Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Then take another look at the iPad waiting period for Apple's online store in other countries. 1 To 2 week wait everywhere.
And if that's not enough, go to Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, three authorized resellers outside of Apple, and see if you can pick up the model you want. Chances are, you can't.
On top of that, the iPad controls nearly 90% of the global tablet traffic and 97% of the US Web traffic for the tablet market.
Still not enough evidence that there will not be a new 9.7" iPad coming out? RIM has cut back on orders. As have Acer. And tablet makers are said to be turning to Windows 8 to combat the iPad because Android 3, Honeycomb, has failed to catch fire with consumers.
Keep in mind that I said no 9.7" iPads. There is no reason for Apple not to release an iPod touch with 5", 6", 7", or even a 12" iPad (which I doubt anything beyond 10" is possible)this fall.
A smaller iPad or a big iPod touch is definitely within the realm of possibility. It would certainly help take some demand pressure off the iPad 2. And cannibalization of one Apple product for another isn't something that Cupertino is going to worry too much about.
So, no iPad 3. Not until late winter or early spring of 2012.
Still, it was no Toy Story 3. However, this new trailer for Pixar's upcoming blockbuster movie, Brave, that was previously shown on Cars 2 3D viewings, will put Pixar back on the path of breaking new grounds again.
It'll not only be Pixar's first fairy tale movie (recently Disney ventures into this realm has been dismal and Pixar is going to show them just how to get it right again), Pixar will go back to tell a new original story.
So, I'm going to call it. Pixar's "Brave" will bring in $2 Billion at the box office worldwide next year.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
With the GSM 3G iPad model, I am limited to AT&T in the United States. There is T-Mobile but a couple of things prevent most users from using their iOS devices with T-Mobile. Most users. I like to consider myself as more adventurous when it comes to my mobile needs.
See, the issue facing T-Mobile users from is that the 3G network and the iOS devices are not compatible. Hence, you're limited to EDGE speed even if you are able to get it work. Secondly, Apple has switched over to using micro sim cards. And those micro sim cards are not provided by T-Mobile.
So even if you're willing to go with the slower wireless speed, the sim card issue remains an obstacle. However, if you're willing to take the EDGE speed, you'll need to figure out a way to get your regular sim card into the micro lot.
So I went ahead and made the cuts. There are plenty of examples online on how to do this well. I read a couple and watched a few videos.
When it came time to do it, I ruined a couple of sim cards. I simply don't have the skills with razor blades. Instead, I figured out an easier way. Trust me.
A very pair of scissors. Yup. That's it. Cut around the metal part. Cut away the edges. Thats the easy part. Then there is some trimming the sim card into the smaller slot.
Make sure you it in the right direction. It didn't work the first time. I had thought I ruined another sim card. I took it out of the iPad and switched it around.
Whoola! Unlimited EDGE access.
-- Post From My iPad
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
After Time Warner was sued and eventually settled over its iPad app that allowed subscribers to stream services they order, Cablevision is being targeted by Viacom for virtually the same reason.
This is pretty impressive considering that the tablet market did not exist 14 months ago. And today, the iPad IS the tablet market. After all, the iPad accounts for about 90% of the world's tablet traffic and 97% of the US market.
It's likely we are seeing the beginning of a turmoil in the video subscription industry, namely cable and satellite. Don't be surprised if these apps are the precursors to video-only services for live TV.
T-Mobile Announces 1M iPhone Users On Its Network Hoping To Capitalize On Sales of Official Unlocked iPhone 4
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
regardless of their sizes today and how they can survive through
tomorrow and even thrive.
I started thinking about this last night while listening to various
podcasts during my run yesterday. I think it's critical that we
examine where things are without getting too caught up in the various
fanboyism and take a good look at how things can turn out.
The iPhone 4 death grip was an issue but to this day, I cannot say for
sure if it was such a big deal. While Apple probably got a B- for how
it handled it, things could have turned out even worse for Cupertino.
