Philip Elmer-DeWitt writing for Fortune: What they couldn’t foresee was whether Apple’s customers would see the benefits to the buyer. Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, for example, predicted that 15% of new iPhone customers would opt for what is, in effect, a 24-month lease. […] For 24 relatively low monthly payments—anywhere from $32.41 to $44.91—customers get AppleCare+ phone support/damage insurance (a $11/month value) and the option to trade up to an iPhone 7 (or whatever it’s called) a year from now.
Great rundown on the options. It’s Craigslist all the way for me. I was surprised at how good a deal the Amazon trade-in program is.
I wholeheartedly agree with Ben Brooks and Marco Arment: we need a new calendar view that presents the next three days like in a week view and then puts events for the following week or two in a list, all visible at once. Using landscape orientation would be perfect for this. At least give us a week view. Event repetition needs the flexibility that Google Calendar provides: I want events that can repeat every Tuesday and Thursday.
I just tried to FaceTime someone for the first time, but I couldn’t find the button for it in the Contacts app. It turns out that there’s a FaceTime option in the phone settings you have to turn on to enable it and see the buttons.
OmniFocus for iPhone is a pretty great task organizer. You can even view a map of your surrounding area to see which tasks you can accomplish near your location. What confuses me is why they haven’t added what seems to me to be an obvious extension of this: location-based notifications. When I’m in the neighborhood of a QFC, I’d like my iPhone to notify me that I can get an errand done.
The big thing touted for Windows Phone 7 as the innovation over iPhone is hubs: information aggregated into one place and viewable at a glance. It seems to me that Apple could easily add such a feature to the home screen by letting you drag downward or upward to view a Dashboard like in Mac OS X that you can put widgets on that call out whatever information you care about—upcoming calendar events, missed calls, new messages, weather, whatever.
I was just looking at my film collection and realized that I never want to own another film. I’ll eventually sell off most of them, except for my favorites that I can watch a hundred times and still love. If I want to watch a film, I can just queue it on Netflix and have it within days. If I have the urge to watch a film immediately, I can rent it on iTunes or Amazon for just a few dollars and start watching it immediately.
I sent the following to email@example.com: Mr. Jobs, I am dissatisfied with my experience of activating my iPhone 3GS. Activation was delayed for four days. Then, iTunes gave me a vague error saying my phone couldn’t be activated without explaining why. Then, I received an e-mail with a phone number to call. I tried calling it numerous times without being connected to a person in a reasonable amount of time. I once waited on hold for about twenty-five minutes.