From Apple’s earnings call.
The App Store review office at 1 Infinite Loop has officially frozen over: we’ve gotten word that the official Google Voice application is on its way to the iPhone in the next few weeks. In fact, we’ve heard from a source close to Google that it’s already been approved — Google just needs to revamp the application to work with the iPhone 4 and iOS’s multitasking capabilities.
Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in. Let’s see how long it takes to show up in the app store.
Apple is clearly relaxing the rules for inclusion in its iTunes App Store. The latest example of this is the fact that an iPad version of VLC, the popular open-source video player, just arrived in the store. With the free VLC app, iPad owners can now easily watch videos in a plethora of formats that Apple’s own built-in video player does not support. The team also plans to release an iPhone version of the app in the near future.
First Google Voice apps, now VLC? I’m liking Apple’s new stance on iOS apps.
If you don’t count the ol’ iPod Classic, Apple completely revamped the iPod line yesterday at its annual music event. The Shuffle saw the return of buttons. The Nano is now a miniature multi-touch marvel that can apparently double as a fancy watch in a pinch. Then there’s the iPod touch, which is now the most popular iPod model of all, thanks to support for apps and web browsing. On the surface, it looks like the new touch is everything one would want in a contract-free iPhone 4 without cellular voice support. I would say that it’s close, but not quite.
I will give Apple credit, as it found a way to cram more iPhone 4 features into the new touch, even as it kept price points the same. The new touch enjoys the 960 x 640 “retina display,” an Apple A4 chip and two cameras, both of which support Apple’s FaceTime video calling feature. That said, however, there are still three missing features that make the new touch close to, but not on par with, a contract-free iPhone 4.
I didn’t realize the new back camera on the iPod Touch was not the same camera as that on the iPhone 4.
Apple is activating 230,000 iOS devices a day, Jobs says. He made a thinly veiled reference to the Android numbers, and said “we think some of our friends are counting upgrades in their numbers.” Jobs said Apple is not doing that — if they were, the numbers would be much higher.
So the question becomes, do I switch to an Android handset to use as a mobile hotspot/phone, and then buy the new iPod Touch to use on said hotspot along with my iPad?