New iMacs Coming in August?, probably the most accurate and informed of the Macintosh rumor sites, is reporting that the new metal iMacs are tracking for release in August, in time for the school buying season.  This makes a lot of sense in that a huge buying group for these machines are back-to-schoolers.

They mention two inch thickness and metal encasing which has been reported throughout the Macintosh rumor world…but this is the first we’ve heard about a release date.

Now I wonder if there is any news about the new square ipods we are hearing so much about….

O2 and Vodafone Could BOTH Get the iPhone

o2 The big news in the press this week is that Vodafone and then O2 are going to be the UK carriers of the iPhone. The prevailing tone is that it has to be one OR the other. However, where in the rules does it say that Apple can only pick one carrier for the UK?  Or Europe in general.

Apple chose AT&T only for the US but by all accounts had visited with Verizon and other carriers.  Perhaps only AT&T would give them the deal they desired.  Or maybe they made it so sweet that the other carriers decided to back out.  Who knows?

The only thing that is certain is that EDGE is much less prevelant in Europe and it is likely that the iPhone released for Europe will have HSDPA/UTMS support.

So why is everyone saying it must be Vodafone OR O2 when it could be  Vodafone AND O2?

iPhone 1.0 3G to be released November 1st according to Washington Post

The Washington Post is reporting that TMobile will carry the iPhone in Germany on November 1st. This is big news for a couple of reasons.

It means that Apple is probably going with the “National Carriers”  AT&T in the US (used to be a monopoly), Tmobile is Deutsche Telekom – the former government telecom.  So from this we can likely assume that Vodafone (or more likely O2) in the UK and Orange in France will also be exclusive iPhone carriers

The European release will be a 3G iPhone.  Why?  There is no EDGE in Europe.  Apple can’t release a slower phone in Europe that only does GPRS than the current model.  This also means that Apple will probably release a 3G iPhone in the US rather than have a “better” version floating around Europe.  

By then, the iPhone could also include GPS, better camera(s) and other hardware goodies.  The iPhone software suite will probably be rounded out at that point with iChat client (VOIP?), VLC client, simple image editing, etc.

This will be the true iPhone 1.0.  Though the current version isn’t so bad.

NYC Apple Store Line FrontRunner

All we could get out of the first guy in line Greg Packer (frankly he’s a bit loopy and I am not sure if a guy who is accepting Metrocards as donations can afford the iPhone) was his favorite website. What’s that you say? You can’t understand him? Well, staying in line during 94 degree days and enduring a constant barrage of questions can leave you a bit dizzy.

Not too dizzy to say “9to5Mac!” EDIT – Some people have questioned if he said “I am not the fartman” which is also correct, if slightly less true.

Apple Minion's Reviews of iPhone are Out (of touch)

Not surprisingly, the big four non-Apple civilians who had been given iPhones to play with (and had signed their life away in NDAs) finally showed their cards ahead of the rest of the media yesterday. Also, not a surprise to anyone, they loved it almost unconditionally.  How does the public let Apple get away with this round robin “give us good reviews and you get our newest product early, bad reviews and we give our new products to your competitors” game?  Freedom of the press and Democracy Inaction” as the Daily Show would say…so here they are, your unbiased reviews:

They really all just wrote the same review – what is on Apple’s PR website plus:

  • Pros: It’s a game changer device. Interface, hardware amazing, etc. – which, give credit to Apple: it is revolutionary.

  • Cons: Keyboard takes time to adjust to and has no tactile feedback (duh), EDGE is slow (double duh), no iChat and 200 SMS messages/month (this should be the headline) – but why?  Haven’t any of you heard of Meebo!?  Ever thought to review that?

What is most frustrating about these reviews is the lack of any coverage of the most “Game-Changing” part of the phone. The “Lock-in“.

Why would Apple want to lock you into one particular phone company?  What’s the advantage?  Besides the need to create a CDMA version of the iPhone, not much.  Visual voicemail on T-Mobile?  I am sure it’s not that hard, especially the second time around.   The iTunes registration?  Not much there either.

Why not sell it direct like Nokia is doing with their very capable N95 phone in the US?  More customer base, more options, equals more sales – right?  Why would Apple choose to follow the super lock-in model that T-Mobile has built around the Sidekick – (which relies on 3rd party Danger server but despite the lock-in has had considerable success?)  Maybe, like me, Steve Jobs is super-pissed that he can’t take his Sidekick 3 overseas and use another carrier – even if just for phone and SMSing.   Probably not…in fact, if the Apple people knew this frustration and hate, they would not voluntarily, and without any benefit, lock in their customers to one carrier.

Apple isn’t such a control freak that it would give up customer experience, sales and exposure – all for control..

…well maybe it is.

Because Apple has to be taking some of the monthly customer payment cut.  There is no other logical explanation for why Apple would choose to lock itself in with AT&T.  Now how much?  Probably not a lot.  Maybe $5-10/month.  Maybe a bit more on the SMS plans – otherwise why only 200 SMS messages and no iChat?  But multiply that little amount times 10 million customers and 24 months and you’ve got a pretty healthy chunk of change – not many companies would scoff at a quarter of a billion dollars or more.  Apple has had a taste of the economics of scale from the iTunes store, which besides Apple’s stated best intentions to only make money on iPods, is turning a healthy profit.  Go MBA’s!

For instance if Apple makes 1 cent on each of the 10 billion itunes songs sold through iTunes, that is $100 million.  If they make 10 cents, that is a billion dollars.  Economics of scale are nice when you have a large marketshare, aren’t they Apple?

It is also the reason Apple is having a very difficult time finding a partner in Europe.  They say “Arrogance” is the reason why no one wants to deal with Apple.  This is business…5-10

Reasons and Excuses for iPhone?

Seth godin A posting from Seth Godin’s website…big, simple, true…

..can be applied to many things but made me think of Gartner’s and many IT Director’s thoughts on iPhone – that it is bad for business

Most organizations need a good reason to do something new. 
All they need is a flimsy excuse to not do something for the first time. 
And they often need a lawsuit to stop doing something they’re used to.

Google Apps Now Imports Old Email Through IMAP

As more and more people migrate to Google Apps from Lotus/Exchange/etc, the more important migration tools become. The biggest so far was released by Google this week, one which will pull your users email into their Google Apps email through IMAP.  This should work with Microsoft Exchange (so long as IMAP service is enabled on the server – and which can be enabled at migration time if it isn’t already) and Lotus Notes – through the IMAP connector.  99% of the other mail servers on the planet use IMAP save for a few old POP3 servers still in circulation so this might be a great time to migrate your users if you were on the fence before about Google Apps.

Google apps migrate

From Google’s Help Page:

Google Apps email migration enables domain administrators to transfer
the existing contents of users