Today, everyone is piling into RIM and its aging OS that runs on the
Blackberry. As far as I'm concerned, the Blackberry OS reminds me of
Mac OS 8 and 9 which was a patchwork that Apple desperately tried to
push out to compete with the better and faster Windows 95, 98, and
XP. Still, Apple prevailed and I like to see what are the chances
that RIM can rise like a Phoenix and remain a relevant mobile company
Also, Android with its never-seen-before growth has come to dominate
the mobile market. However, it's no secret that it is plagued by
malware as well as fragmentation.
And today, an analyst even believe that the release of iPhone 5 that
is like to be on multiple carriers including Verizon and Sprint could
not only further stem Android's share of thr market but begin to erode
its dominace in the US.
It'll be a fun look at the future. Maybe there will br a dark horse in
this fast evolving mobile war that comes out of nowhere and blindsided
even Steve Jobs.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
- Who's more likely to pull the trigger?
- How would it change the landscape?
- And is Apple really not as likely to be a RIM suitor?
Thursday, June 16, 2011
If you go out there and buy the unlocked iPhone, you can use it only with AT&T. With a bit of an effort, you can get it work with T-Mobile by trimming your SIM card into a microsim card.
However, you cannot enjoy the HPSA+ network that T-Mobile is calling 4G which theoretically is faster than AT&T"s on "4G" network. While ATT is at 7.2Mbps, T-Mobile is moving towards 42Mbps. Having said that, if you manage to get it working with T-Mobile, you are stuck on EDGE because of the difference in frequencies on which the two HSPA networks run on.
Now, here's the part you're waiting for. Even if you decided against signing up for a two-year commitment with AT&T and get the unlocked iPhone 4 from Apple, ATT does not offer a lower and comparable voice and data plan. AT&T reminds us that their high rates are because of the subsidies they pay Apple so that post-paid users won't have to pay for the $650 or $750 upfront for the 16 GB or 32 GB respectively.
By that reasoning, shouldn't AT&T offer a plan that costs less because an unlocked iPhone paid for it in full?
The answer is no. Which really puts the high costs AT&T charges users unnecessarily higher. And that's okay. That's just business.
With an independent T-Mobile as it is now, a future iPhone that supports its HSPA+ network puts it in direct competition with AT&T. And traditionally, T-Mobile offers better rates than either AT&T or Verizon. In fact, T-Mobile does have better pre-paid deals than AT&T.
A lot of us think that Apple is about to release an iPhone for T-Mobile this year. I think once that happens, we'll see a lot of defections from AT&T to T-Mobile. And you know what? When that happens, I can't see how AT&T can explain why eliminating T-Mobile is a good deal for the average mobile warrior.
What going to be the kicker is that if the number of iPhone users defecting from AT&T to T-Mobile is such a huge number that AT&T's immediate bottom-line is affected and is forced to provide better deals to stem the loss of subscribers, it will really put a galactic size hole in AT&T's arguments, whatever they are, that the merger is good for competition.
Android isn't open. Let's put that issue to bed. What is awesome about Android is that programmers have access to the various builds that allow the community to build on top of it or, in some instances, stripping away skins that are for the most part, unwanted and give users something to rail about on their blogs or in forums.
Once stripped, the native OS became more useful, faster, and took up smaller amounts of foot print. Take my G1, it's running a customized Android 2.2. This is a device that was left for dead by Google and T-Mobile. This is the maiden device that introduced the world to all that is cool and great about Android.
And jailbreaking or rooting isn't just Android. iPhone unlocking and jailbreaking is fast becoming an American geek past-time and, for a while, turned into a must-see cat-and-mouse game between Apple and a few determined hackers that are determined to pry open the walled garden.
And though Apple would never admit it, I think more than a few at Apple are happy that the home team lost. This is especially evident in the iOS 5 where a couple of keep features like notifications came through as a JB feature.
And then take WhiteD00r. Those are zeros, no "o". After Apple has abandoned the iPhone 2G and iPhone 3G, this group of hardworking folks has found a way to give these older but still awesome iPhones new life – multitasking and folders quickly comes to mind but with also many missing features enjoyed by only by the latest and greatest, the iPhone 4.
If I'm Apple, I would hire this group of programmers in a heart beat.
