Could This Be The Next Great Monopoly?

Could This Be The Next Great Monopoly?

Recently, Apple launched the much anticipated iPhone. The next generation in handheld devices complete with MP3 player, Video/Movie player, Internet access, and Cell Phone. It’s obvious that the way that the launch was handled that right off the bat this new device would be a hit. But at what cost?

Reports of iPhones ranging between five hundred and six hundred dollars per device was not enough to turn away the thousands around the country that stood in line to be one of the first to put their hands on one of these. While most people wait in line for just a few hours, there were several die-hards that waited for a day or two, much like a Hollywood premiere or a once in a lifetime concert.

Once the doors opened, the excitement intensified, but this excitement was short lived by many when they found out that they were required to sign up for a service plan with AT&T. Many opted to get the iPhone anyway, and several attempted to get it to work with their regular cell phone carrier by replacing the sim card from their existing phones. All to find out that AT&T is the ONLY cell carrier that is supported by the iPhone.

If that is not enough, you need to setup through APPLE as well. You will require an iTunes account, whether you want it or not. So far, over one half million iPhones have been sold with about fifty percent of new purchasers opting to switch their service to AT&T. That’s more users for them and less for the others.

A monopoly is defined as a market in which there are many buyers but only one seller; “when you have a monopoly you can ask any price you like. Right now, and for the foreseeable future, it appears that if you want the coolest new device on the market, Apple and AT&T have cornered the market. No other cellular service provider will work with the iPhone and at the present, there are not many other devices even similar. But that won’t last long.

Verizon isn’t sitting back. They are coming after the iPhone. They have a few new PDA smart phones coming out. The LG KE850 looks very similar to the iPhone, and has the touch screen as well; but it won’t have the built in storage. It will however, offer many of the same features that can be found in the iPhone.

Samsung has updated the i730 to the i760 and has changed the layout to a horizontal slider phone, as opposed to the vertical slider. Samsung has another PDA phone coming out this year, the Samsung F700. It will have a similar layout to the iPhone, but feature a horizontal slide out keyboard. It will have its own unique OS. I’m not sure of how functional it will be, but I doubt it will have nearly as much software support as Windows Mobile does.

So, maybe for now, Apple and AT&T might have the monopoly, but it won’t be long before the other providers and cellular device manufacturers release their next latest and greatest. What new additions can they possibly think of? We will just have to stay tuned.

Apple iPod Touch (2)

Apple iPod Touch

The Apple iPod Touch, known as iPod Touch, is a portable media player device which also has wireless internet connectivity, personal digital assistant function and can be used to store and play game apps. The iPod Touch is best known for its multi-touch screen capabilities which were not inherent to the predecessors of the iPod Touch. In addition, the iPod Touch can access the iTunes Store and the App Store through its WiFi features. The first iPod Touch model was introduced on September 2007. The most current model in iPod Touch is the 5th Gen iPod Touch which was released in September 2012.
The iPod Touch runs on iOS the same as the iPhone but users have to pay for the update of their operating systems. Other than the iOS, the iPod Touch is constantly compared to the Apple iPhone mainly because of its similar features and the disabled functions which are not present in the iPod Touch. The older iPod Touch models lack speakers, microphones and cameras, but the more recent ones starting from the iPod Touch 4th gen runs on a 5-megapixel iSight camera. The cellular phone features of the iPhone and the phone apps are also absent in the iPod Touch.
iPod Touch is compatible with the latter versions of the iTunes starting from iTunes 10. The iPod Touch can be connected to a Mac OS 10.5 or higher or to a PC with an operating system of Windows XP Home or higher through the use of a USB port. The iPod Touch runs on a lithium-ion battery and provides a running time of around 40 hours for audio playbacks.
Positives
• Apple iPod Touch runs on Apple’s iOS and is considered to be the most affordable device with this specification.
• Newer models of the iPod Touch are equipped with microphone, speakers, and camera/ camcording capabilities.
• Lighter than the iPhone.
• Hardware specifications are similar to iPhone.
• Features a multi-touch IPS capability which is the first among all lines of iPod products.
• Wireless connectivity allows access to iTunes Store and Apple’s App Store.
• Latest models of the iPod Touch are equipped with advanced features which allow access to third party applications
• iPod Touch maintains the high quality of audio and video.
• The iPod Touch is a great gaming console because of its wide screen display and multi touch features.
• Newer iPod Touch models are equipped with more attractive physical qualities, such as its vibrant colors and thinness of the newest models.
Negatives
• Battery life slows down fast when WiFi is used.
• Older models don’t have speakers, microphone and camera functions.
• Older models have low storage capacity.
• Photo and camcording qualities still can’t match the iPhone.
Conclusion
The iPod Touch is still a relevant portable media device even when the iPhone and the iPad are constantly prevailing in the Apple market. Fans of the iPod Touch will undeniably appreciate the newest model from the line. The great thing about the iPod Touch is that it has the relevant features which are also found from the iPhone, except for the cellular phone functions. The newer models are also thinner and more mobile but didn’t sacrifice the quality of the battery life.

