Apple finally explained why there is no iPhone copy and paste in an interview with ExtremeTech. Apple product head, Greg Joswiak says that the feature just wasn’t on the list of priorities for the iPhone. Apparently, he and his crew “judged other things to be more important.”
To the lucky million with an iPhone 3G wondering, “What is up with the GPS?” David Pogue wrote last week, that the iPhone’s antenna is “much too small to emulate the turn-by-turn navigation of a G.P.S. unit for a vehicle.”
Joswiak says that is incorrect. The iPhone is capable of turn-by-turn directions. Apple just needs to work on some technical issues and we should expect to be amazed by what developers release as the iPhone evolves.
As far as an iPhone office suite is concerned, Dataviz told ExtremeTech that “unspecified technical issues” were holding back development. Joswiak said that he wasn’t aware of any complications, but if there were any, it would have to do with the lack of a cross-application file structure on the iPhone. The iPhone gives each application its own file space at the moment.
Not sure how useful an office suite would be without a copy and paste feature, though.
Some owners of the new iPhone are upset over Apple's choice of color temperature for the iPhone 3G. The OG iPhone has a cool blueish tint, while the iPhone 3G has a warmer yellowish tint.
Apple's Bob Borchers, aka iPhone Guy, told MacWorld that the new warmer color is intentional and is meant to make the display "more natural" than the blue OG iPhone screen.
AppleInsider reports that a "hidden" iPhone firmware "fixes" the yellow tint issue. Instead of clicking "Check for Update," users should click on "Restore" within iTunes. The restore method updates the iPhone from build number 5A345 to 5A347.
Out tests actually showed the opposite to be true. Two iPhones with build 5A345 appeared bluer than the iPhone with build 5A347.
The yellowing of the iPhone at this juncture is a point of personal preference. Robbie and Leslie actually prefer the slightly yellower hue, Ray is indifferent to the color change, while Susie prefers old blue iPhone.
How do you feel about the color temperature switch? Drop your comment below.
-AT&T stores are selling out the of device in two hours in some places, leaving those in line without a shiny new toy.
-Apple Store employees stuck on hold with AT&T employees.
-Customers who've been allowed to leave with un-activated iPhones, are having issues with the iPhone itself not working correctly.
-AT&T account issues you learn about after standing in line for a few hours.
Yeah, it's been a tough day. While standing in line for an iPhone, at the Apple Store, I learned that I had to go to an AT&T store to get an iPhone because of an account discount issue. At that point, all the AT&T stores in the area had sold out of iPhones. It's not that big of a deal to me, but I could see how someone could get mighty upset at the situation.
Have a story of iPhone woe? Drop it in the comments. Think of it as a virtual therapy session.
Like Schrödinger's cat, I planned to be both covering the iPhone line and waiting in it, to secure a 3G phone for myself. But an hour-and-a-half after opening, only about 15 iPhones had been sold. The line had moved, but almost entirely by wishful thinking, with gaps of people tightening. Ignoring its extra "Gs" of power and Salty's advice, I decided to stick with my original iPhone for the the immediate future. I still need the new one for work, but I can wait a few days, can't I?
I woke up late this morning and scrambled to my closest AT&T store, on Mission and 20th in San Francisco. I thought I'd beat the fanboy rush at the Apple Stores, slipping in and out of an overlooked AT&T location with a smile. I sauntered up at 7:30AM, a half-hour before the automatic doors were turned on. My position was behind a line of about 60, with people spread back like dandelion seeds blown from a breeze. It was sunny, full of iPhones and puppies.
After a long night on the streets of San Francisco, those waiting in line for their iPhone 3G’s at the San Francisco Apple Store on Stockton Street had to wait just a little bit longer than expected.
The first activation didn’t take place until 8:32 a.m. causing some anxiety among the excited iPhone aficionados in the queue. Apple Store staff took the opportunity to remind those in line of the plethora of accessories they could consider for their new device while they wait. (As if the long night on the sidewalk wasn’t enough time for that already.)
According to an AP report, a spokesman for AT&T Inc. admitted that the 30 minute delay in iPhone activations in New York was caused by “a global problem with Apple Inc.’s iTunes software that prevented the phones from being fully activated in-store as had been planned.” New Yorkers were being sent home with their new iPhone and told to make the last step in the activation process from home.
The three-hour time zone difference doesn’t seem to have helped those waiting in line in San Francisco. In-line reports have told of customers walking out with iPhones that have not been activated. Apple Store employees are still trying to work on the issues with AT&T and despite the initial delay, the line is now moving.
Because so many people are installing iPhone 2.0 software, patience is the order of the day. If you happen to unplug your phone after the installation, but before it can talk to the iTunes store, you may find the phone is in an emergency calls only mode, where none of its software (including the Address Book) is available. A thread at Apple Support Discussions has a number of comments posted by users in a panic over their phones. Some of them report that they have waited hours for their phone to be usable again; others report that they are still waiting. Patience is a virtue.