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:

iPhone accessories | Belkin’s Armband for iPhone

iPhone accessories | Belkin’s Armband for iPhone

Belkin Corporation was honored with iLounge’s coveted "iPod Accessory Maker of the Year" Award in 2006. So with most of the iPod accessory companies making announcements of accessories for the soon to be released iPhone, tauted by many as the most anticipated gadget in history, it comes as no surprise that Belkin wants a piece of the action in the iPhone accessory segment.

iLounge has previewed the Armband for the iPhone from Belkin along with a few other iPhone accessories in the latest free iPod book.

Product details are available after the jump.



iPhone Accessories | Bluetooth In-Ear Headset for the iPhone

iPhone Accessories | Bluetooth In-Ear Headset for the iPhone

Radtech, one of the respected iPod accessory company, has announced one of the world’s smallest, lightest and longest talk/standby time in-ear BT headset for the iPhone. With its Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology it is expected to suppress noise while enhancing audio performance making it one of the perfect accessories for the soon to be released Apple iPhone.

Please find more product description and images after the jump.

Unlike some Bluetooth headsets for Apple iPhone, the Radtech model comes with three sizes of ear pieces to give the best possible fit, and is available in a choice of either pink or brushed metal to suit any taste and they all utilize the new Nano anti-bacterial rubber formulation to promote good ear health.



Features of the headset from Radtech’s website:

– World’s smallest, lightest and longest talk/standby time
– Digital Signal Processing (DSP) suppresses noise while enhancing audio performance
– In-ear design with three eartip sizes to comfortably fit every ear
– Stain resistant, anti-bacterial Nano™ rubber eartips
– Supports headset, hands free and voice-dialing protocols
– Smart, easily operable control layout – even while wearing gloves
– Low audio distortion level and in-ear design assures that you’ll hear and sound your best
– Dual built-in Li-Polymer batteries – compact A/C charger included
– Unmatched 350 hour standby, and 15 hour continuous talk time
– BT Class II v1.1 and 1.2 – 10 meter free-space range



The other good thing of the headset is it is also completely compatible with
the full range of Apple Products, which means you can even use it with your Mac
to make Internet phone calls using VOIP software like Skype.

The Radtech BT400GL Bluetooth Headset is priced at $64.95, more information can be obtained from Radtech’s web site.



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Which smartphone will be your mobile gateway to the digital universe? Motorola Q or Apple iPhone

Which smartphone will be your mobile gateway to the digital universe? Motorola Q or Apple iPhone

I was always under the impression that RIM with BlackBerry and Palm with their Treo ruled the smartphone business until I came across this article which reports that Motorola Q was the top seller between August to October 2006, one of the reasons for Motorola smartphone business clocking a growth rate of more than 104 per cent, putting it in the number three position in terms of 2006 sales behind RIM.

You might find it even more surprising when I tell you that its not Palm but Nokia that was the unequivocal leader in 2006 selling almost one in two smart mobiles based on report from research company IDC.

So lets see how one of the top sellers of 2006, the Motorola Q compares to Apple’s revolutionary iPhone, probably the most anticipated gadget in history.

Document viewer: The Q comes preloaded with Picsel Viewer so
that you can view but not edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files; the
app also lets you open PDFs.

Pricing:
The Motorola Q is a far cheaper option than the $499 and $599 iPhone.

Third Party Applications: Third-party software for the Microsoft Smartphone are abundantly available and there are version optimized for the new OS features. It’s unlikely that an investment in Microsoft Smartphone would leave you wanting for any application.

Battery: The battery is removable (read user replaceable), and an extended cell is available for purchase, although it will add just 0.1 inch of bulk. This might no longer be an advantage based on an iPhone rumor that user replaceable might be one of the iPhone features that Apple has not yet revealed.

Apple iPhone advantages VS Motorola Q:

iPod: iPhone is a not just a phone it is widescreen iPod with touch controls that lets you enjoy all your content including music, audiobooks, videos, TV shows, and movies on a beautiful 3.5-inch widescreen display (BlackBerry Curve only has a 2.5 inch screen). The BlackBerry curve does have a media player, however with all the iPod features and 4 GB/8 GB space, it makes the iPhone the best music phone.

Visual Voicemail: The iPhone lets you select and listen to voicemail messages in whatever order you want — just like email using a revolutionary new feature called the visual voicemail.

Advanced Safari browser: iPhone lets you see any web page the way it was designed to be seen, then easily zoom in by simply tapping on the multi-touch display with your finger which will change mobile browsing for the good.

Wi-Fi: iPhone is also Wi-Fi enabled and supports Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) which gives you an option to switch to faster Wi-FI networks instead of using EDGE which aren’t that slow but also aren’t very fast.

“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.

iPhone rumors | More memory, user replaceable battery and lots more

iPhone rumors | More memory, user replaceable battery and lots more

As we are getting closer to Apple’s iPhone release, speculations about it only seem to be increasing. Folks at Vim3 weblog seem to have go hold of some interesting bit of details on some iPhone features which hasn’t been revealed by Apple so far.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Steve Jobs has kept some
more tricks up his sleeve, as there has been so much chatter around the
iPhone post its announcement that people are already complaining of iPhone fatigue (obviously not me) so anything new will definitely add to the
excitement.

