Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Post Keynote coverage

If you've been living under a rock you won't know that Apple has announced a 3G iPhone to be released in 22 countries (including NZ) on July 11.

It does have GPS and 3G, but otherwise it is fairly similar to the old one. The case is a little different and there is a white one available in the 16Gb model.

Big news is the price. Each carrier it appears, has there own deal available, but the maximum the phone will be is $199US. Compared to $599 last year this is great news.

In the UK for example, O2 has announced the tariffs. The maximum you will pay is £99 with the £30/month deal and it will be free for anything over the £45/month tariff. Oh, and they will be offering a Pay and Go iPhone also. It looks like 2008 will be the year of the iPhone. Big things ahead, especially with the AppStore opening soon.

The only other thing of note announced was MobileMe, which is a rebranding of .Mac. I haven't looked into it too much yet, but info is available Here

Also the next version of OSX was announced. 10.6 or Snow Leopard is to be available next year and is to concentrate on performance and reducing the foot print of the OS. I guess they are taking lession learnt from the iPhone and applying to the desktop OS. Hate the name, but like the idea of an even snappier OSX.

I was hoping to see some kind of incentive for Windows devs to get a mac and develop for the iPhone, but nothing was announced. I guess going forward Apple believes there is enough interest already, and I guess they are right. The have over 4000 developers signed up for the program with over 250,000 applying.

Intersting times to be an Apple developer I think...

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