"Fixes an issue that prevented some international users from connecting to 3G networks on iPad Wi-Fi + 3G..."
The much anticipated update to hopefully fix the Verizon 3G problems on the iPad is now here. You can find out more about this update at the Apple support page located here. And we also have the update from Apple for iTunes, updating it to version 10.2.2, with more info available here. For those of you wondering, it appears this iTunes update is safe for jailbreakers per this story at Appletell, as quoted: "yet again, iOS hacker MuscleNerd has stated via his Twitter that the new version of iTunes is safe for jailbreakers as well as unlockers using their iDevices on unofficial carriers, through the following tweet: 'iTunes 10.2.2 confirmed safe for JBers (DFU, saved SHSHs, syncing). Safe for ultrasn0w and recent IMEI unlockers too.'" Jailbreak away!
"So much for all the excitement that the iPad 2 is available for a carrier other than AT&T."
A co-worker came to me yesterday asking me if I had heard anything about this, and was pretty concerned since she had just ordered one with the 3G service from Verizon. I'm hoping they get beyond the finger pointing and fix the problem that some owners are having when using the 3G service from Verizon on their iPad 2.
"AT&T apparently is offering its iPhone customers free 3G Microcell service if they don't move to Verizon."
I wasn't offered one, but then again I live in an area with great 3G coverage now (once they added all the towers). No hidden charges and it was to thank customers for "loyalty" or in other words, not switching to Verizon. Did you get offered this deal?
"Support for Apple's new AirPlay is supposedly excluded from the iPhone 3G, reports 9to5Mac. Designed to let users stream their iTunes library anywhere in their house via WiFi or an Ethernet connection, AirPlay technology will be found in all manner of audio/video equipment in the coming months, including the AirPort Express and Apple TV."
AirPlay support is part of the recent iTunes 10.1 update, but if you have a 3G you are out of luck apparently. As quickly as technology is changing, not too surprised they are bypassing the 3G, but it certainly won't make the owners happy. Sounds like another lawsuit.
"Fashionable though it may be to bash AT&T's 3G data network, its performance is, to an extent, a victim of its own success. Subscribers with the AT&T-only iPhone consume way more data than people whose phones cannot run a wide variety of apps, and as a result, AT&T now limits the amount of data iPhone owners can use each month."
And it appears this may be happening soon to Android users, as their data usage surpasses the data usage on 3G of iPhone users by 16%, 72% to 56% respectively. iPhone users tend to use Wi-Fi more than Android users, in no small part to limits placed on the apps by Apple and AT&T, so it's expected that other networks are going to place caps on their data plans. What are your thoughts, sooner rather than later?
"Oh, Nick Lee, you clever boy you. See, Nick here tricked Apple with a very simple iPhone application: Handy Light. On the surface it looked just like any other $0.99 flashlight application. But, secretly, it was a lot more useful."
A lot more useful indeed! What it did was allow you to tether your iPhone with some masterfully hidden code so you could use your iPhone as a 3G modem. But alas, word got out and it was pulled. The good thing is if you still have it you can still use it. I wish I would have known about this one sooner. Did any of you get this handy app, fittingly called Handy Light, before it was pulled?
"You can't argue that having 3G everywhere on your iPad is unbelievably convenient. This ubiquitous access to all the content you want is indeed nothing short of revolutionary. Unfortunately, the convenience comes at a price."
"One of the questions we get all the time is whether or not it’s better to get an iPad with built-in 3G (which costs $130 more for the device, $15 or $30 for the service), or to get an iPad Wi-Fi and tether is via Mi-Fi or to a Google Android or Palm webOS device running Mobile HotSpot software (which costs 0 to $30 for the option)."
These tests were done on Rogers and Bell in Canada, but it's an interesting comparison nonetheless. I can say from personal experience that I've tethered my Wi-Fi iPad to my Nexus One running Froyo while a passenger in a car in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre PA area, and had perfectly usable speeds. I've seen a 3g iPad demonstrated at the Allentown Apple Store, and it didn't seem any different from my tethering experience. So if you already have a 3g phone or a Mi-Fi you can tether to, you can probably save a few dollars and go with the WiFi iPad instead of the 3g. It would be interesting to see data on this from various countries. Has anybody else tried this?
"Apple kept background wallpapers off of the iPhone 3G because it just didn't work well enough. No, this isn't just some incredible fantasy that a small JPEG or GIF could impact animation and performance, but a claim all the way from the top of Cupertino' smartphone empire itself, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs."
When asked by a customer why she couldn't get the wallpaper option on her 3G, Steve Jobs emailed her and said: "The icon animation with backgrounds didn't perform well enough." But according to the 9to5mac, jailbroken iPhones run it just fine. So I guess it's clear as mud eh? All I know is the one factory 3G that we have is definitely slower than the 3GS, so I tend to believe that adding something such as this would degrade performance even more, at least on the un-jailbroken versions. Time to upgrade!
"Good news: Apple's new FaceTime video calls won't use up your allotment of carrier minutes, even if they're initiated from within a voice call, an Apple rep tells us."
