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iPhone Informer — Touching the iPhone This Week

Time for our Wednesday feature that highlights some of the latest iPhone news. It seems to me that we’re almost in a quiet period when it comes to the iPhone and Apple’s (s aapl) mobile strategy. Is it just me or are you getting the same sense as we draw closer to the last month week of January? At that time, Apple is holding some type of event — many are anticipating the introduction of some type of slate tablet device. I’m not going to add to the rumors, although there appear to be many slate stars aligning in terms of component orders and such. Maybe we’ll start a pool next week on different expectations!

While waiting for the next mobile Apple device, what’s happening with apps on the current ones? Although the App Store Economy is huge, piracy is pretty darn big too from what I read. Could it be true that the iTunes App Store is losing out on nearly $450 million due to software piracy? Considering how locked down the Apple ecosystem is, that figure is astounding large to me. Then again, I’ve never gone the jailbroken route so I’ve never installed apps from outside the store.

However, I have been known to install a racing game or two on my iPhone. And I do have plenty of old LEGO parts lying around in the basement. What happens when you combine an iPhone with accelerometer, a racing game and LEGOs? You get a miniature steering wheel control that’s fun for all, of course! Have a look because the visuals are far better than the description. While you watch, I’m heading down to my basement.

5 Responses to “iPhone Informer — Touching the iPhone This Week”

  1. As usual, we have to treat the figure quoted from data gathered via ‘numerous sources’ with a pinch of salt.

    That being said, it is sad that Piracy is now on the agenda regarding the iPhone. I have a jailbroken phone and have purchased about ten Cydia Store Apps that have significantly enhanced my iPhone’s functionality.

    Unfortunately, Piracy now gives even more reason for Apple to up the ‘cat and mouse’ fight with jailbreakers.

  2. I’m really hoping that this Apple press event is going to be used to make some announcement toward new iPhone software. I’m exhausted and bored with the current OS, and it’s going to take something pretty big for me to hold on to my iPhone for another year.

    I’ve been dying to try out an Android device for a couple of days, but I lack the disposable income. :[