So as much as the carriers and device makers want to pretend these under-the-radar don't exist, they cannot ignore the impact that they have had on their mobile platforms. And, I cannot wait until Honeycomb and iOS 5 gets their turn.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Unlocked iPhones might be the ticket here. A great number of unlocked iPhone users remained with T-Mobile through the years because of the customer service and the fact that AT&T was unreliable.
T-Mobile should give anyone who uses an unlocked iPhone 4 on its network credit that will go towards a contract.
For three reasons. One, there users are going out there to buy their own devices, unsubsidized. Second, these iPhones will not run on T-Mobile's 3G network. And lastly, it'll help stem losses.
In fact, T-Mobile should offer an EDGE only data plan for anyone who uses an unlocked iPhone with a voice plan.
These are subscribers any way you put it. And right now, T-Mobile needs them more than ever, merger with AT&T not withstanding.
Note: I stream Netflix on my iPhone over T-Mobile's EDGE now and for a hiccup here and there, it works great for the most part.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPod touch
Everyone is asking why...just because they can now? After all, we are so close to Apple releasing their next iPhone update.
Here's my theory Right about now is when Apple usually introduces new iPhones. So perhaps their contract with AT&T is up. That's the reason.
Apple's multi-year deal with AT&T was probably more complicated than just giving Ma Bell the right to BR the exclusive iPhone carrier until Verizon started selling the CDMA version earlier this year.
Once June rolled around, it freed Apple to start selling unlocked iPhones in the US. Now, we have to see what happens when the new iPhones are on the market. Will Apple continue to offer the new updated iPhone unlocked or is there a deal in place with AT&T to lock them down for a period of time?
By the way, it appears that Apple is only selling this through their online store so far and maybe even through the Apple stores but not through other retail outlets. So I think the chances of AT&T offering a lower mobile plan for unsubsidized unlocked iPhone users isn't likely to happen. Figures.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPod touch
Monday, June 13, 2011
And with phones continued to be carrier locked, it is possible that Apple's unlocked iPhone in the US could spark a rash of other mobile devices being sold unlocked.
I know that iPhones have been sold unlocked in other parts of the world for years but the US market is one of the biggest and most influential mobile market.
Suck unlocking could mean greater access to the latest and greatest mobile devices for users across markets. Right now, Apple and others stagger launches in different markets.
Take the iPad launch as an example. US users got it first but the reseller market is where the action's at whether we like it or not. And if Apple begin selling the next iPhone unlocked, totally expect a huge rush of demand for it from Asia where the markets typically trail US launches anywhere from 3 to 12 months.
And this could solve some demand problems. Take the Chinese launch of the iPhone 4 where hordes of resellers pushed out legitimate buyers. There was even word of a fight between a loyal Apple employee and unruly squatters. Maybe such problems can be solved buy unlocked iPhones.
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPod touch
Sunday, June 12, 2011
iPod Touch Battery Life: 75 Min Skype Video Call; Apple Should Find A Way To Make Battery Life Even Better for 2012 Version
I spent all morning talking to an online friend on the other side of the world on Skype since about 7am this morning. It was a Skype video chat lasted about 75 minutes which forty minutes in got disconnected but I quickly dialed back. As you know by now, I'm obsessed with battery life. How power did this call chew up? 40%? 50%?
At the start of the call, I had read a little bit on iBooks and made a few queries about today's weather and the movie times for Super 8 on Siri. In all, I had been using the iPod touch for about 30 minutes before making the Skype calls.
In all, the call took about 33% of battery life.
Is that good? Well, it's better than I expected. At the end of the call, I expected to see the battery indicator closer to midpoint of the icon than the two-third point by my estimation.
The reason I am sharing this is because I do have a full day until 5PM PST when Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals start. Until I can safely get home with the iPod touch plugged into a socket, I reckon it should hold me over through the rest of the morning and the afternoon where two hours of time, I'll be watching Super 8.
My iPod touch is the fourth generation model. This is by far the fastest and most powerful non-phone mobile device on the market, Apple really has not done much to improve its battery life. Given its thin form factor, Apple has done a great job even squeezing out the battery life out of the touch. Impressed as I am, I cannot help but think that had Apple given the touch an extra millimeter or two, adding an extra half ounce to its weight, it might give us an extra fifteen to twenty percent more battery life.
