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5 years ago

Where Was Windows Mobile at WWDC 2009?

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Where Was Windows Mobile at WWDC 2009?

In a write up nonchalantly titled "Lies, damn lies, statistics, and Apple...", our good friend Phil Nickinson over at sister-site WMExperts rightly points out that Apple gave Windows Mobile a full on shunning during the WWDC 2009 keynote:

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5 years ago

TiPb vs. TiPb: Why I AM NOT Upgrading to iPhone 3GS

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TiPb vs. TiPb: Why I AM NOT Upgrading to iPhone 3GS

[TiPb vs. TiPb time! In the blue corner we have Jeremy who tells us why he IS SO upgrading to the iPhone 3G S. In the red corner, Chad who tells us why he IS NOT upgrading to the iPhone 3G S. Two writers, one issue. Check them both out and tell us who's side you're on!]

There have been a lot of people out there who are very disappointed with the third generation iPhone — iPhone 3G S. They’re saying that it is pretty much the same phone as the current iPhone 3G, or that the upgrades are not enough to warrant purchasing the new iPhone 3G S. I’m here to say, they're right - the upgrades are not significant enough!

More after the break!

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5 years ago

iPhone 3G S and OpenGL ES 2.0 Hardware Accelerated Graphical Goodness Also a Platform Splitter?

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iPhone 3G S and OpenGL ES 2.0 Hardware Accelerated Graphical Goodness Also a Platform Splitter?

This morning we wondered aloud about whether the iPhone 3G S would be splitting Apple's mobile OS X platform. Looks like we weren't the only ones wondering.

Engadget's Chris Ziegler takes a look at the new hardware's PowerVR SGX graphics-core's support for OpenGL ES 2.0, and that led him to this language in Apple's iPhone SDK documentation:

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5 years ago

Would You Sign a 3-Year AT&T Contract to Get iPhone 3G S at $199/$299 Subsidy Pricing?

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Would You Sign a 3-Year AT&T Contract to Get iPhone 3G S at $199/$299 Subsidy Pricing?

No such thing as a free lunch. You don't get something for nothing. Yesterday we linked to Gizmodo's response to iPhone 3G owners "whining" about not getting a second bite at the cheap subsidy pricing for the iPhone 3G S.

Bottom line, you got your discount last year in exchange for a 2 year contract. That contract isn't done in full yet, so you don't get a discount in full yet.

But that got me thinking. I asked this on Twitter and am getting mixed reaction, so I'll ask it here:

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5 years ago

From the Forums: WWDC 2009 / iPhone 3G S Edition

From the Forums: WWDC 2009 / iPhone 3G S Edition

The smoke has begun to clear now that the WWDC 2009 keynote is over and we finally know all of the details regarding the iPhone 3GS. So - surprise - this From the Forums is all about WWDC and the new iPhone 3G S.

I'll admit, as soon as Apple gave me the ability to pre-order the new iPhone 3G S, I broke down and ordered right away. Exactly how many of you out there has pre-ordered the latest iPhone goodness to come out of Cupertino?

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5 years ago

Apple Design Award Winning iPhone Apps: Tweetie, Topple, MLB at Bat, Wooden Labyrinth, Accuterra

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Apple Design Award Winning iPhone Apps: Tweetie, Topple, MLB at Bat, Wooden Labyrinth, Accuterra

Apple.com has posted up the winners of the WWDC 2009 Apple Design Awards (APA), and specifically for our interests, the iPhone winners. Like last year, a lot of our favorites got the nod. Here they are, with iTunes links where available:

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5 years ago

Apple Introduces the Next iPhone -- But Have They Split the Platform?

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Apple Introduces the Next iPhone -- But Have They Split the Platform?

Apple has begun their direct email campaign for the iPhone 3G S saying:

Phone 3G S features a remarkable new video camera and hands-free Voice Control. It's a revolutionary phone, a great widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough Internet device in one. And it opens up a whole new world of applications. All that and more makes it the best iPhone yet.

It's that second to last sentence that drew our attention. New world of applications? What does that mean for the old world? More after the break...

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5 years ago

O2 Releases iPhone 3G S Pricing for UK, Yeah

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O2 Releases iPhone 3G S Pricing for UK, Yeah

With AT&T US and Rogers Canada having already weighed in, TUAW now brings word on what the chaps across the pond can expect for the iPhone 3G S, and it's, well... a lot of numbers, innit?