I wouldn't have thought so, but the way AT&T is doing things these days, you never can tell. Once the voice call goes into FaceTime, it switches to Wi-Fi, thus no minutes come off your plan. The question is when FaceTime is allowed to work off of 3G, what happens then? My gut instinct is that the minutes would come off your plan since you are using AT&T to keep it going versus the Wi-Fi. Or would it come off of your data plan? I guess we will cross that bridge when we come to it, hopefully you are given the choice between Wi-Fi and 3G if you want to switch to FaceTime.
"More A&T customers are about to become happy. Just days after the company announced that anyone with an iPhone contract ending at anytime in 2010 would be eligible for a iPhone 4 upgrade, comes word that recent purchasers of the iPhone 3GS will also be getting a deal."
Nice deal from AT&T, depending on your date of purchase, get a credit on your account between what you paid for the iPhone 3GS. Alternatively, you can use your iPhone 3GS until the launch date of the iPhone 4 and then you can bring your iPhone 3GS back in, pay the difference, and take home an iPhone 4. The details are here, in a memo obtained by modmyi.com.
"We had some good times, iPhone 3G. You launched in 2008, and we promptly ding-dong-ditched EDGE and explored a wild new App Store. Hey, we even still had SMS bundled with data. Remember that? But Apple stopped selling you almost two weeks ago, and now AT&T says your time has come up."
Looks like the end of the road for the 3G, at least from retail. Not a big surprise here, just another hint of things to come today.
"Since AT&T announced this week that it would eliminate its unlimited monthly data plans beginning Monday, June 7, some customers have been scrambling to get an iPad 3G with the hopes of signing up for the unlimited plan, which would be grandfathered in."
Word is now that AT&T will still allow you to sign up for the unlimited plan, until 11:59pm tonight, as long as you have purchased an iPad. Even though supplies are short, and you may not have it in hand, apparently at least ordering it before the deadline tonight will be enough to allow you to partake of the unlimited 3G plan. No word yet on the process for this, but if you were hoping to get on the unlimited plan, you still have a window of opportunity it appears.
"Update allows low-bandwidth stream for 3G data connections."
Apparently when trying to use this app (available for free in iTunes) with the 3G version of the iPad, it would not run while connected to the 3G network. ABC Player didn't have a low bandwidth option (Apple requires a low and a high bandwidth stream option) so it was causing fits with the app. The update took care of this, as well as fixing some landscape and orientation lock issues along with parental control issues. So if you have the ABC Player on your 3G iPad, and dumped it, you might want to give it a second chance.
"Apple has decided to close all of their 220+ retail stores for one hour in advance of the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G launch in the US today."
The closings are between 4pm and 5pm local time, and this is throughout all the Apple retail locations. So at 5pm today you will be able to pick up a 3G version, however if you order online the available date is actually May 7th (although it appears pre-orders are showing up as early as yesterday). Any of you going to be waiting in line to get yours, or did you have it shipped? I'm curious who is getting the 3G version.
"Since Apple posted information weeks ago with preliminary details about the data plans for the 3G iPad - arriving on doorsteps on Friday - available from AT&T in the United States, I've been wondering about what either company meant by 'month.'"
I'd always assumed it meant 30 days, so I guess I assumed right on this one. You can check out the AT&T data sheet here, but it basically is a 30-day cycle that starts whenever you purchase the plan. As reported before, they are offering two monthly plans, one is a 250 MB plan for $14.99USD and the other is unlimited data for $29.99USD. Once you start them they renew each month unless you cancel them. If you upgrade from the 250 MB plan, your "timer" starts when you pass the 250 MB limit or when the 250 MB plan ends, whichever comes first.
"The iPad 3G due in a couple days, as well as the leaked iPhone HD both use MicroSIMs instead of the standard sim cards. Why's that? Is it just a matter of size? Well, apparently not."
More like couple of weeks for the iPad since they are scheduled now for around May 7th, but why the MicroSIMs? It appears for the extra features, or at least that is what this article says, and they include multiple applications simultaneously accessing the card, prevention of sim spoofing, new PIN protection and expansion of the phonebook storage.
"Looking to pick up an iPhone without signing a contract? Apple Stores are again offering the iPhone for full unsubsidized pricing. It appears, however, the iPhone is still locked for the AT&T network."
The 3G is selling for $499 USD, the 16 GB 3GS is selling for $599 USD and the 32 GB will run you $699 USD. There is also a limit of one phone per customer per day, max of 10 lifetime, however if you are under contract you can purchase five phones per day. Hmmm, clearing inventory?
"So you like the idea of the MiFi but you already have a 3G USB stick, eh? The Wi-REACH aims to give you the best of both worlds with a $99 cradle that turns your 3G USB stick into a Wi-Fi hotspot."
I still have an old Verizon USB Modem laying around somewhere and would definitely give this a shot if I didn't already have a MiFi. You can even have up to 10 devices share the signal, even though I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want that many taking up my bandwidth!