There's a lot to like about Seasonality Go ($9.99), a weather app for the iPad. And others must agree, because it's among the top 10 highest-grossing apps (including a stint at number 1). One of the things that sets it apart is all the different ways you can configure it. The app comes with a default interface that is itself quite effective. But you can also add additional screens, choosing from the 7 that they offer. In addition, you can create your own screens, selecting the elements that you'd like to have in your interface.
Steve Jobs is calling it Apple's most successful product launch ever -- 1.7 million iPhone 4's in the first three days. Pretty amazing. That works out to a rate of 7 phones per second. Of course, Apple is having trouble meeting this demand, and is now saying that new orders will take three weeks to ship. You can read a brief report on Macworld, as well as see the press release on Apple's site. I'm expecting mine to arrive tomorrow!
I'll be honest: I've used a jailbroken iPhone. And don't like it at all. It is such a hassle to not be able to keep the software updated, because each new version that Apple comes out with requires that you go through the jailbreaking process again. You can read more about the problems entailed in jailbreaking in this posting from Kim Komando.
Kim Komando has done a great video that gives you a good overview of the iPhone 4, highlighting the hardware, screen, camera, and multitasking. Double click on the video at right to see it in the proper size on YouTube.
Thanks to Kensington for sending me their Sling Bag. It's everything I hoped it would be -- and a real buy at $19.95. I really wanted an over-the-shoulder case because I take my iPad everywhere with me. The Sling Bag is fashioned like a messenger pouch so that it rests in the small of your back. It leaves your arms free, and stays in place even when you bend over to do things.
The crux of the problem is this: a new iPhone model comes out every year, but you have to sign a two-year contract. That means if you're lusting after the latest and greatest, you'll often be locked into your old contract and will have to pay considerably more than the price paid by new customers. If, for example, you want the base model iPhone 4 right away and your contract expires in 2011, it'll cost you $400 rather than $200. But AT&T is making an exception for iPhone users whose contract expires any time this year. You'll be eligible for the $200 price.
In a recent column I wrote about the Slacker streaming music service that lets you create "stations" that stream only your favorite type of music. And I highlighted a new feature of their Slacker Radio app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad: the ability to cache songs for offline listening. But the caching feature requires a Slacker Radio Plus account. I have good news: I'm giving away five 1-year and five 3-month subscriptions to Slacker Radio Plus.
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.