In a recent report from MacNotes.de, unlocking an iPhone sold by T-Mobile Germany is simple, done in only a few seconds and is handled by none other than Apple’s own iTunes. Due to a temporary injunction against Apple, the company has been forced to sell the iPhones with the ability to be unlocked in Germany. Apple will also be forced to sell them unlocked in France in six months after their launch on November 29.
Jon Fortt at Fortune interviewed Greg Joswiak, VP of marketing at Apple for the iPod and iPhone, and the biggest news is about the iPhone. Joswiak looks forward to having "a real SDK" that will allow "legitimate developers to come into the space." By that latter comment, he was not dismissing hackers, or "grassroots, small developers," as they apparently say in marketing. However, the main worry appears to be those grass roots, or at least a few bad seeds. To that end, Joswiak pretty much confirms how security and application development will work together.
This is something I never thought I'd hear myself say - or maybe I should say, see myself type - about an Apple operating system: Mac OSX Leopard was released before it was ready. This operating system needed more testing on more systems with more hardware, and especially, more software configurations. The days of Apple computers operating with just the Mac OS and Adobe Photoshop installed, and practically nothing else to speak of, are long gone, and Apple knows this as well as anyone.
Three patent filings set into motion by Apple just a month after the iPhone's US debut open the door to curved multi-touch surfaces that can recognize more than just fingertips. Pieced together through US-based patents for a sensor layout as well as those for mobile sensors and compliant conductors, the collective technology uses improved touch input nodes that are accurate enough to create a sensor image of different parts of the hand while not being bound to any particular size, shape, or resolution.
British iPhone buyers are in an online uproar over reception problems they're experiencing on the network of O2, Apple's exclusive service provider in England. (No bars for iPhone Brits?)
The issue has come to light on Apple's own discussions forum, in a thread entitled, "UK 02 (poor signal strength/reception problems)." The thread is here.