iPad applications will cost more than iPhone apps?

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iPad apps more expensive?

BBC News website has a report today discussing how  iPad applications will cost a bit more than iPhone applications. This is not entirely unexpected as the iPad is a bigger device with greater functionality and apps will require much more time to develop. Steve Jobs said about the  iPad, it “connects users with their apps and content in a far more intimate and fun way than ever before”, and perhaps this also equates a higher price tag?

End users will expect more from applications for the iPad. Apple has stated that all current iPhone apps will work on the iPad, but there will of course be dedicated iPad apps. The expectation of these will be much higher, so more design and coding would be required.

The co-creator of Pocket God, Dave Castelnuovo of Bolt Creative told BBC his application for the iPad will cost around 2.99USD on the iPad, it currently costs 99 cents USD on the iPhone.

“The simple fact is that even if the iPad is a tremendous success, it is not going to have the same install user market from day one that the iPhone and iPod Touch had.”

The issue of developers not physically having an iPad device currently also means that some developers will hold off for a little while to test their applications, so they wont have apps at launch.

[VIA BBC NEWS]

Apple may charge for future iPad OS updates

Apple has released the shipping version of it’s OS for the iPad. The licencing information notes that, updates to the current and next version of the OS will be free, but they may charge for newer OS versions. iPhone users are currently not charged for OS major upgrades, but iPod Touch users are. It seems that iPad owners may have the same faith as iPod Touch users.
In the piece quoted below it would seem to indicate that for example if iPad shipped with version 3.x that apple will provide free updates up to and including version 4.x, however version 5.x may have a charge and also charge for versions beyond version 5.

Apple will provide you any iPad OS software updates that it may release from time to time, up to and including the next major iPad OS software release following the version of iPad OS software that originally shipped from Apple on your iPad, for free. For example, if your iPad originally shipped with iPad 3.x software, Apple would provide you with any iPad OS software updates it might release up to and including the iPad 4.x software release. Such updates and releases may not necessarily include all of the new software features that Apple releases for newer iPad models.

[Via Macrumors]

10 Useful iPhone tips you may not have known!

The iPhone has a number of lesser known shortcuts and features, you may not have known about, here are ten of my favourites, feel free to comment below and suggest ones that you found!

  • In most applications you can tap the top menu bar on the iPhone to scroll to the top of the document. For example in safari tapping the top menu (where the time and battery status are located) will scroll you back to the very top of the webpage. This is also supported by many third party applications such as Echofon for Twitter.
  • Holding down the home button will open voice command, where you can use voice dialing or play music by calling out artists name.
  • Pressing  and releasing the home button and power button together at the same time will take a screenshot of the screen and save it the photos application.
  • Double tapping the home button while the iPhone is on standby will bring up iPod controls, to allow you to control music playback without unlocking the iPhone, the function of the double press of the home button can be also changed in the settings screen.
  • Need a fada? On the keyboard holding down a key will display various versions of they key, handy if you are texting or e-mailing in Irish or such.
  • You can save an image in safari by pressing and holding a picture, you will then be prompted to save the image to photos.
  • While browsing through application pages on your device, pressing the home key once will take you the the  first page of applications, while pressing it on the first page of applications will take you the the search feature.
  • When taking a photo on an iPhone 3Gs tapping a location on the screen will set focus on that area.
  • You can soft reset your iPhone by holding down both home button and power buttons together.
  • You can move, or remove applications, by pressing them for a few seconds and releasing, you can then drag them around or remove them if they are not native applications.

Please suggest you own tips and tricks in the comments below.

Time for a change!

Time For Change

Change is good, change can be good. Holding that in mind I would like to welcome you to the new IrishMobilePhone.com. We have decided to refocus our website on the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch. We now are a blog and a forum.

If you are looking for the old forum, it is still here. And remember your old account login will work on this website! We appreciate feedback.

Apple tablet?

