According to device manufacturers who wish to remain anonymous, Apple is providing hands-on time with production iPhone units at its Cupertino headquarters in advance of the June 29th launch. Though some accessory makers have made the dubious claim that they've obtained pre-production units for testing, sources strongly back the existence of intra-Apple testing sessions.
Meanwhile, some accessory manufacturers are having difficulty getting any access to the iPhone. A MarketWatch article quotes a spokeswoman for Griffin Technology thusly "While we've been in communication with [Apple], we haven't had a unit, so we've been at times blindly … Read more
Though we haven't received word from any other manufacturers indicating shipment of iPhones for testing (some accessory makers are, apparently, being granted testing sessions at Apple's campus to ensure device compatibility), one is already claiming to have gotten its hands on a pre-production iPhone that it is testing in-house.
BoxWave, who is already marketing chargers, synchronization cables, and other accessories that would be impossible to produce without access to an actual iPhone, told us:
"Through our sources, we were able to get a pre-production model to get all the specs of the phone for us to design … Read more
It appears that the iPhone will lack the video-out capabilities of its fifth-generation iPod brethren, which sports S-video output.
Rebecca MacQuarrie, Global Marketing Manager at MyVu -- a company that makes an eye-wear display reliant on the iPod's video-out capability -- tells iPhone Atlas:"We've been told by Apple that the iPhone will not initially have video-out capabilities so at this point, we will not introduce any iPhone specific products.Â However, we're hoping that future generations of the iPhone will work with myvu, at which point we'd love to market our personal media viewer … Read more
We have confirmed with several AT&T/Cingular retail locations that there will be no activation or upgrade discounts for the iPhone that bring the cost below already announced pricing (US$499 for the 4GB model or US$599 for the 8GB model). In other words that is the minimum anyone will pay for this device, based on current information -- the upgrade/activation discount is built into those prices.
What is not clear, is whether or not anyone will be paying more than US$599 for the iPhone if their contracts are ineligible for the required 2-year activation. … Read more
This announcement slipped through the cracks yesterday but is one of the more interesting partner dealings with YouTube we've seen in a while (besides that AppleTV bit last week). YouTube is now hosting several channels for Hearst-Argyle, a television company that owns 26 local TV stations in the United States. YouTube will be sharing revenues with Heart-Argyle based on viewership, similar to what's been done with some of the other partnered content providers like the BBC and several sports leagues.
There are already five dedicated YouTube channels that now host a variety of content, ranging from local news … Read more