iOS 5 iPhone Start-Up Screens

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I just got iOS downloaded and installed on my iPhone 4 (non-S). Here is a first look at the iOS 5 startup screens:

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Do I need a SMS plan with iMessage?

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Paper money, extreme macro

Strictly speaking, no.

iOS 5’s new iMessage SMS-like app service lets you send messages without a SMS plan. Huzzah! This is double-plus-good since AT&T has eliminated their $5 for 200 texts and $10 for 1,000 texts plan.

iMessage, a new app launching as part of iOS 5, will offer iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners unlimited free messaging over Wi-Fi and 3G networks.

The New York Times reports that the forthcoming service is being perceived as a threat to mobile operators. iMessage and other similar services will allow smartphone users to rely on existing data plans and Internet service for text messaging functionality, thereby avoiding having to pay for high-margin SMS plans from wireless operators.

via AppleInsider | Apple’s free iMessage expected to undermine carriers’ high-profit SMS business.

SMS, MSS (photos, etc) are supposed to work in iMessage. HOWEVER…. iMessage only works with iOS devices and Macs. Ohhh… So close! So if you send a lot of texts to non-iOS users, you may still need a SMS plan. That or WhatsApp (hint-hint).

UPDATE: If you have installed iOS 5, you may be wondering where the mysterious iMessage app is? Well, the Messages app is iMessage. Or more accurately, the Message app uses the iMessage service to send free messages.

One thing to keep in mind is that your SMS service will be used as a backup is iMessage is not available. So, if you cancel your SMS service, you may get surprise in your monthly bill! Fortunately, you can set up the iOS Message app to only use the free iMessage service (instead of SMS through your carrier). Read the rest of this entry »

Where’s YOUR iPhone 4S?

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You know what I’m hearing in my household?

My iPhone 4S is in KENTUCKY! I think I’ll get it by THURSDAY!

Yeah? That’s AWESOME… You know where mine is? Still in “Preparing for Shipment” My wife ordered hers at 3am. I actually got some sleep on Friday night and ordered mine at 6am.

And I’m going to be hearing about this up until my phone arrives… whenever that happens to be.

Creative Commons License photo credit: wfyurasko

It’s good we didn’t get a bigger screen. It’s real good!

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And so the pendulum swings back.

Dustin Curtis’ article discussing how a bigger iPhone 4S screen a would have been a bad thing is getting passed around the net.

This isn’t an attack on Dustin. And I don’t think Dustin is wrong. I just don’t recall anyone complaining about an bigger screen when the iPhone 5″ speculation / mockups / case designs / leaked front panel suggested a four inch or larger screen for months and months. Nor do I recall Apple fans rejoicing over smaller seven inch tablets saying “FINALLY my thumbs can get a break!”

However, now that the iPhone 4S has been announced with the same screen as the iPhone 4, it’s a good thing Apple wished the bigger iPhone into the cornfield, a real good thing! /eye-roll


photo by: Paolo Camera

On the Apple dashed hopes and celebration treadmill

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Apple Planet

In anticipation the iPhone 4S release on October 14, 2011, I think it is fitting to discuss the stages of disappointment, acceptance, and finally celebration of Apple products.

With each launch, Apple has a high bar to meet, this was especially true in years past when blurry photos, leaked manufacturing components, inventory notices, and unannounced products weren’t being left in bars with each iteration. Without solid information, fans were left with rampant speculation and hopes. Unrealistic and unmet hopes in most case.

In 2008, I was furious that Apple did not usher in the Apple tablet. Getting a thin Macbook was poor consolation. The “Air.” How pretentious! Sure it was thin enough to fit into an inter-office mailer, but where was the tablet? Read the rest of this entry »