A new firmware release for the iPhone fixes numerous security problems, while adding subtle features, such as the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, and a switch that lets you avoid expensive overseas data charges.
With the public beta of Amazon MP3, online retail giant Amazon.com is giving Apple's iTunes Store a run for its money. Is the elegance and breadth of the iTunes Store enough to beat Amazon MP3's DRM-free music, 256 Kbps encoding, and lower prices?
Now that more than one million iPhones have been sold, we decided to see what real-world iPhone users love and hate about their new digital companions. Read on to find out what our panel loved and hated, and share your own opinions on TidBITS Talk.
37 artists are featured in a 50 million song iTunes giveaway, tying Starbucks and Apple even more closely in the digital music realm.
Navizon uses Wi-Fi to figure out where your iPhone is. Accuracy relies on a network of lightly rewarded volunteers, but the results give a picture of the future of location-based information on the iPhone.
Apple announces cell carrier O2 will sell the iPhone in the UK starting November 9 for £269 ($542) including VAT; T-Mobile will offer it for £399 ($562) in Germany. Going one better than AT&T, the UK and German services include unlimited data access to thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots along with EDGE. But O2, at least, defines unlimited data as having a strict limit.
While many early iPhone purchasers are pleased with Apple's offer of a $100 Apple Store credit for those who purchased the initially pricey gizmo early on, and some are thrilled with the 14-day price protection policy that provided a $200 refund to those who bought in the two weeks immediately before this month's price drop, we hear that some iPhone customers who bought at an AT&T Wireless store have gotten the runaround when attempting to settle up.
A Wi-Fi connection program lets you hook your iPhone into hotspots without entering a user name and password at each location. It removes the friction from connecting to public free and fee networks.
Is buying an iPod touch a good way to get an iPhone without the phone capabilities? Or has Apple limited the iPod touch's capabilities too much, making the iPhone significantly more capable? What about using a prepaid plan or a hack to activate an iPhone without any plan?
You can now obtain that hundred-buck store credit Apple's CEO promised for early purchasers of the iPhone, who number perhaps 900,000, who paid $200 "too much." The process is simple - and rewarding.
Making a call hands free with the iPhone's supplied headphones could lead the police to think that, just maybe, you're violating the law. John Stafford found out the hard way; he's got the summons to prove it.
Someone got the golden ticket, and it's probably Steve Jobs. Apple has sold its millionth iPhone, the company announced, reaching that mark in just 74 days
It may seem as though we've been lying low with Take Control for quite some time, but in fact, we've been hard at work to bring you not just one, but two ebooks about the iPhone (OK, the good folks at Macworld actually wrote one of them). Save 20% when you buy both!
Ambrosia Software has released iToner 1.0, a simple utility that lets you add MP3 or AAC audio files to an iPhone for use as custom ringtones. What's notable about iToner is that it doesn't require any iPhone hacking software to work.
Instead of resting on its laurels, Apple continues to break new ground in the iPod world, releasing the iPhone-like iPod touch, putting a 160 GB drive in the new iPod classic, enabling the new iPod nano to play video, and giving the iPod shuffle new colors. Other announcements included the capability to purchase custom ringtones for the iPhone from the iTunes Store, the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store for the iPhone and iPod touch, and a price drop - $200! - for the iPhone.