Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Apple Updates: iPhone 3.0 OS update and iPhone 3GS

Today belongs to Apple with the 3.0 OS update and the upcoming iPhone 3GS release in a couple of days. Engadget did an extensive review of both the 3GS and 3.0 update today. Here’s all the Apple news floating around the Webosphere:

  • UPS sure is speedy aren’t they? Gizmodo said those who pre-ordered their 3GS device through the App Store received notices stating the “receiver requested a hold for a future delivery date.” I highly doubt those anxiously awaiting their new iPhones would request a hold until the official release date, which leads us all to believe Apple put the pressure on UPS to hold the packages.
  • Boy Genius Report has received an “unending stream of tips” stating the high volume of iPhone/iPod Touch plugging in to upgrade has caused the activation servers to crash. That’s no bueno! I’m sure Apple will have this problem fixed in no time. Engadget also brings word of some kind of IE security certificate program problem on Windows that is leaving some with unusable phones!
  • Apple threatened the Palm Pre in a roundabout way, basically making it clear that future versions of iTunes will not be compatible with the Palm Pre. Palm will most likely counter iTunes updates with its own firmware updates. This should be interesting. Statements from both companies:

    “Apple is aware that some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software. However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players and because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.”
Palm Responds:
“Palm’s media sync works with the current version of iTunes. If Apple chooses to disable media sync in a future version of iTunes, it will be a direct blow to their users who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience. However, people will have options. They can stay with the iTunesversion that works to sync their music on their Pre, they can transfer the music via USB, and there are other third-party applications we could consider.”

  • AT&T will give early iPhone 3G adopters a break. Anyone who purchased their device from July-September of 2008 will be eligible to purchase the 3GS at the subsidized price of $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model.

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