Apple watch: Don't hack your iPhone, they say
When the iPhone goes on sale in the UK next month, it will cost £269. Several people asked if I'd be buying an iPhone in California, where the delicious exchange rate would have made the 8GB model the equivalent of £200.
One desperate punter at TechCrunch40 had a rather alarming tale of being lured to a house "somewhere in the hills" around San Francisco by someone that offered to hack his virgin iPhone so it could be used outside AT&T, and thusly in the UK.
He sat waiting in this guy's kitchen for 40 minutes, left with only a bottle of water for collateral, and was starting to wonder if he'd been victim to an elaborate mugging ritual when the hacker finally came back with his iPhone, now unlocked.
I think I'd rather wait for a legit one.
Hackers will be foiled by the next software upgrade
Apple, meanwhile, has rather unsurprisingly warned against the dangers of hacking iPhones following the publication of the most elegant iPhone deconstruction yet by the illustrious professors at MIT's Technology Review. Hacked phones may well stop working after the next iPhone software update, which would be particularly galling for anyone who paid top whack for one before the price was cut earlier this month. That, and the warranty would be void.
"This has nothing to do with proactively disabling a phone that is unlocked or hacked," Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president for worldwide product marketing, told the New York Times.
"It's unfortunate that some of these programs have caused damage to the iPhone software, but Apple cannot be responsible" for those consequences."
The Unofficial Apple Weblog estimates that only a few hundred thousand people worldwide have hacked their iPhone: their official unofficial iPhone hackers' statement says: "The removal of the lock, a bug, was a major step forward in the iPhone development. It made the iPhone free and useful to anyone, not only to those in certain countries."
TUAW advises owners of hacked iPhones not to upgrade the software next week and accuses Apple of releasing the update as a favour to AT&T.
Also from the developer underworld, Irvin Owens blogs that Apple really need to invite developers to work on third party applications for the iPhone.
Sources: New York Times and The Unofficial Apple Weblog
Apple's walled garden approach to innovation
The FT explores the pros and cons of Apple's walled garden approach, citing a US law professor who believes that if Apple had really wanted to be revolutionary if would have made the iPhone an open, unlocked device. Choosing AT&T as the exclusive US carrier and O2 in the UK, Apple has violated the principles of network neutrality.
"It is even more remarkable that critics could configure Apple's entrepreneurship as an attack on creativity. They claim that only a device that is optimised for any application and capable of accessing any network is efficient," says the FT, describing Apple's strategy as aiming for competitive superiority.
Did Apple gets its TV product wrong?
Apple fans wasted no time in wading in on a paidContent piece yesterday, which picked out details from a Forbes story and labelled Apple TV "a flop". Apple TV allows users to play content from their computer on their home TVs, but the piece said omitting the ability to record shows, as Tivo does, and restricting content to the iTunes library, has limited its take up.
Cue Macheads piling in and defending their Apple TV sets make great slideshows, is easy to use and greener because it saves on packaging when buying TV content. Others said the box should just add a DVD player, that it lacks Apple's usual "wow" factor and that is Apple hasn't been boasting about its sales figures, they probably aren't very good.
For my part, my Mac screen is about three times the size of my very under-used telly anyway, so it's probably not for me.
Судя о ценах люди когда писали не знали вообще какие цены будут, так как в реальности на O2 телефон будлет стоить 300 или немного меньше но с толстым контрактом от которого не избавишься и в этогах телефон обойдется в перделах £800, а эти писурчики просто по ушам катаются...
Русские наклейки на вашу клавиатуру, только у нас они стоят от £1.40