Apple yesterday issued a recall for the USB power adapter that was included with the iPhone 3G sold in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru. The adapters sold in other countries should be fine.
A problem with the adapter could result in a metal prong breaking off and remaining in power outlets.
Replacement adapters won’t be available until October 10th and the new ones will contain a green dot to help tell them apart from the originals. Users needing a replacement can order one here or just drop by ann Apple retail store on or after October 10th.
[Via Mac Rumors]
At least two Russian cellular carriers have signed on to sell the iPhone, the first time the device will officially be sold in the country.
When the iPhone does go on sale (probably around October) it is expected to sell for 24,000 roubles, or roughly $990 and believe it or not that price is cheaper than the current black market price.
It’s hoped that if the big three Russian carriers all sign up to sell the iPhone Apple will be able to sell 3.5 million devices within the next two years.
When Apple’s 2.0.2 firmware update for the iPhone hit yesterday, iPhone 3G owners experiencing 3G speed and connectivity problems were hopeful that the update would address their problem at least a little bit (though it’s possibly that it could be a hardware problem that can’t be fixed with a software update).
Nothing wrong with hoping.
All Apple said about the update was that it has some “bug fixes”, so in typical Apple fashion they didn’t promise anything so they’re not on the hook for anything.
Some 3G issues seem to have been addressed at least a little bit (though not all users are in agreement) but it looks like a new problem might have been introduced.
Some iPhone 3G owners are reporting the inability to make phone calls over 3G, with every attempted call resulting in a “call failed” error even when full signal strength is displayed on the device.
Its not clear yet just how many users this is affecting, but even one is too many.
If you or someone you know is having this problem, switching the phone to EDGE in Settings > General > Network seems to help (until Apple fixes the problem).
Right now the only place to buy an iPhone 3G is either at an Apple or an AT&T store but beginning next month you’ll have another option.
Best Buy announced that beginning on September 7th the iPhone will be available at their 970 US-based stores giving consumers another choice and Apple a better chance of hitting their target of selling 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008.
While most iPhone 3G users are having a great time and enjoying the heck out of the device, some are frustrated with its 3G data performance and poor reception.
According to Nomura Securities analyst Richard Windsor “these issues are typical of an immature chipset and radio protocol stack.”
Windsor believes that the supplier of the the 3G chipset used by the iPhone 3G is Infineon and also believes that the problem isn’t one that can be addressed by a firmware update.
If you’re an iPhone 3G owner and have noticed a big slowdown when surfing the web, check to see if you have a 3G or EDGE connection–you’ve probably dropped to EDGE and that’s the reason for the change in speed.
Wi-Fi > 3G > EDGE > writing the pages by hand on the fly (but just barely)
That’s an exaggeration, of course, but you get the idea. An updated protocol stack might make some difference but if the problem really is with the chipset and radio the hardware would need to be replaced to make a meaningful difference.
The iPhone Dev Team has just released an update to PwnageTool, bringing it up to 2.0.2.
If you already have a previous version installed they recommend using the applications built-in updater.
New in this update are some bug fixes, and updated versions of Cydia and Installer 4 (application/package installers).
If you’re waiting for PwnageTool to be able to unlock your iPhone 3G you’ll have to keep waiting–jailbreak yes, unlock no.
For more info and a list of mirrors to download PwnageTool 2.0.2 check out this post.
Cell carrier Vodafone offers a unique service for their iPhone 3G devices–for a fee, users can pay to have their devices unlocked which sounds great, right?
Well, yes and no. Unlocked is good, but no being able to use your phone anymore sucks a bit.
Since upgrading to the new 2.0.1 firmware that Apple released yesterday, unlocked Vodafone iPhone 3G owners are receiving a “0xE8000001” error message and are unable to re-connect to the service.
Some, not all, users are able to get their phone working again by restoring their phone. Whether it’s a Vodaphone or Apple bug, hopefully there will be a fix soon.
Vodafone sells the iPhone 3G in ten different countries right now so this could be a big problem.
Yesterday Apple released firmware 2.0.1 for the iPhone and iPod Touch and among the “bug fixes” is to block access to jailbroken applications. That one should be fixable by the iPhone Dev Team and their PwnageTool but another interesting change is that Apple has also updated the iPhone 3G baseband.
The baseband is hacked to unlock the iPhone so that it can be used with other carriers than the one you purchased it with, such as using the iPhone with T-Mobile instead of AT&T in the US.
The iPhone Dev Team admits that they still have to do testing with the new updated baseband and there’s a chance that with the new baseband the phone will not be able to be unlocked, meaning you’ll be stuck with your original carrier. Some won’t care, but to others that’s a big deal.
From the iPhone Dev Team blog, here are some points they want to make sure PwnageTool users understand about the latest firmware update:
- If you own a first generation (2G iPhone), no matter what you do now, you don’t have to worry, the next PwnageTool will get you where you want even if it you prematurely updated. 2G is completely pwned at every conceivable level and you’ll always be OK. But if you own a 3G iPhone and are looking for unlock in the near future, don’t use Apple’s update yet!
- If your 3G iPhone is on a regular contract and you always plan to be with the carrier then you can update but you will lose the jailbreak and access to third party (non AppStore) applications.
- If your 3G iPhone is not on a regular contract and you plan to use it on an alternative network to the carrier that supplied it then do not update unless you do it with the impending PwnageTool update.
- PwnageTool v2.0.1 does not work with version 2.0.1 of the iPhone or iPod update from Apple.
- We will release an update to PwnageTool when the testing has been completed and all applied changes have been checked for safety.
Apple just released firmware 2.0.1 for the iPhone and iPod Touch which you should be available in iTunes now.
Not really clear what’s in this version except for some “bug fixes”. Hopefully among the bugs fixed are the slow text input bug and the slow scrolling bug, each of which were new to the 2.0 firmware.
UPDATE: I’ve been testing out the new 2.0.1 firmware for a couple of days now and thankfully it does seem like the slow text and slow scrolling bugs have been fixed. As for the bug(s) that caused apps to occasionally crash, hard to say. I didn’t have that much of a crashing problem before but I did have a crash last night so I vote no change but you’re milage may vary.
iPhone 3G owners wishing their precious was available in more colors than just white or black now have a few more options thinks to Colorware.
Their custom process will allow you to choose any of 35 different colors that they’ll be able to apply right onto your phone (sorry, it’s not a case or label that you can apply yourself and they can’t sell you an iPhone with the color already applied).
The service will cost you between $150 and $210 depending on which parts you’d like colored. Options include the back, frame, button, SIM card tray and earbuds.
You’ll also be able to order a matching iPhone Dock for another $20 if that’s something you’re interested in.
It looks like it will take a couple of weeks for your iPhone 3G to be returned to you but for some it might be well worth it the time and expense.
For more info check out this page.