iPhone 3G 2.0.2 update available

For all you iPhonies, version 2.0.2 is now available via iTunes.  Apple haven’t made it clear exactly what fixes are included, but the address book and text message delays that were common under 2.0.1 seem to have been fixed. (Yes, I finally got one…)

O2 Ireland – 8Gb iPhone Price Drop

It seems that O2 Ireland have dropped the price of an 8Gb iPhone by €100.  No change for the 16Gb model.  This follows reports that the Apple stores in the UK and US are showing the iPhones as “Currently Unavailable” as opposed to the usual “Ships in 1-2 Weeks”.  This would seem to imply that Apple stores in the UK and US have run out of iPhones…in advance of the 3G model, perhaps?  Maybe they shipped them all over to us…

Find out more – O2 – iPhone – Find out more


Apple offering Safari to Windows users?

This mightn’t seem like too much of an issue, but having iTunes and QuickTime installed on my PC, I often get notified of updates for those products through the Apple Software Update.  Yesterday, I saw this:


I have never had Safari installed on my PC (on my Mac Mini, yes), so I can’t see how I would “select the items you want to update” given that there’s nothing to update.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but if Microsoft tried this on another OS, we’d all be reading about the legal ramifications and EU competition commissioners spouting fire and the like.

Before you flame me, yes I can and did click on quit, but this update is always there and there’s no option to decline this update permanently.  I’m also sure that, buried deep in some EULA I agreed to ages ago, I gave Apple the right to do this.  It doesn’t mean I have to like it, and I don’t.

If I want Safari on my PC, I’ll go to apple.com and download it when I want it.  At this point in time, I don’t.


Apparently, I can set an update to be “ignored”, but I still get this as a sly reminder that it’s not really ignored:


iPhone on O2 Ireland

Yesterday, I ordered a 16Gb iPhone, probably a gut-reaction to the O2 announcement that they’ll provide them from March 14th.  I grappled overnight with the thoughts of having to live without Exchange push e-mail, and no 3G.  I heard this morning that visual voicemail also won’t be supported.  Now I hear that the iPhone isn’t supported on 64-bit Vista.  We’re just about to roll out that OS flavour to all our desktops, so we’ll just throw that order in the bin.

Maybe later in the year when the 2nd gen iPhone supports 3G and other stuff, and the price is dropped and the extortionate packages and terrible conditions disappear, I’ll look at it again.

Or maybe not.  I’ve had a Nokia N95 now for nearly 6 months, and my biggest (only) gripe is it just a little too big and heavy.  That apart, it does everything I could possibly want.

XP on a Mac – by Apple (seriously!)

Apple – Boot Camp

Apple have opened a public beta for Bootcamp, which will allow you to dual-boot your (intel-based) Mac between OSX and XP. If they’d done this a bit sooner, they could have won $13k from http://onmac.net/

What you’ll need

  • Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.6 (check Software Update)
  • The latest Firmware update (check Support Downloads)
  • 10GB free hard disk space
  • An Intel-based Mac
  • A blank recordable CD
  • A printer for the instructions (You’ll want to print them before installing Windows, really.)
  • A bona fide installation disc for Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home or Professional (No multi-disc, upgrade or Media Center versions.)

iShirt you not….



It seems the i-everything masses have a new toy.  The Register have details of an iShirt for your pod, or a podshirt.

I want a shirt with a pint on it that says iDrink, or iFu…no, maybe not.