Weather Resistant iPhone Cases

Weather Resistant iPhone Cases

One of the most requested accessories for the iPhone is the weather proof case. The importance of having an iPhone case that is weather proofed is extremely high, mainly because the iPhone does not have extreme amounts of protection. While it is an amazing phone with incredible capabilities, it is quite vulnerable to the elements. Thus, if you are stuck in a rain storm, you may find that your iPhone is not completely safe by simply resting in your pocket.

If you live in a city that gets decent amount of rain, or if you simply want to protect your iPhone from the outside world, than you will want to purchase an iPhone weather-proofed case. But what are the best cases for this type of protection?

If you have searched the marketplace for weather resistant iPhone cases, than you have probably noticed that many of them are bulky and, quite frankly, unattractive, while this may be true for many weather resistant iPhone cases, it isn’t the truth for all of them. There is one case that is stunning, both in its appearance and also in its ability to protect your iPhone from the harshness of Mother Earth. This iPhone case is the OtterBox Defender Series, which is a smart and rugged case that will add a certain style to your iPhone. This case still allows you to have full interaction with every feature of your iPhone, including pictures, all while giving you true water-resistant technology.

It doesn’t matter what type of iPhone that you currently have, whether it be the 4GB model or the 8GB model, they will both fit in this iPhone case. One of the coolest features about this iPhone case is the fact that it allows you to have full interaction with the iPhone screen, while still protecting it. This is made possible by a unique membrane that has been patented due to its unique ability to give you such accurate interactivity, while still giving you weather resistant protection.

Actually, you are getting three complete layers of protection within this case, which is much more than many other “weather resistant” cases. Another feature that makes this iPhone case so unique is the fact that it is completely wrapped in silicone, which has two great purposes.

The first purpose is to allow you to have a seamless grip on your iPhone, so you will be less likely to drop it while walking throughout your day. And the second reason the silicone is such a great feature is because it will protect your iPhone if you do accidently drop it. Normally if you drop your phone, you are scared to even look at it because you don’t know if the screen is cracked, or if it is completely broke. However, because of the silicone you will have superior protection against accidental damage.

It should be noted though that the silence switch is not available to use when your iPhone is in this case. So, if you must silence your iPhone, it is suggested that you do so before you put it into the weather-proof case.

Breaking the Bounds of Boredom with iPhone

Breaking the Bounds of Boredom with iPhone

How many times have you been traveling somewhere and
there is nothing to do but watch the scenery go by?
You have listened to your music over and over again,
you have read your books, and you just want to watch a
movie.

But when you are traveling in a car, it’s impossible.
But that isn’t true anymore. If you have the Apple
iPhone, you can take your movies and television shows
with you wherever you go.

The Apple iPhone has a generous 3.5-inch screen and it
lets you enjoy anything that you have rented or
purchased from the iTunes store right there on your
iPhone, wherever you are.

The iPhone controls work very much like a DVD player
remote – you can use them to play, pause, or even view
certain chapters.

It’s also easy to adjust the volume on your iPhone so
that you don’t disturb the people around you.

