“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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Which one is Hotter? Apple iPhone or Helio Ocean

Which one is Hotter? Apple iPhone or Helio Ocean

When Steve Jobs announced the iPhone during this January’s Keynote address, he made it the landmark keynote, the reason: the Apple iPhone is a landmark device, and as Steve Jobs stated a really smart smartphone. So does it mean the iPhone will have no competition when it is launched, definitely not, most mobile phone companies are popping up to announce their answer to the iPhone. So will there be a smartphone out there which can be considered as a worthy contenders to the iPhone. I believe there is definitely one smartphone, and it is Helio Ocean, it is the only other smartphone which has got me excited and might give the iPhone a run for its money. So which one is hotter?



Advantages of Apple iPhone as compared to Helio Ocean:

1. 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 (Nokia N95 only has a 2.6 inch screen). The N95 does have a good media player, however with all the iPod features and 4 GB / 8 GB space, it makes the iPhone the best music phone.

2. 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.

3. OS X: All the power and sophistication of an advanced operating system that gives you access to true desktop-class applications and software, including rich HTML email, applications such as widgets, Safari, calendar, text messaging, Notes, and Address Book etc. iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background. This software completely redefines what you can do with a mobile phone.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Sensors: iPhone’s accelerometer detects when you rotate the device from portrait to landscape, then automatically changes the contents of the display, so you immediately see the entire width of a web page or a photo in its proper landscape aspect ratio.

The proximity sensor detects when you lift iPhone to your ear and immediately turns off the display to save power and prevent inadvertent touches until iPhone is moved away.

An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the display’s brightness to the appropriate level for the current ambient light, thereby enhancing the user experience and saving power at the same time.

There are probably be a lot more advantages but I decided to stop at the top 6 advantages for each of the smartphones.

So will Helio Ocean really give the iPhone a run for its money, the poll at Gizmodo seems to suggest that it might just win the race. I guess only time will tell which one is hotter.

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[images courtesy Gizmodo & Reviewzine]

iPhone Accessories | Which one would you want most?

iPhone Accessories | Which one would you want most?

This article is not about the news of AT&T getting a five year exclusive rights on the Apple iPhone or rumors on how to get a pre-paid iPhone or even rumors about AT&T not offering insurance on the iPhone.

Its about the guys at Geek Culture who have been inspired by all the iPhone news and rumors in the last few months since its announcement to create this really cool (or should I say sarcastic) "Joy of Tech" comic strip on iPhone accessories. These guys have a great sense of humor.

At this point of time with the buzz surrounding the release of the revolutionary iPhone, my favorite iPhone accessory has been featured below. There are more iPhone accessories after the jump.

The guys at Geek Culture also carried a poll with the comic strip where they asked their fan base to vote on which iPhone accessory they want most. The poll received more than a 1000 votes and the iPhone accessory which everyone seemed to want most was the "iPhone bank loan, … if you default on it, at least you get that one free call to your lawyer." which received 33% of the votes, the results of the poll is as seen below:

Top 5 Advantages | Apple iPhone VS Nokia N95

Top 5 Advantages | Apple iPhone VS Nokia N95

The revolutionary Apple iPhone is probably the most awaited gadget after a very long time, but the Nokia N95 is also an impressive device, and one that has been dubbed to be one of the top high end smartphones for 2007. So will it be the iPhone killer??

Top 5 advantages of Nokia N95 as compared to Apple iPhone:

1. GPS: The Nokia has a fully functional GPS with which you can really navigate and marks a step forward for convergence. The on-board software which is key to this provides you the ability to find addresses and location by street name, location and postcode. However, automatic turn by turn voice instructions are a premium service that can be upgraded to from the handset.

2. Messaging: The N95 supports IMAP4, POP3, and SMTP e-mail accounts and comes with a full attachment viewer. The N95 does support a number of push e-mail solutions, as well as Microsoft Exchange Server synchronization. Here the main advantage is the support for Microsoft Exchange server which is missing in the iPhone.

3. Ability to view MS Office documents: An application called QuickOffice lets you view Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, and it optimizes the pages for the phone’s screen, so you don’t have to scroll all over the place to read text. This is an important feature for business users.

4. Digital Camera: The phone sports a 5 mega-pixel digital camera uses Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, and also comes with controls for 4 ISO settings, white balance, sharpness, contrast, and flash. The camera can also record VGA-quality video at a maximum resolution of 640 by 480 at 30fps.

5. Radio: The N95 also has an FM radio, though you’ll have to use the included headset to access the radio, since it acts as the tuner.

Another big advantage of the Nokia N95 would have been that it 3G support, however I have not listed it in the top 5 advantages as it does not work on the United States’ 3G network for high-speed web browsing and data transfer, which is a major disappointment, however if you are in Europe this is indeed a major plus. In fact, the European version also has the video calling feature. The reason behind it seems to be that Nokia never planned to launch the N95 in the US, but finally decided to launch it based on the interest it received.

Apple patent reveals interesting possibility of a theft-proof iPhone

Apple patent reveals interesting possibility of a theft-proof iPhone

Based on a study carried out by British Transport Police (BTP), mobile phone theft accounts for around 45% of the thefts on the London Underground, I guess that was one of the reasons BBC had carried out an article: What to do if you’ve had your mobile phone stolen? Based on a patent revealed by AppleInsider, Apple might be coming out with a theft-proof iPhone in the near future which should reduce some of the worries of owning an expensive mobile phone for all those traveling the London underground.

More details of the Apple patent and images after the jump.

We all know that its in Apple’s DNA to do things differently or should I say do things the right way with the customer in mind, and yet again they could show the mobile phone industry on how to improve mobile phone security. However, there are no clear indications that this patent will be featured on the iPhone and currently just a speculation.

Lets hope we won’t need to wait for the next version of the iPhone and that features like this will be available with a firmware upgrade.

P.S: Mobile phone security is of importance to all those who own a mobile phone and not just those who travel by the London underground, it was just used as an example based on specific information available.

[images courtesy Gizmodo]