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iPhone 4G Wishlist

January 13, 2010

So with all the rumours over the past few months I’ve been thinking what I’d love to see from the next iteration of the iPhone. Although some of the points maybe wrong if you believe the rumours, we have been wrong many times before but this is just what would make the iPhone 4G the next killer device.

  • Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 CPU

The iPhone runs pretty well on its current CPU, but having a dual core more powerful CPU would help make the phone snappier and along with the PowerVR SGX545 GPU we could be looking at desktop quality games and HD content.

  • PowerVR SGX545 GPU (HD Graphics)

With HD capability we could play games at a whole new level, surpassing any current portable gaming device on the market. Along with HD playback and hopefully HD video recording.

  • 5/8 Megapixel with Flash

The rumours say that Apple is going to include a 5 Megapixel camera in the next iPhone and possibly Flash but a lot of phones these days are pushing up to 8MP and with bigger capacities why not?

  • 720p video recording

This would help bring more products in to one, the iPhone 3GS does a good job of video recording at VGA but 720p would make that video look even better.

  • 802.11n WiFi

There has been a recent job posting looking for someone who would be able to work with 802.11n WiFi so it would be nice for the people who use it.

  • Bigger memory capacity (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB)

For some people they must have all their video and music collection with them and so we need to increase the size of memory as usual, obviously Apple controls the prices on flash memory so I’m sure they can offer it.

  • 512MB RAM

We’ve been slowly progressing, the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G both had 128MB or RAM which isn’t good when you have to reboot your device to play games, the 3GS made up for it with 256MB but why not add in a little overhead for those jailbreakers who multi-task?

  • Front Facing Camera

This is a feature that was rumoured for the 3GS but never happened, the technology has been around for years. I had a Sony Ericsson phone about 5 years ago that could video call, it was one of the first 3G devices in Europe but still the technology is there and it would make taking self-shots easier.

  • OLED Display

This would make a nice feature, not only because it looks better but because it saves on battery life which is something the iPhone really needs ever since 3.0.

  • Better Battery

As most iPhone users will tell you, unless you have a battery pack with you, your phone will not last the day. The jailbreak are trying at the current time to certain daemons from running and this apparently does increase battery life, but Apple should really sort this issue out.

  • Fully Bluetooth Support

So many people ask me you have bluetooth right? And I reply the truth, Yes. But of course then I have to tell them how it’s crippled and how I can’t even send them a picture over Bluetooth.
These are just my personal hopes for the next iPhone, obviously I know not all of them will come but hopefully Apple fits some in there. And one last thing, headphones that last longer than 4 months, I’ve been through 3 pairs in under a year.

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Hacker Enables Tethering in iPhone OS 3.0

March 19, 2009

Steve Troughton-Smith of Ireland, whilst he “was hacking around with APNs in the Carrier.bundle itcc file” managed to work out how to tether his iPhone 3G over USB.

Tethering Homescreen
Thethering Prefs


Apple did confirm that Tethering was in OS 3.0 but that it was dependent on carriers choice to weather or not it would be enabled.

For people who are unaware of what tethering is, it’s using the iPhone’s EDGE or 3G connection and using it on a computer which the phone is either attached over USB or Bluetooth, sharing the connection so that if you have no WiFi and you don’t have a 3G card you could just plug in your iPhone and browse away.


Features We Wanted, But Didn’t Get in 3.0

March 17, 2009

iphone_os_3With the new Apple iPhone 3.0 OS we have many new features that the userbase have been wanting for months, but still there are some things that were left out that we wanted.

  • Video Recording – It can be done, as possible on Jailbroken devices to a good standard, achieveing higer quality than most mobile phones on the market.
  • Full Bluetooth Support – Yes, we may now have AD2P but what about transferring photos, songs etc. to other devices other iPhones or devices. Obviously I can see the problem with music due to DRM and copyright issues.
  • Demo Apps – Yes many App’s come with a lite version but people want to try the full thing, maybe for a 24 hour period or maybe 5 uses of the App but just be able to test App’s would allow people to make there mind up and be more satisfied. And would also cut down the piracy of iPhone App’s.
  • Flash – Rumours have been around for along time that it would finally come to iPhone, even people at Adobe said there working on it, just please make it soon.
  • Background App’s – We now have push which helps and although I can see the power problems with background app’s it is possible. It’s true it can make the iPhone unstable due to memory issues and so I understand why at the moment it’s not been implmemted; maybe with better hardware or more battery power then it would be a good option.

Many of the things we wanted in 3.0 have been implemeted, we know that the things that have been left out are possible as they are possible if you jailbrake the phone but I understand the technical issues that Apple has with things such as Background App’s and Full Bluetooth Support but Video Recording and Demo App’s shouldn’t be that hard to implment, Maybe OS 3.1?


iPhone OS 3.0 Update Info

March 17, 2009

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Apple have just had there iPhone OS 3.0 Preview event down in Cupertino.
It seems like finally they have listened to a lot of the public’s outcry, it may of took them a while but at least they got there.

The beta of this update is avaiable to developers now and will be out in this Summer to the rest of us. It will be free to all iPhone 3G users and $9.95 for iPod Touch users. It will work on the first gen iPhone but due to hardware limitations MMS and AD2P will not work on the first gen device.

App & Developer Functionality

  • Peer-to-peer connectivity over Bluetooth for gaming and other info-swapping.
  • Paid apps will have the potential to be subscription fee-based, and can include optional paid content that can be bought from right inside the app.
  • Developers can now build apps that call out to Google Maps, and can also finally bring turn-by-turn to the phone.
  • Devs can also connect with hardware accessories over in their apps now.
  • Long-promised push functionality will at last be included, but apps won’t run in the background.
  • Developers can add streaming video and audio to their apps, along with in-game voice use.


General functionality

  • Cut, copy and paste. At last! You can shake the phone to undo and redo the action, and it works with both text and photos, allowing Mail to send multiple photos at a time.
  • MMS, along with forward and delete for multiple messages.
  • A2DP stereo Bluetooth.
  • Unlocked Bluetooth functionality on 2G iPod touch.
  • Spotlight has been added to a new home screen page to the left of existing pages, allowing for universal search on the phone.
  • Tethering is built into 3.0
  • App Store will be available in 77 countries.

Apple Apps

  • A new app called Voice Memos which lets you record notes and reminders.
  • A revised Stocks app, with news stories and a landscape view.
  • Landscape keyboard available in all major apps.
  • CalDAV support has been added to Calendar, along with subscriptions support in the .ics format.
  • Apple’s major apps have all been expanded with search functionality.
  • Note Sync to sync your notes.
  • YouTube account support.
  • Form auto-fill.
  • Phishing protection.