What’s this weird button when viewing camera roll on iOS 4.2?

by Justin Horn on Sep 17th, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

UPDATE According to Grady Haynes and Mark Gurman this is a buggy AirPlay for showing photos on Apple TV. Looking at it now, I guess I should have thought of that, but hey, I’m fighting a cold.

You see that radio looking icon in the top right? Not sure what this is, but it doesn’t show up all the time. I’ve only seen it appear on 2 occasions out of several time looking at the camera roll. When you tap the icon it dims the background and brings up 2 buttons, iPhone and Cancel. Tapping either button does nothing.

I’m hoping this could be an unfinished feature for building photo galleries directly on the iPhone, without the need to download the camera and build them on a Mac or PC. Apple did finally add the ability to create playlist on the iPhone, so it doesn’t seem that far fetched.  What do you think?

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No Nike+ heart rate monitor support in iOS 4.2 beta 1

by Justin Horn on Sep 15th, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

Unfortunately it looks like heart rate monitor support might be on hold till next years iOS 5 release and not in iOS 4.2 as I predicted. There is still about 8 weeks left in the beta cycle, but if a feature like this isn’t in beta 1, it’s probably not going to be a part of iOS 4.2.

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streaming service from Apple… well at least for the iPod event…

by Chiyin on Aug 31st, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

Apple announced in a press release that they will be providing live streaming of the iPod event tomorrow…  Which makes me think they might be using this to let us know they will have some sort of streaming service ready to launch… With so many music providers popping up, it is only a matter of time before Cupertino decides to toss their hat in the ring… Could this be the surprise of tomorrow’s event?  We’ll see…

See the PR note here

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iOS Nike+ heart rate monitor support most likely an iOS 4.2 addition later this year (Updated)

by Justin Horn on Aug 31st, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

UPDATE iOS 4.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod confirmed for November

UPDATE 2 As execpted Nike+ HRM support did not appear in iOS 4.1 GM, but there is a strong chance it will be in iOS 4.2.

We reported a couple weeks ago that iOS heart rate monitor (HRM) support was coming this fall. Logically I assumed (or wishful thinking?) this would fit nicely with the final iOS 4.1 release. As of beta 3, released August 3, there was no support, but I was hoping to see it introduced in beta 4. It’s been almost a month since beta 3 was released and with the fall event scheduled for tomorrow, there is basically no chance we’ll see this in iOS 4.1.

If not in iOS 4.1, I thought we might be waiting till iOS 5 for support. Remember there was no iOS 3.2 release last year (not counting the special iPad only version) and this isn’t something you’d see in a small iOS 4.1.1 update. However, I did suggested there was a small chance for an iOS 4.2 release later this year, which could definitely include HRM support.

John Gurber suggest, due to the lack of iOS 4.1 iPad beta, there is a good chance for a 4.2 update later this year:

As for the iPad, no, I don’t think 4.1 is going to be released for it. iOS 4.2, coming late in the calendar year, is a more likely unification release for all iOS devices. Think about it — how can Apple release iOS 4.1 for the iPad next week if they haven’t released a single beta for developers?

This makes sense a lot of sense and backs up my hopes for a possible iOS 4.2 release for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. This update would happen before years end and still fits in with the fall prediction, which covers from early September (labor day) through late December (around the 20th).

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I’m hoping Apple drops “touch” from the iPod name tomorrow

by Justin Horn on Aug 31st, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

While everyone else is excited about the new iPhone like iPod touch hardware, iTunes streaming, iTV, and whatever other crazy rumors are out there, I’m hoping Apple decides to rename the iPod touch to just iPod. The iPod touch is Apple’s premier music device so it makes perfect sense to me to call it the iPod, while calling the other music devices by their full names; iPod classic, iPod nano, etc.

Just think about it, we would never again have to hear someone call it the iTouch!

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Nike+ heart rate monitor to support iPhone and iPod touch this fall

by Justin Horn on Aug 13th, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

UPDATE Didn’t make it in iOS 4.1, but hoping to see it soon in iOS 4.2 betas, slated for a public release this November

Little birdie just let us know we should see Nike+ heart rate monitor support coming to the iPhone and iPod touch this fall. Currently, it only supports the 5th generation iPod nano and Nike+ SportBand. Many Nike+ users, myself included, were disappointed after waiting (…and waiting) for the rumored feature, only to find out it wasn’t compatible with Apple’s top products. No surprise, there has been no official word from Apple or Nike on when we should expect support.

This time frame lines up nicely with the iOS 4.1 public release, which should happen after the annual fall iPod event in September. iOS 4.1 is the next logical time for inclusion of a new feature, but so far there have been no signs of HRM support in the iOS 4.1 betas. There are at least a couple more betas to go, but if it doesn’t make it into the final release I’m thinking we’ll be out of luck till iOS 5. I just don’t see an update like this, especially with all the Nike+ issues on iOS 4, coming in a small 4.1.1 update. There is a small chance it could be added later in a iOS 4.2 update, although there wasn’t an iOS 3.2 update last year (iOS 3.2 was an iPad only, stop gap measure until iOS 4.1). Hopefully next Tuesday’s beta 4 brings us a Nike+ HRM surprise!

This info is from a reliable source and I believe it to be true, but there is always the chance for delays with any software or hardware release. For example, the HRM hardware was delayed a week from the rumored release date of June 1st. You’ll also remember we were all expecting over the air syncing with iOS 4 when it appeared in the betas, only to disappear before the final release (it’s back and working on iOS 4.1 beta).

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