It’s hard to believe that Apple has packed so many
features into one small device, but the company also
knows what people are looking for in their cell
phones.

They want to have plenty of options and they want
their cell phone to give them a lot of technology
right there at their fingertips.

The iPhone not only is a great phone and camera, but
it’s also a wonderful way to get rid of boredom. With
the big selection of movies and television shows on
iTunes, you will be able to find something that you
want to watch no matter what your tastes are.

The Apple iPhone – Offering Simplicity in Technology

The Apple iPhone – Offering Simplicity in Technology

One of the biggest things that people want they
purchase a cell phone is simplicity. They want to be
able to make their calls quickly and easily, without
having to worry about finding the number that they are
searching for. Apple knows what customers want, and
they have created the Apple iPhone with this in mind.

The Apple iPhone takes all of the guesswork out of
making a phone call. With just one finger you can make
a call to any of the people on your list, either by
selecting their name or their telephone number. Do you
need to make a conference call? It’s very easy to
merge two calls that you are on so that everyone can
talk at the same time. Nothing could be easier!

For those people who enjoy being more organized,
creating lists of frequently called numbers are also
very easy to do. No matter what your age or your
status in life, you are going to love the simplicity
and the handy setup of the iPhone. It makes organizing
your contacts easy and completely free of hassles.

Whether you are someone who has had a cell phone
before or you are a first time user, you will find
that the iPhone is everything that you could want and
more. Take a look for yourself and see what the iPhone
can do for you to make your cell phone calling
experience a bit easier. Once you see that the iPhone
is easy to use, you will be convinced.

Various Ways To Use Twitter On Your iPhone

Various Ways To Use Twitter On Your iPhone

Perhaps one of the main reasons so many people buy the iPhone is for the fact that it allows you to stay connected to the world in so many dynamic ways. Instead of simply using the phone to connect with your friends, you can do so through text messaging and even e-mail. However, one of the best ways to keep your online life moving, even when you’re on the move, is by using social networking sites.

Many of the popular social networking sites allow you to access their site through your cell phone, however, the quality of service that you will get through your cell phone isn’t always desirable. One of the best social networking sites that you can control when you are on the move is Twitter.

Twitter is based off of a basic concept to keep friends and family connected, without having to use extensive steps to communicate with them. When you own an iPhone, there are several tips that you can follow to keep your use of Twitter as seamless as possible. Perhaps one of the easiest ways to stay connected with Twitter through your iPhone is through your SMS system, or through text messaging. This is a very convenient way to keep updates about what you’re doing to all of your friends and family, and all it takes is typing a short message through your SMS screen and sending it to a specific number. It is very easy to set this up on your iPhone, all you have to do is make sure you verify your phone number on Twitter’s website, and then you can start sending updates to the people who matter, no matter where you are.

Another great way to keep your Twitter site updated is through visiting their mobile website. When you have an iPhone, you are probably going to be on the Internet more than you could possibly imagine. Whether you are in a waiting room, sitting in class or on a bus, you will be checking your e-mail and other popular sites. Of course, if you have a Twitter account, than you will want to update your status while killing time.

You can do this in a special website that was specifically designed to be used on your cell phone. You will be able to update your account, view your friends account and do everything else that you normally would, but now, it’s on your cell phone.

In today’s world it seems that we are busier than ever before, thus making the need to stay connected to those you care about extremely important. One way to keep in touch with your friends and family is through having a great cell phone, such as the iPhone. However, also being apart of an online social networking community, like Twitter, you will be able to keep your friends and family in-the-know, without having to worry about spending unnecessary amounts of time on the phone.

The greatest aspect of the iPhone is the fact that it streamlines all forms of communication, whether it be through text messaging or with checking your e-mail, the iPhone will take any hassle out of communicating with the world around you.

Apple iPhone and AT&T

Apple iPhone and AT&T

The Apple iPhone and AT&T, is exclusivity a good thing? The answer to the question depends on what side of the market you fall. If you are a consumer, exclusive agreements are rarely a good thing. On the other hand, if you are a retailer or provider of services, exclusive contracts can help increase profitability and market share. Here is a discussion of both sides of this coin.

