Apple starts rejecting apps that access device UDIDs

According to several developers Apple has kept their promise and is now starting to decline app submissions that access the UDID of an iDevice. According to sources this will only become more stringent in the near future. Currently Apple has two review teams actively rejecting UDID-accessing apps with all ten teams expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
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Apple releases EFI Firmware updates bringing Lion Internet Recovery to 2010 Macs

EFI

For those who have been wondering why Apple hasn’t brought internet recovery to their 2010 Macs running Lion, here is some good news, Apple recently released three new EFI firmware updates bringing Lion Internet Recovery to the company’s Late 2010 MacBook Air, Mid-2010 iMac, and Early 2010 MacBook Pro.

Available firmware updates include:

– MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.3 (2.98 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Air (Late 2010) models and addresses an issue where the sys
tem could restart if the power button is pressed immediately after waking from deep sleep.

– iMac EFI Update 1.8 (3.02 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on iMac (Mid 2010) models.

– MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.6 (3.18 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Pro (Early 2010) models.

Originally Apple introduced Lion Internet Recovery on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini models that were introduced last July alongside OS X Lion itself. OS X Lion users might have noticed that  OS X Lion by default installs a recovery partition on the machine’s hard drive, however sometimes for unknown reasons this recovery partition becomes inaccessible, and therefore Internet Recovery provides yet another fallback option for Lion installation.

Apple announces education event in New York City to take place next Thursday, Jan. 19

Education

Last week Apple sent out invitations for a special event set to take place this Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the theme of the event is an “education announcement in the Big Apple.”

As you can see in the image above, the invitation features a chalkboard-style drawing outlining the skyline of New York, with the addition of the Apple logo in the center.

The event is expected to focus on improvements to the iBooks platform with a main emphasis on education and digital textbook publishing. According to rumors the event will try to combine the iTunes U, a free service Apple provides that gives access to educational content, with iBooks.

Previous reports have said Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was heavily involved in this project, before he passed away this past October. According to biographer Walter Isaacson Jobs told him “that textbooks were one of the products he wanted to reinvent, along with photography and televisions.”

We will keep you updated on where to follow the event over the next few days, so keep checking back.

Epic Games earn $30 Million on Infinity Blade

While the average developer earns an estimated $3,000 on their Apps, there are some companies that are earning big bucks from their developments.

Epic Games, the makers of popular iOS title Infinity Blade reported last year that their had made $10 million in revenue from the sales of the original Infinity Blade, now with the release of the follow-up Infinity Blade II Epic Games has announced that it has made more than $30 Million in revenues.

Adding to the revenue was the release  of the game’s official soundtrack and the Infinity Blade FX arcade game.

Infinity Blade II can be download in the App Store for $6.99. The original Infinity Blade is still available for $5.99. Both downloads are universal for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Apple releases iOS 5.1 beta 3 to developers

Apple has released the third beta of iOS 5.1 to developers. iOS 5.1 beta 2 was released nearly a month ago, but now that the holiday lull is out of the way it’s probably not going to take that long before the next beta comes out.

The beta is available both through over-the-air download and a direct download link on the Apple Developer Center website.

Once released, iOS 5.1 is expected to introduce improvements to Photo Stream and address battery life issues that some users, particularly iPhone 4S owners, have experienced in iOS 5.

Google Brings iPad Support To Google Translate For iOS

Google Brings iPad Support To Google Translate For iOS

Google has updated its popular Google Translate app for iOS today, introducing native support for the iPad. Instead of running in a small window in the center of screen, the app will now take advantage of your iPad’s large display to make text translation easier on the go.

Version 1.3.0 of the Google Translate app hit the App Store earlier today, and as usual, it’s completely free to download. The app allows you to translate text between 63 languages, either by typing or speaking; listen to translations out loud; and save translations for easy access, and for viewing offline.

Other than support for the iPad, however, the latest Google Translate release offers nothing new. What’s more, you may find the iPad support a little disappointing; it’s literally the same app you get on the iPhone, only larger. Nevertheless, it’s still an incredibly useful app.

Young programmer gives back to hospital that saved his life


The story behind the new app released byyoung programmer Cameron Cohen is really quite remarkable.

At a mere age of 13 Cameron has already released two successful Apps, however the real story is what motivated him to write these apps and what he does with the money earned through the Apps.

When Cameron Cohen was 11 he had surgery to remove a benign tumor from his leg. Since he couldn’t play any of the sports he loved during his 9-month recovery he turned to his other big interest, computers. As he states “I began to read anything about programming that I could get my hands on. I watched Stanford University professors on iTunes, scoured the web for articles on programming and taught myself several different programming languages.”

Determined to somehow give thanks to the hospital where he had received treatment, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Cameron decided to create iSketch, a drawing app, which he sold on the App Store for just $0.99. The app became a huge success and Cohen donated $20,000 from the sales to the hospital. The money was used to purchase computers, iPads, iPods and entertainment for patients to use during their recovery.

Now at 13 Cameron has done it again with the release of his newest app, AnimalGrams, Race against the clock to unscramble words! Once again Cohen states that a significant portion of the proceeds with be donated to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

We wish Cameron the best of luck in the future.

iOS 5.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak Is Now Available

iOS 5.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak

Finally the news we have all been waiting for! Following the last month of updates, pod2g has finally released his untethered iOS 5.01 jailbreak through the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team. But sorry chaps, it won’t work on the iPhone 4S or iPad 2. Not yet, anyway.

The iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak only works on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3G and 4G, and the iPad 1. pod2g’s working on extending the untether to iPhone 4S and iPad 2, but it could take time.

You can download the new untethered jailbreak from either Chronic Dev Team or The Dev Team. Watch for our jailbreaking guide later today.