While my friends spent the day trying to get AT&T to activate their new iPhones, I spent the day waiting for UPS to deliver mine.
At 2 p.m. a huge box with Christmas shopping arrived. Although it was a UPS package, it was delivered by a small, unmarked truck. Apparently the official UPS vans were out delivering iPhones.
Just when I was giving up hope, a UPS driver came trudging up my walkway at 7:15 p.m. and handed me the little box.
“I’ve delivered about a million of these today,” he said as I signed.
I ran inside, opened up the iPhone 4S, and activated it immediately. Then attached it to the iMac and brought in the backup from my previous iPhone. Seamless.
If you want the technical dirt on the new iPhone, check out Chris Pirillo’s Twitter stream. What I can tell you is this: Not all iPhone 4 cases fit the iPhone 4S — though some do. It has to do with a very slight change in the placement of the volume up/volume down toggle buttons on the side. Pay very close attention to the claims of the case dealers — better yet, go to a store and buy your new case in person.
And, go fast. I noticed that my favorite cases (Speck Pixelskins) are either out of stock or back ordered by 3 or 4 weeks.
Other quick observations:
• Siri voice control works perfectly, even though she reported she couldn’t find any Johnny Cash tunes on my phone. (Fortunately she didn’t log in to my iTunes Store account and buy me some.)
• I love the Notifications. How did we ever get by without them? On the whole, it’s a win, and I can almost forgive iCloud for taking away my Mail Rules syncing.