iPhone’s free Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy

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Apple makes it clear in their press release that use of the 7,500 Wi-Fi hotspots (provided by The Cloud) on the iPhone in the UK is subject to a fair use policy.

Most of us naturally assume that this imposes a limit on the number of GB one can use. However, looking at the Terms and Conditions for the service provided by The Cloud, the fair use policy does not necessarily impost a bandwidth limit! It mainly draws attention to unlawful/unethical activity and breaches of copyright.

From their knowledge base, however, they clearly indicate that they have set some common sense bandwidth usage guidelines but no actual transfer limit is specified. We’ll have to wait and see how this limit plays out and whether it is reasonable.
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Free Wi-Fi on iPhone in the UK

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iphone.pngOk, Apple is charging the folks in the US about $140 (£70) less for the iPhone but believe it or not, we are getting some extra value for this money here in the UK. What you ask? Free Wi-Fi access at over 7000 hotspots in the UK. Apple has teamed up with The Cloud to provide iPhone users with free unlimited access (subject to fair use).

This service on its own is worth £125 in value over the 18 month contract period (at £6.99 a month). So maybe we shouldn’t be so harsh on Apple for charging more for the iPhone in the UK.

Will I have free Wi-Fi access in my area?
You can look up the location Wi-Fi hotspots in your area here. Here’s the coverage in the centre of Birmingham:

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The access points are located within pubs, hotels, restaurants and even public phone booths. I can hardly wait to be enjoying the free Wi-Fi on my iPhone while out on the town!

For the times when you are out of the range of a free Wi-Fi hotspot, you can always use the slower internet access via EDGE which is also free on iPhone (if you are amongst the 30% that’s covered).

iPhone in the UK

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iphone.pngApple has today announced that the iPhone will be available to UK customers exclusively on O2 as from the 9th of November. This was announced by Steve Jobs this morning at a press conference held at the Apple Store on Regent’s Street, London.

Here’s what you need to know if you are in the UK:
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Come blog with us

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We are looking for bloggers to contribute to the site. If you think this is for you, whether you are a long time Mac user, a recent switcher or considering switching, we would like to hear from you.

As a contributor to the blog, whether you are a college student contemplating a future career in technology or you already have a career, you will be able to:

- boost your resume/curriculum vitae

- improve your writing skills

- help the Mac community

- meet other Apple enthusiasts

- make your voice heard

The closing date for applications is Monday 15th October 2007. For more information on this opportunity and details of how to apply, please see our Q&A.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

Best of Luck,
Ash and James
The Apple Files

Update
We are now accepting applications on an ongoing basis. So if you missed the application deadline, don’t worry, we will still consider your application.

It’s Showtime

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Apple’s Showtime event took place across the pond in San Francisco at 18 00 BST (British Summer Time) yesterday. Steve Jobs’ keynote from the Showtime event is available to view as a webcast on the Apple website.

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It’s Showtime at the iTunes Music Store (UK)

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WWDC Keynote hints at a Finder Update?

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A lot of you will probably have seen the WWDC keynote by now. If you haven’t yet, you can stream it off Apple’s website.

As Jobs introduces Leopard (29mins08secs), he first says that there are some features he cannot show at the Keynote, in case Microsoft have their photocopiers on the ready! But did Apple’s Vice President for Platform Experience almost let out one of those features?

It might just be me being a bit too keen on an update to the Finder but if you forward to 36mins12secs, Scott Forstall (VP Platform Experience) is about to give a demo of Time Machine. He says:

“I’m gonna bring up the Finder. So, this is a standard Finder…”

Could this be a hint at the existence of the non-standard Finder in Leopard that is currently TOP SECRET? I guess only time will tell.

Photos of the iPod U2 “black metal back”

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I dropped by the local Apple Store this morning and they had the all new and all black U2 iPod on display! Yes, the back enclosure is really all black! However, it’s not a change to the matt black look of the new Macbook. It’s still a metal enclosure and slightly reflective as you can see in the pictures. Also, just like the traditional stainless steel mirrored finish enclosure, it is a fingerprint magnet.

What was interesting with the U2 iPod on display though is that it didn’t have any U2 music tracks on it!

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[Update]: Bob Reck on Flickr has just received his new U2 iPod and posted some better quality pictures of the black metal back.

iLounge have also posted some shots of back enclosure the new iPod, some including the traditional iPod side by side with the new one for a fair comparison.

iTablet or Video iPod?…Patent Applications

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The blog community has recently been reporting about various patent applications being made by Apple concerning touch screen displays and whether they point to a possible Macintosh tablet computer (jokingly called the iTablet by the Mac community) or a true video iPod with full touch screen interface (recalling that Steve Jobs clearly stated that the 5G iPod is not the eagerly awaited video ipod). This post will serve as a useful round-up for those interested (with plenty of pictures after the jump!)

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