iPhones sold out everywhere except four stores in the US!

Wow…If you wanted to wait out the lines and pick up an iPhone this week, we have some bad news for you.  It probably ain’t going to happen.  Of all of Apple’s US stores only four still have iPhones left...and each one of these only has one model.  If you are looking to pick up the 8Gb iPhone you might want to get your plane ticket not because the only store selling them is  the Honolulu, Kahala store in Hawaii. 

Not to worry though, if you want a 16Gb black one.  Just head to Pleasonton, California….

Oh and if you are looking for a white iPhone, just queue up at the Apple Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York.

Woops – New Hampshire has a few left as well.

Otherwise, you are SOL.

Thanks DFB

Pwnage tool 2.0 is live

It is finally here.  In the words of the iPhone Dev team:

Thanks for waiting :)

Here you go. [appears to be down for now, we took link down until we can revive the poor wounded server]

We’ll be releasing a more official announcement soon, but we wanted to get the tool out there. We sincerely hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed making it :)

Update 1: Just to clear up some confusion over what this actually does: yes, it jailbreaks and unlocks older iPhones, and jailbreaks iPhone 3Gs and iPod Touches. We only support the 2.0 firmwares.

Update 2: It looks like there aren’t enough TCP ports on that server, so _BigBoss_ has generously offered to mirror it.

Update 3: If you get Error 1600 from iTunes (or if you see in your log a failure to prepare x12220000_4_Recovery.ipsw), try: mkdir ~/Library/iTunes/”Device Support” ;  if that directory already exists, remove any files in it.  Then re-run PwnageTool.  

Update 4: Here’s another mirror.

Update 5: If DFU restores are giving you trouble, another route to pwned 2.0 for 1G owners is to use our first pwnage at 1.1.4.  Once you are pwned there, you  can do a normal recovery-mode restore to your custom 2.0 ipsw.  BTW the iPhone does *not* need to be pre-pwned to be able to DFU-restore into a pwned ipsw — it needs to be pre-pwned only for normal recovery-mode restores of custom ipsw’s.

Update 6: Mail application not working at 2.0?  Please restore to your custom ipsw (you don’t need to DFU restore if you are pwned, normal restore will work now too) but then select “Set up as a new iPhone” when iTunes asks.  Your first sync will bring back all of your settings anyway.

Motorola sues Apple over iPhone distribution

Bloomberg reports that Motorola is suing Apple for hiring a Motorola Exec who  " disclosed its trade secrets to aid in the marketing of Apple’s iPhone. "  Could Motorola prowess help Apple’s marketing?

“He was privy to the pricing, margins, customer initiatives, allocation of resources, product development, multi-year product, business and talent planning and strategies being used by Motorola,” according to the complaint.

Michael Fenger, the executive in question, left Motorola for Apple after working there for six years as vice president for the company’s mobile-device business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is now Apple’s vice president for global iPhone sales.  Admittedly, this is a very similar job description and iPhone and Motorola’s phones could be said to be competing.  We almost bought the Q instead of the iPhone…

 

Fenger signed a two year non-compete agreement with Motorola stating that he would not work for the competition.

“He was privy to the pricing, margins, customer initiatives, allocation of resources, product development, multiyear product, business and talent planning and strategies being used by Motorola,”

Motorola seeks a court order barring Fenger from working for Apple.  They also seek to recoup more than $1 million for Fenger’s alleged violation of company stock-option agreements.

Good luck with that…

Gartner and IDC Numbers out…but what if iPhones were computers…

Gartner and IDC just released their most recent numbers on PC Marketshare and Apple, as expected, climbed up the ranks again.  Depending who you ask they are either slightly ahead or slightly behind the Acer/Gateway/Packard Bell mashup which puts them around tied for third place.  The interesting thing is iPod touches and iPhones aren’t counted as computer sales.  Should they be?

  • iPhones have the same specs as laptops had about 5 years ago.
  • They can do most of the things a full computer can
  • They are as functional as UMPCs which are tallied in the total.
  • They are used in much the same way as computers, replacing computers much of the time for people on the move
  • Unsubsidized cost?  I’d venture to bet 50% of Dell and HP machines are less expensive that unsubidized iPhones
  • Some pretty smart people say they are computers

If you do count iPhones and iPod touches…you get a whole new ball game.  That three million computer lead that HP and Dell have on Apple starts to shrink.  Apple sold a million iPhones last week.  iPods are also flying off the shelves and with the 2.0 software, they do Exchange, Cisco VPN, Office apps, IM,  and have 1000 3rd party apps waiting for them.  That is a pretty good computer platform if you ask us! 

As these things converge with computers, Apples marketshare should explode!

iPod makes everything better

Apple’s apps continue to pour in as they approach a total of 1000.  For common things like crossword puzzles, there are a few choices that range from mediocre to amazing.  In this particular case, the best crossword puzzle is easily 2across by Eliza Block.  Perfectly done.  You can download both paid crossword puzzles like the New York Times or hundreds of quality free puzzles (Village Voice, The Onion?!). 

