[1.16.08] So with the release of firmware 1.1.3 for both the iPod and iPhone recently, there has been a lot of rumors going around about what Apple was thinking for charging $20 for the 5 applications that originally came with the iPhone. (Google Maps, Email, Notes, Weather, and Stocks) Now you might think, alright, I can fish out $20, no biggie, but what some people do not realize is that Apple has NEVER charged for a software update package. Why charge for 5 applications that only needed to be ported over. It doesn't cost anything to move an application from the iPhone to iPod, both use the same exact OS and software, and I even have the same applications on my jailbroken iPod touch, so why charge, eh Apple?! Another big smack to loyal customers' faces was that this new update, including the applications, will come 100% FREE for anyone who buys an iPod touch as of now. In other words, Apple is charging its loyal customers that stuck with them since the beginning, and giving a freebie to the people who just decided to buy one now. Not cool.
In other news, people getting the new 1.1.3 upgrade will like the new features, such as being able to move Home screen icons and adding up to 9 pages for those icons. Same goes for the iPhone. Google Maps has a nice new look to it including a nifty feature that you just tap a button and Google Maps will pinpoint your location in the world within seconds, truly amazing. You can also now take a website and create a weblink, which is an icon on your Home screen that takes you to the website, like a bookmark, but on your Home screen. Of course all of those weblinks you make can be deleted and moved along with the other icons. For iPod touch users, the option to use the iPhone dock is also available, although I personally do not like it, it is there for those who do.
I must warn anyone like me who is using a jailbroken iPod touch to NOT UPGRADE, it will restore your iPod to the new firmware and remove the jailbreak.
For those who do not know what jailbreaking is, it is simply hacking. It is finding an exploit in the OS and finding a loophole to be able to install a 3rd party application, which allows you to install many more 3rd party applications right from your device, without the need of a computer. What can you do with a jailbroken iPod/iPhone? Simple, you can get rid of that dull, boring black background on your home screen and put your own themes on, change icons, add games, more applications, and many more things such as being able to FTP(SSH) to your iPod from your PC/Mac. Of course jailbreaking voids your warranty, so you need to know what you are doing.
Other than the new iPod and iPhone features added, a new MacBook was also unveiled. The amazing new MacBook Air. The worlds thinnest computer ever created. Here is a little sneak peak at it.
As Steve Jobs stated at the Macworld '08 keynote, "The thickest part of the MacBook Air is still even thinner than the thinnest part of the Sony TZ Series (which is one of the thinnest laptops on the market)." The only thing you will not see in the MacBook Air that all other laptops and MacBooks have is anywhere to put a CD/DVD into it. Steve Jobs says in defense for the lack of a D drive, that all products you could need from Apple, as well as most of other companies, are available digitally through iTunes and other online stores, so there is no need for any discs. Logical, but we will see how that holds up. The new MacBook Air will start shipping in two weeks for a price of $1799.00.
There was of course many more things announced at Macworld '08, most of which aren't completely important, but if anyone would like me to discuss them, I would be glad to do so.
(Images provided by Apple.com)
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