Now that we’ve spent two weeks with the iPhone, we are now ready to hit you back with our in-depth review and impressions. Needless to say, Apple generated a lot of hype with the iPhone, and many feared it would flop in the face of near impossible levels of pre-release fanaticism. Thankfully I am glad that after a full weeks usage I can attest: Apple actually pulled it off. They lived up to or exceeded every single promise they made about the iPhone.
As a preface, our impressions are quite favorable overall, but the iPhone does have a few flaws. Regardless of those flaws, we think this will be an industry-changing phone and will raise the bars for Microsoft, Symbian, Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and other competitors in the mobile marketplace. We expect them all to produce better phones featuring integration, ease of use, and stability all orders of magnitude ahead of what they now offer.
We sometimes use Quicktime on sites when we don’t have a choice, but we really prefer our Microsoft Media Player for its, let’s face it, $0.00 price tag. Now Apple has decided that its 7.2 player will now be able to do one of the things its competitor does, offer full screen viewing. The new version also updates to an H.264 codec and promises a few bug fixes. You can choose between a 19.3MB download for Windows or 51.5MB for Macs.
We appreciate the crumbs but we are still not certain we are ready to pay $30.00 for their Quicktime Pro because we can still head on down to our nearest electonics store and pick up some inexpensive editing software that can do everything Quicktime can, and more, for about the same price.
Read More | Apple Insider
Since the launch of the iPhone, there has been a ton of hype. So much so that the Website BetUS came up with odds on what the outcome of owning one would be. We wanted to show you what they felt would be issues so that down the road, should your new gadget decide not to perform up to expectations, they can say, “I told you so.”
- Consumers are reported camping out waiting for an iPhone—3/1
- Initial iPhones get recalled—30/1
- iPhone sells at least 12 Million units in 2008—5/6
- Apple’s stock jumps at least 10% in value in regards to the price on 6/30/07—1/2
- Consumers pay at least three times the original price ($1,500) on eBay—2/1
- The screen breaks/cracks like Apple’s first-generation iPod nano —150/1
- There are mass reports of the battery life being less than the promised 8 hours—10/1
- Someone is trampled while trying to get an iPhone—20/1
- iPhone spontaneously combusts—150/1
We haven’t heard of any tramplings or screen breakage as yet, but there appears to be plenty of time to decide if your iPhone made it 8 hours without a charge. Let us know.
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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?
Read More | eBay
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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