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Tue, June 23rd, 2009 by Graves and Allen

Apple iPhone OS 3.0 – Preliminary Assessment

Image Courtesy of Apple, Inc.

Image Courtesy of Apple, Inc.

OK, Apple finally turned out iPhone OS 3.0.  I immediately downloaded it into my 16 GB 3G iPhone and gave it a quick run through before replacing that phone with the 32 GB 3Gs that I am now using and which I will report on in a week or so.  This is a preliminary assessment of OS 3.0.  Get it!  Get it now!  Apple makes it available free for all iPhone owners. iPod Touch users need to pay $9.95 for the upgrade.

Simply put, I am very impressed with the new OS.  It improves on existing features and adds some new features to the mix.  The things that most impressed me from the start:

1)  Spotlight.  You can now search your iPhone for data or the location of an App using the spotlight feature.  Spotlight is not immediately apparent on your iPhone.  If you go to the home page of the iPhone and shift one page to the left (you could only go to the right before) you find yourself at the Spotlight screen.  Type in your search term and let the computer (iPhone) do the work.

2)  “Find-Me”.  Ever lose your iPhone?  Not such a problem any more.  You can use the GPS features of the iPhone and MobileMe to locate a misplaced iPhone using another computer.  The system is not perfect.  For example, it won’t tell you that you left it in the kitchen under the sports page.  It will tell you that you left it in the vicinity of your house or your office or at a shopping area, etc.  Note, it only works if the iPhone is on and has power, so don’t wait until the battery is gone before you start to look.  If you find out that you left it at home, go into the house, dial up your iPhone and follow the ring.

3) “Wipe” (or for you Beach Boy fans, “Wipe Out”).  As long as your iPhone has power and is on, you can wipe out all information on the iPhone remotely from your computer using the “Wipe” feature.  Not a bad idea if you get your phone stolen.  On the other hand, if you wipe it out and then find it, you can restore the information from the last synch using iTunes.

Apple also added “cut and paste” to this version of the OS.   I have not yet tested that feature, but I think it will likely add value and functionality to the iPhone.

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Wed, June 10th, 2009 by Graves and Allen

Apple’s New Stuff… SDC Is the New Mac World!

OK, folks, you heard it here first. Apple’s SDC (Software Developers’ Conference) is Apple’s new MacWorld. For years Apple timed its new product announcements to come out at MacWorld. Since MacWorld takes place in January, that meant Apple missed the holiday season with its new announcements. Since Apple would not want to stack updates up so that it release some for the holiday season and held enough back for a significant showing at MacWorld, in reality, upgrades and new product announcements for the holiday season came out much earlier in the year, causing them to lose some luster by the time the holiday buying frenzy kicked into full gear. By opting out of MacWorld, Apple freed itself from that schedule.

Surprisingly, Apple chose its SDC as the venue to announce a number of new products. One would reasonably expect Apple to announce software products at its SDC; the hardware announcements came as something of a surprise. Be that as it may, the Apple fan club will now look to the SDC as the timing point for the release of new products.

On the software side, Apple gave us more information about OS 3.0 for the iPhone. Everyone knew Apple was going to release it in June, but most of us did not know when. We know now it will come out on June 17, 2009. As was the case with the last major update, the new system will cost iPhone owners nothing and iPod Touch owners $9.95. Look for it on a computer screen near you next week.

Apple’s web site gives detailed information about many of the new features that the new OS will bring to the iPhone; check it out at www.apple.com.

Also of note, the new Mac OS X v.10.6 (known as Snow Leopard) will come out around September at the most reasonable price of $29 ($49 for the family pack). Those of you who have been around for a while will recognize that as a substantial price reduction from prior iterations of the OS.

On the hardware side, Apple announced the release of a new MacBook Pro in 13”, and 17” screen sizes. That you get more computer for less money is not a surprise as that trend has applied for many years. The new computers follow the MacBook Air model of locking the battery up so that users cannot simply buy a second, keep it charged and pop it into place when they need it. While users may choose to void their warranty by opening the case and installing a replacement battery themselves, that is not the same thing as being able to change the battery on the fly. The good news is that Apple promises a usable battery life substantially longer per charge, so the inability to exchange batteries will not prove so debilitating as it otherwise might. Still it introduces a new and unnecessary level of inconvenience for the user in order to allow Apple to make more money by requiring users to bring their laptops in for a battery replacement.

Photo courtesy of Apple, Inc.

The other big hardware news relates to the new iteration of the iPhone 3G S (the “S” supposedly stands for “Speed”) as the 3G S is reputed to be the fastest iPhone yet.

Most notably, the new iPhones come with 8, 16 or 32 GB memories. After discounts for new and renewal subscribers to AT&T, the iPhones cost $99 for 8GB, $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB. If you bought the last iteration of the iPhone and are not yet eligible for an upgrade, you get to pay several hundred dollars more as a reward for your continuing loyalty to AT&T. The 32GB iPhone 3G S costs $499 without the discount.

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Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Allen.  All rights reserved.

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