Check out their full post for all the details on Monthly and Pay & Go Plans, but highlights include:

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5 years ago

iPhone 3G S Uses PowerVR SGX to Become One with Speed Force

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iPhone 3G S Uses PowerVR SGX to Become One with Speed Force

Apple Insider reveals that:

Sources have now reported that Apple has detailed that Imagination's PowerVR SGX is indeed the graphics processor used in the iPhone 3G S, and that it is "designed for OpenGL ES 2.0." The new 2.0 specification of OpenGL for Embedded Systems eliminates most of the fixed-function rendering pipeline for a programmable approach to 3D rendering using shader programs.

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5 years ago

Gizmodo to AT&T Upgrade "Whiners": You Got Your Subsidy Last Year

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Gizmodo to AT&T Upgrade "Whiners": You Got Your Subsidy Last Year

AT&T and other carriers subsidize the upfront cost of the iPhone and other smartphones and make up the difference via guaranteed long term contracts/commitments. That's their business model, but it means they can't and won't give repeated subsidies until you've finished the associated contract terms. With many iPhone 3G owners -- still under contract -- eyeing the iPhone 3G S, and the non-subsidized price it brings with it, a fair amount of anger has been plasma-cannoned in AT&T's monstrous direction.

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5 years ago

iPhone 3G S has Oleophobic Oil-Resistant Screen Coating

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iPhone 3G S has Oleophobic Oil-Resistant Screen Coating

MacDailyNews (via Daring Fireball) discovered that Apple has indeed given the new iPhone 3G S a small bump in screen specs. No, not OLED or pixel density, but according to their iPhone Cleaning How To:

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5 years ago

TiPb vs. TiPb: Why I AM SO Upgrading to iPhone 3GS

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TiPb vs. TiPb: Why I AM SO Upgrading to iPhone 3GS

[TiPb vs. TiPb time! In the blue corner we have Jeremy who tells us why he IS SO upgrading to the iPhone 3G S. In the red corner, Chad who tells us why he IS NOT upgrading to the iPhone 3G S. Two writers, one issue. Check them both out and tell us who's side you're on!]

There have been a lot of people out there who are very disappointed with the third generation iPhone -- iPhone 3G S. They're saying that it is pretty much the same phone as the current iPhone 3G, or that the upgrades are not enough to warrant purchasing the new iPhone 3G S. I'm here to say, think again - the upgrades are very significant indeed.

More after the break!

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5 years ago

UPDATED: Find my iPhone for iPhone 3.0 on Me.com Today!

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UPDATED: Find my iPhone for iPhone 3.0 on Me.com Today!

UPDATE: Enable your iPhone via Settings > Email > Mobile > Find my iPhone. Then go to me.com, login to your Account tab, and choose Find My iPhone from the sidebar. Voila! Thanks to everyone who sent this in. Screen grab after the break!

ORIApple just announced via their MobileMe News "blog" that:

Find My iPhone can be found at me.com today, but you also need iPhone OS 3.0 (available on June 17) installed on your iPhone to use the feature.

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5 years ago

Rogers Canada Brings Back $30/6GB Data Plans for iPhone 3G S

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Rogers Canada Brings Back $30/6GB Data Plans for iPhone 3G S

Looks like Rogers will be bringing back the $30/6GB data plans just in time for the iPhone 3G S launch!

Last year, to help defuse some of the negative publicity surrounding Canadian data rates in face of the iPhone 3G launch, Rogers extended a hand to data hungry users in the form of this plan -- for a limited time only.

Recently Rogers brought the plan back for their Android handset as well, but it's great to see it specified for our new iPhone.

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5 years ago

AT&T Posts iPhone 3G S Info Video

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AT&T Posts iPhone 3G S Info Video

AT&T (via Macrumors) has posted the above video in hopes of clarifying how customers, new and existing, can get a brand new iPhone 3G S come next Friday:

On launch day (June 19th), two lines will form at 7 a.m. local time at the AT&T retail stores. Customers who had pre-ordered from retail stores will be able to pick up their iPhone 3GSs at that time, while customers who wish to purchase that day will have to wait until the store opens at normal business hours.

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