I’ll give AT&T a month or so to offer Bluetooth tethering…then I’m break’in out.
I’m currently in the process of getting a t-shirt and “personal badging” business off the ground. We’ll be selling our products at trade shows, car, motorcycle and bicycle events around the country. A MiFi makes a perfect companion to the Quickbooks Merchant account we have. So with all that said, on to my point.
Verizon, call me. (or read on)
- iPad(64gb) 3G version is $829
- AT&T wireless plan with no contracts is $14.99 (250mb) or $29.99 (unlimited*/5gb)
- iPad(64gb) WiFi Version is $699
- Verizon MiFi device $269 with no contract. $39.99 (250mb) or $59,99 (5gb)
Hey Verizon “marketing genius dudes”… Why not offer the MiFi for $130 at no contract, the difference between the two iPad versions, and lower your data plans?
Wouldn’t that be a great way for you to show, likely iPhone customers, that your network is better?
Couldn’t you market your device connects with three others, not just your iPad?
How about the handy little cases that Sprint is giving away at BestBuy stores?
…too bad you didn’t think of this the day the iPad rolled out.
PS: I’m in PR/Marketing and looking for freelance work. …call me
Since making the switch from Windows Mobile and Blackberry to the iPhone I thought not having access to my Slingbox would be my biggest issue. When SlingMedia started their iPhone application development I was excited. I mean this would be ideal.
About 18 months ago my 1st gen Slingbox took a dive, power supply I thought. I tried reviving it with another power supply, but no luck. So I just tossed the unit onto my growing pile of old, out dated, powered plastic.
This morning however my ears perked up. Slingbox’s iPhone application has now been approved for 3g. The original iPhone application on used Wifi. Having 3G may have just changed my tune on watching live TV in my iPhone. Maybe it’s time to invest in a new Slingbox?
Will someone important please call Apple and tell them to release the MacBookPros with the Core I processors? I really WANT a new one. My dual core 2.4ghz 4 year old unit is working just fine. It’s really just a matter of want. So someone pick up the phone, ringy dingy…
- The Apple iReader will be released. Two versions a) an AT&T 3g and Wifi b) Wifi only. Yes folks I think Apple is sticking with AT&T. I don’t believe Apple wants to move away from the GSM, SIM based, world standard.
- Core I5 processors in the 15″ MBPs and the Core I7 in the 17″(I will buy that one)
Some of you are asking yourselves why do I think Apple will stay with AT&T. It’s very simple. Almost everyone hates their mobile carrier. Whether it’s Verizon, Spring, T-Mobile, AT&T, etc, we all hate them for some reason. I also think this because Apple does not want to move away from SIM card based mobile devices. Building a CDMA and GSM device is a waste of resources in Apple’s mind If you want our devices change carriers.
I’m ready to go out on a limb here, but I think in the near future Apple will buy AT&T’s wireless division. I think Apple is very interested in keeping pace with Google. A few years ago when the 700mghz network became available, and Google was bidding, I think Apple was very intrigued by this. Asking themselves why would Google want that. This got Apple thinking about mobile communications on a different level, not just hardware.
Apple is very tatical. They start by releasing devices that cause AT&T to spend money and build their network.
Remember this is from someone who thinks Google will buy Verizon too.
According to Gizmodo today
According to me over a year ago
Finally one of my Apple product psychic moments is coming true. Now if they’ll release a MacMini with Blu-Ray, I’ll be batting a thousand. Oh wait…I also think they will soon turn the MacMini into a gaming console to run downloaded, full sized games from the app store.
Fry’s in Las Vegas has the new Apple Magic Mouse in stock. I picked up three.
A few weeks ago I pre-ordered my new iPhone 3GS for delivery this Friday. I was under the impression that I was going to pay $499. I was an early adopter of the 3G version(launch day) and was only being offered a $200 cut form the $699 retail, no contract price.
Today I log in to AT&T and run through the upgrade process and it’s offering me the 3GS for $299 with 2 year contact. A story broke yesterday on Gizmodo that AT&T was July/Sept/Aug 2008 upgraders a better deal, but the prices won;’t show up till today.
Bottom line is that AT&T just saved me $200 tomorrow. My $349 sale of my 3G on Craiglists on Monday just got a little sweeter!
I sure am glad I picked up a Grand Central number back in the day. Since that number was handed out during it’s beta, Google has bought the company and have turned it into GoogleVoice.
