There is very good news for some people that pre-ordered the new iPhone 3G S (S is for silly). It looks like there are a few that will actually get delivered tomorrow on the 17th as opposed to the 19th when the rest of the world will fight for the new Apple toy.
Tomorrow is iPhone OS 3.0 day and will (if I am not wrong) be another day of down AT&T servers, iTunes activation servers and other fun for those wanting the new OS on the first day out. For those that are getting the phone tomorrow, I have a feeling that you won't be able to use it before the 19th anyway.
Read more here.
Waiting days in the blistering sun for a phone that more level-headed folks (that is, not us) will be able to get by simply waltzing into a store a few days later just isn't what it used to be, is it? As iPhones make the inevitable transition from wildly-anticipated objects of lust to commodities, it seems that Apple's putting progressively less effort into carefully orchestrating and micro-managing launches -- and if you want solid proof of that, look no further than the shipping tracking numbers coming off of the online Apple Store's order status site where you'll find that some iPhone 3G S units should be in buyers' hands tomorrow
According to Engadget, well actually a source at Apple, the number of reservations for Apple's iPhone 3G S is around 200,000 with four days to go before they are officially available in the stores.
The method behind this number is a bit sketchy though, the unnamed source says that they estimate around 800 reservations per store as the average for the US, and then they multiplied that number by the number of stores.
I don't know about you but that is some pretty thin math there.
Read more here.
In other news, an anonymous Apple Store employee has done some homework and tallied up average reservation numbers at other US stores -- he estimates about 800 people on average are on the reservation list per Apple Store (ranging from a couple hundred to well over a thousand), which amounts to about 200,000 reservations as of now, a number he believes could double before launch. There's no way to back that number up, but it sounds fairly rational.
AT&T and Apple have detailed how the launch of the iPhone 3G S will work come June 19, and it looks like those who don't preorder the phone will be getting the shaft.
Apple will be opening their stores a little early at 8AM. This will all those who preorder the phone to come in early and grab their new overpriced paperweight.
Those going through AT&T to get the new phone have a little bit more to deal with. If you preorder the phone then it might not be so bad as you will be able to line up early and get priority to get your phone on launch day. Those who don't preorder will have to wait until the store opens and have to wait for all the preorders to be fulfilled first.
It sure isn't going to be cheap either. New AT&T customers or those eligible for their upgrade will be able to get the new iPhone for $199/$299 for the 16GB/32GB versions. If you aren't eligible for the upgrade are going to have to cough up a lot more dough however as it will be between $399/$499 and $599/$699 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively, all depending on how much time is left on your two year contract.
In the world of hardware it is often hard to keep track of changing standards and practices. Usually this happens across different platforms and hardware. However when it happens to Apple on their own products it is sort of funny.
According to a very detailed breakdown of features between the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3G S one stands out. OpenGL ES support. In the iPhone 3G you have OpenGL ES 1.1 only. In the new iPhone 3G S you have OpenGL ES 2.0 and 1.1, this is thanks to the new PowerVR SGX graphics chip in the cover.
Application developers are now faced with the problem of designing applications that can take advantage of the newer standard or making them available to more iPhone users.
Read more here.
When we were breaking down the meaty differences between the old-school 3G and the 3G S yesterday, we made an assumption about support for OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics APIs in the original iPhone 3G based on the fact that it had been available in the iPhone OS 3.0 SDK for several betas. Turns out, though, that the graphics processor in the 3G S -- the PowerVR SGX -- supports hardware acceleration of both OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 while the more pedestrian PowerVR MBX found in the iPhone 3G supports 1.1 alone.
What does this mean to you? OpenGL ES is the lightweight version of OpenGL, a powerful library of real-time 3D rendering APIs; many modern phones and other handheld devices support the older 1.1 specification, but 2.0 is less common -- it kicks things up a notch by supporting more complex textures and shading operations, which basically means games written to support it look more badass. Here's the problem, though: because OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0 are completely incompatible with each other, apps need to be written to support both if they're going to be maximally compatible.
Ever since the iPhone launched in 2007, the two most asked for features for the iPhone were tethering and MMS support. Apple has finally answered those requests by saying that they will add support for both.
While many carriers around the world plan on supporting the new features as soon as Apple makes them available, it would seem that those in the US aren't going to get it ASAP.
