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June 18, 2009

iPhone 3.0 round-up for dummies

iphone3GS.jpg Apple released the new operating system for the iPhone yesterday -- 3.0 -- and presumably millions have downloaded it by now.

The techie blogger crowd certainly has done so. I've had other balls in the air this week, and I'm just catching up on some iPhone/3.0/AT&T news.

If you're also super busy, here are a few good links for catching what people are talking about re: iPhone's new 3.0 operating system (which, incidentally, I'm happy with) and the new handset, the iPhone 3G S (@jjthomas: I await your anti-iPhone mocking.):

:: The iPhone for business: "From a corporate point of view" and why your IT department still won't be satisfied.

:: Mashable and Business Insider cover AT&T's decision to drop the price of the iPhone 3G S (the new handset debuting this Friday) to $199 for current 3G customers who would have been eligible for upgrading through September. So instead of paying $399 (the unsubsidized price of the new iPhone 3G S), these customers who are close to qualifying for the new iPhone could get it for the subsidized price of $199. In a nut shell, according to AT&T: "We’re now pleased to offer our iPhone 3G customers who are upgrade eligible in July, August or September 2009 our best upgrade pricing, beginning Thursday, June 18."

:: The highly-craved feature of MMS messaging will come to the iPhone and it will not cost extra beyond whatever text messaging plan you may have, according to AT&T(PDF). (Thanks to @paulcapestany and @esquiremac for pointing this out to me yesterday) And personally, I say: big whoop. If everybody's gonna be on Web-enabled smartphones that can blast emails with photos, share photos on Facebook and Twitter, etc., tell me again what's the big deal about MMS?

:: The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg gives a good review of the new iPhone 3G S -- but also says many will just be happy with the 3.0 OS upgrade because the new handset is more evolutionary than revolutionary. His quote: "...I don’t think this latest iPhone is as compelling an upgrade for the average user as the 3G model was last year for owners of the original 2007 iPhone."

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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 9:03 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Smartphones


Titling this post "for Dummies" works for me on so many different levels.

So, Gus, are you liking your cut, copy, and paste? A coworker of mine seems to like the FindMyiPhone feature, but that appears to be tied heavily to mobileme. There's a service that I would run away screaming from after its "successful" debut.

As for your question concerning MMS, it is easier to send photos via MMS than via email, especially for those folks who may not have configured an email on their smartphones. Also, I think there is a larger niche of quasi-smartphones--phones like the Voyager, Envy, etc.--where email with attachments is not quite where it is for iPhones and Blackberries. Finally, there is the ubiquitousness of MMS. With few exceptions, most phones have MMS. For a quick photo message to friends, I have to admit it is easy.

Finally, I am shocked to see the Apple sycophant that is Walt Mossberg admit that the latest upgrade to the JesusPhone is not that compelling. Apple must not have given him enough money or pre-release press to result in that not so glowing review.

Zing! I still think no one will be talking about MMS in a few years. -gs

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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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