From USA Today
There are other surprises in the works for June 29. In addition to launching the iPhone that day, Carter says AT&T also will announce new service plans for it.
He declined to be specific, but says plans will be customized for the iPhone. Translation: The iPhone may offer cool features such as unlimited Web browsing, but you'll have to pay for them.
Carter says the additional fees shouldn't be a surprise. "Regardless of which device you're using today, you pay us a certain amount for (voice) minutes, and you also pay us for data units," he says. "That is also true on the iPhone."
(Shawn's Comment: Oh oh. Does anyone else read the above as "We're going to charge iPhone users more for the data plan. After all, if they're dumb enough to spend $600 on a phone, they're not going to mind bending over a little more for the data plan..."?)
At long last, Ambrosia Software’s popular screenshot and screen recording utility has gone Universal to run natively on Intel Macs. Snapz Pro X v2.1.0 is available for download, and is a free update for registered users of the 2.0 version. Snapz Pro costs $29 for its standard version, $69 for the version that records screen video as QuickTime movies.
According to a just-published NPD Group MusicWatch report for the first quarter of 2007, covering the sales of both physical and downloadable music, Apple’s iTunes has jumped in rank to become the third-largest retailer of music in the United States. iTunes now holds a 9.8% share of music purchases, ahead of fourth place Amazon.com at 6.7% and fifth place Target at 6.6%. Walmart remains the nation’s largest music retailer with a 15.8% share of the market, with Best Buy holding 13.8% for second place.
From the Boston Globe
Even though AT&T isn't subsidizing the iPhone's hefty price -- $499 to $599, depending on the storage capacity a customer chooses -- the company will charge a $175 termination fee for iPhone users who want to break their two-year contracts.
Most cellphones sell for less than their true cost, with the cellular network paying the difference. In exchange, customers promise to use the service for a set period, usually two years. When subscribers cancel early, phone companies charge a cancellation fee, usually citing the need to recoup the cost of the subsidized phone.
Michael Gartenberg, vice president of JupiterResearch in New York, called the iPhone termination fee "a little odd," but doubted that many customers would object. "I don't think for most consumers it's an issue," he said.
Apple has released Mac OS X 10.4.10, addressing several issues in the operating system.
Among the changes with the update is a fix for an issue in which a Bluetooth headset may show up as an available device for sound output in the Sound preference pane after it had been removed from Bluetooth preferences.
The update also addresses several USB issues including improving reliability when using the IR remote control after waking from sleep. Reliability when mounting external USB hard drives has been improved as well. Users of the Tom Tom GO 910 should no longer have a problem with the device being recognized when connected via USB to an Intel-based Mac.
Marketcircle has introduced iPhoney, an iPhone web simulator for designers. The software, which requires Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later, gives users a pixel-accurate recreation of how sites will look on the iPhone. iPhoney lets users test iPhone-enabled Web 2.0 applications and compatible web sites, rotate to see websites in both portrait and landscape orientation, show or hide the address bar for full-screen simulation, and simulate the iPhone user agent to test browser redirection scripts.
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From the Chicago Sun-Times
Despite its tech, despite its features, despite its glorious hype, it's entirely possible that when Apple's iPhone debuts on June 29, you don't want one at all.
Wow. OK, fair enough. You're still a very good person. Plus, hey: more iPhones for the rest of us.
Many of the iPhone's ginchiest features aren't unique to the iPhone. They're available to anybody with a sufficiently-slick phone plus some of these add-on apps and services. It won't be nearly as slick as an iPhone -- do not say that it's "just as good" -- but it'll make you a little less envious.
So why not turn your existing phone into an iFaux?
Can you get help when you need it? We went undercover to see which major notebook vendors' technical support makes the grade.
iTunes is great for managing you music library, but it still occasionally ends up with duplicate tracks. It can find duplicate songs for you, but not always with great accuracy. When iTunes gets confused, you can always turn to developers for alternatives that pick up the slack.
From USA Today
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has positioned it as the most advanced meeting of the Internet and wireless technology, with an iPod thrown in for good measure. And it looks really cool, and unlike any phone before it.
The iPhone is being sold only at Apple's 200 retail stores, Apple's website and nearly 1,800 AT&T (formerly Cingular) stores beginning at 6 p.m. local time across the country. AT&T says it will close its stores at 4:30 p.m. and reopen at 6 p.m. Apple would not comment on its plans. No pre-orders are being accepted. Fans are expected to camp out in front of stores for days.
Online discussion boards debate shopping scenarios: Should you stand in line with mobs at a big urban store, only to discover they have only a handful of phones? Or go out to the suburbs and try your luck with a smaller, less-busy store?
Aperture and Lightroom both promise to help you take control of your photo collection. So which is right for you?
Sorenson Media on Wednesday announced the release of Squish and the launch of its companion Web site, SquishNet. The new software is designed to help organizations integrate user-created video. It’s priced at $1 per user, 5,000 users minimum.
Features include automatic installation and frame-by-frame video preview, and can work by capturing a stream from a webcam or through a digital video camcorder. Once the input video is compressed, it’s published to the Web site hosting server. Encoding happens using the local CPU, and only the compressed file is uploaded, noted Sorenson.
