The FCC released detail on a patent that Apple filed regarding a secondary backlight. The backlight would show status updates such as new email, text message or missed calls without having to turn the primary backlight on, thus saving battery life. It looks highly likely that we will see this in the next version of the iPhone.
Telia is the latest to report that they will bring MMS to iPhone users. Many other countries are getting MMS on the iPhone which begs the question, when is the US going to get a piece of the action? Scandinavian iPhone owners will be able to download the homegrown iPhone application in just a few months.
Google’s voice search feature was added the Google mobile app this week allowing anyone to search even without his or her full attention. Contrary to initial thoughts, the voice search works very well. The application surprisingly can tell the difference between words such as “bear” and “bare” depending on the context used. In other applications you can now purchase the Lie Detector application if you need to tell if someone is lying on the fly. We have found this application to be noting more than a novelty. There is no rhyme or reason to the results; the application was unable to figure out the truth most of the time.
As the days go by it seems that more and more carriers are getting their hands on the iPhone. The latest to get the coveted handsets is Mobiles.co.uk. They will now be selling the iPhone 3G in the UK. Google has admitted to using API files that are undocumented. This opens up the ability to use built-in proximity sensors in the iPhone for verbal searches. This goes against the iPhone SDK, Apple only allows APIs that are published within the SDK.
The new iPhone firmware 2.2 is reported to have several bugs that affect the overall performance of the iPhone. One problem that we have been experiencing a lot lately is the substantial drop in both Edge and 3G-network service reception. Another devastating bug is the disappearance of applications from the iPhone, both native and third party. Applications such as Safari and the Camera app have suddenly disappeared on users.
It appears that the new iPhone SDK 2.2 has a few built-in surprises that we are still stumbling upon. MPTVOutWindow class has the ability of sending live video to your TV. Apparently the acidometer controls this, as the touchscreen does not register anything while video is being sent out. While this is not much without further development, it certainly shows a lot of potential.
Yet another Apple commercial has been pulled in the UK because it exaggerated performance speed of the iPhone 3G. In the commercial you see the iPhone browsing web pages with great speed. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) then received complaints by 17 people that the ad was misleading. People just seem to take the commercials a bit too literally; there is a lot of information to be displayed and only 30 seconds in which to do so.