Apple is reportedly selling free roaming iPhones to customers around the
United States. The internal memo sent out to Apple employees states
that customers do not have to be tied to AT&T to qualify for an
iPhone and can purchase the device at full price. However, customers
will only be allowed to purchase one iPhone at full price per day, or 10
during a lifetime.
Spring has sprung and sprung with a vengeance. Sunshine! Warm air! Being outdoors is once again a treat. Just as the vernal equinox passes us by and leads us to a bit more moving about, it'll soon be iPad launch day and we may find no good reasons to go back inside for quite some time.
Meanwhile, as we await that wonderful sidewalk cafe life with our reading and our data streaming right by our sides, here's this week's menu of the best stories from a week of Mac|Life. Order well.
Less than three years after the launch of Apple’s handset, Final Fantasy, the role-playing classic that practically defined its genre, has arrived for the iPhone. And with the exception of a few tweaks that could be made, it's arrived in fine style.
MacNN reported today that the U.S. Patent Office
has published a patent application from Apple, describing a
proximity-based social networking tool. The plan appears to be the
ability for people in the same general area (as defined by the span of a
WiFi network or Bluetooth connection) to spontaneously form groups and
Man, Apple's been coming down pretty hard on third party vendors lately.
First it was the sexy apps, then the WiFi sniffers, then the book-only
apps. In the latest round of purging, Apple takes it to the physical
Whether it's just because they want more store space for
their own products or they're cooking up their own screen films or they
really think their oleophobic glass screens are all that tough, Apple has told
screen protector vendors that they're quits as far as the Apple Store
and the website goes. Whaaat?
It's almost an article of faith among the in-the-know crowd that the
iPhone OS 4.0 will bring third party multitasking to the iPhone and
iPad. Steve-o claims it's just too much of a drain on the battery, while
other handset makers let their customers be big kids and make up their
own minds about power management.
Well, perhaps the competition
from Google phones might be enough to force the issue, and if it
doesn't, here's someone who's cracked the multitasking nut beautifully.
When you think of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, your mind immediately
turns to that hotbed of Irish culture, Orem, Utah, right? Well, perhaps
not. But Orem's NinjaBee software has decided to celebrate the occasion
by offering their games for the iPhone and iPod touch for free!
When he launched CyberSynchs, a company that makes data-synchronization
software, in 2008, Amos Winbush did it with little more than the iPhone in his
pocket. Apparently, computers are no longer necessary for entrepreneurs
in the startup phase. As Winbush himself blogged on Under30CEO.com,
“When CyberSynchs received Series A funding from Momos Capital, the
entire deal was orchestrated--on my end--from my jacket pocket.
Everything from conference calls to agreements were handled via