Apple in top ten noughties

January 9, 2010

Marc Ferranti writing for Macworld 2 January 2010 confirms that Apple products were leading the tech markets in the noughties and two of the top ten tech stories of the decade were the iPod launched in October 2001 and the iPhone in June 2007. Apple products are riding high and this accolade from MacWorld confirms that its design mojo can still outsmart its competitors.

The iPhone combination of cool design, phone functions, Internet connectivity and multimedia features have raised the bar for its competitors. The iPhone excels for ease of use  – the handset can be used without referring to a manual. The iPhone’s add on apps outshine any other smartphone. iPhone’s app store has 100,000 applications -that is more than three times as many as any rival.

The Sunday Times In Gear journalist Mark Harris suggests that it’s hard to imagine other stores catching up for years, if ever. Albeit, Nokia still has the largest share of the mobile market but competition is strong with the BlackBerry coming second and Apple third. Nokia is being challenged on all sides and its market share is looking vulnerable as Google introduces its smartphone rival, Nexus One, this Easter the marketing leaders battle for a larker slice of the cake. You, the consumer hold the power … it pays to be informed.

For those of you who want to test out the rivals to the iPhone why not try the following:

  • The Nokia X6 £400 pay-as-you go challenges the iPhone for its camera and music deal -visit www.nokia.co.uk
  • Palm Pre, Free on contract, beats the iPhone on pocketability as it is petite and good at pulling together social network contacts but fun apps are limited and disappointing visit  www.o2.co.uk

Using the new iphone as a modem

June 9, 2009

Thats right. You can use the latest version of the Apple iphone as a modem. This means you can now use the latest generation iphone for accessing the internet via a broadband connection.

In the UK, this will mean purchasing the new iphone (out in the middle of June 2009) will give you access via the O2 broadband and wifi networks.

This offers you a very real possibility of dropping your home broadband connection and even your mobile broadband dongle. This could be the perfect excuse for you to bring and iphone into your Apple collection or upgrade your existing iphone.

iphone as modem

As reported in the Times newspaper…

O2 has announced that it is to charge users of new Apple’s iPhone models announced yesterday at least £14.68 per month on top of the monthly subscription if they want to use it as a modem to connect their laptops to the internet, a process known as internet tethering. Using the internet from the iPhone itself, via both 3G and wi-fi, is included in the normal monthly subscription.

Tethering is one of the key features that has been missing from the iPhone until now. However, the new iPhone 3G S models announced at yesterday’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose and which will be available in the UK through Apple’s exclusive network partner O2 from June 19, will allow tethering. Users of existing 3G iPhones will also be to download an upgrade to their operating system software from the same date, giving them access to that feature as well as other new ones such as cut and paste and picture messaging.

However, O2 has revealed that using tethering will not be included in the normal unlimited data that comes with standard pay monthly packages. Instead, you will have to buy a bolt-on monthly package costing £14.68 per month for 3 gigabytes of data and £29.36 per month for 10 gigabytes. Additional data used through tethering will cost 19.6p per megabyte. If you want to use internet tethering overseas, you will have to pay £2.94 per megabyte in the EU and £6 per megabyte everywhere else.

Visit the O2 online store for more information

New MacBook 13 inch

November 6, 2008

One of the guys in the office just got one of the Apple macbooks. The mac book is simply stunning. All aluminium case, with a backlit keyboard. Prices start from £950. Check it out on the new Mac book page at the Apple store. And add it to your Christmas wish-list.

MacBook laptop with Mac OS X

Top 10 broadband, April 2008

May 1, 2008

The results are in. The Top 10 broadband providers for Apple users are as follows (results for the month of April 2008):

  1. Madasafish
  2. Sky broadband
  3. Be there
  4. AOL broadband
  5. BT broadband
  6. Zen internet
  7. TalkTalk
  8. Virgin Media
  9. Plus net
  10. Demon internet

Overall, it has been a relatively quiet month in April compared to March. Madasafish are still swomping the competition in terms of interest from our readers. But remember, it is the best deals that ultimately count and the offerings from Sky broadband, Virgin Media & Plus net are still worth considering alongside Madasafish.

You pays your money and yous take your pick – Madasafish is still proving a firm Apple mac favourite.

five out of five cats prefer Madasafish

March 13, 2008

We saw a new advert in the UK April edition of Mac Format yesterday. The ad was quite cool and shows Madasafish’s commitment to providing broadband to the Apple mac community.

Madasafish Advert from Mac Format - April 2008

The ad goes like this:

5 out of 5 cats prefer Fish.

Madasafish has a long tradition of supporting Mac users, including complete support for OS X 10.5 Leopard, as well as all the other big cats as far back as Pums. All of our support technicians are Mac experts, our Online Support Centre is packed with Mac articles and our free wireless router is fully Mac compatible. We won’t charge you a premium either. Madasafish Broadband starts at just £11.99 a month. Visit www.madasafish.com today for broadband with bite but no hidden claws.

Click the thumbnail to see the advert. We have a great £10 OFF broadband deal for Madasafish.

Even Apple viruses are fun

March 11, 2008

We got sent this great link on You Tube – it is of a fun (not malicious) virus than can be installed onto an Apple mac laptop. The virus uses the in built levelling hardware to create some interesting screen changes when you move the laptop around. Its fun, enjoy.

Mac virus video on YouTube

New Apple mac compatible broadband providers added

January 28, 2008

We are please to announce that we are now in the position to increase our mac compatible broadband table from five ADSL providers to ten. We have had more time to research the broadband market and have now added (in no particular order) …

Zen internet, Sky broadband, Demon internet, Plusnet and Be broadband to our table of ‘Apple mac compatible broadband‘ providers. This takes us up to a total of ten providers – which between them – offer around fifty different broadband packages.

For now, we have updated our tables to show you the best broadband products from each of the ISPs and ranked the best products in order of the most popular amongst our visitors. As we find time to write them, you will see all the providers and their respective ADSL products linked off from our table of Apple Mac compatible ADSL providers.

We will be consistently recording and reviewing our consumer data and will keep the top-10 broadband table updated at least twice every month.

As always. If you have any feedback on the Apple friendly providers selected or the products featured then drop us an email to editor [at] macbroadband.co.uk & we’ll follow it up.

Most popular mac broadband ISP

December 6, 2007

We have been running Mac Broadband for about 6 months now. During this time we have been receiving feedback on mac users’ broadband experiences and tracking which broadband companies our readers have been signing-up with.

It is interesting to note that our readers have been voting with their feet.

The first Mac broadband poll

The first Mac broadband survey/poll shows that the following mac compatible ISPs are receiving the most sign-ups from Mac Broadband’s readers are:

  1. Madasafish Max
  2. BT Option 1
  3. Pipex Midi

Notes: chances are that our Madasafish promotion could be skewing results. But, it seems that the two BT owned ISPs (Madasafish and BT broadband) are receiving most of our readers’ attention. We received a lot of interest in Pipex over the summer period – maybe it was the Hoffmeister effect – from Pipex’s then advertising campaign.

As recently reported; Zen internet, Madasafish, Demon internet and BT-owned Plus.net all made it into the Mac User Awards 2007 – so we will be adding their broadband profiles to this website and working up reviews on them over the Christmas period.

View our Mac compatible broadband table to view the very best of mac ISPs.

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