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Apple Doubles Touch, iPhone Capacities

Posted by Eric March on February 5, 2008

Thirty-Two, Bay-bee!Rather than waiting until September’s keynote and the usual iPod refresh period, Apple has decided to go ahead and release an upgraded iPhone and iPod Touch with double the capacity — and an associated price hike, according to an announcement made today by Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of worldwide iPod and iPhone product marketing. Available immediately, the iPhone is now available in 8GB and 16GB capacities for $399 and $499 respectively, while the iPod Touch is now available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB flavours for $299, $399 and $499 respectively.

The timing is is a bit unusual for Cupertino’s beloved fruit, winter being traditionally reserved for MacWorld and associated Mac and related peripheral line refreshes and introductions. Nevertheless, for those (like me) who griped and whined last September when Steve announced the puny capacities of these otherwise wonderful devices, larger capacity devices are now available far sooner than anticipated. This in itself is good news, but us early high-end adopters might also feel a little bit cheated, first by that whole $20 January Software Upgrade fiasco, and now by suddenly being faced with the idea of trading our 16 gig devices in for the huge storage boost.

Decisions, decisions.

(Source: CNet Crave)

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Apparently The iPhone SDK Key Has Been Leaked Is Still a Secret

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 29, 2008


Here is a quote from TUAW:

Last night, an anonymous tipster pointed us to this Austin Heap webpage that purportedly reveals the iPhone’s secret Application SDK key. Another tipster, also anonymous, then tipped me to iPhone “Elite” developer Zibri’s blog, that shows the same key. So what does this mean? Since all iPhone applications must be properly signed for iTunes to process them and for the iPhone to load them, this key suggests that hackers are closer to creating compliant IPA application bundles for home-brew iTunes distribution. With the proper key, developers can create and distribute applications that load through iTunes without Apple’s blessing.

Congrats, to whoever found this, but unfortunately, Apple will most likely change the key before the SDK release next month.

UPDATE (01/30/08 by Eric): As it turns out, Erica Sadun was mistaken. Zibree denies ever saying that this key had anything to do with the SDK.

I wonder how rumors run quickly and I am very disappointed

by Erica Sadun of TUAW for telling people this was

a key related to SDK or the “Application Key”.

Well.. i never said it. And, frankly, it’s NOT 🙂

I posted this only because I hate disinformation.




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[NEWS] THOUSANDS of iPod Touch owners upset about having to pay $20 for new apps

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 17, 2008

So, as most of you iPod Touch owners probably already know, Apple has released a new firmware update(1.1.3) a couple days back. Along side the new update, they’ve also released the 5 apps that have been available on the iPhone since, well, forever!
Good news, right?…Well, it wasn’t so good when Apple announced that current iPod Touch users would have to PAY $20 to get these 5 new applications.In fact, there has already been an online petition made about this situation, which has received just under 5000 (exact figure: 4988) as of right now. That means that there are 5000+ iPod Touch users (that KNOW about this online petition), whom are excruciatingly upset about Apple’s decision to make us pay for something that has already been released for free on previous hardware (the iPhone).
Not only that, but newly released iPod Touch’s are coming with these 5 apps for FREE!

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[NEWS] MacWorld ’08 Keynote iPhone/iPod Touch official information!

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 15, 2008

Steve Jobs iPod TouchThe following information was possible thanks to and

– Today marks the 200 day anniversary since the iPhone has been shipping. Jobs is pleased to announce that they’ve sold over 4 million iPhones to this day. That is approximately 20,000 iPhones every single day.

– First quarter shipping, iPhone has got 19.5% of U.S. SmartPhone market (2nd behind RIM).

– iPhone users will be presented with some new features later on today. These features include Maps with location, Webclips, Customize home screen, the ability to SMS multiple people at once, and Lyrics. (all which are already possible with a jailbroken 1.1.2 iPhone/iPod Touch.

– Webclips (website bookmarks on your home screen) will remember where you zoomed/panned to. You can create up to 9 of these.

– iPhone has added chapter options and language capability in iPod mode.

– The software update will be available today as a free update to all existing iPhone users, unlike the one you are about to hear about next for the iPod Touch…

– Apple Inc. is literally making all iPod Touch users PAY for the apps that are already available on the iPhone (Mail, Maps, Weather, Notes, and Stocks). Can you believe this? How much, you ask? $20.00. (The sad thing is, all of these, and so much more, are available for download through multiple sources with a jailbroken 1.1.2 firmware iPod Touch/iPhone). I won’t be buying this anytime soon.

