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New iPhone Rumors – Here We Go Again

Just found this article about the next version of the iPhone, check out this excerpt:

The new iPhone rumors started in 2008 and began gathering steam after the March 17 release of the iPhone 3.0 software developers kit (SDK), which contained, among other things, configuration files suggesting that the device would have voice controls, a digital compass, an autofocus camera and would be capable of making, editing and sharing video clips.

The next wave hit in mid-April, when Chinese language newspapers 1) reported that Apple had placed orders for 4 million next-generation iPhones and 2) listed purported suppliers for the phone’s chips and key components — including a 3.2 megapixel camera.

A third wave of landed in early May, when someone on a Chinese forum posted what appeared to be an iPhone screen shot with more detailed specs, including:

  • 32 GB of storage (up from a max of 16 GB)
  • a 3.2 megapixel autofocus (as opposed to fixed focus) camera
  • a 600 MHz CPU (up from 400 MHz)
  • 256 MB of RAM (up from 128MB)
  • a digital compass and FM receiver.

Last week saw the publication of the kind of reports that immediately precede a major Apple release: two sets of detailed specs presented as if they were fact.

The first set was leaked to a relatively new site — AppleiPhoneapps.com — by an unnamed source whose credibility the author could not vouch for. The second came from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber — a veteran Apple watcher with one of the best track records in the Valley.

May 27, 2009 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , | Leave a comment

Sirius XM Radio Coming To The iPhone!

sirius-xmSometimes, many times, having an iPhone is such a cool thing. This is just another example of why!

Financially struggling Sirius XM Radio Inc. is planning to stream its subscription radio service to the iPhone and iPod Touch devices from Apple Inc. beginning this spring.

By streaming its music, sports and talk channels to users of the iPhone and iPod Touch, Sirius can give its existing subscribers another way to access content and let new customers sign up without buying new radios, CEO Mel Karmazin said.

March 13, 2009 Posted by | technology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

iPhone Today – Apocalypse Tomorrow

Ponder This:   Before a future version of Apple’s iPhone wakes you up in the morning, it will have downloaded the morning’s news feeds and sent a message to your coffee maker to begin brewing a fresh pot.  If you’d rather read the morning news on your TV while you sip your fresh brewed cup of Joe, you’ll be able to simply wave the handset towards the TV to throw the day’s feeds up on the big screen

That’s the future for the iPhone, and the think tank behind the program isn’t likely to set false expectations.  (Read More)

Anyone else wondering where this is headed…..


November 7, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The ‘Apple’ of My Eye

Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.

October 24, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, gay rights, Inspiration | , , , | Leave a comment

Open Up Your Wallets, Another Apple Release On The Way


A new iMac might just be on the way, here’s the news from CNET:

Apple Insider kicked off the latest round of speculation with a report Friday that Apple is expected to refresh its 20- and 24-inch iMacs “in the coming weeks,” entering the shopping season with “one of its strongest product portfolios ever.”

As for details, there aren’t many. Apple Insider and others expect a move to Intel’s Centrino 2 platform. A bigger mystery is whether the next iMac refresh will include Nvidia chips like the new MacBooks have.

October 18, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , | Leave a comment

IBM releasing iNotes for iPhone | Apple


September 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment


Apple Inc. updated the software that runs its iPhones on Friday in hopes of decreasing dropped calls, improving battery life and cutting the time it takes to synchronize the device with a computer.

Shortly after Apple made the new software available on its iTunes online service, some users offered positive feedback on Internet forums, saying it appeared the device was getting faster at handling key tasks. In contrast, an August update that was supposed to improve the iPhones’ connectivity to high-speed data networks drew mainly negative responses claiming it didn’t work.

Apple also said the new update “improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display” — meaning the phone would show more “bars” on the connection meter. However, the quality of the connection was not necessarily affected by the update.

Learn more here

September 13, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New iPods on Sept. 9?

From BusinessWeek: Apple has just sent out email invitations for a media event next Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Art in San Francisco. And since September is the traditional month for iPod announcements, and because the invitation is headlined “Let’s Rock,” it seems a safe bet that new iPods are in the offing. A revamping of the entire line, including a new iPod Touch, seems likely.

September 3, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


I’ve tried several, and I found the one I love. I had found the brand but not the color – now I found both. 

