Over the Air
Yesterday I was installing the iOS 6 firmware on my iPad and iPhone. My iPhone 4 (which was installed via iTunes on USB) installed without a problem.
My iPad was another story. I tried the OTA (over the air) update, and it froze with the Apple logo and the progress bar (empty).
I waited an hour with nothing changing.
Finally I reset it:
- Unplug the iPad
- Hold the Home and Power buttons for a few seconds (it’ll turn black when it resets of course)
It came back, finished the update, and was ready to use a few minutes later.
That’s a breath of fresh air. We don’t have to activate it in store, we’re free to do whatever we want.
I just realized, that when using the keyboard on the G1, the trackball doubles as a mouse. I know, it’s obvious to most people (I’m special). It’s just like a mini laptop with one of those old trackballs.
This IS a big deal. Apple had to invent an entire new interface methodology for people to use the iPhone. Yes, the iPhone interface is brilliant. However the G1 interface is Familiar. That’s right, something that doesn’t scare people away. Something that developers are used to implementing and working with. Something that means it will be much easier to port existing software packages to the — OPEN — platform.
I know I’m a fan of the iPhone but this could give the iPhone a serious run for the money.
It’s available to Everyone.
I hadn’t touched on that last one yet, easy. In talking with one of my fellow iPhone friends the other day, I realized he hadn’t updated is iPhone 3G since he got it. He was upset with the quality of the phone calls (as we all were at release). He didn’t know you had to update it.
I know what you’re saying — he should know to update it. In actuality he’s one of the smartest people I know. Perhaps he’s not the greatest person technicaly, but he is extremely intelligent.
G1 has OTA updates. That means Over The Air! Over. The. Air. When was the last time the iPhone did anything really over the air?
Again, this update will be deployed to a much larger user base than an update on the iPhone (percentage wise), and it will affect the customer view of the device in a more positive way.
OTA. I wish I had that. As I type this my iPhone is tethered to my computer.