Apple introduces the iPhone 3G S Videoconferencing Kit
WWDC SAN FRANCISCO-June 8, 2009-Apple® today unveiled the Apple Videoconferencing Kit®, the world's first videoconference accessory for the world's best phone, the iPhone 3G S. Using a unique silicon-based mirror material and natural bamboo wood for its handle and base, the Apple Videoconferencing Kit measures an unprecedented 0.5 inches at its thinnest point. Its low weight and unique shape—developed following strict Human Interface tests and anatomical studies—will allow the user to easily hold it in front of the iPhone 3G S camera, allowing face-to-face video communication with users all around the world.
"Yes, I know" said senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing and Apple's Cool Guy at Large Phil Schiller, "we did it again. With this kit all the whiners will be happy. I know. We kick ass." The Apple Videoconferencing Kit ultra-shiny surface allows for an extremely clear image, the best in its class, and can be easily customized using any kind of materials, from stickers to Crayola. It will be available in June 19 for $29.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.
Why did I wait in line in Palo Alto and not the more sexy San Francisco? Easy, I knew there’d be more geeks in line here. And the line did not disappoint.
First of all, Bill Atkinson is in line here. He was Apple’s first software developer. He wrote Mac Paint. Hypercard. Did the windowing system. And much more. Most historians believe he’s one of the top software developers Silicon Valley has ever seen. And that’s no hype.
He’s been telling folks in line all sorts of old Macintosh stories (he was on the original Mac team). We streamed his conversation live and it really was incredible. Loren Heiny was watching our live stream tonight and said the conversation was awesome. Plus his photography (what he’s passionate about now) is stunning. We’re going to try to do a photo walking with him soon.
Steve Gillmor filmed the conversation and we’ll have it up on PodTech.
Anyway, I’m going to try to get some sleep and see ya in a few hours.
There’s 125 people in line at 3:36 a.m.
Also in line? The Quicken Mac Team. Zooomr. Smug Mug. TechMeme. Quite a few others.
Why does Apple make a legend like Atkinson wait in line?
Robert Scoble2 years ago
Fake: not sure. He seems like the kind of person who won't call and beg for one. He made a fake wood iPhone, though, as soon as he saw it just to "get an idea of what it'd feel like in his hand."
According to the SF paper, Woz will also be waiting in line for an iPhone -- because he wants to. It is telling that Robert and Fake Paul assume people are being tortured by Steve Jobs at the drop of a hat.
dawn m. armfield2 years ago
His photographs are stunning. I can imagine this experience -- the people, the geekery, the comraderie, is a once-in-a-lifetime.
Woz is first in line at the Valley Fair store.
CNBC says that Woz would be able to get one next week, but he couldn't wait.
Bill Atkinson told me that he could have gotten a free one too, but he wanted to "be part of the scene." He said he missed Woodstock and wasn't about to miss iPhone launch.
Head to Walmart. They have a ton of no contract phones and minutes. If you need the Verizon network then they have ones where you pay a dollar a day and no charge for days you don't use it. About $15 or $20. If you lose it, no biggie.I have one of the old disposable, pay-as-you-go phones. It is fine for me, but the battery is dying so I will have to get something newer. iPhone would be way out of my price range and the batteries are not removable unless something has changed.
So they'll give you a whole new phone and not try to send it out to fix it?My phone had a two year warranty, so... yeah.
And it's on a better network and it can run more than program at a time.
I can have Google Maps, my E-mail and a web browser with a couple tabs open, not unlike what I would do on a desktop machine. And I can copy and paste data between all those programs. It's quite handy.I haven't seen a case where having more than one program running at the same time makes any significant difference. All it gives you is the ability to claim you can do it....
I think I will be getting something for Christmas.Head to Walmart. They have a ton of no contract phones and minutes. If you need the Verizon network then they have ones where you pay a dollar a day and no charge for days you don't use it. About $15 or $20. If you lose it, no biggie.
I close off a credit card account. Shredded the card, got the "your account is closed" letter, etc. A few months later they reopened the account without my consent and applied a charge to it that I never authorized. I did dispute the charge and got it waived but a new charge should never ever be allowed on a closed account.I've been using a ShitiBank credit card for several years and have never had a problem. What did they do to make your ban list?
