It’s going to be a slow news day today, folks. Everybody is caught up with the iPhone, and as as result, well, the only news out there is about the iPhone. Here’s CyberNet’s very last iPhone news round-up.

All for one, one for all:

StevejobsimageSteve Jobs put on his Santa hat yesterday during a Town-Hall meeting with Apple employees to tell them that every single full-time U.S. employee and any part-time employee that has been with Apple for a year would be receiving a brand new 8GB iPhone!

I liked Engadget’s title, “Jobs pulls an Oprah.” In their article, they point out that Apple has over 17,000 employees, so that’s a total of over $12,091,414 (retail price) that Jobs just forked out for his employees. I bet those temp employees who haven’t been there are year are feeling a little left out today.

Thanks for the tip Oliver!

EDGE speeds improving?

On Wednesday when the first big reviews came out, the one thing that was said was that the Edge Internet on the iPhone is “excruciatingly slow.” Current AT&T customers who have been using the EDGE Internet have been reporting “dramatic increases in throughput” over the last day.

Engadget got an EDGE handset to run their own tests and while they said it was inconsistent, they did manage to get some speed tests that ran over 200kpbs. For the sake of all the soon-to-be iPhone owners, hopefully those speeds keep up!

Google Reader on iPhone, cool!

A developer decided he wanted to come up with a solution for those who wanted to use Google reader on their iPhone. Just follow these steps if you’d like Google Reader on your phone:

  1. Visit his site and drag the bookmarklet into Safari 3
  2. Visit Google Reader and click on the bookmarklet
  3. The look now changes using Javascript so that you have an iPhone-sized interface.

Source: Mashable

Full Resolution iPhone Interface Images

If by chance you’re not standing in line somewhere and you’d like to get an idea of what the iPhone interface looks like, ThinkSecret has some great full resolution interface shots.

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That’s all for today! Come 6 PM, the iPhone will finally have a chance to prove whether it was worth all the hype, and the money. If it’s successful, it could really change the cellphone industry as we know it today. Happy iDay (as the day has been labeled by Apple fans)!

There Are 6 Comments

  1. So why does everyone have to wait until the oddball hour of 6 p.m. to get their precious iPhone? Steve Jobs says democracy demands that it be so.
    [networkworld.com]

  2. You know, I wondered the same thing. Funny that Jobs said it was a good time because people would be off of work so everybody would have the same chance. I don’t think those who go to work today, and then go walking into the stores at 6 PM will have much of a chance of getting an iPhone unless all of these stores are over-stocked.

  3. We have to wait until the fall before it is available in the UK. Is anyone going to buy one? I saw on the news the large queues of people in the US waiting to buy one :D

  4. There are definitely lines, that’s for sure! I don’t plan on purchasing one, at least not now. I’m looking forward to the real reviews and what people have to say about them within the next few days and coming weeks.

    Are you planning on purchasing one in the Fall, Dean?

  5. I have no plans on purchasing one at the moment. It will be interesting to see if this device will take off or not. There is some scepticism over here that it will be a success. There are already big phone players in the market over here so they will have their work cut out. But Apple have a slick marketing machine and I’m sure there will be lots of people rushing out to buy one.

    For now I’m quite happy with my separate iPods and Sony phone.

  6. I think the iPhone will be a decent success for those who are looking to purchase a Blackberry, but at the same time I would like to see some other features incorporated. A really nice digital camera would be cool, with 5MP, because then you could actually take decent photos with your phone. And “real” Internet would also be nice instead of the crappy EDGE network.

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