According to an article on CNET, When will Apple announce a Verizon iPhone, rumors are circulating at CES that Apple is holding a press event on 1/11/11.
The article also says Apple is limiting vacation and time off in Apple stores for January and February.
All signs point to FINALLY!
I’m a few hours behind the times, but it was released today.
Some features include:
- Find My iPhone
- Safari “Find in Page”
- iPad now supports iOS features that were available on iPhone (all platforms have same functionality now)
I’m excited about AirPrint (yes, I know, I am). I had heard it was only compatible right now with limited devices. This limitation was placed by Apple, and is not a limitation of the technology. Currently it only allows printing to specific HP printers. There are some alternate solutions for other devices, but I’d give Apple a few months and we should have a larger set of potential printers.
This applies to AppleTV, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices.
I’ve said it before, and this time I have the Wall Street Journal behind me:
People complain that they don’t like the iPhone autocorrect functionality, and sometimes it is annoying. Most of the time I believe it’s worth having enabled.
If it really bothers you, here’s how you can disable it.
For those of you who didn’t know, it’s been released.
- Game Center
- HDR photos from iPhone 4
- TV show rentals on iTunes
- Upload HD videos to YouTube via WiFi on iPhone 4
- iTunes Ping support
- Facetime calling directly form Favorites
Bug fixes are:
- iPhone 4 proximity sensor performance
- iPhone 3G performance
- Nike+iPod fixes
- Bluetooth improvements
I’ve had an Apple TV for about 3 or 4 years now. The old one that is, and have been very happy with my purchase. I know it wouldn’t have had a major impact being it costs about $300 and to be useful, requires the end user to be pretty saavy with the setup. I think the new Apple TV is enough of a departure to possibly be a BIG thing.
In the very near future, I will be posting a series of posts on what you should/shouldn’t be doing to develop a website where the iPhone and iPad are a target demographic. jQuery will figure prominently in the series, as I’ve seen almost all websites now require work with jQuery (or anther AJAX platform).
Let me know if you have any specific questions / concerns, and I’ll be glad to answer them.
Some interesting things to think about:
- How are mouse clicks triggered? (It’s not as straightforward as you’d think)
- How are hover states triggered? (Hint: the iPad has a hover state, but it’s not what you think — remember you only have a single touch, no arrow following your finger)
- What types of gestures can we use?
- What special considerations must we make for CSS?
- What are the ideal screen dimensions? (this is easy, but remember we have multiple devices, and multiple orientations)
- What types of video can we play? (iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone 2G and the original iPhone all have different specifications, it’s not that easy)
This weekend in between the many activities I got a chance to sit down with my Wired magazine and read an article that has just been posted online, Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown.
An excerpt from the article:
For iPhone fans, it really was too good to be true. A pair of Apple executives had just described the latest model of the iPhone — the 3GS — onstage at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2009. The audience loved it. The 3GS was twice as fast as its predecessor, it included a camera that shot video, and the updated iPhone operating system enabled multimedia messaging and tethering — the ability to use the phone as a modem. Just one problem: While many customers in Europe and Asia could enjoy all those features, AT&T, the iPhone’s sole US carrier, wouldn’t allow video messaging or tethering at launch. In other words, the most advanced features wouldn’t be available to AT&T customers. What’s more, some current iPhone users who wanted to upgrade wouldn’t get the subsidies that new customers enjoyed. Incensed iPhone fanatics vented their fury on Twitter. “AT&T has been one disappointment after another.” “Is AT&T trying to squeeze more money from us poor suckers?” And they punctuated their complaints with a hashtag — the Twitter convention for grouping conversations — that became an eight-character protest slogan: #attfail.
Overall a recommended read, the article is well written and thorough in analyzing the relationship since inception.
According to an article on TheStreet, Apple iPhone 4 Fix Revealed:
NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Apple(AAPL) has a “fix” for the iPhone 4 antenna problem after all. Now the problem becomes how the company will handle the replacement or repairs of the 3 million phones already sold.
Instead of defending its “there’s no problem” stanceanticipated at a special press conference Friday, Apple is likely to announce that it has a solution.
Apple has created “a design fix for the iPhone 4 that more adequately insulates the transceiver,” said Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who spoke to the company’s manufacturing partners.
This would be great news, and make sense. As the article mentions, unfulfilled orders › Continue reading
I don’t have an iPhone 4 yet.
That says a lot for me. For the past 3 years, I have lined up at Apple stores as soon as I could to buy the product. Most of the time I was there the morning of the launch before the new toy launched.
I am the target demographic. At least for launch, I am. Every year I shell out about $400 for a new iPhone. I renew my AT&T contract annually (for 2 years), and will purchase tons of apps (I had 8 screens before folders). I am an early adopter, and have seen the iPhone sold for fractions of the initial price only months after launch.
I still don’t have an iPhone 4
What’s the big reason this year? Well there are a few reasons:
- It really is expensive to buy a new iPhone every year, and it’s taking longer to rationalize the irrational purchase.
- What if the iPhone actually ends up on Verizon? I don’t want to pay an additional $375 to leave AT&T (when my monthly contract is already $190 a month)
- Signal issues — my current iPhone 3GS requires that I turn off 3G service in order to use it during the day (and not drop a call). I shouldn’t have to do that
- More signal issues — after hearing about signal issues, I am happy I have not jumped on the bandwagon yet. If every time I touched that corner of the phone I spend the whole day on and off of — it disconnected, I would be VERY unhappy.
- Apps need to change — the biggest upgrades of the new iOS 4 require apps to change more than the phone
- Where’s my 4G? If download speeds were faster, I’d have jumped on — but upload speeds are just faster, and even that is proving tough.
- Micro SIM – Yes, this is a big issue for me. I love the new Micro SIM, but it means I can’t just pop the SIM card and put it in an old iPhone. I’d be losing all my old phones that I test apps and websites out on (yes, they all behave different, and I prefer it to an emulator sometimes)
- Facetime? – It’s cool, but only on WiFi, and the other user has to be an iPhone 4 user