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iPhone 3G S Costs $179 to Manufacture

24 06 2009 – Market research company iSuppli has pulled apart the iPhone 3G S and estimates its parts cost around $179 – $5 more than the 8GB iPhone 3G. The phone starts at $199 with a two-year contract.

More specifically, iSuppli claims the parts in the 16GB iPhone cost $172.46, with a further $6.50 required for manufacturing, leading to a total cost of $178.96. Given the significant costs for shipping, packing, distribution, research, additional accessories supplied (cables etc), staffing and the rest, it’s probable that Apple is reliant on the heavy subsidies from AT&T to stay in the black. iSuppli adds that adding features like video and more memory didn’t greatly affect the iPhone’s costs:

By leveraging this commonality to optimize materials costs, and taking advantage of price erosion in the electronic component marketplace, Apple can provide a higher-performing product with more memory and features at only a slightly higher materials and manufacturing cost.

The strategy is working, as Apple continues to grab market share: 1 million of the new phones were sold during the first 3 days after the 3G S launch.

Source: mashable.com

iPhone 3.0 Problems? Here’s the Solution

18 06 2009 – iPhone and iPod Touch owners finally got the chance to install the new iPhone 3.0 OS software, which provides an array of features like push notifications, MMS, Spotlight search, copy/paste functionality, and landscape mode for email (learn all about it in our iPhone 3.0 Guide).

However, for thousands of iPhone owners, their upgrade requests are getting thwarted by Apple’s overloaded servers. Even we got the dreaded “We could not complete your iTunes Store Request” warning. So why is this happening and what are you supposed to do if you get this issue? Let’s explore the answers to those questions right now.

What’s Wrong and How To Fix It

The warning most people are receiving is “We could not complete your iTunes Store request” as they near the end of iPhone 3.0 software installation process, due to the fact that there are simply too many download requests happening at the same time. This isn’t surprising, considering it’s an update that’s been awaited by millions for months. Nonetheless, this pop-up may scare you, especially since the iPhone will probably tell you to only “Slide for Emergencies.”

But fear not, people have gotten past this error. A few options we’ve seen work so far:

Click on iTunes Store, then back to your phone in iTunes: This was how at least I resolved my issue. It essentially repeats the iTunes store request.

Keep clicking O.K. on the popup error: We’ve heard that this works, too.

Ejecting and plugging back in: Both Joe Tech and Business Insider ejected their iPhones and plugged them back in without losing data. We don’t suggest this option unless absolutely necessary (simply waiting until later would be the more prudent option).

Patience: As the demand decreases, the servers will recover and there will be less error messages.

These kind of things happen, so you shouldn’t get overly worried. A lot of other customers have gotten the iPhone 3.0 software running after a few error messages.

Source: mashable.com

Video: iPhone OS 3.0 Released: What You Should Know

17 06 2009 – iPhone 3.0 is available! Go update your iPhone now! Last week, during Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), we learned of the day when the iPhone 3.0 Operating System would be available for iPhones everywhere: June 17th.

Well, if you take a look at your calendar, that day has arrived, and soon Apple phone owners will be buzzing about push notifications or their newfound ability to cut, copy and paste.

While you may know many of the features that are coming out with the iPhone 3.0 update, you probably don’t know them all, and you may not even know where to download the software. This short guide provides a quick overview of the iPhone 3.0 software, what to expect, and what’s upcoming in terms of applications and the iPhone 3G S.

Downloading

iPhone 30 Image

iPhone 3.0 is available for all iPhone, iPhone 3Gs, and iPod Touches. Some features won’t be available for first generation iPhones, while iPod Touch OS downloads won’t come free – it costs $9.95. To download, you can visit Apple’s Software Update page.

 

 

 

New features to expect

Recent demo and review by therevivedone.

While we won’t go into the hundreds of new features that will be available in the iPhone 3.0 OS update, we do want to highlight the ones that are making headlines. These are the features that will make your phone feel like it’s brand new. We’ve picked out our favorite thirteen:

1. Cut, copy, and paste: The feature that’s been sorely lacking, cut/copy/paste functionality can move words, paragraphs, and links.

2. Copy/paste photos: Multiple photos can be moved into emails.

3. Spotlight: iPhone 3.0’s new search feature for music, contacts, email, and more. We’ve been dying for a search feature, for mail, and now we have it.

4. MMS: Multimedia messages can be sent over the iPhone…if your carrier supports it. AT&T subscribers, for example, have to wait until the end of summer to use MMS, although it should come with your standard text messaging plan.

5. Tethering: The iPhone 3.0 supports tethering with laptops and other devices, so that you can get Internet on-the-go. It won’t come cheap, however, so we’re not sure how many of us will be using this (without a jailbreak).