AT&T, the nation's only carrier for the iphone, says that the new features won't be immediately available. Rest assured though as AT&T says they they are coming, along with additional costs should you choose to use the tethering. The upgraded plan will coming with a 5GB/mo. limit and will cost $65/mo.
iPhone users across the U.S. were disappointed Monday to learn that AT&T, the only operator in the country offering the iPhone, won't immediately support a couple of key new features in Apple's new 3.0 operating system that will be available starting next week. But AT&T says these features are coming.
"We will be offering a tethering plan and MMS for the iPhone," Mark Siegel, AT&T's spokesman, said by phone. "But we haven't announced a date."
Of course the big news that everyone has been waiting for is the new iPhone. But is not being called the iPhone 3.0 but the iPhone 3G S (maybe the S is for Speed).
They have taken the base iPhone and thrown something new under the hood. Almost everything is faster, roughly twice as fast. Of course not all applications will enjoy this. Maybe there is some truth to the rumors that Apple is using OpenCL and a more powerful GPU to accelerate the iPhone.
Apple has dropped in a new camera 3MP to be exact with auto focus and tap to focus as well as macro. 7.2Mbps HSDPA, video recording (complete with built in editing), voice control (not only for dialing but for iTunes control, a compass application (should be great for hikers),hardware encryption and of course all of the new features of the iPhone OS 3.0.
Apple has worked on the batter quite a bit too; they have improved the 3G Talk time to 5 hours and the WiFi Internet time to 9 hours.
Granted most of this should have been on the 3G, but hey it is finally here. If you are just getting an iPhone (or are eligible for an upgrade) you can pick up the 3GS for $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB. If you are like me and are outside this you are looking at about $500 for the 16GB and 600-700 for the 32GB.
Availability should be in a little over a week and a half from today in the USA. And after that even more countries, over 80 countries will have it by August.
Get ready it is going to be a busy summer. Read more here.
12:03PM "So today, we've shown you a whole new line of MacBook Pros, Snow Leopard, really our first public demo, Scott showed you iPhone OS 3.0, and I've shown you the iPhone 3GS."
12:02PM New ad! Ha -- more of the spy theme. A lens looking at the 3GS "I think it's the same."
12:02PM "After that even more countries, over 80 countries will have it by August."
12:01PM "So when does the iPhone 3GS become available? Just a week and a half."
12:01PM "And that starts today..."
12:00PM "But we want to reach even more customers. So we're going to keep the iPhone 3G on the market... at $99."
12:00PM Black and white... no colors.
11:59AM 16GB of storage, and $299 for a 32GB version.
11:59AM "The iPhone 3GS... just $199."
11:59AM Okay... now let's get this price.
11:58AM "The 3GS -- the most powerful iPhone yet."
11:58AM Also a greener device. 23% smaller packaging.
11:58AM Up to 5 hours 3G talk time, 9 hours of WiFI internet.
11:57AM "All this... and yet we've improved battery life as well."
11:57AM "And something businesses have asked for... hardware encryption. All new iPhone 3GSs will have it."
Ok this is really cool, TomTom has decided to go toe-to-toe with Garmin and has launched TomTom for iPhone.
That is right - the real TomTom navigation application right on your iPhone. You can even purchase a car mounting kit for use on the road.
I can't wait to get this setup once the iPhone OS 3.0 hits. It is honestly the first truly new thing they have talked about with the new iPhone OS so far.
Read more here.
11:26AM "It will dock the iPhone, you can use in portrait or landscape, and thanks to the accessory framework, we can enhance your GPS data. Finally, we'll power your iPhone as you drive, so you're fully charged when you arrive."
11:25AM Wow, the app is very slick, and very fast. Switching to landscape mode. Go figure, it's got a robot voice. Text to speech sounds surprisingly clear. "We've also created an accessory, the TomTom car kit."
11:24AM "We've worked hard on this. We've delivered real TomTom navigation on the iPhone. Here's an example." About time on this, guys!
11:23AM "The first GPS unit I purchased was a TomTom -- here's the CTO and Co-founder of TomTom, Peter-Frans Pauwels."
MacRumors has posted a new picture of the upcomming iPhone update.
