We just received a tip from a Best Buy ninja of ours, and well, it seems that Radio Shack isn’t the only game in town in you’re looking for an Apple iPhone. Best Buy will be offering up Apple’s iPhone 3GS for free for one day only, this Friday the 10th. This offer is valid to both new lines, additional lines, and also qualified upgrades. We have been told that all stores have inventory levels to support the promotion, and it’s an instant rebate type deal. Who’s up for a free iPhone?
One of our reliable Apple sources has just filled us in on some of the company’s iTunes plans, and they’re exciting. We have been told iTunes will be getting a huge cloud capability that many people have been asking for (and logically thought would happen sooner or later). These new capabilities are broken down into three groups:
- Streaming music and movies from Apple’s servers to your computers, devices, etc.
- Streaming music and movies from your home computers to your other computers, remote devices, etc.
- Wireless iTunes syncing with devices
For the first point, we have been told that this will work pretty much like you’d expect it to… pretty much any Apple device with wireless capability will have te ability to stream purchased content directly from Apple’s servers, thus eliminating the need for a lot of local storage. With the second point, Apple will reportedly let you be the content distributor to your own computers and devices, as any purchased content that’s locally on your computer will be able to be streamed using your internet connection out to your devices. Lastly, yes, wireless syncing of iTunes for devices.
For wireless syncing, we are told it will work pretty seamlessly. Any apps you buy for instance on your iPhone will immediately sync to your computer, changes to your calendar, or notes, or contacts will also automatically update on your computer as well. What good would all these new features be without some new devices? Apple’s traditional fall event (or maybe even before it) should bring at least “two new devices with camera/camcorder capabilities.” Well, there you have it!
Thanks, Lindsey S.!
While today marks the first day the Apple iPad went on sale, it also gives us a glimpse into the upcoming stuff from Cupertino. One of our connects has been digging around the iPad filesystem and found references to the following:
The first two, iPhones, the second is an iPod touch, and the last? A major revision to the Apple iPad. As if things couldn’t get more exciting…
Like you thought we wouldn’t get our hands on it first… We’ve just scored some awesome unboxing photos of the AT&T Palm Pre Plus, and well, it’s a Palm Pre Plus on AT&T. Our connect says it’s identical to the Verizon Wireless unit as far as they can tell, and they like the fact that AT&T’s Address Book backup service is built in to Synergy. But we’re guessing not too many people use that or consider it a big selling point. We’re still waiting on a release date, but in the meantime, you know where to find those photos.
UPDATE: Our source just said this phone has rebooted on them twice in the first hour of use. Awesomeness.
One of our trusty sources just shot us over a plethora of Apple iPad application screenshots. Everything from the iPad version of Twitterrific, to Flight Control, to Flick Fishing, to Reuters Pro — we’ve got it in here. Let us know what you think… but oh man, these look absolutely delicious. We also have a couple shots of the iTunes store for iPad, and you can browse apps using CoverFlow from your iPad.
Thanks, Andy W.!
One of our Verizon Wireless connects just handed us some pretty interesting info: starting tomorrow, Palm devices on Verizon Wireless will not require a mail-in-rebate. More →
This isn’t confirmed, but with RIM rumored to be exploring sliding-QWERTY devices for a pretty long time, one of our BlackBerry connects dropped some info on us and we wanted it to share it. Here’s what we know: More →
We just received word from a tipster that the much-awaited Motorola Sholes or Motorola Tao will actually be called the Motorola Droid on Verizon Wireless. The above information is not confirmed at this time, but we have independently confirmed that regardless of whatever name Verizon (or Moto) chooses to run with, their Motorola Android handset will not run MOTOBLUR. It will be a straight with Google device and will be the first Google Experience handset to offer built-in Adobe Flash support natively.
We have heard that the announcement will be made not next week but the week after.
UPDATE: We’ve been given specifications for the handset:
- 3.7″ screen
- 854×480 WVGA capacitive screen
- 5 megapixel camera
- ARM Cortex 500MHz CPU
- Facial recognition using the built-in camera (apparently you take a photo of someone and Google will pull in search results based on the image)
- Custom Motorola Interface/UI, no MOTOBLUR, no Verizon UI
- Available in black and titanium colors
We’ve also been told there will be a keyboard-less version that’s planned for 2010.
One of our oh-so-trusty ninjas hit us up last night with the above photo. It’s the much-rumored Qualcomm FLO TV personal TV unit. While Qualcomm is mostly known for making processors for mobile devices, it looks like they will be branching outside of their normal work and possibly manufacturing hardware, at least based on what we’ve been hearing about the FLO PTV product. FLO TV is available currently on AT&T and Verizon network handsets (depending on model) and uses a specific frequency separate of cellular signals to broadcast live TV to phones and devices. What the PTV product would do, is work as a standalone device which we’re hearing would also double as a portable media player of some kind. Previous rumors have pegged the device as having a capacitive touch screen, 4GB of built-in storage space and stereo speakers. Those specs fit in line with what we’ve been told. Sorry the picture isn’t a little bigger, but hey, it’s better than some sketches, right?
We told y’all Verizon wasn’t the only carrier looking to bring us some Netbook love. AT&T has been rumored to be exploring potential options in regards to carrying Netbooks in stores, but have a look at what one of our ninjas dug up. Yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. You’re looking at screen shots of AT&T’s internal system showing Dell Inspiron Mini 9’s and 12’s. There is currently no release date nor price point listed, but we’d wager they are going to go for $99 on a 2-year with data card plan just like Verizon. AT&T may even end up beating Verizon here in terms of a launch timeframe. Larger shots after the break!
We just got a hold of this internal Sprint newsflash stating that the Treo Pro, which we all assumed would launch on Sprint on the 15th, now meets the fate of a new “TBD” launch date. We’re not sure what’s up here, but the information is definitely legit — it’s a proven BGR ninja. We have reached out to Sprint and will update this post accordingly. We’re not sure there will be that many bummed out people, however. There’s something called the Palm Pre on the horizon… There’s a larger image after the jump.
UPDATE: Official statement from Sprint:
“Sprint has not announced availability for the Treo Pro. Sprint looks forward to welcoming this exciting, new device into our portfolio as soon as it has been approved through our customary testing process. We will share details on the correct availability date as soon as the standard testing of both the device and its interaction with our network has concluded. Thank you for your interest in Sprint products.”
Yes, yes, the rumor about the T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 release being moved up to February 11th is true. One of our T-Mobile ninjas just sent us in some pictures of the Curve 8900 in their retail store. Don’t get too excited, though, as T-Mobile reps take this pretty seriously and won’t sell you one earlier than street date. But you’re wait is almost over, friends. Hit the jump for the rest of the pictures!