iOS Devices August 5, 2011

According to a report from Karthikk (via AppleInsider) Apple is disabling “non-developer” devices that are running iOS 5. The move may seem unsurprising but we have our doubts, like TUAW. Apple, earlier this week, disabled all iOS 5 devices that were running betas 1 and 2. Our iPad running beta 2 was disabled as well – and it is registered to a developer account. Theoretically, there is no way that Apple could know if a device running iOS 5 is not being used by a developer. Apple provides 100 UDID slots to developers so they can beta test their upcoming software with many iOS device users. Apple does not ask developers to specify which UDID actually belongs to the developers.

Apple has no way of telling if people are using the devices just to test the new iOS or to beta test upcoming App Store applications. The thought of Apple doing this simply makes no sense to us. On the other hand, the report also claims that Apple is going after developers who are selling UDID slots to people who want to give the new operating system a spin. First of all, there is no way Apple could know who is selling developer slots unless they specifically advertise their business – like some people do. The people who choose to sell slots without advertising online are likely safe from Apple.

We did receive a tip from a person, though, who claims that their developer account was recently shut down due to their selling of UDID slots:

My iOS developer account was disabled by Apple recently, last month, as it had appeared that I was breaking the agreement (iOS PLA) by distributing Apple confidential data.

Granted, I was selling UDID slots.

In summary, we doubt that Apple is disabling “non-developer” devices running iOS 5. It does appear, though, that some sellers of UDID slots are being shut down.

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…David Stitzinger. The iFixYouri iPhone repair shop and 9to5Mac will be fixing your phone for free! For those who are wondering what happened to David’s iPhone 4, here is his story:

I am going recommend that no one drives a forklift, then hits a rock that sends your AT&T iPhone 4 off the side of the forklift, only to be run over by the forklift.

For those who didn’t win this time around, we will be picking another winner next Friday! Here are the rules:

In order to enter the contest, retweet this post on Twitter with hashtag #HelpiFixYouriand a picture of your broken iDevice for a chance to win. If the story about your broken device requires more than what a tweet can share, send an email off to or like and share it on their Facebook page.

A winning contestant will be randomly selected each week. You are only allowed to enter once and a winner can only win one time. If it is determined that your device is irreparable (and doesn’t start in Blend-Tec condition), iFixYouri iPhone repair and 9to5mac will replace the device with a good working equivalent!  (also no iPod shuffles or nanos are eligible)

You will also need to follow both iFixYouri and 9to5Mac on Twitter so we can DM you in case you win. Just a hint, send in high-quality pictures of your device.

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The argument involving mobile gaming versus dedicated consoles is heating up, with no sign of dying down. First CEO John Riccitiello praised iPad as Electronic Arts’ fastest-growing platform, then founder Trip Hawkins bashed Apple, saying the company is up for a decline on the grounds of irreplaceability of Steve Jobs, and yesterday Epic Games president Mike Capps challenged the purpose of next-generation console hardware with all the momentum and credibility Apple’s iOS gadgets have been accumulating in the gaming space. He told IndustryGamers (via CNET)

Before the problem was between the consoles and PC where they had very different levels. The power of your PC could be 100 times the power of somebody else’s PC. This time the problem could be mobile. If you look at the ridiculous acceleration of iPhone hardware and technology, trying to find a sweet spot for tech to make your mobile game… I mean, what would your mobile game look like in 2015? Who knows how fast that’s going to operate, but you can bet it’s going to be faster than an Xbox 360.

And then this about iPhone 8 (not a typo):

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Call it a mobile platform heat map of sorts, but we love it. Mobile ad firm Jumptap is out with their July 2011 report analyzing ad-tracking data of about 83 million users on its ad network. The above info graphic immediately captured our attention (via GigaOM) because it tells the story of the iOS vs. Android war in an electoral manner that evening newscasters had trained us to get. As you can see, iOS is doing pretty well in the Northeast and Midweast states, while Android leads in the South and Southweast parts (no, we ain’t making any conclusions here).

Also, Hawaii is a state that falls in the iOS camp, and Alaska over-indexes for both Android and iOS. One word of warning: That pretty chart is sourced from a limited selection of people on Jumptap’s ad network rather then actual sales numbers so the usual caveats apply. One other surprising factoid:

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Bloomberg points at an RBC Daily story which claims that Apple could begin selling iPhone 5 in Russia this November, “almost immediately” after sales begin in the US. The Russian newspaper’s story is sourced from unnamed handset retailers. Bloomberg notes:

Russian cellphone operators are in talks with Apple about speeding up deliveries, as previous iPhone versions were introduced in Russia much later than in the U.S., causing a large volume of unauthorized sales, the newspaper said.

So, the Russians likely won’t be getting their hands on iPhone 5 the same day as their American counterparts. On a brighter note, it took the country three months last time to get iPhone 4 so this would be an improvement (Hope Russian President gets his iPhone unlocked this time) It is interesting that Apple is allegedly prepping to open its first Russian store inside the trade gallery of the reconstructed Hotel Moskva, near Kremlin, in late 2011.

A coincidence?

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Some interesting quotes from RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky who sat down with Apple’s two top dogs to discuss business, chief of operations Timothy Cook and finance wizard Peter Oppenheimer. According to Barron’s, when the analyst cornered the two men about that cheap iPhone we’ve been hearing about a lot, they said Apple wouldn’t launch such a device unless it was an “innovative, category-killer experience” type of product. This is the first time we hear Apple’s top execs comment on the rumored inexpensive iPhone. Their comment jives with Apple’s broader approach to the marketplace (they play in markets where they can differentiate in a big way) and Cook previously teased that “we don’t want to be just for the rich”.

Whatever the “category-killer experience” for the mass market iPhone is supposed to imply is anyone’s guess, but we have a few ideas of our own. An affordable iPhone would no doubt be a big hit in low income and emerging markets and help tackle slow down Android’s growth. The executives made it known they expect “explosion of low-priced Android smartphones”, but are ready for it citing Apple’s “sustained advantages”. They also told the analyst that come this Fall, the iCloud service will be ready for “significant scale”. RBC Capital Markets in their July note estimated apple could sing up around 150 million users to iCloud. More tidbits after the break.

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