Apple has changed the face of the tech world many times over. Their history is rich and full of 'game changers' that broke the mold that came before them. From the Apple Computer to the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple really does 'think different' and it has made their brand one of the most recognizable and coveted in the world.
When Apple was first creating the iPhone they knew it would be a game changer. They decided to go to many different carriers around the US and try to sign an exclusive deal. Most carriers passed (notably, Verizon) and Apple settled with AT&T. This certainly was not their first choice, AT&T after all was not the largest carrier. But the exclusive contract they signed with AT&T has given them a huge profit margin on the devices and it tied the carrier to them. Unfortunately it tied them to the carrier as well.
We know that AT&T and Apple signed a 5 year exclusive. This fact in itself was only known recently due to court filings Apple made in a case in California - until that time however, it was just speculation as to the length of the contract.
AT&T has generally taken the brunt of the complaints about the quality of service when using an iPhone. In reality, it's probably a combination of both the iPhone and inherent design flaws as well as AT&T's coverage and potential over-subscription of it's network. The ultimate question that both Apple and AT&T have to answer is: When will it end?
That it will end is not in question... Apple has to be frustrated with AT&T's consistent failure to supply the network and their sales centers/systems with the capacity to handle the appetite that Apple customers have tried to exercise. The most recent failure of the iPhone 4 pre-sale is testament to that fact. Since Apple is tied to AT&T so closely it is not possible for Apple or Steve Jobs to publicly say anything too negative or harsh about AT&T. Which points to another reason that Steve Jobs must be just itching to get his beloved (and profit center) device on another network... or a few other networks.
So we are back to "when".
CNN has a great article up that talks about all of these facts and gets an opinion from some industry insiders and analysts and even suggestions that the Verizon iPhone will come eventually. As consumers, we can only hope that the day comes quickly as choice is always a good thing.
Source: JohnnyApple @ iPhone 4 Forum
Are you not quite happy with the speed you are getting out of your 3G iPad? Or.... do you have the older non 3G iPad and wish you had some type of cell service for your iPad so you can bring it everywhere and still be connected?
Well an enterprising iPad user felt that way and decided to pull out the stock AT&T 3G components and replace them with Verizon MiFi components and increased his speed by almost 6x!
The hack obviously involves a bit of hardware knowledge as the guts of the 3G has to be pulled out and the guts of a Verizon MiFi have to be put in it's place but all in all the difficulty of the hack would be very low.
There are tons of pictures at the following URL: iPad MiFi Conversion for Verizon | Dish Television High Definition Store
Jun 16, 2010 - 12:36 PM - by Maura
Saverio Romeo, Senior Industry Analyst for Growth Partnership company Frost & Sullivan ICT, has written a interesting report on the role of the iPad in the rise of the tablet. According to Romeo, tablets, which he says fall between the mobile experience of smartphones and the computing experience of laptops, not only offer a superior entertainment experience, they also drive new ideas in other industries, including publishing and tourism.
“The iPad is the tablet that makes the most noise in the market, but it does not come alone. Many other vendors have embraced the idea of a tablet,” says Romeo.
The report says that Apple has modelled the use of the iPad around the customer buying apps from the Apple iTunes App Store, which was of course also the successful model for the iPhone.
“The iPad has given relevance to the emerging segments of tablets in the mobile device market. Apple’s tablet has found the enthusiasm of two million users in just two months and it has enabled opportunities in various industries,” concludes Romeo. “However, tablet pricing means that these devices are currently aimed at specific consumer segments: early adopters. This enthusiasm is not yet at the mass market level.”
Not sure about that last statement, the iPad has virtually sold out everywhere that it’s been on sale throughout the world, which seems pretty “mass market” to me!
Source: Frost & Sullivan
Jun 16, 2010 - 8:02 AM - by Maura
The Sponsor Me Hawaii Ala Moana Bowls surfing contest yesterday achieved the accolade of being the world’s first live-action sports IP backhaul HD broadcast, streaming simultaneously on both the iPad and the iPhone, as well as on the Internet and cable.
During the live broadcast and simulcast, accessible via surf.transworld.net, pro-surfer Sunny Garcia said, “This is one of the most hyped contests I have ever been a part of. I can’t believe Sponsor Me has the contest on the iPad and iPhone. This is huge for the surf industry.” Professional Sports Caster Greg Tomlinson also said, “The live contest stream on my iPhone is unlike anything I have ever seen. The clarity is amazing.”
