With the original iPod, sales didn't take off until the iPod was made compatible with Windows. If you believe the stats from the polls from AppleInsider, sales for the iPhone won't take off until it's compatible with Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft's popular groupware server for small and medium businesses. And lo! Apple has posted a job listing for someone capable of adding Outlook and Exchange functionality to the iPhone.
There are a bunch of nice 3rd party apps cropping up for hacked iPhones. I haven't been posting them individually since I'm not sure who out here really has use for a SCUMM or AGI interpreter, but I can hide morsels like that inside of bigger articles. I love seeing hacked apps come through that really deliver on the gaming promise of the iPhone.
So David Bailey of Goldman Sachs, they do a report that says Apple will be making two iPhones next year. One of the iPhones will just be a storage bump, and it will be available in the first half of the year. The other iPhone supposedly will be a newer design, with maybe a new form factor and look and maybe not. He says the new iPhone design...
The iPhone + TomTom GPS rumor from yesterday has been quashed. Eagle-eyed MacRumors reader thecreativ1 noted the resemblance to an earlier iPod Video fake that was hoaxed; the extra blurriness, and all.
"Don't you guys remember the big hoax about the "real" video iPod??? About how weeks later the guys showed a screencast about how he made the fake....
"Well I do, and the barcode sticker on the tomtom dongle looks an awful lot like the barcode sticker on this notorious fake..."
I've got some store news real quick -- First off, we've mentioned it in the podcast before, but it bears mention again. All of the Smartphone Experts stores support gift certificates. In case you're wondering, that does include the Phone Different Store. Also, we've got a coupon for 10% off accessories in effect until midnight on Saturday. To utilize it, just use "iHOLIDAY" as your coupon code.
The Smartphone Round Robin contest is over. Here are our last thoughts and responses about the the iPhone. After the break are the winners of the contest and the bulk of the article.
I'd like to say that the Smartphone Round Robin was an excellent idea. It was a lot of work, too, but hopefully it ends up being something useful for those of you that followed it while it was going on, or to anyone that ends up here long after this moment has passed.
And if you're not ready to say goodbye to the round robin just yet, we'll all be chatting about the round robin for the Mobile Computing Authority podcast tomorrow, that podcast should be available next week.
Engadget has a story that shows the iPhone with a TomTom GPS module connected at the bottom, on the route to Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Is it real or fake? No one can know for sure, but there's at least a possibility that it's real. The picture quality of the "proof" is horrid beyond measure; the JPEG compression artifacts are pretty much out of this world.
If you've hacked your iPhone, you may be aware of a positioning app called Navizon which maps your location via tower triangulation and the presence of known wi-fi hotspots. That version costs $25, but there's a new version of Navizon now available. It's called Navizon Lite, and it provides location awareness based only on tower triangulation. In short, it can tell where you are (roughly) based on what kind of signal your phone gets, and skips the database of wi-fi hotspots. It's tough to beat free, but you do have to hack your iPhone to get it to work in the first place.
It seems like a long time since I affixed my burning gaze towards iTunes, and as luck would have it, there's a bunch of iTunes news floating around just aching to find their way into a roundup smörgåsbord type of article.
Eric Zeman of InformationWeek fame posted a quick list of the 6 lamest Apple lawsuits in recent memory, if you're having trouble keeping track of them. As to why you'd have to keep track fo the various dumb lawsuits that Apple has endured, I don't know. But I read the list and I'd have to say that it's accurate.
After a month without the iPhone, it's good to be back. I got used to a lot of things in the 6 months of use with the iPhone that just aren't possible with the other devices. In using the iPhone, I got used to having 7GB of music handy. I got used to carrying around headphones so I could slip into the world of music at a moment's notice. I got used to looking whatever I needed on the real web. I got used to checking voicemails individually whenever I needed. I got used to how I checked email. I got used to threaded SMS. I got used to viewing videos. I got used to not charging my phone religiously every night. I got used to the seamless syncing with iTunes. On my return to the iPhone, I was astounded how quickly I was spoiled with syncing information. It was downright nasty to get all of my information onto a lot of these other devices. After 6 months of using the iPhone, what would have pleased me now frankly shocked me.
That's not to say that the iPhone is perfect. No, there are a bunch of things that I realized I'd miss once I got back to the iPhone. I'd miss to-do lists, I'd miss installing programs, I'd miss the culture of openness that most of the other smartphones possess. I know that I'll have some, if not all, of the features I've been wanting in a few months once 3rd party applications arrive; I'm sure that others will arrive as carrots in the future whether they come from Apple or whether they come from the hacking community.
The future is really why I went for the iPhone in the first place. I wanted to use a device that has a future, not one that has a past. All of the other smartphones, they come with what is best described as baggage. There's a history to how they do things, and when they do something that's probably wrong in terms of how a smartphone ought to work, there's an excuse for it, or some obscure technical reason that was relevant years ago but isn't relevant now. They were designed to work around older technology, and all of that cruft builds up, and that cruft takes battery power. Why else would those thicker devices have worse battery life? In a lot of ways, the other smartphones pioneered the way, but it doesn't seem like they kept up. The iPhone, even with its shortcomings, is a fresher look on what it means to be a smartphone than any of the other devices out there, and I'm pretty sure that it will continue to be that way. Who is going to be able to keep up with what Apple has started?