As you likely know, the biggest change in iTunes with the release of version 10 was Ping, which integrates social media into your iTunes experience so that you can see what music your friends are listening to, etc. Now Apple has released an update to iTunes 10 that adds a Ping sidebar. Read all about it on Macworld.
CNET has an interesting report on studies from this past week that show Apple ranks number 1 in customer satisfaction. A six-month study of smartphone users found that iPhone users were the most satisfied. A separate study also found that, for the seventh straight year, overall Apple scored the highest in customer satisfaction among all companies in the PC industry.
If you have an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1, you'll want to use the HDR feature for taking the best quality photos. As I explained in an earlier post, when you take a photo using this feature, it actually takes three different shots in three different exposures, and then combines them in order give the best quality and detail. A very helpful article on the Macworld website explains more about this feature, when to use it, and when not to use it.
Finally — a screen protector for the iPad that reduces glare. They claim that with the ScreenGuardz HD Anti-Glare screen protector you'll have no problem seeing the screen even in direct sunlight. And an added advantage for me is not constantly seeing my own reflection on the screen. The cost is $20.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab on Thursday, and it is one impressive device.
I can't wait until iOS 4.2 comes out in November. This review on Gizmodo makes it sound like it'll be a real upgrade for my iPad. The review covers features such as multitasking, folders, wireless printing, and Game Center. The biggest surprise of the review is that the orientation lock button will be onscreen and the current physical button will be a mute button, as on the iPhone. And you'll be able to control brightness from the taskbar.
TidBITs has a useful post on the iOS 4.1 update. The article lists the changes available only to iPhone 4 users, such as the ability to upload HD videos via WiFi to YouTube and MobileMe, and the new support for HDR photos. It also goes over the changes that are available on all devices that run the new software, such as the ability to rent TV shows from within the iTunes app.
Newsday for iPad came out in August, and Newsday has posted an entertaining commercial for their new app on YouTube.
Apple made some major changes this week in an effort to better meet the needs of developers — and get the FTC off its back. For the first time, Apple made public the guidelines — all 113 of them — that it follows in deciding which apps get approved. Until now, the developers had little idea what Apple would consider unacceptable, and were often frustrated when their apps were turned down. Apple's revised set of rules will also now allow some apps that weren't perviously allowed, possibly opening the way for Google Voice.
TextNow is currently available for free, and if you'd like to do free texting on your iPad or iPod touch, this app certainly deserves consideration. They actually give you a free phone number that others can use to send text messages to your iPad or iPod touch. It also can be used to send picture messages. It does have ads, but you can use in-app purchasing to upgrade to a version without apps ($5.99 per year). Here's a video demo.