iPhone 3G brilliant & iPhone iOS 2.0 Software & MobileMe Inspirational!

I’ve just watched Steve Jobs presentation to the WWDC and while I’m really excited about the new iPhone what I’m most looking forward to is the free forthcoming iPhone 2.0 software update and MobileMe (a revamped .mac service) which together will make a big difference to the way I work as an affiliate on a daily basis.

MobileMe is described as the “cloud in the sky” which synchronises data between your all your desktop and mobile devices in near-real time over the air (3G, 2G or WiFi).

This is perfect for affiliate marketeers. For example I’ll be able to read and reply to an email on my iPhone and both my desktop computer and laptop will know I’ve already read and dealt with that email so I won’t have to read it again or mark it as read on my other machines.
I’ll also have access to all my contacts and spreadsheets anywhere and any changes made will be updated on my other devices seamlessly – no more multiple, but different, copies of the same documents on different machines.
I think I’ll be able to do the same with Dreamweaver web pages but putting the pages live will still be a separate task, I look forward to having a play to see what’s possible and what’s practical.

This time around Apple have made a huge effort to get the business world on-board. A whole bunch of Fortune 500 companies were signed up to the beta program and with full support for Microsoft Exchange, Cisco and the ability to open Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents in place demand is going to go through the roof.

Add July 11th 2008 To Your Diary

That’s the day the iPhone 3G goes on sale in Apple and O2 stores across the UK and it looks like they’re NOT going to be available online (as an Apple affiliate that’s REALLY bad news) and can only be activated in-store. I’m not happy about having to queue up and activate in-store but from O2’s POV it makes perfect sense because it will reduce iPhone hacking/unlocking (again this is bad news for O2/CPW affiliates).
At an estimated 12 minutes per customer there’s going to be some long queues outside stores which means lots of media coverage.
I can’t decide whether to play their game or wait and play with the iPhone 2.0 software on my existing iPhone and run the risk of the iPhone 3G going out of stock, especially because at a price point equivalent to $199 they are going to fly off the shelves (although I want the more expensive 16Gb white model), decisions, decisions.

More Apple News

Last July I blogged about how iTunes was the Trojan horse which lets Apple loose on Windows machines and alongside a new Apps Store you’ll also be able to install iPhone apps from iTunes and I’m looking forward to seeing how MyMobile interacts with Apple TV, where you can now rent and buy movies along with popular TV shows. It’s all coming together rather nicely now isn’t it?

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My iPhone Story – MyPhone Story So Far

It’s no secret I’m an “Apple fan boy” and I’ve been waiting to order a proper UK iPhone since playing with one in the Apple Store in Florida over the summer.

The only decision to be made was whether to drive into town on a dark cold winter evening to buy from my local O2 store or buy from Apple online and wait a few days for delivery. No contest!
So on Friday 9th November at 6.02pm and a few seconds I logged on to Apple’s site half expecting the site to be broken but everything worked fine and a few minutes later my iPhone was ordered.
The iPhone arrived, as promised, the following Tuesday and I had my own sad unboxing and picture taking ceremony.

Apple packaging is always gorgeous and I can never bring myself to throw it away so everything ends up in the loft and I’m going to have to buy a bigger house or start a museum eventually!

I lost my previous Sony Ericsson mobile at the Latitude festival in the summer and replaced it with a Nokia N95 switching to the O2 network because I knew O2 had won the exclusive UK iPhone contract. The Nokia N95 is a nice phone, I liked the GPS feature but I couldn’t surf websites reliably on it and the camera combined with my photographic abilities were both disappointing.

As an existing O2 customer (if you want to keep your number and existing contract) activation is different so I’ve put together an O2 step by step activation series of screenshots for anyone who wants to see exactly what happens. It took around 20 minutes from start to activation but I was taking screenshots along the way so that’s a worst case scenario and it was relatively straightforward but dull.

If you’ve ordered an iPhone and you’re waiting for it to arrive read my iPhone setup Guide and when your iPhone arrives you’ll be ready to synchronise and play in minutes.

I’m not going to hack my iPhone for a couple of reasons. First of all since I have an O2 contract so the phone features work(!) and secondly because Apple have agreed to open up development early next year and I can wait a few months for some “official” widgety enhancements.

However I do hugely respect the efforts of the hacking community because I doubt Apple would have released the SDK without being pushed, it’s not in their nature.

By belatedly following the advice in my iPhone setup guide I’ve now got all my contacts, photos, music and bookmarks neatly organised on my iPhone.

