As we near WWDC, the supposed specs of the next generation iPhone are slowly leaking out to the Blog-o-sphere and the newest round of updates have us in heavy anticipation.
According to a leaked Fido roadmap, the 4GB iPhone will be making a comeback at the price point everyone has been waiting eagerly; $99. In addition to an expansion of the iPhone family in to the sub $100 price range, a 32GB model will be sold alongside its 8 and 16GB counterparts. However, the most notable bit of information is the addition of video conferencing capabilities. According to a source close to Engadget, the PCS Type Review Certification Board has approved Apple’s lineup of new iPhones which pack video chat capabilities.
Australian iPhone users have been left out in the cold when compared to their foreign counterparts but Vodafone is working to patch things up.
Since the iPhone’s arrival down under, Visual Voicemail has been nonexistant but the feature is rolling out to customers. A statement from the carrier’s website:
All Vodafone iPhone 3G customers will have access to the Visual Voicemail application by close of business Friday 29 May 2009. Over the next few days, Vodafone will proactively notify customers via a TXT message, alerting them to this new service.
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iPhone 3.0 is quite near and one of there biggest challenges has been push notification. In an effort to not cause any more delays, Apple is perfecting the system by getting a hands on reaction from developers.
Apple has been asking developers running the iPhone OS 3.0 Beta build to download an unreleased version of the Associated Press iPhone app that has been modified to include push notifications.
The trial will last for seven days, after which time the redemption code for the app and the functionality of the app will end.
Are you a developer. We’d like to here just how push notification is working for you!more...
According to NPD via AppleInsider, RIM’s consumer smartphone market share increased 15 percent to nearly 50 percent of the smartphone market versus the prior quarter.
That means the iPhone, which was number 1, will now be number two. Apple’s market share has dropped nearly 10%.
“NPD attributed the shift largely to an aggressive “buy-one-get-one” promotion by Verizon Wireless that helped RIM’s BlackBerry Curve move past the iPhone to become the best-selling consumer smartphone in the U.S. in the first quarter.”
The two phones seem to be back and forth. I would imagine (despite not having the awesome deals Verizon gives out) the iPhone will be back in the number one spot once summer ends. It’s going to be a big summer for Apple so more than likely we will see some major changes in market share.more...
I have bad news for many of you.
Apple’s Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer stated yesterday that the company has no intentions to change their exclusivity partnership with AT&T.
Many people were hoping they could one day use an iPhone with the Verizon network, however, Verizon’s CDMA network is not compatible with the iPhone, but the CEO was maybe willing to accept the iPhone for the new 4G network they have in place. Oh well…
It is clear that AT&T and Apple has done quite well. That being said, it is understandable that neither companies want to let go of each other for the time being. Maybe later…more...
For a few days now, it has been a mystery whether AT&T will get denied or granted an extension of exclusivity for the iPhone. Officially, it will end next year, however, there may still be a chance for AT&T.
In an article on AT&T’s new CEO Randall Stephenson, the Wall Street Journal confirms that AT&T’s exclusive iPhone deal will expire next year.
In the second half of 2008, AT&T gained 4.3 million iPhone customers, with 40% of those being new to AT&T so you can see why they are fighting to keep the iPhone. They are still trying to get atleast until 2011.
If Apple chooses to discontinue exclusivity with AT&T, T-Mobile is the only compatible GSM carrier in the US. For the rest of you, Apple is going to need to make some hardware changes before you see an iPhone in a carrier like Verizon, which I doubt Apple will do.more...
An app getting a lot of attention lately is an app called Birdhouse. Birdhouse is a unique Twitter application for the iPhone with the purpose of captureing your ideas for Twitter posts with the intention of perfecting them over time.
You can save and rate as many drafts as you like and sort them by time or by rating. You can also add multiple accounts which is something a lot of Twitter users like.
Once you’ve tweaked your tweet, you can publish it from Birdhouse and view an archive of published Birdhouse tweets.
I have received a few emails that this just isn’t an app that that is worth the $3.99 especially with the iPhone 3.0 software soon to be released. So tell me - what do you think about this new app? Leave your opinions in the comments.more...
If you have a HP MediaSmart server, then you know it is Mac-friendly. I have been waiting a long time for an iPhone app to work with it, and finally my prayers have been answered.
HP is in the process of unveiling a combination software update and iPhone touch application that will allow the owner to stream video and audio directly from their smart server to their iPhone or iPod Touch.
Like SugarSync, the HP iPhone app will allow users access to streaming video, photos, and music stored on the server on their iPhones.
However, before you get too excited, the software update and iPhone app are only compatible with the MediaSmart EX485 and EX487 servers.more...
We’ve all hear about the wonderful bluetooth capabilities v3.0 will bring, and luckily, someone thought to test out one of the features to come.
Kicking Tires have posted a video demonstrating how the iPhone OS 3.0 will be able to stream audio over bluetooth to bluetooth-enabled cars like the Toyota Venza.
This is exciting, however, I’d be a bit more excited if I had a bluetooth-enabled car…more...
According to CNET, a research report from Lazard Capital Markets, Apple is likely to begin manufacturing of both a high-end 32GB iPhone and low-end 16GB model.
This is good news. Of course we all know a new iPhone is in the works, and according to previous rumors, two iPhone models were spotted deep within the code of the newest iPhone SDK.
The new high-end model will add improvements to the camera, possibly adding video, while the low-end model will be stripped of all fun and focus primarily in markets like Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
Although there is not much I don’t think they could do to change the hardware of the iPhone, I hope they will create an iPhone worth buying. The aforementioned phones will supposedly be announced this June.