Real-world iPad annoyances: A timeline | Rafe’s Radar – CNET News

How cheap can you get! Apple puts out the iPad and doesn’t even include the Chamois that the iTouch and iPhone get. This is a device that begs to be touched and you know it’s going to look ugly real quick.

The article goes on to moan about other issues and omissions – mostly warranted I have to admit.

However, I still want one.

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Sept. 16: Jobs Quits Apple in 1985, Returns in 1997

Courtesy of Wired.com, this is an interesting note in tech industry history. I hadn’t realized that his ouster and return were on the same date. You’d think as a major Mac addict I would be more knowledgeable. I’m somewhat geeky but not that geeky.

IMHO, the best thing that ever happened to Apple (and to the computers and tech industry in general) was the return of Steve Jobs to Apple. The iMac and the iPod have completely changed the way we use technology today.

Thanks, Steve!

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Last Friday, just after the first iPhones were sold, thousands of listings showed up on eBay and Craigslist, with prices of $1,000 for the 8-gigabyte phone, a $400 markup. Some bold sellers were asking $2,000. But as it became clear that supply was meeting demand, they found themselves stuck. Few of the phones have sold for more than $700, which after sales tax, is not a remarkable profit margin.

IPhone Futures Prove to Be a Bad Investment – New York Times

Serves these morons right to get stuck. Why on earth would anyone pay $1000 for an iPhone that retails for $499? Most people can wait for the new stock to arrive and get it for retail price.

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Apple’s iPhone useless in Vermont — for now

Apple’s iPhone useless in Vermont — for now: Rutland Herald Online

The iPhone is an Apple Inc. product that combines a cell phone, a
computer and an iPod. Large portions of other states are without the
service as well, including Maine, New Hampshire and upstate New York,
as well as Alaska, the Dakotas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,
Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.Vermont is the only state totally without AT&T coverage.

I live in Virginia but I have lots of family in Vermont (nearly all of them are Mac users), but if the phone is useless in Vermont (or has expensive roaming charges) I won’t buy it. This just underscores the problem with limiting the iPhone to a single carrier.

I find it moronic that AT&T plugs itself for having the fewest “dropped calls”. If you can’t make the call to begin with, what does that statement really mean?

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Apple – iPhone – TV Ads

I mentioned this hot little number in a previous post (This is one sexy phone!). Now Apple has posted Quicktime video of 3 ads supporting the iPhone. Oh yeah – it’s still sexy.

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Apple – iPhone

I’m your basic Mac addict – have been one since 1983 (yes, before it came out I worked on a pre-Mac Lisa).

However, I’m not a phone addict. I have a Virgin Mobile prepay that costs me $20 month. I’m a real cheapskate when it comes to phones because I hate using them.

I could make an exception for the iPhone. I would plunk down the $499 since it’s also a iPod, camera and web browser. It only it weren’t on Cingular. Half my family doesn’t live in a Cingular served area so why should I get a phone that can’t use when I visit my family?

Come on, Apple! How can a company that touts the slogan “think different” offer only one carrier for their phone. Wrong! If this situation doesn’t change within the first 6 months of the iPhone release, I think it will be a failure despite the fact that it’s the most innovative phone.

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