iOS 4.1 Gains Full Bluetooth Playback Control (AVRCP) Support

According to bluetooth device users running iOS 4.1, the updated iOS is now fully AVRCP compatible. AVRCP is the mechanism which allows bluetooth headsets, or car dashboards to take full control of the audio functions of the devices they are connected to. Up until this release, users who paired their iPhones to their car to listen to music over bluetooth, needed to control playback via the iPod app. Now, with this full implementation of the bluetooth protocol, users can use the playback switches on their supported cars and headsets. 

This new feature reportedly supports skipping forward, back, and volume. Prior to this beta, only volume control was accessible on third-party bluetooth devices. This is a nice addition to the operating system, and it furthers Apple’s push of safety. Instead of having to use their phone while driving to control their music, users can simply use their bluetooth headset or the controls built into their vehicles. 

FaceTime and Game Center Parental Controls added to iOS 4.1

Parents who wish to block their children from FaceTime on their iPhone 4′s can now do so via a new preference in the setting’s restrictions menu. The option completely blocks FaceTime from the phone by removing the option from contacts as well as during phone calls. The ‘hold’ button for calls moves back to its old place when FaceTime is restricted.

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Apple is also allowing the restriction of multiplayer interaction in Game Center. This means you can block your kid from playing games online with complete strangers.

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We’re still waiting for Apple to block the front camera so kids won’t be exposed to Chatroulette on their iPhones. 

Apple to have special iPhone 4 press event on Friday

The Loop reports that Apple seems ready to address the iPhone 4 issue.  It will be interesting to see what they say.

Apple on Wednesday invited select press to a special press conference to be held this Friday in California.Apple would only say that the press conference would be regarding the iPhone 4. No other information was available when I spoke with them tonight.

Interesting.  You don’t call a press event to announce free bumpers (do you?).  This might be a big deal.

Microsoft CTO Kevin Turner:' iPhone 4 might be Apple's Vista'

Ouch!  Comparing Apple’s iPhone 4 to his own Windows Vista mess, Microsoft CTO Kevin Turner today ‘went there’.  Yes, taking a swing at his own failure, Turner tried to say that Apple’s best selling iPhone ever is going to tank in the market.  Let’s see.

“It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I’m okay with that,” said Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, in a keynote speech at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC)… Earlier in his talk, Turner poked fun at the reception problems that have dogged Apple’s iPhone 4 since its June 24 launch. “One of the things I want to make sure you know today is that you’re going to be able to use a Windows Phone 7 and not have to worry about how you’re holding it to make a phone call,” Turner said, referring to the Microsoft mobile operating system set to debut on smartphones this fall.

Microsoft execs have been pretty spot on in their evaluations of iPhone so far. In fact, let’s have another listen to Steve Ballmer prognosticate on the iPhone at its debut:

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