Micro-SIM Availability in Hong Kong

Recently you may have just purchased one of Apple’s latest gadgets, the iPad WiFi+3G, from the 9 countries officially selling them, or plans to get one of the iPhone 4 from either Canada, France and UK. This is because all iPad WiFi+3G (except the ones sold in Japan) and iPhone 4 sold in Canada, France, UK and Hong Kong are SIM-unlocked. Meaning they will not be locked to a particular GSM carrier, therefore users can choose to put GSM SIM cards from any carriers into these devices and they will work.

That’s true with a small exception, these GSM SIM must be the micro-SIM format rather than the more commonly used “mini-SIM” among GSM carriers around the world.

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iTunes 9.2 Now Available

Last night Apple made available Mac OS 10.6.4 Update, now the version of iTunes that supports iOS 4 and all its functions is now available from Apple’s Downloads page or from Software Update on your Mac.

Unless you are using iTunes on Windows platform or that you have an iOS supported device running iOS 4, there is no rush to update your iTunes to this version. For the former type users there are 3 security issues that this version of iTunes fixes as documented in the Knowledge Base article, About the security content of iTunes 9.2.

Smartone-Vodafone Failed AGAIN!

A few hours ago Smartone-Vodafone’s (SMV) IOM Toolbar (the thick red bar at the top and bottom of browser window) returned to the Safari browser on the iPhone.

I called SMV Customer Service and they say the issue has to do with a system upgrade which failed to honor the flag, “Disable IOM Toolbar”.

This has to be the third time such issue occurred. I don’t think any iPhone users will ever want the SMV IOM Toolbar occupying the valuable Safari browser space. So the correct way to disable the IOM Toolbar is to check the browser’s User Agent rather than some flag in a customer’s profile.

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Should iPhone 4 Affect Your Buying Decisions

Last night Hong Kong time (10:00 US PST) Apple announced the next generation iPhone, the “iPhone 4”, and renamed its OS from “iPhone OS” to “iOS 4”, during Steve Jobs’ keynote speech at their WWDC ’10.

During the keynote Jobs highlighted 8 of the new features in iPhone 4. These are:

  • FaceTime
  • Retina Display
  • Multitasking
  • HD Video Recording
  • iMovie for iPhone
  • iBooks
  • Gyroscope
  • 5-Megapixel Camera with LED Flash

Aside from these 8 features mentioned there are a few more that worth mentioning.

  • External antenna
  • Front facing camera
  • 7 hours of talk time on 3G

I will leave the summary of these features to Apple’s excellent web pages for the iPhone, what I will do instead is explain how these features should or should not affect your purchasing decision of the iPhone 4.

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