iPod touch

Hey Everyone,

    I got my iPod touch today! I’m so happy! I have been waiting to get it for months now. I was trying to sell my old iPod. I wasn’t sure whether or not to get it now (you know, new iPhone). I didn’t want them to update the touch a few weeks after I buy it. But, my family is going on vacation before WWDC, so I really wanted it before then. Most of the awesome features of the touch require wifi. We don’t have wifi yet, so I can’t really say how cool this thing is. I am in love already though because I can start watching all my podcast again. I haven’t been able to do that recently because I was having to watch them on my computer, and you can only watch Cranky Geeks for so long sitting at a desk. Um… I’m going to post a few pictures of me unboxing it. The pictures were taken on my brother’s macbook because we don’t have batteries for our camera right now. I say that to explain the crappy resolution. Anyways here they are, or more correctly here it is. 

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

New iMacs (Updated)

Hey Everyone,

     This blog is in no way a news site. I just don’t have the time to stay on the web all day, and post at the breaking point of a story. But, this morning I’m surfing around checking out the news, and I noticed that Apple just updated the iMac. The form fact is exactly the same, but according to Engadget Apple in now using Intel’s newest Core 2 Duo Penryn processors. According to macrumors these are the spces. (I’m not totally up to date on copyright rules, but I’m going to post these specs. I’m currently trying to get in contact with some big time bloggers to find out how much information I can copy, and when I need to get permission to do so.) Mac Rumors

20″, 2.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT 128MB. $1199
20″, 2.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive, ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO 256MB, $1499
24″, 2.8GHz, 2GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive, ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO 256MB, $1799
24″, 3.06GHz, 2GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS 512MB, $2199

(UPDATED PORTION I just got back word from one of those big time bloggers. My favorite blogger/podcaster Cali Lewis said to just make sure that I always give credit to the source, and to provide a direct link back to the source. So, I’m going to add a link to mac rumors. Your also not supposed to copy direct content, but I’m not sure if this spec sheet counts. I’m going to leave it up though, and maybe rewrite it in my own way next time. END OF UPDATED PORTION)

    These are really awesome computers for very awesome prices. The 24 inch model how I would configure it is just under 3000 dollars. I hope to get a job this summer, and buy me one of these babies. I’m looking to get a job at my dad’s work.

    Well I must go get to school. I’m homeschooled, but I do have a schedule. 

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

3G iPhone

Hey Everyone,

       As we approach WWDC in June many rumors are beginning to swirl about a 3G iPhone. Apple introduced the iPhone in January of 2007 at Macworld. It went on sale in June of 2007. It got a small update in February of this year (2008). The February update was a small update that only added a 16 gigabyte model.

       Apple doesn’t usually keep a product the same for more than a year. They like every other company out there keep up with current technology. They released the iPhone with a 2.5G chip set to run on AT&T’s edge network, for internet on the iPhone. AT&T’s edge network runs pretty slow. It is comparable to dial-up speeds. The 3G chip sets can run on AT&T’s fast 3G network.

      The reasons Apple gave for going with the lower speed version were battery life, size,and performance. Apple has since been criticized for this decision since soon after the release of the iPhone. But, I think Apple made the right decision. 3G was not ready for mass market last year. It would have added bulk to the iPhone, and reduced battery life. Coverage was probably not very wide spread yet either. Apple made a calculated risk, and they survived. The iPhone is quickly becoming the most popular smart phone. It is sucking up market share faster than almost any other phone I’ve ever seen.

     With the release of the SDK (Software Development Kit) Apple is enabling developers to create applications for the iPhone. The developers can then put their apps on the Apps store, which Apple will be adding to the iPhone via software update in June. The announcement of the SDK, and other enterprise options by Apple in January hugely increased interest in the iPhone. Many big companies and universities will be able to easily distribute large numbers of iPhones to their employees.

    All of this progress with the iPhone means that Apple needs to update the hardware. According to many rumors and the normal product cycle. The iPhone should be updated in June. 3G will obviously be added to the iPhone in June, seeing as the technology has now caught up with the concept. But, I think that people are focusing way too much on 3G. They are craving speed so much that there is no speculation about what else awesome stuff Apple might put in an updated iPhone. They could put in better battery life. They could increase the screen size and resolution. They could add more flash memory. They could add a motion camera. They could slim the whole thing down. They could make the screen take up the whole face of the device. There is so much they could add or subtract from this masterpiece. I think more bloggers should start brainstorming what else Apple will be putting in a and iPhone 2 than just 3G. It’s a done deal that they are doing 3G. They have said it. AT&T has said it. Uncle Walt has said it.  🙂  Let’s expand our horizons a little. 

     Thanks again for reading. If you have anything you would like me to post about, or if you want to post something on the blog, just e-mail me at geekhangoutemail@gmail.com.

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis