"People hoping to get an iPhone 4 in the near future may be able to get one from Radio Shack as soon as this weekend."
Initially, having a low stock of iPhone 4s to sell, Radio Shack ran out and even some of the pre-orders weren't fulfilled. Now they are saying they should have more in stock this weekend, and even throughout July they will have stock on hand. To "make up" for the problems on launch day, Radio Shack is extending some of the promotions until July 25th. If you buy an iPhone 4, you get a $20.00 USD credit on accessories, as well as become eligible to trade in your 3G for $100.00 USD in credit, or a 3GS for $200.00 USD in credit. They are also planning on keeping some of the accessory bundles available throughout this period.
"I bring good news to iPhone 4 owners whose friends, neighbors and distant relatives didn't manage to get their hands on the hard-to-get smartphone yet will have been itching to try Face Time -- Apple has set up a test system so you can get it working correctly."
Call 1-888-FACETIME between the hours of 8am to 8pm Central Time, and you can talk to someone from Apple, and listen to them as they give you the run down on FaceTime and all the features. Process takes about 5 minutes.
One quick tip, if it doesn't work, make sure both iPhones have it turned on, then it works like a charm! My daughter and I tested it out, and initially had problems since she wasn't getting the FaceTime option on her iPhone. With a little searching, we found out that it wasn't enabled so we had to go to Settings --> Phone --> and then turn on FaceTime. Yea, I know, read the manual (or the user guide)!
"When the iPhone 4's screen was shattered, people said that the test wasn't valid. Only scratch-resistant. But it seems that "30 times harder than plastic" can still be scratched in normal use."
It isn't a great picture but you can still see some scratches. And Apple never said it was "indestructible" as the Engadge article states, but it is cause for concern if this was just from normal wear and tear. Walt Mossberg said he didn't have the same issue, and he dropped his review unit a few times from varying heights, but of course we don't know what "normal use" included. In pocket with keys? I expect a few scratches out of any device that gets as much use as my iPhone, but if it's glass then I would hope that it is more resistant than this review unit.
Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM
It's 3am Pacific, and I'm waiting in line at the Apple Store, Bridgeport Village. At least I am hoping I am there since I posted this in advance. I'll update this with any pertinent happenings, such as riots caused by line cutters, those sorts of things. Good luck to any of you waiting in line for the iPhone 4, and if you are where I'm at, give me a shout out, I'll be the sleepy looking guy with a goatee wearing the camo cargo shorts, and hopefully sipping on some coffee!
"Well, the case of the missing white iPhone 4 has finally received a response from on high. Apple has issued a press release saying that the white model of the new device has "proven more challenging to manufacture than expected." It won't become available until the second half of July."
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I would rather have a product without problems, so I'm hoping that these "difficulties" will make it a better iPhone when it finally is released. Aw, what is a month or so longer anyway right? You can read the press release here.
"As customers begin to receive their iPhone 4 shipments, some users have already reported problems with the LCDs."
I certainly wouldn't be happy if my screen had one of these areas on it. The support forums at Apple already have posts about this problem, and with all the shortages, replacements are anyone's guess! Just the same, I'll be inspecting mine before I leave the Apple Store tomorrow.
The Engadget review is very thorough, with comparison photos of the 3GS screen versus the iPhone 4 screen as well as several videos filmed with the iPhone 4. With those shots you can really tell the difference with the new screen. But what was pretty amazing to me was the battery life, or at least what they got out of their review unit from typical daily use: 38 hours! BoingBoing had similar results. My 3GS is done with typical use after about 8 or so hours so I'm looking forward to this improvement. What are your thoughts? What is most appealing about the iPhone 4 for you?
"If you pre-ordered the iPhone 4, it should already be on its way. Here's how to keep track of your iPhone 4 delivery (or any package) on your old iPhone. Ah, the joys of tracking packages."
Multiple ways to track your iPhone 4 package, or any other package for that matter. Track This for $0.99 USD [affiliate link] and Consume (free) are two others mentioned by people in the discussion thread, but several also swore by Delivery Status [affiliate link]. At $4.99 USD it isn't cheap, but it is universal so you can use it on your iPad and you can also get a desktop widget that syncs all of them together. Me? I'll be the one in line at 3am at Bridgeport Apple Store so I won't be using any tracking program.
"Apple is delivering those iPhone 4's a day early, the company is confirming in emails to some customers."
Interesting. A day early. Isn't that the same day the press event in New York is being held for the new Droid? I'm sure coincidence is all this is, but even earlier is the appearance of the iPhone 4 at an undisclosed Wal-Mart.
"Good news: Apple's new FaceTime video calls won't use up your allotment of carrier minutes, even if they're initiated from within a voice call, an Apple rep tells us."
