C-Spire Wireless is getting the iPhone 4S

October 19th, 2011 at 9:49 AM  No Comments

C-Spire Wireless, the largest privately held wireless provider in the United States and until September of this year previously known as Cellular South, has announced that they will begin carrying the iPhone 4S, in CDMA form.

This brings the total count of providers in the US to four, and still leaves T-Mobile out in the waiting to be acquired by AT&T cold.

You can preorder the device on their website but as of yet it is not known when they’ll arrive.

iPhone 4S sales vs everyone else

October 17th, 2011 at 10:31 AM  1 Comment

So, Apple sold four million iPhone 4S devices, worldwide, since Friday. By noon on Friday, Sprint had set a single day sales record, and by 4PM that day, AT&T had doubled it’s previous single day of sales… no doubt set by the previous iPhone.

By comparison:

  • That’s more than double the amount of iPhone 4 devices sold in the same time period last year, according to Apple.
  • It took Samsung 55 days to sell just three million Android-based Galaxy S II devices, and 85 days to top five million, according to Samsung.
  • Microsoft, in the year since launching Windows Phone 7, has sold less than two million handsets, according to two different analysts. Redmond probably won’t confirm that number since the truth is probably equally as insignificant.
I’d look up how many Blackberry phones RIM has sold, but no one cares. They barely have a functioning company/network these days.

A disappointing number, 4 million iPhone 4S sold in three days

October 17th, 2011 at 9:46 AM  No Comments

I’ll just let the horse’s mouth say it:

Apple today announced it has sold over four million of its new iPhone 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14. In addition, more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, in the first five days of its release, and more than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. iPhone 4S is available today in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.

Only four million?

iOS 5 AirPlay Streaming to Apple TV demo

October 13th, 2011 at 8:39 AM  1 Comment

One of the features I was pleased to see baked into iOS 5 is AirPlay Streaming. This allows iPad 2 owners, and starting tomorrow iPhone 4S owners, to mirror the contents of their iOS device on an Apple TV running the latest and greatest firmware.

My understanding is some apps will also have special features to allow more than just mirroring, such as allowing the iPad or iPhone to be a controller and the remote screen to be the display. The combination of the two are going to make these devices an excellent hybrid of console gaming platforms and mobile, all without wires.

OS X 10.7.2 and Lync for Mac 2011, crash on start (how to fix it)

October 12th, 2011 at 6:28 PM  8 Comments

This isn’t exactly “news” but I figured I’d post it here anyway. There are probably only going to be a handful of people this problem and fix applies to, but those people will appreciate this.

My company uses Microsoft Lync for IM, presence, soft phone, etc. Most of the company runs it on Windows, but I had to be different and use a Mac. After installing the Lion update that was rolled out today, 10.7.2, the recently released Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 client would not work, it simply crashed at login. Oddly enough the rather crash happy Office Communicator for Mac worked fine. A quick Bing around the net (thought I’d say Google, eh?) showed that I was not the only person suffering from this problem, and that 10.7.2 beta testers have been complaining about this for the last two weeks. After poking around, I noticed a certificate in my keychain marked as “Unknown” … removing it fixed my Lync issue.

So, go to Keychain Access and search for Unknown, delete it, enjoy Lync again.

Apple sells more than one million iPhone 4S devices in 24 hours

October 10th, 2011 at 8:46 AM  1 Comment

Apple today announced pre-orders of its iPhone 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4.

“We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”


Pretty good for a “disappointing” upgrade. What’s up now, haters?

New ‘banned’ iPhone 4S promo

October 7th, 2011 at 8:48 AM  1 Comment

With another Apple product release comes another ooJLEoo banned Apple promo. These guys always have the best fake Apple device promo videos and this one doesn’t disappoint. For those who follow their regular videos, you will know of course that Rob Mansfield, VP of Cameras is going to love the iPhone 4S. You can just tell by the look on his face.

If you’ve never seen their previous ones check out their YouTube channel.

One more thing… here’s to the crazy ones

October 6th, 2011 at 9:37 AM  1 Comment

I think Steve may have said it better about himself, when speaking of all his colleagues.

Steve Jobs, the real tech virtuoso

October 6th, 2011 at 9:13 AM  3 Comments

One hundred years from now, people will talk about Steve Jobs the same way we do of Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and the Wright brothers. Perhaps, as my friend Chris helped pointed out, he was a mix of Edison and John Lennon. Maybe he was a bit like Walt Disney, or Jim Hensen, a man who was personally tied to the brand he created.

Regardless, he was an an inventor, a visionary, a man full of ideas. He was more than just any businessman, CEO to Apple, he personally held patents for many of the technologies used in their products. He was the perfect mix of creative genius and salesman. In the tech world, Steve Jobs was elevated to near deity-like status, but as cancer proved, he was still just a man.

Every CEO of every company on the planet should pay attention to this right now and ask themselves, “why won’t this happen when I die?” (@jayfanelli)

I tried to sit down and put together my thoughts on his passing last night, but couldn’t. I was too overcome with the emotions pouring out from people across the world on Twitter. I shared some of my own but it was interesting to watch the wake for a man happen in real time from people all across the world. People who loved and hated him all had emotions to share.

