Category Archives: iPhone

Successful non-game iPhone App

TapTapTap Blog: “How do you launch an iPhone app that’s not a game and have it succeed? It’s definitely not easy, given the current atmosphere of the App Store. But we recently did with our app, Camera+, and it’s gone on to be our most successful launch to date, earning over a quarter million dollars in its first month.

Hats off! Emphasis above is mine. WOW, that’s quite a month.

iPhone on Verizon, yay or nay?

Dead Zones [hat tip Chris Ledoux]: “Contrary to what many Apple “Fanboys” want you to believe, Verizon will not be getting the iPhone any time soon. After speaking with various anonymous wireless industry experts over the last few weeks we have compiled our top 10 reasons why the rumor is false:”

Go read the bullet list, it’s quite good, and a number of the reasons make complete sense, others not so much, but overall it’s good. Especially the bullet point about the network, which is probably the single biggest reason Apple wouldn’t venture into a deal with Verizon.

What about the network? Well the short of it is Verizon is based on CDMA while AT&T is GSM based. If you’re a Verizon customer and you travel outside the US, your phone essentially becomes a big brick in your pocket, and you can’t use data and voice at the same time on CDMA. That’s it in a nutshell.

Once Verizon rolls out their new LTE based network it’s a whole new ball game.

iPhone to Verizon January 2011

Business Week: “Verizon Wireless, based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, will begin offering the iPhone on its network in January, ending the exclusivity AT&T has held since the device’s introduction in 2007, two people familiar with the plans said this week.”

I’ll be interested in two things: 1) How many folks will convert from AT&T to Verizon on day one, 2) How well will Verizon’s network hold up under the new strain?

The little language that could

Ansca Mobile Blog: “In the past few days, thousands of developers have been dissecting the application bundles of top-selling App Store games. What they found was that many top-selling apps embed Lua, such as the top-5 selling app Diner Dash (which has an entire folder of uncompiled Lua script files, i.e. the raw source, inside the application bundle) and the international #1 selling app Angry Birds (which also contains multiple .lua files) just to name a few. Even Tapulous’ #1-selling family of Tap Tap Revenge apps — perhaps the most well-known apps in the history of the iPhone App Store and featured onstage by Steve Jobs himself at the OS 4.0 launch — embed Lua.”

If you’re a developer looking for a nice cross platform scripting language, Lua may do the trick.

Even Adobe’s heaving hitting Lightroom is partially Lua, that’s saying something.

If you’re a Mac, or iPhone, or iPad developer, check out Gus Mueller’s wrapper around Lua, LuaCore.

iPhone 4 issues, the bottom line

Apple: “As a reminder, if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.”

I chose to share this particular paragraph from the letter because it gets to the point. If you don’t like your iPhone 4 stop your griping and just return it. I’m sure someone, like myself, would love to purchase your bright, shiny, refurbished iPhone for a discounted price. Your loss is my gain.

While this has been a PR nightmare for Apple, they’ll be fine. It’s not like people are going to stop buying iPhones. Who complains the most? People with iPhones. Do they stop buying them? NOPE.

It’s fun to watch the Android crowd talk about how stupid the iPhone crowd is, it really is. But, the iPhone is still the better consumer device. It’s the one everyone can use, including my grandmother. Android is now firmly in second place, and gaining ground, but it has a bit of a battle ahead of it. The competition between Apple and Android OS are great for us, the consumer, it gives us alternatives.

The iPhone is coming, the iPhone is coming!

SFGate: “June 29 (Bloomberg) — Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will start selling Apple Inc.’s iPhone next year, ending AT&T Inc.’s exclusive hold on the smartphone in the U.S., two people familiar with the plans said.”

Again, more good stuff for the smart phone market. There are a bazillion screaming Verizon customers clamoring for iPhones. It’ll be a good start to 2011 for Apple, and Verizon, if the rumor is true.

Torn, which smart phone?

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to goof around with my cousin’s Droid Incredible by HTC. Oh my! It’s a beautiful phone, I love the sense UI. The iPhone definitely has big competition and since you can get this phone on Verizon it makes purchasing it quite easy for those looking for something close enough to an iPhone.

I’m very tempted by it and I have an iPhone app for heavens sake!