Which one will it be? Apple’s iPhone or Palm’s Treo 755p

Which one will it be? Apple’s iPhone or Palm’s Treo 755p

With the launch of the iPhone coming closer, it is important for those who are planning to buy an iPhone to figure out how the iPhone is stacked up in the competitive smartphone market to avoid being swayed by the iPhone buzz.

Apple iPhone advantages VS BlackBerry Curve ( 8300 ):

iPod:
iPhone is a not just a phone it is widescreen iPod with touch controls that lets you enjoy all your content including music, audiobooks, videos, TV shows, and movies on a beautiful 3.5-inch widescreen display (BlackBerry Curve only has a 2.5 inch screen). The BlackBerry curve does have a media player, however with all the iPod features and 4 GB / 8 GB space, it makes the iPhone the best music phone.

Visual Voicemail: The iPhone lets you select and listen to voicemail messages in whatever order you want — just like email using a revolutionary new feature called the visual voicemail.

Advanced Safari browser: iPhone lets you see any web page the way it was designed to be seen, then easily zoom in by simply tapping on the multi-touch display with your finger which will change mobile browsing for the good.

Wi-Fi: iPhone is also Wi-Fi enabled and supports Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) which gives you an option to switch to faster Wi-FI networks instead of using EDGE which aren’t that slow but also aren’t very fast.

User Interface: iPhone features the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse. It’s an entirely new interface based on a large multi-touch display and innovative new software that lets you control everything using only your fingers.

QWERTY soft keyboard: iPhone’s full QWERTY soft keyboard lets you easily send and receive SMS messages in multiple sessions. And the keyboard is predictive, so it prevents and corrects mistakes, making it easier and more efficient to use however only time will tell if it is better than the full Qwerty keyboard thats available on Palm Treo 755p.

Camera: iPhone is expected to have a 2 megapixel camera, and from initial reports it seems like the camera on the iPhone will be quite superior to the low quality camera available on the Palm Treo.

As you can see there are enough positives for each of the smartphones, so get an answer to the question "Which one will it be?" it is important that you ask yourself which of the features listed above are important to you and that should help you decide if you will buy the Apple iPhone or Palm Treo 755p.

Please feel free to leave your views in the comments below.

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Top iPhone news & rumors from the 4th week of May

As we are getting closer to the iPhone launch, the iPhone news and rumors only seem to get louder.

In the third week of May, we had rumors about AT&T CEO giving away the first iPhone pre-launch in a low-key event based on a video footage, an internal AT&T memo revealing critical information about the iPhone, then of course probably the unforgettable event of a fake internal memo claiming "iPhone to be delayed" sending Apple stock plunging, news of Apple getting FCC approval and also news that the iPhone will be available exclusively at 2000 Apple & AT&T retail stores on launch.

I had written in one of my posts that the 3rd week of May was probably the week of iPhone rumors since its announcement in January. However, the 4th week was even more eventful with a lot of news and rumors on the Apple iPhone.

Excerpts of all the news and rumors from the 4th week of May (21st to 27th May), 2007 after the jump.

Apple iPhone could be a potential threat to the $4.4 billion ringtone industry

Apple iPhone could be a potential threat to the $4.4 billion ringtone industry

The revolutionary Apple iPhone isn’t just a threat to companies in the mobile industry, it also could be a potential threat to the $4.4 billion worldwide ringtone industry.

The Apple iPhone is not just a phone it is also a a widescreen iPod with touch controls so you will be able to store music on your phone very conveniently. Hmm, so you could then simply select your favorite song in iTunes and make it your ringtone!

So does it mean the death of the paid ringtone industry?

iPhone Accessories | iPhone case from DLO

iPhone Accessories | iPhone case from DLO

The Apple iPhone has still not been released but some accessory manufacturers are already showing off their iPhone cases, I guess its all based on the official specs, photographs and videos available on the iPhone. I had covered iPhone cases announced by eZGear and Prima last week and today is the turn of an iPhone case from DLO which also has the neat headphone management system.

More images and details after the jump.

Some features of the iPhone Jam Jacket are as mentioned below:

  • Grip-able silicone case
  • Headphone Management System secures cord and earbuds (more details below)
  • Comfortable, form-fitting scratch and slip protection
  • Access to hold switch, headphone jack and bottom dock connector
  • Charge and sync your iPhone without removing it from the case
  • Will probably be available in Black and Clear

Note: The above features is based on the details available for iPod Jam Jacket

What is this Headphone Management system?

Tired of dealing with tangled cords and dangling earbuds? The integrated Headphone Management System on the back of the Jam Jacket will allow you to neatly wrap your headphone cord behind your iPhone, and safely stow your earbuds while not in use. When it’s time to jam, unwind only as much as you need – the handy side-notches will hold the cord in place, keeping the excess cable wrapped and out of your way.

No price and release date information is available at the moment.

“Along with the Jam Jacket, we’re working on several products for the iPhone which you can expect to see announced shortly” a DLO representative said.

I guess with the revolutionary multi-touch interface such iPhone cases would indeed becomes essential especially if you do not want your iPhone to get scratched or soiled.

Source

[images courtesy iLounge]

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