Aftermath of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference


Now that the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote speech has come and gone and all the rumors coming into the event were mostly proven to be true, we’re seeing a ton of fallout.  Let’s take a look at some of the aftermath of the WWDC.

More Details About Snow Leopard

Although everyone was happy to see that Snow Leopard will only cost $29, plenty of people want to know more about what it does outside of “improve the use of dual core systems” in the OS X environment.  There is news that there will be expanded multi-touch capabilities for older notebooks, improvements to iChat’s video component, and other neat little features like showing off the AirPort Signal Strength when picking a network.

Specifics about the iPhone 3GS

Hardware specifics about the new iPhone 3GS are starting to come in, as tech sites are reporting that the phone is packed with a new 600 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM.  This is notably faster than the current 412 MHz 3G phone that only has 128MB of RAM.  There is a rumor that a PowerVR SGX graphics chip will also be on the phone to help improve gaming performance.

Tethering Will Be Available on AT&T

The bad news coming out of the WWDC keynote speech was that AT&T was not one of the carriers listed when Apple announced that tethering will be available for the iPhone.  This technology allows a user to hook up their 3G iPhone to their laptop or computer and use it for an internet connection.  The news is that AT&T will in fact be offering tethering at the end of the summer.  However, the catch is that AT&T will price together a “Tethering Plan,” which will be an additional cost on top of the iPhone data plan, in order for users to get it to work.

The Mad Rush to Nowhere

For some reason, Apple felt compelled to open its stores at 8:00am, while AT&T stores will open at 7:00am, on the day of the release of the iPhone 3GS in order to accommodate customer demand.  It should be noted that both the Apple Store and AT&T Stores are only taking in deposits for backorders on the phone, as it’s already sold out nationwide.


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