iPhone MMS and iPod

One of people’s big complaints is that the iPhone doesn’t have MMS. This isn’t a problem for me because I don’t use MMS. But can MMS be added in firmware/software? I don’t really know MMS, so I don’t know whether it has hardware requirements the iPhone doesn’t have.

Apparently, you can email photos, but they’re resized to 640×480 and EXIF data is stripped. I’m pretty sure this can be fixed in software, right?

Not the best iPod ever made. Leo Laporte says it is, but I disagree. My iPod nano was arguably just as good an iPod. It is very hard to fast forward on the iPhone. This is my biggest complaint. On a real iPod, you can press the center button and then “turn” the wheel to fast forward or rewind. This isn’t possible on the iPhone, as far as I can tell. There’s a slider, but it’s short because it appears only when the phone is in vertical mode. This is probably fine for songs, but it’s totally unusable for podcasts which are 1-2+ hours. Is there a better way to fast-forward and rewind on the iPhone that I’m just missing?
Leo Laporte also says the iPhone doesn’t know his name and can’t learn. Correct me if I’m wrong, because I haven’t tried it, but doesn’t the iPhone use your address book entries in its predictive typing? Leo should add his own name to his address book.

I have a theory about Apple’s decision to use EDGE, or 2.5G. Data costs providers money when we use more of it, right? So someone downloading 500 MB costs AT&T more than someone downloading 5 MB. That means they want to encourage people to use Wifi whenever possible. If this was 3G fast, people wouldn’t care about wi-fi. And of course we would want “unlimited data”. So we’d be downloading tons of stuff, YouTube videos and all, from AT&T’s network. Fortunately for them, they made it sufficiently slow that this is too painful to do, but gave us wi-fi so the burden goes on wireless routers and their broadband providers. This isn’t so much a theory as it is a random thought.

7 Responses to “iPhone MMS and iPod”

  1. Simon Yang says:

    I think I read it somewhere that even with 3G, it’ll be slower than WiFi. And much of the infrasturcture is not in place. Meh, just lots of the chatter I read on /.

  2. bob says:

    The biggest offender right now is Verizon. They seem to be blocking customers from sending photos as emails, instead forcing them through the stupid Vcast web page. Unfortunately they compress the photos so bad that they’re all blurry and pixelated.

    Stupid Verizon.

  3. ethanduce says:

    I’m actually really disapointed that it didn’t have mms.
    Why would they not include technology that’s been around for years? Didn’t make any sense to me.

  4. jeff p says:

    iPhone does have MMS… sorta. It’s called email. Or you can always send email to a phone ([email protected], for example.

  5. t says:

    While I understand that we can e-mail pictures from out iPhones to other people, it is still an issue. When you use MMS, you do not need to know what carrier the person you are sending to uses. Sending it as an e-mail to their phone, means that you will have to know every carriers unique e-mail for their clients phones. not to mention what carrier your friends use. I don’t know about everyone else, but it would be much easier to simply type in their number as opposed to asking what carrier they use and if they know thier phones e-mail address.

  6. Shifo says:

    I totaly agree with you guys, I think that apple will put all these features as second cam for video conference , mms and maybe bilt in GPS in the next generation on iphone . This generation in the market now i think it is just a matter of testing the market about the new technolegy in terms of touch and thin moile phone

  7. oo says:

    Here’s a simple, straightforward service to get pictures from your iPhone to other people. Yes, it involves e-mail, but you don’t have to remember each carrier’s e-mail domain (and let’s not even touch the fact of figuring out what carrier your friend is using if he/she’s changed carriers but kept their phone number…)


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