I work mostly online so the most important iPhone feature for me is WiFi support and internet browsing. I prefer the Firefox browser but Safari is a capable and reliable alternative and now for the first time ever on a mobile device I can browse my websites and login and make urgent changes from the iPhone – that’s a huge step forwards in Joe World!

I have literally hundreds of passwords which I need access to on a daily basis and I normally use RoboForm on PCs and 1Password on my Macs. They’re both excellent web form fillers and password managers and I recommend everyone gives one or the other program a try – especially if you’re using the same password for all your online services.

I was scratching my head trying to figure out the best way to store all my passwords on the iPhone and was interrupted by the latest 1Password software update which now supports the iPhone – brilliant!

1Password generates a special encrypted Safari bookmark which is synchronised to your iPhone along with your other Safari bookmarks and although it’s not automatic on the iPhone it’s the best available unless you know different?

My friend Antonius has a hacked iPhone (it took him all weekend and the rest of family gave him a wide berth) so we met up to compare notes over a pint in the pub. The hacked interface is amazing with lots of toys to play with and I sincerely hope Apple takes a positive attitude to build a community of iPhone developers so we can all enjoy their efforts.

Time will tell, thanks for reading, if you have any questions fire away, I’ll try to answer them…

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Mac Undercover by Orbicle – Mac Anti-Theft Software

Mac computer users should take a look at Undercover by Orbicle which effectively renders a stolen mac useless to a thief and there’s even a chance it will help you get your Mac back or see what the thief looks like!

Once installed if your mac is ever stolen you visit the Undercover website and enter your unique ID number at which point they start looking for your mac.
As soon the the stolen mac connects to the internet the IP addresses and router address is logged which helps trace the physical location of your mac and, if your mac has an iSight webcam, sends pictures of the thief every few minutes.

If you still don’t get your mac back at least you have the satisfaction of knowing the thief won’t enjoy using your mac for long. After half an hour Undercover simulates an intermittent hardware failure (even if the mac isn’t online). If the thief decides to sell you mac or take it in for repair Undercover will track this and will shout and display a full-screen message alerting the reseller (or someone who bought the Mac from the thief) that the Mac has been stolen and should be returned along with Undercover’s contact information and reward offer.

They seem to have thought of everything and the prices are really cheap:
* Single User license: $49
* Household license: $59
* Site license: $249
* Student license: $39
* Volume educational license: $8/Mac

There’s also iAlertU which is a free alternative to Undercover, it doesn’t include the network tracking but is a more in-your-face deterrent. There’s no reason why you couldn’t use both.

I should mention I have no connection with Undercover by Orbicle apart from being a customer.

iPhone – Apple In My Eyes – CantBarsed.com Blog

I’ve seen an Apple iPhone inspired future and it’s the stuff of science fiction. All the crucial elements are already in play.

iTunes was the Trojan horse which let Apple loose on Windows giving PC users a glimpse of Mac loveliness as they traded up their mp3 players for iPods and got used to doing things Mac style.

Making a success of the iTunes Store was the next crucial move which has made it (almost) painless to pay for our music, it’s certainly a lot less hassle than all that peer-to-peer nonsense – and with music becoming available at higher quality and DRM free there’s no excuse to steal music anymore.

Switching Macs to Intel CPUs has made it easier for programmers to get Windows software running on a Mac which both encouraged long time Mac users to stick with the platform and enticed more people to switch to Macs offering a comfortable transition.

The recently released Apple TV is a stealth device – it also integrates seamlessly with iTunes and iTunes Store on both PCs and Macs. To the casual observer Apple TV appears over-priced and near-useless BUT it’s being flown in under the radar to provide essential mission support as the iPhone establishes a bridgehead.

I firmly believe the iPhone will do to the mobile phone market what the iPod did to the mp3 player market and history is going to repeat itself – people are going to start trading up their standalone iPods, mp3 players, mobile phones and PDAs to the iPhone. We’ll hear the same old bravado from other manufacturers about how they’re not worried while they frantically scramble to produce iPhone clones but they’ve missed the big picture and there’s no way back for them now.

In less than two years all we will need is a TV (‘cos they’re big and fun to watch together), a computer or games platform (to work and play games) and an iPhone (because they’re Star Trek-like, damn sexy and portable). The stealth role for Apple TV reveals itself as the infrastructure to wirelessly manage everything on your iPhone, computer and TV screen using iTunes and Safari.

The next battle for Apple isn’t with Microsoft or other device manufacturers but with Sky Digital and terrestrial digital TV for control of our eyeballs. Movies and TV shows are already available via the US iTunes Store and these can be streamed wirelessly over the Internet to your iPhone, computer or TV screen. The only question is when Apple TV is renamed Skynet – finally the big picture is clear for all to see.