iPhone 3.0 Software

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Macworld did a great job of giving us a live commentary of what the improvements would be for the new software.

Rather than repeat them all, here is the link to the commentary:

Macworld iPhone 3.0 Commentary

There will be additional announcements over the coming week, but they did manage to get some of the 15 features I wrote about.

  • Turn by Turn direction capability
  • push notifications
  • Cut/Copy/Paste (YEAH!)
  • landscape in all apps
  • Spotlight now implemented

It seems the Beta is available for developers immediately Developer Center (NOTE: this was unavailable at the time of writing- possibly due to the update happening)

The software and upgrades will be available to consumers in the summer. It will be available for ALL iPhones and for $9.95 an upgrade for iPod Touch users as well.

New Mac Products for 2009

Macworld is where Apple likes to introduce their products just a couple days earlier than CES…just to, you know, set themselves apart.

There are new accessories like mice, chargers, notebook cases and hands free bluetooth accessories for the car.

New software was introduced including all new iLife 09 with photo, movie, garageband and web applications that include alot more interactivity and control. The iWork suite has some new features, most notable is the new application for iPods or iPhones that allows for remote control of Keynote presentations that is similar to the Remote application for iTunes and AppleTV. The app will be available for $1 at the iTunes Store.

Real Software announced Tuesday at Macworld Expo that REAL Server 2009 will ship in February. REAL Server is a cross-platform, multi-user database server. There are several major upgrades for the update. The Real Server Developer Edition is free for developers to use to develop a server application.

iTunes is going DRM free in March, they are also changing their pricing on the products (songs, shows and movies) from a straight $.99 to $.69, $.99 or $1.29. Additionally, users will be able to make purchases over 3G as well as Wi-Fi, which would make it possible to buy items as long as you have a cell connection.

Blackberry Storm Review and Firmware Update

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For those that already got the Blackberry Storm, there were apparently two firmware updates released (not to the general public) over the Thanksgiving weekend.

These are the reasons why sometimes it is good to wait on getting new technology (iPhone 3G anyone?)

Lets get it together and allow EVERYONE to get these updates, hmmm, RIM?

There have been several issues related by users of the Storm, including:

  • Lagging performance, especially when switching the Storm from landscape to portrait views by using its internal accelerometer
  • The OS isn’t quite as smooth as the iPhone
  • When on the phone, your face pushes against the screen and mutes the call. a problem that could be fixed with a lock button.
  • Verizon App store needs more applications and “hasn’t changed much since the release
  • the Storm has a Micro USB port instead of a Mini USB port. requiring additional accessories purchases, even for previous Blackberry users
  • Not all the keys will “click” when touched

Additionally, there are to be 2 more firmware updates in the near future. Will these fix the problems? Not sure, but I’m leaning towards the iPhone more and more each day as my Rzr stumbles on its last legs. Especially since my wife (bless her budding tech-soul) has recently been talking about wanting an iPhone. If I can get our failing Verizon phones to last until after Macworld Expo (where Jobs apparently won’t be), then maybe I can get a Nano iPhone!!

Some additional Storm problems information from PC World

Information Week had an article published right after Thanksgiving and the first Storm firmware update:

If you’ve read any reviews of the BlackBerry Storm, you no doubt have heard that the poor thing is a bit buggy. Heck, even The New York Times’ David Pogue harshed on it. The initial batch of Storm’s are running firmware version 4.7.0.65. Over the weekend, firmware version 4.7.0.75 became available, and with it a bunch of fixes.

In InformationWeek’s review of the BlackBerry Storm, I detailed the issues the device has. Software lag, accelerometer lag, app crashes, and other bugs really drag the device’s usability down. Both of the review units I examined were running firmware 4.7.0.65. Many hoped that the bugs could (and would) be fixed by a firmware update. RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) has heard the cries for help.

Users first began spotting the firmware update over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. At first it appeared that 4.7.0.75 was only going to be offered to the few, but it has since become available to anyone who can find it on the web.

The biggest improvement seen with the new firmware is reduced lag and response time of the Storm. That’s a very good thing. What’s better, is that one user was able to find yet another firmware update, 4.7.0.76. This latest update brings with it even more fixes.

According to The Boy Genius, the latest firmware build is leaps and bounds better than either of the preceding two. It offers faster landscape-to-portrait switching, better battery life, better touch screen response, more natural browser orientation in landscape mode, faster response in the music player application, and faster navigation through the photo gallery.

The bad news is, there are still many bugs present. Some of them include failure of the back button to work, slower data connectivity, and increased bugs in the camera application. Both of my review units had a lot of bugs in the camera app.

Firmware version 4.7.0.75 is out there, but 4.7.0.76 is not. There has been no official word fromVerizon (NYSE: VZ) Wireless nor RIM as to when the latter will be made available to the masses. In the mean time, update to 4.7.0.75 if you can, and enjoy the slightly improved Storm.

Nano iPhone

My wife and I have spent a good amount of time looking over the new phones available from Verizon. I was really excited about the Blackberry Storm, the Samsung Omnia and other ‘smart phones‘ being offered this holiday season, as well as the special deals being offered considering that we have finished our contract and the are being offered free phones to sign up again.

After visiting the Verizon stores and playing with the phones, neither of us are impressed with the usability of the Envy, the Glide or even the HTC Touch Pro. At this point, we are headed over to AT&T to see what we think of the rates there. We know we love the iPhone, since we have both enjoyed using the iPod Touch that I’ve had or the last year. The real question has to do with the monthly fees that seem a bit exorbitant $200+/month??? Yikes!

With MacWorld coming in January, we may want to wait and see what else Steve Jobs has in store, since there are usually some cool deals to be had once the ‘latest and greatest’ come out’. here is the latest rumor about what may be coming down the pipe:

Once again iPhone rumors are floating in China . The latest is that the next generation iPhone released will not be one iPhone but  two iPhones! Why is China the place where these rumors start? Simple, thousands of people are involved in building iPhone components and those that have the means know how to get inside information, once it starts the information spreads. It appears that they may be designing these new skins for the namo and the dimensions match some of the iPhone curves, etc.

These rumors are used by accessory manufacturers and agents in China to decide what they will produce, when they will start to manufacturer it and when they should unload their old stock. The right decisions could mean millions of dollars, if you get it right and you get it early. Because silicone cases are skin tight XSKN’s Nano iPhone silicone case design is a good way to judge what the new Nano iPhone is going to look like. Some sites said it would have a control dial with a pull out key pad. As we can see it is the small brother to iPhone 3G.

Additional Information can be found on the iDealsChina website.