Apple iTunes Store account required to set up iPhone; Safari to be bundled with iTunes

The text of AT&T’s email to those who signed up online for Apple iPhone information verbatim followed by a report that Apple will bundle Safari with iTunes later this year:

Get ready for  iPhone.

iPhone arrives on June 29. iPhone features an amazing mobile phone, is the best iPod ever created, and puts the Internet in your pocket with desktop–class email, web browsing, searching, and maps. And iPhone makes it all easy to use with its revolutionary multi-touch user interface. iPhone syncs with your PC or Mac just like an iPod, so organizing your content now will help you start calling, texting, emailing, surfing, listening, and watching even faster when you get your iPhone. Here are a few suggestions to help you get ready:

Contacts
Making a call with iPhone is as simple as tapping a name. You won’t need to re-enter all your contacts because iPhone syncs with the address book you already use on your computer—Address Book or Entourage on a Mac, or Outlook or Outlook Express on a PC. If you keep your contacts on the web using Yahoo! Address Book, iPhone can sync with them, too. To get ready for iPhone, organize your contacts in one of these applications and make sure they’re up to date with the latest phone numbers and email addresses. If you don’t have contacts on your computer, don’t worry. You can still enter them directly into iPhone.

Calendar
Using its built-in calendar, iPhone lets you check your appointments with the flick of a finger. iPhone uses iTunes to sync with the calendar application you already use on your computer—iCal or Entourage on the Mac, or Outlook on a PC—just like it does with your contacts. If you don’t already use one of these applications to manage your appointments, now is a great time to start, so you’ll be ready to sync when your iPhone arrives. If you choose not to use a calendar program, that’s OK. You’ll be able to enter appointments directly into your iPhone calendar.

Email
iPhone is the first phone to come with a desktop–class email application. So now your phone can display rich HTML email with graphics and photos alongside the text. iPhone will even fetch your latest email every time you open the application and automatically retrieve your email on a set schedule, just like a computer does. iPhone works with the most popular email systems—including Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL, and .Mac Mail. If you’re not already using one of these services, now would be a great time to get an account. iTunes will make email setup on the iPhone a breeze by automatically syncing the settings from email accounts stored in Mail on a Mac or Outlook on a PC. Don’t worry if you’re not on one of these email services; iPhone also works with almost any industry-standard POP3 and IMAP email system.

Photos
iPhone has a 2-megapixel camera and a gorgeous 3.5–inch display, so it’s a great way to enjoy and show off your digital photos. iPhone uses iTunes to sync your photos from iPhoto on a Mac or Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Album, or any picture folder on a PC. You can carry thousands of photos on iPhone, but you can start by creating an album or two with 50 to 100 of your favorite photos, so that when you first sync your iPhone, you’ll be ready to quickly show off some of your best shots.

Music and Video
iPhone is the best iPod ever. Its beautiful, 3.5–inch widescreen display allows you to easily enjoy the music, TV shows, and movies you have in your iTunes library. If you already use iTunes, you can start getting ready for iPhone by creating a playlist of a few hundred of your favorite songs. If you don’t have iTunes, now is a good time to download it and start a music and video library. That way, when you sync your iPhone with iTunes, you’ll be able to take your favorite music, as well as a few of your TV shows and movies, with you wherever you go.

iTunes Account
To set up your iPhone, you’ll need an account with Apple’s iTunes Store. If you already have an iTunes account, make sure you know your account name and password. If you don’t have an account, you should set one up now to save time later. To set up an account, launch iTunes, select the iTunes Store, and click the “Sign In” button in the upper right corner of iTunes. Sign in and you’re ready to go.

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Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider, “Apple Inc.’s iTunes digital jukebox software is downloaded 1 million times per day and has an active user base of 500 million users, the company said during annual developers conference on Monday. The massive install base will work to the Cupertino-based company’s advantage when it begins inserting the neawly announced Windows version of its Safari 3.0 web browser alongside iTunes for Windows downloads later this year, UBS analyst Ben Retizes says.”

“‘We believe that this new strategy to give Windows users a taste of Safari will help the mass market become much more familiar with the iPhone interface, driving higher sales long-term,’ he wrote in a research note to clients on Tuesday. ‘As a result, this strategy shift seems like a brilliant move—showing how iTunes can be used as a Trojan horse to push the Apple ecosystem into new frontiers,'” McLean reports.

“Reitzes, who had a chance to speak with members of Apple’s senior management both before and after Monday’s WWDC keynote address, said he also believes the company has a full pipeline of products including new iPods and Macs, as well as additional content and iPhones which could come later in fiscal 2007 into fiscal 2008,” McLean reports.

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39 Comments

  1. I struggled a bit with, “Its beautiful, 3.5–inch widescreen display allows you to easily enjoy the music” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. What a good idea! Safe, secure and familiar.

    Makes for easier upgrades because it means that upgrades are not just thrown onto the internet in the hope that legitimate iphone owners will download them.

    That means that if M$ et tal want to imitate Apple’s system, they will have to own an iphone and open an itunes account!

    How painfull will that be for the Balmy one and his cohorts?

    Sublime move S J

  3. iPhone, Safari 3, Web 2.0, AJAX, web apps … that’s why we haven’t seen iLife/iWork ’07. They’re moving to the web! … ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Apple iTunes Store account required to set up iPhone; Safari to be bundled with iTunes

    Jesus H. Christmas, is all this really necessary?

    Talk about being locked in to a Windows world, it’s looking like it’s a bastion of freedom compared to what Apple is doing lately.

    *sigh*

  5. Ps MDN we already know all there is to know about the iphone, up until todays announcement that is, please try not to repeat the above bits and bobs that we have seen from the MacWorld Keynote address!

  6. @ Not 4 Me, What do you think you already have with your current Mobile Phone or Cell Phone?

    Do you need an account with your service provider?

    If you don’t have a contract with a SP, do you need a SIM card? Is the SIM card locked to a provider? or can it be used to access any carrier?

    Do you have a land line phone?

    Is it locked to a provider via line rental and monthly charges?

    Are your monthly charges based on call time used?

    Do you have to pay by direct debit?

    Is there an extra charge if you pay by cheque/check?

    Can you change your provider instantly?

    If you are not a hermit………….

    EXACTLY WHAT IS IT THAT YOU SAY IS NOT FOR YOU?

  7. @ Not 4 Me

    > Jesus H. Christmas, is all this really necessary?

    > Talk about being locked in to a Windows world, it’s looking like > it’s a bastion of freedom compared to what Apple is doing lately.

    Too much trouble for you? You want to see how the other side does it? Here’s a great description with screenshots of the Zune software setup:

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/13/installing-the-zune-sucked/

    I’ll accept your apology when you come back.

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