WordPress iPhone App Pending

Update: The WordPress iPhone app is out now! Head to iTunes and download it now.

From WordPress for iPhone blog:

Just a quick update that we’ve successfully uploaded the app to the iTunes Store, and the status message “In Review” indicates that the Apple team is conducting their testing procedures. We have not been provided with an ETA — so it could get approved at any time.

The WordPress iPhone app is awesome and I’m sure it’s going to make a lot of people happy. It’s been through a number of rounds of tests so a lot of the prelaunch bugs have been ironed out. Best of all, it is open source, so it may help other budding developers discover how iPhone apps function under the hood.

“Rogers rolls back iPhone pricing plan to $30″

From Canada.com

Rogers Communications Inc. has rolled back the pricing of its promotional six-gigabyte data plan for iPhone 3G, following criticism that the costs were too high for the eagerly anticipated Apple device.

Rogers said on Wednesday the price of the six-gigabyte service plan will be reduced to $30. Earlier, it said iPhone plans for voice and data would range from $60 to $115.

The plan will be available to customers who purchase the plan before Aug. 31 on a three-year contract.

That’s a slight nudge in the right direction, but with the usual Rogers caveats.

To get the offer you have to sign up before August 31, and also sign a new 3 year contract. I don’t understand this 3 year bit, is that still true if you don’t want a new phone and simply want to add it to an existing contract? If it does then that is BS in my opinion.

Carriers tie you into contracts to recoup the cost of a discounted handset, if you don’t get one, then why the tie in?

“Solution to high iPhone prices is not to buy one”

From The Vancouver Sun:

The petition has attracted attention in Canada and abroad, but it won’t have any effect on Rogers unless consumers follow through with the old-fashioned but simple and reliable strategy for pulling down prices.

If you don’t like the price of an iPhone, don’t buy it. If Rogers finds it has priced itself out of the market, it won’t take a petition to ring in lower prices.

Great bit of advice, if you really want serious change in Canada then nothing speaks greater than a good-ol’ stay-at-home.

Lisa on Macbreak

Fellow Vancouver blogger and friend Lisa Bettany (aka Mostly Lisa & Red Pilot Media) hosted the latest Macbreak video podcast released today. She appeared with iJustine and talked about the new Flip video offering.

She did a really awesome job, you can watch the show directly or subscribe via iTunes. Check it out!

iPhone 3G Costs – UK vs USA vs Canada

The iPhone 3G price plans for Rogers Wireless in Canada were announced today. As per usual it looks as though we are being ripped off compared with the UK and USA.

Not only are you required to sign a 3 year contract, Rogers also nickel and dime you with “system access fees” and making caller display an added extra (what year is this??).

Here’s a nice chart I’ve made that shows the cost breakdown of owning an iPhone in Canada compared with the USA and UK. You’ll be amazed at the difference in cost.

(Click for a larger version)

iPhone 3G Costs

$3,225! And that is just for the basic plan here in Canada. Sheesh. At least it’s here I suppose?

Update: A nice quote from someone over on the ehMac forums:

“So in other words for the same price as the US we get about a third of the text messages, a third of the anytime minutes, no call display, evenings that start at 9 pm instead of 7 pm and an extra contract year. Oh and I almost forgot, 400Mb of data instead of unlimited.”

Update II: What can we do as Canadians? Here’s a couple of things:

GrApple Themes for Firefox 3

As one of the millions who participated in the Firefox Download Day, I’ve enjoyed using Firefox 3 for the past few days.

Firefox has improved hugely on the Mac platform. It now feels less like a clunky Java app, and more like a native application should. The page load times, memory usage and launch speed have been significantly improved.

Despite these huge improvements, the new default theme doesn’t quite feel right to me. It’s like a hybrid of Mac and Windows interface standards, and in my opinion it ends up looking a bit quirky.

The default mac theme for Firefox 3

Thankfully Annorax has stepped in and created a whole bunch of Mac styled themes for Firefox 3. I’m using the GrApple Yummy (blue) theme and it’s fantastic. Firefox looks and feels almost identical to Safari.

Firefox 3 with the GrApple Yummy (blue) theme installed.

Head over to takebacktheweb.org and check out the themes on offer. Each one has subtle differences so you can choose which theme suits you best.

Update: Top 10 Firefox themes via Rebecca

The Impact of the iPod Touch

The iPod touch is Apple’s new touch screen iPod offering. It’s essentially an iPhone without the phone features. It includes Wi-Fi, as well as the Safari web browser for internet access.

The crucial difference between the iPod touch and iPhone however, is the fact Apple is selling the iPod touch worldwide from the end of September.

Apple have already sold over 100m iPods, not all of which were full sized versions, but it gives an idea of the numbers. This means there is the possibility of many millions of people with the ability to browse the web on a quality mobile device. As Steve Jobs said, this is not the watered-down mobile web, this is the full web experience.

What does this mean for Web Developers?

With the potential for millions of people to use their iPod to browse the web, it could become a significant platform. It definitely will become a platform that needs to be tested on by developers, making sure that sites work with the screen-size and interface.

However, the bigger question is when will clients start requesting “iPod enabled” websites? We have already seen the likes of Digg and Facebook creating iPhone specific interfaces, making use of the iPhone’s screen size and touch interface.

I wonder if it will ever get to a point in time where people head on over to your website or web app and expect an “iPod enabled” interface?

Lots of things to consider, but you can see how the inclusion of a web browser on the iPod opens the doors to many new possibilities.

What are your thoughts?

Leopard Finder: A Close One?

 

I’m happy with the new look, although I personally think it feels a little unfinished (aqua scrollbars still? Hmm). Unifying the look across core applications was the right decision, especially when Apple are picking up new users in droves.

A Comparison:

Smarter Filters, Cover Flow & Quick View

Better smart filters are very welcome. Although they didn’t use them in exactly the same way I expected, the fact that they are providing pre-created filters is sure to let users actually know filtering exists – and is useful in everyday situations.

Cover Flow was a given, I’m not sure why I didn’t pick up on that one. Apple loves it, although I’m still unsure whether this will be any more than an added whistle. Perhaps for folders of pictures or videos I can see it being helpful, but for viewing the applications folder? I doubt it.

Quick view is excellent. I think it could be the best feature announced. I hate opening up apps just to check to see if I have the right document. Hopefully this will be easily extensible, so 3rd party developers can add support for their own document types.

No Tabs – But Hello Breadcrumb!

I wish Apple would add tabs. Perhaps this breaks too many interface guidelines to be considered. I still think it would be extremely useful – providing I can drop files onto a tab and have it spring open in the same way folders do.

One thing that did find its way in to the new Finder was a bread crumb. I thought this had very little chance to be honest, but it’s a very welcome addition. We see bread crumbs on websites all the time, and they are a critical component to the iTunes store. Users know what they mean, so the Finder seems the perfect place to use them.

Overall a great (and needed) upgrade. I’m looking forward to using it.