It’s been remarked that the iPhone is cool.
And a tad expensive.
I don’t own one yet, but my pre-purchase budgeting has me hunting squirrels with a pointy stick as opposed to running out to Safeway to meet my nutritional needs.
As of a few hours ago, Apple recently added the iPhone to the refurbished section of the Apple Store. The handsets are now being offered at US$399.99 for a four gigabyte model and US$499.99 for an eight gigabyte model.
According to MacNN, the offer includes free shipping, a one-year limited warranty and telephone support.
Still, it’s US$100 off and might be worth a gander.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, let us know via the comments or forums.
The iPhone 1.0.1 Update being about a day old, the guys over at MacFixIt have begun exploring fixes and changes that weren’t publicly documented in Apple’s description of the patch. For those of you who haven’t installed the update yet, the piece also offers some good advice as to being patient with the update and by no means stopping or disconnecting the firmware update process.
Other changes noted in the update are as follows:
“-Earpiece/speaker volume reportedly louder: One of the biggest complaints prior to this software/firmware revision was that earpiece and speakerphone volume are too low, even at the loudest setting. Readers noted that compared to most other mobile phones, some iPhones‚Äô sound output ‚Äî for voice functions, at least ‚Äî is sub-par.
Last week we reported that a firmware update from Apple would likely address this issue. Ask and ye shall receive. Several readers report that volume from the earpiece and the built-in speaker (for speakerphone functions) is noticeably and pleasantly louder.
-Improved stability: Though we don‚Äôt have any concrete data on the subject, it appears that overall stability has been significantly improved with iPhone update 1.0.1. In particular, MobileSafari appears to crash less often, and an annoying crash that occurred while Safari and the iPod function were simultaneously active happens far less frequently.
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There‚Äôs a new web-based instant messaging client for the iPhone, and it‚Äôs kind of, sort of, from AOL. It‚Äôs TinyBuddy, written by AOL employee James Burke and hosted by the AOL Greenhouse.
It‚Äôs not an official AOL project, but Burke‚Äôs used his up-close knowledge of how AIM works to make a instant-messaging client for iPhone that‚Äôs a bit different than all the others when it comes to security.
As we here in the United States have been obsessing with Apple’s greatest introduction the iPhone, the rest of Appledom has not been languishing in remorse, although they have been anxiously following our inputs on the iPhone while eagerly awaiting the announcement of when it will be available in their region. One of the ways we can observe their activity is the recently released Apple ads. Our friend Coal in Japan (mikikaoru on YouTube) has graciously translated the Japanese Get a Mac ads and has given us permission to present them to you. For reference our brothers across the pond have also updated their Get a Mac offerings:
It appears that Apple is really targeting the bloatware trial software shipping with Windows PC in all markets. But, why do they get the “Office Posse” (UK,JP), “Art Language” (UK), and “Artist” (JP), we need to be reminded in those areas also. As more ads become available we will make them available to you.
(The four newly translated Japanese ads have been placed in Jason’s .Mac public folder/NewMacAds JP)
Contributed by: KennMsr
Sunrocket VoIP service just closed it’s doors on Friday 20 July 2007 leaving 200,000 customers without phone service. Sunrocket was the second largest provider in the U.S. behind VONAGE. There is a lot of conjecture as to why it failed and why others might be close on their heals. It appears as if the biggies: Verizon, AT&T, and local Cable companies are putting extreme pressure on the independents, some using patent infringement as a club. (Thanks Kenn M.)
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING SUNROCKET
After significant effort by the Company to avoid this result, SunRocket is in the process of discontinuing its operations as you know it. Therefore SunRocket will no longer be able to provide its customers with the phone service that its customers have been accustomed to.
However, two service providers are assisting and offering to provide SunRocket customers the opportunity to sign up for their services. Both providers have agreed to become preferred providers with special pricing for the SunRocket customers to enable them to migrate their telephone service. Of course, there are other providers and each individual customer can make their own decision as to which carrier they wish to transition to.
Back on June 20, I reported that there‚Äôd be new, slimmer MacBooks coming in October that along with being made from new materials would also feature some ‚Äúspeeds and feeds‚Äù updates to the internal components. Today, another ‚Äútrusted source‚Äù told us this was correct and added that the iPhone‚Äôs multi-touch technology is theoretically supposed to roll out with all the new laptops, including those coming out in October. The feature will be built into the touchpads, allowing you to navigate through your notebook‚Äôs files, applications, etc. the same way you can on the iPhone.
iFixIt will be live blogging the disassembly of an iPhone shortly after its release at 6:00 EDT on June 29.
You can watch live streaming images and their description of the disassembly here. Their technicians will be analyzing the internals and posting component descriptions and a design analysis.
They have posted an email notification service so that you can be the first to know.
Mark at Geek Technique received a 700mhz G3 iBook with video issues. The machine would boot, but produce no image on the display or when connected to an outside source. In fact, the issue he was experiencing has been documented by Apple, and a repair program was put in place. However, the program had expired by the time Mark received his ‘book. What’s he to do? Set that sucker on fire, that’s what.
As we’ve said before, we are very excited about the new MacBook Pro with the “Santa Rosa” chipset (faster 800MHz frontside bus), faster graphics processor (GeForce 8600M GT), greater main memory capacity (4GB), and greater capacity 7200rpm hard drive option (160GB). In this test session, we focused on applications that push the dual CPU cores.