Kindle and Nook Both Coming to Retail Stores

It’s an already hot space that’s getting hotter: The e-book market just got a few big jolts, with Apple adding iBook support to the iPhone and now two of the frontrunning e-reader devices coming to retail.

Engadget reports that Barnes & Noble’s Nook will be sold at Best Buy starting April 18, and that Amazon’s Kindle will come to Target on April 25.

The Nook already enjoyed some measure of retail presence in Barnes & Noble stores, but with a new footprint in one of the few remaining consumer electronics retailers (even Radio Shack is in trouble) the device will see more exposure to the casual consumer who doesn’t necessarily follow the still-emerging e-book space.

Both moves into retail likely reflect an acknowledgment of the threat from Apple in this ecosystem. Apple, too, has the benefit of a retail presence — in its own stores of course, as well as with the iPhone and iPad at Best Buy. And with the announcement of iBooks for iPhone OS 4.0, Apple essentially just added about 85 million potential platform users to its 450,000 iPad install base of potential iBook buyers.

It seems inevitable that more and more of us will be reading published works on our assortment of mobile devices, but it will be interesting to see if there will be a pull-away winner in the device or content space — or both. If you’re the wagering type, what’s your guess on who might win this race? Or will there be room in the market for a few fairly significant players?

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Will You Need a New iPhone to Enjoy OS 4?

So, you’ve enjoyed your first look at iPhone OS 4.0 and are already looking forward to summer so you can run the update and get on with all that multitasking fun.  But if you don’t plan to upgrade to the inevitable 4th generation iPhone, will you be able to enjoy OS 4 in the same [...]

Multitasking comes to iPhone OS 4.0 — but not to the iPhone 3G

You heard that right, people -- iPhone OS 4 just brought multitasking to the platform! Apple says they've figured out how to implement third party multitasking without hurting performance or battery life, and they're demoing it now -- you just double click the home button and see a list of your apps, and you can just tap to switch between apps. The system actually runs the services apps need in the background -- the apps don't need to do them individually, so it's not a "true" multitasking system, but it seems plenty effective. There are seven services: background audio, which allows you to use the standard pop-over iPod controls, Voice over IP, which can receive calls in the background, location services for GPS and social networking (there's an indicator if any service is tracking you), updated push notifications with local notifications, task completion so you can finish things like uploads in the background, and fast app switching, which lets apps sleep and resume instantly. Notably missing? Anything for managing a conversation, like IM or Twitter, which is a big omission. Win some, lose some, we suppose.

Update: Here's a big "lose some" -- only the iPhone 3GS and 3rd generation (late 2009) iPod touch will support multitasking. The iPhone 3G and below won't -- Steve says the hardware doesn't support it. Sad face.

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iPhone OS 4 not coming to the iPad until the fall

All that great stuff we just heard about iPhone OS 4: multitasking, tentpoles, app folders, Game Center, iAd -- okay, maybe you weren't all that excited about iAd -- seemed destined to hit the iPad this summer. Surely, right? Instead, rather than finishing with his usual "one more thing" flourish today, Steve Jobs just left a stunned audience with the terse statement that Apple will be "bringing OS 4 to the iPad this fall." That's like... a whole different season from the new operating system's release. Why Steve, why?

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Seven Key Changes in iPhone OS 4 At-a-Glance

In addition to multitasking, there are seven further new features being introduced in the next version of the iPhone operating system. Folder. Think of this as a regular drag-and-drop folder storage system seen on your PC, where apps can be gathered together in one place, stopping the need to flick from page to page to find the [...]

Apple’s sold 450,000 iPads as of today, pushed 3.5 million iPad app downloads (update: 50 million iPhones!)

There you have it -- according to Steve Jobs at today's iPhone event, nearly half a million iPads have been pushed so far alongside 3.5 million iPad app downloads -- a perfect few orders of magnitude above the 3,500 iPad apps presently available. It's not clear whether that includes units sold to third party retailers (like Best Buy) that are still sitting on store shelves, though, so there's quite a bit of potential for variability there. Separately, he's mentioned that 50 million iPhones have now been sold worldwide alongside 35 million iPod touches -- so yeah, needless to say, the iPad has some big shoes to fill if it wants to hit the same level of rousing success.

