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  • Okay, you’ve got an iPhone 4 — now what?

    Okay, you’ve got an iPhone 4 — now what?

    Whether you were lucky enough to score an early delivery, blazed through a pre-order reservation line, or camped out all night, you're going to want to take full advantage of your hard-won new iPhone 4 once you get it home. As we said in our review, the core experience of using an iPhone hasn't changed too dramatically with iOS 4 and the new hardware -- it's instead been refined and extended with some new capabilities. That means you'll need to poke around a little and download some updated apps to really see all the benefits -- there's some fun stuff to uncover. So without further ado, let's run down the list of things to try and do with your new iPhone, as well as highlight some essential apps that'll let you get the most out of your new toy. Read on!

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    Okay, you've got an iPhone 4 -- now what? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iPhone 3G, iOS 4, and you — what’s missing (spoiler: multitasking)

    iPhone 3G, iOS 4, and you — what’s missing (spoiler: multitasking)

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/iPhone_3G_iOS_4_and_you_what_s_missing'; While iOS 4 is delivering on every promise for the iPhone 3GS users out there, as we were all told up front, the iPhone 3G would be missing some of those touted new features. Granted, we knew such disparities would exist but were never given the finer details. Now that the final build is percolating through the internet, we decided to take a look at what features are and aren't working on the earlier year's model.

    What's there
    • Folders
    • Threaded mail
    • iTunes playlist creation / editing
    • 5x digital zoom: just tap on the display near the capture button, but be warned, it doesn't paint a pretty picture
    • iBooks: we were having issues with the earlier build, but it seems to be running fine after today's official download -- PDFs work, too.
    • Photos: you can now sort by albums, events, faces, and places
    • Game Center: the icon is present, but as of this writing we're unable to connect to the servers. (Update: a number of readers saying it didn't come with today's download. We nabbed ours as a gold build, which might explain the discrepancy despite still being considered "up to date" by iTunes.)
    • Spell check has been updated
    • Spotlight search: you can search the web and Wikipedia from the home screen search bar. That said, not all our queries -- "Engadget," for example -- weren't offering the option. [Thanks, jkane08]
    What isn't
    • Multitasking: this is the big one. Double-tapping the home button doesn't give you the handy menu, there's no fast app switching, and background use is missing in action.
    • Screen lock: normally in the multitasking menu (which isn't available on 3G), it's nowhere to be found, even under Settings. Bummer.
    • Home screen wallpaper: you'd think this simple addition would make the cut, but sadly no. The dock has been given a visual upgrade, though.
    • Bluetooth Keyboard support: we haven't tried this ourselves, but an influx of reports from Twitter suggest this is also a no-go.
    We'll keep testing, but be sure to let us know your own discoveries below!

    iPhone 3G, iOS 4, and you -- what's missing (spoiler: multitasking) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 19:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iOS 4 apps: the best of what’s new and updated (live updates!)

    iOS 4 apps: the best of what’s new and updated (live updates!)

    Although iOS 4 is out now with 1500 new APIs including multitasking support, your apps won't support all those new features out of the gate -- they'll need to be updated to take full advantage of the iPhone's new tricks. Happily, Apple started accepting iOS 4-ready apps last week, so there's a handful of interesting apps already available, and we're sure more are on the way. Here's a quick list of what you can check out right now -- we'll be updating this as we go, so check back for more!
    • Dropbox: Everyone's favorite file-syncing tool can now sync and complete uploads in the background, and also adds in support for fast app switching.
    • Evernote: the notes-in-the-cloud app adds support for fast app switching, and can continue to record audio notes in the background.
    • Pandora: Yes, you can finally play Pandora in the background -- and the quick music controls on the left-most panel of the app switcher even control playback when it's in the background. Nifty.
    • New York Times: Nothing major, but the Gray Lady supports fast app switching, so you can jump right back into an article without reloading.
    • ESPN ScoreCenter: Supports fast app switching, although you'll still have to open it up for scores to refresh, since there's no background updating API.
    • How to Cook Everything: Funny that a cookbook is one of the first iOS4 apps out there, but we're Mark Bittman fans, so this is pretty cool -- it supports fast app switching, so you don't have to reload a recipe every time you close the app. Oh, and it's got newer high-res art for the iPhone 4. Tasty.
    • Fandango: Now has fast app switching, so you can juggle other tasks while buying your movie tickets.
    • LinkedIn: Yep, LinkedIn's iPhone app adds fast app switching to the mix.
    So those are some highlights -- we'll keep updating as we go here, but most of the early iOS 4-ready apps are just adding fast app switching. We won't lie, once you see it in action, you'll wonder how you lived without it, but we're still waiting to see developers get wild on those 1499 other new APIs -- let us know what you're seeing out there!

