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Email reminder from Apple: Get ready. iPhone is coming June 29.

Email reminder from Apple: Get ready. iPhone is coming June 29.

Apple announced the official release date of iPhone, probably the much awaited gadget in a decade with the roll out of three iPhone Ads on 3rd June and followed them with another iPhone ad later in the week.

However, Apple wants to be sure that all those who had shown interest did not miss the release date of iPhone as they have now started sending out an email notification informing everyone of the launch date.

I just received my email couple of hours back, did you get your copy?? If not, have a look at the email from Apple after the jump.

Some observations on the calendar functionality by folks at iPodTips.com:

  • Looks like there is a Day / Week / Month view buttons
  • There is a today button
  • The calendar uses a dot to represent an event in the day of the month
  • A plus button would be for adding events
  • Shows the time at the top of the screen
  • Indicates the current month in highlighted blue
  • Shows events for that day below calendar view with time

If the image above is not readable then please find below the text of the mail:

iPhone arrives on June 29. iPhone features an amazing mobile phone, is the best iPod we’ve ever created, and puts the Internet in your pocket with desktop-class email, web browsing, searching, and maps. And iPhone makes it all easy to use with its revolutionary multi-touch user interface. iPhone syncs with your PC or Mac just like an iPod, so organizing your content now will help you start calling, texting, emailing, surfing, listening, and watching even faster when you get your iPhone. Here are a few suggestions to help you get ready:

Contacts

Making a call with iPhone is as simple as tapping a name. You won’t need to re-enter all your contacts because iPhone syncs with the address book you already use on your computer—Address Book or Entourage on a Mac, or Outlook or Outlook Express on a PC. If you keep your contacts on the web using Yahoo! Address Book, iPhone can sync with them, too. To get ready for iPhone, organize your contacts in one of these applications and make sure they’re up to date with the latest phone numbers and email addresses. If you don’t have contacts on your computer, don’t worry. You can still enter them directly into iPhone.

Calendar

Using its built-in calendar, iPhone lets you check your appointments with the flick of a finger. iPhone uses iTunes to sync with the calendar application you already use on your computer—iCal or Entourage on the Mac, or Outlook on a PC—just like it does with your contacts. If you don’t already use one of these applications to manage your appointments, now is a great time to start, so you’ll be ready to sync when your iPhone arrives. If you choose not to use a calendar program, that’s OK. You’ll be able to enter appointments directly into the iPhone calendar.

Email

iPhone is the first phone to come with a desktop-class email application. So now your phone can display rich HTML email with graphics and photos alongside the text. iPhone will even fetch your latest email every time you open the application and automatically retrieve your email on a set schedule, just like a computer does. iPhone works with the most popular email systems—including Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL, and .Mac Mail. If you’re not already using one of these services, now would be a great time to get an account. iTunes will make email setup on iPhone a breeze by automatically syncing the settings from email accounts stored in Mail on a Mac or Outlook on a PC. Don’t worry if you’re not on one of these email services; iPhone also works with almost any industry-standard POP3 and IMAP email system.

Photos

iPhone has a 2-megapixel camera and a gorgeous 3.5-inch display, so it’s a great way to enjoy and show off your digital photos. iPhone uses iTunes to sync your photos from iPhoto on a Mac or Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Album, or any picture folder on a PC. You can carry thousands of photos on iPhone, but you can start by creating an album or two with 50 to 100 of your favorite photos, so that when you first sync your iPhone, you’ll be ready to quickly show off some of your best shots.

Music and video

iPhone is the best iPod ever. Its beautiful, 3.5-inch widescreen display allows you to easily enjoy the music, TV shows, and movies you have in your iTunes library. If you already use iTunes, you can start getting ready for iPhone by creating a playlist of a few hundred of your favorite songs. If you don’t have iTunes, now is a good time to download it and start a music and video library. That way, when you sync your iPhone with iTunes, you’ll be able to take your favorite music, as well as a few of your TV shows and movies, with you wherever you go.

iTunes Account

To set up your iPhone, you’ll need an account with Apple’s iTunes Store. If you already have an iTunes account, make sure you know your account name and password. If you don’t have an account, you should set one up now to save time later. To set up an account, launch iTunes, select the iTunes Store, and click the Sign In button in the upper right corner of iTunes. Sign in and you’re ready to go.

Source: Email from Apple

Apple & AT&T Ad confirms iPhone “Coming June 29th”

Apple & AT&T Ad confirms iPhone “Coming June 29th”

The release date of the iPhone has finally been confirmed, Apple and AT&T advertised tonight on television that the iPhone
will be available starting on June 29th, 2007.

Though the ad was first available as a YouTube video, Apple has now posted three iPhone ads on their website.

The YouTube videos of all the three ads as well as some observations from the ads are available after the jump.

The YouTube videos of the iPhone ads:

“All Things Digital” conference: Steve Jobs evangelizes the iPhone

“All Things Digital” conference: Steve Jobs evangelizes the iPhone

Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates are scheduled to make a rare joint appearance anytime now at The Wall Street Journal’s D5: All Things Digital conference. But before that co-producer Walt Mossberg had an interesting Q&A session with Steve Jobs, I guess the part we were all eagerly waiting for, i.e. to hear some key iPhone announcements.

