Apple has done it again with the iPhone 4. The new retina display is pretty amazing, with 326 pixels per inch and an 800:1 contrast ratio. You can read more about it in this article on Macworld. They also have hands-on article giving their first impressions of this new phone.
Tonya Engst of the legendary TidBITs website has written a 109-page pdf ebook titled Take Control of iPad Basics. It's free, and if you're thinking about getting an iPad or if you have one, you'll want to get this book. Some of the content is, well, very basic, such as how to use the touch screen, but other information was quite useful to me. For example, I had no idea that you could combine gestures to get diacritical markings when typing. And to be honest, I didn't know that you could shake it to Undo.
In about 5 minutes the keynote by Steve Jobs will begin at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Expect big news from Steve Jobs's keynote. Everyone is assuming it'll be a new phone. You can follow it live on the Macworld website. The keynote begins at 1 pm Eastern, 10 am Pacific.
A friend has created a useful app if you're serious about photography. iWatermark ($2.99) puts a digital signature on your photos. This can be useful not only for protecting your intellectual property, but also for promoting your brand by having your logo in all your images.
CNET has a great article that answers all of your questions about AT&T's new tiered pricing. And it scrutinizes how this new pricing will affect you. Bottom line: many will save money but those who are heavy users are screwed. And the tether option? "it's actually a terrible deal for consumers." David Pogue of the New York Times says that the new plans will save you money. Bottom line: "I think you’ll wind up coming out ahead. I think AT&T has put together one of the fairest, most carefully considered plans in a long time."
I love the Slacker and Pandora websites — free services that let you create your own radio stations that only stream music that you like. Both are very popular, and both have iPhone apps. Now Slacker has taken an interesting — and timely — new direction. Given the constraint on data usage in AT&T's new plans, the ability of Slacker Radio 2.0 (released today) to cache songs can be a convenient and money-saving feature.
iLounge is offering a free downloadable pdf buyer's guide for all things related to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The 150-page guide helps you choose a particular model and highlights a wide range of accessories and apps. The guide has three sections: a 40-page section on iPad-related products, a 60-page section for iPhone and iPod, and a section with articles that give an in-depth look at six leading makers of products for these devices.
Lots of iPad wannabes are in the gate, and we'll be seeing them soon. You can read more about them in Macworld.
MultiSearch is a free app that lets you search multiple search engines simultaneously. These include Google, Bing, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, YouTube, Flickr, iTunes, AppStore, Last.fm, Panoramio, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Digg, and FriendFeed. You can choose which engines you want to search, and all the results are displayed in a single, browsable view. Plus, you can enable geolocation such that the search results are related to your current location.
News reports today are saying that over 2 million iPads have now been sold — in less than two months. It went on sale in Europe and Asia late last week, and people lined up to get them. Clearly Apple has a winner. Plus, there are now over 5,000 apps written specifically for the iPad. I can tell you that everyone who sees mine wants one. They say things like, "You're so lucky to have one." It's amazing the attention that it attracts. In fact, sales have been so strong that there have been shortages in the U.S.