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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The exolife iPhone 4 Battery Case Looks Awesome

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 AM

"The perfect case for the iPhone 4 might have been found. Created by EXOGEAR, the new exolife for iPhone 4 will be released at the end of the month."

This rechargeable battery case from EXOGEAR looks really nice, and the manufacturer claims it will double your battery life. I'm amazed at how well it fits with the look of the current iPhone, though I can see how some people would find the huge EXOGEAR logo at the bottom annoying. It'll be available at the end of July for $89.95, and will come in black or white. Does anybody have the EXOGEAR case for the iPhone 3G/3GS, and if so, what is the battery life like?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's the End of the World for Apple! or Not, Depending on What You Believe I Suppose...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:40 PM

"With the iPhone 4's reception problems now out in the open, as a result of a Consumer Reports test, Apple will be forced to do a recall, says Wayne State University's Prof. Matthew Seeger. A specialist in crisis communications, Seeger argues that Apple's reputation is at stake. "It's critically important. The brand image is the most important thing Apple has. This is potentially devastating," he remarks."

Even the guys from Top Gear are making subtle references to the iPhone 4 "Grip of Death" as it has been called, so it really has gotten legs. But for someone such as the Professor Seeger to say a recall is in order is a bit much in my opinion.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Want Faster iPhone 4 Charging? Use AC Rather Than USB

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 12:30 PM

"This whole charging / not charging issue with the iPad and iPhone is pretty confusing. At least with the iPad, if it's not plugged into an outlet or a USB port that's delivering enough juice, you get the whole "not charging" message near the battery indicator ... yet, it does charge, but slowly."

While USB charging does work for the iPhone 4, it will take longer via USB than it will by simply plugging it in to an outlet. In WhenWillApple? testing ( link ), a completely dead iPhone 4 took 130 minutes to fully charge on AC, and 160 minutes to fully charge via USB on a late-model MacBookPro. From dead to able-to-power-on took 3:11 (m:s) on AC, and 4:49 (m:s) via USB. While the idea of slower charging via USB sounds like a case for using the AC adapter more often, I find that keeping my iPhone 4 connected via USB when I'm at my desk works well enough, and I'm less apt to walk off without my phone, when it's sitting right under my nose. But for the most charge in the shortest time: plug it in!

iPhone 4 Users: Wash Your Hands!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:30 AM

"Many people have been debating the reasons why some users are having signal problems with Apple's latest iPhone 4G, and specifically, why the iPhone was able to pass Apple's stringent testing."

Mom always said, "wash your hands!" This seems to make sense today as an iPhone 4 user. Damp, sweaty hands can interfere with the iPhone 4's ability to get/keep a signal, according to an anonymous biochemist in the UK. Testing under lab conditions wouldn't discover this effect, since engineers test in a controlled environment, and not outside under hot, humid conditions. So it seems that the iPhone 4 "Bumper" ( link ) or any cover that keeps hands (dirty or clean) from directly touching the metal outside frame may help prevent signal degradation.

Friday, July 9, 2010

FaceTime Could Save A Life

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"One of the flagship features of the iPhone 4 is its video conferencing capabilities, a la FaceTime. Two doctors, however, are putting Apple's claim that FaceTime is the next generation of telecommunication to the test."

Taking video conferencing out of the realm of static devices locked away in a room somewhere, a surgeon at the University of Arizona has used FaceTime to consult with a colleague in Los Angeles regarding a possible foot amputation. FaceTime could be "a game changing tool" for doctors, according to the Arizona surgeon, Dr. David Armstrong, who also stated that it's not the technology itself, but the form factor (portability) and the ubiquity (millions already sold) of the devices that will make a difference in how medicine is practiced around the world.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I'd Panic Too!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"Gizmodo reader Ryan Davis made a mindless mistake we could all make: he left his iPhone 4 on the roof of his car, and drove off. This is his story of how a normal day turned into, well, panic."

