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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:12 PM   #1
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Pogue's iPhone Frequently Asked Questions - Part 2



David Pogue posted a followup question and answer list about the Apple iPhone with some additional details. The highlights include:

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- NO Java, MAYBE Flash, according to Jobs
- “How does the iPhone charge?” –It comes with a white charging/syncing dock, just like an iPod.
- Calendar program isn’t finished yet, but I did see an “add new event” icon on the placeholder graphic.
- “Can the pinch gesture be used on Web pages?” –Yes! Also on email!
- [The screen is the] same polycarbonate that’s used for iPod screens, although apparently the coating has been substantially improved.
- [The screen responds] ONLY to skin touch. I couldn’t use my fingernail, for example. And you certainly can’t use a stylus.
Full list of questions can be found at his blog. Part 1 was posted a few days ago.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:18 PM   #2
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Improved coating on screen.....

I'm glad to see that there was an improvement on that department. I suppose we'll see this on a new model iPod, when released. x]
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:18 PM   #3
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Didn't another guy say that java and flash will be supported?
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:18 PM   #4
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Skin only huh? I was hoping for some use of Inkwell or handwriting recognition for quick notes or handwriting to text message application. Can't see writing with my finger tho, but who knows.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:19 PM   #5
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days after the announcement of the forthcoming product "iPhone"...

was it not maybe better for Apple to promise to introduce the product information every few weeks, instead of how they introduced it last week?

does the speculation on features, what it can do or not do etc. create negative vibe about the phone?
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:20 PM   #6
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Javascript is said to be supported but I haven't heard a definitive on JAVA.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:21 PM   #7
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Ok stevey...going to have to support java to call it a full featured web browser.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:23 PM   #8
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Exchange Integration

Everyone is freaking that there is no Exchange integration. From everything that I have read so far, this is really incorrect.

It was clearly stated by Apple and Jobs that IMAP is supported and that included exchange servers. What you don't get is the "push" like you get with a Blackberry or with the Yahoo.mail.

An IMO...who cares...bring on the iPhone!
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:28 PM   #9
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Why would Apple announce the iPhone 5+ months in advance? Wouldn't that give the competition 5+ months to copy it?
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:32 PM   #10
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Why would Apple announce the iPhone 5+ months in advance? Wouldn't that give the competition 5+ months to copy it?
Because the competition would copy even quicker if the FCC published detailed reports of the phone before it was even announced.

And 5+ months is not long enough for a company to copy a product which took 2+ years to complete.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:32 PM   #11
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Look at the bottom right pic just below the vid. I dunno if this has been seen, but it is really funny.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:33 PM   #12
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Some of you are acting like if the iPhone is a revolutionary device.

This is nothing but an attractive encased piece of ****.

599.99? for a dervice that wont support 3rd party?

People where talking bout how crippled the zune was with its wifi
and people are not saying nothing about this?

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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:33 PM   #13
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Why would Apple announce the iPhone 5+ months in advance? Wouldn't that give the competition 5+ months to copy it?
Probably for marketing purposes. I think Steve could have said he was going to give away Macs to the masses at MWSF and people would still have been disappointed without an iPhone introduction. And besides this (hopefully) gives Apple another 5 months to sneak in a few new features or something for an extra "Wow" factor come june.

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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:33 PM   #14
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Why would Apple announce the iPhone 5+ months in advance? Wouldn't that give the competition 5+ months to copy it?
Yeah I didn't understand this either.

If not in regards to their competitors, also because the hype will die down. If Steve had announced the iPhone and said that as soon as his keynote was through, it could be ordered - can you imagine how many would have been sold? Now by the time its released, it'll almost be a "yeah.. that's old news" type thing.

They killed the impulse buy - now people have 6 months to realize they probably shouldn't spend $600 on a phone that is lacking a few features they'd really like to see.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:35 PM   #15
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If they didn't say anything, people would think it doesn't exist, and their stock value would drop because all they introduced at MWSF 07 was Apple TV when what everybody wants and expects is an iPod Phone.


