 220 million sold. 73.8% market share.
20 million iPod touches sold.
Number of games: PSP: 607. DS: 3680. iPhone: 21,178
8GB iPod touch new pricing: $199
32GB touch is $299 and 64GB touch is $399. 50% faster.
iPod Classic now $249 + 160GB (up from 120)
iPod Nano Announcements:
Black, silver, pink, green, and blue. $59 for 2GB, $79 for 4GB.
Special edition stainless steel for $99.
new iPod nano: video camera, larger 2.2-inch display, polished anodized aluminum, mic and speaker, VoiceOver, FM Rradio, pedometer.
8GB: $149. 16GB: $179.
Syncs back to your mac and has one click sending to YouTube.
Bda, Bda, Bda, That’s all folks!
Sorry to disappoint all the rumor mongers out there but Apple’s “It’s Only Rock and Roll” Press event just ended and for now the next generation of iPod Touch will NOT have a camera. They did however add some cool new stuff. Stay tuned for my next post which will list all the new goodies & features.
For a few of you who may be living under a rock or for those of you who are still under the delusion that you need Microsoft Windows in order to function, the WWDC is Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference. If you fall into either of those categories please do yourself a favor and watch the keynote. For the rest of you, enjoy!”
Speaking of Microsoft . . . “Hey MS guess what?, Apple is going to sell the next major version of there operating system (Snow Leopard) for only $29 or $49 for family pack (up to 5 computers)!
I bet you couldn’t even get people to buy Vista for that price