$199 iPhone Coming?, iPod Not a Walkman, Crosswalk Danger, iPods Taking Over Cars, and More
This Week's iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV News
All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.
News, Reviews, & Opinion
- $199 iPhone Will Change the Game
- Great i, Lousy Phone
- iPods Taking Over Cars
- A Look at Apple's iPod Business
- Why the iPod is Not a Walkman
- Oz Cops Sound iPod Road Cross Death Warning
- Rogers Communications' iPhone Coup: Not All It'sCracked Up to Be?
- Apple to Introduce Handwriting Recognition with iPhone2.0?
For iPods and iPhones
- Kensington Battery Pack and Chargers Give iPhone andiPod Lovers Unlimited, Uninterrupted Connectivity andEnjoyment
- Proporta Universal iPod Dock
- ivyskin XyloT2 Special Edition Cases for iPhones andiPods
- iLounge Launches Design the Next iPhone, Win the NextiPhone Contest
- Readdle Stand-alone iPhone 2.0 Application, NewStorage Plans
iPod and iPhone Deals
News, Reviews, & Opinion
SeekingAlpha's Jason Schwarz says:
"According to reports, AT&T is preparing to subsidize $200 ofthe cost of Apple's new iPhone. If this is true, watch out. The Applemarket share story just entered a new realm of mad growth.
"Remember what happened when Nike hooked up with Michael Jordan? The$199 3G iPhone is Apple's MJ. The world is about to change. ByChristmastime, if you're not ichatting, igaming, or ipoding on yourmobile device you will be severely outdated. It is rumored that the newapplications will allow the iPhone to access your home computer andyour home television. This technology will allow users to stream anymovie, television show, or song directly to your phone over the 3Gnetwork."
PC Magazine'sSascha Segan says:
"The iPhone 2.0 rumors are swirling. Pretty much everyone is surethat a new version of Apple's smartphone is coming out in June.Speculated features include GPS, instant messaging, 3G high-speedInternet, some sort of Wi-Fi-based remote control for iTunes, and anon-recessed headphone jack....
"But nobody's talking about what the iPhone needs most of all: Itneeds to be a better phone. The iPhone's fair-to-poor phone-callquality is a well-known problem among phone reviewers. I've beencomparing phones side by side for four years, and the iPhone fallsshort on signal strength, speaker volume, and call audio quality,especially when held up against the latest BlackBerrys or anything onthe Motorola RAZR2 platform. You know you have a real problem whenEngadget is suggesting that you stab your speakerphone with needles toget rid of the muffle."
MacUser's DanPourhadi says:
"I'll be honest: I use the cassette deck in my car way more than Iuse my CD player. In fact, I hardly ever use the CD player, and use thecassette deck every day.
"And no, it's not because I have a bunch of cassettes withold-person music that geezers like Chris Breen probably listen to. Noris it because I'm one of those 'post-modern' analog-loving hipsters whomake mix tapes Old Skool style to demonstrate their chic non-conformistapproach to the our 'evil' consumerist culture.
"I actually just use the cassette deck because I have one of thosenifty cassette adapters that let you play your iPod music through yourcar speakers. And these days, most people I know play more iPod musicin their cars then they do CDs...."
StraightStocks' Turley Muller reports:
"This article focuses on Apple's iPod business. The iPod hascontributed significantly to Apple's growth the past several years.However, iPod unit growth has been slowing, as nothing can growforever. Apple has made some modifications to its iPod line whichshould help boost iPod demand. Apple announces Q2 results April 23rd,and unit sales growth as well as iPod ASP will be areas of focus.
"Deceleration of iPod's sales growth is pointing to a marketapproaching saturation...."
GeneSteinberg, the Mac Night Owl, says:
"Whenever an analyst wants to write something without thinking, it'seasy to pontificate on such silliness as the alleged resemblance of theiPod to the Sony Walkman. Both gained iconic status, but the latter waseventually largely supplanted by me-too products that were cheaper andoffered identical or additional features."
Register Hardware'sJames Sherwood reports:
"We didn't realise it, but an MP3 player can kill you. According toAustralian police, that is, who have launched a series of hard-hittingposters designed to stop people crossing roads while changingtracks."
SeekingAlpha's Mathew Ingram says:
"If you're an Apple fan who has been waiting for the iPhone - or atleast an 'official' version of the iPhone - for lo, these many months,your heart probably leaped at the word from Rogers Communications (RCI)supremo Ted Rogers this morning that he has signed a deal with Apple tolaunch a maple-flavoured version of the world's most sought-afterhandset. If you have ever had a cellular data plan from Rogers,however, your heart probably leaped a little less high, and may evenhave let out a small sigh or shrugged its heart-shaped shoulders.
"Why? Because as more than one person has pointed out, the fact thatthe iPhone is coming to Canada isn't really the important thing. It'simportant, of course, but everyone knew that it was going to arriveeventually. The *really* important thing is what it's going to costwhen it finally arrives - and not so much the phone itself, but thedata plan. Will the word 'unlimited' be used in conjunction with theword 'data?' And if it is, will it actually mean 'unlimited,' or willit mean something else that only appears in that special Rogers'dictionary?"
