All Articles by Rene Ritchie

iPhone Risk: India Impending?

Singapore, the Netherlands, and Mexico, and Australia, watch out! Apple Insider is reporting that India has joined the fray for next iPhone launch.

A quick check of the battleground shows:

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Vive les iPhone Price Drops! Le Prep for 3G?

Ars Technica (via Market Watch, via Les Echos) reports that French iPhone carrier Orange may be the third European country (after Germany and the UK) to begin discounting the 8GB iPhone.

Unlike the previously mentioned Germany and UK, these price cuts are said to come on the heels of what's considered disappointing sales for Apple's phone debut in the land of brie and champagne.

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iHulk Smash Puny Rumors: 32GB iPhone, Australia, iTunes 8 (+ Laptops!)

No, that's not spring in the air, that's the rumor frenzy ramp-up to Apple's June World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), and here's the aptly titled MacRumors with a mother load:

A MacRumors reader ran across a very unusual .Mac web page yesterday and was kind enough to forward it on. The page contained promotional images for Apple products [...] including teasers for iTunes 8, a 32GB iPhone [in Australia!], and a WWDC launch date (June 10th).

Turns out, not so much. The images came courtesy of one of MacRumors own forum members (though MacRumors continues to maintain they were associated with a legit account).

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3G Chip Watch: UMC to Manufacture Infineon for iPhone 3G?

Apple Insider (via Digitimes, via Economic Daily News) brings word that United Microelectronics Corporation has nailed the contract to produce the Infineon powered 3G basebands for the next generation iPhone:

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WWDC Design Awards to Include iPhone Native + Web Apps

Apple sent out an email yesterday to developers formalizing the 2008 Design Awards set to take place at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) this June. And this year, continuing their dual bridge/landmark theme, Apple has opened the awards up to the iPhone!

iPhone categories include:

  • iPhone Developer Showcase, for native apps built using the iPhone SDK, feature-complete, ready to run on an iPhone, iPod Touch, or the Sim. (Apple may pick multiple winners in this category.)
  • Best iPhone Web Application, for specifically MobileSafari based Web 2.0 apps. (No word addendum on multi-picks here.)

And to the victorious will go quite the swag bag:

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Patents Pondered: An AT&T-less iPhone World?


Your plane's landing in the middle of nowhere. Scratch that. WAY past the middle of nowhere -- that little state on the other coast you've never been to, where the people have funny accents and McDonald's has menu items you've never seen before.

The pilot flips off the seatbelt light, you whip out your iPhone to make a quick call, and before the bars come up you're greeted with a screen that lists off all the local service providers complete with up-to-the-minute rate information. You flick-scroll to the cheapest one, tap to select, the bars pop up, the network springs to life, and you start your call.

What? Your iPhone doesn't do that? You don't get to pick your service provider? You don't get to choose just-in-time data rates? You're stuck with AT&T 24/7?!

Yeah. That's because you're in the real world, not the world of what might-have-been. Not the world Apple could have created had they gone ahead with a little patent just recently brought to public attention...

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NBC Wants Back on iPhone + More Money + Content Blocking

NBC done gone lost their rainbow peacock'd minds? Maybe, if Gizmodo is properly quoting their Chief Digital Officer, George Kliavkoff:

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3G Crystal Ball: O2 Discounting UK iPhones

Following on a veritable flood of previous "OMG 3G!!11" news and rumors, it now looks confirmed that O2 in the UK has knocked 100 quid off the price of an 8G current generation (2.5G) iPhone 8GB.

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iPhone Wins Big at Engadget 2007 Choice Awards

Mega-blog Engadget handed -- er... posted -- out their 2007 Readers and Editors Choice Awards this week, and Steve Jobs' revolutionary little mobile phone was the big winner with a grand total of 6 Engadget'ies, including the 4 biggest!

  • Readers' Gadget of the Year
  • Editors' Gadget of the Year
  • Readers' Most Anticipated Gadget for 2008 (iPhone 3G)
  • Editors' Most Anticipated Gadget for 2008 (iPhone 3G)
  • Readers' Smartphone of the Year
  • Editors' Smartphone of the Year

Apple also took home honors for desktop (iMac), laptop (MacBook Pro), MP3 player (iPod Touch), and peripheral (keyboard).


