iPhone orders may come a day early

By on June 22, 2010 at 6:48 AM.

iPhone orders may come a day early

iPhone 4

For those of you that managed to get in an online iPhone pre-order (via the online Apple Store) on June 15th before the pre-order Armageddon, you have a bit of good news in your inbox. Our tips box is full of future iPhone 4 owners who report having an email from Apple stating:

You recently received a Shipment Notification email from Apple advising you that your iPhone has shipped.

This email is to confirm that your delivery will occur on June 23rd. Although Apple and FedEx tracking information may currently indicate a later date, you can check the FedEx website the morning of the June 23rd to track your package to your doorstep.

Sounds good to us. Besides, a few thousand people activating a day early can’t hurt the chances of AT&T’s system actually staying up for the day. If your new iPhone does show up on the 23rd, as opposed to the 24th, make sure to send us a note and let us know what you think of the new device.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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Apple iPad unboxing

By on April 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM.

Apple iPad unboxing

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You know we had to do one… But now that we (and practically most of the human race) have got a unit in hand, what do we think? In the really short time we’ve had it:

  • It’s definitely heavier than you’d think but too heavy. We carry around 4-7lb laptops all the time, so 1.5lbs doesn’t sound like much, but it’s definitely a decent amount of weight in such a thin package.
  • The screen is gorgeous. It’s just as you’d expect — Apple’s best-in-the-business multitouch capacitive top layer with a great IPS LED-backlit display — we’re in love.
  • The packaging, as you might have seen by now is pretty sparse, but it definitely has that Apple feel to it. Included in the box are the unit itself, USB cable, charger, and that’s it!
  • We really can’t believe how much this thing flies and how much we’re liking it. You really, really have to pick one up yourself and try it out!

But we’re sure you didn’t come here just to read what we had to say — you want the photos — and we’ve got an awesome unboxing gallery all ready to go. So, who went out and got one today or received one from UPS?

Click on over to our Apple iPad unboxing gallery!

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Apple purposely withholding customs clearance papers for iPad shipments?

By on March 30, 2010 at 2:07 PM.

Apple purposely withholding customs clearance papers for iPad shipments?

UPS

I’m a shipping freak. I love tracking packages, and I love knowing what happens when a package is sent. I have a pretty good understanding of how everything works — when and why packages are delayed, even when FedEx and UPS internally aren’t even so sure why. Everyone knows Apple’s iPads are due to be received (and available in stores) this Saturday, the 3rd. So, of course, Apple doesn’t want a single person getting an iPad early. Well, how do you completely control that? You request a block on delivery with your shipper of choice until the actual delivery date comes up.

But that doesn’t always do it. Sometimes there’s a mistake made, sometimes the local hub doesn’t care, or the package is there and no one notices and it gets sent out on the delivery truck. How do you completely fix this? You do what Apple is doing now. Shipments of iPads are due to reach the U.S. tomorrow and the next day, and if this was a normal shipment, the packages would be delivered on April 1st, not April 3rd. But, they can’t pass through Louisville, KY (UPS’ main hub) before passing through customs clearance. Since it’s an international shipment, there’s no way around that. Because Apple is shipping these things in bulk (yes, bulk), the easiest way to do this is to have the merchandise pre-cleared when it leaves China with UPS’s service WorldEase. The interesting thing though, is that U.S. Customs has not received any clearance papers yet — a surefire way to completely control the shipments until the actual delivery date and 100% bypass any possible shipper mistakes.

So. Smart.

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Signs of the Apocalypse, volume one: TiVo meets Domino’s

By on November 17, 2008 at 2:54 PM.

Signs of the Apocalypse, volume one: TiVo meets Domino’s

Well people, it was fun while it lasted. Green fields and sunny pastures may soon be a thing of the past as TiVo has officially announced the Domino’s widget – a fast food ordering service that allows TiVo subscribers to order from Domino’s without ever having to get up from their couches. Ugh. The Domino’s widget walks users though the Domino’s menu right on the TV screen, providing separate sections for pizzas, side orders and drinks. A quick check out later and you’ve got 30 minutes before piping-hot cholesterol is delivered right to your door. Those of you comfortable with leaving your front door unlocked might not even have to get up off the couch to pay for the food. Orders are capped at $100 which is fine considering any order over $100 should be delivered by an ambulance. If this isn’t a sign of the end of times, we don’t know what is.

[Via Zatz Not Funny!]

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