Monday, June 09, 2008

Good News, Bad News From Steve Jobs

The good news is that Apple announced its new iPhone 3G, called the iPhone 2.0. The bad news is that it’s still handcuffed to the AT&T network, which means I will not be getting one anytime soon, even at the reduce $199 price.

According to the Apple press release the iPhone™ 3G, cobines all the “features of iPhone with 3G networking.” It also includes built-in GPS and iPhone 2.0 software, “which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs the hundreds of third party applications already built with the recently released iPhone SDK.”

The SDK (Software Developer’s Kit) allows third party developers to create software for the iPhone.

“Just one year after launching the iPhone, we’re launching the new iPhone 3G that is twice as fast at half the price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “ iPhone 3G supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync right out of the box, runs the incredible third party apps created with the iPhone SDK, and will be available in more than 70 countries around the world this year.”

Also on the agenda was “Mobile Me,” an application that synchs data between applications on your iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and PC. Reaching to the proverbial “cloud,” the software will allow all your devices to stay in synch, updating each other automatically when you make a change on one. They are calling this action, “Push.”

According to the Apple website, “Push happens automatically, instantly, and continuously.”

Cool device. Just wish I could use it.

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