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Didn't another guy say that java and flash will be supported?
Actually, it was that both were NOT supported. This is where the information gets a bit blurry. Maybe it's Java-script that's supported, not Java. This would make more sense in a way, but not for the user, who wants it all to work.
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well these details seem pretty good. getting kinda tired of hearing about a product that isn't being released for another 6 months though....
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:49 PM   #17
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When txt messaging and you flip the iPhone to landscape mode, will the screen adapt? You know, so one can txt like if using a Sidekick so the onscreen QWERTY will be longer and easier to use.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:50 PM   #18
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Why would Apple announce the iPhone 5+ months in advance? Wouldn't that give the competition 5+ months to copy it?
This was answered specifically by Jobs in the keynote...

People constantly find out about new cellular phones through FCC applications, so he wanted Apple to announce this to the world officially and not have it "leak" via the FCC...
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:52 PM   #19
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Charging?

The details on charging the iPhone are still pretty unclear. The iPod (I'm assuming 5G) does not ship with a dock, only a USB cord to sync/charge via your computer and no wall charger

I hope they realize that even if the iPhone does come with a dock, a lot of people aren't going to want to have to charge their cell phone via their computer
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:56 PM   #20
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Everyone is freaking that there is no Exchange integration. From everything that I have read so far, this is really incorrect.

It was clearly stated by Apple and Jobs that IMAP is supported and that included exchange servers. What you don't get is the "push" like you get with a Blackberry or with the Yahoo.mail.

An IMO...who cares...bring on the iPhone!
Yep, it was clearly stated already that Exchange is supported, so I don't see the point...the only ones denying this are probably:

1) PC fanboys;
2) traditional MR whiners;
3) those that prefer ugly Treos over the quantic leap called iPhone.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 03:58 PM   #21
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The iPhone is a cell phone. Apple has to submit it to the FCC to be approved before it can be sold. All FCC submissions are public documents. Who would you rather have announce the iPhone? Apple or the FCC?
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 04:02 PM   #22
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The details on charging the iPhone are still pretty unclear. The iPod (I'm assuming 5G) does not ship with a dock, only a USB cord to sync/charge via your computer and no wall charger

I hope they realize that even if the iPhone does come with a dock, a lot of people aren't going to want to have to charge their cell phone via their computer
I agree. For $599 I really hope that Apple decides to ship them with regular power chargers like every other company, maybe even a dock.

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When txt messaging and you flip the iPhone to landscape mode, will the screen adapt? You know, so one can txt like if using a Sidekick so the onscreen QWERTY will be longer and easier to use.
Good question. I really hope so.
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 04:29 PM   #23
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When txt messaging and you flip the iPhone to landscape mode, will the screen adapt? You know, so one can txt like if using a Sidekick so the onscreen QWERTY will be longer and easier to use.
FTFA:

“Any word on whether the keypad will be available in the horizontal screen mode allowing larger keys, albeit a smaller text window?” –That orientation wasn’t available in the prototype; Apple hasn’t decided whether or not to add the landscape keyboard layout. (Also, interestingly: rotating the iPhone to change the screen orientation only works counterclockwise–and only, as Mr. Jobs said, “When it makes sense.” That is, not all programs rotate.)
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Old Jan 14, 2007, 04:31 PM   #24
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Some of you are acting like if the iPhone is a revolutionary device.

This is nothing but an attractive encased piece of ****.

599.99? for a dervice that wont support 3rd party?

People where talking bout how crippled the zune was with its wifi
and people are not saying nothing about this?

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I really didn't want to respond to this, but why not.

If you are that disappointed with the iPhone thats fine, it didn't meet your expectations. I guess you find a gold bar and complain that it wasn't large enough.

You tell me what product on the market today can equal the iPhone, becuase the answer is easy, nothing can deliver all of what the iPhone will deliver.

Does it have absolutely every single option that a Blackberry or some other phone does...no...and so what....this isn't about trying to make an Apple branded Blackberry.

Apple is about defining a whole new paradigm...and they are doing that.

Just enjoy the ride and stop asking when we are going to get there...cuz Dad isn't going to turn the car around and head home..
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Why would Apple announce the iPhone 5+ months in advance? Wouldn't that give the competition 5+ months to copy it?
It took MS 7 years to copy OS X. And they STILL didn't get it completely right!
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