Behold, the InCase Orange cover! Yes, one could go for gray or black, they are the easiest choices. But for me, I like to be able to reach into a bag or look around the house and quickly identify my phone. You know, from the other 10 iPhones sitting around. Shut up! 
OK, a little dramatic but it’s thick and form-fitting but is molded just enough that you can do everything with ease. Features include:
  • Complete iPhone 3G protection
  • Form-fitting, injection molded material provides added grip
  • Signature gloss inlay topographic pattern on matte exterior
  • Easy access to all controls including dock connector
  • Direct access to widescreen and device features
  • Custom cutouts for easy access to camera lens, speaker and microphone openings
  • Allows charging while in case
I bought mine at the Apple store (with the typical frenetic craziness in the store) but of course, you can also buy it online

September 3, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, technology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Apple iTunes Store Is Blocked in China, Internet Users Say


August 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment


BusinessWeek is reporting that Apple will fix problems being reported with the iPhone 3G handset with a software update, rather than a more expensive approach such as a recall. Floods of complaints about problems using 3G networks, dropped calls and other issues spread across the Internet, cuing the blogosphere to debate and speculate on what might be causing the problems.

According to the BusinessWeek report, which cites two “reliable sources”, the root of the problem is a communications chip made by Munich-based Infineon Technologies (IFX), already predicted in an analysis by Richard Windsor of Nomura Securities. The software on the chip apparently leads to problems when the iPhone needs to switch from high-speed networks to lower speed networks.

While there has been considerable Internet buzz around the problem, the sources say that only 2% to 3% of iPhone traffic is being affected. “This is a problem, but it’s not a catastrophe,” one of the sources said. Infineon spokesman Guenther Gaugler did not comment on the chip’s performance in the iPhone but pointed out that comparable problems have not arisen because of the chips presence in other phones made for manufacturers such as Samsung.

AT&T, Apple’s exclusive partner in the U.S., has not commented on the problems, but insists that, “Overall, the new iPhone is performing just great on our 3G network.”


August 16, 2008 Posted by | Did you know? | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Best Buy Co., Inc. is expected to announce as early as Wednesday plans to begin selling the iPhone 3G next month, making it the first independent U.S. reseller to offer the the coveted touchscreen handset outside of Apple and AT&T.

People familiar with the matter say the electronics retailer has reached an agreement with Cupertino-based Apple that will see the iPhone sold at 970 Best Buy stores in addition to 16 Best Buy Mobile specialty outlets beginning September 7th.

Best Buy already offers Apple’s complete line of iPod digital music players at all its stores and recently expanded sales of the company’s Mac computer line to more than 600 of its larger footprint locations.

Word of the move comes just one week after Best Buy announced that it has completed upgrading its Best Buy Mobile departments inside each of the company’s U.S.-based stores — a factor which may have been instrumental to the iPhone deal.


August 13, 2008 Posted by | Did you know? | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Giving It Away

The first option is to give your first-generation iPhone away to a friend or family member, and from what I hear, this is one of the more popular solutions. If you have a willing spouse, this is a perfect idea, though you’ll need to be prepared to pay for the iPhone data fees — in the U.S. that’s $30 for your iPhone 3G and another $20 for your old iPhone, on top of your regular service plan.


If a spouse is out, giving your first iPhone away to a teenager — which would make you the best parent in the world for three or four days — also means you’d be handing over a device that originally cost several hundred dollars and comes with an extra monthly service charge. I currently don’t know any teenagers who’d truly appreciate such an amazing gift.

Then, of course, there are friends. I’ve got a buddy who’d like an iPhone, but I’d need at least $200 to part with it, and in that case, he’d be better off just getting a new iPhone 3G for $199. Are we good enough friends that I’d simply give him the phone as a gift?

Let’s just say I never offered.

Selling Your iPhone

After the launch of the iPhone 3G, the market for iPhones has decreased slightly, though not as much as One might expect. Some 8 GB models are still selling on eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) for well over $300, with quite a few hitting $450. Some new, still-in-the-box first-gen iPhones are going for even more.

The higher selling prices come with a caveat — they are usually reserved for iPhones that have already been unlocked and ready to use on any GSM-based network .

If eBay isn’t your style, there’s always the local classifieds or Craigslist, which lets you forego the auction style and set your own price. There are quite a few posts from buyers looking for lightly used iPhones, and they’re willing to pay around $200. It’s hard to know if these are mostly brokers or regular Joes just wanting an iPhone to use with T-Mobile .

There are also a couple of more formal businesses that are buying up used iPhones: NextWorth and Rapid Repair.

NextWorth is offering $202 for any “lightly used” 8 GB iPhone with all the standard accessories intact, while Rapid Repair offers $150. The newer 16 GB models are going for $252 and $200, respectively.

So What Does That Get You?

