Conventional wisdom says that if Apple had freely licensed the Mac’s operating system when it was released back in 1984, the vast majority of the world would be using it, Windows would be a niche player, and everyone would be happier.
Conventional wisdom also says that Apple is now making the same mistake by keeping tight and proprietary control over iOS, the iPhone and iPad’s operating system, and by doing so, it’s letting Android, Google’s mobile-device operating system, chomp away at Cupertino’s market share. After all, Android is steadily improving, sales of Android-equipped smartphones are outstripping iPhone sales in some markets, and the number and variety of Android-powered offerings give customers a far richer array of devices from which to choose.
The very first time we laid hands on a Verizon iPhone 4, it took us about 0.00000004 seconds to fire up the Settings app and dig into the Personal Hotspot feature. How's that for speed? Can you hear me now, and so on?
The good news: Personal Hotspot works really well, and a monkey with an ice-cream headache could have it set up in seconds.
The bad news: It requires an extra $20/month charge, on top of your (required) voice and data plans, and (optional) texting. And AT&T users don't have it yet.
If you just returned from your local Apple or Verizon Wireless store with a shiny new iPhone 4 in your hand, you may be planning to buy a case next. This has become a particularly thorny problem, since the AT&T and Verizon versions of the handset feature a slightly different button arrangement and cases made for one may not work with the other. Never fear, MacLife.com is here to help!
It's here! It's finally here! Yes, the Verizon iPhone 4 arrived in our hands this morning in a lovely white FedEx box. We've yet to test it to see if it's got more bars in more places (actually, that's AT&T's motto, whoops), because we're too busy manhandling and enjoying the feel of a brand new iPhone 4. Except that, honestly, it's the exact same as the AT&T iPhone 4, except that its insides have that sexy dual-band CDMA/GSM chip. It's also got those sweet racing stripes that make it a bad candidate for your old iPhone 4 case. Anyway, enjoy the snap shots.
What do you do if you're itching to get a new Verizon iPhone, but you aren't near an Apple store, you don't want to order online from Apple, and you don't want to make the trip to your local Verizon store? Starting February 10th, you'll be able to take a stroll to your neighborhood Walmart and pick up the phone, along with some potato chips and a new pair of pants.