What the Frack is wrong with Consumer Reports. Did Steve Jobs drown their puppies before running off with their wives?  Because Consumer Reports clearly has become biased in their reporting of the iPhone.  And this is really clear with the BS post they put up on the 11th.  


They recommended against the Verizon iPhone because it is "middle aged" - ie a new one is likely coming in June - and yes we know that - but that there are new versions of phones from all other manufactures released in shorter periods was not mentioned.  Mac Observer had this great observation to make about Consumer Reports "Middle Aged" comments.


By the reasoning they supplied, no one should ever buy a new phone unless it’s the iPhone, and only when it’s a few weeks old.


Consumer Reports also pointed out the issues with CDMA - but did not say that is true of all the smart phones on Verizon.  And the craziest of their issues was:


 "the iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch screen in an era where the number of smart phones with 4-inch-plus screens has swelled"


Huh - What the Frack?  Did Consumer Reports mention the Retina display has better resolution than the two 4 inch smart phones on Verizon - NOPE.  And did they mention those two 4 inch smart phones came out in June & September - You know being "Middle Aged" That was also be a big NOPE.  


 Did Consumer Reports - report about the lack of Crapware on the iPhone on Verizon - and that it is the only SmartPhone on Verizon without the Crapware - NOPE.  They did point out there are 4G Phones out there and listed the CDMA iPhone as a disadvantage compared to 4G.  Did Consumer Reports talk about the sparse coverage of 4G at this time? or the battery sucking issues with 4G phones? or that 4G phones on Verizon will not be out until mid-2011?.  NOPE, NOPE and NOPE!!!


What did they report about of substance?  Well that is not clear - other than they don't like the iPhone 4 and they miss their puppies and wives.  When all is said and done I think Antenna Gate and the iPhone 4 will have taken a much bigger toll on Consumer Reports than Apple.  At the post on Consumer Reports - the comments are filled with people saying they are canceling their subscriptions to Consumer Reports - and Rightly so. 


Category:breaking news -- posted at: 12:16pm EDT
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I am now on the Verizon iPhone Bandwagon

 

The Verizon iPhone rumor started back on November 27th 2007.  I have since that time been saying 2012 for the Verizon iPhone.  I am now changing my tune and officially jumping on the Verizon iPhone rumor Bandwagon. I think the Verizon iPhone will be announced on 1/11/11 at 11:00 AM ET at Verizon's Special event - Just 1141 days since the original rumor surfaced.  Here are the reasons why I think this will finally happen.

 

1. The Verizon Event is 2 days after CES - why not have the event at CES with all the press there already.  It would mean the event needs to be something that does not fit in with CES - Like an Apple Announcement.

2. Gizmodo is not invited to the event.

3. MG Sigler is invited - personally and not through tech crunch. MG is the biggest iPhone proponent at Tech Crunch and sometimes the only iPhone Proponent at Tech Crunch. 

4. The Event is in NY - the city that is by far the worst of all the Cities for the iPhone on AT&T.  What a nice little Jab at AT&T to have it there.  I mean invite the press most of which have iPhones to the one 
place their iPhones will not work. Both Evil and Brilliant at the same time. 

 

5. AT&T just lowered the pricing of the iPhone 3GS to $49, plus you had the lower prices in December for the iPhone from Radio Shack, Best Buy, Sams Club and Radio Shack again.  Seems like AT&T is trying to get as many people locked into two more years as they could before the Verizon announcement. 

 

The Stars are all aligning for a Verizon iPhone announcement on 1/11/11 at 11:00 AM.  If Verizon does not announce the iPhone at the event, they will have jumped the PR shark even more so than Apple did with their lame Beatles Announcement last year.   But at least with that Apple had the good foresight not to invite the press to a special event - just a web page.  

 

Category:breaking news -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT
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If you have listened to the Today in iOS podcast long enough you know that I have a love / hate relationship with stats.  As in I love them when they prove my point and hate then when they don't.

 

 Well Google just gave some stats I kind of think I love.  Way back in August Google said Android phones were being activated at a clip of 200,000 per day.  And that was the last time they talked about those numbers - that is until Monday December 6th when Google said they are now up to 214,000 activations per day.  

 

During that time Apple went from 230,000 activations of iOS devices per day on September 1st to 270,000 average activations per day in Mid October.  Which is a nice growth vs Android phones which actually have seen lower per day activation numbers since August.  But Rob Going from 200,000 to 214,000 is an increase you say. Ah but least we forget that the Samsung Galaxy tab which is in that 214,000 per day number and they represent approx. 17,000 activations per day.  So for Android phones since August there is actually about a 3,000 per day decrease.  See why I can love stats. 


And if you take these number further. On an average day there are 56,000 more iOS devices activated then there are Android devices.  But since everyone likes to talk about quarterly numbers - this quarter based on those number Apple will increase its lead of iOS over Android OS by over 5 Million units.  That is a lot more potential iOS customers for App developers vs Android.  