Even President Obama had something to say:

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

But I’m not sure those outside of the technology community could really feel the impact the way we all did. My wife didn’t understand last night why I was grieving for a man I’d never met, the founder of a company that now rivals ExxonMobil as the world’s largest. Without meeting him, Steve Jobs had a profound impact on my life. I credit him (and Bill Gates) for sparking my interest in technology… for making me what I am today.

The first computer I ever used was an Apple II when I was in kindergarden. Later, I learned how to do amazing things on some of the first Macintosh systems. I used to skip recess to go down to the elementary school library so that I could learn on devices that he helped create. And while my family can attest to later holding Apple and their products in contempt through much of the mid-90s, while pounding the drum of Microsoft, I later came back to the “distortion field” as Steve brought real innovation back to the industry.

The Apple II, the Macintosh, Pixar (who doesn’t love Toy Story), iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes. Disruptions to the status-quo. Disruptions that are all because of the leadership and creative mind of Steve Jobs. I don’t remember much about what computers were like before the Apple II or the Mac, but I know what movies were like before Pixar. I know what buying music was like before iTunes and the iPod. I know what phones were like before the iPhone, and I love my iPad. I wouldn’t want to go back to a world before the things Steve created, existed. Even if you’re a hardened Android fan, you have to remember what smartphones were like before the iPhone and thank Apple and Steve Jobs for setting a new trend. Even if you’re a Microsoft fanatic, you have to thank him for keeping Bill on his toes for all those years, and forcing each other to continue to innovate.

In my article last week, prior to the announcement of the iPhone 4S, I said this:

I still maintain that Steve Jobs will be present at the announcement, even after his recent retirement as Apple CEO. I think he will be there to hand it off to Tim Cook in some way, or perhaps participate in some FaceTime chat to highlight a new iOS 5 feature. At the very least, his presence will be felt.

There was an empty chair, in the front row of the hall, with a cloth wrapped around it marked Reserved. That was no doubt a chair for Steve, one he wouldn’t be in because of what we all now know. I think Apple knew this was coming soon, and probably played the announcement a bit low-key as to not attempt to overshadow what could have probably happened any day. That said, I have no doubt that Steve wanted to see one last keynote, one last product launch, before he passed on. His presence was felt. His presence will continue to be felt with every future Apple product.

At 56, Steve Jobs did more than most people do in 90 years. He was the original Apple genius, a master showman, and the original tech virtuoso. He will be missed.

Why the iPhone 4S wasn’t really that hard to predict

October 4th, 2011 at 4:41 PM  4 Comments

Listening to people talk, a lot of them seem let down by the iPhone 4S. They have no logical reason to be. Looking at it, the iPhone 4S wasn’t that hard to predict. Let’s think about it for a second. When thinking about Apple product launches, ignore what “analysts” are constantly spinning, trying to manipulate stock prices for short term gain, and realize that Apple is generally pretty predicable.

In my head, you really have two major versions of the iPhone.

  • iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4, iPhone 4S
I group the first three together, because the 3G was basically the same thing internally as the original, except for an upgraded radio allowing 3G. The 3GS had all new guts, but the same shell as the 3G. Therefore, I tend to lump them together into “generation one” devices, even though they were all released a year apart.
Then you look at the iPhone 4. Brand new (fantastic) design, powerful internals and the super clear retina display. Even against brand new Android and Windows Phone devices, the iPhone 4 holds it own. The way I look at it, Apple pretty much locked themselves into one upgrade path.
  1. Cost wise, there are a going to be a lot of physical parts that will be retained between the iPhone 4 (CDMA) and the iPhone 4S. Antenna, radio, front panel, back panel. This means they’re going to make more profit through economy of scale especially by continuing to sell the iPhone 4.
  2. They were obviously going to put the A5 dual core processor into it. It’s in the iPad 2 already, it’s the same path they have chosen with the iPad 1 to iPhone 4. This signals a predictable upgrade path. If the iPad 3 comes out in A6 processor that is a tri or quad-core, then you can almost be assured that it’ll make its way into the iPhone 5 in 2012.
  3. Looking at past performance, they always upgrade the camera. That pretty much goes without saying at this point.
The time was not right for a brand new design. There is no need for it. All these blow hards railing against Apple, Tim Cook, etc, saying that this product will be a failure are not looking at it logically. They’re looking at it emotionally, they want some fancy looking new device to show off. Again, Apple will bring that to you in the future, but the fact that they didn’t do it this time was the right move for them.
Those people who are still on a 3GS, should get a 4S. If you’re still on an original or a 3G, you should have upgraded to the 4, but I forgive you. Don’t bother waiting for the hypothetical 5, and get yourself in the pre-order queue for the 4S. If you have a 4, the choice is yours.
Oh yeah, those of you complaining that the 4S still has a 3.5″ screen, I don’t care. I’ve used devices larger, and they honestly are uncomfortable to me. Even 3.7″ is pushing it. If I want to look at something on a screen any larger than that and I’ll use my iPad.
One thing to note, and another reason I didn’t consider before as to why they’re not making this upgrade a major release, is that Apple will continue to sell the iPhone 3GS fully subsidized. $0. This is really pretty huge. If you’re someone looking at a feature phone, vs an iPhone at 0$ (even if you have to pay for a $15 data plan) it starts to become very attractive. Apple would not have continued to sell the 3GS along with the 4 and a hypothetical all new device. It starts to become to complex and doesn’t allow them to scale based on the current supply chain.
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