In addition to the money, what does selling your iPhone leave you? Well, $200 is quite handy, but in effect you’re trading cash for a cool iPod touch-like device. And, assuming that you snag the free Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) remote control application from the App Store, what about losing an iTunes and Apple TV remote control?

To replace an 8 GB iPhone with an 8 GB iPod touch could easily be a losing situation — Apple is selling its entry model 8GB iPod touch at $299, with a 32 GB model going for $499. An 8GB iPod nano costs $199, and it doesn’t even have a decent screen on it, much less a touch screen.

So Jailbreak It

You can also jailbreak or unlock your phone so you can use it with another GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) cellular service provider like T-Mobile. For me, though, that’s out of the question for one major reason: I won’t give up visual voicemail, which I’m totally addicted to, and in the U.S. you need AT&T (NYSE: T) for it.

Still, jailbreaking an iPhone will potentially open it up to a variety of applications that aren’t supported by Apple or available in the iTunes App Store, so there’s a chance that you could end up with a wicked-cool iPhone. Or you could muck around with it too much and brick it — or just waste a lot of your life tweaking and messing with it. I barely have enough time to make new music playlists on iTunes, so I’m not likely going to find the time to really make jailbreaking the phone a viable option. However, I’m guessing I’ll do it anyway once winter sets in and I find myself having a hard time getting to sleep one night.

Turn It Into an iPod Touch

If there’s one thing I don’t like about having music on my iPhone, it’s that playing the music through my home speaker systems makes receiving phone calls — or placing them — a pain in the butt. Sure, the iPhone 3G is great about fading music out so you know a call is coming in, but I don’t want to mess around with Bluetooth headsets and constantly plugging and unplugging my iPhone from the dock or various speaker systems.

So a dedicated iPod touch for media and music playing has some big-time appeal. Currently, it’s not that hard to set up your iPhone as a iPod touch-like device. Your computer will still recognize it as an iPhone, and iTunes still works with it. For instance, I easily installed the 2.0.1 software update to my old iPhone. If you put the iPhone in airplane mode, turn on the WiFi, and sync with iTunes, you’re good to go.

The Backup Plan

I’d sell my iPhone and replace it in a heartbeat with an iPod touch, if not for one little detail — there’s a good chance I’ll drop my iPhone into some mountain lake or bounce it off my driveway one too many times while juggling groceries and car keys. If that happens any time soon, AT&T is not going to let me waltz in and get a new one for $199 — I’ll be barely into my contract and I’ll have to pay an even higher price.

Or go without an iPhone altogether.


August 12, 2008 Posted by | Did you know? | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rotten Apple?

Rant #1

Ok, so a lot of people ask how I like my iPhone. I like it, I don’t love it. As a phone, it sucks because you practically have to “text while driving” just to make a call. To me, it’s not easy to dial a call at all. A few other things I don’t care for are the fact that you can’t text more than one person at a time, and you can’t even copy and paste the message to send to others. Nor can you forward texts. One more things on texts: no picture texting. I think Apple assumes that we all should have an iPhone or the capability to get their mail on their telephones. What I do love is the iPod, even though many say the storage isn’t enough but I don’t really feel you need 3,000 songs on your phone. At least you can create a folder on iTunes and move songs from your master library in and out of your iPhone folder, and therefore synch it when you want. The camera is super-basic, and there’s no messaging. Much of this is because of Apple’s unwillingness to share their code, applications, whatever tech-speak I remember hearing. Hopefully that will change. Now keep in mind, a new iPhone is coming out that will be 3G (faster on the web and stuff like that) but will it be a firmware update (where you just plug your phone into the computer and it downloads the newest version), NO. You’ll have to spend $200 more for the device (phone) and probably a good $20 or more for the web services because now it’s a BlackBerry. WHAT? Here’s an article if you’re curious.

Rant #2

My rant on a broader scale. Think about this, you buy an iPod Shuffle for your husband, wife, whomever. They’re excited, you’re excited, the world is a-glow.  A few months go by and shazaam! A new version. Has this happened to you? I bet it has, because it’s happened to me multiple times. It makes me feel violated, it makes me feel used and ultimately stupid for somehow not knowing there was a new version coming out so soon! I bought an iMac a year ago and guess what, that’s right, my software is all old now and now I can buy new versions of iLife, the new OS Leopard, etc. It definitely makes me think twice about buying something else from them. In all fairness, I will say that they have made some amazing improvements in how we communicate, entertain ourselves, and their stores are mostly enjoyable to shop in.  I will also cop to the fact that ultimately I am the dumbass who keeps buying the stuff.  Crack is hard to beat man. 

January 15, 2008 Posted by | Rant | , , , , | 1 Comment