Is there a particular state where you would be? You should consider no sales tax states, if possible. [Edit: I just looked at the "no-sales tax" states, they might not be the best to visit during Winter.
Initially we're hitting WA before heading South to CA.
More than likely there will be iPhone 4 by then. How much is the price of unlocked iPhones in New Zealand?
We don't have finalised prices for the iP4 yet, although the official release is July 30. We'll know next Friday.
The 8GB 3Gs costs NZ$900 unlocked, but I got mine for $0.00 on my business plan. Nice phone too. Still getting used to typing on screen tho'.
As to the antenna issue, I do not think they would peerform a major redesign before December. More than likely, if a casing is truly effective, one solution they may consider without redesign is to coat the antenna outer part to render it non-conductive. This would be more like "coating" the exposed antenna with a non-conductive transparent material that will no peel off.
Yeah, that's what I think pretty much. So I'm not holding my breath for the redesign/re-engineer scenario. But honestly, one can hope.
Unless the issue persist, most likely any major redesign will coincide with the next upgrade for next year. My guess, one possibility would be a relocation of the "black gap".
Yep, the whole exposed metal antenna revisit would be a start again thing.
What sort of Apps are being developed by your company? Are you a programmer yourself?
I work for a communications organisation, a local subsidiary of a multinational based in the US. One of the projects we're investigating porting to the iPad is device to device sync system using WiFi with the ability to resize graphical elements automagically to match the res and screen real estate.
I do program, but only to prototyping level. My area is in creative, which involves writing and some UI design. Sounds posher than it really is tho'.
How big is the market for Apple products in NZ? And tariffs for imported goods[?} More than likely, Apple will always have a roll-out schedule that will be staggered. So, if New Zealanders are not too aversed with using adopters, they might be a potential gray market window for every product roll out.
Import duty (tariffs) here is particularly low. NZ has been a free trade leader, with few tariffs imposed on imports. We did that unilaterally and many of our trading partners choose not to follow our lead, disadvantaging our trade balance. But we have been successful in negotiating free trade agreements with other nations, the US excepted. However, there're signs that might change. One crosses one's fingers.
Apple has a market share that's similar to the US in percentage terms with around 90% of the smartphone market in terms of mobile apps monitored, the Mac has around 8% market share, and the iPod rules. So relatively speaking, Apple does well here.