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Alas my friends the day is almost upon us. Apple released a press release this morning via their website announcing that the iPhone 4 will be available this Friday July 30th, 2010 in 17 more countries, our native land being one of them.
Beginning this Friday, customers can purchase iPhone 4 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. iPhone 4 will be available for purchase through Apple’s retail and online stores and Apple® Authorized Resellers.
Rogers, Telus, Bell and Virgin have all confirmed it and pricing, though not confirmed will probably be set at the usual $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB. Though this time around the device will only be released in a black version with the white following suit in a few months.
Anyone care to camp out with me Thursday night to get it Friday?
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While nothing has been confirmed yet by our carriers, this slide was put up during the press conference (going on as I type this) being held by Apple to finally address the reception issues. It clearly states Canada as being one of the countries included for a July 30th launch. Sweet eh?
Stay tuned for more as the conference continues
Our tipster just informed us that in conjunction with Apple’s press conference of today, Rogers’ has officially announced that they will begin selling the iPhone 4 as expected on July 30th!
It is, but don’t get your hopes up on a release just yet. Master iPhone pwner GeoHot (famous for being the first person to jailbreak the original iPhone 2G and on) released this picture of the iPhone 4 jailbroken in all its glory.
GeoHot had this to say on his blog:
Got one of these in the mail today and figured I’d give it a shot.
As far as a release goes, it probably won’t happen from me. limera1n is little more than a raindrop on a website; it was never mentioned by me previous to this post. pwned4life is a complete invention of some blogger in a basement somewhere. When I said pwned for life, I was referring to the original iPhone, 3G, and Touch; which of course are, by the aptly named PwnageTool.
Again, please don’t ask for release dates. Every person that does makes me want to release a little bit less.
Nothing like waving raw meat in front of ravenous dogs, eh? Hopefully the jailbreak is released on or around the Canadian launch date…. whenever that may be.
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You know, results like this brings a tear to my eye.
Using a Nexus One as my main phone, I haven’t noticed a dramatic UI performance boost between Android 2.1 and 2.2, but it is in the browser performance I have experienced the greatest boon to my happy fingers. Scrolling and pinch-to-zoom is smoother, and pages load much faster and, with Flash implementation, the web seems more complete compared to previous versions.
Keep in mind this is on the iPhone 4, and not an iPhone 3GS running iOS4. So, yeah.
The reception issues plaguing the iPhone4 have been the talk of the town since the problem was discovered upon its release. But, what if the reception isn’t ACTUALLY the issue? Apple was recently quoted saying that the reception formula calculated by the iPhone has been wrong since day one and actually exaggerates the devices signal. For example, the iPhone may mistakenly display four bars when it should be displaying as few as two bars.
“Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying four or five bars,” Apple said in a statement. “Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.”
Apple goes on to say that a new software update may fix the perception of how much signal is available, but won’t fix any reception problems associated with holding the phone in the “grip of death” that the media is focusing on.
The issue with the number of bars displayed and the reception issues associated with the iPhone 4 are two separate issues. With a digital radio such as on EDGE or 3G (or anything other than old analog signals) you either have a signal or you don’t. Yes, there are degrees of quality, but ultimately, holding the phone around the antenna will either block the signal enough to end the call, or it won’t.
I was listening to the latest episode of TWiT (This Week in Tech) with Leo LaPorte, and he had on several RF and antenna experts. They concluded not that the hand was a conductive surface and therefore lowered signal quality, but merely that the closeness of the hand to the antenna essentially smothers the antenna’s ability to receive signal. The reason a case or Bumper works to alleviate the symptoms is that it keeps any large object from directly covering the antenna. It’s pretty basic. You can do it to any phone; it is only the iPhone 4, however, that has its antenna right where most people grip the phone.
Has this been a problem in the four other countries in which the phone was released? Because AT&T is the main culprit here, as their signal in the US is weak regardless of how you hold the phone, I’d imagine the problem is exacerbated by the network’s wavering infrastructure. In Canada, I don’t see Rogers or Bell having that same issue.
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Today Facebook version 3.1.4 has been released for the iPhone, with support for iOS 4. This version of Facebook for iPhone now supports fast app switching and high-res icons. This update doesn’t include any new features, but does include some bug fixes from the previous version. You can pick up Facebook v3.1.4 for iPhone here in iTunes
Since the iPhone 4 was originally leaked, there has been much talk of the new housing/glass and how tough it REALLY is. Packed into the gorgeous titanium housing is what’s called “Gorilla Glass”, which is stated as “chemically strengthened” to be “20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic”. That’s all well and good, but as the saying goes; talk is cheap. I for one would never do this, but IfixyourI has decided to take it upon themselves to do a drop durability test on the iPhone 4 to see what kind of punishment it would take before shattering. Take a look at the video below
As you can see, after 4 drops the glass shatters at the bottom. Although, a person dropping the phone 4 times in a row (without ANY sort of skin or case cover) is both unrealistic and careless, it gives a bit of piece of mind knowing that for such an expensive sleek device it can take a beating.Follow me on twitter
There are a few little iOS 4 news tidbits worth mentioning that may have gotten glossed over with all the hubbub. First, Game Center appears to be missing! While it seemed no games updated today supported it, it ultimately didn’t matter as it’s not even included. And here we thought the “Gold Master iOS 4″ actually meant it was the final version. Will Game Center come as a separate download later on (like iBooks) or is it just gone? Second, iTunes now has file transfers directly to aware applications. Computer versions of these applications are no longer required to move documents/files between them (like the DocsToGo document manager application). It’s not a true filesystem, but it’s a step in the right direction. Third, iPhone 3G users found out why they didn’t get backgrounds, directly from Steve Jobs himself. Finally, Apple can collect location data (like Android phones) for more localized, relevant ads. This can be disabled by going to this link, and iAds will be replaced with generic ones.
Say it ain’t so? Could the most anticipated device of the summer be delayed past the intended July launch in Canada? Though no official word has been given from Apple, BGR pointed out an interesting update that showed up today on Apple Canada’s website. What once said, “Coming in July” has been updated to “Coming soon.” At the moment the outcome is speculative, but if you consider the overwhelming pre-orders AT&T received, chances are that pending stock issues are the culprit for the change. Will update as the story unfolds.
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