Apple has been pushing for iPhone adoption heavily with enterprises and to ease their concerns, the Software and Hardware have become more robust and more IT friendly. Hidden amongst these features is the iPhone 3GS’ ability to encrypt data from the phone itself and while it may (or may not) be suitable for your needs, it has caused a generation gap with previous iPhones as some corporate users are slowly finding out.
Since Exchange support was added to the iPhone and more recently Snow Leopard, corporations have been quick to jump on the Apple bandwagon. While adoption may be up for Apple, costs can often be an inhibiting factor or even being leery of the 3GS’ new feature set can stop some upgraders dead in their tracks. Whatever issue it may be, those users are learning pretty fast that upgrading me be a lot more viable so they can continue using their iPhones in the enterprise thanks to the recent 3.1 Firmware update. What’s changed in 3.1 is that Apple is enforcing encryption flags between the iPhone and exchange servers.
After upgrading to Firmware 3.1 and syncing with an Exchange… more...
One of the biggest gripes iPhone users have had is the network powering the device: AT&T. Complaints have ranged from a slow network to having a weak signal when competitors have better coverage in that area. To ease concerns, AT&T has been upgrading its network behind the scenes and now the carrier is bringing HSPA 7.2 support to six major cities.
Almost all of AT&T’s cell sites run at a slower 3G speed despite some of the carrier’s phones having support for faster 3G standards (HSDPA) such as the iPhone. One of Apple’s marketing points for the iPhone 3GS was its enhanced speed not only in CPU clock but also in its network connection and runs at the newer 7.2 Mbps 3G standard despite AT&T not supporting those speeds yet. Thankfully, AT&T is bringing support for its faster 3G standard to six cities: Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami. AT&T is enthusiastic about its network upgrade.
“Our deployment of HSPA 7.2 and supporting backhaul connectivity will enable our customers to continue to ride the leading edge of emerging devices and thousands of mobile applications, our… more...
The iPhone 3GS was created with speed in mind with its 600 MHz ARM based processor and double the amount of memory but an undocumented feature may just prove how fast the 3GS is when compared to its predecessor.
A forum post on WeiPhone by a Chinese iPhone users has revealed that the iPhone 3GS is capable of HD video processing. However, resolutions of 640 x 480 at 30 FPS and 2.5 Mbps is the maximum supported by the iPhone’s video player but a simple third party App called FileAid was used to play back the clip. A small H.264 clip with a resolution of 1920 x 1080P at 30 Mbps was played back on the iPhone successfully which means Apple could’ve simply disabled HD playback on the iPhone 3GS to simply conserve battery life and storage space. While the iPhone’s limited file space would limit the amount of HD content the device can hold, it still has adequate space to hold short HD clips.
However, a small Software update to the iPhone could enable HD output and playback but would most likely be added in conjunction with… more...
Reuters reports that Apple is investigating media reports that one or more iPhones have exploded in Europe, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Tuesday. A french teenager claims he got a splinter in his eye after his girlfriend’s iPhone started hissing and then exploded cracking the glass in a most impressive pattern.
The spokeswoman for the EU executive, which oversees the safety of consumer products sold in all 27 countries, said Apple had described the reported incidents as isolated. Apple said it was aware of the media reports, but did not comment on any contacts with the commission. “[Apple doesn’t] consider that there’s a general problem,” Commission spokeswoman Helen Kearns told a news briefing.
Apple did not comment on the commission spokeswoman’s remarks. But a spokesman for Apple Europe Ltd said, “We are aware of these (media) reports and we are waiting to receive the iPhones from the customers. Until we have the full details, we don’t have anything further to add.”
Apple has been busy pushing out updates for the Beta version of its upcoming iPhone and iPod Touch Firmware, but a recent addition to a configuration file has revealed that the iPhone family may be expanding.
Speculations and rumors have been running rampant about Apple releasing a portable tablet version of the Mac which might run the iPhone OS. However, the reference to “iProd 0,1” was first spotted in March indicated that Apple already had this device in testing earlier this year but it is unknown whether or not the same mentions of “iProd 0,1” in both Firmware builds are the same. It is likely that Apple upgraded the device to “iProd 1,1” (which is also mention in the newest Firmware build) and that the second “iProd 0,1” is simply another prototype from the same family. There is no word on when these products will be released or whether they will come to fruition but it’s highly probable that is the tablet we’ve been waiting years for. A rumored September release has been passed around which would coincide with Apple’s usual refresh of the iPod line. What is just as… more...
Apple has yet to come to an agreement with any Chinese carrier to bring the iPhone to the biggest cellular marketplace there is but rumors are already springing up that a WiFi absent version will hit soon.
Foxconn, manufacturer of the iPhone, reports that a model lacking WiFi capabilities is currently in production.
Two production lines in the Foxconn Shenzhen plant are producing 90-coded mobile phones, device that looks like iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, said one source. The mysterious products might be the very model designed for Chinese users, according to another source, noting that the massively-produced device has no Wi-Fi functions, just like the A1324 model, the Chinese version of 3G iPhone being sent to the China Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL) for a test.
It’s curious just why Apple would sell an iPhone without WiFi but other iPhones in different countries have had some part of their radios disabled such as GPS through Software locks. Hacks exist to remove these locks but completely removing the Hardware invalidates these Software hacks and makes it impossible for iPhone users to enable WiFi.
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Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 3GS led to a $100 price cut of the last generation iPhone 3G but now, you can pick one up even cheaper.
AT&T is offering a $20 $70 discount for the 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3G respectively. The only caveat being they’re refurbished models which tend to carry some sort of scuffs or scratches. Another downside to purchasing a refurbished iPhone 3G is the 90 day warranty instead of Apple’s standard 1 year coverage. However, if you’re fine with buying a slightly used model and looking for a good deal on the iPhone then go to your closest AT&T store or shop online.
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Apple has given its in-ear buds for the iPod and iPhone a small facelift.
The small update replaces the rubber tip surrounding the audio plug with a hard plastic exterior. Typically, the rubber tip breaks off after extending uses. While the quality of Apple’s buds are questionable and thought to be poor by some customers, iPhone 3GS will be able to use the full functionality of the in ear buds including volume control.
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Reports have been coming in of some white iPhone 3GS becoming discolored after overheating. Apple has acknowledged the problem as partially true but only when 3rd party cases are involved.
Many had speculated that due to the iPhone 3GS’ faster CPU, that overheating would occur when using processor intensive app which is partially true. The main culprit is the combination of the backing becoming warm when the CPU is taxed and the use of a third party case. The heat causes the case to become warped and in some instances, fuse bits of it to the iPhone’s plastic exterior causing the discoloration. The obvious solution would be to stop using a 3rd party case with your iPhone.
“After numerous calls to Apple technical service and maintenance of contact with a level 3 (engineer) the problem seems to come not from a hot 3GS but contact with some covers! This was evident by ourselves on a device with a small sticker (a warning not to listen to music too loud) remained stuck, part of the hull below remained white. A simple solution to the problem is to clean the back of the iPhone… more...
One of the iPhone 3GS’ selling points is its Oleophobic coated screen which resists fingerprints and other smudges. However, one user is reporting that the coating on his iPhone is wearing off prematurely.
What’s odd about this problem is that a hole has opened from where apfeltalk.de forum goer, Samsas Traum has his finger the most (from playing a game called Flick Fishing) which is very noticeable. It is unknown what exactly caused the problem and some are saying its heat related but the biggest suspect is wear and tear on an improperly coated screen.
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