You’ve got to hand it to Apple: They may not move quickly when a storm rolls into their domain, but when they do finally speak up, it’s decisive and gets the job done. Today it’s the drama surrounding contacts privacy, sparked by the Path app last week, which Apple plans to fix at the operating system level with a forthcoming update. But who can get excited about that when we’ve got a new Smurfs app, am I right? Read on to find out the rest of the day’s news for Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
During the same week that President Obama pledged to bring broadband internet to every corner of the United States, America’s neighbors to the north were shocked to discover that usage-based internet billing, would be implemented in the spring this year by the CRTC (Canada's version of the FCC). This effectively hamstrings worry-free access to online and downloadable content for millions of Canadians, as well as limiting their ability to upload content for the rest of the world to enjoy.
Canada already has a lot going for it: It's the birthplace of William Shatner, and poutine. Not only that, but they also invented insulin, standard time and television. Yep, they might also have free health care... but do you want to know what really grinds our gears about our northern neighbors? The sweet deals they're currently getting on refurbished iPads from Apple's online store.
After years of whispering, back room deals and the pleading of countless Apple aficionados who refused to be yoked by an AT&T contract, Apple is rolling the iPhone out to a second American provider. As has been speculated for months, the Verizon iPhone is CDMA network compatible, as opposed to the GSM goodness that much of the rest of the world enjoys. Coming from Canada, a country that saw the iPhone finally make it on to all three of our major national telecoms in late last winter, I understand why everyone down south is so excited, as it wasn’t so long ago that we were all wigging out up here about being about to get our meathooks on an iPhone too.
It looks like America's Great White Northern neighbors may be set to show Apple some love, as the Canadian government has launched the pilot project in an attempt to see whether providing a number of their officials at various levels of responsibility will provide for a notable reduction in paper waste, making for a smaller governmental carbon footprint as well as a more cheerful bottom line.
Better late than never, the Canadian government has finally approved that country’s version of the iBookstore, while carrier Rogers is starting to unlock iPhones that are out of their contract or purchased unsubsidized.
After numerous delays, you might be wondering if a white version of the iPhone 4 truly exists (beyond Apple’s website tease, that is). Indeed it does, as one luck son of a -- er, dude -- shows in a video unboxing up in Ontario, Canada.
If you're planning on purchasing an iPhone 4 handset in the Great White North, you can do so comforted by the knowledge that your handset comes to you unlocked and without a SIM: Leaving you free to take to any carrier you please...for about five seconds. According to a report from Engadget, while the handsets might come our of the shrinkwrap and box without a SIM card or designated carrier, people purchasing iPhone 4 from an Apple Store in Canada will be asked to select a carrier during the phone's activation.
While Canadians tend to be forced to wait longer than our American allies for new Apple swag to reach our cold little hands, the deal always seems that much sweeter once the products become available. For example, when the iPhone finally arrived, Canucks got access to tethering almost immediately. Late last year also saw the handset become available on multiple carriers.
If The Great White North didn’t already feel slighted by not getting the new iPhone 4 on June 24 along with the U.S. and a handful of international locales, the Canadians may yet have a reason to shake their normally laid-back demeanor, assuming a new rumor is true.