The interface is almost perfect.  You can move smoothly between puzzle, questions and split view.  It even lets you check your answers or cheat.  Of course, we can’t vouch for this feature because we haven’t needed it :/

Eliza says she has many updates coming down the pipe though it is very hard to see how she can improve this application.  We are looking forward to the surprises ahead!

Download it here (iTunes  Link) – 6 bucks well spent!  Screenshots below.

 

Apple

 Here’s the Apple apology over MobileMe problems and the promise of a 30-day extension for the rest of us.

“We have recently completed the transition from .Mac to MobileMe. Unfortunately, it was a lot rockier than we had hoped.

Although core services such as Mail, iDisk, Sync, Back to My Mac, and Gallery went relatively smoothly, the new MobileMe web applications had lots of problems initially. Fortunately we have worked through those problems and the web apps are now up and running.

“Another snag we have run into is our use of the word "push" in describing everything under the MobileMe umbrella. While all email, contact or calendar changes on the iPhone and the web apps are immediately synced to and from the MobileMe "cloud," changes made on a PC or Mac take up to 15 minutes to sync with the cloud and your other devices. So even though things are indeed instantly pushed to and from your iPhone and the web apps today, we are going to stop using the word "push" until it is near-instant on PCs and Macs, too.

 

“We want to apologize to our loyal customers and express our appreciation for their patience by giving all current subscribers an automatic 30-day extension to their MobileMe subscription free of charge. Your extension will be reflected in your account settings within the next few weeks.

“We hope you enjoy your new suite of web applications at me.com, in addition to keeping your iPhone and iPod touch wirelessly in sync with these new web applications and your Mac or PC.

“Thank you,

“The MobileMe Team”

Never lost with iPhone

 We came across this unique story of the iPhone, Ireland, the Peace Maze…and GPS…

Many years ago a Peace Maze was created in Castlewellan Forest park in County Down, Northern Ireland. It was officially opened by the Minister of Agriculture for Northern Ireland, Mrs Brid Rodgers, on 12 September 2001.

The maze is simply huge – it covers a ground area of 11,000 square metres, has over two miles of hedge and the entire maze circuit extends across two miles – you really can find yourself lost in there. 

The maze is planted with 6,000 Yew trees which form largest hedge maze in the world. The time taken to solve the puzzle of the maze varies, but on average it should take around 40 minutes. So, it’s inevitable that someone has already ‘hacked’ the maze using Google Maps, GPS and the iPhone 3G. More information here.

 

iPhone bill of materials arrives, Bluetooth 2.1 (A2DP) included

iSuppli has come forth with the most comprehensive bill of materials yet for the iPhone 3G.  There are lots of fun parts included but the one that stuck out was CSR BluCor6 Rom which means that, yes, the iPhone can do A2DP Stereo Bluetooth, should Apple allow that in a software update.  It also means that if Apple does enable some sort of Bluetooth tethering or synching  in the future, you will be able to get the EDR of 3.0Mbs connection speed.

The fun doesn’t stop there.  The Cambridge Silicon Radio chip includes a new baseband CODEC option called AuriStream.  From CSR:

A new ‘AuriStream’ baseband codec can optionally be used to provide a ‘toll’ quality wireless link with around a 40% handset power reduction compared with CVSD. Or, it can provide wideband quality for the same power consumption as CVSD.

The incorporaton of the latest scanning techniques means that standby power consumption also tumbles –  by as much as 86%!

The advantages don’t stop there! BlueCore6 can deliver Class 1 performance with no power amplifier, and with an amazing link budget, helping you provide your users with class-leading performance.

…and it’s smaller, and needs fewer external components than ever before.

 

Interestingly, If the bluetooth headset also uses the Auristream technology, another 40% of power reduction can be made.

Oh, and they have another new product called ‘RoadTunes’?

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iPhone Software 2.0.1 update looms?

 Looks like Apple’s already cooking-up a swift update for the iPhone 2.0 software it shipped Friday, with one report claiming to have seen website traffic requests emanating from systems that ID themselves as 2.0.1.

Sure, this isn’t hard and fast evidence, but what makes it even more interesting is that requests identified as coming from these purported patched ‘phones all seem to emanate from the area around Cupertino and Atlanta (Apple and AT&T HQ, respectively), at least that’s what the Boy Genius is saying.

It’s no act of faith to conceive Apple to be working on a software patch for the release. Given deployment across six million or more devices, widespread public use of the software is bound to generate a few addressable faults, And, with reports of failed OS 2 installs on iPod touch models and many user complaints that some first-gen iPhones have become more unstable since the install, Cupertino’s iPhone teams will be hustling to make good any damage, particularly as Apple’s newly-promoted senior VP iPhone Software Scott Forstall’s new position pretty much seems devoted to work to smooth over these post-release software cracks.