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Diversions
by Tyrone Taborn
publisher@ccgmag.com
iPHONE 3G NOT ALL PLAY AND NO WORK
iPhone lust is not just for the young. Increasingly people iPhone 3G.
of all ages see one of the hottest smart phones in history as a
• Search mail. You can search
versatile device for their jobs, and lives. More than 13.7 million
past messages and read
iPhones were sold in 2008, and Needham & Co. analyst Charles
them in landscape mode.
Wolf projects 16 million more sales this year.
• Flash support. Flash will
In Japan, even President Obama gets into sales. His face allow to access Flash sites
is on an iPhone ad saying, “Yes, we buy.” Fun and games like XM Radio.
are great, but the device’s
Engineers are not left out
killer feature is an operating
of the excitement. Since the
system that makes it both an
software update allows the
innovative business and pro-
interfacing between the iPhone
ductivity tool. The key to the
and hardware, civil engineers
iPhone OS 3.0 software are an
can design applications to
estimated 30,000 download-
turn an iPhone into a GPS unit,
able third party applications
measuring tool and more.
available at the Apple App
store, and about 250 more
Wolf, the Needham & Co.
are added daily. The apps
analyst, notes the iPhone’s
range from the old-school
expanding reach. In 2009, Apple
Battleship game to e-Task,
may start selling the device
an online project manage-
through an exclusive contract with China Unicom in the world’s
ment tool, and airline flight
largest cell phone market, which already has half a million
trackers.
iPhone 3G owners. The handheld is already available in nearly
80 countries, and there are an estimated 30 million iPhone and
New iPhone OS 3.0 software will provide even richer
iPod Touch users worldwide.
applications. Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of
Worldwide Product Marketing, says the 3.0 is “packed with
It is a win-win. Developers set the price for their applica-
incredible new features and innovations for iPhone custom-
tions and retain 70 percent of all sales revenue. Apple sells the
ers and developers alike. It will keep us years ahead of the
apps, after covering all credit card, web hosting and infrastruc-
competition.”
ture costs. The new iPhone OS 3.0 software will be available to
iPhone and iPod touch users this summer. The only downside
Apple announced that another iPhone OS 3.0 feature is
for iPhone owners is deciding which of 30,000 plus applica-
the ability for apps to interface with hardware accessories. One
tions to buy.
example is the Google Maps geopositioning application — it
provides voice dialing and turn-by-turn directions. Another
enables a connection to a blood pressure monitor to capture
and store a patient’s readings, and then forward them to medi-
cal experts. And pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson’s
“Lifescan” application can help diabetics to better manage
their disease.
Other features include:
• Copy, cut and paste. A long-awaited tool.
• Push notification. Alerts you when you have a new mes-
sage from services like Meebo.
• MMS — Multimedia Messaging Service. It allows pic-
ture and audio forwarding, but it is only available on the
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