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For those on an iPhone or an iPad, the “iPod” app has been replaced with “Music”, just like on the iPod Touch. With the app comes a few new tweaks and changes.Most notable is this: if you tap and hold on a song, you’ll get some more information about it.
Right now, this functionality doesn’t do much besides show information that’s already shown, like title, album and artist. But imagine if Apple fleshes out this functionality with other information over time, like genre or bit rate. What info would you like to see there?
New to iOS will be the ability to use the volume up button on an iDevice to take a picture. Because of this, you’re also able to use the volume up button on your headphones to do the same thing.
Obviously, you’ll need a headset or pair of ear buds that support Apple’s volume-up/volume-down functionality (like Apple’s official ear buds) to get this to work.
Once it’s set up, though, this is just great additional functionality for those of us who take pictures with our iPhones using a tripod, or those of us who want to take really steady shots. Just plug in your headphones, line up your iPhone on a table, and use your headset to trigger the shutter, with no resulting wobble!
While WWDC is currently going on, a leaked Pastebin document is floating around the web. What’s in it? A lot of goodies. iOS 5 betas, iTunes 10.5 betas, and a whole lot more. A paid developer account is needed, but they’ll all be sure to be posted on public file sharing sites by the end of the day. While I’m currently logged in to my paid developer account, I still don’t have access to them, so they’ll most likely be live after the keynote.
Check out everything that Apple will be putting out after the break.
With notifications rumored to be a big part of iOS 5, Peter Hajas, the developer behind MobileNotifier for jailbroken iDevices, has reportedly been hired by Apple.
If you’ve ever wanted to download torrents on your iOS device, then iTransmission is the way to go. While Apple (currently) wouldn’t let something like this into the App Store, you can download it for free from the InsanelyI Cydia repo (repo.insanelyi.com). iTransmission is currently in alpha, so there may be some bugs. It’s very easy to use, works very well, and works for both the iPhone/iPod Touch and the iPad. For you developers out there, iTransmission is open-source.
As you can see from the image above, I’m just 338.3MB shy from using 20GB of cellular data for this past billing period. Fortunately for me, I have an unlimited data plan, so I use the crap out of my phone for things like watching YouTube videos and downloading files overnight. So, how much data do you use? Please take part in the poll below, and feel free to leave your comments.
Are you annoyed by the lack of a timer feature for the Camera in iOS? How about for the lack of a rapid shooting feature? Fortunately for jailbroken iDevices, PictureMe lets you do just that. It’s available for $1.99 in Cydia (a price of $0.99 would’ve been better), and integrates right into the stock Camera application.
FaceTime was one of the many new features to the iPhone 4 (as well as the iPod Touch 4G and iPad 2). It has also made its way to Mac OS X via a stand-alone application. It’s been almost a year since this feature was unveiled. How often do people use it? What was their most memorable moment?
Update: The app is now in the
Here’s a simple app that’s unlike anything we’ve seen so far. CountCon, soon to be available in the iTunes App Store for $0.99, will allow you to set a countdown (seconds, minutes, hours, days). The countdown will then appear on your home screen as a badge that automatically updates when needed. It’s currently being reviewed. And finally, it’s a universal application. Check out the demo video after the break!
- App Store http://bit.ly/countcon