Tom's Guide'sChristian Zibreg says:
"A new Apple rumor is making the rounds on the Internet: The companycould be working on the rebirth of the Newton handheld, possibly in theshape of an ultra mobile PC. Why? Handwriting recognition capabilitiesfor the simple Chinese character set have been discovered within theiPhone 2.0 SDK firmware files. Handwriting recognition may be agenerally nice feature for the iPhone, but the idea of a new Newton iscertainly worth talking about.
"It seems that Apple's upcoming iPhone 2.0 software update willspoil the party for Chinese developer Hanwang Technology, which stillhopes to be be able to offer the first handwriting recognition softwarefor the iPhone...."
For iPods and iPhones
Kensington Battery Pack and Chargers GiveiPhone and iPod Lovers Unlimited, Uninterrupted Connectivity andEnjoyment
PR:Kensington Computer Products Group, a worldwide leader in deliveringsmart made simple™ computing accessories to the mobile consumer,announced the release of its Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone andiPod that also comes in an ultra small and lightweight portable version- the Mini Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod. These newofferings are especially convenient because they simultaneously powerand charge an iPhone or iPod, and they are rechargeable, as well.Kensington's smart made simple design approach gives consumers acombination of two portable sizes to best accommodate their mobilelifestyles; the standard model is the perfect traveling companion forheavy duty power needs while the "mini" is designed for users to easilycarry with them on a daily basis. This means that finally - even themost avid consumers can make the most of their devices, knowing thatthey always have a ready supply of power at hand to keep theconversations going and the music playing.
Today's mobile professionals want to take nonstop advantage of therich variety of iPhone and iPod capabilities without having to worryabout running out of battery life. Now they can always have a freshcharge at hand in a size that tucks into airplane carry-on's or a slim"mini" that slides into a jacket pocket or the smallest women's eveningbag; or can even be left connected to your iPhone or iPod. Rechargingis straightforward and easily implemented with a simple USB dockconnector.
"The Battery Pack and Charger and the Mini Battery Pack and Chargerare lifelines to extend talk, tunes and videos," states Kevin Ngo,Global Product Manager at Kensington. "Apple has done a terrific job inconsistently innovating the iPod and iPhone with exciting features -and we're committed to providing consumers with the battery power totake maximum advantage of them. Now consumers can choose the power sizethey want to carry along and they can recharge even as they talk, watchand listen.
Key features of the Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPodinclude:
- Listen and talk more - The rechargeable Battery Pack and Chargerfor iPhone and iPod extends play time on your iPhone or iPod with up toone hundred hours of music, twenty-one hours of video and six hours ofextra talk time.
- Convenient - The Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPodattaches to your iPod or iPhone, adding more battery life with lesshassle than having to carry extra cords or adapters around with you.The device works with iPhone and current iPod models, including iPodwith video, and iPod nano.
- Making charging simple - An AC power adapter with USB allows you torecharge your lithium ion polymer battery pack. A dock connector isalso included so you can power and charge your iPhone or iPod while youare recharging your battery pack.
- Compact - This condensed device fits easily into handbags,backpacks or briefcases and weighs just over three ounces.
Key features of the Mini Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone andiPod include:
- Have more play time - The Mini Battery Pack and Charger for iPhoneand iPod extends play time on your iPhone or iPod with up to thirtyhours of music, six hours of video and three hours of extra talk timewithout having to be connected to cumbersome power source.
- Handiness Factor - The Mini Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone andiPod, is similar to the original Battery Pack and Charger yet issmaller and attaches right onto your iPod or iPhone. The biggestbenefit to the consumer is the ability to keep the Mini Battery Packand Charger for iPhone and iPod plugged in at all times. Use it whileyou're talking on your iPhone or out and about with your iPod; it isextra power when you really need it. Just plug and play!
- Power it up - A rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery increasesenergy efficiency. The Mini Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone andiPod plugs right into your iPhone or iPod and then into a power source,using the included retractable USB cable; enabling powering andcharging at the same time. A battery meter displays your remainingpower level.
- Compact and Light - This device fits easily into handbags,backpacks and coat pockets. The dimensions are 2 3/8" x 2 1/2" x 3/8"and it only weighs an ounce and a half.
Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod Family of Products:
Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod (SKU K33396US): Got alot of music and videos on your iPod? The rechargeable KensingtonBattery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod provides a go-anywhere,backup battery pack so the music and videos can keep playing. SuggestedRetail Price: $69.99
Mini Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod (SKU K33442US):Keep your iPhone or iPod powered or charged whenever and wherever youneed it. The rechargeable Kensington Mini Battery Pack and Charger foriPhone and iPod has the power you need to keep the conversations andmusic going throughout the day. And it's small enough to slip in apocket or stay attached to your iPhone or iPod. Suggested Retail Price:$49.99
Both products are available online at Amazon.comand Kensington.com and will be available at major retailers at the endof the month.
