iPhone’s location data Q & A from Apple

Today Apple responded to the online hubbub over the location data found in the iPhone’s backup files in iTunes.

The response is delivered in a Question and Answer style. Apple dispelled all the misinformation floating on the internet and assured those wondering that there is no nefarious reason for the data that is present in the ‘consolidated.db’ file. It’s to help the location service in the iPhone function faster and the size of the data is the results of a bug that will be corrected in a forthcoming software update.

You can read the response in Apple’s Q & A posted on their site.

Got an iPad 2!!

Today, a friend and I stood in line for few hours at Best Buy in Ottawa to get an iPad 2. We had checked the Apple Store in Rideau Center and at 2 PM, there was a crowd of around 300 people. The line looped around and then exited the door. It’s a nippy day in Ottawa with temperature around -3° celsius and a strong breeze making it feel like -10°. We weren’t willing to wait in that cold for long.

So we drove to Best Buy and found a short line of about 12 people. We stood in line and when the nice young lady came out and we asked, she told us that they’ll give us vouchers at 4 pm which will guarantee an iPad. By the way, the limit was one iPad 2 per customer.

So we stood in line for an hour and a half in the cold. The line was outside the store!

At around 3:55 pm, a UPS truck rolled to the Best Buy and the guy shouted at us “I have a hundred of them”. Of course nobody really believed him, but it turned out to be true.

At 4pm even, the nice young woman came out again and started asking each person what they wanted and handed each of us a voucher with the specifications that we asked for. By that time the line had swelled to about 50 people.

We were too cold and hungry, so we left to get something to eat and get warm somewhere. We came back around 5:45 and the line of people outside was around 70 or so, so we stood at the end of the line again and had to wait till about 6:30 to get in. Damn Cold again!

Anyway, after we were let in, we headed to the special area handling the iPads and soon we each got our iPads.

Overall, an interesting experience as it’s the first time that I stood in line to purchase a piece of electronics.

It’s definitely a nice piece of hardware worth the sort wait in line.

Apple Sells 33.36 Million iOS devices in Q1 2011

Apple reported sales of 7.33 Million iPads, 16.23 Million iPhones and 9.8 Million iPod touch.

With 92 days in the quarter from October to December, it means that Apple activated over 362,000 iOS devices per day on average.

Although Apple doesn’t break down its iPod sales by type, from the price average per iPod ($176) it’s easy to extrapolate that more than half of those are iPod touch.

That’s simply astonishing. Huge, huge numbers.

With a reported 90% of all iOS devices running iOS 4.x, that makes for a very strong platform for app developers to build on.

Also, they reported selling 4.134 Million Macs, making this the first quarter they sell more than 4 million macs per quarter.

Very strong results indeed. Congratulations Apple!

iOS 4 available for download!

I connected my iPhone to my Mac at 1:30pm EST to charge it and iTunes announced the availability of version 4.0 of iOS.

The 292 MB update is downloading as I type this. How exciting!

There aren’t many new features for my 3G iPhone (no multi-tasking, no facetime, no video editing), but still, there is enough in there to make it worthwhile. The unified mailbox is a long awaited feature (I have nearly 10 different mailboxes on my iPhone).