Here's pretty much everything you need to know about the iPhone launch ...
- Out of a batch of 3 million units, an estimated 500,000 - 700,000 have been sold.
- Polls seem to suggest that people are going for the 8GB version over the 4GB.
- The main problem early adopters seemed to have had is activating the iPhone. For some this process took longer than 24 hours.
- A six-hour AT&T network crash on Monday didn't help things.
- Sporadic crashing/lock-ups also seem to be an issue discussed in length on the Apple support forum.
- Check your iPhone for dead pixels - I've seen numerous reports over the past couple of days from customers who have discovered a number of dead screen pixels. If your iPhone is suffering from this problem, take it back to the store for exchange (stores seem to be keeping a few phones back for exchange, so even if the store is listed as being sold out, you should still be able to swap the phone).
- Battery life seems varied depending on who you listen to. Some claim spectacular battery life, others not so spectacular.
- When your battery does die, expect to pay $85.95 for a replacement and be without your iPhone for several days.
- A few bugs/potential bugs have been discovered, but nothing earth-shattering.
- Many iPod accessories will work with the iPhone.
- Despite there not being any real shortage of iPhones, suckers are still paying over the odds for them on eBay/craigslist etc.
- Manufacturing costs on the iPhone have been put at around $200 for the 4GB version and around $250 for the 8GB version. That means a comfortable 50% profit margin for Apple.
- Many users have said they would like the ability to add personalized ringtones.
- Inside the iPhone are components from Intel, Samsung, Infineon, Broadcom, Texas Instruments, Skyworks, Marvell, Cambridge Silicon Radio and Linear Technology.
- The iPhone (or more specifically, the iPhone/iTunes interface) is incompatible with Windows Vista 64-bit.
- Jon Lech Johansen (aka "DVD Jon") claims to have a way to activate an iPhone without needing to sign up to an AT&T contract.
- There are a huge number of iPhone related scams making the rounds.