Apple has seriously flubbed their launch of MobileMe and iPhone. Their stuff is dead slow and their updates are bricking iPhones and iTouches. I'm sure they're going to tell everyone that they've been hacked - a day0 hack on this day has got to be a treasure for any black hat. But I suspect that the same thing that didn't work when Jobs was announcing a month ago crapped out today.
Remember we were hearing that the new iPhones have been out almost a year already? My spidey senses were telling me something wasn't quite done if they didn't release the same day they announced. But hey, it's a reasonable way to get a month of buzz right? Who could fault anyone with a 200 buck superphone? Sure, wait a month. Surely they knew what kind of activation nightmare was to come. Surely they were overprepared. Yeah right. It looks like a total disaster of a launch. Check out this comment from the Macworld forums:
Me.com is slashdotted. So here's the meme, which is caveman talk for Me. Me slow. Me stupid. Me having hard time scaling. Me not all me cracked up to be.
Endgadget has even more sour news.
In a repeat of last year's problems, it looks like the insane demand for the iPhone 3G has taken its toll on Apple's iTunes activation servers -- that's a picture of iTunes locking up in the Chicago AT&T flagship earlier this morning. We're hearing that the servers are now definitely down after being intermittently active for the past few hours, and that customers are either being turned away or sent home from both Apple and AT&T stores to activate at home using iTunes. That's especially interesting since it suggests that AT&T was insisting on in-store activation to thwart unlockers, but for right now the real news is that lots of eager iPhone 3G buyers are stuck with two useless phones, since upgrading from a first-gen unit disables the SIM. Ouch. We'll keep you updated.
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