This year’s Sponsor Me Ala Moana Bowls Event is drawing big-name pro surfers such as Garcia, Makua Rothman, Jamie O’Brien, Roy Powers and Poncho Sullivan. Day one of the contest on June 15th went off without a hitch, and will forever be in the record books as the world’s first successful IP backhaul live broadcast. “Finally technology has caught up with reality. It’s great to be part of this game-changing HD broadcast,” said contest co-founder Chris Carmichael.
If you’re sorry you missed out on the first-day action from paradise, fret not, Day Two will also be shown live in HD on the iPad and iPhone, Internet and cable, starting at 7 a.m. Hawaii time, weather conditions permitting of course!
Source: Sponsor Me
Jun 15, 2010 - 1:23 PM - by Maura
Not sure how much of a surprise this will be to most people, but if you take a look at the iPhone FAQ section on Apple’s UK site, you’ll notice that it says that the iPhone 4 micro-SIM can’t be used in the iPad.
V3.co.uk reports that Nick Wilkins, press relations manager at O2, told them that if you place an iPhone 4 micro-SIM in an iPad, the SIM will not work.
So, anyone hoping to switch micro-SIMs between the two and share data allowance, for example, will be disappointed. If you just want to revert your micro-SIM to your old phone that uses a standard SIM, according to V3.co.uk, O2 has said that this will be possible using their supplied adaptor.
“The micro-SIMS for the iPhone are set up to allow voice calls, SMS messages and data functionality, whereas the iPad micro-SIM is provisioned to allow pay-as-you-go data transfer only,” Wilkins told V3.co.uk.
Jun 15, 2010 - 12:54 PM - by Maura
Google has just released the first iPad version of its Google Earth app, which is available now to download for free from the Apple iTunes App Store. You can use the app in the same way as you would the desktop version, with the added bonus of being able to navigate the globe by swiping your finger across the touch screen, or use two fingers to adjust your viewpoint so that you see mountainous terrain. You can also, among many other things, view layers of geographic information including roads, borders and Panoramio photos, search using voice commands in English, Mandarin or Japanese, jump straight to your current location at the touch of a button, and view geo-located Wikipedia articles.
As you might expect, the main addition to the iPad version is the full-resolution imagery and the iPad-specific look and feel. A road layer has also been added for iPad and iPhone 3GS.
Source: Apple App Store, Redmond Pie
Jun 15, 2010 - 12:41 PM - by iDan
Jun 14, 2010 - 6:11 PM - by Maura
Don’t you just love the way in which as soon as the iPad came out all these ingenious and really clever people started coming up with all manner of modifications and inventions? They seem to be popping up almost daily. Engadget has another one today, a USB typewriter that you can connect to your iPad, designed by Jack Zylkin at Hive 76 in Center City, Philadelphia, which is a group of “hackers/DIY/Makers that tear things apart, and put them back together in new ways”, according to their website.
The USB Typewriter comprises a sensor board and a USB interface board that controls the sensor board, relaying the keystrokes via USB. The software is based on the Arduino platform.
“Pre-Fab” DIY kits are available for $150 here, whereas a pre-assembled unit will set you back between $400 and $500, and Zylkin will also convert your own manual typewriter into a USB Typewriter if you ship it to him.
Source: Engadget, CNET, Hive 76
Great story on Engadget about an expat Londoner currently living in Cape Town, South Africa, called Stefan Magdalinski who was already getting his Apple-fan wife an iPad for her birthday anyway, but decided to go the extra mile or 6,000 by having it frozen in chocolate carbonite by London chocolate shop, Paul A Young Fine Chocolates, and then shipped over to South Africa. The 3G iPad was protected by a plastic wrapper so as not to damage it, and what made the whole thing even more of a labour of love was the fact that the iPad wasn’t even available in South Africa at the time of Stefan’s wife’s birthday in April, so he had to get one friend to queue up for it in London, and another friend to persuade South African customs to let the chocolate-covered iPad goodness into the country once it got there!
Source: Ahead Robot, Engadget
Jun 12, 2010 - 8:44 AM - by Maura
According to the latest posting on Telltale Games’ blog, Aardman Animation heroes Wallace & Gromit are about to hit the iPad with “The Last Resort”, their whodunit adventure. This marks the second game that the company will be bringing to the iPhone, the first being Sam & Max: The Penal Zone.
The story centres around a rainy day in West Wallaby Street, when Wallace decides to brighten things up a bit by turning his and Gromit’s home into an indoor beach paradise. Things take a turn for the worse, as usual, when guests start to get angry and run amok, and a violent crime is committed by person or persons unknown. It’s up to Wallace to figure out who the guilty party is, using his Deduct-o-matic machine and aided by his ever-present sidekick, Gromit.
No release date as yet for the game, which Telltale says it’s still working on.
Source: Telltale Games
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