The software has been updated to 2.0.1, giving us zippier performance and fewer bugs. Apple is ramping up production to keep pace with the public's rabid demands. So what's coming next for the iPhone 3G? Oh, lots.
TechCrunch is reporting that Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics company that makes all those little iPhone 3Gs, is ramping up production of the device to 800,00 units a week. The information comes from a source close to Apple.
If the information is correct, Foxconn would produce 41,600,000 iPhones a year. That number shatters the estimated 25 million iPhones predicted to be produced over the life of the device.
With Apple planning to release the iPhone 3G in more countries, they may need the extra couple million.
If you're interested in tethering your MacBook to your iPhone and you're certain you won't run afoul of your carrier, you might want to check it out here.
UPDATE: Well, that was short lived. NetShare has once again been pulled form the iTunes App Store. Nullriver states on their site, that as of August 1, they still have not received word from Apple on why the app was pulled. Apple has yet to comment on the matter.
NullRiver released NetShare, a tethering app, in the iTunes App Store only to have it pulled after a few minutes. the app would have allowed iPhone owners to share their mobile internet connection with their laptop.
Yeah we know, it would have been great.
NullRiver states on their website that they haven't received any word from Apple on why the app was pulled from the store, and that the app doesn't violate any developer or App Store agreements.
"Furthermore, plans(unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be used for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/PDA-to computer accessories, Bluetooth® or any other wireless technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for any purpose."
Nullriver hopes that Apple will release the app in countries without tethering restrictions in their mobile contracts.
Kelso, at Kelso Cartography, is concerned about the iPhone 3G’s ability to geotag photos, and cautions people about posting images with exact location. He gives a couple of examples of how evildoers browsing Flicker, or some other photo sharing site, can track you down through the GPS location information embedded in your photos. Perhaps a bit alarmist, but he does offer some solutions for people concerned with being stakled.
The first fuil-proof solution, a no brainer, don't allow apps to to use your current location. The first time you launch a location enabled application, press “Don’t Allow” and off you go. You can also go to General Settings>Reset>Reset Location Warnings if you have inadvertently allowed locations to become active in an app and you wish to remove that feature. When you load the app next time just be sure to tap "Don't Allow" when it asks if you want to use your location.
His second solution is app based, you can use PhotoInfoEditor for Macs to edit or erase GPS coordinates stored in photos EXIF file. Allowing users to upload images without location, but coordinates are still available for personal or private use. So, now you can upload images of your hydroponic garden on the web without the world knowing the exact location.
Kelso suggests photo sharing sites shouldn’t show geographic location as the default, unless viewers have permission. Also, there should be an on/off toggle for Placename tags and GPS coordinates per photo. He also recommends a slider control for Placename and GPS location giving the person uploading images complete control of location info.
And there is the most oblivious solution, don’t post private images on the web.