Apple announced today that the much awaited feature in the iPhone 4, FaceTime, won't use any carrier minutes like many people initially thought. According to Apple, the call will be placed over the cellular network, but as soon as you hit the FaceTime button, the call will end (ending the use of your minutes) and the video will be routed over a Wi-Fi network connection.
In order to fix something, you need to break something ... or so the saying goes. Well, it appears as though that's what Apple has done with iTunes 9.2. The software, which was supposed to add support for iOS 4 and the iPhone 4 has appearently broken support for playing videos purchased from the iTunes Store.
Apple doesn't give consumers any technical specifications (like RAM size, processor speeds, etc) about iOS devices. However, developers (and other tech savvy customers) have known for a while that the original iPhone, iPod touch, and iPhone 3G had 128 MBs of RAM, while the iPhone 3GS and iPad have 256 MBs of RAM. After all, developers need to know this information in order to develop quality applications. But, in a recent WWDC 2010 session, it was told that the iPhone 4 will have 512 MBs of RAM.
After Thursday night’s two-hour MobileMe scheduled maintenance, the Me.com website is back and has a fresh new look, as seen in the screenshot above. But the changes go deeper than a pretty homepage, and also include a new free Find My iPhone app.
It’s becoming a bit like a B-movie monster that can’t be killed. We speak, of course, of the persistent rumors that a CDMA, Verizon-compatible iPhone is “coming soon.” But now, with only a week to go before the handset launches in the U.S. and a handful of international GSM carriers, a new report claims that a CDMA iPhone 4 is actually in production.
“Attention, Kmart shoppers! We have a cleanup in the MobileMe aisle from 10pm until Midnight PST on Thursday, June 17, presumably as we prepare for the iOS 4 upgrade onslaught coming on Monday. That is all.”
With Apple pre-orders are flying off the virtual stock shelves, it's no wonder that Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster has increased the analysis of the iPhone sales for the June 2010 quarter. According to his newest prediction, Apple could sell upwards of 9.5 million devices come the end of this quarter. That's up 1 million from the analysts last prediction.
Apple has released a statement on its official website stating the following:
Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.
As you’ve know doubt heard by now, the iPhone 4 is off to a rocky start, with pre-orders sold out most everywhere, including Apple’s website and AT&T. But the partners in crime are laughing all the way to the bank, it would seem, as a new report claims the pent-up demand for the iPhone 4 is as much as 10 times larger than the previous model.
Some days, it just doesn’t pay to live in the United States. Take today, for instance, as Apple begins taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4 both here in the U.S. and in a handful of international locations, including the United Kingdom. While we’re SIM-locked to one carrier, the often-controversial AT&T, U.K. iPhone 4 buyers not only have plenty of choices for their carrier, they can even buy a totally unlocked, SIM-free handset, too.