AT&T

Software, Hardware, More, Oh My…

I have missed a few stories here but we were in the middle of training for our sectional appearance after winning district.  However, our season came to and end last night with a 13-point loss.

But today seems to be a lull in between two Apple high’s.  The week began with rumors of Apple dropping 4.3 on Tuesday.  However, that was not the case.  Then comes Wednesday where all seemed to be quiet until about noon CST.  Apple finally dropped 4.3 for iPhone, iPod and iPad customers.  Then 4.2 for Apple TV dropped and 5.02 for Safari joining in the fun.

Wow, what a day of software.  Today is supposed to bring iMovie and Garageband in the App Store for iPad 2. And Friday March 11th iPad 2 will drop in Apple stores, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and AT&T as well as Verizon to name a few. I suppose I missed my chance to win one at www.tipb.com and I don’t think you will see me in line to pick up a new one.  While I would like to have one, at this time I cannot justify spending another $800 on a 32GB 3G version iPad.  Apple did some cool upgrades but I think I will wait for the iPad 3 lines.  Maybe I will find some more contest and win one there.

So what does all this software bring?

4.3 – for the iOS devices brought some new features I may use and some unexpected problems.

  1. Personal Hotspot: (iPhone 4) Probably one of the most talked about features of 4.3 because it was one that the Verizon iPhone already had and one that customers were unsure if ATT would allow their patrons to use. This is one feature that I will not see the opportunity to use.  Being an iPhone unlimited data customer I would have to give up my unlimited data and defect to a $25/$15 plan.  I understand ATT’s point here but you would think they could come up with something to allow me to have a 2GB bucket or data when the hotspot is one or something and retain my unlimited.
  2. Enhanced AirPlay and Home Sharing: This is a feature I like so far.  Once the new software is installed you navigate into Settings > iPod > and you will see a new section where you enter your home sharing username and password.  There is no save button so back out and go to Video or iPod App and navigate around (under iPhone’s iPod the new sharing feature is in More…).  You will find a sharing feature that allows you to see shared iTunes movies, music, etc.  I see using this feature when I forgot to add a movie or did not want to but my wife and I want to see a movie while in another room in our home.
  3. Message feature: Apple seems to always add in features that they leave to the user to find.  This feature allows the iPhone users to extend the number of reminders to 10.  So if I am away from my phone or in a noisy environment which is often the case for me I can be reminded of that text up to 10 times.  Surely, I can answer it by then. In addition, many users complained of the long text tones Apple added during the last major update calling then useless.  Well Apple has shortened most of them.  They also changed the vibration to two short bursts of vibration goodness rather than a single vibration matching the tone.  But and this is a big one, when is Apple going to allow users to create their own text tones in Garage Band like they do with ringtones?  This annoys me!

4.2 for Apple TV:

Apple TV was not left out yesterday as it got some updates as well. I have included a screen shot from the “what’s new” screen that’s pops up after installing.  For me just the ability to show videos shot with my iOS devices makes me happy.  I would like to see videos and apps displayed but it appears that feature is up to the content provider.

Thursday March 10, 2011 – is rumored to bring iMovie and Garageband for iPad 2

Friday March 11, 2011 –is the best day.  Not for the release if iPad 2 but because I’ll turn 40.  I plan to be at the closest Apple store some 2 hours away.  Not to get my new iPad 2, although that would be nice but to have them look at my original iPad for a mail issue.

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My Apple Experiences…

So there are many of you that talk about Apple fanboy’s.  An Apple fanboy definition can be found here at Urban Dictionary. We are talked about as people who are similar in nature to a cult of followers who believe anything that Apple tells us.  We are to believe that we do not have minds of our own and cannot assimilate a rational thought.  We stand in lines without expressions waiting for our worldly leader the Jobs to hand us our next ration.

But let me say that while I write about Apple and all its glory I come from a Windows background. My first computer was an eBay special; my first laptop was a Compaq with a 3GB hard drive.  Then I bought into Gateway an then another then an eMachine desktop.  So I know about Windows and what to expect there.  I remember the excitement of getting each machine and the disappointment when something would happen and they would ask me to restore the machine every time.  I had accumulated software that I used and stored photos only to have to begin over reinstalling everything from contacts to papers to software.  It was always a pain.

I have always been into technology and have slowly converted my family into this following.  For me it was the iPhone in 2007.  I was a hold out as the iPhone came out in June or July 2007 and I did not purchase one until August.  I remember that day clearly.  My wife and I were in town and I had been talking about buying an iPhone and I could not stand it anymore.  I stopped by AT&T and went in. I did not know she thought I was going in to “talk” to them.  Imagine my surprise when I got back into the car with a new $500 phone.  I got the usual talking to that I have become accustomed to in the beginning.

But for us that was the changing point.  Prior to that I had Windows computers and phones like the SLVR, the Pearl and the Curve to name of few of the most recent predecessors.  But the iPhone was a game changer for us.  The more I used it the more I wanted to learn about Apple.  I watched videos, I visited Apple stores and I talked to their sales and others that knew the Apple eco system.  I heard the entire pro’s and cons.  How great a machine they are and how limited they were in the software realm.  If I bought a Mac, I would have a machine that lived in a Window’s world.

It was not until late summer 2008, after using the iPhone and my discoveries that I choose the take the plunge.  I ordered my new MacBook Pro just before I went on vacation to Disney.  I was so excited I wanted it shipped to the hotel but was afraid it would not arrive while we were there so I shipped it home.  But that created anxiety of its own, as I was at the most magical place on earth and I wanted to be at home when the package arrived.  I remember checking the tracking information everyday.

When we arrived home the package had been picked up, at my request, by my mother, was the first thing I attended to.  Unpacking could wait; I had to see this machine.  I had petted them in the Apple stores but this one was mine—to be continued…


AT&T App Store? I’ll Pass…

ATT logoTiPb reports that CEO Randall Stephenson spoke out about the App Store ran by Apple.

“You purchase an app for one operating system, and if you want it on another device or platform, you have to buy it again,” Stephenson said in a keynote speech at the world’s largest mobile-phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain. “That’s not how our customers expect to experience this environment.”  TiPb.com

 

Wait…isn’t this just AT&T trying to get paid?  Sure for consumers we would love to be able pay once and use across many platforms.  And of course for AT&T this makes sense.  Just maybe they would be the one collecting 30 percent and all the attention.

 

Let’s look at Microsoft Office.   Have consumers had to purchase on Windows then switched to a Mac and had to pay again when putting it on a Mac?  This has been going on for a long time. I think it is nice that I can put Angry Birds on my iPhone, my wife’s and my daughters and pay only once.  I thought this was a step in the consumer friendly direction. If I lose the app I don’t have to repay for it, I just re download it. Box Software would not send me another disc and last time I got Microsoft Office Student edition from Digital River, I had to pay an extra $10 for it to be there should I need to download it again.

 

Pretty much any software I have bought I have to pay more for extra licenses, replacement discs or even a reinstall disc for my Windows OS that came on te computer.  So maybe Mr. Stephenson’s intentions were directed at income stream for AT&T or maybe he has the consumer’s interest at the forefront. Who knows but I why stop at the carrier.  What if I want to take my Apps to Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile.  Where do we stop?

 

Maybe AT&T is on to something for consumers but I think I will be happy where I am at this time