Apple has made the iPhone OS 3.1.3 update (7E18) available and as usual users can update their iPhones and iPod Touch devices via iTunes. The list of bug fixes and security improvements includes this item: Improves accuracy of reported battery level on iPhone 3GS.
Could this mean that users plagued with widely reported battery problems have finally received a fix from Apple? Ever since the 3.1 update, some users have complained of drastically shortened battery life on iPhone 3GS models. Maybe the meter is the problem- we will keep you posted.
Apple has limited the number of home screens on the iPhone to 11. Even though that adds up to a total of 180 applications including the dock, some users want more space. This is possible on firmware version 3.1.2 thanks to a trick that doesn't require jailbreaking.
Follow these steps to get more than 11 home pages on your iPhone:
The newly launched site The iPad Guide recently posted the previously hard to find iPad Wallpaper, sized for the iPhone. According to The iPad Guide, the the iPad Wallpaper for the iPhone was downloaded over 5,000 times in the first day it was posted.
Earlier today, The iPad Guide posted the equally sought after and hard to find
One of the highlights of Apple's iPad announcement was the heart of the device, the custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) now known as the Apple A4. This mysterious chip spawned from Apple's longtime partnership and 2008 acquisition of PA Semi.
The A4 is a power-sipping, high speed 1GHz processor with an integrated graphics processing unit (GPU) that runs Apple's multi-touch iPhone OS like nothing else. According to Steve Jobs, the iPad will play video for 10 hours before its battery is exhausted.
Apple told Google that its Voice app was not welcome in the App Store, to the chagrin of many users of the service. Google did not give up, it went ahead and developed a web app that works on any handset supporting HTML 5.
Now iPhone users can get Google Voice using the web app. Simply browse over to m.google.com/voice in Mobile Safari to access the service on your iPhone.
The predictions that Apple would announce a multiple-carrier model for the US did not come true on Wednesday at the iPad special media event. In fact, Apple made a deal with the carrier to provide data services to iPads, and didn't mention any changes in the exclusive iPhone deal with AT&T.
For its part, AT&T has announced major improvements to the range, speed and strength of its 3G wireless network. The company currently provides service to twice as many smartphone customers as its nearest competitor.
Developers have already started digging into the iPhone OS 3.2 code now that Apple has released the latest SDK in connection with the iPad. There are several hints that increased functionality is on the way in future iterations of the iPhone.
Some of the highlights in the code include ways to accept and decline a video conference, switch a video feed from camera to camera (front and back?), and run a video call in full screen mode or in a window. Could it be that a front-facing camera is on its way to the 4G iPhone for video calling?
We've been covering the iPad for some time now, since the tablet is so closely related to the iPhone. Now that the product is a reality, a brand new resource for everything iPad has just launched. The iPad Guide went live shortly after Steve Jobs announced Apple's highly-anticipated tablet computer this Wednesday.
One highlight of The iPad Guide is a section devoted to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the tablet, its capabilities, and its accessories. With the initial ship date almost two months away, plenty of details about the iPad are sure to be revealed every day.
AT&T and Apple must have finally decided to allow VoIP calls over the 3G network. The big news was revealed in the new iPhone SDK released by Apple yesterday. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) makes it possible to use services like Skype to make voice calls using the Internet, avoiding the use of cellular calling plan minutes.
AT&T has restricted VoIP applications on the iPhone to Wi-Fi only in the recent past. Now developers are free to make applications that use the 3G cellular data network to make the same calls. Reports have speculated that FCC pressure over net neutrality issues may have prompted the change in policy.
As is the case with every new Apple wallpaper that comes along, Apple fans are quickly scrambling to get their hands on the image as soon as it appears in the wild. The situation has been much the same with the new iPad wallpaper that was shown off at yesterday's iPad keynote.
The iPad Guide has posted an iPhone-sized copy (320 x 480) of the iPad wallpaper that can be downloaded to your computer or directly saved to your iPhone camera roll from Safari.