Filling in Some Gaps: iPhones, Macs and OS X
The young lady helping surprised me with information that is not totally clear on the True Move site. I confirmed that I was a customer of True with the cable TV (UBC) and an ADSL connection. She told me that with these accounts I could have the iPhone on the extended plan and just pay monthly (over 2 years). Rather than the 28,000 baht I had been trying to put off, the iPhone was within reach for about 1160 baht a month, plus the phone fees. As I pay 999 baht for unlimited data on a DTAC account, the 599 baht was not a disaster. Christmas came early in my house.
Formula 1 App: Circuit and Split-Timing Screen
And yet there are drawbacks. As I use the DTAC card, like others, I limit myself: some services are not available to those with the True SIM cards. While MMS is easy with the True card, it needs careful setting up with an AIS account. I have not yet mastered this with my DTAC card. Email is sometimes difficult with some wifi networks, and EDGE or GPRS do not always have the ability to deal with sending email: getting email is not a problem. That elusive 3G networking would do much for better connectivity. Users here are not being considered, while each of the parties involved tries to fabricate the even playing field that favours only them.
As a precursor to this, Apple announced a change recently when they extended the program that allows in-app purchasing. This allows, for example, users to buy other levels in game play, or to extend subscriptions. This will now include free apps as well. News reports within 24 hours showed that a number of developers were moving to embrace this high tech variation of the Gillette principal: the tool is free, the refills make the money.
We may be looking forward soon to some more updates in Apple's lineup. There is that rumoured iPad or netbook or tablet -- this changes depending on which source one reads -- but Apple's secrecy will just leave the speculators to fume and generate free publicity. I have no idea, but feel that a device between the iPhone platform and the MacBook Pro would fit quite nicely. If it were to run iPhone apps and OS X applications, the game would change.
More likely are updates to the Mac mini or iMac ranges. Another rumour suggested that the latter might include a player for Blu-Ray, but, like the missing camera in the iPod touch update recently, this is now thought to have been vetoed, at least for now.
Photogene on the iPhone
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