In case you were stuck under a rock this morning, and couldn't get to the nearest live blog (including ours), Steve Jobs has announced that Apple will be offering free bumpers and third-party cases with every iPhone 4 purchased up until the end of September 30th. Additionally, those who have purchased bumpers will be able to get a full refund until that date, without having to pay a restocking fee.
Apple then announced that it will be releasing the white version of its iPhone 4 later this month, and that the proximity sensor issue should be fixed. Also, the iOS 4.0.1 update that was released yesterday is intended to fix the signal bar strength issue, as well as a Microsoft Exchange folly.
Apple Fanboys of the world: PAY HEED! It's time to get das zelt out of storage, pack up a plen stol to sit in and bring a coverture électrique just in case those nights of saving yourself a space in line outside your local Apple Store gets too cold. That's right, the Apple faithful have heard the clarion call--iPhone 4 will become available to consumers in more international locales on July 30th.
Join us for live coverage of Apple's iPhone 4 press conference. We'll be covering the event beginning at 10am PDT live from Cupertino. In addition to timely updates, we will offer up our own delicious brand of wit and wisdom with our good friends over at MacFormat.
Also, we'll be fielding questions from our readers. That's you! It's going to be an international roundtable of iPhone 4 coverage. Whether you pronounce it aluminum or aluminium, it's going to be fun.
Speculation is running rampant about what Steve Jobs & Co. might try to pull off tomorrow with their emergency press conference. Will they man up, and admit that there's some issue of some kind that needs addressing? Or will Steve pull a Jedi mind trick on everyone, all the while publicly flogging AT&T, Consume Reports, and anyone else who gets in the way of his plan for worldwide domination? More importantly, how will you react?
Today is just filled with drama, isn't it? It's all about the he said, she said it seems, and they're all saying it about the iPhone 4. This time, Apple is denying all the hearsay, responding to earlier reports that the company was aware the phone had antennas problems while it was in production.
Now that all the problems in Washington have been solved, everyone has got something to say about the iPhone 4. You may have heard earlier today that New York senator Charles Schumer has written an open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, asking the Cupertino-based company to explain the real reason behind the iPhone 4's reception problems. Schumer also added that the proposed solutions have been "insufficient." He's not alone in feeling this kind of frustration.
He may dance with the stars, Segway instead of walk and play with Apple's new hotness while we're condemned to stand in line and wait, but when it comes to the pain caused by the reception issues associated with the iPhone 4, Steve "I co-founded Apple" Wozniak is as much of a victim to the same dropped calls and slow page loading times as the rest of the unwashed masses.
Yesterday, while giving his keynote to Microsoft's Worldwide Partner's Conference, the company's Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner laid the smack down on Apple, comparing Cupertino's current iPhone 4 woes to the issues the Redmond-based Microsoft experienced with its Vista operating system.