iPhone 3.0 and iPhone 3GS

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Last week, Apple released the much-anticipated iPhone 3.0 software, available as a free download to all versions of the iPhone. To get it, connect your iPhone to your computer and follow the directions in iTunes.

They also released the new version of the iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 3GS. The main difference between this model and the 3G is speed, although it has a few nifty additions like a compass (handy in that maps can orient themselves to the direction you’re facing), better camera, and voice dialing. The new phone comes in 16 GB ($199) and 32 GB ($299) versions, but these are really AT&T-subsidized prices available only to new buyers or those eligible for an upgrade. If that’s not you, the models will cost $200 more. You can read about AT&T’s upgrade policy here.

The new software has a number of features worth noting, including the ability to cut, copy and paste, landscape mode for most apps, push notification, and a voice memo app. For a more complete list of the new features, see this page, but I’d like to review some of them here.

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WWDC announcements

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Apple this week is holding its Worldwide Developers’ Conference, and has made several noteworthy announcements.

  • The iPhone 3.0 software will be released on June 17. This will be a free download for current iPhone users.
  • The new iPhone 3GS will be released on June 19. It will have a faster processor and some additional features like voice-dialing, video capture, a better camera, better battery, compass, and will come in 16 GB ($199) and 32 GB ($299) versions.
  • The 8 GB version of the iPhone 3G will continue to ship, but for $99.
  • Tom Tom will have a turn-by-turn GPS app available for the iPhone this summer.
  • Apple has released new MacBook Pro models. The new versions are faster, have better batteries, more RAM, and come with 13″, 15″ and 17″ screens. They are also less expensive across the board. (However, they do away with the ExpressCard slot in favor of an SD card slot.) The new laptops are apparently shipping now.
  • The next version of the OS, 10.6 (Snow Leopard) will be released in September.
  • The next version of Safari, v.4.0, is available now through Software Update.

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Day off

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