iJailbreak 0.6 has been out for a few days and I finally got time to upgrade my 16Gb iPod Touch to 1.1.4. The recommended method is using an un-jailbroken 1.1.4 device, so I upgraded through iTunes before starting. The process ran smoothly and resulted in a jailbroken 1.1.4 with installer.app added. The only problem I have found so far has been Mail.app crashing at launch, but that was easily fixed with a quick search that found the page here. Changing the permissions on var/mobile/Library/Mail from 755 to 777 sorted that problem. Nothing very different after upgrading, but it’s always good to get the bug fixes, right?
TUAW has a short article listing some good sources of wallpapers for your iPhone and iTouch. Onlygeeks.com have a nice selection covering lots of categories so well worth a visit. 320by480.com is another site with a large collection, though some don’t look to be optimised for the lock screen. Finally Cloudbase Skylabs have some interesting themes for the lock screen, including themed lock sliders.
There’s another flashy interface sitting on top of Windows Mobile, this time in the guise of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. Measuring a reasonable 110 x 53 x 16.7mm the X1 has a sliding keyboard that curves as it slides, a feature Sony Ericsson call an “arc slider”. Internal memory is a cramped 400Mb supported by a Micro SD card slot. Quad-band 3G HSDPA and HSUPA, quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with A2DP stereo streaming take care of the communication, and assisted GPS provides navigational duties.
The flashy display appears to be an application launcher much like HTC’s Touch interface rather than a task switcher showing running apps. Depending on how far Sony Ericsson go with this we may still have to wait a while longer to bin the Windows Mobile styli. I’m not totally sold on the styling either. Those buttons are a bit too Nokia Prism for my tastes.
Petitiononline has a free iPod touch apps petition that you can sign if you disagree with Apple charging £12.99/$19.99 for the apps that iphone owners get for free. Get everyone you know to sign this one, Apple were shamed into giving $100 back when the iPhone price dropped so it can work.
Also, remember that it’s not just the five apps that are being charged for, but useful features like movable home screen icons and web shortcuts. Consider this a trial of charging for updates.
There’s very mixed opinions on the web about charging for apps given free to iPhone users. The way I see it, you buy a mac and get free updates until the next major version of the OS. This isn’t iPod Touch V2 so why are we being charged? It gets worse when you look at AppleTV V2. A major update, free to current users.
The simple reason for Apple charging for the iPod apps is because it can. The iPhone is still a growing market, so the updates are free. No company yet dominates the market AppleTV is fighting for, Apple wants to grow its market share, so updates are free.
The iPod is dominating the market and doesn’t need any excuse to sell bucketloads, there’s no incentive to increase its appeal to buyers, so updates are not free.
I expect to pay for third party apps when released, as well as Apple added value apps, but this is three widgets, mail and maps. Pretty basic stuff, isn’t it?
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