This current quarter could be Apple's finest moment, according to an analyst that believes Apple could make up to $15 billion, beating other analyst expectations by $1 billion. It seems like Apple is on a roll with iPad sales, iPhone 4 preorders, Mac sales, and the elusive iPod (does anyone remember those things?). These factors, coupled with iTunes sales, could be making Apple a pretty nice cash stockpile.
If you survived the pre-order hysteria a week ago, and if you were lucky enough to escape having your iPhone 4 order cancelled over the weekend, you may very well be rewarded for your luck by receiving your new little friend a day early. But if you’re still planning to buy on Thursday, take heart that at least one Walmart store has already received stock of the handset.
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.
If you sat out last Tuesday’s iPhone 4 pre-order meltdown and hoped to saunter into your local Best Buy to grab the handset come this Thursday, June 24, you may want to rethink that plan. A wealth of data has been leaked from Best Buy, including a launch day manual that outlines the big box retailer’s plans for Thursday as well as some early inventory reports.
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.