One of the smaller announcements from todays event is FaceTime now has it’s own app for Mac and although it’s in beta it works just like you’d expect. It imports your contacts and then allows you to call either their phone number or email address of the other device and will attempt to call them. I’ve tried calling my MacBook from my iPhone 4 and vice versa and it both cases it worked flawlessly. The best thing is there is nothing to set up it’s just ready to go straight away. Hopefully we will see this technology being deployed in Windows and Linux soon but for now if your on a Mac and know someone with a FaceTime capable device then install it now and give them a surprise call.
Earlier today this screenshot was captured of the Apple UK website, stating that iOS 4.1 will arrive on the 8th September, it has now reverted back to the Coming Soon message that we find on the US website. This likely means that it’s also the day when the new iPods are released seeing as the touch uses iOS 4.1.
One of the biggest announcments of the Apple event today was the iPod Touch 4G which brings similar features found on the iPhone 4. You now get the Retina Display, HD Video and FaceTime. This is great for those who don’t know many people who have iPhone 4’s as the iPod Touch market is a lot bigger so a lot more people to connect with.
Not only has it got the Retina Display, HD Video Recording and FaceTime but it has an Apple A4 CPU, 3-axis gyroscope and Game Center. It comes in a variety of sizes from 8GB to 64GB. Pre-orders start today and it will ship next week.
8GB £189 $229
32GB £249 $299
64GB £329 $399
Less than a week before an Apple event is set to take place, cases for devices which have been rumored to be featured at the event appear online. The picture comes courtesy of Chinese case retailer X-Doria. The image seems to show what appears to be a 4th generation iPod Touch, which is rumored to have the front facing camera built-in for FaceTime.
The second case is said to be for the iPod Nano 6th generation, but it could easily be a case for a new iPod shuffle. It also appears to match a 1.7 inch Apple touchscreen that turned up in Taiwan.
The September event usually revolves around music and the iPod family so we know there’s updates coming just not sure on which devices.
The folks over at 9to5mac have found that FaceTime uses just under 3MB of data per minute. To be able to use FaceTime over 3G you need to jailbreak your iPhone 4 and then download the My3G app from Cydia. Then you can ‘trick’ the iOS into thinking it’s on WiFi when it’s actually using the 3G cellular network. Obviously this has it’s upsides such as using FaceTime where ever you like or watching high quality YouTube videos on the go. Bear in mind if your using FaceTime on 3G then take into your bandwidth cap into consideration. On O2 in the UK currently most iPhone 4 users have a 500MB+ cap. So if your on the 500MB plan then you can use FaceTime on 3G for a total of around 2 1/2 hours a month, that’s just on FaceTime. So make sure if you are using FaceTime on 3G that you don’t use it too much.