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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #135 on: January 29, 2008, 11:32:43 PM »
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i love leopard.  the clipper tool in safari that makes any section of a web page a widget is pretty damn cool. at last I have a xixax widget.
Obviously what you are doing right now is called (in my upcoming book of psychology at least) validation. I think it's a normal thing to do. People will reply, say anything, and then you're gonna do what you were subconsciently thinking of doing all along.

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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #136 on: June 09, 2008, 03:43:29 PM »
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New iPhone, lower price: $199

Arriving in early July, the new "iPhone 3G" will sell for hundreds less than the original and—as expected—will come equipped with GPS and access to AT&T's speedy HSDPA network. Also: A new version of Mac OS X is on the way, along with a major revamp of Apple's .Mac online service.

iPhone 3G
It's real, it's thinner (at the edges, at least), and, truth be told ... it looks an awful lot like the original iPhone, from the front anyway. A couple of key changes, however: The headphone jack is now flush with the case—so no more need for a headset adapter—and the back panel is now glossy black plastic, which looks good, but may well be more susceptible to scratches than the original brushed—metal version.

So that's how the new iPhone looks. What's inside? As expected, 3G and GPS, good for turn—by—turn directions and geotagging photos. Nice, but we'd heard rumors of videoconferencing—which, judging from the lack of a front—facing camera on the iPhone 3G, isn't in the cards. Jobs claims five hours of "3G" talk time on the new iPhone (or 10 hours when using EDGE only), plus seven hours of video, 5—6 hours of Web browsing, and 24 hours of audio.

Also, no word on iChat instant messaging for the iPhone; then again, AOL has already announced it's making its own AIM app, and I'm sure plenty of other IM apps will arrive once the App Store launches (more on that in a moment).

And while we're at it—there was no discussion of music or video downloads over AT&T's HSDPA network, reportedly a sticking point between the carrier and Apple.

That said, it turns out the rumors of lower prices were true. A 16GB iPhone 3G will sell for $299, while the 8GB will go for $199. That sounds a lot better than $599 for the original 8GB iPhone. Also: The iPhone in white!

And finally, the release date: July 11. Looks like we've got a little wait on our hands.

iPhone Firmware 2.0
We already knew that the new App Store (which will come stocked with applications built by third—party developers, courtesy of the iPhone SDK),  Exchange support (including over—the—air syncing of e—mail, contacts, and events), and IT—focused security enhancements would come with the latest version of the iPhone firmware, but now we have a few more details on the upcoming iPhone update, along with an estimate of availability: early July.

 First, of all: contact search, which will pull up matching contacts the moment you type starting characters. We'll also be getting read—only support for PowerPoint documents, as well as full support for iWork, Apple's Office competitor.

Next up: the ability to move or delete groups of messages, or even save photos attached to e-mails in the iPhone's photo album (no mention of saving images from Web pages).

Rounding out the new Firmware 2.0 features: parental controls (including restrictions on YouTube and the iTunes Store—sorry, kids); a new and improved scientific calculator (just turn the iPhone on its side to get all the new buttons); and support for Chinese, Japanese, and other languages.

Applications
A series of developers demoed at least a dozen games and applications during the keynote. Among the highlights: Sega's previously announced Super Money Ball (now with 110 "stages"), an auction tracker from eBay, GPS—assisted social networking from Loopt (good for seeing if you have buddies nearby), a mobile blogging app (including photos) from TypePad, an AP news tracker complete with videos, and an app from Major League Baseball that'll real—time (or close to it) game highlights.

Games such as Super Monkey Ball will sell for $9.99 when the App Store launches, while the other apps I just mentioned will be free.

Mobile Me
Looks like the leaks about a revamped .Mac were true. As expected, the service—now dubbed Mobile Me—automatically syncs your e-mail, Address Book contacts, iCal events, and photos over the air between iPhones and Macs. Even better, Mobile Me will support Outlook for PC users. Unfortunately, no price drop—we're still talking $99 a year, although there will be a free 60-day trial. Look for Mobile Me to arrive in early July, along with the new iPhone firmware.
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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #137 on: June 09, 2008, 10:44:21 PM »
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Not too impressed. I was expecting to be pissed about owning a generation 1 iPhone after today's announcement but other than the improved headphone jack there's nothing here I'm really fiending for. The Edge network has never been that terrible for me and most places I go have WiFi. The new phone is slightly thicker and I'm not a fan of the new back at all. The $199 price point is nice but that's with the two year contract and they are charging $10 more a month for 3G so it pretty much balances out. Another speech without a "...One More Thing." Apple is still the best thing ever.
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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #138 on: June 09, 2008, 11:02:23 PM »
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Yeah, especially since they've already started patenting technology for upcoming versions, including video chat and solar power.

