Some people prefer prepaid mobile phone plans, which don't require a contract and often cost less, especially for those who don't use their phone a lot. Another advantage is that you're not locked into a contract. There have been rumors of prepaid plans for the iPhone. And Verizon and AT&T have just announced new prepaid plans, with some speculating that this is in preparation for a prepaid iPhone coming out in October.
CNET has posted a summary of comments today from an analyst who has estimated the arrival of the next iPhone based on the timing imminent release of the final version of the iOS 5 software. He's saying that the units won't likely be available the second week of October. He's also among those suggesting that the form factor won't change.
Rumors still point to an October 7 launch, and one rumor is suggesting that the new iPhone 5 may have essentially the same memory configurations and form factor, including glass on the back, as the iPhone 4. Read more on CNET. A fascinating report on AopleInsider says that Apple will be building 30 million of the phones yet this year.
News reports today say that Apple has changed the estimated shipping time for iPhone purchasers, an indication that they're letting current supplies be depleted in preparation for a new iPhone in the coming weeks. And news reports say that Sprint will begin offering the iPhone. Yesterday CNET gave details on Sprint's preparations for the iPhone, including installing network repeaters in Apple stores so that customers will get a strong signal when they try out Sprint's iPhone.
Tomorrow is "Dress up like Steve Jobs day." The idea for this Facebook event came from iPhone Life staff, who announced it last week. You are invited to dress up like Steve to honor his extraodinary contribution to the world. And you can post your photo on the Facebook event page. We'll be publishing the best photos.
We're rapidly seeing the migration of magazines, newspapers, and books to portable media, with many top publications now available on iOS devices. And excellent new ones such as The Daily becoming available. Apple will foster this trend with its new Newsstand app that will come with iOS 5. Announced in June, the app will offer an iBooks-like bookshelf interface for collecting together your publications and subscriptions. As new issues come out, they will automatically be added to your bookshelf.
Recently leaked screenshots of Apple's internal newsletter, the Daily Download, show that Apple employees have begun receiving training in iOS 5 and iCloud. The text says that the training will be taking place “over the coming weeks,” suggesting again that the launch will be in October. Read more on 9To5Mac.
It has been rumored for some time that the next iPhone, expected in October, will have an 8-megapixel camer. AppleInsider reported today the latest evidence for this: information regarding the two manufacturers that will be providing the lens.
When Apple announced iOS 5 in June, they said that one feature would be deep integration with Twitter. Basically, the idea is that you will be able to post just about anything from your device to Twitter with a tap. One barrier to this deep integration was that Twitter was reluctant to have other apps supercede it's own. That has changed. The buzz yesterday was a note from Twitter head Jack Dorsey to deveopers encouraging them to work with Twitter to make this deep integration happen.
News reports early Tuesday, such as this one on TechCrunch, were excitedly saying that the iTunes feature of the forthcoming iCloud will offer music streaming. This is, of course, already available from services such as Amazon Cloud Drive and Music Beta by Google. The advantage is that your music resides on their servers rather than filling up the memory of your device. When iCloud was announced, it was download-only, no streaming.