    Update: We're listing off more as we find them after the break -- check it!

    Update 2: "Tested for iOS4" doesn't guarantee new features, but if you want to know which apps can make that claim, here's a handy Google search. [Thanks, jihuiwen!]

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    iOS 4 apps: the best of what's new and updated (live updates!) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:18:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iOS 4 now available for your iPhone 3G, 3GS, newer-generation iPod touches

    iOS 4 now available for your iPhone 3G, 3GS, newer-generation iPod touches

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/iOS_4_now_available'; Right on time, Apple has unleashed iOS 4 for owners of the iPhone product codes 1,2, 2,1, and 3,1 -- in other words, the 3G, 3GS, and yet-unreleased iPhone 4. Owners of more recent iPod touches are also in luck. Interestingly, the build is 8A293 -- the exact same that was released to developers before as a GM seed -- so Apple apparently found no showstoppers pressing enough to necessitate a new build before pushing it to the public at large. It's coming up in iTunes now, so go on -- what are you waiting for?

    [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

    iOS 4 now available for your iPhone 3G, 3GS, newer-generation iPod touches originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 13:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Apple now accepting iOS 4 apps, multitasking ahoy

    Apple now accepting iOS 4 apps, multitasking ahoy

    Although we've been running iPhone OS 4 -- now known as iOS 4 -- since it was first announced in April, we actually haven't been able to try out any of the fancy new multitasking features, since no third party apps have been released with support yet. That's all about to change: as of today, Apple is accepting iOS 4 apps, which means we should see quite a few apps that take advantage of multitasking on the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, as well as make use of the 1500 other new APIs in the system when it launches on June 21.

    That's definitely good news, but we've got a feeling Apple's unique take on iPhone multitasking will take a few people by surprise, as only certain tasks are allowed in the background -- and apps that need to run persistently, like IRC and IM clients, still won't really work at all. In fact, there's already some rumblings by devs that they need additional backgrounding tools in order to provide features that users are asking for; Instapaper's Marco Ament has proposed a network polling API that would allow his app to update content in the background, for example. We'll see how quickly Apple responds to these requests, but for right now we're just happy we'll finally be able to switch away from a Skype call or GPS app while using our iPhones.

    [Thanks, Oliver]

    Apple now accepting iOS 4 apps, multitasking ahoy originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Jun 2010 15:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iOS 4 gold works with any compatible iPhone / iPod touch via iTunes 9.2, jailbreak also updated

    iOS 4 gold works with any compatible iPhone / iPod touch via iTunes 9.2, jailbreak also updated

    Want to get your hands on an iOS 4-equipped device now without being a registered Apple developer? As a number of readers have pointed out, it seems yesterday's gold build release works on any applicable iPhone / iPod touch whether or not its UDID has been sent to the dev center. Now that the previous restraint has been lifted, the only requirement now is a copy of iTunes 9.2 -- currently for Macs only and still blocked by the developer gate, but once you manage to obtain the appropriate files, the only thing in your path is time itself. Sure enough, we just got through installing the build on an unregistered iPhone without a hitch. Details available via Gumball Tech, and please, don't forget to back up your data ahead of time.

    In less rule-abiding news, the not-quite-surgical hand of the jailbreak community has taken a gander at the gold. A developer known as msft.guy, whose previous credentials includes recently-released binary "which enabled blacksn0w unlock port for iPhone 3GS on iOS 4 Beta 4" according to Redmond Pie, has updated PwnageTool for yesterday's update. As always, proceed with that one at your own risk, and if you're curious but hesitant, the ever-reliable iPhone Dev Team promise a full jailbreak / unlock suite later this month. Either way, video proof is available after the break.

    Update: Just to clarify, iOS 4 now works with any iPhone / iPod touch that's already been proven compatible -- the trick here is that you now don't need to register with Apple before trying.

    [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

    Continue reading iOS 4 gold works with any compatible iPhone / iPod touch via iTunes 9.2, jailbreak also updated

    iOS 4 gold works with any compatible iPhone / iPod touch via iTunes 9.2, jailbreak also updated originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Jun 2010 20:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iPhone 4 guide: preview, pricing, availability

    iPhone 4 guide: preview, pricing, availability

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/iPhone_4_The_Complete_Guide'; In a lot of ways, Apple's iPhone 4 announcement was short on surprises. We've been playing with the new iPhone OS 4 (now dubbed iOS 4) for a while, and photos of the hardware had been widely disseminated, a rarity for an unreleased Apple product. Still, Apple managed to fill in the gaps and build up the hype, and there's plenty to know about this handset that extends beyond what you can glean from bricked hardware of dubious provenance. Follow along with us as we break it all down, including detailed impressions from our hands-on time with the device.

