"The new iPhone 3G has a nicer shape, GPS, and of course 3G speeds in the big cities," says a blissed-out David Pogue. "But it's the iPhone 2.0 software and the App Store that really change the game." A year ago, Pogue, the New York Times technology columnist and bestselling author, helped usher in the iPhone Age with his entertaining, definitive, bestselling guide, iPhone: The Missing Manual.
Now Pogue is back with a bigger, better, up-to-the-nanosecond second edition--a witty, complete guide to both the iPhone 3G and the original iPhones with the iPhone 2.0 software, the iPhone: The Missing Manual, Second Edition. It's the first book about every Apple improvement to its own second edition--the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0. Over 100 new features are demystified, troubleshot, and evaluated: GPS position tracking, MobileMe syncing, Microsoft Exchange server syncing, make-your-own ringtones, geotagging photos, and much more.
So how eager are tech writers to get their hands on this book? Within seconds after I sent out the press release a Washington Times reporter phoned from a car wash. In fact he skipped the dry cycle to give me his email. And, yes, he called me on his iPhone 3G (on loan from Apple for review). (Let's not talk about the fact that I still haven't been able to land a new iPhone 3G.)
The print version of iPhone: The Missing Manual, Second Edition can be purchased on or around Aug. 15. But for those who don't want to wait for the book (or prefer a virtual one), an electronic downloadable version of the book is also available, in three different formats. The PDF (available now) and EPUB versions can be read on the iPhone; the Mobipocket version can be uploaded onto the Amazon Kindle e-book reader. Best of all: those who pre-order the print book/electronic bundle (which includes all three e-book formats--PDF, EPUB, and Kindle-compatible Mobipocket) instantly save 70% on the book.
Want to start reading an excerpt from Pogue's new book right now? A short piece (packed with useful tips) is posted here on the O'Reilly Missing Manual site.
Do you have an iPhone 3G tip? Post it here and you just may receive a copy of Pogue's latest. Happy iPhoning.