Magellan ToughCase GPS Case For iPhone And iPod Touch Released

Magellan ToughCase GPS for iPhone iPod Touch Magellan GPS has announced the launch of a new waterproof GPS casing for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The new Magellan ToughCase GPS case will come with a high sensitive SiRFstar III GPS chipset built into the casing that will provide location accuracy of up to 3 meters. Also, the device is completely waterproof and can be submerged at a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. Magellan has said that the 1840 mAh battery on the device can virtually double the battery life of the iPhone.

The Magellan ToughCase is expected to offer improved location based service systems to iPhone and iPod touch users. The device is launching worldwide via MagellanGPS.com and through Apple Stores at a price of $199.99.

The GPS casing is compatible with iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS though its compatibility with iOS 4 or iPhone 4 is not known at the moment. Stay tuned.

No Multitasking On iPhone 3G – Is Apple Bluffing?

A lot of iPhone users out there must have already upgraded their iPhone to the latest iOS. The new iPhone OS platform brings close to 100 new features including multitasking, custom wallpaper support and bluetooth keyboard to the iPhone. However, as most users owning an older model of iPhone would realize, several of the iOS 4 features including multitasking and wallpaper customization shall not be available on iPhone 3G.

Steve Jobs has his answers ready. On multitasking, he has explained how this new functionality will degrade battery performance since the old iPhone model is really not built to handle multiple applications at a time. Consequently, the battery may die sooner thus spoiling user experience. But is this assessment true?

Truth be told, the iPhone 3G battery will die only as fast as the iPhone 3GS would. This is because the new multitasking functionality on iOS 4 does not in fact run multiple apps all the time. Instead, as popular iPhone app developer explains, this is only a “sleight of hand“. Hockenberry writes,

“When you double-tap on the home button and start another application, the previous application is “frozen” and put into a state where it’s not running but can be restarted quickly. A part of the freezing process also reduces the amount of memory being used: allowing more applications to fit in freezer.

Most of your apps will be frozen and not using power: only the app on your screen is active. And even with audio, phone or GPS apps that are running in the background, you won’t be using more than one of those at a time (go ahead and try to listen to Pandora and the iPod apps at the same time!)”

As you see, when users “multitask“, all that they are doing is creating a bookmark for active apps that are quickly accessed via the double-tap. This is more or less the same as closing one application and launching another application – but just more convenient. Consequently, this sort of multitasking SHOULD work efficiently on iPhone 3G as much as it works on the 3GS or iPhone 4.

This is not the one feature iPhone 3G users have a problem with. The iOS 4 does not allow users to set customized wallpapers on their iPhone 3G. In response to an email from a user, Steve Jobs writes,

“The icon animation with backgrounds didn’t perform well enough.”

If Apple’s bluff in the earlier instance was not apparent, it is very evident in this case. Custom wallpapers for mobile phones is nothing revolutionary – it is as old as the mobile phone itself. It only speaks poorly of the Apple engineers if they were unable to get the icon animations right for the iPhone 3G.

Nobody can reason out why these are not supported though. But speculations can be right many times and in this case, it is just Apple’s greed to get more people upgrade to a newer iPhone. And lack of support to features like multitasking and wallpapers help Apple show iPhone 3G as the proverbial ugly ducklings in a crowd of iPhone users. “Hey, you don’t have a custom wallpaper? Your phone must be really old, then“.

Now, iPhone 3G users – go upgrade your iPhones then.

[via Gizmodo, Furbo]

iPhone 4 In India – Launch In September?

Vodafone India has issued a short media statement announcing that Apple’s newly unveiled smartphone, the iPhone 4 shall be launched in India “in the coming months“. That’s pretty much a no-brainer given the subjective nature of the announcement. Nevertheless, indications are that this could mean that a September launch of iPhone in India is likely.

Why? Because Apple has indicated that the iPhone 4 will launch in over 80 countries in that period. Also, Apple may have already stopped the distribution of iPhone 3G worldwide. Nevertheless, the company had only recently introduced iPhone 3GS in India and so yet another launch may get a lot of these new iPhone 3GS users frustrated. It is possible that Vodafone offers an easy upgrade offer to these users. But the modalities that may be worked out are mere speculations at this point.

There is no word from Airtel, the other iPhone carrier in India on when they plan to launch the iPhone. But considering the statement from Vodafone, expect another from Airtel pretty soon.

[via Vodafone PR]

USB Sync And Charge Cradle For iPhone

Are you the kind who has to frequently check messages, view the push notifications sent by the several applications or simply fiddle with your iPhone every now and then at work? The USB Sync and Charge Cradle from WirelessGround is pretty apt for you.

This iPhone accessory comes with a convenient design that provides a way to dock your iPhone while charging the device. The Charge Cradle also includes a USB adapter which means you may either connect the accessory to a plug-point while charging your iPhone or connect it to a computer using the USB port – which can be used to sync your iPhone with a Mac or PC as well.

The USB Sync & Charge Cradle is normally available at WirelessGround at a price of $44.95. However, the accessory, which presently works on iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS devices is now priced at a discounted rate of $22.95. You can view more details about the Charge Cradle from WirelessGround’s website here.

iPhone 3G/3GS USB Sync and Cradle Charger

iPhone 3G/3GS USB Sync and Cradle Charger

iPhone 3G/3GS USB Sync and Cradle Charger

iPhone 3G/3GS USB Sync and Cradle Charger

How To Jailbreak iPhone OS 4.0 [Developers Beta]

If you are a developer with a beta version of iPhone OS 4.0, here is a step by step guide to jailbreak your operating system. Please note that you will need

1) iPhone 3G (not 3GS),
2) Mac OS X running the latest iTunes version
3) Apple UDID

Step 1 : Visit Apple.com to download the new iPhone OS 4.0 to your iPhone 3G. You can also download the leaked OS from the web.

Step 2 : Install iPhone OS 4.0 on your iPhone 3G

Step 3 : The jailbreaking can be done with the help of the new RedSn0w 0.9.5 software. Download it from here (ZIP file)

Step 4 : Launch RedSn0w 0.9.5 on your iPhone. You shall be prompted to point to the firmware. Choose iPhone1,2_4.0_8A230m_Restore.ipsw

Step 5 : Follow the instructions and select ‘Install Cydia‘ and tap ‘Next‘. If you are prompted for the mode of installation, choose ‘DFU mode‘.

Step 6 : You will now need to point to a repo to install Cydia. Go to the Sources panel and enter http://apt.saurik.com/cydia-3.7

Step 7 : Follow through the installation. Cydia will now reboot your iPhone.

Step 8 : You’re done. If you see the Cydia icon on your Home Screen, you have successfully jailbroken iPhone OS 4.0 on your iPhone 3G