As we continue to test the iPhone 4, we're doing our best to track the handset's signal strength, particularly in light of the ongoing issues with the antenna. Though we've also noticed that we occasionally lose bars when we hold the iPhone 4 on its lower left side, the number of bars isn't the most accurate indicator of a cell phone's reception. For more details, we turned to the iPhone's Field Test indicator, but that option doesn't seem to be available on the iPhone 4.
While Apple cruises to new sales records with its latest iPhone family member, some users are finding the iPhone 4 to be more like the drunk uncle than the cool aunt, citing, among other glitches, proximity sensor issues when attempting to make calls.
How deep is the issue? On the Apple support discussion forums, it's 20 pages deep. And counting. Details of the issue vary throughout the forum posts, but essentially, the proximity sensor (the one that shuts down the screen functionality when your iPhone is close to your face or in your pocket) seems to be malfunctioning.
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Are you still having trouble trying to upgrade your iPhone or iPod Touch to Apple's new iOS 4? If so, here's a workaround that could help.
After Apple released iOS 4 on June 21, a small but significant number of folks anxious to upgrade started reporting various issues from long download times to error messages to backups that never seemed to finish. In my corner, I tried several times to update my iPod Touch 2G by following the standard steps, but without any success.
Each time I triggered the update, the software would start to back up my … Read more
Blimey, last week was an iPhone 4-filled week over at CNET UK. Not only did we publish our full and frank iPhone 4 review, completely solve the iPhone's signal difficulties, and document the midnight queue for the launch, we're still reeling at the crazy-low iPhone 4 price plans that Hutchison-owned carrier "3" announced for the U.K. market.
A brand spanking new iPhone 4 costs British customers the equivalent of just $149 (99 British pounds) including sales tax when signing up to a $45 (30 pounds) per-month, 24-month contract. That's a total expenditure of $1,233 (819 pounds) in total, with 1GB of data per month thrown in for good measure.
These decidedly affordable tariffs aren't exactly news to Apple-loving Brits. Although for many years the iPhone was exclusively available to customers who signed up with U.K.-based carrier O2, the floodgates are now open, with British consumers currently being offered a choice between six different carriers--O2, Orange, Vodafone, 3, T-Mobile, and even Tesco Mobile (Tesco is a British supermarket chain--think Wal-Mart but with more tea and crumpets).
With choice for consumers comes market competition. British customers have a choice of 12, 18, and 24-month contracts, along with pay-as-you-go plans. And they're priced competitively too.
If you really want to get inside the mind of the British Apple fanatic, below is a video diary of the midnight queue for the iPhone 4 launch at Apple's U.K. flagship store on Regent Street in central London. Not only can you witness one brave reporter's swift descent into madness, it all happens to the sing-song tune of the quaint British accent. You guys like our accents, right? Right?!… Read more
The parts used to construct the iPhone 4 cost about $187.51, according to a teardown analysis conducted by research firm iSuppli.
iSuppli dissected a 16GB iPhone 4, which went on sale Thursday, and estimated the cost of each component based on the manufacturer and volume. iSuppli's analysis is only an estimate because Apple is able to negotiate costs with each manufacturer. It also does not include how much Apple spent on shipping and labor to build the phone, or advertising, software development, and patent licensing.
"Over the years, the iPhone has generally tended to hover in the $… Read more
iPhone 4 users who have run into reception issues by holding their devices "the wrong way" could see a more feasible solution from Apple very soon.
An iOS 4.0.1 software fix is in the works and may arrive as early as Monday, according to AppleInsider. Users of Apple's tech support forums reported seeing comments from Apple reps confirming that an iOS 4.0.1 update fix would ship early this week, though those comments and related discussions have since been removed.
Around the time the iPhone 4 was first released last week, users started flooding the Internet with complaints that holding the phone a certain way weakened or even cut off its reception, causing calls to drop. People quickly discovered that gripping the iPhone in their left hands interfered with the antenna band that runs around the unit, thereby strangling the signal.… Read more
Apple on Monday said iPhone 4 sales topped 1.7 million units for the first three days the device was available to customers.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the iPhone 4, which hit retail outlets Thursday, was "the most successful product launch in Apple's history" and apologized to customers who were turned away because there weren't enough iPhone 4s to go around.
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I once spent considerable hours chatting to a woman in a Singapore bar. Her brother later informed me she was a man. As well as a woman. We all do make terrible mistakes. We all spend our lives desperate not to be fooled.
So I am showering in sympathy for the Daily Mail, which was reportedly fooled into declaring that the iPhone 4 may be recalled.
If you have an iPhone 4 and have been left hanging because you were hanging left, might I offer you some words of comfort? There is an organization for people like you. And the organization is not happy with Apple.
Lauren Milsom, who runs the Left-Handers Club, told the Telegraph: "I would strongly suggest that Steve Jobs employs left-handers in his design and testing team in future, and urgently address this … Read more
After just a few days in customers' hands, the iPhone 4 has been demonstrated to show signal loss when gripped in a certain way. Apple is writing it off as easily fixable by altering the way it's held. But is it a problem with the way customers are holding it or a flaw in Apple's design?
The iPhone 4, which went on sale for the first time Thursday, has two antennas built very close to the metal band running around the exterior of the device. The one running on the left side of the phone is for Bluetooth … Read more