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As many suspected might be the case, in order to reduce their cost on the 3G iPhone, Apple has followed an increasingly common practice.
They no longer include a cradle with iPods.
They no longer include a remote with MacBooks.
And now, they no longer include a cradle with the iPhone.
The price comparison Apple is making at every opportunity is rather deceptive. They say the original iPhone was $499 while the 3G iPhone is $199 when the original iPhone included a $48 accessory the 3G does not.
If you want to actually compare apples to apples, the price is actually $499 vs $248 (3G iPhone + $48 cradle).
Yes Apple, it is certainly a whole lot less out of pocket for the 3G but at least be HONEST about what you get. Sure you can still buy one for $48 but that is a full 25% of the 3G’s price. I
The good news, however, is that the cradle is entirely optional and thos epurchasing the 3G iPhone can easily do without it.
That is NOT, however, the case with regard to…
Are you excited about the new mini-portable-computer that arrives July 11th? You know the one, that flat glass thing you keep in your pocket that has finger prints all over the front and the occasional scratch here and there? You know… THE BEST MOBILE DEVICE EVER!!!!!
Well we are- its why we started Whats On iPhone in the first place! And now we’re looking for a few more excited folks to join our cause.
If you’ve ever wanted to get your virtual voice heard, now is the time.
If you have ever wanted to get in on the ground floor of an iPhone blog and be part of its growth, now is the time.
The biggest challenge to Apple’s impending dominance in the smartphone market comes from a cellphone maker with even less experience than Apple had… a year ago.
Yup, the biggest issue that Apple faces isn’t from any of the current giants in the cell-phone industry but from Google. Just a few months ago Google’s upcoming Android platform seemed to have it all.
It had the backing of Google and numerous other heavy-weights.
It was planned to be open-source so that manufacturers could use it in a variety of form-factors.
It look awesome- or at least the early demoes of the platform looked awesome.
It was coming fast and furious.
Well now word comes that that last little point may not be the case. Android phone are indeed coming… but they aren’t coming as fast or as furious as we expected.
Join us in welcoming our newest writer Heather.
Heather’s been using her iPhone since day one and absolutely loves it.
She uses it for her work as office/corporate interior designer but she also finds it invaluable as the mother of two beautiful and growing kids.
Her iPhone means she always has her camera with her and can immediately send new pictures to share with the grandparents. Since Heather keeps the family blog, she can use her iPhone to post directly to it as events occur. (Let’s hear it for TypePad’s upcoming iPhone blogging software.)
Heather’s iPhone means she can turn on the Laurie Berkner songs while driving to help keep the kids quiet and she can plug in her headphones and escape for a bit to some of her favorite Dave Matthews tunes when its her husband’s turn to watch the kids.
Heather is going to be reviewing the entire spectrum of applications but is going to offer a special section called "iPhone Apps For Busy Moms" which will suggest and review some of the apps she find most useful for the more important of her two full-time jobs.
Join us in welcoming Heather to Whats On iPhone and look for her first post soon.
Okay… I did it. The other day I temporarily jailbroke my iPod Touch.
Why? Because I really wanted to see what the jailbreak version of Moo-Cow-Music’s BAND is like prior to its release via iTunes and the AppStore next month.
What’s it like? It… Is… Amazing! I mean, to have a band on your iPhone– it blew my mind.
Band might look like a toy but it has the potential to be a serious musical instrument (instruments, actually).
And that is coming from a non-musician. A quick search of YouTube and you can see what people with musical talent are already doing with Band. Yep, it is amazing!
We already know that Band and Intua’s BeatMaker (a portable music studio) are coming to the AppStore. Those two little applications have the potential to turn the iPhone and iPod Touch into a pocket-sized music studio. And those are just the music-based applications we know about. Who knows what amazing software will be available in a month, or two, or three. Maybe we’ll see iPhone versions of SoundStudio, GarageBand or… who knows.
If only we had a real musician, someone who is talented in writing and recording his own tunes AND has technical knowledge and experience in music recording and production, to really do justice to the reviews of applications like Band, BeatMaker and all the rest that will follow…
Oh yeah- WE DO!