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    iPhone 4 guide: preview, pricing, availability originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Jun 2010 17:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iOS 4 gold build now available to iPhone Developer Program members

    iOS 4 gold build now available to iPhone Developer Program members

    You've got to wait a couple weeks to get this if you're the run-of-the-mill iPhone type -- but if you've ponied up the Benjamin for an iPhone Developer Program membership (who's probably suffered through a handful of iPhone OS 4 beta builds over the last few months), you're now able to download the Gold Master seed of iOS 4 directly from Apple's site. Let us know if you manage to sprout a front-facing cam on your 3GS to test FaceTime or anything cool like that, alright?

    iOS 4 gold build now available to iPhone Developer Program members originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 20:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iPhone OS 4 renamed iOS 4, launching June 21 with 1500 new features

    iPhone OS 4 renamed iOS 4, launching June 21 with 1500 new features

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    Digg this! We knew it had to happen eventually -- iPhone OS has been renamed to iOS with the bump to version 4. Some 1500 new features are coming along with the name change, including biggies like multitasking, a unified inbox, app folders, and data detectors. Although Apple is encouraging devs to tweak their apps for the iPhone 4's new Retina Display, iOS4 will also automatically redraw text and controls for existing apps to make them play nice with the new higher pixel density. Bing search integration has also been added to iOS 4 in addition to Google and Yahoo -- Google is still the default, though. The golden master is available to devs today, and Steve says the 100 millionth iOS device -- that's iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad -- will be sold sometime this month. That's a lot of devices! We found out about most of the features of iOS 4 at the SDK event, so check here for the full rundown.

    Apple says iOS 4 will arrive for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and the iPod touch on June 21 -- and it'll be free to iPod touch owners for the first time, which is nice. Not all features will be supported across all devices: the first-gen touch is left out entirely, and the 3G won't do multitasking, as we heard at the SDK event. We'll see if there are any other limitations and let you know.

    Amusingly, an iOS trademark is currently owned by Cisco -- just like the original iPhone trademark -- so we'll see if Apple's lawyers actually called ahead this time around or if they'll have to fake-tussle and make nice again.


    Check out more from WWDC 2010 in our liveblog!

    iPhone OS 4 renamed iOS 4, launching June 21 with 1500 new features originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 13:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Steve Jobs at D8: Foxconn, iPhone prototype, TVs, and more

    Steve Jobs at D8: Foxconn, iPhone prototype, TVs, and more

    In case you hadn't heard, Steve Jobs got downright conversational last night at D8, riffing on questions from Walt, Kara, and the attending audience of elites. You can hit up the entire liveblog for a timestamped play by play, or browse through some of the highlights below.

    We put some extra scintillating quotes after the break to shield the eyes of your children. Just a note, however: all of these are paraphrased quotes typed live as Steve was speaking, and not to be construed as the verbatim Word of Steve Jobs, though the gist is certainly there.

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    Steve Jobs at D8: Foxconn, iPhone prototype, TVs, and more originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Jun 2010 11:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • AT&T makes sweeping changes to data plans, iPhone tethering coming at OS 4 launch

    AT&T makes sweeping changes to data plans, iPhone tethering coming at OS 4 launch

    var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/iPhone_tethering_and_new_price_plans_coming_to_AT_T_June_7'; You might think that AT&T would hold off for a national HSPA+ deployment or a full-on LTE launch before tweaking its data pricing strategy, but not so much -- the carrier is coming out swinging today with some significant changes that should benefit the overwhelming majority of its smartphone users (and could stand to harm a select few). Let's break down the major points:

    DataPlus / DataPro
    • The existing $30 fair-use "unlimited" smartphone data plan is being replaced by two new options: $15 per month for 200MB and $25 for 2GB (called "DataPlus" and "DataPro," respectively). Customers currently on the $30 plan are welcome to stay on it, but they can switch at any time without extending their contract.
    • AT&T's new overage system is arguably the game changer: on the $15 plan, you'll pay $15 for each additional 200MB, but on the $25 plan, you'll pay $10 for each additional GB. It's simple and straightforward -- but most importantly, it won't bankrupt you if you go over by a gig or three in a month. This compares to $50 per gigabyte of overage on AT&T's 5GB DataConnect plan for laptops.
    • The carrier's going to be very flexible about changing between the DataPlus and DataPro plans -- if you're on DataPlus, for example, and you discover that you're blowing past your allotment, you can choose either to start DataPro the following billing cycle, pro-rate it, or apply the higher plan retroactively to the beginning of your current billing cycle. That's pretty wild.
    Tethering
    • Tethering will be offered as an add-on to the DataPro plan for an additional $20 per month, which means you'll pay a total of $45 a month for 2GB of data shared between your phone and your tethered devices. If you're light on the usage, it's a sweet deal -- but if you scale it up and you're using the data almost exclusively on your laptop, it compares unfavorably to the traditional DataConnect plan: $60 versus $75 for 5GB (and in the unlikely even you've got a webOS device on Verizon, it compares even less favorably). If you're striking a balance of data use between a smartphone and tethered gear, AT&T's new setup is still pretty solid considering that you would've been paying $60 for the USB stick plus $30 for smartphone data before.
    • Yes, it's finally happening: AT&T's iPhones will get access to the tethering option, too.
    iPad
    • iPad users are also affected by the change. The $30 iPad data plan -- lauded for being labeled by AT&T as truly unlimited -- goes away to be replaced by the same $25 / 2GB plan that smartphone users will see, though current subscribers to the $30 plan can continue unaffected.
    Everything launches on June 7, except for iPhone tethering -- it'll launch when OS 4 does. In the meantime, we're told users can sign up for the $30 plans both on their phones and iPads if they'd like to be grandfathered in. Follow the break for more details along with AT&T's full press release.

