First iPhone Reviews Appear, iPhone Shopping Secrets, More iPhone Details Released, and More

First iPhone Reviews Appear, iPhone Shopping Secrets, More iPhone Details Released, and More

The first iPhone reviews appear: The iPhone media wave is approaching tsumani level, with over 8,000 stories appearing online today. The difference in today's storm, however, is that actual hands-on reviews have finally begun to appear. Over at the Wall Street Journal, for example, Walt Mossberg has pronounced the iPhone "a whole new experience and a pleasure to use," and also offers a Q&A with Steve Jobs that both answers a few questions and includes three iterations of Apple's familiar mantra: "We don’t talk about future products." At The New York Times, David Pogue (in addition to posting an amusing video about Apple's heavy-handed secrecy rules), declares that "The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype." Newsweek's Steven Levy has a conprehensive review that refers to "the most eagerly anticipated gizmo ever" as "the rare convergence device where things actually converge." Over at USA Today, Edward C. Baig's thorough evaluation includes a Socratic couplet of "No keyboard? No problem." Fnally, there's an understandably biased take on the iPhone's importance from Stanley Sigman, the CEO of AT&T Mobility division, who avers that "the iPhone is going to bring a new level of momentum and competitiveness into the marketplace." For our take, tune in here on on the evening of Friday, June 29th, when we'll give you a full unboxing overview of the iPhone, video of the rollout event, and our first impressions, complete with screenshots and more. We're counting the hours...


There are also some iPhone wet blankets and nay-sayers: Not everyone, however, has been deeply imbibing the iPhone Kool-Aid. Less-positive responses range from a humorously sarcastic worry that the iPhone is "designed to introduce our children to witchcraft and sorcery" to more serious concerns about AT&T's weak network, especially its creaky EDGE kinda-sorta broadband service. SeekingAlpha cites a comprehensive study that contends that broadband Web access is an important factor to many prospective buyers. Finally, long-time Apple devotee Maria Langer asks if the iPhone craze is "just another example of our skewed sense of values?" and answers her own question with "Looks that way to me." It's good to remember amongst all this hype that Apple is far from infallible.


More iPhone buying advice: If you're one of the squillion people who plan to be an iPhone early adopter, AT&T is here to help you find an iPhone at an AT&T store and to answer any and all of your iPhone Frequently Asked Questions. Apple has some additional help for you, as well, in two new videos on its site, one which details the iPhone activiation procedure, and another that provide more info on the iPhone's keyboard. (They also have some new info on an iPhone Dual Dock.) Over at Gizmodo you'll find details about how some stores plan to manage the "iPhoneDay" rush. If you want, you could always hire someone to stand in line for you, or you could check out the iPhone gray market. There's also no end to general iPhone info on the Web, including ZDNet UK's "iPhone: What you need to know" and PB|Central's "iPhone Preview: All You Need to Know and Then Some." (Note to the folks at PB|Central for us here at Mac|Life: Love the Unix "pipe" in your name, guys!)


More iPhone details: Good news for corporate types: It appears that the iPhone will be compatible with Microsoft Exchange. If your planned iPhone use involves activities that are less ... shall we say, "buttoned up," porn purveyor Digital Playground has announced that it will offer 'Phone porn. (We love the quote from the founder of Adult DVD Empire, who says, "We're thrilled to offer the first adult content for iPhone." Thrills, it seems, are where you find them.) You might want to check out the new website, iPhone Atlas, which announces itself as "A resource for Apple’s iPhone, containing guides to usage, troubleshooting information, pertinent news and more." If the information you need concerns how to get out of your existing mobile contract, Wired has some advice for you.


And we'll end today's 'Phoneapalooza with: The iPhone and Pixar's Ratatouille are being released on the same day - coincidence? According to one analyst, Nokia should lose no sleep over the iPhone brouhaha - though IT types would do well to give its security situation a close look. As you might expect, the makers of the iPhone's processor think the new gadget is A Good Thing, but Verizon is apparently a wee bit worried, as it decided that now might be a good time to remind us that they are "the leader in the U.S. mobile music industry." (Maybe today, Verizon - but check in again in a couple of weeks.) Finally, here's a rare moment of complete candor from a Sprint honcho, who says, "What do customers want? We have no idea. As an industry, we're like robots -- we go toward the light and we pile up on it."


In other news: Yes, Virginia, there is life outside the 'Phone Zone - such as an intersting article on Ars Technica that expresses the opinion that "FireWire [is] doomed to niche interface status." Also, if you're a Microsoft security engineer, congratulations: You've made the top-10 worst jobs list. Need a new use for that old Apple II in your garage? How 'bout as a Unix terminal for your Mac? Think your new octo-core Mac Pro is hella fast? Check out the new list of the world's top 500 supercomputers. Finally, if you're just completly sick and %$#@!ing tired of the whole iPhone hype machine, you can return to mare familiar ground - such as the eternal Mac versus PC debate, presented today in rap-video form. Yo, bro...




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