Apple has posted a video guide to activating and synchronizing the iPhone. Some salient points that were revealed:Activation works "exactly" the same way on Macs and PCs The latest version of iTunes is required iTunes launches automatically and begins the activation process once the iPhone is connected If you are already an AT&T customer, you can either replace your current cell phone line with the iPhone, or add the iPhone as a new line New customers can choose to activate as a single line, or multiple iPhones as part of a FamilyTalk plan There is … Read more
Apple has announced that, in order to obviate delays at the time of purchase, iPhones will be activated via iTunes rather than in-store. Apple says "Activating iPhone takes only minutes as iTunes guides the user through simple steps to choose their service plan, authorize their credit and activate their iPhone. Once iPhone is activated, users can then easily sync all of their phone numbers and other contact information, calendars, email accounts, web browser bookmarks, music, photos, podcasts, TV shows and movies just like they do when they sync their iPods with iTunes."
According to a press release, iPhone … Read more
Apple and AT&T have announced service pricing plans for the iPhone. All the plans are based on a new two-year service agreement with AT&T, and are as follows:$59.99 for 450 minutes $79.99 for 900 minutes $99.99 for 1,350 minutes $119.99 for 2,000 minutes $169.99 for 4,000 minutes $219.99 for 6,000 minutes
If you are an existing customer, you can simply add the iPhone's data plan to your current voice plan. The base, unlimited data plan is $20 and includes 200 text messages. A data … Read more
Backbase, a company known for its development tools, templates and code snippets, has announced that it intends to "support" the iPhone with its enterprise-level suite. A press release says the company will support "Apple's Web browser for iPhone, Safari 3, and the code-named Leopard operating system," and that the Backbase SDK will "enable developers to bring Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) and rich user interfaces to the iPhone." The company provides little detail on its support plans, saying only that it will deliver "Widgets and components" designed to take advantage of iPhone … Read more
Oh, no!Platt, author of "Why Software Sucks...And What You Can Do About It," says the iPhone will likely miss the mark despite its cool look in TV commercials, because it was designed more to please engineers than a regular consumer.
OK, again, the horned one does not profess to know with absolute certainty that the iPhone will be a hit. But does this sound anything like any Apple product ever released? No. The criticism of Apple has always been the opposite, that it focuses … Read more
NEW YORK--They're heeeeeee-ere.
Actually, I owe you all an apology. When I first showed up at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store earlier this afternoon, I didn't spot anyone waiting in line yet. That's because I didn't spot the one person in line, who'd gotten there at 5 a.m. EDT. Security personnel for the building, however, have mandated that Camp iPhone be located off to the side of the building, out of sight of people who are approaching the Apple Store from 59th Street (the nearest subway stop). The Craigslist crowd was assuming that people … Read more
For a guy who writes about the Digital Home, I feel a little left out of all this iPhone talk. Not only is the iPhone a "non-Digital Home" device, I was having a hard time trying to figure out how to make it a staple in my home. Lucky for you, I found three ways to do it. Check them out.
1. The next-generation iMac that is fully-equipped with an iPhone docking station. That's right, you heard it here first. I think Apple should release the next iMac with an iPhone dock that would allow you to … Read more
After all this, do you still want an iPhone?
You've read all about the specs, features, and limitations of the iPhone. You've ogled the display, frowned at the price, wondered about the network speeds, and assessed the state of your current relationship with a phone and carrier. If you haven't, check out our iPhone page to get yourself up to speed.
Then, in the comments below, please answer a simple question: Will you buy an iPhone? Maybe you'll be the first in line at your local Apple or AT&T store. Maybe you'll at … Read more
No, nobody's waiting yet. A trip over to the iconic 5th Avenue Apple Store in midtown Manhattan at about 2:00 PM ET yielded the usual out-of-town shoppers (us locals typically prefer the only-slightly-less-mobbed SoHo location) and the new iPhone-shaped video displays in the windows, but no tents or crazed Apple fans. I did spot a couple of security-ish guys in suits walking around.
I'm guessing that if people showed up this early, desperate to be the first people in the States to get their hands on the iPhone, they'd be shooed away. We saw this with … Read more
The first shipments of Apple's iPhone arrived on Sunday at airports across the country, according to AppleInsider, just in time for the start of iPhone Week.
Apparently the iPhones were shipped from Hong Kong to several major cities in the U.S. via air freight in order to clear customs ahead of Friday's expected launch. AppleInsider also reported that armed security guards greeted the arrival of the shipments, a practice usually reserved for shipments of diamonds and other more traditional baubles.
It's an open question as to how many iPhones will be available for sale this weekend. … Read more