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3G SmartPhone Battery Life: iPhone Leads





The battery life on Apple's new 3G iPhone isn't great, but it beats that of other 3G smartphones we've seen, say testers at PC World's Test Center. In the study's standard talk-time battery life test, an iPhone, on average, ran 5 hours and 38 minutes, a performance PC World deems "fair."

The original iPhone, which ran on AT&T's slower EDGE network, lasted 10 hours of our test. But the 3G iPhone beat out the rest of the current 3G smartphone pack, most of which fell shy of the five-hour mark that's the cutoff between a word score of fair and poor in PC World's performance ratings.

The iPhone 3G also beat out competitors on Sprint and Verizon's EVDO mobile broadband networks, including the Palm Centro (4:19) and the Samsung Instinct (5:33), PC World says.

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2008. 15:38

AT&T tests IPhone 3G 's GPS



Larry Meyer from AT&T testdrives GPS functionality on IPhone 3G.

   

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2008. 15:18

Copy/paste on IPhone



During an interview to AppScout Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president, described that there is a priority list for IPhone's functionality. And the copy/paste is there. It will be developed, it's just a matter of time.

Some news about GPS. For now there is no such functionality to receive instructions where to go in real time. David Poga from New York Times thinks this is because of a small GPS receiver antenna inside IPhone. Joswiak doesn't agree with that. He assumes that GPS module is quite competitive and is just like GPS modules in many other phones. This technical problem will be fixed quite soon, probably by some software from other company.

Firmware 2.0 is just released and we are all waiting for 2.1 :-)

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2008. 15:03

IPhone 3G stress test



How the new IPhone 3G passes stress tests? Put it in your pocket, scratch it with a key, drop it into your soup, wash it with a soap, drop it several times and cross it with a motorcycle. Don't want to do it? PCWorld did that, take a look:

   

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2008. 14:34

1 Million IPhone 3Gs sold



On Sunday, Apple sold its one millionth iPhone 3G, the company announced today. "iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world".

During its first weekend, iPhone and iPod touch customers downloaded more than 10 million applications from the new App Store. The groundbreaking App Store now has more than 800 native applications, including over 200 offered for free and more than 90 percent available for less than $10.

   

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IPhone 3G first look video



Engadget published a video about IPhone 3G. They start with opening the box and continue with launching the applications and using GPS. Take a look:

   

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Monday, July 14th, 2008. 22:04

More IPhone 3G internals photos



Portelligent and Semiconductor Insights published a document describing interals of IPhone 3G. Techonline described the details. (Previous IPhone 3G internals photos can be viewed here)

Commuunications (3G/GSM) are on Infineon chips. One for GSM/GPRS/EDGE, another for WCDMA/HSDPA (3G). GPS module is not SiRF as we all thought. Apple uses PMB 2525 Hammerhead II. The Hammerhead II integrates an assisted-GPS (A-GPS) baseband processor with a low-noise GPS RF front end and multi-path mitigation to avoid large errors in urban environments.


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Free vs paid IPhone applications by category



Pinchmedia recently announced new report regarding IPhone applications (take a look at the previous one here). They counted free and paid applications in each category. Guess what the results are:

News and social networking are disproportionately free, since it's difficult to charge for content that's freely available elsewhere and social networks grow in value with the number of participants. Entertainment and games are disproportionately paid, reflecting a belief that people will pay money to have fun. Since the AppStore's applications are disproportionately entertainment and games (helped along by a lot of $0.99 e-books), the AppStore's applications are predominantly paid. The most common price for an application in the 'games' category is still $9.99, although the second-most common price is $1.99.

   

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Unlocked firmware 2.0 demo



ВумЕуфь published another interesting video - IPhone with firmware version 2.0 unlocked and fully working. Itunes and Cydia Installer is just fine with 2.0.

   

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PwnageTool 2.0 preview video



DevTeam recently published a video of working PwnageTool 2.0 - for unlocking, activating and jailbreaking IPhne fimware, that will work with the new firmware 2.0.

"Many many hours have gone into this and now it should be as easy enough for your grandmother to use. We’ve added lots of new features, including 2.0 support, spotlight file indexing of .ipsws, canned websearches, installer custom configuration, custom root partitions and various other things that you’ll see on the release. Release date is soon although not this weekend. So check out the video, hopefully it will hold you off until we release."

PwnageTool works with 2.0 upgraded 1st gen (!) iPhones if they are activated or not.

   

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iPhone Configuration Utility



iPhone Configuration Utility lets you create configuration profiles for your devices. There are two versions of iPhone Configuration Utility—one is a Mac OS X application and the otheris a web-based version for Mac OS X or Windows. Application-based looks a bit different, has more functionality, but web-based could be used on windows platform.

After installation of Web utility open a web browser and go to: http://localhost:3000. Log in with the user name admin and the password admin. You're all set. Create profiles and distribute them by email or web.

There are several tabs here:


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Saturday, July 12th, 2008. 22:58

Unlocked IPhone 3G. How much?



There were many discussions about unlocked IPhone 3G. The first step is to buy the device without AT&T (or some other operator) subscribtion. There are rumors that without a contract IPhone will cost $600-$800 in the US. George Hotz in his blog says that the best way is to buy contract and cancel it. It will cost $200+$35+175=$410. Which is not bad at all.

As for the unlock software, I believe it will be avaliable quite soon.

   

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IPhone 3G internals



Ifixit recently published an article, describing how they had disassembeled the new IPhone 3G. Quite impressive. Especially taking into account that they bought it in New Zealand (it was 12:00 July 11 there when it was 5:00am July 10 in the US). Here are the internals:

From top left to bottom right: Display glass, LCD, Main board and EMI shield, Antenna and battery, Back panel.

George Hotz published an annotated version of IPhone's motherborad:

More IPhone's internals pictures:


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Friday, July 11th, 2008. 14:09

IPhone application price



The Apple's online store with applications for IPhone is opened. Here are some statistics provided by pinchmedia. They counted 559 applications - 421 of them paid, 138 of them free (7:00 PM EDT). Paid applications ranged in price from $0.99 to $69.99, with the most common price points being $0.99 (85 applications), $9.99 (82 applications), and $4.99 (62 applications). A bar graph of iPhone application price distribution can be viewed in the beginnings of this post. Of course every day there are going to be more and more IPhone applications avaliable in iTunes store.

   

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IPhone applications are in iTunes Store



Here are the news from Apple: "When the iPhone 3G goes on sale tomorrow, more than 500 native applications will be available on the revolutionary new App Store — including more than 125 free applications."

But the applications are already there!! Because in some parts of the world it is already July 11. And what is great, there are many free applications. For example, Remote, AIM, Google Mobile, NYTimes, Myspace Mobile.

Users can download applications directly from new IPhones or through iTunes.

   

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