I wouldn't have thought so, but the way AT&T is doing things these days, you never can tell. Once the voice call goes into FaceTime, it switches to Wi-Fi, thus no minutes come off your plan. The question is when FaceTime is allowed to work off of 3G, what happens then? My gut instinct is that the minutes would come off your plan since you are using AT&T to keep it going versus the Wi-Fi. Or would it come off of your data plan? I guess we will cross that bridge when we come to it, hopefully you are given the choice between Wi-Fi and 3G if you want to switch to FaceTime.
"We all know that the iPhone 4 launches this coming Thursday. But on Monday, current iPhone users get an early treat in the form of iOS 4, the new iPhone operating system (formerly known as iPhone OS 4). It comes with several enhancements, but the ones people seem most excited about involve multitasking (or background tasks). A little over a week ago, Apple began urging developers to submit their iOS 4-ready app, and a number of them have. And actually, some have already been approved, or will be shortly."
TechCrunch has provided a "Best of" list of a handful of apps that are "iOS 4 Ready," that is, may support new new OS features at release (or soon after release), mainly multitasking, or as Apple refers to it, fast app switching. Not a large number yet, but expect to see new versions coming soon for many of your favorites. Oddly enough, several apps that have been reviewed have no apparent changes or enhancements to support iOS 4, so maybe this is an opportunity for developers to fine-tune their apps.
"We have since heard that the upcoming iPhone 4's RAM has again been upgraded. This will bring it to a total of 512MB of RAM, twice as much as the 3GS and iPad."
According to rumors from WWDC and reported on several sites (ex. AppleGazette and MacRumors), the iPhone 4 will be upgraded at launch from the planned 256MB (same as the iPhone 3GS and iPad) and delivered with 512MB. Reportedly this change was confirmed by Apple at WWDC in one of the sessions, (Session 147, Advanced Performance Optimization on iPhone OS, pt 2).
If this rumor proves to be true, iPhone 4 users should notice some pretty drastic performance improvements over the 3GS and even over the iPad despite sharing the same processor. More technology for the same money is always a plus for the consumer.
"Apple's Retina Display included in the iPhone 4 has caused quite a stir this week, including claims that Apple is misleading consumers. However, a vision scientist contacted by The Loop says Apple has it right."
Haven't read too much about this dispute, as it appears to have died out but this is a pretty interesting article on the retina display on the new iPhone 4. It started when a post by Wired quoted Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies. Mr Soneira said that "the math just doesn't add up. Retina display is a misleading marketing term."
William Beaudot of Kybervision says not so fast in his blog post, and states that "it is actually quite accurate based on a 20/20 visual acuity." Anyway, if you are interested at all in this, it's a pretty thorough and technical explanation of what it all means.
Granted, that is a huge number for pre-orders, but you would have thought after the problems they have had in the past with iPhone orders, they would have been more prepared. Reports are that it was world-wide so it wasn't isolated to just the US, but it still doesn't excuse the lack of pre-planning in my opinion.
"AT&T this morning has "temporarily suspended" iPhone 4 pre-orders, following yesterday's widely-reported melt-down of its ordering systems. The move follows a day of chaotic scenes at computer terminals in five countries yesterday, as iPhone 4 desiring consumers fruitlessly banged their fingers against the keyboard in hope that somehow their pre-order would get through."
AT&T isn't the only place where pre-order changes are happening. Over at Apple, when I tried to pre-order a second iPhone, I got a message telling me that they have exhausted their supplies for pre-orders but I could stand in line on a first-come, first-served basis and possibly still get another iPhone 4. Oh, and for shipping, they have moved the date to July 2nd if done online. And UK, Germany and Japan have also reported pre-order glitches.
"When the iPhone 4 and 8GB iPhone 3GS launch in the country in July, Canada will finally get its first unlocked iPhones, an Apple FAQ confirms. Although people can already buy iPhones there from multiple carriers, including Bell, Rogers, Telus and Virgin Mobile, models have so far been limited to ones locked to their original vendors. The unlocked option will be available through Apple's online store."
They will also be usable worldwide with many GSM carriers. All you have to do is put in a micro SIM from the carrier and configure in iTunes. Just like they do in Europe, wonder if we will ever get that flexibility here?
"On top of the other "great" news we've gotten today: no white iPhone 4, Bumpers and Dock coming a week after launch, oh and -- MASSIVE Pre-Order issues, folks in the UK will need to wait until July 2nd to get their hands on the iPhone 4, presumably if they haven't ordered yet."
The US site is still showing June 24th as the delivery date so the UK must have really had the rush. Or they had a lower limit on how many they could pre-sell.
UPDATE: Actually now the US Apple Store is showing a July 14th ship date, we are the world.