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JAR! iPhone Pwnage Hits 1.1

Avast ye scurvy 2.0 firmware -- prepare to be pwned! Erica Sadun of TUAW tells us the cartoon Jobs'ing, Russian slang'ing, custom firmware making, iTunes loading unlock solution has hit version 1.1:

The new tool allows you to add custom packages, logos and fixes EDGE settings under 1.1.4. Either pop over to or choose PwnageTool > Check for Updates (Command-U) directly from the app.

But don't raise the Jolly Roger too soon, rumors are also circulating that Cap'n Jobs is coming about hard, cannon's loaded, and may just be upping the ante soon in the great unloack cat'n'mouse game.

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iPhone Assaulting Microsoft's Dominance?

No sooner are we done asking you if ActiveSync is an "Open" Apple Trojan Horse like Roughly Drafted Magazine suggests then Business Week comes along and wonders aloud if the iPhone is spear-heading an all out assault on Microsoft's workplace dominance.

Willingness to modernize, smaller and more adaptable kernel, rapid to-market ability, and Sun Tzu-like battle strategy are only some of the points Gary Morgenthaler touches on:

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iPhone 2.0: Save Web Images

Have you ever been surfing the real internet on your iPhone, discovered and amazing picture, and wished you could save it to your photo album?

Well, now you can.

Here's how: Touch the image you want to save, hold your finger there for a very long time, and -- boom! -- iPhone will ask you if you want to Save Photo, Go To URL, or Cancel.

It's that easy.

For more information, visit Gizmodo's anonymous tipsters who just love them some digging around in Apple's iPhone 2.0 Beta 3 software.

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Is ActiveSync an "Open" Apple Trojan Horse? - Wait-a-Thon

Roughly Drafted, the passionate little partisan site that could, is back with a look at why Apple would choose to license ActiveSync from Microsoft while at the same time championing more open standards like IMAP and CalDAV with Leopard Server.

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This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, April 12th 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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The PS3 Connection: NetBlender Releases SDK

Originally taken as a simple iPhone multimedia remote for controlling your Sony Playstation 3, NetBlender has now open the doors to a full blown SDK! Not to be confused with Apple's iPhone SDK, the BD Touch SDK from NetBlender would not only allow for iPhone/iPod Touch control of a networked Blu-Ray player (a la PS3), but bi-drectional connectivity (in ur iPhone beaming digital copiez?), transfer of movie collection data, and the display of blu-ray "extras" directly on the iPhone, etc.

Denny Breitenfeld, CTO of NetBlender, tells Gizmodo:

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iPhone Gaming: Quake This! Redux

Remember that Quake III video running on jailbroken iPod Touches a couple of days ago? Engadget hunted down the developers and wrung us out some more:

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iPhone 2.0: Stereo Bluetooth, GPS, Printers, YouTube, and... Bricking?!

The deep dig into the latest iPhone 2.0 firmware beta 3 continues, with iPhoneBuzz reporting that they've found strings and/or references to A2DP stereo bluetooth support, bluetooth remote control, GPS (internal or external via BT not determinable yet), something to do with printers, Google 411 for Maps, as well as previously rumored YouTube plugin for MobileSafari Touch, the Infineon 3G chipset, and the apparent removal of the previous Nike + Sports references.

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iPhone Risk: Australia's Apps, Mate!


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Ars Technica brings word that Australia may just be giving Singapore, the Netherlands, and Mexico a run for their international money in the great race towards the 7th official iPhone launch.

If rumors are to be believed, resellers have been told to say g'day to an UNLOCKED 3G iPhone down-under come the end of June. This would bring our current score to:

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3G Rumors: WWDC Announcement Date and... Price Points?!

3G rumors will never die; just multiply!

Engadget's been on the iPhone the last couple of days like Andy Ihnatko on Internet pants, and they show no signs of slowing down what with this latest 3G rumor:

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2.0 Beta 3: Bring the Search!

OMG!!11 Contactz search FTW!!11

So says Engadget, continuing the excellent 2.0 Beta 3 coverage. Turns out that magnifying glass that was spotted way back when actually does something now, and that something isn't Exchange server queries as some (no names... ok, it was Dieter!) feared, but full-on contact search.

And if that isn't enough, there a new "inbox" style icon on the calendar screen which shows incoming meeting/event requests with the same red circled goodness as new MobileMail or SMS messages.

Check out the full post for screen caps!

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