We all know now that the iPhone 4S is a world phone, but there are no upgrades to speeds for CDMA users, and Apple made it clear that HSPDA+ will for now keep up with LTE speeds in the keynote. There may not be a LTE iPhone until AT&T
sees a significant upgrade to their pop counts for LTE coverage and as we can see AT&T seems poised to milk HSPDA+ for as long as possible. Will this cause a rift between Verizon Wireless and Apple or is there an iPhone 5 in the works despite AT&T's coverage gaps. Users upgrading from a 3GS will get a lot of value especially if they reside on AT&T's network.< !> CDMA iPhone 4 users may wish to just stick with what they have for a few months until we see what the rumor mill can shake loose.
We’ll it’s official. The US Cellular carriers have lied to the entire US population and has gotten away with it. Yesterday Verizon dropped the bomb that their LTE phones will not work with AT&T phones because of frequency differences. So much for buying your phone and then selecting a carrier, a system that the rest of the world seems to enjoy very much.
You can read it about it here.
Todays ruling sent Kodak shares down 16% today when it received an unfavorable ruling from the ITC over a lawsuit that alleged patent infringement from both Apple and RIM. Although two smaller items are being reviewed this is generally a win for both Apple and RIM.
Nick Carlson over at Business Insider has a good post detailing some features that were going to be part of Facebook integration, but instead we are stuck with Twitter. It’s no secret that Facebook competes in some circles that Apple has products in. I doubt it’s enough at this time to cause any issues and Apple should be more interested in the 500 Million+ accounts that Facebook could put more iPhones in front of.
There’s no doubt that the iPhone and other smart phones have put many carriers at the mercy of their users increase in usage. This is the famous problem that has happened again and again with AT&T over the years with users fed up with speeds far beneath what their phones are capable of. IOS 5′s rumored cloud features would magnify this problem and expose more weak areas in carrier’s 3G networks, but their 4G networks should be built to handle the increased workload. A 3G cell tower may have several 1.544Mbps T1 circuits working in tandem to provide what you currently see for speeds. A 4G cell tower should have at minimum a fiber link with up to 1 gigabit worth of bandwidth to measure up to the speeds capable by these devices. There is also of course the issue of backhaul at the carrier switching centers where you can still experience congestion. Carriers might not be thrilled to have a multitude of devices suddenly streaming all the data that’s currently stored on the device and seeing constant uploads of pictures and video from users instead of them doing this over their WiFi or being plugged into iTunes or other sync software. This increase will be especially painful on current 3G networks which will not see upgrades vs 4G networks that can be upgraded easier.
The other interesting thing that IOS 5 cloud features could provide is cheaper iPhones. A 16 gig phone can have a few hundred gigs of cloud storage making the more expensive phones a luxury most can do without and Apple may phase out larger phones to have users opt for a monthly payment for increased storage. Carriers currently hold the ball for the future. In fact making sure people have the fastest access ensures they’re off the air channel as fast as possible allowing spectrum to be re-used for other people. Limiting LTE only serves to clog the limited air interface with people taking longer than they should to download content, even streaming can be done in bursts.
Only Time Will Tell.
It’s funny how you’re told all the benefits of a cloud server and today I get a email alert that my load is above 16, “Great I got Slashdotted I thought” turns out the service I am using that is super reliable decided to have a hard drive failure and the rebuilding process is bottlenecking my IO. In layman’s terms my hard drives which are normally a data highway are now a data straw. Support has told me it should be resolved soon. I’m not happy either, it takes a ton of time to even post something.
The Back to School sale has arrived. Purchase of a qualifying Apple Computer, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro etc will get you a 100 iTunes gift card. Shame it’s not a gift card that could be used towards the purchase of a iPod as some had hoped. You can read up on the terms and conditions here. Also you get the upgrade to OS X Lion free when it’s released so no reason to wait.
Apple released the iPhone 4′s GSM models only today with an option to purchase them at full retail price of $649.00. You can get more info by clicking here.
Update: AT&T will not unlock current iPhone 4′s at this time, and for all the good it does you, the iPhone 4 is not compatible with T-Mobile so other than international travelers this is currently a worthless option for US consumers who are staying stateside. US Travelers who venture into the Caribbean or Mexico could take advantage of cheaper local plans if they wanted to use their phones on a cruise ship or in places such as Jamaica or the Cayman’s.
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The Atlantic has a story detailing the first 10 Apple employees and some fun facts like Steve Jobs getting ID #2 because it would of been too much to give him ID #1
The Woz also chimed in on the rumor he though Apple would Crash and Burn, in which he said that’s… well go read the story.