iPhone news for Switzerland, Spain and Poland
Here’s some good news for people in Switzerland, Spain, Poland who are awaiting iPhones. According to Fortune, all three countries may sell them soon.
Earlier this week, Le Matin Online reported (linked page is in French) that Swisscom will be the official iPhone carrier for Switzerland. Coincidentally, Apple is rumored to be opening an Apple Store in Zürich in July of this year (we first heard rumors of a Zürich store in 2006).
Likewise, France Telecom stated their intention to extend coverage to “…more than just two countries” via their CFO Gervais Pellissier. As the largest European countries that still lack a carrier, Poland and Spain are obviously attractive to France Telecom.
In related news, French iPhone customers can expect no immediate changes, as France Telecom intends to remain the country’s exclusive carrier for the next two years.
To all the TUAW readers in Switzerland, Spain and Poland … we’ve got our fingers crossed for you! Let us know if you hear anything from your local news outlets.
iPhone stock update – from www.t3.com
New 16GB models on the way
We’ve just heard back from the bods at O2 with a fairly non-committal quote regarding the iPhone stock issues.
Simply enough they’ve said, “The 16GB iPhone was temporarily out of stock on our online store this morning. We are replenishing stock of the 16GB iPhone and customers wishing to purchase through our online store will be able to shortly.”
No mention of any more 8GB iPhones coming – so that’s a no then – and still no mention of the 3G blower we all want to see so much. Typical, but at least now we can go back to hoping it will arrive in June while realistically expecting it may turn up in time for Christmas. Probably. Perhaps. Then again…
MacWorld: Forget the Mac Pro, Buy an iMac
Macworld has some interesting, contrarian advice about buying a Mac these days.
A couple of years ago, pro users would never consider a low-end iMac or MacBook portable for work: it just wouldn’t be powerful enough.
But because Apple is using powerful dual-core Intel chips across its entire line, the difference between machines is blurring.
After running a battery of tests, MacWorld concludes that for most people, a new iMac or MacBook Pro is good enough — pro, power users included. The savings add up to $1,000 or more.
… for most mainstay applications, the high-end iMac and MacBook Pro models are plenty fast (the 3.06GHz build-to-order iMac even beat the Mac Pro in some of our tests). Even Adobe Photoshop, a heavy-duty program that conventional wisdom has long argued should be run only on a high-end system, works acceptably well on just about any Mac (unless you’re editing gigantic files).
(Via Cult of Mac.)
New iPhone 2.0 OS adds Safari YouTube support
The latest version of the iPhone 2.0 firmware — bundled with the beta 5 SDK — adds limited support for YouTube within the Safari web browser, experimenting has revealed.
Users of the current public iPhone firmware can only browse videos through the dedicated app; under v2.0 though, videos embedded in websites now present a link, which opens clips under the dedicated app, but then lets users quickly return to the page they were viewing.
Videos can only be played through the separate app, however, and not within websites. Similarly, access to YouTube.com is still restricted, as it continues to request Flash support that the iPhone firmware lacks. Both Apple and Adobe have expressed a desire to add support, but Apple CEO Steve Jobs has claimed that Flash will not be added until it does not significantly drain battery power.
OpenOffice.org 3 for Mac Beta is available
If you’ve been cursing the big price tag and lack of VBA support in Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, OpenOffice.org is coming to your rescue. Last September, the OpenOffice.org dev team announced that they would be porting the suite to run natively on the Mac. Previous versions ran under the X11 environment, which not only hogged resources, but didn’t have the Aqua look and feel we all love.
OpenOffice.org 3.0 is still beta, but a quick test-drive of the application showed that it is almost ready for prime time. OOo is a full-featured office suite, complete with word processor (Writer), spreadsheet (Calc), presentation package (Impress), drawing app (Draw), as well as database tools (Base) that are sadly lacking in other office suites.
The feature set of OpenOffice.org 3 is impressive:
- Imports Microsoft Office binary (.doc, .ppt, .xls) and Office 2007/Office 2008 for Mac (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx) files
- A solver component for solving optimization problems, something lacking in Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
- Spreadsheet workbook sharing
- Display of multiple Writer pages while editing
- MS Office-like comments in Writer
- Limited VBA macro support — which is still better than no support
- Extensibility with Mozilla Thunderbird and Lightning, Sun Wiki Publisher and Report Builder
The price of OpenOffice.org 3 is, as always, free! If you’re up to test-driving beta ware that may not necessarily be as stable or fast as your other office suite(s), click here to be transported to the beta site.
(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)
AT&T Officially Lists Wi-Fi Hotspot Access with iPhone Plans
AT&T’s iPhone website (under ‘Plans’ tab) has been updated to reveal that each iPhone plan now includes access to their “more than 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, including Starbucks all for use in the U.S.”
It was first revealed last week that AT&T had quietly begun offering iPhone users access to their Wi-Fi hotspots for free (including Starbucks and Barnes and Nobie). No official announcement had been made, however, and the service was abruptly turned off a few days later.
AT&T has remained quiet about this new offering, but it’s clear they will be officially delivering this service shortly.