Like it does in most countries, Apple has a preferred wireless carrier in the United Kingdom. In this case the carrier is O2, but that may not be the case for long, at least for the iPhone 3G.
According to a report on Mobile Today, Apple may open up iPhone 3G sales to other wireless carriers in the U.K., namely O2 competitors Orange and T-Mobile. O2's exclusive with Apple reportedly ends in September, giving Apple a couple of months to set up other deals.
T-Mobile is so sure that they will get the contract for the iPhone 3G … Read more
It's been an eventful quarter for Apple, but can it keep up its momentum? We'll find out Tuesday when Apple releases its fiscal third-quarter earnings.
Recent company news has been mixed, but certainly more positive than negative. During the quarter, which ended June 30, the company released the third-generation iPhone, the iPhone 3GS, which by all accounts, was a blockbuster. But its Mac and iPod divisions didn't experience the same kind of runaway success. Apple has had a string of successful quarters, even in the midst of the worst economic environment since the Great Depression.
One thing … Read more
Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away.
That's the way some developers are feeling after Apple began refusing to give developers promo codes for iPhone applications rated 17+.
Apple allows its iPhone developers to request up to 50 promotional codes for their apps when they are uploaded to the App Store. The promo codes allow developers to do things like market their apps by providing codes to media outlets, according to The Unofficial Apple Weblog.
The codes were welcomed by developers, who were forced to build separate ad-hoc versions of their apps in order to give versions away. Even with … Read more
Czech developer PoweryBase is claiming that Apple is intentionally blocking push notifications to users of unlocked iPhones.
PoweryBase, makers of several applications that use Apple's push notification service, said 80 percent of its customer support complaints are coming from a very small minority of its customers. All of these customers are using unlocked iPhones.
The developer explains that when a push application requests an ID from the Apple server, the iPhone receives a unique token. Once the token is received, push notifications proceed as you would expect. The process only takes a few seconds to complete.
However, PoweryBase says … Read more
Apple may have blinked first in the ongoing battle with the Chinese government to allow the company to sell a Wi-Fi-enabled iPhone in that country.
The back-and-forth battle between Apple and China's Ministry of Industry and Information may be coming to a close. According to a BusinessWeek report, Apple has applied for a Network Access License that would allow the company to begin selling the iPhone without Wi-Fi.
In typical fashion, Apple has reportedly been hard-nosed in negotiations with the Chinese government over the iPhone. However, the government has been just as hard-nosed, refusing to allow Apple to sell … Read more
Just as America gears up to celebrate Independence Day comes news that iPhone 3GS owners are getting some freedom of their own.
George Hotz, who you may recall as the teenage hacker who originally unlocked the iPhone, has let loose a jailbreaking app for the iPhone 3GS code-named purplera1n. It enables the installation of third-party software not approved for Apple's App Store.
For now, purplera1n is Windows-only (but not Windows 7) and requires the latest iTunes installed, as well as an iPhone 3GS with the 3.0 firmware. In a Friday blog post titled "I make it ra1n,&… Read more
OK, folks, it's time to step back, take a deep breath, and relax.
There has been a lot of talk today about Apple supposedly admitting it has heat issues with the new iPhone 3GS. The simple fact is that is not true.
What Apple did do is update a previously published tech note advising customers of the safe operating temperatures of the iPhone. Now, why would Apple do this? Because it does it every time it releases a device like the iPhone 3GS. It's standard procedure for the company to continually update tech notes for all its products. … Read more
The first day the Apple iPhone 3GS went on sale was the biggest sales day ever for AT&T, according to an internal memo sent to company employees that has since been published in various blogs.
That's right, iPhone Day 2009 beat out the two previous iPhone launch days, as well as surpassed traditionally heavy retail sales days such as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and December 26th, the day after Christmas.
The new iPhone may not have added a whole bunch of new bells and whistles, but it seems to have certainly been a crowd pleaser. … Read more