It’s been almost three years since the iMac has enjoyed a redesign, when it went from the old-school lamp stand look to the current “monitor with chin” enclosure. Well, the rumor mill is churning again, this time with speculation that Apple will be updating the iMac with another new look by August. The expectation is that the design will feature a 2-inch thick aluminum enclosure, which would make it look similar to the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro. Furthermore, it is believed that the 17-inch iMac will go the way of the dodo, as Apple looks to release the newer model in 20- and 24-inch sizes only. Lastly, it would only make sense that these models get a bit more horsepower under the hood as well - that should come by way of Intel Santa Rosa processors at speeds up to 2.4 GHz, as well as 1.3 megapixel iSight cameras. We know, August can’t come fast enough.
Yet another dock is available for the 2nd generation iPod shuffle from Japan’s Corega. Available in the same 5 colors as the PMP, the CG-IPSPDC02 measures 100 x 22 x 40 mm and a weighs only 50g. Featuring two 20 x 25mm anti-magnetic speakers with a 0.5W x 2c output, it has a signal to noise ratio of 70dB and a playback frequency of 200Hz to 16 kH. Its USB connection allows for recharging of your iPod while listening to tunes, or add 2 AAA batteries. Cortega’s system will become available later this month for 3,675 Yen (~$30.00.)
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Since the iPhone launched, we have been on the lookout for all the cool web apps that we were sure would begin to show up. We have had quite a few come along, but just a few minutes ago we were able to log in to IRC on our iPhone, and thought that was pretty nifty. So much so, in fact, that I thought we’d share the process on how to do it yourself. Do note, though, that we used Colloquy to help us out here - that is an OS X application, so you do need a Mac to use this method.
So, here are the steps you want to take:
Our Apple iPhone unboxing video is finally here. We dive right in and show you all the ins and outs of the 8GB Apple iPhone, showing off the phone itself, along with all the included accessories that come with the device.
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If the rumors are correct, Deutsche Telekom’s mobile unit, T-Mobile, has just come to term with Apple to becoming the official carrier of the iPhone in Germany, according to the Rheinische. If all does as seemingly planned, Apple’s super-phone should launch on November 1 over in Germany, with the official announcement happening tomorrow. The iPhone would be priced at 450 Euros, which comes out to just about $613 USD.
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After Gear Live’s coverage of all the news about the release of the iPhone, we watched excited shoppers stand in line overnight and run into the Apple store on Release Day as if they had just won a marathon. We just couldn’t believe all the sickos that have decided to sell their obviously non-cherished iPhones on eBay this past weekend. This page alone featured over 60, and over 260 items were listed in all with the average price being between $550.00 and $750.00. Greedy, greedy, greedy. What else can we say?
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Apple has just made iTunes 7.3 available this morning, which is the version you need to be running if you hope to activate your iPhone after getting it home. Here are the details of the download, straight from Apple:
With iTunes 7.3, you can now activate iPhone service and sync it with your music, TV shows, movies and more. Also, you can now wirelessly share and enjoy your favorite digital photos from any computer in your home with Apple TV.
So there you have it, you get both iPhone functionality, as well as the ability to view digital photos on Apple TV from any computer on your network.
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File this under “Why didn’t we think of that?” The case-mate handle-it is designed for Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro, and PowerBook G4 notebooks. Crafted out of premium leather and 6061 aircraft aluminum, the handle doubles as a conduit for by becoming a passive heat sink. When you want to set your Mac down, the handle becomes an ergonomically-designed notebook stand. Available in black or white, we think this is a nifty idea for only $49.00.
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Alright kids, we know it hurts, but Walt Mossberg, David Pogue, Steven Levy, and Edward Baig have all had their iPhone units for a couple of weeks now, and the embargoes were lifted earlier today. So what does all that mean? We have the first four iPhone reviews available for public consumption, and they all pretty much leave us with the same feeling - the iPhone is definitely a game changer, and is an amazing experience. However, the fact that it is on EDGE instead of 3G HSDPA sucks, and the software keyboard takes a few days to get used to. Of course, that is a very, very short summary. All in all though, Apple looks to have another winner on it’s hands. You can check out the reviews at the following links:
- Wall Street Journal iPhone Review
- New York Times iPhone Review
- New York Times iPhone Video Review
- USA Today iPhone Review
More and more iPhone information is being made available to the masses, as AT&T and Apple have just announced the official rate plans for the muchly hyped mobile phone. In what has turned out to be a pleasant surprise, iPhone rate plans start at just $59.99 a month for 450 minutes of talk time and 5000 Night & Weekend minutes. The best part? All plans for the iPhone include unlimited data usage, so no worries about all that YouTube data you are likely going to be constantly streaming. Plans go up in price from there if you want more minutes and/or unlimited nights & weekends. There are six plans in all, and they can be modified for
families as well.
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