Reason #432 to buy an iPhone 3G at the Apple Store.
In case you haven’t heard, the iPhone is coming. If I had a nickel for every time someone has asked me , “Hey, what’s up with the new iPhone?” I’d have a giant, heavy bag of nickels. So yeah, I guess people are pretty excited.
In fact, Apple buys so much flash (which is used in tons of products, including the iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch, SSD-equipped MacBook Air, and of course that wacky iPhone doohickey that the kids love so much), the industry enjoyed an "Apple effect" that led to 25 percent growth in revenues in 2007.
What does this mean for you, the consumer? That Apple plans to sell a crazy number of iPhones this year, since it keeps boosting its order. If prices stay good and the supply can keep up, we might see that 32GB iPhone sooner than later. The Mac|Life office is guessing by Christmas 2008, but that's just our guess. Let us know yours in the comments.
You coveted your iPhone, you might have waited in a long line to purchase it, you may have debated long and hard with yourself about whether it was worth forking over a day’s pay or more for any phone, and you certainly thought your iPhone was the coolest phone in the world … right up until you heard the dreaded news that Apple planned to release a new model. Now your year-old iPhone is looking oddly antiquated and you’re lusting hard for an upgrade.
Apple isn't the only one with an extra video camera lying around.
AT&T is pulling out all the stops for the launch of the iPhone 3G. While the videos aren't nearly as slick as Bob, aka iPhone guy's videos, they are extremely helpful.
AT&T, and its orange clad iPhone spokesperson, Larry Meyer, cover all the important issues concerning launch day. They call being prepared for the new iPhone 3G, iReady. Yeah, it's kinda goofy, but they dispense a wealth of knowledge.
Handy tidbits include:
- Remember to sync your iPhone before you head down to buy a new one. - New customers can visit an AT&T Store prior to July 11 to get a credit check - Information of how to find out your current upgrade status for current customers - For new customers, bring in your old bill to speed up the process - Information on how to hand down your OG iPhone, you'll need a new SIM card.
Keep your hands and arms inside the ride at all times.
Apple fanatics fervently anticipating next week’s iPhone 3G release should head over to Apple and view the very extensive guided tour, featuring an excruciating half hour account of every touch-screen maneuver possible. The video, most likely intended for iPhone newbies, is probably Steve Job’s way of getting the public excited.
The video thoroughly showcases the iPhone’s “breakthrough,” “amazing,” and “revolutionary” features and clearly emphasizes that the phone is “redefining what’s possible” with a mobile phone. There are sections for every element of the iPhone, including visual voicemail, the new iTunes App Store, and “making the iPhone your own.”
Once again, Bob Borchers, a.k.a. iPhone Guy, narrates the guided tour. Once again , Bob emphasizes how great the iPhone is with large sweeping arm gestures. This time around, he includes a “great picture” of his friend, Chris, as an example of how to add a photo to an existing contact. It's nice to know that Bob has a life outside these videos.
Apple has also posted a “What’s New” video, which basically simplifies the guided tour and includes an explanation of the features specific only to the new iPhone 3G. Current iPhone owners can save some time and watch that one; it’s only ten minutes long and will register the same kind of chill down the spine in anticipation for July 11.
AT&T also posted information on eligibility and pricing. As reported earlier, customers must meet eligibility requirements before AT&T will hand over a $199 and $299 iPhone 3G.
Customers who sign up for AT&T for the first time when they purchase their iPhone 3G and agree to a two-year contract are eligible.
Current AT&T customers who purchased an iPhone prior to July 11 and agree to a new two-year contract, are eligible for the subsidized discount. Other AT&T customers should check their account online to see if they are eligible for an upgrade discount.
Current AT&T customers who are not eligible for an upgrade can purchase the iPhone 3G for $399 (8GB) and $499 (16GB). AT&T notes that in the future, the iPhone 3G can be purchased without a contract for $599 (8GB) and $699 (16GB).
Apple hasn't released any information concerning their launch of the iPhone, although, it's highly unlikely they will deviate from the 8 a.m. launch time.
AppleInsider has uncovered a series of internal memos to AT&T employees outlining instructions for the upcoming roll-out of the iPhone 3G. According to these memos, AT&T stores should have extra staff that weekend to manage crowds and facilitate fast, efficient, and friendly activation of the new iPhones as customers buy them. Outside of the stores, AT&T has sent out memos regarding their engineers’ continued work on optimizing their 3G network and a new ad campaign focusing on that networks strength.