Sprint, the third-largest cell phone carrier, has been struggling financially for several years, and its new iPhone 4S is expected to be a boon to its bottom line. And to enhance the appeal of its iPhone offering, Sprint has continued its policy of unlimited data — watch all the movies you want on your iPhone. That's good for attracting customers, but not so good at conserving network bandwidth. Now there are reports that some Sprint iPhone 4S users are experiencing pokey data speeds.
"4G", "LTE" — what does it all mean? In short, speed. Phone carriers are working hard to implement fourth-generation (4G) networks so that you can have a very speedy Internet connection. How fast? If you live in Texas and have a 4G phone, according to DailyTech, you could see speeds as fast as 42Mbps, with an average of 24Mbps. That's much faster than many home DSL or cable connections. These speeds are available on LTE (long-term evolution) networks, which are now state-of-the-art and are being rolled out across the country. But...
Rumors that Apple will be building an actual TV set, not just a settop box, have been building for months. And not only does the new Steve Jobs biography suggest that such a device may be in the works, but also an article on AppleInsider says that Apple may already be building prototypes. It was reported earlier that Apple had invested in manufacturing facilities in Asia in order to secure a supply of displays up to 50 inches.
TechCrunch has an interesting article ruminating on the projects that Steve Jobs was working on at the time of his passing. There were reports that he was still making phone calls the day before he died to talk with execs about details of forthcoming products. TechCrunch highlights the passage in the Steve Jobs biography, which came out today, in which he talks about Apple TV — and whether this may be his final "one more thing." In the book, Isaacson writes that Jobs wanted to make TV sets elegant and easy-to-use.
A biography of Steve Jobs that had been in the works for a number of years and coincidentally scheduled to be published this fall will be available in bookstores on Monday. Titled Steve Jobs and authored by Walter Isaacson, a respected biographer, the book is based on over 40 interviews with Jobs. Not only is this an authorized biography, but Jobs apparently opened up to Isaacson and revealed much about his life that he hadn't previously disclosed. Jobs told Isaacson that one of his motives for doing so was to let his children know him better.
The iPhone 4S juggernaut continues. Not only did Apple sell a record 4 million iPHones the first weekend, but also AT&T announced today that they've had over 1 million iPhone 4S activations since last Friday — their most successful launch ever.
If you're one of the lucky ones getting a new iPhone 4S, AppleInsider has posted a setup guide. The article walks you through the setup process, including screen shots. The process is different from how it worked in the past because with iOS 5 you no longer need to connect to your desktop computer and have the iTunes software installed. The article begins with an unboxing, then shows the steps of setup, and then walks you through the iCloud options.
iOS 5 has a lot of cool features, and TidBITS has a great article walking you through some of the useful features that you may have missed. Some are for both the iPhone and iPad, while others are just for one device or the other. Regarding features common to both devices, the TidBITS article covers the new Shortcuts feature, the ability to sync wirelessly without being plugged into a power outlet, using Airplay to mirror the screen of your device on an HDTV, and an explanation of how to change the order of apps in Notification Center.
Apple issued a press release today saying that over 4 million iPhone 4S units were sold over the weekend. According to Computerworld, this beats analysts predictions of 3 million units, and dwarfs the 1.7 million sold the first weekend for the iPhone 4. It's amazing how consumers have responded. You wouldn't think that there would have been that much pent-up demand.