Later this month, Apple will ship the iPhone. According to executives, it's one of the most important product launches in the company's 30-year history -- a claim difficult to dismiss in light of already avid user interest and Apple's astounding success thus far with portable devices.
Here at TechTracker (the parent company of MacFixIt and VersionTracker), we've been giving the iPhone a lot of thought. How will we bring our existing readership coverage of the device? How will that coverage be integrated with our current offerings? Will downtown loitering laws prevent us from camping out in front of the AT&T Cingular store?
The more we thought, the clearer it became that the iPhone -- being a platform rather than a strict accessory -- requires a different approach than the iPod, which fits nicely into the MacFixIt troubleshooting as a spoke of the Mac-centered digital hub. New device platform: new tack.
So today we are launching a new resource for the yet-to-ship iPhone, dubbed iPhone Atlas. We have some ideas for types of content the site will deliver, and some plans for how elements will evolve once the iPhone actually lands in users' hands. However, more important than any speculation we can conjure regarding what prospective iPhone owners will want to read is what our current readers actually say they want. As such, we would love to garner your input on the following:
* Prior to the iPhone's release, what are your biggest concerns about the device? What dirty details you want to know about this stranger before taking it home?
* Which iPhone functions are the most exciting, and what do you want to know about their usage? Are you more interested in optimzing battery life or effectively pinch-zooming?
* In the same vein, which of the three primary functions (the Internet access device, iPod or phone) do you see getting the most use?
* Are you interested in the iPhone more as an entertainment device, a business device, personal communicator, or all three?
* What category of content are you most interested in? (News about the device and its ecosystem, Troubleshooting, Guides/How-Tos, Directories of iPhone-specific and iPhone-formatted sites, Software updates for iPhone, something else we haven't mentioned)?
I heard a rumor that a pay-as-you-go version isn't out of the question. Which will mean that you'll have to pay the full price for the phone (it's cheaper with the contract), but you don't pay a monthly charge, only for an allotted amount of time to use it.
The 2nd Gen version has been in the works well before the first one's release. I think that's the case for most other products, but I find it strange since there hasn't been time enough for reaction to make changes. However, there might have been some features that are taking too long to implement for the June release.
The other thing that I've read is that the amount of iPhones for sale are plentiful, meaning that a sell-out isn't likely, which concludes that the people waiting on line for days, or paying people to wait on line are morons.
My whole synopsis on the product itself is that it's really just a toy. I have a phone, it makes phone calls. That's all I need it to do (I remember writing something along those lines in the old forum). There is no necessity for me to surf the web at any given moment (for a premium no less!) for the sole reason of satiating an empty moment in my life.
I'm sure it can be more useful in someone else's hands, but for most people it's another time-waster, and yet another thing to get mugged for.
Verizon phones have the ability to watch tv from without having to pay for individual shows, however, the service probably costs the same as cable :P
I saw a hack for the iPhone a couple days ago that activates the phone without a phone carrier. Basically, this renders the phone feature useless, but activates everything else, so you can browse the web and all that other fun stuff. But for $600, it's still crazy expensive.
Friday, July 06 2007 @ 01:15 PM PDT
iPhone: Users report uncomfortable heat, cooling it down
Our sister site iPhone Atlas reports that a number of users reporting uncomfortable heat generated by the iPhone under some circumstances. More disconcerting, however, are reports that if the unit gets too hot, erratic behavior can ensue and the potential for component damage surfaces. The article has some tips for keeping it cool.
epidemic99 writes "Apple has released what it will cost to replace the
battery in the iPhone, and consumers might be a bit put off. Replacement
is a tricky ordeal, as the battery is apparently soldered into the
device. The service will cost $79, plus $6.95 for shipping, plus an
optional $29 'loaner iPhone' rental. A consumer advocacy group sent a
letter to Apple complaining that this information was not made public
before iPhone's release since the cost of the battery replacement is so
high. Even reviewer Harvey Rosenfield, who is usually very kind to Apple,
was quoted as saying 'some of them might be waking up now, wondering who
they got in bed with.'" Update: 07/06 21:06 GMT by Z : Fixed incorrect
attribution of quote to Mossberg.
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I had read about both issue (the heat, and the battery replacement cost), but forgot about them. I was reading an Arstechnica review, and they said it got uncomfortably hot while using it as a phone.
Most cell phones get hot while being used, but I think since the iPhone has so much more going on that it becomes a hot-plate. Probably good to keep your coffee warm!
The battery replacement program is a rip off. I read that taking the phone apart is more difficult than taking apart an iPod. Not being able to have a spare battery will be a huge complaint with a lot of consumers. Most phone owners tend to buy extra batteries since they don't last too long. Apple's reason for building their products in such is was is based on greed.
that makes me angry enough at crAppple not to ever touch one!
in fact, I am looking for a way "not to feed the foot that stands on my throat"
I saw this today} LInux anyone?
if I'm wireless on a PC I can do audio chats, can't I?
why pay for a phone!
for that matter, if I had a PC instead of a mac
I could use audio chat with my dial up connection right now.
screw apple for their greed
| 2008 - Year of Linux Desktop? |
| from the what-year-isn't-the-year-of-the-penguin dept. |
| posted by Zonk on Friday July 06, @18:34 (Software) |
| http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/06/2119243 |
rstrohmeyer writes "Over at Maximum PC, we're betting that Linux
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That first one: "iPhones, in some situations, canít take incoming calls while on
EDGE" sounds more like a feature than a problem. In other words, I think Apple meant for that to work that way. Translation: They couldn't figure out how to get the phone end, and the computer end to work as one thing. So it was a corner cutting deal.
You're right though, it doesn't sounds like it was ready for release, and it sounds more like a beta.