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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #139 on: June 09, 2008, 11:27:32 PM »
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does anybody know people who develop ideas for cell phone software? i've got a good idea for the iphone and itouch. 
Obviously what you are doing right now is called (in my upcoming book of psychology at least) validation. I think it's a normal thing to do. People will reply, say anything, and then you're gonna do what you were subconsciently thinking of doing all along.

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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #140 on: June 09, 2008, 11:43:03 PM »
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You can download the developer's kit from the Apple website and make it yourself...as long as you give Apple 30% of your profits...sorry I can't be of any more help than that, but I believe in you.
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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #141 on: June 10, 2008, 07:39:48 PM »
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does anybody know people who develop ideas for cell phone software? i've got a good idea for the iphone and itouch. 

Make sure you write up a treatment of your idea first and mail it to yourself.  That way if they steal it you have proof that it's yours and can sue.

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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #142 on: June 11, 2008, 11:25:57 PM »
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does anybody know people who develop ideas for cell phone software? i've got a good idea for the iphone and itouch. 

Make sure you write up a treatment of your idea first and mail it to yourself.  That way if they steal it you have proof that it's yours and can sue.

You can download the developer's kit from the Apple website and make it yourself...as long as you give Apple 30% of your profits...sorry I can't be of any more help than that, but I believe in you.

much thanks. i talked to a friend who knows some apple developers. i looked at the kit from apple to do it myself, but you have to apply because the kit is in beta form right now.
Obviously what you are doing right now is called (in my upcoming book of psychology at least) validation. I think it's a normal thing to do. People will reply, say anything, and then you're gonna do what you were subconsciently thinking of doing all along.

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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #143 on: September 09, 2008, 04:27:14 PM »
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Anyone else really disappointed in Apple for discontinuing the larger capacity iPods and opting for smaller iPods with less storage capability? My 160gb is almost full and I always just assumed Apple would keep making bigger and bigger iPods. Now it seems they're abandoning the music fans who supported them when the iPod first came out and are not catering only to the casual music fans who only care about the hot singles and only need 16gb of space.

ugh.
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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #144 on: September 09, 2008, 05:22:40 PM »
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Anyone else really disappointed in Apple for discontinuing the larger capacity iPods and opting for smaller iPods with less storage capability? My 160gb is almost full and I always just assumed Apple would keep making bigger and bigger iPods. Now it seems they're abandoning the music fans who supported them when the iPod first came out and are not catering only to the casual music fans who only care about the hot singles and only need 16gb of space.

ugh.

I disagree. They target both the hardcore fans and the masses. The hardcore fans want innovative new products. There is probably less than 1% of buyers who are interested in carrying more than 160GB around. Its ridiculous. You dont listen to that constantly, so you can have the music in your computer and sync it constantly whenever you want to change the current 30,000 songs you are listening to.

When the device becomes in majority for video, then it makes sense to have more storage and bigger screens, which is the point of the iTouch anyhow, not the Classic iPod.


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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #145 on: September 09, 2008, 11:31:00 PM »
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i am massively disappointed by the lack of upgrade to the storage for the touch. just make it a little heavier. it barely weighs anything right now. i don't understand why it's so difficult. i can't buy 32 gb.

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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #146 on: September 10, 2008, 02:21:12 AM »
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Anyone else really disappointed in Apple

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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #148 on: October 14, 2008, 05:03:12 PM »
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Nice. If I didn't need a PC to stream stuff from my computer, to my 360 to my TV, I'd have had a Mac a long time ago.
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Re: Apple is the best thing ever
« Reply #149 on: November 30, 2008, 12:10:59 AM »
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My current 5-year-old iBook G4 is about to die.  Any reason that anyone here knows of that I shouldn't buy one of the new 15-inch MacBook Pros?  I would like to be able to do HD editing on it.

I looked into a refurbished previous generation (which I think still would have been capable of HD editing), but it wasn't cheaper than using my student discount on a new one, so...

 

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