Join us as we welcome the newest member of WhatsOniPhone– Benjamin Jacobs.
I’m looking forward to the release of the 3G iPhone in just a few weeks but that’s not what I’m most excited about. You see, ten months after getting my first generation iPhone I still love the device. To be honest, if the 3G weren’t coming until the fall or some time in 2009 I would be perfectly happy continuing to use my current iPhone. It is that good.
Don’t get me wrong- so long as it is available, I will be getting a 3G on July 11th. (Actually I will be getting two since my wife Elana finally broke down and agreed to drop her Treo and get an iPhone! FINALLY!!!!!)
No, what I am most looking forward to is the day that the iPhone Firmware 2.0 is released and the AppStore comes online. The 3G iPhone is nice. The 2.0 Firmware and the AppStore are HUGE!
When the applications begin to flow they will transform the iPhone and the iPod Touch into almost entirely new devices. Their power and use will be limited only by the creativity of the developers (and, of course, the good graces of Steve and Co.)
Dimitri and I started this blog because we truly believe that the Apple-sanctioned 3rd party applications coming to the iPhone will change the face of mobile computing as we know it. That will be the revolution. The 3G iPhone is the icing.
Thus far the announcements seem to reinforce our initial belief. Each and every day we are hearing announcements of upcoming applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Some are old favorites that have been ported to the new OS X iPhone platform. Others are entirely new and make imaginative use of the iPhone’s beautiful touch screen and the accelerometer.
All this goes to indicate that on day one of the AppStore we are going to see the most mind blowing applications released… Right? Wrong!
Here at What’s On iPhone, we’re gearing up for the release of the iPhone’s version two firmware and the iTunes AppStore. The site is up and ready to go. The list of upcoming applications continues to grow. And we are anxiously awaiting the release of the first 3rd Party applications.
If the recent Nike + iPod partnership is any indication, there is no question that health and fitness applications are going to be some of the most important iPhone and iPod Touch applications. As we prepare to move into an era in which the iPhone and iPod Touch become the latest fitness and health tools we are thrilled to announce that PeterK of Peter K Fitness will be joining What’s On iPhone as our fitness and health application reviewer.
Peter K, one the most dynamic personalities around today, is a nutritionist, physical therapist, speaker, author and fit lifestyle expert. He is the creator of "5 Minutes to Fitness+", a lifestyle program that is revolutionizing the way people view health and fitness. His organization, Peter K Fitness (www.peterkfitness.com) offers innovative Fit Lifestyle interventions through live seminar events, consulting, and health coaching. Peter K is the executive producer of The Peter K Show on Blogtalkradio.com/peterk and is Blogtalkradio’s Fitness Director.
An avid iPod Touch user, Peter K will bring his expertise to helping evaluate which of the new iPhone and iPod Touch lifestyle applications are best for promoting good health and a good habits.
Peter, we welcome you and are thrilled to have you with us.
You can find out more about Peter K by going to his website, www.peterkfitness.com, by listening to his blog talk radio show at www.blogtalkradio.com/peterk, and by looking for his first reviews shortly after the release of iPhone 3G and the AppStore.
As the release of iPhone 2.0 and the iTunes AppStore approaches, one of the big questions with regard to the iPhone is the impact Apple-approved 3rd party applications will have on both jail-broken applications and so-called “web apps”.
The past year has been good to both, as both have had a fertile environment in which to take root and grow. The locked nature of the iPhone meant that they were the only way to access applications and services that did not come installed on the iPhone. Both approaches have met the challenge beautifully and in so doing they have made the iPhone more powerful than ever.
Web-apps were envisioned by Apple from the very beginning. Apple provided access to all the tools needed to create a vast array of programs and games that could be accessed via WiFi or Edge. Despite some initial skepticism by many of us some amazing offerings have emerged over the past twelve months. And as the year progressed the degree of sophistication, ease of use and speed (through optimizing the interface) have been growing. Many of us quickly discovered that so long as we have an available wifi or edge connection, web applications work remarkably well and allow access everything from e-mail to news to games. Even the files stored on your home desktop became accessible through programs such as iGet Mobile and SugarSync.