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  • Apple sends out iPhone update email!
    Got this from Apple today... nothing too new, although it does seem to confirm the iPhone activation through iTunes rumor there at the end...

    iPhone arrives on June 29. iPhone features an amazing mobile phone, is the best iPod we've ever created, and puts the Internet in your pocket with desktop-class email, web browsing, searching, and maps. And iPhone makes it all easy to use with its revolutionary multi-touch user interface. iPhone syncs with your PC or Mac just like an iPod, so organizing your content now will help you start calling, texting, emailing, surfing, listening, and watching even faster when you get your iPhone. Here are a few suggestions to help you get ready:

    Making a call with iPhone is as simple as tapping a name. You won't need to re-enter all your contacts because iPhone syncs with the address book you already use on your computer—Address Book or Entourage on a Mac, or Outlook or Outlook Express on a PC. If you keep your contacts on the web using Yahoo! Address Book, iPhone can sync with them, too. To get ready for iPhone, organize your contacts in one of these applications and make sure they're up to date with the latest phone numbers and email addresses. If you don't have contacts on your computer, don't worry. You can still enter them directly into iPhone.

    Using its built-in calendar, iPhone lets you check your appointments with the flick of a finger. iPhone uses iTunes to sync with the calendar application you already use on your computer—iCal or Entourage on the Mac, or Outlook on a PC—just like it does with your contacts. If you don't already use one of these applications to manage your appointments, now is a great time to start, so you'll be ready to sync when your iPhone arrives. If you choose not to use a calendar program, that's OK. You'll be able to enter appointments directly into the iPhone calendar.

    iPhone is the first phone to come with a desktop-class email application. So now your phone can display rich HTML email with graphics and photos alongside the text. iPhone will even fetch your latest email every time you open the application and automatically retrieve your email on a set schedule, just like a computer does. iPhone works with the most popular email systems—including Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL, and .Mac Mail. If you're not already using one of these services, now would be a great time to get an account. iTunes will make email setup on iPhone a breeze by automatically syncing the settings from email accounts stored in Mail on a Mac or Outlook on a PC. Don't worry if you're not on one of these email services; iPhone also works with almost any industry-standard POP3 and IMAP email system.

    iPhone has a 2-megapixel camera and a gorgeous 3.5-inch display, so it's a great way to enjoy and show off your digital photos. iPhone uses iTunes to sync your photos from iPhoto on a Mac or Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Album, or any picture folder on a PC. You can carry thousands of photos on iPhone, but you can start by creating an album or two with 50 to 100 of your favorite photos, so that when you first sync your iPhone, you'll be ready to quickly show off some of your best shots.

    iPhone is the best iPod ever. Its beautiful, 3.5-inch widescreen display allows you to easily enjoy the music, TV shows, and movies you have in your iTunes library. If you already use iTunes, you can start getting ready for iPhone by creating a playlist of a few hundred of your favorite songs. If you don't have iTunes, now is a good time to download it and start a music and video library. That way, when you sync your iPhone with iTunes, you'll be able to take your favorite music, as well as a few of your TV shows and movies, with you wherever you go.

    To set up your iPhone, you'll need an account with Apple's iTunes Store. If you already have an iTunes account, make sure you know your account name and password. If you don't have an account, you should set one up now to save time later. To set up an account, launch iTunes, select the iTunes Store, and click the Sign In button in the upper right corner of iTunes. Sign in and you're ready to go.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple sends out iPhone update email! started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Wow, neat feature.
    1. editwizard's Avatar
      editwizard -
      Ah! Finally got my email from Apple too... did you happen to see the part on there about the DATA PLAN RATES?

      Well neither did I. Drat.
    1. Acadian's Avatar
      Acadian -
      Not fair...mine didn't come in yet...maybe they know I use Microsoft products...

    1. ColsTiger's Avatar
      ColsTiger -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      Got this from Apple today... nothing too new, although it does seem to confirm the iPhone activation through iTunes rumor there at the end...



      This is still sort of vague. It really doesn't say anything about setting up your At&t account through iTunes. It does tell you how to set up an iTunes account.

      I hope you're right, but I think you'll only sync your phone through iTunes (contacts, appointments, photos). I think the account setup will be handled seperately.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      "To set up your iPhone, you'll need an account with Apple's iTunes Store."

      Sounds a lot like activating through iTunes to me...
    1. editwizard's Avatar
      editwizard -
      I wonder why it says 'set up' your iPhone and not 'activate'... maybe activation happens in-store as in traditional cellphones? My guess is once you get it attached to your Mac or PC running iTunes, you'll 'set up' the iPhone to sync music, contacts, iCal, pictures, etc. You know, similar to setting up an iPod with an iTunes account.

      Doesn't this sound more logical?
    1. ColsTiger's Avatar
      ColsTiger -
      Quote Originally Posted by editwizard View Post
      I wonder why it says 'set up' your iPhone and not 'activate'... maybe activation happens in-store as in traditional cellphones? My guess is once you get it attached to your Mac or PC running iTunes, you'll 'set up' the iPhone to sync music, contacts, iCal, pictures, etc. You know, similar to setting up an iPod with an iTunes account.

      Doesn't this sound more logical?
      that's what I'm saying. I think set up means your contacts, appointments and photos. In other words everything that's discussed in the email.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Ah, could be. My guy at the Apple store tells me none of them have received any AT&T training, other than typical cellular questions like reception, minutes, etc. They have received no activation training, no POS (AT&T backend activation system) info or logins, and no news that they in fact will be doing the activations... which makes me think setup in iTunes means activate. Could be they use setup instead of activate since the word setup makes more sense to your average end-user than "activate"--which is more a cellular sales term.

      Course, I could be reading it completely wrong.
    1. ColsTiger's Avatar
      ColsTiger -
      Could be that they'll activate it over a toll free number just like people do that purchase phones from At&t's online store. There's nothing to it really, but the SIM has to be activated on At&t's network.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      I suppose so, as well. Seems a little "WalMart" though to do it like that.

      "Here's your phone, call this number."

      Again, of course, maybe saying "Here's your phone, go home and activate it" may be the same thing. Seems more "Apple-esque" to me though, sets the stage for iTunes being an integral part of your iPhone experience.

      Oh, and here's that "6 pm 7 pm" image from the email... still seems strange to me, too, though, cause of the whole ATT stores closing at 7 thing, etc.
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Att closing at 7 as of when?
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Depends on the store. A lot of em around here do...
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      The ones over here close at 9 I think.
    1. ColsTiger's Avatar
      ColsTiger -
      Quote Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
      The ones over here close at 9 I think.
      Might want to check the Find A Store option at At&t.com.
    1. editwizard's Avatar
      editwizard -
      I just checked att/cingular stores around my zip and found 3 that are 9a-8p and one that's 10a-7p. My hunch is that the "iPhone on sale at 6pm" scenario will put Apple Stores (which are inside shopping malls that are open 10a-9p) on equal sales footing w/at&t stores that are open 1 hour earlier.

      It would be no big deal for at&t stores to stay open later given that they have beefed up their sales staff to handle the increased traffic.

      Jobs says 6pm, even the iPhone says '6pm pickup iPhone, 7pm call mom'.
    1. moond0ggie's Avatar
      moond0ggie -
      I signed on to the AT&T iPhone information update e-mails & it's the same Promo form as above, no prices yet for services or plans yet.
      Thats a little lame...........AT&T should be stoking the market w/their plans & prices..................unless it scares people away before the 29th!