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Briefly: iPhone AppleCare; GM talks iPods

updated 05:30 pm EDT, Tue July 24, 2007

iPhone AppleCare arrives

In brief: Apple is now offering AppleCare support for its $499 and $599 iPhones, General Motors has announced that several vehicles will be available with fully integrated dealer-installed iPod connectivity, AT&T has posted its second-quarter financial results with an unexpected number of iPhone activations, and 3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator 3D mouse will hit Apple Store shelves by the end of August. Apple has officially introduced AppleCare for iPhone, an extended protection plan for the company's new cellular handsets that adds an additional year of hardware repair. Apple's iPhone warranty is available to iPhone owners for $69.

GM expands iPod integration

Automobile manufacturer General Motors has announced that several current Pontiac, Saturn, and Chevrolet vehicles will be available with fully integrated dealer-installed iPod connectivity, according to Leftlane News. The company's Personal Audio Link iPod adapter is available for the Chevrolet HHR and Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and the Saturn Sky from dealers across the U.S. The system is priced at $160.

AT&T posts earnings, iPhone activation count

Cellular carrier AT&T -- which offers exclusive service to iPhone customers -- has posted its second-quarter financial results alongside 146,000 iPhone activations which occurred in less than two days; Those numbers disappointed some analysts who heard whispers of iPhone sales totaling upwards of half a million, but AT&T experienced technical difficulties with iPhone activations during the handset's launch.... 3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator 3D mouse is due to hit Apple Store shelves by the end of August, according to the company, and is compatible with several applications including Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended and Google Earth.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Fishtank22

    Joined: Dec 1969



    My Amex extends my iphones warranty an additional year for free :) if you bought your phone with amex your prob covered.

  1. LtCarter47

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Battery replacement?

    Question is, does it cover a battery replacement? I didn't see it anywhere on the applecare for iphone page, or in the FAQ.

  1. loudpedal

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Lets hope the GM effort is better than Chryslers. I bought one of Mopar's iPod connectivity kits for my wife's Jeep. The first one actually worked for a couple of months. The second worked three times before I demanded the dealership yank the unit out and give me my money back. I was amazed at the poor design and workmanship for an OEM effort. I'm still looking for a decent replacement (that will allow the use of steering wheel controls, will charge the iPod and not broadcast the signal to the radio) but have yet to find one.

  1. SubPop

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm not sure if the current vehicles support it, but have you tried the Monster iCruz? That one basically masquerades as a CD-changer to your car and allows all the steering-wheel control, but it seems to only support older model vehicles.

  1. moose26

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Scion and Toyota

    I bought a Scion tC just little over a year ago with a factory Pioneer deck. It was a upgraded model to support iPod connectivity. My tC has volume and track controls on the steering wheel. My car has a center storage spot under a armrest between the front 2 seats that has the connector to plug my iPod into and charge. There is even a 2nd extra cigarette style charging plug. I have used my iPod only in the car constantly and have had no issues. The center storage spot I even tested in the hot hot summer and it kept cool enough to just leave my iPod in there, but of course I do not do that in winter months.

    I have a few friends who own other Toyota and Scion models with iPod connectivity and every says it just works and does so very well. As a bonus.. the stereo and stock speakers sounds very nice... for stock :)

  1. MrVent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    replace my rear speakers

    I surely gonna have to replace my Stereo rear speakers with technology because it would not balance, doors squeak, cracked gmc muffler and wind noise Hood is so flimsy it 'oil cans' even on a smooth road GM service is nonexistent Seats are very uncomfortable after about 30 minutes.

    Quality and fit are very poor especially for the price and customer service is nonexistent.

  1. purnima1991

    Joined: Dec 1969


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