There's obnoxiousness, and then there's this. We've known for ages that the best way to show off your innate tech-tackiness is to drown your gadgets in Swarovski crystals. But we thought that Apple's new iPhone--with its Zen-like simplicity (No keyboard! Who would've guessed?) and the company's affinity for stripped down design in everything from its laptops to its marketing campaigns--might be immune somehow from this epidemic.
We've updated our iPhone compatibility index with several new accessories, and have also begun categorizing the listings: speaker sets, bluetooth headsets, car kits, charging docks, etc.
Several readers have asked if the iPhone supports languages other than English. Jeffrey Williams writes:"Here is a question I have not seen addressed anywhere: does the iPhone support ideographic languages like Chinese and Japanese? OS X support for display and input of these languages is quite good, and my Treo runs an OS extension that allows for using these languages. If someone sends a Chinese SMS to an iPhone, can it be displayed?"
The answer is that while the iPhone cannot accept input text in languages other than English and currently offers no options to display interface … Read more
A number of readers have reported an issue where the iPhone generates echoing and background noise on the receiving end of phone calls. Most users reporting this problem describe a situation where "everyone can hear themselves in the background."
Interestingly, the receiving end echo can sometimes be resolved by using the included headset mic, but may result in a situation where the iPhone user instead hears an echo.
Note that this issue has been extant with other phones as well, generally attributed to an issue with the carrier (AT&T in this case) rather than the device. … Read more
As noted by Paul Burd, .Mac e-mail aliases do not function properly on the iPhone.
"If you use aliases with your .Mac account, and you have an iPhone, be careful who you reply to. An email sent to your .Mac alias can be received just fine on your iPhone, but if you reply from your iPhone, your REAL .Mac address will be used. The iPhone canâ??t send from your alias, like your desktop app can."
Maybe the next version of Apple's iPhone will have games, but for now only a few have been ported to iPhone by developers. iChess lets you play the classic game against an AI opponent. One word of warning: if you set the level of the AI too high, you're going to be waiting for a long time to make your next move.
This Web site might as well have been designed with the iPhone in mind. NYTimes River allows you to skip the unwieldy New York Times front-page navigation, laying out top news stories as they come in. When you find one you want to read, just click on the link to get to the page.
iPhone link: http://nytimesriver.com/
Web site link: http://nytimes.com/
I was casually cruising the news sites yesterday when I came across a story about porting "ineligible" numbers to AT&T and iPhone. I clicked on the story because I know some of the people who lobbied for and won the rights to treat phone numbers more like personal property you own than corporate property you rent. I was right with the author until he said (without comment or outrage):On that screen, enter your name, Social Security number, and your current billing information and home telephone.
Apple and AT&T are demanding customers reveal SSNs to activate their iPhones. That should be the lead of every technology and business article written this week. If you don't believe me, read on.… Read more
Apple may be rumored to be working with Mercedes on an in-car interface, but it is Benz's arch-rival BMW that has been one of the first automakers to declare its cars' compatibility with the all-conquering iPhone. According to this page on Bimmer's Web site dedicated to welcoming the gadget, these 2007 model-year BMWs will come with the option of an interface to allow them to use the iPod function of the iPhone:3 and 5 series models with a production date of March '07 or later X5 models with a production date of April '07 or later 6 … Read more