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Apple Tweaks License to Bar Flash-to-iPhone Apps

Changes to Apple’s Phone Developer Program License Agreement are bad news for Adobe.

Apple took the wraps off its iPhone OS 4 yesterday, letting developers and consumers know what major new features would be coming to its mobile platform. One thing the company did not specifically highlight in its presentation, however, was a slight change to its Phone Developer Program License Agreement. What’s different? Section 3.3.1, which now reads in part: “Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited.”

In plain English, this is bad news for developers who were planning to roll out apps to the iPhone using technologies like MonoTouch or Adobe Flash CS5.

The change in the licensing terms appears to have first been called out by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.

Apple’s iPhone—and now iPad—are famous for not supporting Adobe’s proprietary Flash technology, which is widely used to being video and other interactive elements to the Web. Apple’s no-Flash stance has seriously weakened Flash’s one-ubiquitous presence on the Web: it’s one thing if you have a vast installed base on computers, but if your technology isn’t available on (arguably) the most significant mobile media platform currently on the market, you have a problem.

Adobe had been hoping to work around the no-Flash-on-the-iPhone problem by providing a deploy-to-iPhone capability in Adobe Flash CS5: the idea is that developers could create their applications in Flash without any specific knowledge of the iPhone, then deploy it as an iPhone-ready application essentially by choosing a “deploy to iPhone” command.

Under Apple’s new licensing terms, iPhone applications may only use documented API calls and be written in C, Objective C, C++. Apps may also be written in JavaScript to be executed by Apple’s built-in WebKit engine, which powers the iPhone’s Safari browser.

Apple’s new licensing terms may prove particularly troublesome to Adobe, which had been telling developers they can stick with their Flash development tools and will soon be able to deploy those applications to the iPhone.

However, while industry watchers have no doubt Apple is well aware what Adobe was planning to do with creating iPhone apps from Flash, the move is probably best seen in the context of Apple’s long-term efforts to control its platforms from the ground up: historically, the company feels that maintaining total control of its products leads to creating the best customer experiences…and hence best-selling products. Apple’s new license terms essentially bar developers from implementing a development framework for the iPhone on top of Apple’s own Cocoa Touch and WebKit APIs. If such a framework were to gain significant traction amongst developers, it would essentially seize control of Apple’s iPhone platform…and that’s something the Cupertino company is unlikely to tolerate.


For HTC, Android Brings Growth & Profits

It is widely recognized that when it comes to smartphones, both Apple and Research in Motion are finding success. Well, add Taiwanese company HTC to that list. Thanks to powerful ad campaigns, backing from Google, a carrier-friendly stance and great phones, HTC just reported blockbuster results for the first quarter of 2010. In many ways, HTC is the polar opposite of Palm, which despite great brand loyalty has blown its opportunity. ) We wrote about its strategy last year, in How HTC Became a Smartphone Hero.) And it’s HTC’s bet on Android that’s yielding the greatest returns.

HTC revenues for the quarter were $1.19 billion, up 19.3 percent over the first quarter of 2009, and profit came in at $158 million vs. $154 million, due in large part to HTC’s carrier-friendly stance, which has yielded an increase in subsidies for its smartphones. HTC is now the fourth-largest smartphone maker. Its portfolio of high-profile devices includes Google’s Nexus One, the Desire and Evo, a WiMAX smartphone that will make its debut on the Sprint-Nextel’s network. HTC will also be launching six new phones on China Mobile’s network later this year.

HTC is winning because of its bet on Android. Of the top 15 HTC devices in December 2009, seven were Android phones and eight were Windows Mobile, even though the company has been making Android phones for just two years. HTC’s share of the smartphone market increased to 6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 from 1 percent the year before due to the success of its Android devices in North America and Western Europe. According to our friends at mobile analytics firm Flurry, HTC accounts for about 61 percent of the total Android handset market.

The only fly in the ointment for this company: the lawsuit filed against the company earlier this year by Apple .

Still Pining For An “iTablet”? UK Company X2 Has Named Their Windows 7 Tablet Just That

How the hell did X2 think they could name their tablet PC the “iTablet,” and get away with it? Sure, Apple may not be using the name, but did X2 think we weren’t paying attention to all those rumors?

Nonetheless, the iTablet—which hails from the UK—actually sounds very decent. For a tablet taking on the iPad, anyway. It runs Windows 7 (alright, naysayers, keep it down in the back), and is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel processor. It’s available in two sizes, of 10.2 and 12.1-inches (both 35mm thick, which sounds horrendously thick, given the iPad is 13.4mm deep), and each model contains 250GB of internal storage, a 3G chip and Bluetooth.

