The hot topic at the front of NYC's biggest iPhone-waiting location right now: whether or not the early "iLiners" will even have to pay for their phones. As I reported earlier, the game company Imagination Games has a bit of a publicity stunt going in the 5th Avenue Apple Store "iLine." Someone claiming to be a company rep handed out "Tetris Cubes" (think Rubiks cube, but Tetris) to the first dozen or so people in line, along with a press release that said anyone who could solve it would get his or … Read more
As expected, Apple on Friday issued iTunes 7.3, which adds support for that ringy thingy that hits the market today.
The software contains a link in its help section to the iPhone manual, but when I went to check it out it was a dead link. I'm leaving the link here, because I assume at some point Friday it will be live.
There is also an iPhone tab in the preferences page. But if, like me, you don't have the super-gadget, all you get is a painful reminder that you are leading an iPhoneless existence.
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Apple says that most iPod accessories that use the 30-pin connector â?? such as chargers and speakers â?? may also be compatible with iPhone, even though they haven't been certified as "Works with iPhone."
The company also notes that connecting uncertified accessories will result in a prompt to enter Airplane mode, which should obviate potential interference issues:"When you connect an uncertified accessory, your iPhone will notify you and present you with the option to go into Airplane Mode, which turns off the communication capability of the iPhone while it's connected to that accessory. This … Read more
Apple has published pricing information for iPhone accessories, available for purchase today:iPhone Bluetooth Headset -- $129: "features a single button that lets you make and receive phone calls simply and intuitively. And it delivers up to 5.5 hours of talk time and up to 72 hours of standby time thanks to its built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. An iPhone Dual Dock and iPhone Bluetooth Travel Cable are also included." Apple USB Power Adapter -- $29: "charge your iPhone or iPod at home, on the road, or whenever itâ??s not connected to a computer. An … Read more
Apple has posted ten brief instructional videos for the iPhone, that explain how to:Silence the ring Delete a message Create your favorites list Assign a ringtone "More song controls" Browse in Cover Flow Magnify to edit Mail preferences Set a passcode Reset your iPhone
The new release is available as:for Mac OS X 10.3.9 or Mac OS X 10.4.7 [ 33.3 MB standalone download] for Windows Windows Vista, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 and Windows XP [47.4MB standalone download]
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The whole world is watching as Steve Jobs' Apple launches perhaps its most-anticipated product ever, the iPhone, Friday.
But in technology circles at least, I've heard few, if any, references to the fact that Jobs' other company, Pixar--OK, Disney-Pixar--also has a major launch Friday.
And that, if you haven't been paying attention through the iPhone haze, is Ratatouille, Pixar's latest film and, if the early reviews are indicative, its latest hit.
Jobs is already noteworthy among tech titans for running two vital companies at the same time (at least when Pixar was independent), but I'm having … Read more
At the 5th Avenue Apple store in Manhattan, which recently passed 100 people in line for the iPhone's release, there was a countdown at midnight to mark the official start of what's being referred to as "iDay." The rain has passed, and it's a surprisingly tolerable night; some people have set up tents and are asleep, while others have set up board games and are planning to stay up all night, or are engaging in guessing games to figure out other line-waiters' occupations. Still others, recently arrived and looking better outfitted for the beach than … Read more
San Francisco finally got into the iPhone game Thursday, as the first few folks started lining up outside Apple's downtown store at the corner of Stockton and Ellis Streets.
Jerry Taylor was first in line. Unlike Greg Packer, the professional line-waiter on 5th Avenue in New York, or the charity-minded folks in SoHo, Taylor was in a gambling state of mind. He was either hoping to trade his spot in line for a cash offer, or buy an iPhone with hopes of selling it later.
"I'm playing with my rent money," Taylor said, although he also … Read more