All the hand wringing over the Friday launch of MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) on AT&T iPhones may be misplaced for a service that hasn’t been a huge success on most other phones.
Apple let down iPhone watchers and owners when it announced in June that iPhone 3.0 software would support MMS but implied that AT&T would not yet allow it. The service launch was delayed several times, with exclusive carrier AT&T citing the need to make sure its network was ready. The feature will finally become generally available on AT&T iPhones on Friday when iTunes delivers a carrier settings update for the wildly popular phone. The carrier has said it expects “record volumes” of MMS traffic after the launch. MMS lets people send pictures, audio recordings, video clips or contact information along with an SMS (Short Message Service) message.
However, the service in question has been out for years on other handsets and hasn’t exactly taken the mobile world by storm. In 2008, MMS made up just 2.5 percent of all messages sent from phones worldwide, meaning about 97.5 percent were SMS text messages, according to ABI Research. ABI expects the MMS share to grow to just 4.5 percent by 2014.
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Not every man was born with common sense. And anyone who’s ever seen Steve Ballmer take a stage knows that you don’t want to get in the way of the emotionally-charged big man when the curtain opens.
So we’re not terribly surprised to learn that Steve grabbed an iPhone he saw during his big entrance to a private Microsoft company meeting held at Seattle’s Safeco Field.
Apparently, the hapless employee (allegedly from the Windows group) was trying to snap a photo of his boss when Ballmer grabbed the device and made some “funny comments” met by boos and jeers from Microsoft’s employees.
Inside Apple’s updated iPod Touch lurks “n” Wi-Fi hardware, the potential for FM transmission, and room for a camera, according to iFixit.
Gadget teardown specialist iFixit on Friday said that during its dissection of the new device, it found a few “unexpected discoveries.”
One of the most notable findings was a Broadcom BCM4329 chip that supports 802.11n. “This is a big deal, as even the iPhone 3GS doesn’t support 802.11n,” said Kyle Wiens of iFixit. The Apple smartphone, which has a very similar look on the outside to the iPod Touch, has a Broadcom BCM4325 wireless chip, only supporting 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi connectivity, according to Wiens.
“We don’t know yet if 802.11n will be supported in the iPod Touch software, but at least the hardware’s there,” he said.
The Broadcom chip also supports FM transmission and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (enhanced data rate), endowing the touch-screen iPod with the potential to stream music to the car stereo. “But that’s a lot of ifs,” Wiens said.
iFixit also said the internal layout of the iPod appears to leave room for a camera in the top of the device. “There is a 6x6x3-millimeter space between the Broadcom chip and the wireless antenna.”