So once unemployed he got one of the more expensive phones on one of the most expensive networks? Interesting. I always thought when unemployed you had to manage your expenses.The first thing my friend did when he lost his job was buy an iphone. He said it would help him find a job. 11 months later he's about to get another IT job, so I guess it helped him!?!?
I was gitted with a newer phone. Damn thing is excessively complicated and has horrible graphics background. Idiot designers and programmers have no options for pain backgrounds. attery life is good which was lacking in the old phone.I think I will be getting something for Christmas.
Ummm... I really don't know to respond to this...Video conferencing Chew? Come on, don't make excuses for the lack of buying your genius son a decent iSight built-in MacBook w/SSD, instead of some play toy laptop. iChat pioneered simple, inexpensive vid conferencing for the 'dummies'...that you Winblows crowd where ignorant of that is well...not at all unexpected
What did you get?I was gitted with a newer phone.
I agree; well said. The iPhone is not the worlds best phone. It met my needs, but I can understand how it won't for many others.While I can see that the iPhone has some considerable merit in it's form and function, people must remember that it is NOT the be-all and end-all of all mobile phones/communication devices. That one must clearly define what they use the phone for, before getting a new handset. As for the comment in the quote "World's best phone", may I ask for whom? As it's not the "world's best phone" for me... (f&*king PR drones).
It's mainly that he can see me each day before he goes to bed at night... It's a way that he knows that I'm still there, even though it's only on a phone. (He sleeps better at night). One of the joys of having a gifted child.2 year olds need video conferencing? WTF?
The rationale is that this author is shouldn't be writing technology articles. The message is set by default in the phone settings and people probably don't bother to change it. I've changed mine to read "sent from my mobile" because I don't like it actually saying iPhone in the message. I use it as a fair-warning indication that I'm either not in the office or that my access to work-related systems is limited. Almost everyone I know who has a smart phone does this at my work and I find it very useful.And, when they're not talking about it, they reference it in email and text, if only to tell you, ''I'm writing this from my iPhone''. Other than to explain poor spelling and staccato punctuation, there can be no rationale in telling me this.
I do not tell people, ''I am writing this from my ageing no-name PC built for me by my girlfriend's father''. For, unlike iPhone users, I do not believe that the medium is the message. I believe that the medium is, in this case, an expensive, wildly overrated piece of chic. Moreover, it has given people licence to rudely suspend conversation at lunch as they type, ''I'm writing this from my iPhone''.
That is how it is with my corporate Blackberry. I think the line is there so that one can get away with a few more typos and less well-written e-mails. I would not mention the brand of a personal communication device - not that I have one.This is also not a phenomenon that exists only for the iPhone. There are numerous emails I get at work that say "sent from the blackberry" or " sent from the berry". Clearly this couldn't be mentioned in the article as it would steal the thunder from the rant.
Exactly...I felt the same way, which is why I removed the device name. I don't have an issue with increased typos or shortened grammar when replying to messages of my mobile. The phone works very well in landscape mode for typing long messages.I would not mention the brand of a personal communication device - not that I have one.
Built in applications were always allowed to run at the same time. It was the 3rd party applications that weren't allowed to.Something I just thought of today while using my phone. I think the iPhone does have multitasking capabilities, but they just aren't ever brought to light. Let me give you an example of some different things I do all the time. The first example is writing a txt message and then hitting the send button. Normally it takes a few seconds (1-5 depending on signal strength) to actually send. Usually I'm too impatient to wait for it to send because I want to go back to whatever it was I was previously doing. I'll write the txt message, hit send, and immediately press the black button which brings you to the desktop to switch back to something like email. The txt message processing continues while I do this. I get an audible noise when it has been sent.
This same example is true for things like email. I can write a message, hit send and then immediately switch to something else while its processing to send. I realize this isn't exactly the same as a phone like the Pre which can have multiple apps running at the exact same time, but it at least shows that processes on the iPhone are capable of running at the same time. Similar to using the phone for music which doing other tasks.
That is for personal use I assume. How can you all justify the initial and ongoing cost for such a cell phone/device?Exactly...I felt the same way, which is why I removed the device name. I don't have an issue with increased typos or shortened grammar when replying to messages of my mobile. The phone works very well in landscape mode for typing long messages.