For those who have been faithful in checking/reading my blog, I just wanted to alert everyone that I am still alive. I have been busy working on doing some freelance web design work. I will still try to do some more posts on here and I am so sorry it has been so long. I want to thank all of my readers and for all the awesome comments I have received thus far.I know it has been on the market for some time, but I recently got an iPod Touch so I will be giving my inputs on that for those still pondering on a future purchase of it or the iPhone. On a quick note … if you really want and have the finances for the iPhone’s monthly payments, I would say it’s worth it – but I would wait, 3G is bound to come out sometime this quarter or next – I would be really surprised if they didn’t. If you are on a budget, stuck in a phone contract for a few years, or simply don’t talk on the phone much, then the iPod Touch is definitely worth its money. Again, a more in-depth analysis is coming soon. I will also be catching up by talking about the recently announced iPhone SDK which I have been working extensively on.Be coming back soon, will be posting soon and more frequently.
Among the midst of Friday’s madness, Apple issued an update to it’s media player for both Windows and Mac. This update was released to add support for ‘you-know-what’ as well as a few minor tweeks. My favorite upgrade to iTunes was finally adding support for cover flow while browsing podcasts. Silly, I know but I didn’t go out and buy a ‘you-know-what’ – yet – so that was all I could come up with.See, I told you my last post was the last about iPh – oops, I mean – ‘you-know-what’ for a while.
I decided now would be a good time to slide in one more post before the much anticipated iPhone. Since I won’t be getting one for some time, I promise, no more iPhone post for a while, haha. But, I wanted to add in my bit of opinion of what iPhone could end up being and if it even will be successful.
Apple has been through all of this before. A big product, amazing innovations, and a result of altering the industry. However, this third go around is a bit different. Apple has put a lot of energy and money this time in publicizing the iPhone and its amazing features. Never has a consumer product received so much hype and talk a whole 6 months or so before it is even launched. It is obvious that Apple views this as an extremely major product release that isn’t just going to be another great phone but change the industry.Seeing the advanced technologies that go into iPhone, and how well they seem to work together and create a truly unique user experience, I believe the phone will have a tremendous impact on the mobile market. The phone could very well be a dud with consumers because of the price, service carrier and a number so potential ‘annoyances’ that come with a ‘1.0’ version of any product. I doubt it will flop – Apple mania is just too big – but even if it is a flop, the technologies under the hood will be a game changer. The accelerometer, touch screen, customized keyboard, and the ‘pinch’ will completely change how consumers look at and react with their mobile devices. Have we seen these technologies before? Of course, geeks have seen all of these technologies in concept products for a while now. However, once again, Apple is implementing all the right technologies at the right time. For Apple, it is about taking leading edge technologies, making it solid and usable for the common person, and implementing it in a way like no other.
Finally, all I will say is to mark your calendars because June 29th, 2007 will be a day that consumer electronics and technology history remembers for a long time to come. Whether iPhone is a success or failure.
Following up on media coverage of Apple much anticipated device, Walt Mossberg and the Wall Street Journal has released his review of the iPhone. Mossberg called the keyboard a ‘nonissue’ though he did admit it took him about 5 days to really become fluent with typing on it. Furthermore, he did note several flaws of the device such as AT&T’s exclusive deal with Apple and its slow EDGE network. All in all, Mossberg says that the iPhone sets a new bar for smartphones to date.
You can read his article here, or view his video review here.
I am a huge fan of David Pogue, a technology journalist for the New York Times. So, like many wanting insight, it was great to see David Pogue’s take on the iPhone. David Pogue seems to feel that while there are mis-steps, the many good things about iPhone overshadow the bad.
You can read the rest of his article here.
On Tuesday, Apple and AT&T announced the service plan rates for iPhone which is hitting AT&T and Apple Stores this Friday. Plans will include visual voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, unlimited data, rollover minutes, and free mobile to mobile minutes. Prices start at $59.99 for 450 anytime minutes with all the included features, $79.99 for 900 minutes, and $99.99 for 1,350 minutes.
Apple also announced that activation will be made available at home straight through iTunes. You can easily set up, activate and sync your phone through the iTunes interface whether you are a new or returning Cingular/AT&T customer. There has been a video made and posted by Apple on its website covering all that you need to know about activating and syncing iPhone. You can go to that by clicking here.
Apple on Wednesday completes the announcement that Steve Jobs made earlier this month at All Things Digital and officially brings YouTube to the AppleTV. Furthermore, the company also announced that YouTube will be available on iPhone when it ships on June 29th. The announcement adds to a list of trickling information that Apple has been slowly releasing about the phone in recent days.
Apple says that users will be able to stream their favorite YouTube videos on their iPhones via EDGE wireless networks or a local wi-fi connection. Using their Apple-made dedicated software on iPhone, not Safari, users will have the ability to watch their favorite videos on the go with iPhone. Here is what Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, had to say with the announcement.
“iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far … Now users can enjoy YouTube wherever they are—on their iPhone, on their Mac or on a widescreen TV in their living room with Apple TV.”
Apple today released some updated insight on what users can expect when its much anticipated iPhone officially ships on June 29th. In it’s press release, Apple stated that the iPhone will provide up to 8 hours of talk time, 10 days of standby time, 6 hours if internet use and 7 hours of video playback. Apple also announced that the surface of iPhone has been upgraded from a plastic to a premium quality glass surface to optimally help prevent scratches and sruffs. Here is what Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO had to say about the battery life and new surface.
“With 8 hours of talk time, and 24 hours of audio playback, iPhone’s battery life is longer than any other ‘Smartphone’ and even longer than most MP3 players … We’ve also upgraded iPhone’s entire top surface from plastic to optical-quality glass for superior scratch resistance and clarity.”
This all leads me to wonder if there will be that much of an event come launch day. I am sure they’ll do something, but wouldn’t you think that these type of features are things that Apple would love to wait and promote at a huge event come June 29th? I guess not.
There are tons and tons of quickies out there in the world. Luckily though, the quickies on this blog won’t get you fired or divorced. My first ever Mac quickie is so easy!
If you’ve ever found yourself wanting to know about your Mac, check out Apple’s recently made video podcast. Apple is using their Geniuses to release one ‘Quick Tip’ per week on a podcast. Like all other podcasts, the easiest way to get the weekly installment is to open up iTunes and search for ‘Apple Quick Tip’ within the podcasts section of the Apple Store. This will not only give you the most recent tip, but continue to give you new podcasts as they come available. If you don’t want to mess with iTunes or load your hard drive with video tips, you can go to the latest tip directly on Safari or your favorite browser; just point your browser to www.apple.com/business/videotips .
I believe that to do something well, you must first love what it is that you’re doing. Secondly, and perhaps even more important, you also must be informed and knowledgeable on what you are doing to do it effectively. Working with these two cocepts as I recently sorted through my blog post, I began to realize that there’s a definite trend to the last several posts on this blog — they are all Mac and/or Apple related. I also realized that being a college student doesn’t allow me to do actual technology reviews of hardware products like I would like to do for this blog. Those things, along with my recent full-time switch from Windows to the Mac, is what has lead me to change the content of this blog to Apple content only. Since most of my content has been Mac related, you – the reader – will not notice much difference. However, I plan to really focus solely on the Mac and Apple related content from hardware/software announcements to third party software reviews. So stay tuned and enjoy a future of Apple craziness that I love to write about.