iPhone 3g owners received the preceding sms message yesterday afternoon. Turns out “that under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter’s metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock.” Apple is offering replacement via orders on their website at http://www.apple.com/support/usbadapter/exchangeprogram/ or through their retail stores starting Oct. 10.
A lot people have been coming to our blog looking for info on the Blackberry Thunder. With the new iPhone 3G being just around the corner, I have been wanting to do a iphone 3G vs. Blackberry Thunder comparison for a while. Unfortunately, the data (especially for the Blackberry Thunder) is rather limited. This is what we know so far.
The Blackberry Thunder is running on Verizon in the US. The iPhone 3G is for AT&T of course.
Both have a full touch screen.
Both support mp3s.
Hmm… both of them are black?
See, that’s how little info we have on the Blackberry Thunder. But we do have a possible picture of the Blackberry Thunder / Verizon Thunder / Vodafone Thunder / Blackberry 9500 / or Blackberry Storm (the old nickname before Blackberry said that it’s not true). Again, all the pictures of the Thunder were made by BoyGeniusReport. Click here to read all the background info here:
Now take a look at the iPhone 3G. Click on the image to see the specs on Apple:
So what’s the conclusion? I have no idea. I think it’s too early to tell what the Thunder has so far. Maybe we can get a better comparision once Blackberry releases more data on the phone.
Apparently there were a bunch of rumors on the iPhone having a white back cover a couple weeks ago. In fact, I ran across this picture a while back:
And then a bunch of pictures came out the last couple days that show the black back cover:
So what is it? After digging into the keynote that Steve Jobs gave the other day, it turns out that the white cover is only offered with the 16GB version. The 8GB one is in black only. I personally really like the white one. Maybe that’s why they are only offering it in 16GB so you have to get the higher model?
Sorry. I know I am a day late in covering the new iPhone. As you’ve probably heard by now, Steve Jobs and Apple officially announced that the iPhone is going 3G starting July 11th. This is what Engadget had to say:
Obviously 3G is at the forefront, but they’re also making sure it’s available all over internationally, works with enterprises, runs 3rd party apps… and does it all for cheaper. Apple claims its 3G speeds trounce the competition, with pageloads 36% faster than the N95 and Treo 750 — and of course it completely trounces the old EDGE data speeds.
The thing that interested me the most is the price. I was pretty shocked that Apple would lower the price at first. The 8GB version is now only $199 and 16GB is $299!
But of course, for such a hot product, you figure they gotta make you pay more somehow. AT&T already said that they are going to raise the data plan to $30 a month, which really isn’t that much.
If you haven’t caught on to the theme of the day yet, well here it is: iPhone. Specificially the new, highly anticipated 3g iPhone that’s supposed to be announced next week.
Apple has already said that they are expecting to sell 10 million units this year. With reports of iPhone shortage everywhere for the last couple months, obviously they already had something big planned in order for Apple to hit the 10 million target.
Forbes just released an article on how they managed to keep this a secret until now. All the clues are there too:
By May 6, it became clear that AT&T was getting ready for something big, with a blogger publishing an all-hands memo to employees at AT&T stores telling them they couldn’t take vacation time between June 15 and July 12. That news hit amid widespread reports of iPhone shortages in Europe and across the U.S.
Want to know how Apple managed to keep this a secret? Check out the article here.
… In today’s letter, Microsoft’s Andy Lees instead says the company “will sell nearly 20 million Windows Mobile smartphone licenses.”
Is the change from “more than” to “nearly” a meaningful hedge? Some might read it that way. But Microsoft representatives say no.
“We’ve always said our goal has been 20 million, and we’re on track,” said Scott Rockfeld, group product manager in the company’s Mobile Communications Business, when asked about the change. “If it’s short of 20 million, it’s going to be a rounding error.”
It’s ok. 20 million or not, I am more excited about the 3g iPhone anyway.