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iPhone 4.0 OS Adds Multitasking and More

At the Apple event today, Steve Jobs introduced the highly anticipated iPhone 4.0 OS. We’ve heard a lot of rumors about just what it will (and won’t) include, but now the cat is out of the bag. iPhone 4.0 OS will have more than 100 new user features but seven that the company is calling “tentpole” features are of particular importance.


Steve Jobs said at the event, “we weren’t first to the party, but we’re gonna be the best.” Multitasking is coming to the iPhone and it will be done in a way that doesn’t hinder performance or battery life. These are the two biggest issues that other mobile platforms that already support background processes face, so it makes sense that Apple wants to make sure these problems are addressed in its multitasking solution.

gdgt quotes Scott Forstall, SVP of iPhone software as saying:

“How are we adding multitasking while preserving battery life and performance. We looked at tens of thousands of apps in the app store, and we’ve distilled the services those apps need to run in the background. So we implemented those services, and we’re providing those services as APIs to developers so they can add multitasking while preserving battery life.”

He continues:

“We’re providing seven multitasking services. First: background audio streaming. Pandora is great, but until now if you left Pandora to go to another app, the music would stop. Not anymore!”

Tim Westergren from Pandora then demoed how Pandora will work in iPhone 4.0 OS, saying, “it’s s not an exaggeration to say that the iPhone has singlehandedly changed the trajectory of Pandora.”

Another popular app, Skype for iPhone, was also demonstrated on stage — showing how the OpenTable app can be accessed while on a live Skype call.

Background location is a new part of iPhone 4.0 OS. Background location will work with social apps and with turn-by-turn applications. In turn-by-turn apps, if you leave the app, it can still continue to track your location by GPS in the background. This can be heavy on power consumption, so it will likely be best used in the car.

Social apps also use location — with Loopt, Foursquare, Gowalla and others gaining in popularity. With social applications, Apple is taking privacy very seriously and is adding in an indicator to the status bar that will let you know if something is tracking your location or not.

Additionally, users will have control over what applications can use location and which apps can’t. This can be done on an app-by-app basis.

Push notifications were first introduced with iPhone 3.0 OS and have proved very popular, with more than 10 billion push notifications sent in the last nine months. Local notifications will be a new part of iPhone 4.0 OS.


Many have complained about Apple’s obstruction of any sort of file system layer. Although plenty of apps have utilized workarounds for a lack of file system access, it’s still a pain when attempting to manage data on your phone or iPad.

Folders will be added to iPhone 4.0 OS and they look very similar to Stacks from Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. You can drag and drop apps onto one another to create application folders. This will take the number of maximum apps that you can visually see on your phone from 180 to 2160!


Mail is getting a total overhaul in iPhone 4.0 OS.First and foremost, Mail will now feature a unified inbox. For those of us who have several mail accounts on their iPad or iPhone, this is a great, great addition. Oh, and multiple Exchange accounts are supported too, so Google Apps and Exchange users don’t have to play Sophie’s Choice with push mail anymore!

Mail can also now be organized by thread. Mail can now open attachments within Mail and have the file open in an app on the phone or iPad.


iBooks came to the iPad last week. With iPhone 4.0 OS, it’s coming to the iPhone and iPod touch too. This is a clear sign that Apple is in the eBook space to play. They arguably have the largest install base of any eReading device on the market if you count iPhones, iPod touches and iPad devices.


The iPhone never really went after the enterprise phone market, instead, the enterprise came to Apple, by way of executives who wanted to the new hotness and IT guys and gals who had to suffer and find a way to fit the devices into their ecosystems.

Three years later, Apple is ready to really embrace the enterprise in a big way. The first step will be by building better email encryption. They’ll make the APIs available to developers and allow data to be encrypted inside their applications too.

Additionally, Apple is stepping up its mobile device management and deployment management tools. iPhone 4.0 OS also adds wireless app distribution for internal apps (a la BlackBerry’s BES) and support for SSL VPN.

Game Center

Despite Nintendo’s claims to the contrary, the iPhone platform is becoming a mobile powerhouse for gaming. Apple wants to make it even better by adding a social gaming network. Think XBox Live but for your iPhone or iPad.


Apple’s doing mobile advertising. Jobs says, “users like free apps, developers like to make some money.” iAd is designed to help them do that. However, this won’t be like existing solutions, because according to Jobs, “most [mobile] advertising sucks.” He’s got a point, the AdMob model leaves a lot to be desired.

