Let's not play games, shall we, Mac|Life readers? Stuff happened this week, a lot of stuff, but unless it had the words iPhone 4 in its title, you weren't really paying attention were you? In fact, some of you were probably camping out, sitting in lawn chairs, live tweeting your experience waiting outside to pick up Apple's latest and greatest. Well, we shall indulge you with this extra special, all iPhone 4 version of In Case You Missed It from the gang at Mac|Life.
Here's a nice surprise, that was scantly touched upon by Steve Jobs during the official unveiling of the iPhone 4: Apple's latest handset supports HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access,) a 3G protocol that provides uplink speeds up to 5.76 Mbps. According to AppleInsider, the iPhone 4's HSUPA "joins HSDPA (High-Speed Download Packet Access), the enhanced download upgrade to UMTS 3G service that was supported by last year's iPhone 3GS, enabling up to 7.2 Mbps downloads. Because it lacked support for HSUPA, iPhone 3GS was limited to just 384 kbps uploads."
Sure, you've invested your hard-earned money in Apps that ran like a champ on your iPhone's old OS. While they might have done the trick for that 3G, or 3GS, running the last generation operating system, as an iOS 4.0 upgrader or an owner of a brand-spanking new iPhone 4 you are an individual of style, substance and bottomless pockets. You demand more from your handset's applications. Slinging software that'll work on any iPhone handset? Unheard of! You demand that the App Store bring you sundries designed specifically for the iOS 4!
Are lefties being left out in the cold again? Claims are surfacing and confirmed by Apple that if you are holding your iPhone the wrong way, for instance in your left hand, you may not get the reception you expect. So stop holding it that way!
See that graphic above? It charts Apple’s revenue from the iPhone’s debut in 2007 through estimates at the end of 2010, showing that the Mac, software and even peripherals will continue to mean less to the company’s bottom line than the iPhone does.
You’d think after the biggest product launch in Apple’s history, CEO Steve Jobs would take a day or two off, but it appears he’s taken to his keyboard yet again to respond to some e-mail inquiries involving the lack of Wi-Fi sync in iTunes and the missing hold button on the iPhone 4.
Now that the dust is settling on Apple’s iPhone 4 launch, all that’s left to do for customers is to enjoy their new handset (or keep waiting for it, if they weren’t fortunate enough to grab one this week). But the work for analysts has just begun, as they start picking apart sales estimates and surveys to pore over every last bit of minutiae.
Here’s a crash course in getting the most from your new iPhone's hardware so you can look your best the first night with it on the town. Who knows? If you follow our tips, the next person to write Steve about scoring a date with Apple gear may be you.
Although it’s not widely publicized, one advantage to having an AT&T FamilyTalk Plan is that you can use another line’s eligibility to upgrade your own handset. How this works is fairly straightforward, but the release of the iPhone 4 has introduced a few new wrinkles that you might want to be aware of before you take the plunge.