On the eve of iPhone 6s, we're updating and expanding our history of iPhone series—continuing with the faster and more powerful iPhone 3GS!
Steve Jobs didn't give the WWDC keynote on June 8, 2009. He was away on medical leave. So, a team of Apple executives soldiered on without him. That included Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, who's task was to fill the biggest New Balances in the business for what was becoming Apple's biggest business. Schiller started off quoting Time Magazine's praise for "the phone that has changed phones forever." He'd go on to make that phone more affordable that ever, while also introducing its successor. It boasted twice the speed, both for processing and data networking. It was the iPhone 3GS.
iPhone 3GS is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet and we think people will love the incredible new features including autofocus camera, video recording and the freedom of voice control. And with a breakthrough price of $99, we are thrilled to get iPhone 3G into the hands of even more users who want them.
Schiller recounted how the iPhone had captured 65% of mobile browsing, and how the App Store had grown to feature 50,000 apps. Then he launched into the "same great design, all new insides" segment that would be the theme for the iPhone 3GS (and for subsequent S-class iPhones to come). From Apple:
S is for Speed
The new iPhone OS 3.0 is a major software release packed with incredible new features and innovations for iPhone customers and developers alike. It will keep us years ahead of the competition.
The iPhone 3GS, codenamed N88 and device number iPhone 2,1, was the third iPhone but the second "generation". That might sound strange, but the device numbering is based on the processor, not the year. Cosmetically, the iPhone 3GS sported an almost identical design to the previous year's iPhone 3G. Only the word "iPhone" on the back changed—it became shinier.
The 3.5-inch screen was the same 320x480 and 163ppi as the last two iPhones, but Apple added an oleophobic coating to help it better resist finger prints and other oils. The cellular radio was updated again, this time to a twice-as-fast UMTS/HPSA 7.2 mbps. Wi-Fi stayed the same at 802.11 b/g, as did aGPS, but Bluetooth got a bump to 2.1 + EDR.
The chipset, however, was a twice-as-fast ARM Cortex-A8-based, Samsung manufactured S5PC100 CPU and a PowerVR SGX535 GPU that included support for OpenGL ES 2.0. RAM was doubled to 256MB and storage got an increase, with the addition of a 32GB model. Battery capacity jumped to 1219mAh, and that significantly increased battery life.
Apple also added a magnometer (digital compass), which brought directional and rotation data to the mix. Combined with the existing accelerometer, it was a huge boom for precision and accuracy, especially for gaming. Nike+ was also integrated, as was hardware encryption for added security.
The camera had become so popular on sites like Flickr that Apple finally started to pay attention to optics as well. It went to a slightly-less-terrible 3 megapixels with auto-focus, auto white balance, auto exposure, and macro. Thanks to the better processing power, it could also record video at 30fps... if only at 480p (VGA) resolution.
The iPhone 3GS also added voice control, a very early, rudimentary precursor to Siri. Activated by a long press of the Home button, it could handle calls and music playback, among select other things. Likewise, Accessibility gained a VoiceOver option.
For the third year in the row, there was still no CDMA and EVDO Rev A model, so still no iPhone for Verizon or Sprint in the U.S., but the iPhone was still exclusive to AT&T in the U.S., so it still didn't matter.
Like the casing, the price stayed the same, though you were getting a much faster phone with double the storage for the same $199/$299 on contract.Scratching the surface
The iPhone 3GS launched on June 19 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and several European markets. It reached 80 countries by the end of the year.
Steve Jobs shared the news that, once again, over a million were sold the first weekend. Apple:
Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning. With over 50,000 applications available from Apple's revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever.
Apple didn't mean for the iPhone 3GS to be a compelling upgrade for iPhone 3G owners. They were, more sensibly, targeting original iPhone owners whose 2-year contracts were up, and the much larger pool of people who didn't yet own an iPhone. Not all reviewers got that, of course. Some judged the phone by its casing. (Something that would haunt Apple again and again.) Still, reviews were mainly positive.
David Pogue, writing for the New York Times:
All of these changes make it much harder to resist the iPhone on intellectual, feature-counting grounds. The new iPhone doesn't just catch up to its rivals — it vaults a year ahead of them.
At this point, the usual 10 rational objections to the iPhone have been whittled down to about three: no physical keyboard, no way to swap the battery yourself and no way to avoid using AT&T as your carrier.
