iPhone 3G is coming!

11 06 2008

Hi all

Did you hear the news from WWDC ’08? Or has anyone? Well the interesting thing discussed was the launch of the iPhone 3G!

So what is new? Well first thing is that iPhone 3G is much faster than the current iPhone. It now has built in 3G which means faster access online on the mobile Safari web browser which is excellent and e-mail! Also, on Google Maps is a built in GPS receiver which will track where you are. Something that will be of good use when moving around.

The design of the iPhone 3G has slightly changed with a black or white plastic back, and the headphone jack can now take any pair of headphones which will be good news for anyone who has good quality ones! The screen is glorious and the camera is the same 2.0 megapixel as before and there is no video camera…but that may be a future requirement…who knows?

And what is the deal with pricing? Well O2 are giving a brilliant deal to new and current users who will finally have a chance to afford an iPhone 3G at long last! There are four tariffs and two iPhone 3G models. Here’s the run down:

iPhone 3G 8Gb
£30 tariff – phone price: £99, 75 minutes, 125 texts
£35 tariff – phone price: £99, 600 minutes, 500 texts
£45 tariff – phone price: FREE, 1200 minutes, 500 texts
£75 tariff – phone price: FREE, 3000 minutes, 500 texts

A good deal for £45 tariff, the iPhone 3G is absolutely free! What a cool deal!

iPhone 3G 16Gb
£30 tariff – phone price: £159, 75 minutes, 125 texts
£35 tariff – phone price: £159, 600 minutes, 500 texts
£45 tariff – phone price: £59, 1200 minutes, 500 texts
£75 tariff – phone price: FREE, 3000 minutes, 500 texts

In addition, the iPhone 3G 16Gb comes in black or white, the 8Gb is only available in black. All tariffs are subject to an 18 month contract…but good news existing iPhone users, you can upgrade to the new iPhone 3G even if you haven’t finished your current contract! But you have until 11th October to do just that…so plenty of time!

In addition, O2 are giving pay as you go customers a chance to get an iPhone 3G as well, so it should appeal to a wider audience!

With all this and more, don’t rush just yet for the iPhone 3G! It comes out on 11th July!

So what do you think of the new iPhone? Are you going to get one? Let me know!

WWDC ’08 is coming!

8 06 2008

Hi all

WWDC ’08 kicks off tomorrow! So what is WWDC? It stands for Worldwide Developer’s Conference and is the event in which Apple Inc. introduce brand new products and features. Now you know what that means, let’s get down to the finer details predicted to come in tomorrow’s keynote speech addressed by Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs.

1. 3G iPhone – There is strong evidence that a brand new iPhone will be unveiled tomorrow…it is rumoured to come in two colours, black and red, have 3G support, GPS and video conferencing facilities as well as be thinner and most of all be at a reduced price in which the mobile operators will subside the costs. Sounds truly exciting because of the amazing new features! Hopefully those who have the existing iPhone will be entitled to a free upgrade. Do remember, that O2, Carphone Warehouse and the online Apple store do not sell the existing iPhone. So there is a good possibility of a brand new iPhone being released very soon.

2. iPhone software update – In version 2.0 of the software, there are some exciting new features…but the most interesting is the introduction of the App Store that will allow users to finally download applications for their iPhone! This is definitely one of the pluses – getting some exciting applications on the iPhone has been one of the missing features that should have been available in the first place…will it be released tomorrow? We will have to wait and see. In addition, developer’s have been using the iPhone SDK in beta form to develop applications for the iPhone, so there will probably be a mention of that also.

3. .Mac change? – Now over to some minor announcements. There has been rumours about a .Mac rebranding. The supposed change is to call .Mac, Me. Me is supposed to be much better than .Mac and have better support for mobile devices. I was about to sign up for .Mac, but I think I will wait and see if there is any news on this item tomorrow.

4. Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – Where did this come from? This only surfaced in the last two weeks! Sources claim that Apple will announced the next version of Mac OS X tomorrow. This version focusses on stability and security with very few changes from the current 10.5 Leopard. Apart from the name, there are reports that it will only run on Intel based Macs meaning the end of the road for all Macs which use the PowerPC G3 and G4 processors.

Well, this is what is expected to come…but who knows? None of these could feature, or perhaps some of them…or maybe something else? What are your views? Let me know.

iPhone supply runs out?

6 05 2008

Hi all

You will probably remember about a blog entry I wrote about regarding the apparent price drop of the iPhone in O2 and Carphone Warehouse. The 8Gb model dropped from £269 to £169 – a £100 price drop until 1st June. Well, it was so popular that they actually ran out of stock! Now you cannot buy the 8Gb iPhone from these stores as they ran out of stock…and the offer was going to last until the end of this month with almost a month to spare!!!

So where can you get the iPhone?? Well, if you have tried the Apple Online Store…bad luck! The online store has ran out too! They have put on their website, currently unavailable. Not even the 16Gb is in stock (despite being introduced for just a few months!). It only seems the Apple Retail Store have a handful of iPhones to sell.

So the question you may be asking is…should I buy the iPhone now…or has Apple got something new coming that we are going to get excited about? Well, there is strong indication that a ‘3G iPhone’ may be coming out in June. But with the WWDC ’08 coming up on 9th June, it makes you wonder!

Well, let’s wait and see and who knows…it maybe what everyone has been waiting for!!!

(P.S. if you are really desperate for an iPhone…try eBay or something!)