iPhone Watch: Negative Vibe Simmers Down

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 |  About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)
by: Yankee Group

By Carl Howe

A number of key developments to note for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone watchers:

iPhone buzz falls to 17,500, but still above first weekend levels

Yesterday, there were 17,500 iPhone stories over 24 hours from the 4,500 Google News outlets. That's still above the first weekend peak of 16,835, but down from the stratospheric 20,000+ range of last weekend.

Overall, the negative vibe from Wednesday seems to have simmered down a bit. Yesterday, David Pogue of the New York Times posted an informative (and visually attractive) article on iPhone accessories. Om Malik of GigaOm.com finally broke down and bought an iPhone against his better analyst judgment; I'm sympathetic to his plight because I am still resisting the urge to do the same and reassuring myself that the Nokia E61 both Om and I are using is "just fine". Eric Zeman over at Information Week confessed that the iPhone beats his Blackberry Pearl hollow at doing Web work and is undermining his Crackberry habit, much to his surprise. And Bill Tancer of Hitwise has an interesting analysis of the demographics of iPhone searches in Time magazine. It was just another iPhonecious day.

iPhones now in stock at 116 Apple Stores, up 27 since Wednesday

Apple appears to have moved another major shipment of iPhones to the US, as 116 the 165 US Apple Stores now have iPhones in stock. California appears to have been a big beneficiary of yesterday's shipment; now only the Fresno, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Rosa stores are out of stock.

Prove your mobile mastery with your iPhone

Thanks to MacOSXHints.com, the next time you really want to wow someone about your knowledge of the cell phone network, whip out your iPhone and dial

*3001#12345#*

It brings up the iPhone Field Test tool that gives you info on towers, signal strength, EDGE data and more. This is the ultimate proof you are not only styling with your iPhone, but fully-geeked as well.