While the iPad was an oversized iPod Touch, the iTablet actually manages to be a proper computer by the sounds of it, with three USB ports and HDMI-out, along with a 1.3-megapixel webcam. Out in April, prices haven’t been announced just yet, but given some of the aforementioned components, I would think they’d struggle to price it lower than the iPad. [X2 via Electricpig]

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The Apple iPad has finally landed, it has been a long road but we are finally here. We have been following the Apple Event from the start, well even a few weeks before and we are now ready for the first hands-on review of the device, thanks to some help from Engadget.

Looking at the device you can see that the screen is gorgeous, Engadget picks up on the fact that the response of the titling is superb and feels very thin in your hands. The iPhone and the iPad are very similar when placed side-by-side as well as the way they function.

Before you get too exited about the device there are a few things that you need to know, the first that it is not as light as you would expect. We know it only weighs one and a half pounds but it just feels heavy in your hands. Engadget does not want to put the device down too much, and notices how stunning the 1024 x 768 display is.

As for that Apple 1GHz A4 processor, it is very fast at loading WebPages. Apple gives us great things in one hand and takes it away with another; this is evident with the lack of multitasking.

We have just learned that the iPad is running iPhone OS 3.2, we have to wonder how long it will be before it makes it to the iPhone?

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Apple opens its first retail store in France


Today Apple opened its second store on mainland Europe at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France. They don’t stop there, however; another store in Montpellier, France opens next week on November 14th and one near the Opera Ganier to debut in the summer of 2010.

France’s first Apple store opens today at 10AM CET. This is a prestigious location to be sure, right across the famous inverted pyramid inside the Louvre museum. Just for that it would be worthwhile to visit this store, which spans two floors. 150 employees work in the store to offer the same services, which have made the Apple Store experience a success all over the world. The first 5000 visitors will receive a limited edition t-shirt.

This year, close to 170 million people visited Apple Stores on four different continents. Apple has already opened 277 stores in 10 countries: France, U.S., UK, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Canada, Japan and China.

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Orange UK confirms iPhone date and pricing

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According to details published on the Orange UK website today, the iPhone will be available to Orange customers very soon.

Until now, many of the details regarding their provision of the iPhone have been kept very closely under wraps. Orange have simply asked customers to register their interest and wait patiently for further details.

November 10 is the magic day for wannabe Orange iPhone users but until today none knew what they may have to pay for the privilege. Now, Orange have revealed iPhone 3GS pricing details, including a free 3GS on 24-month contracts of £45 ($74) upward, or a free 3G 8GB on a £30 ($49) 24-month contract. Orange pricing seems to be very different from the pricing which O2 provides its customers. What Orange do offer however, is an option to acquire the iPhone 3GS with no initial down payment, something which O2 doesn’t. In order to qualify for the no-down-payment option, customers are looking to pay a minimum of £73.40 and a 24 month contract. It’s also interesting to note that there is no 12 month contract with Orange, it’s either 18 months or 24 months.

For customers who want the more basic 3G iPhone, Orange will offer it free to subscribers who take up a £30 two-year contract, with the more powerful 3GS available free on £45 contracts. Pay-as-you-go customers can also buy the handset (8GB) for £333 and iPhone 3GS for £539. The iPhone will also be offered with unlimited data bundles.

Orange seem to have failed on the definition of the adjective “unlimited.” For O2, they do have a “fair usage policy” which prevents users from using their sim cards in devices other than their iPhone, however do not have a physical limit with regards to data. Orange however, have a fair usage policy with their tariffs set at 750MB/month – a great deal more restrictive than users with the O2 iPhone are likely to encounter.

According to Orange, stores will open at 7am on November 10th for those interested in picking up an iPhone 3G or 3GS; the handset will also be available through Orange HMV concessions, Apple Retail Stores, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and other “selected high street partners”.

In September, both Orange and Vodafone announced that they would be offering the iPhone to their customers. Vodafone have said the phone would be available on its network from 2010 but has yet to confirm pricing details.

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First Microsoft Store May Open for Windows 7’s Arrival


Ready for sprawling aisles of Microsoft stuff, a guru bar, and giant wall-sized screens? The first store in Scottsdale, Arizona is receiving its final touches, and may open on, or just after Oct 22, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A second store in Mission Viejo, California is expected to follow in the immediate weeks after. Ahh, the glitz and the glam. The paper confirms the floorplan will showcase everything form Windows 7 to WinMo 6.5 and the Xbox 360. And yep, there will be a 94-inch screen for folks to play on.

And Apple isn’t the only inspiration. The Microsoft stores will also be close to either a Best Buy or Wal-Mart. Oh, and the Microsoft head-honcho was actually poached from Wal-Mart. I think I was more optimistic when I heard they were head-hunting Apple store staff. [Wall Street Journal]

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