Tomorrow is a big day for all things Apple. As Apple is about to reveal it’s new creation. Everyone suspects a tablet PC of some sort, what it will look like exactly? We will find out tomorrow. But in the mean time here is the latest reported image of the device which was posted by Dusin Curtis.

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iPad?

It does look somewhat like it was computer generated with one reader commenting:

“Fake. Look at the very soft shadow of the tablet on the macbook pro in the 2nd image… very soft – extremely soft for how close it is to the computer it’s on top of. Where are they at – in a light box? and, the first image shows dramatically more solidified shadow.”

iPhone 3Gs initial review

O2 Ireland recently launched the new iPhone 3Gs (and no… I did not get one), I have to say some of the changes to the hardware and software – version 3.0 – are an exciting step forward for the device.

However I really was expecting something special this year in terms of device design. But Apple like to take it slow.

It is no secret that the success of the iPhone is down to excellent touch screen which is unique to the iPhone. However, features which have been on mobile devices for years now are only now happening on the iPhone, and yet it is selling very well indeed. There have been many missing features users expect from their mobile device. Take for example MMS which is has only recently been officially supported on the iPhone.

Recent updates has meant the iPhone is getting closer to having a backpack full of features to keep every geek and business person connected to their virtual lives.

What is new, under the hood? There is of course the much needed better ram , graphics and more, let us boil all that hu-ha down and say the ‘s’ in iPhone3Gs means SPEED, the iPhone 3Gs is a much faster creature. In terms of extra features, below is what has peaked my interest, if I miss anything that has you excited please add your comment, and I will try and keep the list of features updated.

Push Notifications

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Push Notifications

Push notifications are used by applications to alert you of new information, even when the application isn’t running.

What was requested for a long time on the iPhone was the ability to run applications in the background on the iPhone. For those of us with no idea what this means, allow me to explain, when you close a 3rd party application on the iPhone, it is closed completely, so say for example some sends you an IM message, you will not know about it until you reopen the application again.And while you still cannot run background applications because it would slow down the device (apparently). Apple have invented push notifications for the iPhone which is the next best thing (again apparently).

What this really means is that, for example even if you exit an application you can still receive notifications when you get an update or a message for that application. You can then relaunch that application and view the message. As per the image, the notification can be a small message or a number badge showing the number of updates for the application; it may also be an alert sound to draw you attention to an update.

Camera

iPhone 3Gs Camera
iPhone 3Gs Camera

The new 3-megapixel camera takes great still photos, too, thanks to built-in autofocus and a handy new feature that lets you tap the display to focus on anything (or anyone) you want.

Everyone is excited about this 3-mega-pixel…

If you want to take a great photo then use a camera, but you won’t always have your camera with you when a great shot comes your way, and chances are you will have your iPhone 3Gs clutched in your right hand.

Until now using the iPhone to capture any moment was pretty pointless due to the awful picture it would take. So Apple in there infinite wisdom have tweaked the iPhone to make it an almost useful camera substitute.

Basically the camera on the 3Gs is a 3-mega pixel auto-focus camera. Meaning you can now focus on subjects simply by tapping them on the screen. More interesting than all this is you can now use the camera to take and edit video footage. You can then forward this directly to youtube… not bad really! This will do doubt increase the popularity of this device no end!

Copy & erm.. Paste?

Cut, copy, and paste words and photos, even between applications. Copy and paste images and content from the web, too.

It is interesting that it has taken this long for a simple function like copy and paste to make it to the iPhone, but apparently it required allot of time…
For me that is the most interesting elements that comes with the new iPhone 3Gs device, but if you would like to discuss the iPhone 3Gs head to this website for a discussion.

For accuracy purposes here are the specs of the device.
iphone 3Gs Specs

  • Improved performance
  • 3-megapixel autofocus camera
  • Video recording
  • Voice Control
  • Digital compass
  • Cut, Copy & Paste
  • MMS
  • Spotlight Search
  • Landscape keyboard
  • Voice Memos
  • Written for johnmryan.com, used with permission