• iPhone battery die? How does a $7 repair kit sound?

    Should your iPhone battery die, you have but so many choices. You can send it to Apple to have it replaced for a cool $85, or you can drop $7 and change on this do-it-yourself kit. It comes with all the tools you’ll need to get the job done, including a highly sophisticated pry bar and, natch, the battery itself. I honestly don’t know, do iPhone batteries die very often? I… Read More

  • Lego robot driven by an iPhone

    Is there anything the iPhone can’t do? Sure it can cure cancer, but did you know that it can also acts as a robot brain? By using a NXT Robot, a light sensor, and two iPhones, you can program a little robot that will react to the iPhone’s flashing screen and drive around the office. There are full instructions here but just wait until the 3G iPhone. That one will already be… Read More

  • Japan will get the iPhone "later this year"

    Today Softbank, Japan’s No. 3 mobile telecommunications company after DoCoMo and au, said they will be releasing the iPhone in Japan. In light of this big announcement, the press release seems to be rather short: “SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple® to bring the iPhone™ to Japan later this year.” That’s it. No word on price… Read More

  • Rumor: iPhone app store ready to go at conclusion of WWDC keynote on Monday

    We’re guessing that Monday’s Apple WWDC Keynote will bring news of the iPhone 2 as well as a launch date for the iPhone apps store, but CNET has it on good authority from someone within Apple that the app store itself will be ready to open as soon as Steve’s keynote is done. Other rumors indicate that the iPhone 2 will also be available on Monday, but we see a Friday launch… Read More

  • iPhone sees big market share drop: Blame BlackBerry?

    Apple’s going to release the new iPhone just in the nick of time, as recent data shows its share of the smartphone market dropped 7.5 percent from Q4 2007 to Q1 2008. That’s a pretty big dip, it has to be said, and one that can almost wholly attributed to RIM’s increase. It went from 35.1 percent to 44.5 percent. But, really, numbers are boring unless you’re playing… Read More

  • New Apple patent points to something iPhone like, but with weird timing

    With the likely iPhone launch just days away, this new patent filing by Apple is a little odd. It’s for a multifunction device with very iPhone-like menus and a touch screen. Besides the regular goodness, there’s much multimedia suggested, with Quicktime, Flash and even Windows Media represented in the sketches. The device also would have a blogging client, MMS support (finally)… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 15 percent off Proporta accessories eases the pain of England not qualifying for Euro 2008

    England’s loss is your gain. Since none of the Home Nations qualified for Euro 2008, UK-based accessory house Proporta is giving a solid 15 percent off all their merchandise. You’ll need to enter the code EURO2008 at checkout to see the discount. So if you’re in the mood for an iPod or iPhone case, or screen protector or whatever, “on the cheap,” head on over… Read More

  • Apple should hire this guy, but not as a cameraman

    Someone named Umang Dokey posted this iPhone 2 mock-up as an entry for an iLounge contest. His work is almost flawless and the tilt concepts are amazingly cool. Sadly, Umang filmed the damn thing sideways which kind of detracts from the experience. Better luck next time, Dokey! via Giz Read More

  • iPhone 2 Rumor Round-up

    With seven days to go before WWDC, the 3G iPhone rumor mill is pretty much on fire. Some of the rumors are pretty bonkers, but most of the more popular ones are pretty darn reasonable. In the name of science, we’ve pushed all of the rumors through our FCF (Fanboy Crap Filter), and rated the more likely rumors on the PKL (Pre-keynote Legitometer) scale. Lets take a look: Rumor: It’ll… Read More

  • 3G iPhone to be thinner, subsidized in the UK

    Rather than bombarding you folks with two successive 3G iPhone rumor posts, I’ll do so in one so as not to piss off the iPhone haters. First, Leander Kahney at Cult of Mac has a hot tip that the new iPhone will include the following: 3G
    2 x memory (16GB and 32GB)
    22 percent thinner
    Better battery life We’ve already suspected all of the above to be true except the 22… Read More

  • GPS all but confirmed for 3G iPhone

    Broadcom seems to have been awarded the contract to supply Apple’s 3G iPhone with GPS, says Om Malik. It’s sort of a given at this point and would probably be a dealbreaker for those looking to upgrade or jump onto the bandwagon if the 3G iPhone were sans GPS. If the only upgrade hardware-wise to the iPhone was 3G would you do it? Read More