Apple announced its promised software update to the Apple TV has been released; the update enables Apple TV users to watch video from the popular YouTube Web site. What’s more, Apple revealed that when it ships on June 29th, the iPhone will include a special YouTube viewing application too.
All company-owned AT&T stores will be closing at 4:30 p.m. June 29, to prepare for the iPhone launch. The stores will then re-open at 6:00 p.m. to begin selling the device, according to a Boy Genius Report article. The report claims that iPhone shipments are expected to arrive within the 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. timeframe that day, keeping unscrupulous employees from selling the device early. The store’s iPhone display is also expected to be setup during the hour and a half break. Finally, the report claims that most AT&T stores will then stay open late, possibly until 12:00 Midnight.
Thought I'd feature a local animation created by someone attending the Vancouver Film School, by way of this week's Website of the Week winning submission.
It never ceases to amaze me what people infinitely smarter than I, and certainly more imaginative, can create.
About 40 percent of the roughly 1 million people who have asked AT&T Inc. about iPhone are not already wireless customers, the telephone company's Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said on Tuesday. AT&T has an exclusive agreement to sell Apple Inc.'s iPhone starting June 29. Stephenson was speaking at the NXTcomm communications conference in Chicago.
Epson America introduced the PowerLite S5 multimedia projector. The new display provides SVGA-native (800 x 600 pixel) resolution and 2,000 ANSI lumens brightness for $649.
The display weighs 5.8 pounds and offers high-aperture 3LCD (three-chip) display technology. Epson measures the PowerLite S5’s contrast ratio at up to 400:1. Other features include 1.3x digital zoom and instant on/instant off. The lamp lasts up to 5,000 hours without having to be replaced, according to Epson.
When Apple fans across the country flock to their neighborhood Apple Store to pick up their shiny new iPhone next Friday, they'll also have the opportunity to buy a Jawbone Bluetooth headset to go along with it. That's right; the Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset will be sold alongside the iPhone at all Apple Stores (plus Apple's online store) starting June 29, 2007. Designed by Yves Behar and decked out with military-grade noise-canceling technology, the Jawbone is certainly no slouch in the design and performance department...the Jawbone is a quality device (it's one of CNET's highest rated Bluetooth headsets), so if you have the cash to spare and the wherewithal to wait in line for the iPhone, it'll be there waiting for your Bluetooth-hungry hands.
From the Globe and Mail
The most hyped consumer electronics device in years will make its debut on June 29, but Apple Inc.'s iPhone will be conspicuously absent from Canadian store shelves. Sold out? No — just not for sale.
The creator of the iPod and Macintosh is focusing on rolling out its latest gadget, a sleek cellphone, in the United States. Other markets will follow, though Apple hasn't divulged any launch dates. What's becoming clear is Canadians who want to shell out more than $500 for their own iPhone will have to wait some time for the chance.
A likely supplier in Canada, Rogers Communications Inc., recently admitted little was happening on that front.
From JW Croft
It’s tough being a Mac user in Australia sometimes. Especially this year; it just seems like sometimes we are a country that Apple says “Oh, we have a market in Australia? Alright, I s’pose we’d better send something their way.” We get products that are geared for an American market (Apple TV, Video iPod are two great examples) which with our video-less iTunes, are laughable as a ’seamless’ way to load and enjoy media. Is this entirely their fault that they have a neglected market in Australia? Not really, but let’s examine some of the issues at play here.
...how practical are...wearable displays? Do they even provide a decent viewing experience? And are they worth the money? We were able to secure two of the most popular displays marketed to iPod users, the myvu by MicroOptical and the ezVision Video iWear by ezGear, and I donned each of them for hours in the service of our loyal readers. Here's what I found.
Apple has announced that the iPhone will offer up to eight hours of talk time, six hours of internet use, seven hours of video playback, 24 hours of audio playback and 250 hours of standby time using its internal battery. These numbers represent a significant improvement over original estimates. Apple also announced that the entire top surface of the iPhone, including the 3.5-inch screen, has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass for better scratch resistance and visual clarity.
From New York magazine
Apple’s competitors, by contrast, find the prospect of the iPhone terrifying. “The entire...Western world hopes that it’s a case of imperial overstretch,” says the CEO of one of the planet’s largest communications companies. “But everybody is quietly saying, er, what if people want to buy a $500 phone? What if, er, people have been waiting for a device that does all these things? What if this thing works as advertised? I mean, my God, what then?”
From the Register
The real humiliation came last week when I phoned Apple to figure out why it refused to respond to our request to attend the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
(Shawn's Comment: Maybe if you and the Register stopped acting like children and calling people names, Apple *might* take you seriously enough to allow you to attend WWDC)
RadTech has unveiled an aluminium and graphite laptop case for 17-inch MacBook Pro and PowerBook notebooks thats strong enough " to drive a truck over". The company claims you can fully access it (including ports and drives) while its safely cradled in MacTruck's high-density poly padding.
Apple fans, re-hypnotize yourselves with the photo above and get ready for the wave of anti-Apple stories, because I can feel it coming. I've been in this business long enough to know how it works.