Apple announced this week that on March 17 it will offer a special preview of iPhone operating system 3.0 and the company's new iPhone software development kit (SDK), both of which will be released in coming months. Apple has sent out invitations to news outlets to attend the exclusive event.
Last year, Apple held a similar event to announce the arrival of its iPhone OS 2.0 software and how it was opening its SDK up to more developers. The top news last year was that Microsoft Exchange through licensing the Microsoft ActiveSync protocol was coming to the iPhone. This year, anticipations are high that Apple will drop some more big news.
Apple blog site Apple Insider has published a "wish list" for the 3.0 version OS, though it’s pure hopeful speculation.
Apple is on a roll, growing its smart phone OS market share 111 percent from Q4 2007 to Q4 2008, according to market research firm Gartner. The iPhone still trails Symbian and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion in total shipments, but continues to show some of the strongest sales figures for a single piece of phone hardware.
With its App store, Apple either launched or predicted early -- depending on your perspective -- a major market trend. Google, Microsoft, and Nokia all have announced app stores for their smart phone offerings.
Thus far, Apple has announced no plans of updates to the iPhone hardware. Apple has been debuting hardware at its usual rapid pace the last couple months. After a lackluster January, which only brought a couple new laptops, Apple announced new desktop computers early this month and last week announced the attractive $79 4 GB iPod Shuffle, which has shrunk and gained Voice Over features.
The latest Apple rumor is that Apple is preparing to enter the netbook market, as it has been reportedly ordering new netbook-sized displays from the Taiwanese manufacturer that makes its iPhone displays. However, such rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, as late last year Apple CEO Steve Jobs stated, "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk."
quote: Replacing the whole phone once in a while, say every two or three years, is not THAT bad.
quote: I don't see much of a problem here compared to replacing a battery or an SD card.
quote: what reason is there against uSDHC expansion?
quote: Newer batteries have better capacity
quote: Higher capacity SD cards let you store more files
quote: the order of magnitude difference in cost?
quote: Too many holes in the case, dirt/dust will get through them. Slick/clean/stylish looks also suffer from all these holes. Price suffers too, since more connections and holes make the device more expensive to produce.
quote: Yeah, because you're getting a new phone with new capabilities, not JUST the new battery. Hence it's going to be more expensive.
quote: We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk.
quote: That gives only two Dell machines that can be purchased for under $500, and they're both over $500 if you upgrade to an OS with capabilities similar to Mac OS X.
quote: starts at $799. Thats a $360 difference.
quote: So you take a better equipped pc that is cheaper and tack on an OS upgrade because you say vista home premium is "insufficient."
quote: go off and start buying parts from crucial/newegg instead of using apple's hardware
quote: real honest there.
quote: GMA X4500HD ... low performance
quote: That's the fastest integrated graphics available today
quote: Not even close
quote: Apple can do no wrong
quote: I don't ever see you backing any of your statements up with hard cold facts.
quote: with laptop components come laptop speeds
quote: it is kind of silly for most people to ever spend more than $500 for a computer
quote: It's also silly to spend more than $20k for a car, eh? :)
quote: Apple is and always will be a niche market
quote: Now that I said that, if any of you idiots out that have a problem how I spend MY money, I'll be glad to provide you why it is non of your f*cken business. Is that clear?
quote: does not mean you are spending your money wisely
quote: Cause if you just talk because you "firmly believe" in it, well, then you're just like any fanatic and nobody should listen to you.
quote: What we do care about is the fact that people spend far more money than they should for a similar product. THAT'S being an idiot
quote: Most people are idiots
quote: as much as it explains the popularity of iPod, iTunes, and iPhone
quote: Apple could put a pile of sh!t in a white box and sell it, and people would buy it, as long as the box was white and looked nice
quote: We don't know how to make a decent $500 computer...
quote: Not much to ask is it Apple?
quote: "Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer