We start off another week with Apple’s annual back-to-school sale. This time, you can get a free 8GB iPod touch whenever you purchase an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air computer. Other highlighted deals include an 8GB iPod nano for $99 and a clear acrylic case for the iPhone 4 – perhaps to solve any problems you’re experiencing with the external antenna.
We’ll also check out the latest batch of App Store freebies, including the fishing simulator game “Paper Fish,” and several cases for your iPhone 3G or 3GS. As usual, details on these and many others items are available at CoM’s “Daily Deals” page right after the jump.
User Interface Watch: Apple’s march towards hands free, thought controlled computing continued this past week with the widely misunderstood iPhone 4 “Death Grip” episode. Perceived and quickly lambasted as a design flaw, Apple is stategically taking high levels of flak as they quietly persue their true longterm goal.
[Tags: ANALYSIS, HUMOR, SATIRE]
Steve Jobs has always been a minimalist, be it product design, the breadth of his wardrobe, or succinct email replies. This minimalism also applies to the ways in which we interact with our computers.
Early computers required both hands and all fingers to operate, utlilizing bulky keyboards. This mimicked the way humans had conveyed information since the invention of the typewriter, but was clearly just a technology to be milked for all it was worth, then cast aside.
I’m an iPhone 3G owner, and am pleased that my “nearly obsolete” two year old iDevice qualifies for the iOS4 upgrade. I understand (and am satisfied with) the trade-offs Apple made to minimize the performance hit on this model, but as others have reported I’ve noticed a distinct slowdown in my iPhone since upgrading. Apps take longer to load, Mail messages open slower, the whole system just feels more sluggish.
A comment posted to MacInTouch suggests that a double Hard Reset of the phone may help minimize this problem, and indeed this has noticeably seemed to help with mine.
The wait is finally over. Apple has conspicuously ignored consumer demands for third-party application multitasking over the last three years, but now anyone with an iPhone 3GS or 3G iPod touch can now freely switch between apps without missing a beat. In many ways, today’s launch of iOS 4 is Apple’s most anticipated software release in almost two years. Not since the opening of the App Store via iPhone OS 2.0 has the company made such drastic changes to its flagship product line.
Having installed and played with iOS 4 on my 3GS a bit more than two weeks ago, I can say with confidence that it doesn’t disappoint — but it does take some getting used to.
We start the week off with a different sort of speaker deal. This time we bring you the iOctopus speaker system by Pixxo. It includes an iPod dock and 3.5mm jack for $13. Also available, an 8GB iPod touch for $139 and some screen protectors for the soon-to-be shipping iPhone 4.
Details on these and many other bargains are available at CoM’s “Daily Deals” page right after the jump.
The complete text of Best Buy’s launch plan for the iPhone 4 has been leaked to iClarified by an individual going by the handle of bbinsider.
The 24 page launch plan addressed to Best Buy employees includes:
Things employees should not do during the sale.
Details about employee purchases.
Best Buy SKUs and pricing.
AT&T rate and data plan requirements; Early termination fee information.
Information about the iPhone 4 Micro SIM
Tips on what to do with an old iPhone; Comparison between iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.
Comparison with other vendor offerings from Sprint and Verizon
The most interesting information revealed in the document, according to iClarified, is that Best Buy will be offering pre-sales on launch day for people standing in line waiting to buy an iPhone 4:
Since inventory availability is expected to be minimal, stores may open up a limited time pre-sale window as an option for customers on launch day who have not previously pre-purchased.
– Pre-sales may only occur up to 11:00 am local time
– Customers who pre-purchase on launch day will be added to the store’s pre-sale cue based on time of pre-sale and will get their pre-sale fulfilled in priority order
– Do not provide customers who pre-purchase on launch day timing on when a device may be available
You can read the entire document and grab the rest of the plans highlights yourself here.
Still haven’t gotten that geeky dad of yours anything for Father’s Day? Here’s a late last-minute suggestion: Run out to your local bookshop and grab a copy of 62 Projects To Make With A Dead Computer. It’s a sort of $15 Maker Faire for dummies that’ll keep him busy for months, get rid of some of that junk lying around and maybe save him a little moolah in the process.
We kick off another week of deals with a bargain on the stamp-size iPod shuffle: $39 for the 1GB version. Americans by droves tuned into the World Cup this weekend to watch the U.S. and the U.K. battle to a 1-1 draw. Whether you are an American soccer fan or a European “football” fan, today’s batch of App Store freebies includes “Goaaal!” a soccer game for your iPhone or iPod touch. Finally, a USB cable isn’t very sexy — until you need an extra.
Along the way, we check out new software deals, some camera, as well as storage options. As always, details on these and many other deals are available at CoM’s “Daily Deals” page right after the jump.
The Cult of Mac team had a rollicking good time at BoxTone’s iNSpired party, checking out the machines and chatting to devs.
There were about 20 Apple machines on show, from the Apple I to the iMac. The best part, they were working machines — something the organizers probably regretted with a room full of people intent on playing with them while downing beer and inhaling scrumptious mini-sandwiches.
We start with Wendell Sander, Apple employee no. 16, who fires up his Apple I for a memory dump using an iPod.