In short, the substantially improved, still elegant iPhone 3G S makes it dangerously easy for your heart and your head to agree.
Anand Lai Shimpi, writing for AnandTech
Honestly, if you have the original iPhone then this is absolutely the one you'll want to upgrade to - you'll feel like you've been swept off of your feet one more time (assuming you did like your iPhone). Upgrading from the 3G is also a good idea in my opinion, just because of the tremendous increase in performance.
Yours truly, writing for iMore:
Apple had me at speed. The minute I saw the performance potential of the new hardware, I had to have it. Video is nice and I'll likely use it a lot, but just cutting that much overhead off my day to day usage is priceless.
With the iPhone 3GS, the hardware finally caught up to the software.Palm tried, Droid did
2009 also saw the introduction of the most novel smartphone since the iPhone — the Palm Pre. Run by former Apple SVP Jon Rubenstein, the Pre made the choices Apple hadn't. It used WebKit for its interface layer and provided a physical keyboard.
Roger McNamee, one of Palm's principle backers through then-owners Elevation Partners, set expectations high:
You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two-year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone. Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later.
Our product is just going to run rings around them on the web. If you want to go the web, it's going to be a million time faster, well, not a million times, several times faster and that's a huge deal for most people.
Steve Ballmer, then-CEO of Microsoft, painted the best picture for Windows Mobile that he could:
The truth of the matter is all the consumer market mojo is with Apple and to a lesser extent BlackBerry. And yet, the real market momentum with operators and the real market momentum with device manufacturers seems to primarily be with Windows Mobile and Android.
Windows Mobile 6.5 has touch on it. The way Apple does touch drives cost. [The] way they do it on the iPhone is not an inexpensive component. We'll do it in a way that you can afford to do it on most phones.
And, of course:
Let's face it, the Internet was designed for the PC. The Internet is not designed for the iPhone. That's why they've got 75,000 applications — they're all trying to make the Internet look decent on the iPhone.
Mike Lazaridis, then co-CEO of RIM (BlackBerry) saw how the BlackBerry Storm failed to catch on with Verizon customers, but used it as an excuse to double-down on keyboards:
We're finding — if you look at the surveys, you can see that large amount of the customers that have purchased touchscreen devices in last two years, they intend to get a device with the QWERTY keyboard on it now, right. I mean, they've got into a point where they've realize that a touchscreen alone is not enough; so that's important.
That's our first touch product, and you know nobody gets it perfect out the door. You know other companies were having problems with their first releases.
Google's Eric Schmidt, meanwhile, was forced to resign from Apple's board of directors. From Apple:
Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful. Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple's core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric's effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple's Board.
Behind the scenes, Jobs was far less cordial:
We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won't let them, he says. Someone else asks something on a different topic, but there's no getting Jobs off this rant. I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing, he says. This don't be evil mantra: "It's bullshit."
Verizon, still lacking the iPhone, hurting from the Storm's failure in the market, and spurning the Palm Pre, went all in on Android. Licensed from Lucasfilm by Verizon itself, they launched Droid, a new line of Android phones that finally made the world stand up and take notice.Three years later
By June of 2010 the iPhone 3G was being cleared out, the iPhone 3GS had outsold all previous iPhones combined, and what's more, it had been joined by another iOS device — the iPad. Yet the hardware was ripe for innovation, and we'd see it sooner than even Apple intended...
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Amazon has launched its Kindle Unlimited rental service in India, giving customers in the country the ability to choose from over 1 million titles for just ₹199 ($3) a month. Amazon is sweetening the deal by offering the first month of membership for ₹99 ($1.5).
You don't require a Kindle e-reader or tablet to enjoy the service, as you can subscribe and read on your iPhone and iPad using the Kindle app. While the service is noticeably more affordable when compared to the $9.99 Amazon charges for US customers, it is likely because of the reduced selection of books available.
Currently, the catalog is limited to recent releases by well-known Indian authors, followed by a few international best-sellers and a host of self-help and management books. At this stage, the service is just not that alluring, unless you're an avid fan of Chetan Bhagat.
Those who opt for six months and yearly subscriptions can get in on the action for ₹166 and ₹149 respectively, but we strongly suggest you sign up for a month and see if any of the books on your to-do list are available. We couldn't find any that are worthy of consideration, but if you come across a few decent titles, let us know in the comments below.