6. Downloadable Movies and TV Shows: The iPhone’s iTunes store will now have movies and TV shows you can buy and/or rent. There will also be audiobooks and educational content to download.

7. CalDAV Support: There will be better Calendar syncing as the iPhone 3.0 moves beyond the iCal/ics format and supports CalDAV, which is used by Google, Yahoo, and others. Syncing with your Google Calendar should now be possible.

8. Landscape for Mail and Notes: That tiny virtual keyboard can be a pain, so iPhone 3.0 allows you to go to landscape mode in the Mail and Notes apps. This makes typing out an email both faster and less mistake-riddled.

9. Voice Memos: There is a new application joining the iPhone line-up, and it allows you to record your thoughts or try to capture that class lecture. There are other uses for this, of course, but we’ll leave the imagining up to you.

10. YouTube Login: It annoyed me to no end that I couldn’t pull my favorite videos from my YouTube account into my iPhone, but now that problem is solved by logging in with a username and password.

11. Push Notifications: Finally, you’ll know when your get a new IM message. Apps can send you messages even when not running.

12. Find my iPhone: Announced at WWDC, this feature allows you to ping your phone via MobileMe, even if it’s in silent mode. You can also lock and wipe your iPhone from afar to protect the data.

13. Shake to Shuffle: Yep, if you get sick of a song, shake your iPhone like mad and something new will come up. Three cheers for accelerometer-based commands!

Be sure to tell us your favorite iPhone 3.0 feature in the comments.

iPhone 3G S, Apps, and What’s Next

While the iPhone 3.0 lands today, you’ll have to wait until Friday for the iPhone 3G Speed, the new generation of iPhone. It’s biggest additions are increased computing capacity, video recording, increased battery life, a true compass, and higher photo quality. In fact, Apple put out a (long) video on all of the new things coming out for the iPhone 3G S. Overall though, it’s not like the jump to the 3G, which saw the addition of major features like GPS. iPhone 3G S lands on June 19th – this Friday.

Many of your favorite applications will be receiving updates too to support in-application purchases, push notifications, and the ability to talk to 3rd party devices.

Source: mashable.com

Video: iPhone OS 3.0 Released: What You Should Know

17 06 2009 – iPhone 3.0 is available! Go update your iPhone now! Last week, during Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), we learned of the day when the iPhone 3.0 Operating System would be available for iPhones everywhere: June 17th.

Well, if you take a look at your calendar, that day has arrived, and soon Apple phone owners will be buzzing about push notifications or their newfound ability to cut, copy and paste.

While you may know many of the features that are coming out with the iPhone 3.0 update, you probably don’t know them all, and you may not even know where to download the software. This short guide provides a quick overview of the iPhone 3.0 software, what to expect, and what’s upcoming in terms of applications and the iPhone 3G S.

Downloading

iPhone 30 Image

iPhone 3.0 is available for all iPhone, iPhone 3Gs, and iPod Touches. Some features won’t be available for first generation iPhones, while iPod Touch OS downloads won’t come free – it costs $9.95. To download, you can visit Apple’s Software Update page.

 

 

 

New features to expect

Recent demo and review by therevivedone.

While we won’t go into the hundreds of new features that will be available in the iPhone 3.0 OS update, we do want to highlight the ones that are making headlines. These are the features that will make your phone feel like it’s brand new. We’ve picked out our favorite thirteen:

1. Cut, copy, and paste: The feature that’s been sorely lacking, cut/copy/paste functionality can move words, paragraphs, and links.

2. Copy/paste photos: Multiple photos can be moved into emails.

3. Spotlight: iPhone 3.0’s new search feature for music, contacts, email, and more. We’ve been dying for a search feature, for mail, and now we have it.

4. MMS: Multimedia messages can be sent over the iPhone…if your carrier supports it. AT&T subscribers, for example, have to wait until the end of summer to use MMS, although it should come with your standard text messaging plan.

5. Tethering: The iPhone 3.0 supports tethering with laptops and other devices, so that you can get Internet on-the-go. It won’t come cheap, however, so we’re not sure how many of us will be using this (without a jailbreak).

6. Downloadable Movies and TV Shows: The iPhone’s iTunes store will now have movies and TV shows you can buy and/or rent. There will also be audiobooks and educational content to download.

7. CalDAV Support: There will be better Calendar syncing as the iPhone 3.0 moves beyond the iCal/ics format and supports CalDAV, which is used by Google, Yahoo, and others. Syncing with your Google Calendar should now be possible.

