iPhone Mania

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 14:47
Category: iPhone

The carnival comes to town on Friday. Round and round she goes and where she stops, nobody knows. Be certain of just one thing, initial stock will sell out. Come Monday, after all the cotton candy and fireworks are gone, what will the iPhone business look like?
The Good: Industrial design and ease of use. Forget about the touch screen vs. micro keypad debate. The iPhone itself will be a killer gadget and price will not be an obstacle. As an object and a tool, the iPhone will set the bar, just like the iPod.
The Bad: The iPhone could have problems. Apple kinds of problems. Touch screens that don’t work or that crack. Unacceptable battery life. Basically design and quality control issues that come with secrecy or rushed development. Rapid deployment and aggressive damage control is the only way to handle a glitch with a product that has seen this much hype.
The Ugly: AT&T. They were lousy at wireless, I know, I was once a customer. After selling the mobile business to Cingular they have bought back the baby and the bath water and are in the midst of re-branding. Apple did not have the clout to break the mobile phone model that plagues the US market. Supposedly “free” phones linked to two year contracts “locked” to a single provider. Wireless with strings attached. At least the iPhone will not be customized and crippled by AT&T, as are most handsets. If all phones were sold independently and unlocked, the iPhone would be bigger than the iPod. Look to be pushed towards the high end service package at $100/month. It really hinges on AT&T, unless or until another Apple handset becomes available with an alternate service provider.

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Apple Store Retail Locations to Close From 2 to 6 P.M. for iPhone Launch

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 13:55
Category: retail

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If you’re camping out for an iPhone, expect a calm before the storm.
According to iLounge, Apple has just updated its retail store web page to announce that it will be closing its doors from 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. on Friday to prepare for the iPhone launch.
The announcement mentions that the handsets will be sold on a first-come, first serve basis.

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Iomega Releases New Drives

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 12:55
Category: hard drive

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On Tuesday, peripherals maker Iomega announced that it had released its new eGo USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive as well as the eSATA/USB 2.0 Professional hard drive.
According to Macworld News, the >eGo, a 2.5″ drive which arrives in a 160 gigabyte capacity, is powered by its USB port and arrives bundled with the EMC Retrospect HD backup program. The drive also includes Iomega’s DropGuard technology, which helps protect the data from the effects of the inevitable tumble.
The eGo drive requires Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later to run and retails for US$159.96.
Geared towards the more professional markets, Iomega’s eSATA/USB 2.0 drive features both an external serial ATA interface as well as a USB 2.0 interface and arrives in a 500 gigabyte capacity along with EMC’s Retrospect Express backup program.
The drive requires Mac OS X 10.2. or later to run and retails for US$209.95.

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iPhone Service Plan Details Announced

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 09:42
Category: iPhone

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You’re ready for the iPhone.
According to Macworld UK, some of you have already started camping outside the Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York.
The rest of you might be planning to call in sick on Friday with a newly invented disease that has absolutely nothing do to with wanting to snag an iPhone.
More importantly, Apple and AT&T have revealed the details for the three service plans they’ve created for the iPhone.
According to iLounge, all three plans include unlimited data, Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, rollover minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling.
Plan 1 (US$60/month):
-Includes 450 anytime minutes and 5,000 night and weekend minutes.
Plan 2 (US$80/month):
-Includes 900 anytime minutes and unlimited night and weekend minutes.
Plan 3 (US$100/month):
-Includes 1,350 anytime minutes and unlimited night and weekend minutes.
The plans are based on a two-year contract with AT&T and include a one-time US$36 activation fee.
The announcement also mentioned that family plans were also available, but didn’t offer details as to these.
For everyone camping out or eager to snag an iPhone come Friday afternoon, good luck and let us know how it goes.

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iPhone, WII Highlight New Sensitivity to Touch

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 08:56
Category: iPhone

It’s been a very good year for touch and movement in the latest and greatest tech products.

A trio of technologies – touch screens, accelerometers and force feedback – have been around for a long time, but sort of as the Rodney Dangerfield of the industry. They’ve just never gotten much respect.

Now they’re being hailed for kicking off a new era in personalized computing, one in which you have a more intimate connection with the gadget you’re using. Consumers nowadays are seeking a visceral, physical relationship with their electronic devices.

The Apple iPhone’s use of a touch screen to dial numbers is inspiring other cell phone makers to employ the screens as well. Particularly useful is the concept of “multi-touch,” where the screen can sense touch from multiple fingers.

SiliconValley.com – Takahashi: Giving tech a new feel

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First iPhone Retail Units Arrive in America

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 08:08
Category: iPhone

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The first retail units of Apple’s upcoming iPhone handset have finally arrived in the United States this past weekend. An unknown number of units were quietly delivered to a handful of drop locations to be distributed to nearly 2,000 Apple and AT&T locations.
According to AppleInsider, the iPhones arrived via a Hong Kong-based air courier which services Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. The cargo arrived in enough time to clear customs as well as sort through any unexpected delays.
Sources stated that each shipment was greeted by armed personnel that had been hired by Apple through the courier’s ground handling agent and then cleared by the Transportation Security Administration. The units were then broken down and loaded onto outbound ground transportation.
It’s currently unclear as to where the iPhones will be stored over the next few days before they go on sale Friday at 6:00 PM, albeit they could wind up in the stockrooms of various retail locations. In the meantime, Apple has reportedly begun informing its retail personnel that no cameras of any kind — such as cell phone cameras or built-in iSight cameras on laptops, will be allowed within stock room areas of its retail locations.
No matter how you slice it, Friday should be interesting.

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New iLuv Cases Ship with Built-In Backup Battery

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 07:29
Category: iPod

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On Monday, accessory outfitter iLuv announced that it had released the i604, a new line of silicone cases designed for the iPod with video that also offer built-in backup batteries.
According to MacNN, the battery’s manufacturer, easyishop, claims thebattery can almost double the iPod’s standard battery life to a duration of about 42 hours. The case is also designed to allow a cable to pass through without the need to remove it as well as full access to the Click Wheel, headphone jack and Hold switch.
The i604 retails for US$64.99 and is available in black and white and also ships with a USB power adapter for the unit.

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