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Gazelle, the service that allows you to trade-in your old tech and receive cash in return, is running a promotion from today through September 9 where they promise to beat carrier and Apple trade-in prices. This offer covers the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and you'll be covered by the standard 30-day offer lock, just in case you'll need some more time to think about a possible upgrade to the new iPhone 6s.
Should you happen to locate a better deal at either Apple or your local carrier, Gazelle will beat that price during this promotional period. All colors and capacities of the aforementioned iPhone smartphones are included, but fear not if you have older units or other handsets as the company will also offer competitive pricing on anything you have available for trade-in.
Gazelle will offer up to $450 for trading in an old iPhone 6 Plus in flawless condition. The model, capacity and whether or not the unit is unlocked will also affect the amount you'd be set to receive. It's certainly worth analyzing your available options to see exactly which solution is best for you. Be sure to check out the Gazelle website and see how much you'd receive.
Will Beat Major Wireless Carriers and Apple with Special Promotional Pricing
BOSTON, Mass., Sept. 2, 2015 – Gazelle, Inc., the nation's leader in buying and reselling pre-owned consumer electronics, today announced a limited time promotion guaranteeing the best price on trade-ins of certain iPhone models from today through September 9th. The special promotion guarantees that Gazelle's cash offer for the iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus will beat the trade-in credit offered by a customer's wireless carrier (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint) or Apple.
"Gazelle has always offered cash and great customer service but we're now also guaranteeing consumers the best price," said Sarah Welch, Gazelle's Chief Marketing Officer. "Consumers are frustrated by confusing carrier offers that often require a lengthy commitment or other terms and conditions. Unlike the carriers, Gazelle prides itself on offering a simple customer experience with no strings attached. Gazelle's industry-leading online experience also let customers sell their phones from home in just minutes, avoiding the long lines consumers are likely to run into at carrier stores following an iPhone launch."
Gazelle's Best Price Guarantee ensures that consumers will receive the best value through its trade-in service – paid out in cash not credit. If customers find a better offer from either their carrier or at Apple through September 9, 2015, Gazelle will beat the offer. The promotion covers all colors and capacities of the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As always, Gazelle will offer competitive pricing on older models, as well. Terms of the promotion can be found here.
Gazelle recently commissioned a survey of more than 500 smartphone owners across the U.S. and found that many consumers are confused and angry at their wireless carrier and looking for alternatives. The survey showed that 42% are angry about losing carrier subsidies on the purchase of new iPhones, which now cost $650 or more, whether paid upfront or in monthly installments. Maximizing the value from trade-in is a great way to offset the high cost of upgrading.
Consumers should do their homework when looking at trade-in offers. The best offers from carriers may include conditions like new account activation or delayed bill credits, leaving many consumers with far less value for their phone than the trade-in value promoted in ads. Also, promotional pricing is often not offered to customers in carrier upgrade programs like AT&T Next, T-Mobile Jump and Verizon Edge. Carrier upgrade programs often require consumers to return their old phone without paying the consumer for the phone. Trading in with a third party like Gazelle could prove to be more financially lucrative and Gazelle's cash offer lets consumers choose how and when to spend the value from their old phone.
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Google's Android Wear won't share fitness data with Apple's HealthKit platform, company spokespeople confirmed today. Instead, fitness data, such as step count and hear rate, will only be tracked through the Google Fit dashboard, rather than Apple's health dashboard. From Buzzfeed News:
An Apple spokeswoman confirmed to BuzzFeed News that Android Wear won't integrate with HealthKit, Apple's platform for developers of health and fitness apps. She also said that decision was entirely Google's.
Google also confirmed that Android Wear–gathered fitness data would bypass HealthKit. "That said, Android Wear on iOS absolutely supports the mass majority of Wear features we see our Android users using and loving," a company spokeswoman said in an email.
While this news doesn't come as much of a surprise, it does point to a problem for those who would prefer to keep their fitness data within the confines of Apple's ecosystem. However, Google also isn't alone in this decision, as Fitbit has foregone sharing fitness data with Apple's HealthKit as well.
Android Wear made its debut on iOS yesterday, opening up the wide array of smartwatches based on the platform to iPhone users for the first time. However, it remains to be seen whether this will help Google gain any ground with its wearable platform.
