C|Net's French website is reporting that an upcoming Firmware update, to be released by Apple as early as Saturday, will include two added features that enable the iPhone to act as a USB Flash Drive when docked with a PC or Mac, and includes Voice recorder capability. Which means you'll be able to throw out all those thumb drives littering you desk, as well as that ridiculously obsolete handheld voice recorder.
Aside: I'd like to know how C|Net France came by this seemingly "insider" information. The whole things seems very dubious, but we'll see what happens tomorrow.
W00t! With your help this podcast reached #41 in iTunes gadget podcasts. Thanks to you! We chat a bit about the Smartphone Round Robin, iPhone launches in Europe, unlocked iPhones, supposed spat between AT&T and Apple, rumors of the SDK being seeded, Universal CEO mockery, and the usual looks from our community.
I'd also like to apologize for the lateness of this podcast -- we've been t
roubled with some audio problems since we upgraded to Leopard. Okay, I've
had some audio problems since we upgraded to Leopard. Dieter has been fine.
ModMyiFone member suavphisticated figured out how to put together an picture messaging (aka MMS) app for hacked iPhones. It's probably a bit early for general consumption, but if you're feeling technically apt and are jonesing to prove it, here's your big chance. It can only send mms messages, as in it is not yet able to receive them, but receiving is apparently part of the long-term plan. Can I get a w00t?
The last iPhone review is up from Kevin of CrackBerry.com. It's a well-written review of the iPhone and he sides with me against Dieter that the iPhone is a smartphone, big ups there. It has some catching up to do, to be sure, but that's to be expected for a device that hasn't even been out 6 months yet. It sounds to me like he's been thinking about purchasing one. Kevin names the iPhone the champ of entertainment, and wonders why they didn't call it the iGadget -- the phone is treated as just another application of the phone. It's an interesting point, one I'll be addressing later with my triumphant "return to the iPhone" article.
The BBC reports that of the 30,000 iPhones sold in France over the first 5 days, 20% of them were sold as the more expensive unlocked version. That's right, upwards of 7000 folks spent €750, or about $1000 US, to get an unlocked iPhone. How many of them were from other EU nations not willing to wait for the iPhone to arrive? It just goes to show that there's a demand for it; if I could spend the money to officially unlock my main iPhone, I definitely would. While I love visual voicemail, I do wish that Apple would've opted for multiple carriers instead of exclusivity.
Google has made their main page and many of their other pages iPhonecompatible. The main page gives web, image, local, and news searches, there are easy buttons for GMail, Calendar, Reader, and More -- More being Docs, GOOG-411, SMS, News, Photos, Blogger, and Notebook.