Taking a swipe at Google he says,

“On a mobile device, search is not where it’s at, not like on the desktop. They’re spending all their time on these apps, they’re using apps to get to data on the internet, not generalized search.”

“The average user spends over 30 minutes using apps on their phone. If we said we wanted to put an ad up every 3 minutes, that’d be 10 ads per device per day ‚ about the same as a TV show. We’re going to soon have 100m devices. That’s a billion ad opportunities per day!”

Essentially, Apple wants to bring the classic advertising model from television to applications. Because iAd is built into iPhone 4.0 OS, interactive video content can be included in an ad without ever taking the user out of the application.

Users can return to an app anytime they want and Apple thinks that users will be more interested in clicking on interactive ads if no penalty is involved for doing so. It’s true, if clicking on an ad won’t take me out of my application and disrupt what I’m doing, I’m going to be more likely t do it.

They’ll also split ad revenue with developers 60/40 (developers get 60%). In a demonstration, Jobs showed off how a game could be built into an ad.

And More…

These are just seven of the biggest features coming to iPhone 4.0 OS. More than 100 user features are being added and developers will have access to more than 1500 new APIs.

Developers get access to a the iPhone 4.0 OS preview today and it will be launching on the next iPhone, the iPhone 3GS and the third generation iPod touch this summer. Those devices will do everything. For the iPhone 3G and the iPod touch 2G, they will run many of the new features but won’t support everything. For instance, they can’t do multitasking, the hardware just isn’t good enough.

As for the iPad? Well, iPhone 4.0 OS is coming to the iPad this Fall.

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iPhone 4.0 Event: What Apple Might Announce

Apple is hosting an event at 1 p.m. EST to unveil the next-generation iPhone 4.0 OS.

Take a look at some of the features Apple might just unveil today:


Last year, it was all about copy and paste; this year, it’s all about multitasking. While native iPhone applications like iPod, Mail and Safari can take advantage of backgrounding or multitasking (i.e., you can listen to music using the iPod app while playing a game or surfing the web), third-party applications can’t do this.

While there are specific reasons that multitasking or backgrounding hasn’t been implemented on a system-wide level, that hasn’t stopped complaints from users and pundits alike. Since January we’ve been hearing rumors about multitasking coming to the next iPhone OS.

While we’re not sure how Apple will implement this feature, we have a strong feeling that it is coming.


With the FTC reportedly close to investigating Google/AdMob, this might end up being the perfect time for Apple to announce its iAd mobile ad network. Depending on how the system works and how well it integrates with the iPhone SDK, Apple might even have a chance to beat Google in mobile advertising.


Yesterday, AppleInsider reported that direct printing support might be coming to iPhone 4.0 OS. If this is true, it will likely work like Bonjour currently works on Mac OS X systems (or on Windows computers that have Bonjour installed).

While printing isn’t an activity I ever feel the need to do on my iPhone, the larger screen of the iPad might make it more compelling.

Front-Facing Camera Support

While Apple usually leaves its OS announcements to talk about software exclusively — leaving the hardware unveils to WWDC or other events — if video chat is on a list of upcoming features, it might just be because the next iPhone will be sporting a front-facing camera.

Of course, this begs the question: Why not put a camera on the iPad?

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Nintendo: Apple isn’t a viable gaming platform

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When asked about the impact that the iPhone and iPod touch have had on Nintendo's stranglehold on portable gaming, and whether or not there is any concern about the iPad, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that Apple "is not having an impact on Nintendo when you look at our business, our volume, our hardware, our software." Fils-Aime elaborated on this by highlighting the app store ecosystem and gaming experience. For him, the existence of free games makes it "[clear that] it doesn't look like their platform is a viable profit platform." The iPhone platform also serves up games that aren't even a "mouthful," when compared to the in "between snacks of entertainment and full meals" that Nintendo's portable experience provides.

While the availability of lower priced substitutes, and free ones at that, will invariably have an impact on the sales of other goods, many a developer has made hearty revenues from the app store. They range from the large and more-established like Electronic Arts, to the smaller Lima Sky, makers of the the popular game Doodle Jump. As a result, it's no surprise that many developers made a push to get iPad apps ready for launch day, as well as racing out to buy iPads during launch day in order to test out their apps on the device (as opposed to the simulator).

