Few tech events are as exciting as when that latest gadget actually ships (except maybe for when it actually arrives, of course). Over the weekend, Apple started sending shipment notifications for the iPhone 4 as customers watched their order status change from “Not Yet Shipped” to “Prepared For Shipment” and finally “Shipped”. Unfortunately, not everyone appears to be so lucky.
Due to his ability to restructure the time-space continuum in accordance with his will, Steve Jobs normally gets away with pushing the credibility barrier a bit during product launches. But when he recently announced that the iPhone 4 sports a "Retina Display," a snarky little online spat ensued. Were those tiny little pixels really so small that, when the iPhone 4 is vigilantly held 12 inches in front of your nose, the human eye cannot detect them? Calculators were whipped out, numbers were crunched. Apparently, the answer is a definite maybe.
The really important question is whether an ever-growing plethora of teeny-tiny pixels really matter in the greater scheme of things? Do more pixels equate to a better gadget experience for users?
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."
O2, one of the iPhone carriers in the United Kingdom, announced today that the iPhone 4 will be in limited supply perhaps until August. A note on its website confirms that only existing O2 customers will be able to receive the iPhone 4 at launch, and existing customers will have priority until the end of July.
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.
If The Great White North didn’t already feel slighted by not getting the new iPhone 4 on June 24 along with the U.S. and a handful of international locales, the Canadians may yet have a reason to shake their normally laid-back demeanor, assuming a new rumor is true.
By now, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that folks are willing to camp out in the summer heat to grab the latest Apple gadget. Heck, in the case of the iPhone 4, it might not even be a bad idea, considering the nightmare pre-order situation for the device, which is currently fetching as much as $5,000 on eBay. Apple’s latest whiz-bang gizmo officially has its first line-sitter, and this time it’s not in New York City.
If you've even a passing interest in iPhone 4, you'll know that despite a series of technical glitches with AT&T's ordering system, the units set aside by Apple for pre-order were spoken for faster than poop through a goose, leaving many individuals with an earnest desire to own the handset frustrated and waiting for an opportunity to make their purchase. Where can one turn to in order to vent their lack-of-iPhone rage? Don't worry friends, you needn't look any further than eBay.
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.
Shhh... do you hear it? There's an iTunes update blowin' in the wind! Apple has released iTunes version 9.2, and it appears to be be chock-full of all kinds of goodness, much of which will prepare the software's users for the arrival of iPhone 4 and iOS. The software's version notes mention the following software updates, after the cut!