Good safety tip. If you lose your phone, any phone on AT&T, don't deactivate until you try locating it via their Family Locate feature. And if you have an iPhone, give MobileMe a try, it's also free for the first 30 days. Or better yet, hang on to your stuff!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

And One More Problem...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

"While Apple's iPhone 4 signal loss issues have been receiving significant attention since the device's launch late last month, a number of other problems have been seeing sporadic reports, and one of the most prevalent of late has been problems with the device's proximity sensors designed to sense when the phone is held up to the user's face and deactivate the device's screen, thus preventing unintended activation of buttons on the display."

According to some reports if you do the following it provides a fix: the Settings app, then go to General -> Reset, and choose "All Settings" at the top (note: this will not erase your apps, media, or other data -- that's what the "Erase All Content and Settings" button just below this option is for. "Reset All Settings" just reverts any Settings preferences you've customized back to their factory defaults). One Twitter follower, Brian Partridge, reported that AppleCare told him to just use Reset -> Reset Network Settings, not all settings, and it worked.

The iPhone Blog also has some tips regarding this issue [link]. I'm feeling lucky that all I've had to deal with is a battery issue, that was fixed pretty easily by draining it and recharging. How about you, have you experienced any of the problems we've posted on with your iPhone 4 or with iOS 4?

Apple Says "No Restocking Fee!" for iPhone 4s

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 AM

"As Computerworld notes, Apple changed the terms of its return policy today in releasing its iPhone 4 memo. You now have a month (from ship date if purchased online) to return your iPhone 4. There is no restocking fee."

Well there ya go. At least for the next 30 days, give or take, depending on when you got your iPhone 4. I'll be curious to see just how many of these get returned. Any guesses?

iPhone 4 Speed Test Outside the Lab

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"After reading Andy Ihnatko's iPhone 4 review, I was intrigued by his comments regarding the phone's significantly faster 3G data performance, with improved HSDPA (download) support and brand-new support for HSUPA (upload). So I ran some tests using the FCC's free mobile broadband test app."

He tested the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the iPad and found that on the iPhone 4, download speeds were "twice as fast as on the 3GS and upload times more than 10 times faster than the 3GS." He also found the iPad speeds were along the lines of the 3GS, and that the testing was fairly consistent across all testing conditions.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Ars Goes Hands On With iMovie for iPhone 4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:30 AM

"The iPhone 4 does video, and it does video decently. In our recent review, we noted that an HD Flip camera still seems to offer better results in some areas, but that likely won't matter to the millions of people who already own iPhone 4s."

Take the video, edit it, process it and upload it...all on the same device. Thus the draw of the iPhone 4 and iMovie for iPhone. Ars Technica breaks it down for you and shows you the ropes to get you rolling on your way to that director's chair. Ok, you might not get the director's chair but at least you will know how to use iMovie on your iPhone.

Use Pixelpipe to get Your 720p iPhone 4 Video Updated

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:30 AM

"If you were disappointed that you can't upload full 720p video from your iPhone 4 to YouTube without transferring it to a computer first, then check out the latest update to the free app Pixelpipe."

Once you create that masterpiece on iMovie for iPhone, you can now use Pixelpipe [iTunes Link] to get it out to the masses. You can upload to YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, MobileMe, Viddler and many more sites. I used this on my 3GS to get some of my daughter's video on YouTube but ran into stability problems. I'm hoping with this update they fixed those problems. But it's free so it's not like I'm out any money if it doesn't quite work right. Just the cost of annoyance I suppose.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

See Just How Good the Video on iPhone 4 Can Be!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"A film shot and edited entirely with an iPhone 4 shows just how powerful Apple's new iDevice can be, especially in the hands of a pro. At the same time, however, we think that it might inspire many an aspiring filmmaker, too, as the second half of this film offers behind-the-scenes footage that shows just how it was done."

Great example of how you really can turn out some quality film work on a device such as the iPhone 4. I wouldn't have guessed it was from an iPhone if I hadn't read about it beforehand. I especially like the behind the scenes footage at the end of the movie.

