03rd Jun 2008

Apple iPhone – All the latest news about the upcoming iPhone

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Apple have just started informing resellers of their strategy for the release of the Apple iPhone in Australia. Resellers have been told the following:

  • Release will be in the last week of June
  • The iPhone will not be exclusive to one carrier
  • You won’t be locked in to a contract with a particular carrier
  • Current resellers will be able to sell iPhones

Being able to use more than one carrier suggests that the iPhone will be compatible with the latest 3G networks. In Australia, the only high speed network the current iPhone works on is Telstra’s network. If Apple was to release the current model here in Australia, they would need to be exclusive to Telstra, or persuade other companies to upgrade their network to support it. However, if a 3G iPhone is released it won’t matter, as all Australian telcos have a 3G network

The iPhone – A Revolutionary New Mobile Device
The Apple iPhone was released in the US in June 2007 and has sold like hot-cakes. The iPhone is a mobile device that does pretty much everything – mapping, email, internet, digital music, photos, video, calendar, stock quotes, sms , note taking – plus more! There is the ability to write applications (or “widgets”) as the iPhone uses the full Apple MacOS operating system (not some cut down version).

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24th Jun 2008

iPhone 3G – 3 devices in one product

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iPhone 3G includes fast 3G wireless technology, GPS mapping, and support for enterprise features like Microsoft Exchange. It combines a revolutionary phone, a widescreen iPod and a breakthrough internet device into one product.

iPhone 3G Features
Because 3G networks enable data and voice simultaneously, you can surf the web, check emails or use maps while talking on the phone.

Intelligent power management technology integrated into the iPhone enables up to 5 hours talking time over 3G networks. However note that battery claims are dependent on network configuration and many other factors so actual results may not be as good.

iPhone 3G finds your location via GPS or by triangulating your position using phone towers. The GPS function is only active when needed and the iPhone powers the GPS unit on and off automatically so it doesn’t adversely affect battery life.

Maps on the iPhone allow you to switch between map view, satellite view, and a hybrid view of both, just like Google Maps on your computer.

Email on the iPhone accommodates HTML format, which means email looks and acts just like email on your computer.

The iPhone supports Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and PDF files and JPEG images, so attachments can be viewed exactly as they were designed.

The iPhone offers desktop-class web browsing with the Safari web browser. With support for web standards such as SSL and VPN, iPhone allows secure access to corporate intranets so users can access their company’s resources no matter where they are.

The App Store contains innovative applications for the iPhone and there are applications in categories such as games, business, education, entertainment, finance, health and fitness, productivity and social networking. These applications have been designed to take advantage of iPhone features such as Multi-Touch, the accelerometer, wireless and GPS. And some are even free! You can download them wirelessly and start using them straight away.

At this point in time the iPhone 3G will be sold in Australia by Vodaphone and Optus resellers.

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30th Jun 2008

iPhone Not Welcome in Australian Apple Store

Got a first-gen iPhone down under? Not impossible with the magic of jailbreaking. I’m sure there’s a considerable number of first generation iPhone units in Australia already. Unfortunately, they’re not welcome in the new Australian Apple Store. According to apcmag, first-gen iPhones won’t be repaired in the new Apple store even if the iPhone 3G is to be released on July 11. Visitors with iPhones originally from the US and the UK, however, are very much welcome.

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