New Pioneer In-Dash Nav Units Get Hardware Specific iPhone App

avic_feedsAt least one company is taking the hardware integration features of iPhone OS 3.0 seriously. Pioneer, which announced A/V home theater receivers with some serious iPhone connectivity in June, has just revealed an iPhone app (iTunes link) designed to integrate with two of its brand new in-dash navigation units.

While the iPhone app doesn’t provide iPod control without a hardware cable connection, it does allow you to search for points of interest or trip destinations on the iPhone, which then communicates said information to the navigation unit. Basically, it’s like having an advanced, user-friendly remote for your GPS unit instead of having to fumble with clumsy on-device controls. Read More about New Pioneer In-Dash Nav Units Get Hardware Specific iPhone App

Is Apple Succeeding in Pushing the iPhone Into the Enterprise?

iphoneApple (s aapl), at the iPhone SDK launch last May, began a big push towards getting the iPhone into the enterprise — the traditional stronghold of the BlackBerry (s rimm). It rolled out enterprise-targeted features like push email/contacts/calendar, a global address list, VPN support and remote wipe. Now, more than a year later, how are big companies taking to the iPhone?

Apple COO Tim Cook gave some valuable statistics in the analyst Q&A during the company’s quarterly conference call yesterday: Read More about Is Apple Succeeding in Pushing the iPhone Into the Enterprise?

Work Smarter Using iPhone Push Notifications

iPhone OS 3.0 brings a lot of new features to the table, but I could’ve easily gone on living without all of them, copy and paste included, except for push notifications. Push is the killer feature that elevates the iPhone platform to a whole new level of usability, both as a standalone device, and as a piece of companion hardware to your existing workstation setup.

The iPhone has taken the place of an entire screen in my current home office configuration, freeing up a whole display for more productive use. Here’s a breakdown of the apps that make this possible, and how I use them.

iPhone OS 3.0 Update Available

The iPhone OS 3.0 (s aapl) software update is now available for download. If you’re wondering about the benefits of updating, check out Darrell’s WWD post “Apple iPhone OS 3.0: A Web Working Perspective.” As Darrell’s an Apple Developer Program member, he had a chance to play the with the beta of this update before us regular mortals, and got hands-on with some of the nifty new web worker-friendly features in this update:

  • Cut, Copy and Paste (at last!)
  • Spotlight (system-wide search)
  • Landscape keyboard in all default apps
  • MMS

While these features are all great, and in the case of MMS and copy/paste have been a long time in coming, as Darrell rightly points out in this post over at TheAppleBlog, what’s really exciting is the possibilities for new apps. Thanks to the new APIs available for developers: device support, push notifications and in-app commerce will all bring exciting new apps and functionality to every web worker’s iPhone. Indeed, as Om notes, these new features and an upsurge in engrossing new apps could spur mobile data usage to greater heights.

What are you waiting for? Go download it and let us know your thoughts the update in the comments.

iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4: Multiple iTunes Accounts

In iPhone OS Beta 3, there was a hint of a new feature that would presumably let a user change settings of the built-in App Store. With iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4, seeded to developers earlier today, it has turned out to be a useful new feature: users can finally switch between multiple iTunes accounts within iPhone.

If you are someone who has multiple iTunes accounts, you’ve probably noticed how the App Store often gets confused about the number of updates available for download when it comes to over-the-air app updates; it may display an erroneous number of updates available, may fail to find any updates even when they are available, or may only display the number of updates for one or the other account. The only way to juggle multiple iTunes accounts is via iTunes on the desktop; you have to sign in to a particular account, get the updates for all the apps purchased with that account, sync your device, sign out, and repeat the steps for any other accounts.

With Beta 4, you’ll be able to easily switch between accounts from within the App Store or the iTunes Store on your device. Read More about iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4: Multiple iTunes Accounts

Jailbreak: What iPhone OS 3.0 Means for Jailbreaking

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iPhone OS, from its very first version to the current 2.2.1, lacks certain features that many users typically expect in a smartphone. Jailbreaking arose largely to address those shortcomings. With iPhone OS 3.0, Apple (s aapl) has made the first of what will surely be many waves to come that will rock the jailbreak boat.

Having used beta developer builds of iPhone OS 3.0 for a few weeks now, I believe that the release of iPhone OS 3.0 will eliminate a large number of reasons for which users have jailbroken their iPhones.
Of the hundreds of enhancements jailbreaking can bring, the popular ones are, arguably, unlocking the iPhone to accept SIM cards worldwide, SMS management, MMS, Internet tethering, the built-in camera, the Lock Screen, UI theming, and cut, copy and paste. So how do the new features in iPhone OS 3.0 stack up against their jailbreak counterparts? Let’s take a look. Read More about Jailbreak: What iPhone OS 3.0 Means for Jailbreaking

Apple iPhone OS 3.0: A Web Working Perspective

Tuesday marked the official day of reveal for the upcoming iPhone 3.0 firmware and SDK update. Those of you without iPhones probably aren’t quite as interested as those of us who do have them, but there are enough changes to make at least a few converts, I’m guessing. And while the changes are just generally cool, they provide some really solid web working benefits as well. As an Apple Developer Program member, I recently got my hands on the OS 3.0 beta (it won’t be released to the public until the summer); I can already tell it’ll significantly affect how I go about doing my work.

Background Apps: They’re Not Just for Push

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So Apple (s aapl) announced their push facility for iPhone OS 3.0 today. I think that’s great. Unfortunately, it’s only half a solution, and the other half is pretty important, too. At least it is to me. Let me explain.

If you want an app to let you know of something going one while you’re not looking — so you can do other things and stay informed — then push is great. In fact, I agree with Apple that keeping the whole app running in the background is overkill for this. In that regard, their push solution seems a great addition, keeping us from running numerous apps (and burning CPU cycles and battery life) for no other reason than we don’t want to lose touch. I’m with Apple on this solution all the way.

But sometimes it’s not about notification. Sometimes it’s just about switching. Read More about Background Apps: They’re Not Just for Push