Category:breaking news -- posted at: 2:45am EDT
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It looks like third time is a charm - As in third golden master.  Or I guess first - really as both iOS 4.2 GM's were bypassed for iOS 4.2.1 - so for the public there is no iOS 4.2.  Just a jump to iOS 4.2.1.  We have mentioned some of the new features in the past - but a quick summary of the new features are:

 

1. AirPrint - Which allows direct Printing to an ePrint Printer, or to any printer connected to your Mac - while you Mac is turned on. Update - Per printing to any Printer connected to a mac that was true in the beta version of Mac OS 10.6.5 - but was removed for the GM version.

2. AirPlay - Which allows streaming of audio or video from your iOS device to your Apple TV.  

3. Improved Bluetooth control - allowing for AVRCP control.  You know skip tracks, volume control, and more from your bluetooth headset.  

4. Find my iOS device - for free.  You can easily set up your iOS device for the find my device feature and if your device gets lost - you can locate it on a map, send a message to it, lock it down or even remote wipe it - all for free - no more need for a paid mobileme account. 

 

NOTE:  If your iPhone is Unlocked and/or your iOS device is Jailbroken - you should not update to iOS 4.2.1 at this time.  Please wait for more info on this to come shortly (hopefully).  

 

If you are on an iPad - you get all the features from iOS 4.0 and 4.1 as well.  So for iPad owners it is a major plus plus update. For iPad owners you also get - folders, multitasking, GameCenter,  Unified Mailbox, iAds, and a bunch of smaller features.  

 

If you have an iPhone 3G - iOS 4.2.1 brings one key new feature - Usability - as in you can use your iPhone 3G again.  If you updated your iPhone 3G to iOS 4.0 or iOS 4.1 - you may have noticed a little bug where in your iPhone 3G slowed to 1/4 impulse power.  Well now it looks like your iPhone 3G is back up to full impulse power.  Granted not at warp speed like the iPhone 4 - but back to what you were used to in iOS 3.x  

 

In Apples announcement for iOS 4.2.1 they said the following: 

 

"The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy."

 

I set this up for my iPhone 4 and it was quick to set up and easy to use and I did not have to pay for mobile me for this.  So I do find it interesting that Apple made one of the most compelling reasons for getting mobileme - a free option.  I wonder if this means in the near future all of mobileme features will be free to iOS owners.  I hope so. 


According to Apple you can use Find My iPhone for free with your iPhone 4, iPad, or 4th generation iPod touch that has iOS 4.2 installed. Or you can use Find My iPhone with a paid MobileMe subscription.  Again not sure on that paid subscription thing now.  But lets say you have in addition to an iOS device from 2010 (iPhone 4, iPad or iPod touch 4th gen) that have a pre 2010 iOS device.  Like the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G and you want to set up find my iPhone on them - are you SOL - NO no you are not.  You just need to set up your 2010 iOS device first.  


Life hacker has an article that goes over this.  I have not had a chance to try this out on my 3GS yet - as I have not updated it to iOS 4.2.1 - as it is jailbroken and I was going to wait.  But if anyone else does this with success - as the authors of the lifehacker article claim to - please let me know.  But it does look like it is easy to do assuming you also happen to have a 2010 iOS device.  

 

One other feature I did not mention that is added to iOS 4.2.1 is the ability to set specific SMS alert tones for your contacts.  You are still limited to using the stock SMS tones - but that list of stock SMS tones has grown - but sadly most are still long tones - which is not the best for Text messages.  Who wants a 10 sec tone when you are getting a test message every 5 secs.  Just sayin. So this is not custom SMS tones - it is specific SMS tones from a predetermined list of tones that you can assign to your contacts - which is still much better than how it was before - if you are someone that is looking to set up specific tones to different people.  

 

Feedback from many different listeners has been very positive for this update.  The one issue that has been reported more than once was after the initial update - the Apps and podcasts did not get sync'd over and it required another sync to get that content brought over.  So as long as you are NOT jailbreaking and / or unlocking - it does look safe to update.  But you should still backup before you do the update - as always.  

 


Category:breaking news -- posted at: 2:43am EDT
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My 2 year Old Son as a Retro Robot with 2 iPhones

Below is a video of my 2 year old son dressed up in his Retro Robot Custom which has 2 iPhones - one to scroll "Boo" and the other to scroll the Binary version of "Boo".  And no he is likely not going to date until after high school.  

 

Category:breaking news -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT
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Here is a very quick summary of the latest quarterly numbers from Apple.

Rev $20.34 Billion

Total Cash = $ 51 Billion

 

Last Quarter Sales

iPhones Sold =  14.1 Mil

iPads Sold = 4.2 Mil

iPod Touches Sold = Not given as usual - but you can back into 4 Mil iPod Touches. 

All iPod's Sold = 9.1 Mil

275,000 iOS devices per day on average last 30 days.  (Means 133.25 Mil iOS devices sold to date through end of September.)

 

Misc Notes

iTunes Store = >$1 Bil Revenue for the Quarter. 

$8.82 Bil Rev from iPhone 

166 Carriers around the world for iPhone. 

80% of Fortune 500 companies deploying iPhones.  

