Jun 9 2008
The rumor sites really do ruin Stevenotes. I mean when Jobs comes out and announces that Apple has built the all new iPhone 3G, with networking that is twice as fast as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs the hundreds of third party apps built with the iPhone SDK, we’re all thinking, “Yeah, we know. We read about that last week! What else you got?”
In the US the new iPhone 3G is priced at a stunning USD$199 for the 8GB model, and just USD$299 for the 16GB model. iPhone 3G will be available in more than 70 countries later this year, beginning with customer availability in 22 countries — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the US — on July 11.
Also spoiled by the rumor sites was the announcement of MobileMe, an internet service that delivers push email, push contacts and push calendars from the MobileMe service in the “cloud” to native applications on iPhone, iPod touch, Macs and PCs. MobileMe also provides a suite of elegant, ad-free web applications that deliver a desktop-like experience through any modern browser. MobileMe applications include Mail, Contacts and Calendar, as well as Gallery for viewing and sharing photos and iDisk for storing and exchanging documents online.
MobileMe, also available on July 11, is a subscription-based service with 20GB of storage for USD$99 per year for individuals and USD$149 for a Family Pack, which includes one master account with 20GB of storage and four Family Member accounts with 5GB of storage each. Users can sign up for a free, 60-day MobileMe trial and current .Mac members will be automatically upgraded to MobileMe accounts. MobileMe subscribers can purchase an additional 20GB of storage for USD$49 or 40GB of storage for USD$99 annually.