Today is iPhone 3GS day, and while the hysteria is nowhere near the levels of the original iPhone launch, a number of you are probably fairly excited today, refreshing your FedEx tracking number page at a frequency that could probably be considered unhealthy.
Can you believe that only two or three years ago, the trope of cellphones used in America being so far inferior to what was available in Korea or even Europe was pounded to the point of cliché? Now, it's on its head: the complete opposite is true. And for that, a lot of thanks goes to Apple. No doubt about that.
But the Pre and especially its webOS software is so interesting because it's the first phone to actually build on the trail blazed by the iPhone in some truly key areas of functionality. And what's more American than some good ol' fashioned competition begetting forward-looking innovation that elevates the playing field for all?
Now that I've had a day or two to digest the rapidfire assault of product updates that was the Apple WWDC 2009 keynote, I must admit I'm less than thrilled with what went down. Sure, I may have drooled on my keyboard just a bit as I followed live blog coverage of the pep rally. But now that the Apple Kool-Aid has finally worn off and I've returned to my normal crotchety self, I can't help but feel disappointed--perhaps even a little incensed--by this most recent Steve-free Apple hoedown.
All the rumblings about an updated iPhone at today's WWDC unveiling were true--Apple announced the iPhone 3GS, essentially the exact same iPhone with a beefier processor they claim will boost the new 3.0 OS to double the speed as the current iPhone 3G. And if that's not enough to lure you over, the current iPhone 3G will remain on sale for a reduced price of $99.
While not exactly to scale, I love this expression of the evolution of cellphones via Russian Matryoshka dolls. It's a concept toy by designer Kyle Bean.
Even though we're all still digesting the Palm Pre--Apple's WWDC event is sure to bring news of the next iPhone iteration in just about an hour. We'll keep you posted.
What's almost certain is that we will soon see a refreshed iPhone 3G, likely announced at Apple's annual WWDC conference keynote on June 8. What's up in the air is what said iPhone refresh will look like--but a series of leaked photos seem to suggest it will look something like this.
The big shiny hand of the gadget giant moves unpredictably
By Adam HadhazyPosted 05.12.2009 at 3:20 pm 0 Comments
This week, Apple pulled another holier-than-thou maneuver by rejecting a Jesus-themed iPhone application submitted for sale at its App Store. Called "Me So Holy," the excommunicated app would have let iPhoners paste in a mug shot of themselves, friends, or whomever on a robed body of Jesus or other religious characters. Apple cited app developer agreement language that says "applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive, or defamatory content" as the reason for not accepting the program. "This was not meant as a joke on Jesus or Christianity or other religions," affirms Benjamin Kahle, the designer of Me So Holy and the Animalizer app. "It was meant to be fun."
With delicious rumors circulating recently about Apple goods finally coming to the Verizon faithful, I'm on the fence now more than ever about my impending iPhone purchase. You see, I must have one and it's only a matter of time before I do. My iPod Touch is fun for playing around with apps and hopping online via WiFi, but it's no Jesusphone. I've been a Verizon prisoner customer ever since getting my first cell phone back in 2000.
Arthur C. Clarke wrote that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," but he was wrong. It's easy to tell the difference -- technology works. For example, "remote-viewing" mentalists claim they can see events far away, yet they fail every test. In fact, remote viewing is simple: It's called TV.
Another example that recently circulated online was a fake video of someone charging his iPhone by jamming the end of a USB cable into an onion. How do I know it was fake? First, you need contacts made of two different metals, and second, you can't get enough voltage out of a single vegetable. What makes the ruse so disappointing is that it is possible to charge an iPhone this way, if you do it right.
By Doug CantorPosted 04.23.2009 at 1:28 pm 3 Comments
Here's a shocker: Apple's iTunes App Store is all over the news today. Some of it is good (at least from the company's perspective): The store is about to hit its one billionth download. Apple has even estimated the time it's going to happen down to the minute. Download the milestone application, and you can win some valuable prizes, including a $10,000 iTunes gift card.