Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday Edition: WWDC and the HTC Magic

By Benedict Wee

Apple's yearly WorldWide Developers Conference was a roller coaster of emotions for me. On one hand, I was excited about all MacBooks going Pro and the new OSX -Snow Leopard- costing only US$30 to upgrade for Leopard making it the cheapest operating system upgrade ever. On the other I was disappointed at the "upgrades" in the new iPhone 3GS which brings it to the same standard most smartphones in the market already posses. More ups and downs here

We find out what's inside the new iPhone 3GS and how they'll be able to play better videogames the older models can't

On a more local note we find out that the HTC Magic from Vodafone has been delayed and will release in the same month as the iPhone 3GS though there is no confirmed launch day. Those who are interested can sign up on Vodafone's site as they've started pre-registration. I (and a couple of others), not wanting to wait for an ambiguous date and being tempted by Vodafone reps, Ben and other people who already have the mobile (or at least tried it out) have taken the initiative and bought it from an importer. My first impressions of New Zealand's first Android phone are here.

A more pressing matter is new mobile service provider 2degrees resigning from the TCF (Telecommunications Carriers Forum) which is supposed to promote healthy competition between telcos and thereby allowing us to benefit with cheaper call/text/data costs. They claim that the forum is headed by the three big providers (Telecom, Vodafone and TelstraClear) which is counterproductive to the cause and might explain why we our services are still at an all time high. Something smells fishy here. 

And what do we have to look forward to next week? 

Well I'll be concentrating heavily on my newly bought HTC Magic so expect a review soon. More Magic news includes Paul Brislen (Vodafone's External Communications Manager) releasing more details on the phones launch, including when paid apps in the Android Market will be available. I'll also be checking out the free apps in said Market and will be posting a list of recommendations for Android users. 

Also, update 3.0 for the iPhone and iPod Touch will be released on the 17th. Will give a review on that too.

That's about all we have for this week. Have a great weekend everyone! 

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