O2 just announced the tarrifs for the Apple iPhone and it is pretty stunning – £99 for the 8GB version on a £30/month tarrif, free on the £45/month one. It is on an 18 month contract BUT people who are already on an 18 month contract with the old iPhone CAN upgrade – it looks like you just extend the contract by a further 18 months. That means that unlike other 18 month contracts on mobile networks, the 18 months only ties you to the provider – you will still be able to upgrade to the latest and greatest Apple phone.
With Microsoft’s phones looking dated already and updated versions that are just glossy front ends (the backend OS is not due to be upgraded till next year) – Apple look to be wanting to take market share away from Microsoft and possibly gain a strong foothold in the business arena (the new phone supports Exchange email which is used by a large number of companies). This of course could then in turn lead to even greater uptake in Apple Macs. Right now the markets dont think so (shares were down 4% at one point yesterday) but I think this is an interesting move by Apple.
Apple finally caught me.. all my cynicism was used up on the launch of iPhone last time.. now they have gone and added the things I wanted to the new version.
So even I was trying to keep up to date on what was going on at the Apple WWDC – enough info had been leaked that I knew this device was going to be a phone worth having (and you have no idea how much it pains me to say it). Everyone knew Twitter was going down at some point and there were numerous posts on friendfeed saying it did – it certainly slowed down early on and I saw features being switched off all over the place. In the end I stopped using Twitter so I only know from other peoples’ comments that it did go down. I always check Techcrunch and even that went down for a little while.. the one site that seemed to stay up was FriendFeed and that’s where a lot of commentary was being done. Could this be the turning point against Twitter?
Now for FriendFeed to add Twitterlike functionality or maybe people could use services like Pownce/Jaiku etc and bring them all together inside FriendFeed.
Oh and the Friendfeed Room feature was a godsend.