yet another iPhone post

The iPocalypse may be over, but Apple still has some issues.  According to the in-the-know Morgan Webb, the new iPhone has sold over 1 million units so far.  That’s the good news, the bad news is that its hard to find one.  I called the local Apple store yesterday and there were sold out.  I called them around 11AM today and was told they had gotten in a small number but were sold out on those too.

I’m stuck with my rev 1 hardware and just upgraded the firmware.  The big plus is the non-Apple developed apps.  That shouldn’t be a surprise.  Remember that it was apps written by people who didn’t make the hardware or the OS that drove early personal computer sales.

The app I get the most use of currently is Twitteriffic.  If you use Twitter, and you have an iPhone, you probably already have this.  No more using up text messages (more on this later), or firing up the browser and login in.  Just read and tweet.  If you haven’t tried Twitter, give it a shot, it’s good for you. 🙂

Another  useful app is WeatherBug, which gives more details than the Weather app that comes with the phone.

There are two apps though that I’ve just started to use which I think will change the way people use their iPhones (and other ubiquitous Internet devices).  The AOL Radio and Pandora apps.

These apps stream audio.  AOL Radio provides a wide range of Terrestrial radio stations.  These include many music formats, as well as News and Talk radio stations.  Many radio stations stream over the web, but I carry my iPhone in my pocket.   My laptop, which doesn’t have a ubiquitous Internet connection, is a bit big to carry around all the time.

No need to synch up with iTunes to load music or net casts.  On demand music, news and talk.

That is going to change the way these devices are used and make additional bandwidth demands on a system that is already creaking under the increased demands of the iPhone and similar devices.