It may not be the kind of bug that wreaks havoc on your device, but sleepy Europeans might be cursing Apple’s name right about now: A long-standing bug in the iPhone’s alarm clock means many of them probably woke up an hour late on Monday.
It appears that even more trouble will be breathing down Cupertino’s neck soon, as European Union regulators are joining forces with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) here in the U.S. in a probe of Apple’s policy regarding “mobile software developers.” (Translation: Flash on the iPhone.)
From the looks of things, an Apple affecionado from the Czech Republic has gotten his hands on an iPhone 4 a wee bit early, and the review is pretty positive.
According to AppleInsider, a reader of the European website Jablickar offered up his impressions on the handset. Going by the name of Swenak, the reader touched upon the feel and qualities of the handset's case, interface response, the phone's overall size and battery life. It's worth mentioning that Swenak's handset appears to be more refined than those seen in earlier leaks: Screws no longer detract from the phone's design on either side of the dock connector, and the back of the phone is stamped with 16 GB rather than "XXGB."
Apple has opened the doors to the international iPad Store more than a week prior to the official hardware launch date. Though foreign owners of the American iPads have been able to obtain apps for their device, they've only be able to do so from the iTunes software and not from the App Store browsing on the iPad.
It was only a few days ago we discussed how the iPhone was growing in its third place status, but still lagged behind Research in Motion's Blackberry and Nokia's smartphones globally. In smaller markets, though, the picture is a little different.