Google has recently released a video on YouTube describing a new iPhone app that allows you to dial out using your GV account. Check out the video.
[again via Gizmodo]
XROAD just re-released G-Map for the iPhone. Search G-Map in your iTunes store. The released has some bugs fixs and has new version number.
This software is very helpful for thos of us that don’t have 3G 100% of the time. The maps are store on the device. Unlike the Google maps that require an internet connection to load. This really makes the application run quickly.
Well worth the $24.99 for the West where I live.
The interface is great and plugins are plentiful. We’ll see how it works and feels long term. If your in the Denver Metro area and want to help me start a Mac User group in Douglas County post up of at MacMingle.com
You can also follow the progress of the Group formation on Twitter, User ID MacMingle.
Went over to iTunes to pick up G-Map. Looks like it has been pulled. I’m not sure when it happened. Anyone know?
G-Map is an iPhone app that load all the maps in the West and or East, $20 a coast. This is a great option for those of you traveling through areas where cell coverage is limited. As most of you know the iPhone’s Google Map feature only works when the phone can reach the online maps.
1) Airport and Time Capsule internet disk sharing via Mobile me - Why? This will specifically allow for sharing files on devices with small hard drives. The new tablet will most likely have to have a Solid State Drive. Having the ability to access large storage is key to the success of a small, tablet with good battery life
2) The Mini Display Port - DVI via a plug that is not thicker that USB is key to making a thin tablet style device. New devices with this plug are showing up all over Apples line.
3) No 4G iPhone rumors - With the lack of new iPhone rumors it a only makes sense with the rumored 3rd quarter release. A tablet could easily be outfitted to work on AT&T’s 3G Network.
4) Airport Extreme and Time Capsule now support separate tunnels - They support operating in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. Since the new device will be too thin to have a network jack, the new tablet will have 5ghz Wifi. This will limit however limit the places the device can be used. People will grip about this when it is released. Apple will assume everyone has or should have 5ghz. They will make the case that 3G should cover you when roaming outside 5ghz. Apple will refuse again to dumb down a device to a corporate environment.
Mini | This Mac jumps in graphics, hard drive size, but not much more internally.
On the outside Apple is offering one more USB, a mini DVi, and a mini display. There are conflicting reports that this Mini will offer dual monitor support. If it does this could make the Mini the ultimate conferance room machine.
Personally I would get one for the home entertainment room. We currently have a Mini running our DVD collection. The built in bookshelf that holds it has a monitor but it’s currently not hooked up. The Mini is just sending video directly to the 56″ HD TV via a DVI to HDMI cable. Hopefully with a new Mini I can prep videos for playback on one monitor, then move them over to the larger screen for viewing.
Airport Extreme & Time Machine | from the looks of the spec on these new network devices there is a firmware upgrade. MobileMe customers will be able to access any file on these devices. The drive must be connected via USB on the Airport Extreme.
Note for existing AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule customers
Existing AirPort Extreme (MA073 and MB053) and Time Capsule (MB276 and MB277) customers can access their AirPort Disk / Time Capsule disk through Mobile Me over the Internet by upgrading to AirPort Utility 5.4.1 and AirPort firmware 7.4.1. Subscription to Mobile Me online services is required for this feature. Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi and Guest Networking features are only available to new AirPort Extreme (MB763) and Time Capsule (MB764 and MB765) customers.
Pretty nice feature. Is this the end of the iDisk? Let’s hope so. That has been an annoyance to me to say the least. I hate the way files have to be stored in it. I am meticulous about file folder structure, and having to pull something out of it so I can use it at work is aggregating. I know I need to relax.
However, being able to access file MY personal cloud, with my own structure, is a pretty cool feature to me. I won’t need iDisk with this feature added to my AE.
A few months ago I was at the Denver Handheld User Group meeting. We were discussing NetBooks. The topic moved around the table. When it got to me I explained that I wanted a device about the size of 3-4 iPhone screens. Here it is friends, but smaller.
Plica consists of two touchscreens and it looks exactly like a regular cellphone. When the phone is folded in two screens, you will use one as a keyboard and on the other you will be able to see whatever you want to. Also, you can view the images on both screens which means twice the resolution. Plica is very functional kind of like a mini-laptop and it features USB and headphone jacks.