– The iPod Touch/iPhone SDK will be released some time next month. This will present iPod Touch/iPhone users with many more applications/games/widgets.

    Sources: and…

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    [NEWS] Live feed of MacWorld 2008 Keynote

    Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 15, 2008

    Steve Jobs iPod Touch

    MacWorld 2008 Keynote is happening RIGHT NOW!

    Watch the live feed at

    Also, Engadget also has their own thing going on at (but you must refresh the page for new news to show up).

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    [NEWS] iPod Touch/iPhone SDK information leaked from Macworld 2008 Keynote!

    Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 14, 2008

    Here’s a bit of a leak from this years Macworld (2008) Keynote!

    Steve Jobs iPod Touch

    MacWorld January 2008 Keynote

    Rough Outline; draft 5

    Greetings! Welcome to Moscone Center

    Quick Overview: iPod/iTunes
    – iPod has been extremely profitable for us this holiday season
    – Sales figures, market share
    – Our new models are doing better than ever
    – 3 iPod games released last month accidentally (supposed to be for today)
    – Another new game today: Chess
    – iTunes doing extremely well (sales figures/market share)
    – Today: 30 indie labels releasing their entire catalogs in iTunes Plus
    – Many more to follow in the next few months

    – Best iPod ever
    – Sales figures, market share
    – Sales beyond our wildest dreams
    – Much more than the 1% market share we asked for in January
    – Starting today: 8GB $399, 16GB $499
    – Four times the memory as original iPhone for the same price
    – iPhone is coming to Japan in March with NTT DoCoMo
    – SDK is unveiled!

    iPhone/iPod Touch SDK
    – Apps and Widgets
    – Using Cocoa with Objective-C
    – Developers submit programs as source code, not executable
    – Specify iPhone or both iPhone/Touch (certain features iPhone only)
    – Set your own price: Apps $0-$6.99, Widgets $0-$2.99
    – Users buy/download in iTunes Wi-Fi Store / iTunes Store (Mac/PC)
    – Automatic updating wirelessly or docked

    – Demonstration of exporting from XCode 3 to iTunes Store
    – Submits source code to Apple for validation (make sure that people aren’t abusing the system, prevent malware and viruses)
    – If using microphone or GSM, iPhone only; otherwise, available for both iPhone and iPod Touch
    – Apps can be free or up to $6.99; Widgets free or up to $2.99
    – Developers recieve 70% of revenue for their products
    – Licensed under Apple Mobile Software License
    – Can download wirelessly from iTunes Wi-Fi Store or docked to computer from iTunes Store
    – Demonstration of wirelessly downloading (and running) the app submitted earlier
    – Apps and widgets can be rearranged on front screen; front screen scrolls to show all apps/widgets
    – Resubmit updated versions of apps; when added to store, iPhone/Touch will ask you to update it next time you use it (or next time you dock the iPhone/Touch)
    – Developers can get their hands on a beta version of the SDK tomorrow on ADC and start developing; final version due early February
    – iTunes 7.6 and iPhone/iPod Touch Software update 1.3 allowing for Apps mid-February

    Example apps/widgets
    – iChat (coming with 1.3 update) (AIM, Jabber/Google Talk)
    — Quick demonstration
    – RSS Feed Reader (coming with 1.3 update) (read feeds online or off)
    – One of our partners made something cool: (scrobble tracks played on iPhone/touch wirelessly without syncing w/ computer)
    – Dictionary (coming with 1.3 update) (quickly look up words, translate, use wikipedia)
    — Quick demonstration
    – Yellow/White Book (coming with 1.3 update) (search for contacts, add them to your address book directly from the app, will sync back with address book on your Mac/PC)
    – Sports Ticker (coming with 1.3 update) (choose your sports and teams, get updates on their progress)
    – Another partner: Twitter (update your Twitter on the fly, see your friends tweets)

    – Try these out on the show floor today

    One More Thing
    – Been brewing for a while
    – YouTube’s been in Apple TV and iPhone/iPod touch: now it’s in iTunes
    – Download YouTube videos straight to iTunes or from iPhone/iPod Touch for later offline viewing (sync back to computer)
    – Coming in iTunes 7.6 and iPhone/iPod Touch 1.3 updates

    Thanks for coming, and enjoy the expo!


    Please understand that the information provided above has not been confirmed true by Apple Inc.

    – Jody Mitoma

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