The Official List: Here is what’s missing from iPhone 5

by Justin Horn on Sep 15th, 2012 @ 3:56 pm


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iPhone 5 ship dates pushed back to 2 weeks 1 hour after going on pre-sale

by Justin Horn on Sep 14th, 2012 @ 4:08 am

UPDATE 4:40 AM EST Hearing reports of people having luck still ordering direct from carriers. Good luck!

This has to be a new record right!?!

I heard reports of this, but I was still seeing the immediate ship date.  I opened a Google Chrome incognito browser and check again and saw the 2 weeks that was being reported. So I guess I had some kind of special session open that was showing me the other date, but who knows if that would have actually worked. Luckily for me I already placed my order!

UPDATE No, tried ordering for a friend thorugh my session, but still showing 2 weeks on the final order.

I can only imagine how the lines are going to be at the stores on the 21st for this very disappointing iPhone update.

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Ordering iPhone 5: How to change the shipping address

by Justin Horn on Sep 14th, 2012 @ 3:54 am

I’m going to be in NYC on iPhone 5 release day, so I wanted to change the shipping address to a friend’s office in Manhattan. Problem was when I went to checkout from the Apple store, I couldn’t change the shipping address! So I just ordered it and then starting searching around Twitter for help. Apparently, you can change the address after the order has finished processing. See the simple steps below.

UPDATE Please note #2 below, this will not work until the order is processed, try it in the morning.

1) Just place your order with the locked in billing address.

2) Then after it finishes processing (whenever that is, you’ll probably get an email) just log into your Apple Store account and go to your recent orders.

3) Click “View / Edit Order Details” and then “Edit” under the Ship To address.

4) Change shipping address… (I haven’t actually gotten this far, so I’ll update when I try tomorrow, but hopefully it just works)

UPDATE It works! Also, just FYI. I still don’t have an order processed email. It still says processing, but I do have a cancel order button now.


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Jimmy Kimmel First Look: iPhone 5 [Video]

by Justin Horn on Sep 13th, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

This is pretty awesome! It’s interesting how the brain works.  If you think something is better then that becomes reality. Similar to a 20/20 or Dateline I watched where they put a $5 box wine against an expensive bottle. They put the box wine in a fancy looking bottle and expensive wine in a store brand looking bottle. Guess which one people liked better?

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AT&T changes iPhone 5 upgrade eligibility policy

by Justin Horn on Sep 13th, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

A little over 3 years ago I wrote an article describing how your AT&T upgrade eligibility date was formulated. Your date for full upgrade could range from as little as 12 months out of your 24 month contract or as many as 20. They also sometimes offered early  upgrades giving you a $200 discount instead of the full $400 discount.

This has been consistent till I went to check my upgrade for the iPhone 5. First I noticed that my main line billing over $100 a month which used to be upgrade eligible every 12 months was now 19 months (May 2013).  This is the same date as the second line billing only $40 a month. Second I noticed that the price for the early upgrade has changed. Instead of getting a $200 discount, they are now only giving $150 discount.

UPDATE Fun fact: Based on that early upgrade discount of only $150 off, it would actually be cheaper to pay the $225 early termination fee and then get a new contract the full discount price. $299 + $250 early upgrade fee vs $299 + $225 early termination fee. Way to go AT&T!

UPDATE 2 From what I’m reading, Verizon doesn’t offer upgrades until your full 24 months is up and no early upgrade discounts. So I guess AT&T isn’t as bad as I thought. $150 is better than nothing.

Apparently they are moving all phones, regardless of price to 19 month upgrade policy.

Here’s a portion of my ATT chat:

Justin Horn: But that’s besides the point, can you tell me why I’m not eligible before 5/15/2013? My account has always been eligible after 12 months, not 19. So my date should be 10/15/2012, not 5/15/2013.
Linda Ramirez: I apologize. Upgrades are now done every 19 months.
Justin Horn: Since when?
Linda Ramirez: Since 6/25/12.


How times have changed.  Here’s my article on how the iPhone 3GS upgrades went:

At&t just posted “an update for our customers”which explains the upgrade process for iPhone 3G oweners and the new policy:

We’re now pleased to offer our iPhone 3G customers who are upgrade eligible in July, August or September 2009 our best upgrade pricing, beginning Thursday, June 18.

So just a few years ago AT&T was moving up the full upgrade eligibility date by as much as 3 months. Even for the iPhone 4 they bumped it up a bit.

Now back to present day and they move my upgrade back by 7 months! I understand for a lot of people (with non family plans), this doesn’t matter as you never billed enough to make it to a 12 month upgrade. So at worst you are being moved back from 17 to 19 months, but I would hope the extra $50 for the early upgrades would piss you off. I mean they are already raised the bull shit “activation” fee to $36 bucks, which was bull shit when it was like $24.

One day I will finally make the move to Verizon because AT&T’s list of things that piss me off just keeps getting longer.

Here’s a few highlights:
AT&T and FaceTime
AT&T changes data plans again: more GB, more money
Will iMessage really affect AT&T’s SMS cash cow?

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iPhone 5: What size should I get? 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB?

by Justin Horn on Sep 13th, 2012 @ 11:01 am

Trying to decide what size you need? Well last year I ran the numbers for photos and video size on the iPhone 4S and those still apply to the iPhone 5. Take a look:
With the iPhone 4S (and iPhone 5) improved camera and 1080p HD video, should I go 32GB or 64GB?

That obviously isn’t the only consideration. If you use a lot of big apps, like TomTom for example, that can add up.  Lots of music and you don’t have the bandwidth for iTunes Match? That will add up.

So it may not be the only concern, it is one of the big ones to consider.

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