Great news: Apple will be streaming its event today live at apple.com – finally. Unfortunately the stream will only work with Apple products: iOS 3.0 or better devices or Safari. I suspect that’s because Apple wants to show off its new http streaming capability – perhaps related to an announcement they’ll make today.
We’ll do our own breaking coverage and analysis of the event starting at 12:30p Eastern/9:30 Pacific/1630 UTC at http://live.twit.tv with Andy Ihnatko, Alex Lindsay, Tom Merritt and me. Live coverage will be followed by MacBreak Weekly immediately after Steve leaves the stage.
I’m going live in a few hours and won’t be off the air until tomorrow.
We’re calling this insanity “24 Hours of iPhone.” Starting at 10a today (July 10) I’ll be doing my usual Thursday slate of shows on TWiT Live, including Roz Rows, Windows Weekly, and Jumping Monkeys. But in between shows, I’ll also be talking with folks waiting in line for the new iPhone. Then at 3p Pacific we go live with wall-to-wall coverage of the iPhone launch.
The first 3G phones are already being sold in New Zealand and as Apple Stores open at 8am local time worldwide we’ll be talking with folks in line. We’re also giving away store credit for 10 iPhones, each with $100 credit toward Audible audio books to random callers during the program, thanks to our fantastic sponsor Audible.com
At 5p Pacific/8 Eastern/midnight UTC we’ll be talking with Steve Wozniak about his new iPhone. Other special guests will join us through the night. I’ll continue until the last Apple store opens its doors in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 11a Eastern Friday July 11.
Join us for this marathon celebration of the launch of the iPhone 3G on TWiT Live!
We’re going to test out TWiT Live’s live coverage capability Monday, June 9, at 9:30a Pacific/12:30p Eastern/1630 UTC, with live commentary on Steve Jobs’s keynote at WWDC. Join Andy Ihnatko, John Moltz (formerly of Crazy Apple Rumors), and me as we watch the keynote together (we won’t be in the room but we’ll be following it on the web along with everyone else). After the speech ends, Chris Breen of Macworld Magazine, who will be in the room will give us his impressions.
From Apple – Hot News, his Stevieness says…
Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developersâ€™ hands in February. … It will take until February to release an SDK because weâ€™re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at onceâ€”provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. … P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch.
(Emphasis mine.) Hallelujah!
What if you bought a computer that you couldn’t install any of your own applications on? (Stupid, I know, but what if?)
What if that computer required you to sign up for two years Internet service with one particular company, and prohibited using any other ISP? (Not that the ISP subsidized the price or anything – the computer wasn’t cheap.)
What if some bright guys came along and figured out how to install your own applications on the computer? And then showed you how to choose your own ISP? You’d do it, right? I mean, why not, it’s your computer. But wait.
What if the company that made the computer sent down an update that checked to see if you had installed your own applications and deleted them if so?
What if that same update checked to see if you were using the required ISP, and if you weren’t turned the computer into a useless, unfixable, piece of glass and plastic?
Would you ever buy a computer from that company again?
Would you ever trust a company like that again?
Addendum: Some Apple and cell phone customers seem to be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, so let me put it another way.
Let’s say you’re selling me a cow. You tell me that that cow is being sold for the express purpose of making milk. I agree, and buy the cow.
Later I decide that I’d prefer to make cheese. You say that’s a violation of our agreement and kill my cow.
When I paid for the cow it became my property, to do with as I please. If you don’t like how I’m using it you may choose not to do any further business with me but you don’t get to kill my cow.
And, by the way, warning me you’d kill my cow if I keep making cheese doesn’t make it all right.
The lawyers will point out that contractually I agreed to your terms. True. But I don’t think the contract said anything about killing the cow did it?
Apple’s sole redress is to halt all support of my phone. If we let Apple destroy our property for not following the rules we’re telling the music industry it’s ok to destroy a hard drive containing illegal songs, the cable company to fry our TVs for stealing cable. That is vigilante justice and a direct threat to the rule of law.
I know I’m just falling for BMW’s viral marketing ploy, but I can’t help but admire the clever ad campaign they’ve created just for web junkies. If you like a good mystery, visit the Apple MPEG-4 page and click on the :k: link at the bottom. Just remember, like a polar bear in a snow storm, not all is as it seems.
Thanks to RyanR who pointed this out on the message boards. For bonus fun try Tron20.net. (Thanks to trallyus for that one.)