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iPhone developers! Do you need to make a quick mockup of your iPhone app for a presentation to venture capitalists?
Don’t struggle with creating your own UI elements. Geoff Teehan and crew have come up with a Photoshop PSD library full of UI assets that you can use to whip up a mockup of that killer app in time for the meeting with Mr. Moneybags.
The PSD file is now at version 1.1, with the following improvements over the 1.0:
You know those movie trailers that begin with the narrator intoning the familiar words “In a world….”? Beau Weaver, a Hollywood narrator and diehard TUAW reader who does a lot of those trailers, was asked by his friends to create an iPhone ringtone that played on the same phrase. He did, and he’d like to share it with TUAW readers for free.
Just pop over to Beau’s website at http://www.spokenword.com/ringtone/, listen to the ringtone, and if you like it, follow our TUAW tutorial on how to create an iPhone ringtone from an MP3 with GarageBand. To download the MP3 for slicing and dicing in GarageBand, just Control-click the link and select Save Link As.
a couple of three new iPhone ads showing tonight, “Lonely Planet,” “Cro Mag” and “Vicinity.” All are available on Apple’s ads page now (that is, if your Friday night needs a shot of pure excitement). The ads focus on the App Store and the ease of downloading new iPhone applications wherever, whenever you like (and again I refer you to the Friday night possibilities for fun). [We missed "Vicinity" on the first look, but thanks to Alan for following up.]
“Lonely Planet” features a Lonely Planet phrasebook for Mandarin Chinese, which ties in nicely to the current Olympic festivities. “Cro Mag” shows Cro-Mag Rally, recently reduced to $5.99US, and actually demos the gameplay briefly before showing one of the interesting challenges of iPhone gaming — the phone call that interrupts your game.
A few TUAW readers have reported receiving a text message from AT&T on their 3G iPhones. Specifically, it prompts users to upgrade to iPhone software 2.0.2.
“An important software update for iPhone 3G has been available on iTunes since this past Monday,” the message reads. “To get it, simply sync your iPhone 3G with iTunes and click the ‘Check for Update’ button.”
Thanks for nagging, AT&T. Since I own an original iPhone that’s fully up to date, I haven’t received the message. So, dear readers, have you been nagged by Auntie AT&T today?
Despite issues with the iPhone 3G — less-than-stellar battery life, dropped calls, crashes, etc. — stock market analysts are very bullish on Apple’s product.
BusinessWeek reported that Piper Jaffray tech analyst Gene Munster is forecasting sales of 13 million iPhone 3Gs in 2008, and a whopping 45 million on 2009. That’s considerably higher than what other analysts are proposing, which is in the range of 11 million in 2008 and “only” 26 million in 2009.
The BusinessWeek article also mentioned Apple’s new production goals point to 40 to 45 million handsets between now and August of 2009, which fits into Munster’s forecast nicely. Of course, supply is only half of the picture. Demand for the 3G depends on Apple and carriers fixing issues quickly, decent rate plans from carriers, and killer apps in the App Store.