It's Friday June 19th, and that can only mean one thing: Apple iPhone 3G S day. Sales of the new Apple smartphone have been taking place across the world for several hours now, and we've already seen the first handset teardown; doors of Apple and AT&T stores in the US open in around fifteen minutes, at 7am.
The AT&T tethering debacle continues, and after yesterday's super-simple unofficial hack, now comes the first leak regarding possible pricing for the carrier's official package. According to an internal AT&T source, tethering for the iPhone 3G and 3G S will be offered at the end of July, priced at a whopping $55 per month.
The source also went on to say that MMS support on AT&T is expected in mid-July, earlier perhaps than the carrier led us to believe with their "end of the summer" promises. AT&T have already confirmed that MMS messages will be charged the same as SMS messages.
Given that most of the iPhone 3G S' new magic is hidden inside the casing, not on show, it's no surprise that we've been getting teardown tips ever since its announcement. RapidRepair are the first to take a pristine iPhone 3G S and crack it open, having queued up outside the Orange Boutique in Paris earlier on today.
You might not have heard, but the Apple iPhone 3G S goes on sale tomorrow, and AT&T thought you might want to know exactly how things are being arranged come the morning. The iPhone 3G S will be available from all 211 AT&T stores across the US, just in case you decided not to do the sensible thing and pre-order for home delivery. Stores are set to open at 7am local time, exclusively for those customers who have pre-ordered for in-store pickup.
As we know, iPhone OS 3.0 brings with it the potential for tethering on your Apple smartphone, using the handset's 3G connection to get your laptop, netbook or other mobile device online while on the move. Apple have done all they can to make it straightforward - you can tether over USB or Bluetooth, with minimal setup - but the carriers seem less enthused. Some, like AT&T, don't officially support it yet, while others, such as O2 in the UK, will allow you to tether but have an expensive extra data plan you need to add.
One thing we know about iPhone users, though, is that if you show them a sign saying "no entry" they'll work out a hack to enable it, and sure enough there's now a simple way to turn on iPhone tethering no matter your carrier or tether-plan status. All you need do, in fact, is visit help.BenM.at on your iPhone and install a new local carrier profile configuration file.
While you're waiting for iPhone OS 3.0 to download, sit back and watch AT&T backpedal. The carrier has announced new upgrade pricing for the iPhone 3G S, in response to complaints from iPhone 3G users. Now, iPhone 3G users who would be eligible to upgrade in July, August or September this year may now have access to AT&T's "best upgrade pricing" from Thursday June 18th. They've also confirmed that the iPhone's MMS functionality will arrive in late Summer, and they'll be charging exactly the same per MMS message as they currently do for SMS text messages.
The iPhone Dev Team have released a video demo of their latest unlocking tools, including yellowsn0w, doing its magic on an iPhone 3G running OS 3.0 which is set to be released sometime in the next 24 hours. They've also revealed the development of a new tool, ultrasn0w, which they claim should be able to unlock any iPhone to-date, running any OS version.
As you might have expected, Apple wasn't going to leave something as well-orchestrated as the iPhone 3G S launch to the whims of a mere courier. Despite news over the past few days that pre-orders of the speedy smartphone have been shipped, buyers are now reporting that their packages have been frozen with UPS, presumably to be released for delivery on the official Friday release.