PR: Charging your iPod has never beenmore simple. Proporta's Universal iPod Dock allows you to mount youriPod or iPhone - whatever member of the iPod family you may own, byproviding a selection of insert trays to suit. Not only that, the iPoddock can also be used with your charging cable enabling you to poweryour iPod or iPhone whilst it sits merrily in the dock.
The Proporta Universal iPod Dock comes withfive insert trays to best fit your Apple iPod classic 80 GB, Apple iPodclassic 160 GB, Apple 3G iPod nano, Apple iPod touch and Apple iPhone,and is available in both black and white so that you can best match itto the colour of your iPod or iPhone.
- Universal for the iPod classic 80 GB, iPod classic 160 GB, iPod 3Gnano, iPod touch, iPhone
- Available in stylish black and classic white
- Allows you to charge through the dock using your Apple iPodcharging cable
Available from the end of May for $21.95
PR: ivyskin announces XyloT2 Special Edition cases foriPhones and iPods. Now available, the finest in sleek durableprotection, ultra slim XyloT2 special edition Modena Yellow, Raz Red,Royal Blue, and Jet Black. Made of hard-shell plastic and features aminimal wall thickness, full touch-thru acrylic screen and Xylo Surfacescratch protector.
ivyskin announces XyloT2Special Edition cases for iPhones and iPods. Now available, the finestin sleek durable protection, ultra slim XyloT2 special edition ModenaYellow, Raz Red, Royal Blue and Jet Black. Made of hard-shell plasticand features a minimal wall thickness, full touch-thru acrylic screenand Xylo Surface scratch protector.
Full Acrylic frontal protection provide Touch Through access inaddition to impact and scratch protection and the Xylo surfaceprotection layer, provides a full scratch proof case.
The Yellow, Blue, Red, and Black high gloss, hard protective coatingprovides added scratch resistance and color depth all in metallicpaint. Xylo is a scratch resistant liquid plastic coating that isapplied as a final step in ivyskin's proprietary coatings process. TheXylo coating is applied to each of our product in a custom atmosphericchamber in its liquid form, and then cured with ultra violet light toachieve superior scratch resistance and clarity.
XyloT2 Special Edition cases are only $34.99 each and may bepurchased from their online store.
PR: iLounge, a leading resource of iPod + iPhone informationhas officially launched the Design The Next iPhone, Win The Next iPhoneContest. Think you've got what it takes to design the next iPhone? Howcan you win? Design the Next iPhone! We will be looking for six totalwinners for this contest - three grand prize winners will receiveApple's next-generation iPhone, courtesy of iLounge, and three runnersup will receive $100 iTunes Gift Cards.
iLounge, a leading resource of iPod + iPhone information hasofficially launched the Design The Next iPhone, Win The Next iPhoneContest. How can you win? Design the Next iPhone!
Think you've got what it takes to design the next iPhone? iLounge ispleased to announce the Design the Next iPhone, Win the Next iPhoneContest.
You've seen the Free iPod Book 3.3. On June 1, 2008, iLounge willrelease The Free iPod + iPhone Book 4, and six lucky contest winnerswill be announced inside.
We will be looking for six total winners for this contest - threegrand prize winners will receive Apple's next-generation iPhone,courtesy of iLounge, and three runners up will receive $100 iTunes GiftCards.
PR: Readdle, a leading provider of the book and documentreader services for the iPhone and iPod Touch, announces its plans torelease a native iPhone application for storing and reading officedocuments and eBooks on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Readdle is aweb-based application that allows transferring, organizing and viewingdocuments on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Readdle, a leading provider of the book and document reader servicesfor the iPhone and iPod Touch, announces its plans to release a nativeiPhone application for storing and reading office documents and eBookson the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Readdle is a web-based application that allows transferring,organizing and viewing documents on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Theupcoming iPhone application will extend service functionality, ensuringseamless storage of files on the device and viewing them with no liveInternet connection. The document viewing functionality will featurepage-by-page reading, adding bookmarks to the text, iPhone optimizedPDF rendering and other options.
"Due the iPhone file systems access restrictions, there is nopossibility to copy files directly to the iPhone. That's why seamlessdocument management is the crucial part of the document readingapplication. Readdle is unique for providing the number of handy waysto put files on the device." notes Igor Zhadanov, Readdle CEO.
Document management options include loading to Readdle directly fromthe mail program. Simple forwarding of the email message with attacheddocuments to a special user-dependent email will export it intoReaddle. This feature is indispensable as there is no possibility tosave attachments to the iPhone.
Readdle is web-based book and document reader optimized for using oniPhone and iPod Touch. The service supports PDF, TXT, HTML andPDB(Plucker) files as well as MS Word and MS Excel documents, andprovides 50 MB free space for book upload per account. More space andadditional features available for a small fee. Information about theReaddle could be found at their website.
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