You Knew This Lawsuit Was Coming Didn't You?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 06:30 AM

"Numerous lawsuits were filed this week against Apple, as a number of consumers hope to take the company to task over reception issues that arise with the new iPhone 4 when the left side of the device is covered with a hand."

Less than a week and we have our first Apple/AT&T lawsuit! It does seem like a stretch to me, however, to state as one of the reasons for the lawsuit that the iPhone 4 "cannot be used for the normal purpose and in the normal manner in which such devices are intended to be used." This is from the same legal firm that posted a survey on their website asking visitors to post their problems with the iPhone 4. Interesting way to get plaintiffs for the lawsuit.

Antenna Issue on iPhone 4, Hardware or Software?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"An iPhone user demonstrated in a Vimeo video that cupping the phone to cause its signal bar to reach zero did not have a discernible effect on the actual quality of the call, suggesting that phone's software may be excessively sensitive in reporting signal drop."

I haven't had any dropped calls, or degradation in the call quality on any of the calls I've made on my iPhone 4, but there appear to be some issues. And coincidentally, Apple is hiring some engineers with expertise in this issue. So is there really a problem or, as the video suggests, is it sensitive software and much ado about nothing? What are your thoughts? Has anyone experienced problems with call quality?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fix Your iOS 4/iPhone 4 Battery Issues, Hopefully

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 12:30 PM,+iPad,+iPod)

"Simple question - how's your battery life under iOS 4? We keep wanting better hardware and more features - and better battery life at the same time. How did iOS 4 deliver for you?"

We posted a story about this a day or two ago, related to iOS 4 battery problems, and personally I was rather disappointed in mine. I took the advice of one site and let it drain all the way down once and recharge fully before I used it again, and that seemed to fix my battery issues. While this isn't one of the options in this article, it does has several tips for you if you are also experiencing diminished battery performance. 

A Review of the iPhone 4

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"Let’s start this review of the iPhone 4 by saying that after picking up the phone on Thursday in the middle of a rushed day of travel and work, not to mention waiting in line, I felt initially disappointed."

Image Credit: Apple

A nice review of the newiPhone 4. Interesting that the author's opinion changed somewhat after he stopped thinking of the new iPhone as revolutionary, and adapted his usage accordingly.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Get in Line at AT&T Today

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:30 AM

"As previously reported, AT&T retail stores were unable to offer walk-in sales of the iPhone 4 until today (June 29th)."

They were already lining up at the AT&T store above in Georgia, but the doors don't open until 7am today. If you don't want to wait in line, you can always go to the AT&T website and order online and get free delivery.

Monday, June 28, 2010

1.7 Million iPhone 4s Sold as of June 26th

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:02 PM

"Apple® today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone® 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24."

Pretty impressive number, in just 3 days. "The most successful launch of an Apple product ever" according to Apple. No wonder I was in line 8 hours for mine. Pre-order is definitely the way to go. Although it was fun hanging out with all those people at the Bridgeport Apple store, I think I'll go the easy route next time.

Macworld's Breen on iMovie for iPhone 4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"The iPhone 4 is officially out and with it, Apple's $5 iMovie for iPhone-a pocket-sized movie-editing application that allows you to create polished movies directly on your iPhone 4. (Earlier iPhones, the iPod touch, and the iPad are not supported.) I've had a couple of hours to play with iMovie for iPhone and these are my impressions."

Christopher Breen from Macworld does a pretty thorough discussion when he writes up software, and this is no different. I think you will be able to get a pretty good idea on how to use it after reading this article, at least I know I did. iMovie for the iPhone 4 is now available for $4.99 USD in the iTunes Store [affiliate link].

iTunes Sets Up Special iOS 4 App Section

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"By now, many of you have your new iPhone 4s. And even more of you have an iPhone equipped with the latest iOS 4 software. So you want to find the apps tailored to run on it, right? Well, now Apple has a section of the App Store for that."

If you want some apps specifically optimized for your iPhone 4 or your 3GS with iOS 4 installed, you can check it out at iTunes [affiliate link]. Keep in mind some may not work on the 3GS.

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