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6 years ago

7 Tips for Better Apple Store Service

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7 Tips for Better Apple Store Service

Well known consumer-friendly site, the appropriately named Consumerist, brings the confessions of an anonymous Apple Specialist. While these cover everything Apple sells, from Macs to iPods, they certainly apply to the iPhone.

Top tips? If you can't reset or restore your iPod (or iPhone!), it's done. AppleCare extends your warranty, that's it. .Mac and ProCare may not be worth the cash, but One-to-One is a deal. If your item (and iPhone?) is outside the return date, Apple may take it back if it's still sealed, maybe even if it's not. No insider info on unreleased product. And the email survey is your one way ticket to managerial ear-time.

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6 years ago

Rogers Announces iPhone in Canada!

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Rogers Announces iPhone in Canada!

We're number 7! We're number 7! (OMG 7!!11)

During their Q1 Press Conference Call this week, Rogers Mobile announced that they had finally (finally!) finalized a deal to bring the iPhone to Canada:

"We're thrilled to announce that we have a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada later this year. We can't tell you any more about it right now, but stay tuned."

This would make Canada the 7th country to officially announce an iPhone deal, after the US, UK, Germany, France, Ireland, and Austria. (Whether they launch 7th will be another matter...)

Now, I can't say Phone Different bringing attention to this matter just last week played any role in the big announcement (El Jobso, are you reading us right now?), but it is quite a coincidence, n'est ce pas? ;)

In any event, if this pans out, I'll be ecstatic. Heck, I might even sing! (mercifully after the break...)

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6 years ago

ChangeWave Survey: A Closer Look at the iPhone

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ChangeWave Survey: A Closer Look at the iPhone

Do you remember that ChangeWave Survey back in March? It essentially 'discovered' that the Cell Phone customer satisfaction/popularity contest/war was a two-horse race between, you guessed it, Apple and RIM. Following up on their initial survey, this time ChangeWave tries to determine why their customers are so satisfied with their iPhones/Blackberries.

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6 years ago

Happy Birthday iTunes!

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Happy Birthday iTunes!

The iPhone comes in 8GB and 16GB. That's a lot of capacity fill. And where do we get content enough to fill that capacity? No, not the torrentz (JAR!) -- iTunes!

5 years ago, Apple realized that if they wanted to sell iPods, they needed to give people stuff to load onto those iPods. Now, what originally began as a Mac-only 200,000 song sparkle in the eye of Steve Jobs, has grown into the cross-platform (except for Linux!), multi-billion track served (some even DRM-free!), #1 music retailer, not to mention the foundation pillar of podcasts, with nearly a gazillion free audio (including our very own Phone Different Podcast!) and video programs there for the downloading.

Happy birthday, iTunes. And here's to many more.

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6 years ago

3G Rumors: Foxxcon to Build 25 Million iPhone 3G's?!

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3G Rumors: Foxxcon to Build 25 Million iPhone 3G's?!

Engadget (via Commercial Times) adds to the 3G rumor heap with this doozie:

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.0: Mobile iChat to Jibber With Jabber?

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iPhone 2.0: Mobile iChat to Jibber With Jabber?

TUAW's code-scouring tipster is back with rumors on what could be found in an Apple iChatMobile app, and it's set to jibber with some Jabber:

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.0: iTunes iController?

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iPhone 2.0: iTunes iController?

One of the features I most want for the iPhone is the ability to use it as a Wi-Fi remote for iTunes (and related services like Front Row or the Apple TV). Sitting back, multi-touch flicking through lists of content, finding something interesting, tapping, and -- boom -- having it "just work" on my TV or Mac would be Jobsian perfection.

Well, if TUAW's latest rumor pans out, Apple may be about to deliver, well... not exactly that, but something just as cool:

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6 years ago

This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, April 26th Edition

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This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, April 26th Edition

Not evil twin to Phone Different Week in Review, not an invasion by Fake Steve, This Week in Smart Phone Schadenfreude brings you all the feel-better news you need about the smartphone world outside Apple's current media dominator. (Who knew there was such a world? We were just as surprised! Inelegant, interface challenged, keyboardy, crashy, single-touchy place -- best not to linger...). Join us as we mock review the big news from last week at our sister sites. Everybody loves sibling rivalry!

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6 years ago

Rumor: Apple to License Haptic Feedback?

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Rumor: Apple to License Haptic Feedback?

Take this with a grain of salt roughly the size of a tanker truck, but Palluxo is claiming that Apple is in talks to license Immersion's haptic feedback technology for the iPhone:

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6 years ago

"Leaked" Photo of 3G iPhone a Fake

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"Leaked" Photo of 3G iPhone a Fake

Remember that glossy, all black 3G iPhone that's been out in the wild? Well turns out..not quite. According to Gizmodo, the picture that's been making way all over the interweb has been reported to be just a case made available over in Hong Kong. Though Engadget's sources had pointed toward an all-black exterior (with chrome buttons. ugh.) and the 'leaked' picture seemed to corroborate with that report, it looks like the 3G iPhone still hasn't been seen.

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6 years ago

Simon Says SDK Not OK. And Simon's Wrong.

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Simon Says SDK Not OK. And Simon's Wrong.

John Gruber and the Macalope have made an artful science out of reasonably, logically, and methodically skewering the most pathetic punditry and junky journalism surrounding Apple and the iPhone.

Case in point is Gruber's recent and rather succinct dismantling of Simon Brocklehurst's complaint that Apple chose Objective C as the language behind the SDK. And while he certainly doesn't need my help, there are a few points I'd like to add.

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6 years ago

Rumor: Canadian iPhone On the Horizon?

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Rumor: Canadian iPhone On the Horizon?

Fear not Rene, it looks like a legit iPhone (not that other thing) is finally coming in all its glory to our neighbors to the north. According to their sources, The Star is reporting that an iPhone deal between Rogers and Apple is close to being done and that it may change the landscape of Canadian Telcos. We won’t even mention the fact that an iPhone in RIM’s playground would add yet another layer to an immensely entertaining battle between RIM and Apple..

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6 years ago

Free Wallpaper Friday: Post Chromatic Stress Syndrome Edition

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Free Wallpaper Friday: Post Chromatic Stress Syndrome Edition

Friday at The iPhone Blog means two things - free wallpaper and Kent isn't wearing pants. Fortunately you only have to see the wallpaper. Behold and download after the break.

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6 years ago

Phone Different Week in Review April 25, 2008

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Phone Different Week in Review April 25, 2008

Every week I will be bringing you what I think are the week’s biggest stories and articles. Here we go!

So just how many countries are going to get the next iPhone anyway?

India seems to be the newest member of “What country is getting the iPhone next”. It seems like a new pops up every day. Who is the newest member? India.

Flash and Silverlight make Safari crash?

You need Safari for this? Just kidding.

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G: Rumored Hands-On?

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iPhone 3G: Rumored Hands-On?

Chad brought us a look at the rumored back-in-black iPhone 3G a while ago, and now Engadget claims to have some confirmation!

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