Phone different Podcast Episode 34

Rene and Chad fill in for Dieter and Mike this week, covering Mobile World Congress, the latest with Google and GPS, more MobileMe, Jailbreaking illegal, and the rest of the news. Listen in!



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EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Phone different Podcast Episode 34


Just listened to the podcast very informative. I have one thing to say to chad he's a smart guy but he's missing out on a lot by being afraid to jailbreak it is painless and makes the iphone a much different device pda net alone is reason enough to jailbreak. It was good to hear a podcast about the iphone that didn't involve the host bashing the iphone lol

Just listened to your podcast where you sort of criticised the multi-tasking of mobile phone platforms with the objective of justifying the lack of it on the iPhone. I personally thought that was a little unfair, as I think Nokia S60, to name the one I use, does a great of handling many apps at the same time.
In the same podcast you are excited about Google Latitude, but I was wondering how that can run in the background, if apple doesn't allow it to run while using other apps. Do you have any idea how that could work?

I forgot about that my nokia e71 and n85 run fine with push email always on and im apps and whatever else i want. Apple can't let the iphone multitask because the big beautiful apps on the iphone use a loooootttt of ram. That was fine for the iphones first incarnation but now with the app store the next iphone will need more ram.
I also don't see how people will be able to track you or whatever if you using safari and maps is off

@Jeffdc5 thanks for your complements! I just can't bring myself to do it; some legit apps don't work properly on jailbroken iPhones too. Well, I held off on hacking my Apple TV for Boxee and it looks like I am glad I did; Hulu (NBC) has told Boxes to discontinue the service. I can only assume there will be some other variable that will make me wish I did not jailbreak my iPhone too. Or not.
@Bas I was not necessarily justifying what Apple is doing (though I happen to agree it isn't a bad idea) but there seemed to be a lot of confusion about what Apple was/is trying to do with the service, so I thought I would explain. But since I am a bit of an Apple fanboy, I can't deny a little bias :-)

@Jeffdc5 re Latitude question is a good one. My bet is that it won't constantly track you, but when you launch Google Maps to check on your friends and family, it will update then. Or, perhaps they struck a deal with Apple to update every hour like email or something.
All I know is I can't wait for the new firmware!

It was mentioned that the iPhone was the first with a web browser and previous phones only had WAP. Often such claims are wrapped in fluffy words, such as 'decent' or 'good', that make it hard to argue with. No such words in this case though, so it's plainly wrong. I don't know of others, but S60's web browser was out in the wild for quite a while (a year? more? not sure), and it is also web-kit based.
Also, I agree with Bas Heetebrij about your talking about multi-tasking - it sounds a lot like you were trying to justify a weakness and belittle the fact that many other phones have that capability (and have had it for many years - decades?).
I know you're iPhone fans, and we're all guilty of bias one way or the other, but it would be nice to have more accurate and balanced commentary. Such misinformation tends to make the listener discount valid information too.
Having said that, the podcasts are enjoyable and informative, even for someone who's never used an iPhone (ie me - iPhones aren't so common in places I've been as they seem to be in the USA).