Apple entered into an agreement with AT&T so that AT&T is the official and exclusive provider of cell phone service for Apple’s highly coveted iPhone. If you happen to be Apple or AT&T this is a great thing. Apple makes money off of the sale of every iPhone and it collects royalties from AT&T for every cell phone contract sold to an iPhone user. Not a bad deal for Apple. AT&T profits because in theory every Apple iPhone sold will have to activate an AT&T cell phone agreement. Nice piece of the cell phone service pie for AT&T. As far as these two companies go, there is a lot of money to be made from this agreement. Furthermore, it saves Apple the hassle of having to make different phones or different SIM cards for all of the major cell phone service providers. From the perspective of Apple and AT&T this is a great arrangement. However, this agreement of the Apple iPhone and AT&T has opened up the door to a massive hacking movement. I am not sure that this is such a bad thing for Apple, although they claim different. Owning and using an unlocked phone is a status symbol in itself. A way of “sticking it” to corporate America. Apple may just be selling more phones because of this. It is free and effective advertising resulting in sales for Apple. I’m sure AT&T does not appreciate the hacking, as they have nothing to gain from it. This is the corporate end of the Apple iPhone and AT&T equation.

What does the exclusive agreement with the Apple iPhone and AT&T mean to the consumer? It means that there is a limited way of acquiring this phone. If you already have a relationship with a cell phone service provider other than AT&T and do not wish to change, then owning an iPhone is going to be difficult. What if you love the iPhone’s music and content features but do not want to use it as a cell phone. The Apple iPod does not offer internet access. One of the main selling points of the iPhone is internet abilities and music functionality. If you love MP3’s, videos, TV shows, and movies then the iPhone is a dream come true. However as soon as you go to open up your iTunes account and plug your phone into your computer you will be asked to sign up for AT&T’s cell phone service with your credit card. If you do not pass their credit check or if you do not want to use AT&T this limits you and actually excludes you from using the iPhone. In this scenario the Apple iPhone and AT&T agreement is bad for consumers because it limits free and open competition in the marketplace. AT&T has no incentive to offer any deals on cell phone service to iPhone customers.

However, no one likes to be excluded not even once. Stating you have an exclusive agreement is an open invitation to every hacker on earth to prove your agreement is not exclusive and they will find a work around. This is exactly what has happened and in this case the consumer may have a partial victory. There are free unlocks available for your iPhone on YouTube for versions of their firmware up to 1.1.3. There are software programs available for under $100 that will unlock your iPhone in seconds, with just a few clicks. An unlocked phone will work with T-Mobile and AT&T in the US or on any other standard GSM cell phone network. All you will need ids the correct SIM card. In addition, with the unlocks available, you do not have to use the cell phone service at all. You will still be able to download content to your phone either via your computer or via WiFi. Furthermore, you can get Skype VOIP service for your iPhone and get around the whole cell phone issue entirely. This is how the Apple iPhone and AT&T agreement has ended up. It looks like in the long run AT&T could be the loser.

Iphone Accessories For You

Iphone Accessories For You

iPhone Extras for every desire and necessity!

The iphone is one of the most important technology innovations in recent years. It’s an even bigger technological achievement than the conventional phone, which revolutionized communication by letting users communicate with people and businesses all over the world. The iphone’s most outstanding feature is that it lets users communicate with anyone anywhere in the world with no delays. The iphone goes beyond the abilities of the conventional phone with almost no limitations on communication, accomplishing things that no other method of communication in history could.

The only condition that can affect your ability in using your iphone completely is not imposed by some government or regulatory agency. The only condition necessary for its use is that the battery must be charged when you need it. Everyone can agree that all electronics, no matter the type, don’t work very well with dead batteries. To avoid this frustration, it is in your best interest to invest in a couple of the iphone extras that will ensure your phone remains ready for use. The extras that would be most beneficial and helpful include, a home charger adapter to keep the battery charged and in working order, as well as a carriage to protect your investment, this may prove to be an essential investment. A car charger should be the addition in line on a list essential of iphone extras.