Source: Buzzfeed News
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Apple's Campus 2 construction has been well underway for a while, and a new video from drone pilot Duncan Sinfield shows just how far progress has come. Sinfield's uses comparison shots from his last video, recorded on August 1, to show that the underground parking garage is coming along nicely, while the rooftop on the west parking lot is nearing completion. Also shown off in the video is the progress of the auditorium and research facilities.
Along with comparison shots from his last video, Sinfield has added audio Steve Jobs' comments on the building when he unveiled Apple's original plans, giving us a blow-by-blow of each portion of the campus as the drone makes its rounds.
Apple's Campus 2 is set to be completed by the end of 2016, at which point it will become the workspace for 12,000 employees and cover a gargantuan 2.8 million square feet.
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Instagram is once again adding some new features to its popular photo sharing and filtering app. This time, the Facebook-owned company has made a number of improvements in its Direct messaging feature.
One new addition is the ability to use threaded messages. Instagram says:
Instead of creating a new conversation every time you send a photo or video, your threads are based on the people in them — and your moments flow along naturally.
Another improvement will allow direct conversations to begin with friends based on an Instagram post:
Now, you'll find an arrow next to the like and comment icons under every post. Tap it to send that post to a friend or group as a message using Instagram Direct. It will appear as part of your conversation, and you can tap the photo or video to see and like the original post. You can also send hashtag pages and location pages by tapping the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner.
Instagram also now allows users to name their groups, and there's a new quick camera feature so people can respond to messages with a new photo or one in their camera roll. Finally, Direct now allows for larger emoji characters compared to earlier versions.
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It stars not only Airplane Mode's Dave Wiskus and Joe Cieplinski, but also Clayton Morris of FOX, Christina Warren of Mashable, Jonathan Mann of Song a Day, Ophira Eisenberg of NPR, and indie musician Julian Velard, all listening—and dancing—to the song throughout New York.
From Airplane Mode:
Everything was shot on an iPhone 6 Plus. Jonathan suggested we use Hyperlapse to help make sure things were nice and stable. He meant well, and for the most part it was a good suggestion, but it means that the first two days worth of footage is in 720p. Oops. The built-in stabilization on the 6 Plus is good enough that I can't tell the difference in shakiness, so we ended up switching back to the stock camera app.
Wiskus also credits Jonathan Mann with setting the tone of the video:
It's hard to overstate how important Jonathan was to making this all work. We kept showing his raw footage to people before getting their shots, in hopes that his energy would carry over. It absolutely did. He's the spiritual center of the video.
Watch the video above, then be sure to read the full story behind it at Airplane Mode's blog.
Source: Airplane Mode
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We've done a deep dive into iOS 9 content blocker extensions but if all you're really interested in is whether or not they'll work on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, here's the complete list!
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 5s
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad mini 2
- iPad mini 3
- iPod touch 6
If you noticed all of the models listed have something in common—they're all using 64-bit Apple A7 or later processors—there's a reason for it: speed. Apple wants content blocking extensions to execute as fast as possible so web performance is as good as possible. So, while older processors could handle it, only 64-bit processors will handle it fast enough for Apple.
(Long time iPhone owners may remember when video recording was iPhone 3GS or later, because 15fps on an iPhone 3G just wasn't good enough.)
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Luke Wood, president of Beats' hardware division, recently sat down at the Beats Symposium in Sydney, Australia to talk about working at Apple, the impact of Beats as a cultural force, and how the company keeps improving its products. Wood mentioned that the integration of Apple and Beats is going well a little more than a year in, saying that he was pleasantly surprised by the high level of integrity at the company.
Wood also talked about how the acquisition was a natural fit, given that both companies focus on building premium product experiences. From Mashable:
We've always been consistent at Beats with focusing on premium audio. We're looking at our little audio slice of the world and trying to focus on creating a stellar product experience. I think that's also the fundamental DNA of everything Steve wanted to accomplish at Apple. By product experience, that includes ID, design, technology, innovation, simplicity. Those are always things that have been fundamental to our DNA, too.
As to some of the pushback that Beats receives over the quality of its products, Wood only says that while he's proud of the products the company has created, he's even happier with its current lineup.
You can read the full interview at the link below.
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