The new picture shows that not much has changed, assuming that the photo is genuine. It could just be a PhotoShop job or even a cheap case for the iPhone.
As always, there is nothing official from Apple on the subject so we are going to have to wait and see if Apple will confirm the rumor sometime in the near future.
Nokia opened its very own App store on Tuesday and already it is feeling the same pinch that got Apple at the launch of the iPhone. According to an article at usatoday.com the Ovi store is having some technical difficulties and is not being accepted as well as would be hoped.
Users are complaining that to access the store they have to login on their phones browser as there is no direct application to allow them access just yet.
But the worst issue came as the servers were overloaded and could not fill all the requests that were coming in from Nokia owners. At the time of this writing Nokia has added additional serves to handle the extra load but the damage may already have been done.
Read more here.
The company on Tuesday launched its virtual Ovi Store, where users can download games, videos and other applications on their mobile phones. The store is available in five languages, including English, Spanish and Russian.
Many users have left comments on the Ovi Store blog, expressing their disappointment because the website was too slow and they could not install applications on their mobile phone.
"We have apologised to users on the blog and we encourage people to carry on giving us feedback as we develop the service better," Nokia spokesman Andrew Flowers told AFP.
Although Apple has kept a tight lid on almost everything associated with the upcoming new version of the iPhone, a source close to Apple's hardware development team says that the third-generation iPhone will be coming on Friday, July 17.
Many are eagerly awaiting the new iPhone and the new features that it is rumored to be bringing along with it. Some of the more notable features include double the RAM and processing power, a 32GB model, 3.2MP camera with video capabilities, a compass, and an FM transmitter. Unfortunately it is also very likely that the $199 and $299 prices will remain the same.
Of course Apple has not verified any of the information yet, all of this is from various leaks that have popped up over the last few months. As always we will have to wait to hear from Apple for the official word and confirmation, however many of the changes would fit the iPhone quite well and are all very plausible. Confirmation could be right around the corner as VP Schiller will be opening the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 8th with a keynote address.
Apple is warning users of the iPhone and iPod that they might get a shocking experience when they go to use their earbuds.
The "small and quick" shock that people are getting is coming from a buildup of static electricity, similar to that of what you would experience dragging your feet across the carpet and touching someone.
Apple of course says that this is not just limited to their hardware and is not assuming any fault at all on the issue. Instead apple recommends using a humidifier to increase humidity in the room, using anti-static spray, or limiting your wardrobe to clothes containing natural fibers only, proving once again that Apple products are targeted towards the hip and trendy. Seriously Apple?
People listening to one of the devices in extremely dry air are most at risk of receiving a static electricity shock through the ear buds, according to a warning posted on Apple's Web site. The post likened the condition to the discharge that occurs when a person drags his or her feet across a carpet then gets a shock by touching a door knob.
"This condition is not limited to Apple hardware and static can potentially build up on almost any hardware and could be discharged using any brand of earbuds," Apple said.
It has been a little while since we have heard new iPhone rumors so I was not shocked when a couple popped up today.
The one that caught my attention was this little bit over at Wired. It seems that the rumor mill went into overtime churning out this one.
The rumor says that the next Gen iPhone will hit the streets on July 17th. But there is more than that, if the "source" is correct the new iPhone will have an OLED,a 3.2 MP camera (and can capture video), 1.5 times the battery life, and will have a 32GB version.
Of course it will have all the goodies from iPhone OS 3.0 as well.
Read more here.
Overall, if these claims are true, this is a relatively minor upgrade. The most notable new features would be the built-in compass (which appeared in earlier rumor reports), the video recorder and editor (the current iPhones don't support video recording unless you Jailbreak them), the built-in FM transmitter and the OLED screen (which would improve battery life).
One of the features that sticks out to me is the built-in FM transmitter. I see no compelling reason for Apple to put this in the iPhone, as it is not a feature that users have been demanding, and it hasn't appeared in other iPods.
Another specification I find strange is the OLED screen. That would be a welcome change because it would look nicer than the current LED screen. But OLEDs are generally pricey, and if the current price points are maintained, I'm not sure if I believe this one.
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While Apple hasn't confirmed much on the 3rd generation iPhone, the leaked specifications sure seem like they would fit right with the healthy increase in performance that most are expecting when the new phone hits.
