I've been a Verizon customer for ten years now, since before you could purchase a monthly texting plan and unlimited minutes. I was with the company when they switched from black-and-green cell phone displays to color ones, and when Motorola was still considered one of the top tier mobile handset manufacturers. I remember my first phone with a color display--the Motorola T720i--and marveling at the phone's texting and mobile web capabilities (back then, it only cost $5 a month to get on Mobile Web). But then, as the phones became more colorful, and might I add "smarter", Verizon introduced its own app store of sorts, called Get It Now.
Everyone wants to get into the smartphone market it seems. First Apple brought the heat with the iPhone which challenged earlier pseudo-smartphones like Blackberry and Palm to step up. Then Google put pressure on Apple with their array of Android-based devices. Now it seems someone else might be wanting to jump in the game.
Now that the weather is turning rainy and colder, it'd be a really good time to catch up on some television, some films, and some gaming. Well, turns out you're in luck with Boxee in the on-deck circle, the all new Apple TV ready to drop, and possibly even Google TV setting up shop. Plus, iPads are expanding to new retail locations, Game Center is taking off big time, and we haven't even hit the holiday shopping season yet. So tuck in to some electronic goodness from your friends at Mac|Life.
We have to admit. We got carried away here during the big Apple TV news cycle filled as it was with rumor, speculation, and innuendo before the big music event (iTV anyone?). But maybe some of that speculation wasn't totally off base?
It was the tweet heard round the world. Microsoft was said to be working on iPad apps, and this from none other than Microsoft's blogger Paul Thurrott. Obviously, he was oblique to pique our interest. Consider it piqued.
When Steve Jobs & Co. called the iPad magical and revolutionary, they didn't just mean what you could do on the device, but what you could do with the device -- as well as how it could inspire you. Much like Picasso signed his name in the air using slow motion photography, others are finding the big canvas of the iPad an interesting light source for illustration. It's completely otherworldly to watch.
Well, once again, it was kind of slow iPhone news week, as iPods iPods iPods were all the rage (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!), but it's not like no one was talking about it, especially with the new SDK rules that rolled out. Flash on the iPhone? Well, not really, but sorta yeah, if you count apps made in Flash being legit all over again. Thanks, FTC!
Well, what do you think? Did Apple's Annual Music Event live up to your expectations? The iPod touch refresh did for us, but what about Apple TV? And iTunes 10. What about that? There are some things to like, some things to not like so very much, and ways to fix a few things you liked better in version 9. As always, Mac|Life has it covered.
It was the week to fight zombies, the week to jailbreak your iPhone, the week to kick iOS 4 to the curb for 3G owners. Holy cow, it sounds like a week of revolutions, or as things go lately when we're talking Apple, just another week of thrills, chills, and bellyaches. How did the Mac|Life staff handle it all, barricaded in the office, fighting off the brain hungry hordes? Not too shabby, we have to say. Now if you'll excuse us, we have to reload.
So, it looks like Apple decided to play big kids and own up to the iPhone 4 reception issues after all. Free bumpers! Free cases! Other smartphones have the same problems! The iPhone 4 only drops marginally more calls than the previous model! Wait, run that last one by us again. And when you're done processing this particular bit of news, check out the other goings on around MacTown with the other big kids on the block, Mac|Life.