On Apple website, the iPod touch is rated at 40 hours of music playback and 7 hours of video. The iPhone 4 has the same 40 hours of music playback and is capable of playing 10 hours of video on one charge. Apple also states the iPhone 4 can provide up to 10 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi. Though no information is provide regarding the touch's battery life under Internet use, we can safely that it is nowhere near 10 hours. I would say that it is 7 hours at best.
On top of that, I normally do not sit there in silence. Even now, I am listening to a podcast and before, that, I was streaming Science Friday from NPR. With such an use combination, it's likely I will would have likely achieve closer to 5 to 6 hours of battery life.
I consider this decent for a device this small and light. For a non-phone device, I think nothing comes close to what Apple has achieved with the iPod touch. However, I hope Apple seriously bump up the battery life on the next touch update. We are increasingly relying upon our mobile devices and smartphones for our daily computing and social needs.
Be it Apple, Samsung, or Google, these tech companies need to realize that our mobile habits have changed greatly even from a year ago. What constitutes heavy versus moderate use has to change.
Note: Even though iPhone's 6 hours of Internet use over 3G is pretty good, I would like to see Apple really bump that up to 10 hours somehow.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
iMessage is already being herald as a winner. In the past couple of weeks, I have tried a few multi-platform messaging apps that served well enough. However, as with anything Apple, they can encroach at any moment into an field or function, that apps served, not previously available in its OS.
Developers of Whatsapp, Kik, KakaoTalk, and probably a couple of dozens others face a difficult choice this fall. Innovate or attempt to survive on other mobile platforms and leave iOS mostly to iMessage.
Like I've mentioned before regarding iCloud's impact on other cloud storage solutions, incumbents like Dropbox can see a silver lining in this. Apple competition does not necessarily mean the end of the world. There are positive examples of how Apple helped competitors.
- Just like the iPhone brought a lot of attention to smartphones.
- iTunes made it okay to download music.
- iOS-based Apple TV has been great business for Roku.
- iPad has developed a whole new mobile computing market that Microsoft previously failed to ignite on fire. While sales of non-iPad competitors haven't caught on, it is only a matter of time before Android, Web OS, Playbook, and even Windows 8 begin to serve as strong alternatives to Apple's tablet offerings.
I am sure there are a couple of other examples. I reckon iMessage will force many innovate. And innovate goes both ways, doesn't it? Apple has a history of developing a great app only to allow it to languish. Sometimes, they come up with an incredible update such as Final Cut or allow it to due a quiet death (I am beginning to think iWeb and Ping will go down the latter path).
What of Blackberry Messaging, BBM? Word on the blog street is that RIM will release an app for both Android and iOS. And WSJ reports that Google is working on their own multi-platform messaging app or reinventing gTalk to compete.
So, I think messaging platforms will benefit from the attention that iMessage is going to bring. Instant messaging could also get a second wind as a result.
Everyone wins right? Wrong. iMessage, BBM, Google's offering, and the other messaging apps as a whole will put a big dent into the SMS growth - a cash cow for the wireless cartels across the world.
I don't have to tell you just what a rip-off SMS is. And I am safely in the majority as far as this opinion goes. While analysts do not see a sudden torrential shift in the messaging market, I think they are wrong. Dead wrong.
I predict a huge drop in the next 12-18 months as the revenue from texting takes a big hit. Just like the app developers threatened by iMessage, the wireless industry across the world will need to change. Somehow, I don't see that happening. Maybe a few can move and innovate quickly enough but most will wake up one day and wonder just where their steady and reliable billions in SMS profit went.
iMessage is both good for the wireless industry and great for mobile warriors regardless of whatever mobile platform your smartphone runs on.
Friday, June 10, 2011
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- And Apple TV is like to display video at 1080p should it get updated to using the latest custom chip used in the iPad 2. Also, while we don't see evidence of this yet, it looks like Apple TV should gain some more apps and even access to the app store.
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