Dubbed the iPhone HD, the processor will get a 200MHz increase over the 3G iPhone bringing the CPU up to 600MHz. Storage and RAM will both be doubled, giving the iPhone HD 256MB of memory and 32GB of strage.
The camera is also getting an upgrade, bringing autofocus with the 3.2MP camera. Other features new to the iPhone HD will include an FM radio and a digital compass. Nobody is saying when the iPhone HD will hit the market but some are saying that it could come as soon ad next month's WWDC convention.
Hot on the heals of last week's revision of the iPhone OS 3.0, Apple has let loose beta 5.
The new update comes about twice as fast as previous updates, leading one to believe that there was either a serious flaw that was fixed or that the Cupertino team is really getting into the groove.
Little is known as to what the new revision entails, however it seems that MMS support can no longer be turned on and the tethering ability seems to have been nixed as well. To apply the new update, make sure that you have iTunes 8.2 installed.
The iPhone OS 3.0 has entered the BETA 4 stage. But according to people that have the new OS there is not much new to see.
One thing they do talk about is that the formerly empty store settings pane now has some information in it. The problem is there is nothing exciting there and only seems to link you to a bland web page that allows you to edit your account information.
To get OS 3.0 working you will also need to upgrade to the new iTunes, 8.2 (which is not out just yet.)
Read more here
We've toyed with beta 4 for just a few quick moments now, and naturally, the first thing we had to check out was that previously-empty "Store" settings pane. It's now populated, and it's mega-boring; all it does is allow you to sign in and out of your iTunes account, and while signed in, there's an Account Info button that lets you get booted out to an unstyled web page where you can view and edit your credit card information and the like. On the iTunes 8.2 side of things, we noticed that we were explicitly warned that the app would verify that our phone was activated for use with the beta firmware.
Now to counter the Apple rumors we have one claiming that Microsoft is looking to put out their own iPhone contender and push it onto the Verizon network.
The new phone will not be Zune based, but if the rumors and rumblings are correct will be an extension of the existing Windows Mobile OS. The phone is being called Project Pink ad will feature the almost obligatory multi-touch interface and will have the new Windows Market Place as an App Store competitor. No other information on "Pink" was available.
Read more here at the Wall Street Journal
Microsoft Corp. is in discussions with Verizon Wireless to launch a touch-screen multimedia cellphone on the carrier's network early next year, in a bid to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPhone, people familiar with the matter said.
Microsoft's project, which is code-named "Pink," is aiming to produce a phone that extends the tech giant's Windows Mobile cellphone operating system, adding new software capabilities.
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A report that comes to us from Ars Technia through CNet states that Apple may finally catch up to Smart Phones from 2007.
I know you are wondering what I am talking about, why the iPhone is miles ahead of the other smartphones right? Well yes and no; the iPhone is a good product but even 2 and half iterations from the original it still lacks some basic features found in many other phones.
One of these is voice command and voice synthesis. But if the anonymous sources that tipped of Ars are accurate that long awaited feature will arrive with the iPhone Software 3.0.
Lets hope they are true, as that could mean real turn-by-turn GPS and a host of other fun toys.
Read more here.
Ars says Jibbler appears be an enhancement to the iPhone's Finder-like SpringBoard program, which you see whenever the iPhone's Home button is pressed. It serves as an application launcher and will support the newly announced 3.0 Spotlight search.
The article states:
Jibbler may be controlled via the iPhone headset--button squeezes could be used to record short voice segments from the user, which Jibbler will then interpret. Voice synthesis can then be used to give the user a response, similar to the latest-generation iPod shuffle, which can 'read' playlists and track names--the difference being that the iPhone hardware itself could handle real-time voice synthesis.
The gang over at iSuppli stripped down their new $80 iPod Shuffle and added up the cost of the innards and packaging to see how much they really cost.
In a shocker to anyone that has not really been following Apple's business model they found that the cost of all components, was around $22.00.
This makes the markup on the device in the realm of 360%. This hefty little markup brings some of Steve Job's comments on netooks into questions.
He has said before that he did not know how to build a system for under $500 that was not a hunk of junk. Yet the iPod shuffle using cheap Samsung parts might prove different. Perhaps he meant he did not know how to build anything with a customer price tag of under $500.
Read more at Business Week.