October 8, 2012

Angry Birds Star Wars: Angry Birds creator Rovio has been teasing an upcoming Star Wars (and possibly Toys R Us) related announcement for a few days now. Today we get the official launch trailer for Angry Birds Star Wars landing on iOS and other platforms on November 8th. Rovio is also teaming up with Hasbro for a line of Star Wars themed Angry Birds toys.

BBC iPlayer Radio: BBC is releasing a new radio experience for mobile and desktop today. Alongside a web app for mobile and desktop users, there is also a new a BBC iPlayer Radio app hitting the App Store for iOS. The app is available now for UK iPhone and iPad users with all services currently offered for free.

  • -A touchscreen dial that beautifully shows the breadth of our radio, allowing easy access to all 57 BBC radio stations and their live streams.
  • -An alarm clock to let you wake up to your favourite BBC Radio station.
  • -From programme pages you can enjoy catch-up content, video clips, access to our podcasts, and for music shows the details of the tracklist.
  • -You can set programmes alerts to tell you when specific favourite shows are on.
  • -You can favourite tracks and share them with friends via email and Twitter.

The Wall Street Journal version 4.1: The WSJ iPhone app gets updated today with up-and-down swiping for article pages, faster downloads and updates, and support for iOS 6 and iPhone 5.

Crazy Taxi: Sega announced Crazy Taxi is coming to iOS later this month on its website this morning and also posted the short teaser trailer below:

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We’re not sure how we (and everyone else) missed this one. It appears that Apple is making a new version of the iPhone 4. The new hardware number appeared in iOS device downloads on September 19th but hasn’t shown up yet for developers yet:

It is hard to tell what this device is yet. It could be an internal hardware processor update…something like the iPad 2,4 we saw this year that includes a lower-power A5 processor. It could also be a combo phone rather than the two separate CDMA and GSM models originally produced. Alternatively, maybe Apple is throwing T-Mobile and its AWS 4G network a bone? Or, perhaps most interestingly, it could be an iPhone 4 updated with new basebands that could take it to places like China Mobile and its 600 million subscribers. Apple would likely be able to hit more of the market in China with a lower-priced iPhone 4.

Russian website AppStudio believes it is the newer version of the iPhone 4, similar to the iPad 2,4 update.

The iPhone3,2 was first seen at the same time as the iPhone 3,3 that turned out to be the Verizon iPhone 4 (early 2011), which would seem to reduce the possibility of it just being a newer version of the iPhone 4.

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The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Apple began mass production of the iPad mini with a launch expected within weeks. Today, a new report from WSJ said Apple’s supply chain has received enough orders to produce over 10 million units for the fourth quarter alone. The report confirmed, with Asian part suppliers, that production on the 7.85-inch iPad has started, and adding the 10 million-unit figure nearly doubles the orders placed by Amazon for its Kindle Fire tablets during the same quarter:

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A number of readers notified us that their Lightning to 30-pin adapters have begun shipping with deliveries expected tomorrow. Both readers were in Australia, but we expect global orders to start being filled shortly.

There was some controversy with the original iPhone 5 online order forms due to a bit of text on store.apple.com that said an adapter was included free with the purchase of an iPhone 5.

Third-party retailers, like Amazon and eBay, began shipping Lightning adapters, but most had to cancel orders because of the proprietary chips inside the 30-pin adapters.

MacRumors also received shipping confirmations, but it noted both the $29 direct-plug adapter and the $39 adapter with a short cable are available.

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