8. Landscape for Mail and Notes: That tiny virtual keyboard can be a pain, so iPhone 3.0 allows you to go to landscape mode in the Mail and Notes apps. This makes typing out an email both faster and less mistake-riddled.

9. Voice Memos: There is a new application joining the iPhone line-up, and it allows you to record your thoughts or try to capture that class lecture. There are other uses for this, of course, but we’ll leave the imagining up to you.

10. YouTube Login: It annoyed me to no end that I couldn’t pull my favorite videos from my YouTube account into my iPhone, but now that problem is solved by logging in with a username and password.

11. Push Notifications: Finally, you’ll know when your get a new IM message. Apps can send you messages even when not running.

12. Find my iPhone: Announced at WWDC, this feature allows you to ping your phone via MobileMe, even if it’s in silent mode. You can also lock and wipe your iPhone from afar to protect the data.

13. Shake to Shuffle: Yep, if you get sick of a song, shake your iPhone like mad and something new will come up. Three cheers for accelerometer-based commands!

Be sure to tell us your favorite iPhone 3.0 feature in the comments.

iPhone 3G S, Apps, and What’s Next

While the iPhone 3.0 lands today, you’ll have to wait until Friday for the iPhone 3G Speed, the new generation of iPhone. It’s biggest additions are increased computing capacity, video recording, increased battery life, a true compass, and higher photo quality. In fact, Apple put out a (long) video on all of the new things coming out for the iPhone 3G S. Overall though, it’s not like the jump to the 3G, which saw the addition of major features like GPS. iPhone 3G S lands on June 19th – this Friday.

Many of your favorite applications will be receiving updates too to support in-application purchases, push notifications, and the ability to talk to 3rd party devices.

Source: mashable.com

Video: Palm Pre vs. iPhone 3GS

12 06 2009 – NewsDesk; Palm Pre vs. iPhone 3GS

 

imagePlus, T-mobile gets hacked, again, telcos struggle in an app store world, CDMA  evolves into LTE and Web 2.0 gets crowned the one millionth word!

View Video:

Participants:
Patrick Bossert, Head of Market Strategy, Convergys
Jian Li, General Manager of CDMA Products, ZTE
R. Lee Brown, Vice President, CDMA Global Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent
Perry LaForge, Executive Director, CDMA Development Group

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Angry iPhone Owners Twitition for Lower 3G S Upgrade Prices

10 06 2009 – Following yesterday’s public unveiling, Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 3G S is the toast of the tech world. However, even though new users can get the phone at subsidized prices ($199 or $299 in the US) with new AT&T service contracts, the carrier has apparently not provided a way for existing iPhone users to upgrade at those lower prices. And many current iPhone owners are irate.

image According to the fine print on Apple’s iPhone page, “for non-qualified customers, including existing AT&T customers who want to upgrade from another phone or replace an iPhone 3G, the price with a new two-year agreement is $499 (8GB), $599 (16GB), or $699 (32GB).” Though the terms and conditions are vague, that single line of fine print has been enough to ignite a firestorm of outrage across social media channels.

twitition

On Twitter, angry iPhone owners have started spreading a pair of petitions that implore AT&T and O2 (the iPhone’s carrier in the UK, which apparently has similar upgrade terms) to provide a cheaper upgrade path for existing iPhone users. The “twititions,” have been spreading quickly today, attracting over 3,000 signatures so far.

The O2 twitition, which was created first, has more than twice the number of signatures as the AT&T twitition, but both are gaining speed as they spread virally through retweets on Twitter. Of course, there is a long way to go before either petition gains anywhere near the critical mass necessary to force AT&T’s hand.

However, a quick search of tweets directed at AT&T’s official Twitter account reveal that they are overwhelmingly negative, and getting more so as the news of the upgrade pricing spreads, so the climate seems right for these petitions to resonate with angry iPhone owners.

Source: mashable.com

Movie Rentals and Purchases Now Available on the iPhone

08 06 2009 – Today is Apple’s WWDC conference, and they are unleashing an avalanche of Apple, Mac, iPhone, and iTunes news. So far, they haven’t failed to awe the audience.

On the iTunes side though, the most interesting thing announced so far is the ability to rent and purchase movies via the iPhone’s iTunes store.

While you can already purchase or rent movies in the PC and Mac versions of iTunes, the ability to do so via iPhone was not previously available. Today, Apple announced the addition along with their iPhone 3.0 OS news. In addition, audiobooks are now available for purchase via the iPhone, as well as integration with iTunes U, which is a project to distribute educational and university content and lectures.
We’ll bring you more updates on iTunes, the iPhone, and any social media news coming out of WWDC as we get it.

Source: mashable