iPhone 3G imageThe question that many are asking themselves after Apple's keynote announcement on Monday (June 8th, 10:00 US EDT) is, "should I upgrade to the new Apple iPhone 3GS?" This is a reasonable question to ask as rumors of the cost of the new iPhone models are in the USD600 and USD700 range without a new 2-year contract with the respective carrier.

Many of you know, Apple also made available the "Golden Master" version of the iPhone firmware 3.0 to its developers for testing. This software when released will be free to all existing iPhone and iPhone 3G users.

Therefore to help everyone answer the question "should I upgrade to the new Apple iPhone 3GS?", I thought I offer a features comparison of the new iPhone firmware 3.0 running on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.

Feature iPhone 3G iPhone 3GS
Cut, Copy & Paste X X
Spotlight Search X X
Forward message (SMS) to someone else X X
Selectively delete messages X X
Voice memo X X
iTunes App Store parental control X X
Locate your iPhone (will require a MobileMe subscription) X X
Connections to Dock Connector API compatible devices X X
Sending MSM (depends on mobile carrier) X X
CPU speed 412MHz 600MHz
System RAM 127MB 256MB
Camera resolution (Megapixel) 2.0 3.0
3G Data or HSDPA speed (depends on carrier) 3.6Mb/s 3.6Mb/s 7.2Mb/s
Tethering (depends on mobile carrier) X X
Voice commands X
Magnetometer (digital compass) X
Record and edit videos X
Accessibility X

We still do not know the exact SRP for the Hong Kong market, and most importantly, will Apple continue its previous practice of selling "SIM unlocked" versions of the iPhone without contract from its carrier partner, 3 HK?

If Apple will keep things status quo then we can expect the prices of the iPhone 3G S models to be slightly lower than the previous SRP (HKD5400.00 and HKD6200.00) of the iPhone 3G, and with official "SIM unlocked" versions of the iPhone 3GS.

I think Apple realizes by now, people in Hong Kong do not like contracts even though prices of the committed contracts are very attractive. As people in HK, on average, change mobile phones every 15 - 16 months.

If you do not yet own an iPhone you definitely will benefit from the features offered by the iPhone 3G S.

If you own an original iPhone you will really enjoy the faster speed of the iPhone 3GS.

If you already own an iPhone 3G and had purchased it within 2009, I suggest you wait until next June (2010) to see what the next version of iPhone will look like.

Apple March 2009 Product Release Apple this morning (US PST) released new Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro. The former were not a surprise to me but the latter was. As I had thought Apple will leave the Mac Pro upgrade for WWDC, especially given the current economic climate.

First the Mac Mini, the previously leaked photos, from China, was indeed real. I guess Apple had not place a tight enough iron fist around the Chinese factories manufacturing their hardware. The form factor did not change from the previous model, but inside and the back had.

The new Mac has:

New Model Previous Model
CPU 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz or 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System Bus 1066MHz 667MHz
Memory (RAM) Max. 4GB with 2 DIMM slots taking 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM Max. 3GB with 2 DIMM slots taking 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
L2 Cache 3MB shared 2MB and 4MB shared
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Video RAM 128MB or 256MB shared with main memory 64MB DDR2 shared with main memory
Hard Drive Options 120GB or 320GB 5400rpm SATA 80GB or 120GB or 160GB 5400rpm SATA
Optical Drive SuperDrive across the line Choice of Combo or SuperDrive
Firewire Port 1 Firewire 800 1 Firewire 400
USB Ports 5 USB 2.0 ports 4 USB 2.0 ports
Video Ports Mini DisplayPort & Mini-DVI output DVI output
Wireless (WiFi) AirPort Extreme Card (802.11n) AirPort Extreme Card (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Audio Ports Optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output

This new Mac Mini with is improved separate video processor and more memory can now be a even better home media center with Boxee installed than before.

If we can only bring back Hulu on Boxee then it will be ideal.

As for the new iMac there was no design change except the wired keyboard that come in the box. Apple has removed the numeric keypad from the right of the keyboard. I personally think this is not good.

Anyway here are the comparison between the new and previous models:

New Model Previous Model
CPU 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz or 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Core i7 on the 24" models) 2.80GHz or 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ("Penryn")
Memory (RAM) Max. 8GB with 2 DIMM slots taking 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM Max. 4GB with 2 DIMM slots taking 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB shared with main memory or NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 256MB or NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 with 512MB ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or NVIDIA GeForce 8800GS
Video RAM 128MB or 256MB shared with main memory 64MB DDR2 shared with main memory
Hard Drive Options 320GB or 640GB or 1TB 7200rpm SATA 320GB or 500GB or 750GB or 1TB 7200rpm SATA
Optical Drive SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning SuperDrive
Firewire Port 1 Firewire 800 1 Firewire 400, 1 Firewire 800
USB Ports 4 USB 2.0 ports + 2 on keyboard 3 USB 2.0 ports + 2 on keyboard
Video Ports Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, dual-link DVI, and VGA Mini-DVI output support for DVI and VGA
Wireless (WiFi) AirPort Extreme Card (802.11n) AirPort Extreme Card (802.11a/b/g/n)
Camera Built-in iSight camera
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
System Bus 1066MHz
L2 Cache 6MB shared
Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Audio Ports Optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output
Infrared Port For Apple Remote only

The Mac Pro was improved in almost all elements I will not do a comparison here as there are too many, instead you can check them out at Apple's web site for the Mac Pro.

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After Apple released the iPhone firmware 2.0.2 over a week ago and the rumored fixes it contains, which suppose to resolve many of the issues introduced by the iPhone firmware 2.0. I was eager to be able to upgrade my iPhone (1st generation). Unfortunately, my iPhone was jailbroken and unlocked, so I had to wait for the hacking community; mainly iPhone Dev Team, to release a tool that will allow me to upgrade my pwned iPhone. The iPhone Dev Team did introduce such a tool (Pwnage Tool 2.0.3) several days ago, but quickly pulled it off its server after several hours. Dispointed but happy that iPhone Dev Team reacted quickly on a bug that they found to be serious.

Yesterday, they finally released a new version of the Pwnage Tool 2.0.3.1 that resolved all know issues. I quickly downloaded it and after giving it 24 hours began to upgrade my iPhone.

I was happy to report that my iPhone upgraded successfully and all the issues I've had in the past with my iPhone running pre-2.0.2 firmware had all disappeared. Particularly the slowness when typing a message.