Thursday, August 1st, 2013 | Author: OWC Katie
Some would say that since its very inception in 1988, Other World Computing has been a star. And in a way, it’s true—we’ve always striven to provide “out of this world” products, services, and customer experiences. But in this case, we’re looking at achieving a different kind of stardom. Yes, we’re talking about celebrity. The “A” List, if you will. The elite, the red-carpet-walking, Botox-injecting, crash-diet following, only-green M&M-eating set that star in your favorite films. And now OWC is set to join the ranks of these stars and is about to embark upon its big break.
OWC is proud to announce that we will be sponsoring an upcoming independent film called “Intramural” by providing our Mercury Elite Pro drives to store the massive amounts of data needed to create a film. Everyone knows a good film needs a strong lead—okay, in this case that lead will be Jake Lacy (of The Office fame)—but they also need strong data support. And that is where OWC comes in to save the day. Article Continues…
Mixed reactions from our panel on the announcements made by Apple at WWDC last week, from excitement to disappointment, fuel the discussions on this month’s episode. Topics include iCloud, iOS5, OS X Lion, iTunes Match, Mac Defender, AT&T’s 4G LTE network, the Apple / Nokia patent settlement and more.
OWC Radio is a monthly, forum-based podcast focused on the events and happenings in the Mac community. This week’s hosts are: OWC Grant, OWC Chris S., and OWC Mike H. Article Continues…
The iPad 2 was announced earlier this week, and like its predecessor, there are WiFi-only and 3G+WiFi versions available. While Apple is offering 3G wireless models for both AT&T and Verizon, you have to pick one or the other – there is no “hybrid” model available. Since both the AT&T models and the Verizon models cost the same, we are left to determine which network offers the best data plan?
Is Wi-Fi Only A Better Option?
It is important to note that you don’t need to get an iPad with 3G; getting the WiFi-only version will save you $130 on similar sized models. If you’re not really on the go a lot and have wi-fi available where you’ll mainly use the iPad, you just may be paying for a feature you don’t need.
However, don’t underestimate how useful a constantly connected iPad can be. 3G does untether you from wi-fi only locations, so you may not totally know the impact of where you would use the iPad until you have one. Article Continues…
As with most things Apple, any announcements by—or related to—their products is subject to national media attention and wild speculation. Such was the case with today’s Verizon event; the announcement last week coupled with photos of a slightly modified iPhone 4 frame led to rumors that Apple’s wildly-popular smartphone would be finally be available on a network other than AT&T, which has had an exclusive contract with Apple since the first iPhone’s release in 2007.
Rumors of a second US carrier have popped up from time to time, with Verizon being a top contender. The only reason people discounted them was its CDMA network. But Apple’s exclusivity agreement with AT&T was the biggest thing keeping the iPhone from working with other carriers.
That exclusivity agreement has apparently run out. Starting in February of 2011, the iPhone will be available on Verizon as well as AT&T. Apple had made some internal changes to work on Verizon’s CDMA network, but the only outward signs are a slight repositioning of a couple buttons and an extra antenna gap. This slight repositioning of the buttons may make it incompatible with some custom-fit iPhone cases, but otherwise the form and functionality is practically the same.
Plan pricing details at the moment seem to be somewhat lacking, though we do have these bits of info:
- $200 for the 16GB model on a two year agreement
- $300 for the 32GB version
- Current Verizon customers will be able to pre-order on Feburary 3rd
- everyone else can order on February 10th.
- can act as a mobile WiFi connection for up to five devices – functionality built right into the System Preferences – no word on any extra fees associated with this.
The purchase prices of the phones are the same as through AT&T. Though specific details aren’t available yet, similar plans from Verizon indicate a similar price strategy. So, as OWC Grant asked as we discussed this earlier today, what does this mean? Article Continues…