Apple Hardware Year in Review

Apple SVP Eddy Cue famously said earlier this year that 2014 was going to be a banner year for Apple products.

With the year coming to a close, now is a good time to reflect back on the hardware that Apple released over the last 12 months and examine where Apple went right and where they went wrong.

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iPhone Review

As if the world needed another iPhone review, I finally feel like I’ve had enough time with mine to offer up my opinion. For the record, I acquired my iPhone last Friday night in Stamford, Connecticut at 11:30. Walked right in to the Apple Store, told them what I wanted, and walked out with it three minutes later. No line, no crowds, no fuss.

I activated it the next morning. Being away from home, I had my wife’s iBook with me. This wasn’t such a big deal, except that it was running OS X 10.4.9 and iTunes 7.2. So, before I could activate the phone, I had to upgrade both. Enter Starbucks and the T-Mobile hotspot WiFi. $9.95 and 25 minutes later, I was upgraded and ready to activate the phone.

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AT&T Rate Plans for iPhone Online

Apple and AT&T have announced the rate plans for the iPhone. While many had speculated a $35-$45 data plan that would sit on top of a voice plan, the facts reveal a much simpler structure (of course, this is Apple calling the shots, right?).

There are three plans at $59.99 (450 minutes), $79.99 (900 minutes) and $99.99 (1350 minutes). All come with unlimited data for email and web. All come with 200 SMS messages (although you can add SMS plans to any of these plans for additional fees). All plans include unlimited night and weekend minutes, except the $59.99 plan, which includes 5000 night/weekend minutes. Of course, all include unlimited mobile to mobile and rollover minutes.

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