26 Countries have the iPad at the end of last quarter. 

Steve came on the call to give a wrap up and talk about Apple selling more Smartphones than RIM sold in their last quarter.  275,000 iOS devices per day on average per the last 30 days.  He also went into details on the Android fragmentation issues.  Steve slammed the 7" screen and comments about 7" display is just 45% as large as the iPad screen. Did he listen to the last Today in iOS?  He says the 10" size is optimal - not the 7" size.  Called them tweeners.  Called 7" Tablets DOA.  

>250,000 Apple TV's 2 have been sold to date.  

 

Category:breaking news -- posted at: 3:20pm EDT
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The WSJ is back to their link bait ways with another Verizon iPhone rumor. I will not even call it a story.  The latest rumor they posted is here  (Yeah link bait worked again for them).  What I think is most frustrating about this latest rumor is that it is just a rehash of a rumor the same "reporters" spread back in the spring.  While the internets never forget it does appear WSJ editors do.  

But the real reason to call total BS on this is the lack of any real sources. That is unless you count "people familiar with the matter" or "these people" or "people briefed on the phone" or "One person familiar" or "people briefed on the matter" and "a person familiar with the matter". With harding hitting fact check journalism like that the WSJ must be proud to have their name linked to this BS.

Sorry for the tone and temper of this post - but come on WSJ it was bad enough the first time you brought up this rumor but to completely rehash it and just update the dates is plain lazy.   

Category:breaking news -- posted at: 8:54pm EDT
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Apple's September 1st Event Rumors Bingo Card

Here is the Bingo Card with all the major rumors out there that Apple might announce at their September 1st event. As always we will go over these on the show following the actual event.  (ep 144).

Category:breaking news -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT
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On the last episode I talked about Frash which is Flash for iOS.  Seems I forgot to mention an important point and that is you need to add a resource to Cydia before you can install it. Here are the instructions for installing Frash.

 

  1. Launch Cydia 
  2. Tap the - Manage - button
  3. Tap - Sources
  4. In the Top Right Tap the - Edit - button 
  5. In the Top Left Tap the - Add - button
  6. Then In the pop-up box, type http://repo.benm.at/   
  7. Tap - Add Source - to close the box
  8. In the Top Right Tap the - Done - button
  9. Go to the - Search - section in Cydia and search for "Frash"
  10. Install the app.

VERY IMPORTANT - You MUST include the  "/" at the end of the URL in step 6 or it will not work.

Again as I said in the show I see Frash more needed for the iPad than the iPhone or iPod Touch. But this will work for any iOS device.  Once it is installed go to a site that has Flash running and you will see a light grey box with "Flash" in the middle - tap on "Flash" and it will run the flash elements for that site.  
Category:breaking news -- posted at: 9:05am EDT
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Below is a video showing the jailbreak of an iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.0.1 - However this jailbreak works for any iOS device running iOS 4.0.1 or lower.  There were some early issues with MMS and Facetime not working. It is reported that MMS is now working.  I have heard reports from others that skype does not work in the background.  And I am sure there will be some other issues that are found. 

UPDATE: 8/2/10 11:42 PM CT - I jailbroke my iPhone 4 running iOS 4.0.1 - NO issues - All is working great including Facetime. Looks like they have resolved the issues they had last night.  Both my iPhone 4 and 3GS are working great. As with any jailbreak - as you ad more and more apps you increase your odds exponentially of there being a conflict.  So keep your jailbreak App downloads to a min and to just the ones you need.  If you try an app and don't like it - remove it ASAP.  Also those jailbreaking with iOS 4.0.1 for an iPhone seemed to report the best results. Mostly the reporting has been overwhelmingly positive for this Jailbreak - Kudos to those involved in making this possible.  

UPDATE 2: 8/3/10 12:05 AM CT - One other common thread seems to be those that do the jailbreak when connected to wifi are having better results then those trying the jailbreak via 3G. Also it seems better when clicking on a link like that below then when typing in the URL.  If you do have an issue - make sure to force quite safari and then clear your cache before trying again. 


BIG NOTE: Do not try to jailbreak if you don't like when things go to (expletive). If you need your device for your business and being without it for any period of time will cause you to loose your job - stop now.  If you get mad at your significant other at how they fold towels or put the toilet paper on a roll - Jailbreaking is probably not for your personality.  Sometimes things break and your device will likely crash more often then if it was not jailbroken. 

 

To Jailbreak just point your iOS device running iOS 4.0.1 or lower to:

http://www.jailbreakme.com

There is no need for a computer, SHSH Blobs or anything else.  Just point your iOS device to the link above and slide the slider to jailbreak.  See the video for more info.  

 

To learn how to use Cydia - The App store for Jailbreaking - See the following tutorials.

Of course - Make sure you backup before trying this.  And don't upgrade to iOS 4.1 or 4.0.2 or whatever comes after iOS 4.0.1 if you want to use this jailbreak method.

 

Category:breaking news -- posted at: 11:51am EDT
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