Unless you've cut yourself off from all media access this year, you know that on Friday, June 29 Apple will release its iPhone with AT&T. Ever since the device's unveiling last January, the tech world has been running in circles asking what the iPhone will be like, what it will do, and how it will do it. But because Apple hasn't been the leakiest of faucets when it comes to specs, the hype has resulted in a lot of speculation instead. Of course, that will all change in several days, as you can be sure … Read more
I did this list on the CNET Live show last Thursday and a few people have written in asking for the links. So here you go.
5. MacBook or MacBook pro and EV-DO card So you can Twitter everything. Because, you know, you don't have a smart phone yet. You've been waiting for the iPhone! You never know if that Wi-Fi will go down or be accessible from your place in line. Be safe!
One of the little-mentioned aspects of the iPhone is its recessed headphone plug, liable to render some earphones incompatible. If you've invested in a sweet pair of high-end headphones or earphones for your iPod, and you're feeling a little iffy about the iPhone sending you back to the stock Apple "mug me" earbuds, then Shure's new Music Phone Adapter might be just the thing. It's a cable adapter with a built-in microphone and a control button, allowing your existing set of earphones to be adapted for the iPhone. The product, to retail for $39.… Read more
The iPhone hits stores this Friday, and everyone's pretty excited about it. Apple fans are already starting to line up at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store here in New York, and it's only Tuesday. It's no small wonder--the iPhone is shaping up to be an impressive piece of tech that can play MP3s and videos, browse the Web, work as a GPS, and even make phone calls.
AT&T on Tuesday announced pricing plans for the Apple iPhone, which will go on sale Friday, June 29.
All plans include unlimited e-mail and mobile Web surfing and 200 text messages a month. For $60 a month, users get 450 minutes of talk time. For $80 a month, they get 900 minutes of talk time. And for $100 a month, they can talk for 1,350 minutes.
Subscribers will have to sign a two-year contract with AT&T to get the iPhone, and there will be a one-time activation fee of $36.
The companies also said that … Read more
The Walt Street Journal's Walt Mossberg has posted the first genuine review of the iPhone (that we know of). The overall verdict is that "despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer."
His primary points of praise and contention:The best Web browser ever offered on a phone Synchronizes easily and well with Macs and Windows systems Highest-resolution screen of any smart phone Virtual keyboard is a "nonissue" -- partly because of the error correction "Major drawback": only works with AT&T Works … Read more
AT&T has created a recorded message that plays immediately when calling many of its retail locations indicating that users should avoid coming into stores after 6 PM on June 29th for anything other than the iPhone.
In addition to reiterating that stores will close at 4:30 PM, then re-open promptly at 6 PM to begin selling iPhones, the recorded message states:
"Due to the extraordinary demand for this device, customers may experience extended wait-times when visiting or calling the store on the 29th and through that weekend. If you plan on visiting our store for reasons … Read more
UPDATE: New information from Apple's question and answer page contradicts the below statement from Apple's PR department, indicating that a data plan is required for iPhone usage.-----
Earlier today we reported on Apple and AT&T's announcement of rate plans specifically for the iPhone, all of which include unlimited data transfer. One interesting point in the rate plan press release missed by most, however, is the following:
"iPhone customers can choose from any of AT&T's standard service plans.
So apparently, the iPhone can be used without one of the provided data … Read more
A piece of text on Apple's rate plan page for the iPhone reads:
"Minimum new 2-year wireless service plan and activation fee required to activate iPhone features, including iPod; plans are subject to AT&T credit approval."
In other words, if you buy an iPhone at an Apple or AT&T retail location, and fail to activate the device via iTunes, none of its functionality will work, meaning it cannot play music, nor (presumably) access the Internet via WiFi and perform other functions. … Read more
While AT&T retail outlets will close from 4:30 to 6:00 PM local time on the day of the iPhone's launch (June 29th), Apple's own retail stores will be closed from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM local time on launch-day. A posting on the Apple's retail information page reads:
"Apple retail stores will be closed on June 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to get ready for the premiere of iPhone. We'll open the doors again at 6:00 p.m., when you can be … Read more