Remains of the Day: iPhone baloney
The iPhone 3GS is racking up sales while the iPhone 4S is getting ready for a wide release. Also, keep your friends close, but your iPads closer, thanks to a new security flaw. The remainders for Friday, October 21, 2011 are on the prowl.
People like the iPhone. And people like free. So it really shouldn’t be shocking that people really love a free iPhone. AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega told analysts that the carrier has seen “tremendous, tremendous demand” for the iPhone 3GS, which is now free with a two-year contract. Wait, are you saying consumers will flock to get something for nothing—even though that something will eventually end up costing them even more money?
iPhone 4S ad (Apple)
Apple has launched its first iPhone 4S ad; unsurprisingly, it focuses on Siri. Because if it didn’t, Apple’s intelligent assistant threatened to lay waste to the entire Cupertino campus.
Speaking of the 4S, it appears that Apple has opened up pre-orders to 22 additional countries, including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. What? No Latvaria? Doctor Doom is going to be furious!
The Avengers Cinematographer Reveals Some Scenes Were Filmed with An iPhone (ComicBookMovie.com)
Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey reveals that not only did he shoot part of the forthcoming adaptation of The Avengers on an iPhone, but that those scenes were even in the trailer. Really, it wasn’t hard to tell.
Anyone with a Smart Cover can break into your iPad 2 (9 to 5 Mac)
First uncovered on a German forum, a security flaw in iOS allows you to circumvent an iPad 2’s passcode using a Smart Cover. Of course, this wacky exploit only gives you access to the most recent app or screen that was open, so I plan on just changing my wallpaper to read “NICE TRY, SUCKER.”
Snapz Pro X 2.3.2 - Version 2.3.2 of Ambrosia's venerable screen capture utility improves microphone recording quality, video capture performance, certain encoding issues H.264, and contains other fixes and enhancements. $69.
Apple TV 4.4.1 - Apple has updated the Apple TV software to version 4.4.1, fixing a bug that required a small number of Apple TVs to be connected to iTunes in order to update.
TomTom U.S. & Canada 1.9 - Version 1.9 of TomTom's turn-by-turn directions app now features an interface optimized for iPad, which shows you your driving view and the Advanced Lane Guidance at the same time. It also includes the latest maps and an improved overall user interface. $60.
Airfoil 4.6.2 - The latest update to Rogue Amoeba's audio- and video-streaming software now supports apps created with Fluid, improves volume slider behavior, and removes the unnecessary Interface Settings preference, among other changes. $25; $10 upgrade from Airfoil 3 or earlier.