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Eric Schmidt Has an iPhone, Flaunts it in Your Face

Remember back in January at MacWorld, during the iPhone unveiling, when Google CEO Eric Schmidt jested on stage that one of the reasons he joined Apple's board of directors was to get an iPhone? It was all made in fun of course, but it seems Eric made good on that boast because he in fact does now have an iPhone, which he flaunted on camera at a recent forum. (see above).

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Did Apple Improve Battery Life By Sacrificing Features?

In the words of a gum chewing George C. Scott in Dr. Strangelove, "Mr. President...I smell a big fat Commie rat!". iPhone's disclosed talk time seems suspiciously robust for a full screened touch device, which leads me to wonder if someone at Cupertino isn't blowing smoke in our faces. Apple could have sacrificed any number of features to achieve this "impressive" feat in battery life. For example the biggest consumer of power in a handset of this class is the LCD. One way around the problem is to throttle down screen brightness, and limiting its highest setting. I've seen numberous manufacturers play this card in the past, so I wouldn't be bowled over to see Apple follow the same path, though I'm not claiming that's what happened here.

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Report: iPhone Display Made of Glass?

Among the interesting factoids to come out of today's press release is the revelation that iPhone's touch display is fabricated from Glass rather than typical plastic found on competing smartphones. This is at once interesting and troubling. The durability of glass in a destructable device is questionable. Will the iPhone survive sudden drops to the floor? Will it crack inside your pants pocket if too much flexing or tensile stress is exerted on it? looks around worried

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Update: Apple Announces iPhone's Talk Time

Ok kiddies, Apple just sent out a press release announcing iPhone's talk time. Which is...wait for it...wait for it... 8 hours.

Read the PR here...

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10 Shortcomings to Touch Screens You May Not Like About iPhone

Red Ferret has posted ten criticisms of touch displays that users may strongly dislike about iPhone as well. Now, I am a long time PDA veteran and have used mobile devices for as many years as there are points in this article. And I can say that most of these criticism are rather frivolous or exaggerated. Point 4 is particularly nitpickish. Is it really a shortcoming that you can't carry your car keys in the same pocket with your phone? Uh, not if you also consider it a shortcoming that you can't drive your car in the same lane with oncoming traffic.

Anyway, feel free to read through the ten points and draw your own conclusions.

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BarCamp, iPhone Developers Camp

The list of development projects for iPhone web apps is growing. BarCamp offers a retreat for developers who are devoted solely iPhone.

iPhone Developers Camp is an upcoming gathering, inspired by BarCamp, SuperHappyDevHouse, and MacHack, to develop web-based applications and optimize web sites for iPhone. It is a non-commercial event, organized by volunteers, with attendance free to all. By the completion of the weekend event, a number of iPhone-ready web applications and web sites will be launched to the public. The event will be held in California, and out-of-town guests are welcome.

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Update: More June 29 Details Emerge, Here's Where the Fun Begins

Ok, so now more details are emerging on Apple and AT&T's luanch plans. Pay attention, because this is a bit on the strange side. Apparently AT&T stores will be closing around 4:30. Customers will actually be kicked out of stores at that time (that's no joke). Why, you ask? Because Apple has tightly managed initial iPhone fulfillment to stores so that shipments will arrive at AT&T Wireless stores between 4:30pm and 6:00opm. After 6:00pm the stores will reopen and will stay open unusually late (as late as midnight) to cope with iPhone demand. How bout that?

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iPhone Bluetooth Headset Receives FCC Approval, and Lots of Earwax

In all the cling and clatter of iPhone hype, we overlooked the other piece of iPhone hardware that required FCC approval. Well today, iPhone's companion BT headset jumped through the FCC's hoops and is now cleared for manufacturing. One step closer to D-Day.

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Apple Cancelling Personal Shopping Appointments for 29 June?

I'm sure this is fantastic news for Apple customers with busy schedules who made appointments for that day. Pushed aside for a phone? Yeah, that's going to go over well.

Much to my chagrin, I received a telephone call from the manager of my local Apple Store yesterday to “reschedule” my appointment for 29 June. No reason was given… If you’ve made a Personal Shopping appointment for the 29th in hopes of securing an iPhone you should call your Apple Store to confirm it. Word is that the decision to cancel the appointments for the 29th was made on a corporate level.

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Another iPhone Feature Copy for Windows Mobile, Scrolls Like Butter

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but come on now. Enough with these feature copies. Just get a friggin iPhone already.

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