Alas, Steve did not make any announcements though he did respond to a wide array of questions on the iPhone such as: iPhone’s shipping date, where will it be available, on Cingular, iPhone sales estimates, OSX running on the iPhone, video service on the iPhone,  2.5G nature of the iPhone, regarding 3rd party apps on the iPhone, iPhone’s battery life.

To read Steve Job’s response please go through the detailed transcripts of the Q&A session after the jump courtesy Engadget.

Update: The video of the Q&A session is also now available after the jump.

12:28pm – Your
goals that you set for sales for the iPhone are not gigantic — but in
a billion unit market that’s 1%. They didn’t sign the deal for a high
volume product.

A billion units is a worldwide number… people have forgotten more than we know about this market.

12:29pm – Any features on the iphone you haven’t announced you’d like to share?

Uh, nope! [Laughter]

12:35pm – Is the iPhone a wireless iPod? Or a phone that has an iPod in it?

It’s
three things: the best iPod we’ve ever made. An incredibly great
cellphone — we’ve really revolutionized how to use a cellphone. If it
was nothing but a cellphone it’d be really successful. Third thing is
it’s the internet in your pocket for the first time. If it was any of
those three it’d be successful. If it was just the internet in your
pocket it’d sell better than the Sony Mylo…

12:36pm – How much debate was there — do you even have any debate at Apple?

There’s
lots. [Laughter] If you want to hire and keep bright people you can’t
tell them what to do… very often. Once a year, maybe twice, you have
a silver bullet now and then, but basically you don’t do that. At Apple
it’s about ideas, and we argue about ideas constantly.

12:37pm – So how much argument was there about not having a keyboard on the iPhone?

None. None.

12:42pm – But the iPhone doesn’t REALLY have the whole OS X operating system on there…

The
answer is: yes it does! The entire Mac OS is gigs, a lot is data. Take
out the data — every desktop pattern, sound sample — if you look at
Safari it’s not that big. It’s REAL Safari, REAL OS X. We put a
different user interface on it to work with a multi-touch screen…
it’s an amazing amount of software.

12:43pm – On the technical side… could a Mac OS X app run on an iPhone?

We
don’t think that’s a good idea. We don’t have a mouse, we don’t have
pull-down menus… we have a very different user interface on the
phone. [Ha! Nice non-answer!]

1:08pm – You don’t have a video service for the iPhone…

Sure
we do… it’s iTunes. Not over the air. People have tried it with music
and it’s failed. Part of the reason that it’s failed is the phone isn’t
the best place for discovering music or browsing catalogues. Then
there’s the cost of wireless vs. terrestrial internet. Then you get it
on your phone you have to sync it back to your PC… we’ve got 100m
iPods we’ve sold that people know how to sync, they know how to buy
music on iTunes.

1:09pm – So you have no plans to put any
version of the iTunes store on the iPhone itself despite the fact that
you have a big screen and non-baby OS?

We certainly have nothing to announce today.

Q: [From Blake from Sling!] Two parter: can you comment on the 2.5G nature of the iPhone?

Interesting
thing, it automatically switches to WiFi automatically — I’m in this
industry, we were the first to ship a laptop with WiFi, shipped the
first G, first N routers… [nope!] If you choose to join a network it
remembers that. But if you’re in a place and you want to join a WiFi
network you haven’t joined before it prompts you. But it’s EVERYWHERE.
There’s like 10x more WiFi out there than I ever thought there was.
WiFi is faster than any 3G, and EDGE is very fast too.

Q: All indications appear that the iPhone is closed, we’d love to develop apps…

This
is an important tradeoff between security and openness. We want both.
We’re working through a way… we’ll find a way to let 3rd parties
write apps and still preserve security on the iPhone. But until we find
that way we can’t compromise the security of the phone.

I’ve
used 3rd party apps… the more you add, the more your phone crashes.
No one’s perfect, and we’d sure like our phone not to crash once a day.
If you can just be a little more patient with us I think everyone can
get what they want.

Q on iPhone battery life.

When
you’re talking about a portable device it’s all about power, it’s all
about battery life. We’ve been fighting that fight for a long time with
our notebooks. We were able to bring all our experience to the phone —
you’ve hit a key theme of portables.

[images courtesy Zdnet & Engadget]

Update: The video of the Q&A session below.

Apple gets FCC approval to sell the iPhone

Apple gets FCC approval to sell the iPhone

The FCC has approved the iPhone today (on 17th May, 2007) and based on
the information available from the documents posted on FCC website, it
looks like Apple has set itself a deadline of 30th June to launch the iPhone. Apple seems to have
passed the approval process with flying colors which is no big surprise.

Microsoft: iPhone a great music phone, but irrelevant to business users

The battle of rhetorics rages on, first it was Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer down-playing the launch of the iPhone and now its the turn of a senior executive with the software giant saying that the iPhone will be irrelevant to business users because it is a "closed device" and you guessed it right, it is because it will not support Microsoft office.

Best iPhone News Ever!

Here ’s the top 10 best iPhone related news. The iPhone will be released in a few months but it already has a rich history in the media world.

Steve Jobs: iPhone Ain’t Opening Up

Jobs didn’t use the word “ain’t”, but in a Newsweek interview with Steven Levy, Jobs put the kibosh on any talk about the iPhone opening up its platform for third party developers.

Sony CEO Stringer talks about Apple iPhone: ‘I wouldn’t bet against Steve Jobs’

“In a frank TV interview which has not been put to air yet Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer… [was] asked about Apple’s iPhone,” David Richards reports for Smarthouse.