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    AT&T makes sweeping changes to data plans, iPhone tethering coming at OS 4 launch originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Jun 2010 03:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iPhone OS 4 beta 4 drops in

    iPhone OS 4 beta 4 drops in

    If you like living on the brutal, life-altering bleeding edge the same way we do, odds are you've got iPhone OS 4 beta 3 installed on that 3GS of yours -- assuming you have an iPhone 3GS, naturally. That also means that you'll likely be interested to hear that beta 4 is now out and ready for you to download, install, and not brick your phone if everything goes according to plan, just as long as you've got access to an Apple iPhone Developer Program account. Go forth, intrepid readers -- and do report back on your exploits, won't you?

    [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

    iPhone OS 4 beta 4 drops in originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 18 May 2010 20:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • New iPhone in Vietnam spotted running iPhone OS 4? (update: it’s a fake)

    New iPhone in Vietnam spotted running iPhone OS 4? (update: it’s a fake)

    This is a bit of a confusing one, but we just got tipped an additional shot of this 4th generation iPhone that leaked out in Vietnam, but this time with a big twist: it appears to be running iPhone OS 4. Or at least displaying a screenshot of the new OS, with that telltale wallpaper in the background. We have no idea how this crew might've circumvented Apple's lockdown of the device, and there's always the chance this is some sort of Photoshop or other trickery. Still, a source has confirmed to us that the markings "N90 PRO2" indicate an older prototype N90 (the Apple codename for the new iPhone), which refers to "Working Prototype 2" and might possibly be easier to enable than the newer, lock tight model Gizmodo obtained. Also, despite the photo's out-of-focus nature, the display (or at least its contents) doesn't appear nearly as sharp as those previous shots we saw of the "fireball" screen. We're digging for more info as we speak, but unfortunately the original source site, Taoviet, is down right now. We'll keep you posted if we hear anything else about this image's origins.

    [Thanks, ITKINGDOM]

    Update: The source link is loading for us sporadically. The translated text above the shot reads: "Iphone 4G VN is distributed by the network not it? Maybe not then, we'll be the first use:" It's all so clear now!

    Update 2: Woah, do these things just grow on trees? French site Be Geek has just received photos of what looks to be a third iPhone 4th gen floating around in the wild. Chances are it's of a similar build generation as the Vietnam device, since it's lacking those screws at the bottom, but it does seem to a separate device, since it's rocking a different SIM.

    Update 3: Turns out this new set of photos was pulled from the same Vietnamese forum, so it seems to be the same phone. Makes sense, but we're still puzzling over that different SIM.

    Update 4: Sorry, it's a Photoshop kids. This phone can't boot past DFU.

    New iPhone in Vietnam spotted running iPhone OS 4? (update: it's a fake) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 13 May 2010 12:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iPhone OS 4 beta 3 brings iPod widgets to the dock

    iPhone OS 4 beta 3 brings iPod widgets to the dock

    Apple may have pulled iPhone OS 4 beta 3 soon after it went live, but we're living recklessly -- and hey, is that a set of iPod controls and a screen orientation lock hiding out in the app switcher? The control is accessed by swiping to the far left, and it all does pretty much what you'd expect. That's good news, since we were missing the old pop-up iPod controls pretty badly. We're hunting around for more new stuff, we'll let you know if we find anything.

    iPhone OS 4 beta 3 brings iPod widgets to the dock originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 May 2010 18:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Apple’s iPhone OS 4.0 Keynote video is now live

    Apple’s iPhone OS 4.0 Keynote video is now live

    Even though you probably followed along with our liveblog, you’re probably going to wanna see Steve-O do his thing. Luck for you, Apple just posted the special event video for your viewing pleasure.

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