May 232012

Smartphone users can be divided into certain clear cut categories. But a small article by portrays the iPhone user segment in a rather comical but truthful way.

Here is one type of user:

The Hacker

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The Hacker

The Hacker uses his iPhone to remotely start his car, turn his neighors’ TV on and off from across the street and almost every other use he can find on the Internet. He has never heard of words like “FCC” or “Terms of Service”. He makes free calls from Skype via WiFi instead of using phone plan.

He tries to convince The Fanboy to also jailbreak his iPhone so he can tether to his laptop, but The Fanboy is too scared to do it.

You can read the complete article at

This surely brought a smile on my face. What about you?

Jan 312012

Good news Chinese folks…!! China Telecom, the country’s third-largest operator, has confirmed that it will be launching the 3G CDMA compatible iPhone 4S in the coming weeks.

Although no price details were made public, China daily reports

…Launching the iPhone 4S on China Telecom’s own network will stop customers running to China Unicom and help attract new clients from domestic rivals.

…China Telecom has already started preparatory work for the launch of the iPhone 4S.

The phone is expected to be launched in late February or early March this year.

Stay tuned for more..!!

Dec 012011

It seems Apple has, for the first time, has released an unfinished product. Siri, as we know it, first of all, is not available (read as functional) outside the US. Secondly, when Siri was put to test, it did not fare well.

According to a blog post at ACLU

The ACLU put Siri to the test in our Washington D.C. office. When a staffer told Siri she needed an abortion, the iPhone assistant referred her to First Choice Women’s Abortion Info and Pregnancy Center and Human Life Pregnancy-Abortion Information Center. Both are pregnancy crisis centers that do not provide abortion services, and the second center is located miles and miles away in Pennsylvania.

It’s not just that Siri is squeamish about sex. The National Post reports that if you ask Siri where you can have sex, or where to get a blow job, “she” can refer you to a local escort service.


When Apple was confronted with these questions, it gave the following reply.

These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone…

It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks.

What is to be noted here is that Siri is too much dependent on Yelp for performing it’s searches.

If you instead insert a couple minutes of logical thought between your fingers and the keyboard, it looks more like Apple’s tagging services for Siri are incomplete when it has to source its searches from sources other than Yelp — which is exactly what you’d expect from a BETA service that’s been in widespread public use for less than two months as of this writing.

If the searches are so much dependent on Yelp, anything happening to yelp servers will directly and indirectly affect Siri users.

This proves that Apple’s success was only determined by the now deceased Jobs, who had the capability to deal with anything. Apple has significantly marred it’s reputation by shipping an unfinished product. That is precisely why it is seeing massive sales reduction in several Asian countries, despite all the initial hubbub.

Nov 182011

Guess what? iPhone 4S just got priced in India. The 16GB version is priced at INR 44,500, and the 32GB version at INR 50,900. These prices are with Aircel, one of the carriers here in India.

This is pretty insane pricing in my opinion. Just at INR 16,000 more and you can buy a full fledged iMac.

Though the 64GB version will not be available with Aircel, we suspect almost the same pricing with other carriers such as Airtel, Reliance and Vodafone.

If we have a closer look at the prices of India and US, the unlocked 16GB version is selling for  INR 32,450 ($649), the 32GB unlocked version for INR 37,450 ($749). Now that is a huge  difference provided that an iPad2 is cheaper than the iPhone 4S.

I call it a no deal. What do our Indian readers think of these insane prices? Do let us know.


Nov 022011

The iPhone 4S will be coming to Asia and a number of other places on November 11. The press release from Cupertino sums it all up nicely

iPhone 4S Arrives in Hong Kong & South Korea on November 11
CUPERTINO, California-November 1, 2011-Apple® today announced that iPhone® 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, will be available in Hong Kong, South Korea and 13 additional countries on Friday, November 11. Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone 4S beginning on Friday, November 4.

iPhone 4S is packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.
Beginning Friday, November 11, iPhone 4S will be available in Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania and South Korea. iPhone 4S is available today in 29 countries around the world and will be available in more than 70 countries by the end of the year.

iPhone 4S comes in either black or white for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the new 64GB model.** iPhone 4S is sold through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4 is available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 3GS is available for free with a two year contract from participating carriers.

Nothing much to add here.

Oct 182011

Its official, Apple has shipped more than 4 million iPhone 4S units in three days.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing said that the sales figures are

the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days.

AT&T had already said that it has received pre-orders for more than a million iPhone 4S devices on the first day itself, marking another record. It added that it has

already activated a record number of iPhones on our network – and is on-track to double our previous record for activations on a single day.

The iPhone 4S went on sale in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK last Friday. It will launch in a further 22 countries on 28 October and more than 70 countries by year-end.

Pertaining to iOS 5, research firm Localytics said yesterday that one-in-three eligible Apple devices have already been upgraded to iOS5.

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The firm said that iPad 2 and iPhone 4 device users were the most enthusiastic with 36 percent and 35 percent of users, respectively, having made the upgrade already.

Oct 112011

While the blogosphere might not be too excited about the iPhone 4S, the world is. Apple has admitted to receive a whopping 1 million preorders for the iPhone 4S on the first day itself.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing quoted

…We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S…

The first day preorders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.

The previous record, which was held by the iPhone 4 fell short by 400,000 devices. The world went  crazy when AT&T reported that they had received 200,000 preorders on the very first day.

The result – now you have to wait 1-2 weeks for the device to land at your doorstep.