Archive for June, 2008

Will Native Email Support Boost iPhone Sales?

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Historically, RIM Blackberry has been preferred over Apple iPhone by business users largely due to the iPhone having no native support for corporate email systems such as Exchange Server, limiting its usefulness as a business tool.

Now that Exchange ActiveSync support will be built into iPhone 2.0 software, expect a change in the marketplace. Service providers are likely gearing up to help customers migrate to iPhone to access service cost advantages of the iPhone compared to BlackBerry.

However, RIM has also announced the BlackBerry Bold, a strong competitor featurewise to the iPhone.

The iPhone’s unique user interface and video capabilities provides an ideal platform for launching new business applications. Other support such as Google Maps could pave the way for new logistics applications and Objective C programming language is providing the ISV community with a platform to develop feature-rich applications that make use of iPhone’s unique capabilities.

The iPhones new capabilities will better position it against the popular Treo 600. The Palm Treo 600 combines personal digital assistant and phone, with a touch-screen interface gained rapid adoption in the mainstream business market, providing an opportunity for value-added resellers [VARs] to offer integrated email solutions .

Whilst the phone market is still changing, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile have settled as the dominant operating systems.

Preview of 3G Apple iPhone – Launching July 11

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

The next generation iPhone is cheaper and faster than – in fact according to Steve Jobs who recently unveiled the new iPhone 3G at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco it “is twice as fast at half the price. It is also reported to be thinner.

The new version will roll out in 22 countries on July 11 and to 70 countries by end of 2008.

Mobile operators are ramping up great value data plans for when the new version is released. The original iPhone, built to run on slower, so-called 2.5G networks, with the new version upspec’d to 3G networks, accounting for its faster speed.

Currently Apple holds 20 percent share of the US smartphone market, and 5 per cent in the rest of the world.  Main competitors to the 3G iPhone are RIM BlackBerry and Nokia’s N95.

Expected Retail Price – US$199 for an 8-gigabyte model; $299 for a 16GB version. This compares very favorably to the first version which sold out $599 and was subsequently reduced to $399.

Color – a choice of black or white for the flagship version; the entry-level 8GB will only be available in black.

Other Special Features – The new iPhone also comes with built in GPS satellite navigation to support location-based services. The prior model used a combination of Wi-Fi and cell tower responses to determine a users’ location.

iPhone 3G has also resolved numerous issues with the original, adding a flush-mounted headphone jack and increased battery life.

A short video on some of the iphone features [poor sound-sorry]

 

iPhone Features
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