Then there's Fils-Aime's take that the platform's gaming experience leaves much to be desired. Here, a snack would be something akin to Brain Age, while a game like World of Warcraft would be like going to Hometown Buffet. While there is many a game on the iPhone that leaves much to be desired, the platform features a diverse library to whet the gaming appetites of many.

The iPhone's success as a gaming platform is an offshoot of its wide ranging appeal and versatility, born from the convenience of the app store and multitouch differentiation. However, unlike the iPhone, the iPad isn't something that will always be on the physical person of its owners. One of the distinct exceptions, however, are students. If the iPad makes inroads in the education market and becomes as ubiquitous as textbooks, then it can have a substantial impact on gaming. What better way to pass the time away while waiting for mom to pick you up or when you're in between classes than to use your iPad -- which also happens to house all 5 of your textbooks -- to play some games. This is something that has the potential to impact Nintendo's portable gaming.

Picking sides in a Nintendo-Apple fight is no fun, as both are companies that share much in common and have many shared fans. It's like picking between Shaq and Kobe. The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) that brought me the joy of The Legend of Zelda and Metroid -- as well as the joy of having to blow on the games for 10 minutes before they'd work -- shared the same room with my original Macintosh. It will be interesting to see how this game plays out.

via [Kotaku]

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New iPhone Commercial – Shopper

Our second iPhone advert of the week, after Concert, shows us more of the iPhone’s versatility.  Shopper features a guy on the hunt for a present for his wife, in this case an unromantic – his words – espresso machine and one where he wants to save money as well as ensure it’s in a [...]

iPhone OS 4.0 to support printing?

If you look close enough, on Apple’s support page for iWorks (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) there is a little note, something I never would have seen, had it not been for the keen eyes of someone at AppleInsider. The note states, quite simply: “Printing is currently not available directly on iPad.” Such open-ended wording as “currently,” leaves me [...]

Our live coverage of Apple’s iPhone OS 4 event starts April 8th, 10AM PT, 1PM ET!

We don't know what the future holds for the iPhone OS. Will we see multitasking? Will there be widgets? Will Apple forgo the whole idea of icons in exchange for constantly mutating digital lifeforms? Luckily, we're less than 24 hours from finding the answer to those questions (and hopefully many more). We'll be bringing you live, up-to-the-minute coverage of Apple's event starting tomorrow morning, delivering each astounding factoid with the speed and precision that only Engadget can provide. Tune in at the times (and URL below), and be prepared for more magical revolutions.

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Video: Verizon CEO So Wants an iPhone

At a Council of Foreign Relations event in New York, Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Verizon Communications, spoke to Alan S. Murray, Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online, Wall Street Journal. He touched upon various topics including the iPad and the iPhone. His comments on the iPhone were pretty telling — revealing a kind of wistfulness.

“In our view, over time, is that as the devices come to a common architecture, we would be eligible for Apple to consider putting their devices on our network. It’s their shot, their call,” he said. “We’re open to doing it. eventually our view is we’ll get to carry the Apple standard when Apple’s ready to make that decision. We have expressed to Apple an interest in doing it; we have explained that our network is capable of handling it. But those of you who read about Apple — a great company, they operate on their own frequency.”

His comments about the iPad were very telling as well.

But here’s the thing about the iPad that’s very interesting. So we look at it as a fourth screen. So you got your TV; you got your mobile device, right; you got your PC; and now you got a fourth screen. So it’s not clear that those four could become three, or those four could become five, but at this point it’s another screen in the marketplace. Now, the interesting thing about the iPad, from how Verizon looks at it– from a network person, first of all, it has no hard drive, right. It’s got flash memory. So that doesn’t mean anything to you, but it means a lot. It means they can produce a lower-cost device for the technology they put in, and the battery will last longer.

Seidenberg also discussed net neutrality and the gulf between Silicon Valley and the phone companies. He also discusses the newfound kinship with Google.

So if you look at Silicon Valley, they’re view was anything that Verizon, or AT&T, or any of the carriers did was an encroachment on the software business. So the best thing is to come up with a strategy that defines “network” and segments it away from software, and therefore you create a whole argument around Net neutrality. What we know is that the technology is not that easy to separate. Things are more integrated.

Here is the interview: I recommend you watch it.