Bravo HTC for upping the ante. This is good for the smart phone market, no matter how you slice it.

iPhone 4, when dropped?

Gizmodo: “Everything was great in my little world—I was in Times Square with my shiny new iPhone 4. And then the inevitable happened—or what, I imagine, we’ll come to think of as the inevitable. I tried to do the little trick where you hold the iPhone 4 just with your left hand and all your bars drop away until you have no service. Note to readers: Don’t do this in a crowded intersection during rush hour. I felt my phone slip from my awkwardly positioned fingers—it hung for a moment at the end of my ear bud cord, like a bungee jumper moments before his cord snaps—and then I painfully watched as it tumbled over the curb in a sudden whirl of annihilation. The back glass panel shattered, and so did my heart. OK, that may be a little melodramatic…but I am really upset.”

Is this karma? You be the judge. Remember, Gizmodo was in possession of a stolen iPhone 4 for a week.

It’s iPhone 4 day!

AHHHHHH!I’m sure everybody’s Twitter stream has been full of iPhone 4 reports. A common thread is LONG lines, except in Fresno for some reason. UPDATE: Apparently the lines are long, even in Fresno.

Dave Winer via Twitter, Chelsea, New York.
Mike Rundle via Twitter, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Alisa Manjarrez via Twitter RT, Fresno, California.
Fraser Speirs via Twitter, Glasgow, Scotland.
David Barnard is a bit frustrated with the insanity, via Twitter.
Craig Hockenberry is having dreams of great Twitterrific sales while waiting in line.

We already have a review from Mike Rundle.

Some pictures from Dave Winer, his first Fail Whale on the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 4 and 3GS side-by-side.

Picture of the line in Philadelphia John Gruber was standing in, via Twitter.

Marco Arment is in a great line, they’re being fed and watered, via Twitter.

There are reports of Apple Stores out of iPhones, John Gruber via Twitter.

Bottom line, I WANT ONE! Hopefully they’ll have plenty of stock in September when I’m eligible.

Marco on Android and Verizon

RibbitMarco Arment: “Droid isn’t actually “close enough” to the iPhone in most important ways, but in marketing and customer perception, it doesn’t matter. Apple can’t win this fight on quality and overall experience because most of these customers have never owned iPhones. They don’t know what they’re missing. They just know what the Verizon marketing told them: Droid phones are pretty much like the iPhone. When they encounter all of Android’s rough edges, they assume that all smartphones are like that, and grow to generally dislike using them. (Much like the computer market.)”

I’m finding that most folks, of the geeky variety, that have Android based phones tend to have them for philosophical reasons. “They’re more open”, “Apple is EVIL”, “I can’t make the app I want”, “AT&T sucks.” Typical geek reasoning. The normal folks mainly don’t care if the phone is iOS or Android or Symbian or Windows Mobile. They mainly care about the User Experience(UX) of the thing, and that they can find an application for locating their favorite restaurant and make reservations at the touch of a button, or they can check Facebook or Twitter and update their location on Four Square and Gowalla.

Another thing most people do care about is call quality and not dropping calls. If you follow Marco, he lives in New York, you should note that he has issues with Verizon as a carrier. Dropped calls, lack of signal, etc. It’s just like AT&T, it just depends on where you live as to the experience. In Fresno, where my brother lives, Verizon has a great network. There was a time when a Verizon based phone wouldn’t work inside my house, but an AT&T phone would. It’s all about where you are. Hopefully AT&T gets their act together and expands their network with all the cold hard cash they’re making from Apple fans. Heaven knows they’re only going to get more subscribers that use more data. Trust me, data usage is only going to go up now that they have tethering. If they don’t improve their network there could be a massive rush to Verizon at some point, at which time we’ll discover if Verizon can really offer a better experience with the iPhone. Something tells me, it’ll be about the same.

And, yes, I’m well aware of the major differences between AT&T and Verizon’s network. AT&T’s is much better for a couple of different use cases. One: Using the internet while on the phone. Two: Using your phone outside of the US, on Verizon if you went to Europe you’d have a paperweight in your pocket. Not so with AT&T.

And Marco’s closing statement of “I’m guessing a CDMA Verizon iPhone will be available within 6 months. If it isn’t, I might need to start learning Java.” tells you where he’s leaning.