Archive for: Apple

Factory Unlocked iPhone 4S Price Revealed - Arriving In November

  • October 7, 2011 4:09 am

During all the commotion this evening ordering from the Apple Store, not sure if any of you saw the print under where you select your carrier? A link that says the Unlocked iPhone will be arriving in November. Upon clicking the link you’ll see the prices for all 3 models.

The 16GB will run you the $649, while the 32GB and 64GB will finish out at $749 and $849 respectively. As stated before, this World phone will only support GSM carriers. The CDMA peeps really aren’t part of the World, so we have to leave em out.

Will anyone be waiting to pick up a factory unlocked phone? Or snag one off of Craigslist once the Jailbreak community finds an unlock vulnerability?

How Did Your Pre-Order Experience Go?

  • October 7, 2011 3:56 am

Well, it is now 12:50am and I just finished. I don’t know if I’ve hit command+R so many times in my life. It took the Apple Store until around 12:40am or so to finally quit displaying the Sticky Note and the Service Unavailable error.

It was a long night, but we finally got our phone reserved? How did it go for all of you? I did notice Verizon’s website up for pre-order way before any other site. Sprint seemed to be the next site that had the pre-order button. AT&T is still dragging their feet and as of writing this they still aren’t up for some action. The Apple site was the 3rd slowest.

Was it smoother for any of you out there? Drop on in and leave your evening in the comments

Hmmmm…Apple Store Goes Down. Wonder What That Means??

  • October 7, 2011 1:02 am

It is 10pm here on the West Coast and the Apple Store is down. For those of you that have been living in a cave for the past 2 days - that means the iPhone 5 4S is coming. Yes, in 2 short hours pre-orders will begin.

Who’s waiting up on the East Coast? Is Mike’s alarm about to go off? Who knows! I’ll be there, tweeting the sweet action!

RIP - Steve Jobs 1955-2011

  • October 5, 2011 8:18 pm

I really don’t know what to say. This is a very sad day. I have words flying around my head but as I try to type nothing comes out.

Everyone here at GS are keeping all of his family and friends in our thoughts. We have lost an incredible person, visionary, co-worker, and friend that has brought each and every one of us something special - at least once.

Good-bye, Steve…we’ll miss you


Apple Releases MicroUSB To Dock Adapter In Compliance With New EU Laws.

  • October 5, 2011 2:28 pm

It’s been quite a while since we last talked about laws running through EU courts that would see a standardized charge built around microUSB. While a good share of phone manufacturers have already moved to the standard, many high profile companies such as Apple, don’t. The new law(s) combined with the radically different size/shape of the two connectors led many to believe Apple would kill off the 30-pin dock connector. Such a move would be bittersweet. All those pins allow Apple to support some pretty cool functionality via 3rd party accessories.

Nevertheless, there’s nothing to worry about. Apple’s solution has just been revealed: a microUSB-to-dock connector.

Supporedly what you see above meets the EU’s requirements for the new law. There isn’t any word yet on if the adapter will ship with each iDevice from the factory or whether it’ll be a grossly overpriced add-in on future iPhones such as the 4S. At least in the EU we’d assume the former. For now, however, interested parties can pick up the new adapter on Apple’s online store for £8.00 signaling it won’t be so overpriced after all.

In parting, the odd part worth noting is that the connect is listed as only supporting the iPhone 3G - iPhone 4S — there isn’t any mention of either iPad or any of the iPods through the years.

The Drama Continues: Samsung Releases Comparison Chart for Galaxy S II and iPhone 4S.

  • October 5, 2011 10:56 am

It continues, the battle between Samsung and Apple sees a new story each and every day. With Apple unveiling their sub par new device yesterday, Samsung made sure not to rest with seeking to ban the new phone in France but also by releasing a comparison sheet highlighting how much better the Galaxy S II is over the iPhone 4S. I know I’m a fanboy and I’ll usually back Apple and their products, but I’ll agree that this crap between them is getting old. It seemed just two weeks ago posts on every tech blog teeter tottered between iPhone 4S/5 rumors and lawsuits between the companies.

Samsung wasn’t having it this time. Not even 24 hours after the event Samsung sent out emails containing the chart. They were quick to mention the 4G capabilities as well as the screen size. I don’t feel it really merits creating the chart and sending it out, at least on the iPhone 4S announce day. I really don’t think this will hinder folks, especially on 3 different carriers, to jump the Apple ship.

Hop on in for the chart…

[Update] Samsung Moves To Block iPhone 4S Sales In France And Italy. More Lawsuits Planned.

  • October 5, 2011 6:54 am

Like clockwork, Samsung has already begun making good on their promise to sue Apple to block sales of the upcoming iPhone 4S abroad. Today the company announced on their Samsung Tomorrow blog that they were filing the first lawsuits in France and Italy over “wireless telecommunications technology relating to Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets”. According to Samsung:

“The infringed technology is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple’s violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales.

Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.”

Samsung has promised more lawsuits are forthcoming for additional countries and will be announced in the near future.

Better grab a cot and a pillow. This Samsung vs. Apple fight is far from over.


Foss Patents has a good rundown of the new lawsuits being filed by Samsung and how potentially detrimental they are to the wireless industry as a whole. Essentially, the patents Samsung is using to sue Apple are covered under FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Ron-Discriminatory) terms meaning Samsung must grant Apple a license if they ask for one. Where the lawsuit moves (slightly) into Samsung’s favor is if Apple refuses to pay any license fee that Samsung requests. And on that note, it’s not known at this point how high of a price Samsung can slap on something covered under FRAND. This is of course assuming the patent in question are in fact covered under FRAND.

PSA: Today’s iPhone Event Available To Stream Over At Apple

  • October 5, 2011 1:36 am

If you haven’t heard by now, Apple has made the keynote from earlier this morning available at their website for some hot streaming action. For those of you with two monitors, I recommend having one of them play, and then check out our massive rundown on all the topics touched on by Jobs Cook and friends.

The Keynote lasted around 90 minutes, but if you weren’t able to follow a live blog I highly suggest giving this a watch. The Phone might not be changing the game, but the crap packed inside it (by the way of software) is really changing it up. Not only is Apple taking the best of the Jailbreak world and packing it in (ie. Notifications, etc) but aslo creating your own personal assistant in your pocket - one that won’t screw things up with your wife - is some serious stuff. Siri along makes the phone worth checking out.

Question now is, what carrier will you be settling down with?

Apple Gives iPhone Users A [+] Sense Of Security.

  • October 5, 2011 1:16 am

I usually never dabble in insurance polices and “care” packages for any of my electronics. But something I’ve always tried to keep in check is my AppleCare polices. I’ve purchased one for almost every one of my Apple products, and have for many many years. Apple knows the need for that incredible protection that sets them apart from any and all competition and they have brought that awesome idea to us iPhone users. As you know, you’re given 90 days telephone support and 1 year limited warranty. With the AppleCare+ plan, we are given a full 2 years for both parts and phone support. The AppleCare+ plan also covers up to 2 incidents of accidental damage due to handeling - at a $49 fee each time of course.

But still, we are human and we make mistakes and dropping our phone or leaving on the top of the car as we pull out of the parking lot are all stupid little things we are capable of doing. The AppleCare policy for the iPhone never covered against accidental damage (read: stupidity) but the + package counters our butterfingers. At a $99 price tag - 30 smackeroos more than the standard policy - is not a bad price for those that have damaged their phone in the past. Even with the $49 service fee, depending on the damage done to the phone, that’s well worth it!

Apple just made it easier for the clumsy of us to feel safer while carrying around our revolutionary devices.