A large number of more optional different iphone accessories can be found in the marketplace. It is highly likely that number will grow, much as happened with the commercially successful sister-product, the iPod. Currently available items include protective coverings of varying thicknesses, wearable bands to attach an iPhone to your arm, belt-attachments, automobile mounting units, bluetooth devices, connection cables, and a plethora of others. No matter who you are or what you enjoy, you will find an “extra” you like for your iPhone.

iphone accessories are easy to get at Apple Stores and just about any electronics store. It’s even possible to find them on ebay. Whatever you want to personalize your iphone, there’s never been a better time to do it.

How Does a Touch Screen Work: iPhone Solution by Apple

How Does a Touch Screen Work: iPhone Solution by Apple

At the moment the company produces the Smartphone iPhone and multimedia player iPod Touch with multi-sensor displays. Their capabilities and the capabilities of notebooks Macbook Air with the analogical touchpad Apple in the document are called referring to the “major.”

The additional functions are much wider and enable the users to, for instance, cancel the last action or teach the sensor to identify certain touches as the Tab button. For certain operations you can use up to 3 fingers – thumb, forefinger and middle fingers.

Another novelty is the ability of the system to identify the side part of the little finger. Owing to the fact that the imprint of this part of the finger is completely different to the imprints of other fingers, the user will be able to change the volume of screen brightness in a few moments.

Some time before, 5 Apple engineers patented a technology enabling to define to which application user’s touches refer to with the help of a touchpad. This helps to control a number of applications simultaneously.
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A few more words about Apple’s software development, from now on the group of developers Tiny Code works for Apple Inc.

Their web-page features an announcement of the following content:

Tiny Code no longer produces fixes or applications for firmware 1.1.3. We can’t say much, but we are working with Apple and with their SDK for the next firmware release and SDK applications and we shouldn’t be missed for long. We will no longer update our Installer. app repo for legality reasons and you should see us soon on iTunes.

Who’s next? Zibri? Geo? Netkas?

Update: Comments from the Tiny-Code developer:

Yes, Tiny-Code.com was ordered to be removed from operation by Apple, Inc because by releasing firmware versions and stating I had possession of the firmware and SDK was apparently a violation of the Non-Disclosure Agreement I agreed to when I accepted a copy of the SDK and firmware.

Features Of Iphone Bluetooth Headset

Features Of Iphone Bluetooth Headset

The recently release Apple iPhone has quickly become one of the most desired cellular phones on the market today. With its upgraded technology, the Apple iPhone requires upgraded accessories as well. One of the most popular accessories for the phone is the iPhone Bluetooth headset which allows users to make and receive calls on their iPhone hands-free without any wires to get in the way. This makes the iPhone Bluetooth headset very desirable to many individuals that have purchased the iPhone.

The design of the iPhone Bluetooth headset is simple and compact, adding to its appeal for the general public. The design is simply a black bar that is about 2 inches long with an earpiece in one end and a microphone in the other end close to the mouth. It features a lightweight earpiece that can easily fit in either the left or right ear and stay securely for extended periods of time. It is operated by a single button that allows users to quickly and simply make and receive calls without fumbling with the phone or finding the numbers to dial. The simplicity of the iPhone Bluetooth headset is what makes many individuals eager to purchase it.

The iPhone Bluetooth headset can allow up to 5 hours of talk time before needed to be recharged and can typically recharge to full power within 1 ½ hours. The iPhone Bluetooth headset comes bundled with a docking station that is used to recharge the headset when needed. The docking station is a dual one that can accompany both the iPhone and the iPhone Bluetooth headset that allows both items to fully charge at the same time. This feature is a lifesaver for individuals that travel, as there is only one item to remember to bring to charge the phone and headset, instead of multiple wires and docking stations.

The iPhone Bluetooth headset has a range of 33 feet, allowing the iPhone to be placed on a desk or central location in the home while freeing the user to move around without having the phone on their person. The call clarity of the headset is crystal clear and many individuals cannot tell whether the individual that they have called are using the headset or the phone to speak to them. Having an iPhone Bluetooth headset makes the experience of having an iPhone even better and easier to use.