Today, Steve Jobs held a press conference to inform the media that they “aren’t perfect.” They have been “working [their] butts off” for 22 days. The Apple team have been testing this theory of phones dropping signal strength when you hold them on other phones like the Blackberry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, and the Samsung Omnia II. Surprisingly, they all do this.
We knew it was coming – and out of the ether it arrived on our iPhones, reducing our bars in numbers, but bolstering them in size. iPads were also graced with a point update addressing the same thing, Apple’s formular for calculating signal strength. But what did it really do? Did it fix those pesky little left handed signal issues that are plaguing some, bothering others? How could it? Although a software update could indeed help the situation, software cannot fix fundamental hardware issues, at least for the most part.
For us the update has made very little difference; we still wield five golden bars of signal coverage and can’t notice any other difference other than visibly larger signal bars. The update is available now in iTunes, and unless you fancy a bit of jailbreak action, hook up your iPhone be it a 3G, 3GS or a 4. What have you dear readers? Anyone notice a drop or an enhancement?
Times are tough right now for Apple. With the constant complaints of the new iPhone 4 reception problems, the mass deleting of complaints on the Apple support forums, and the use of duct tape to fix said iPhone 4 reception problems, it has been a rough time to keep that Apple name as glossy, reflective, and shiny as possible.
Past the break, you’ll see one iPhone 3G’s version of the classic iPhone commercial. What’s so funny about the video? It’s the fact that the 3G iPhone is using iOS4 and is very sluggish. See what I mean past the break.
Have you ever wanted to see what it’s like to queue overnight, to be one of the first to get your hands on a new piece of kit from the most famous of fruit-flavoured companies? Want to know what it’s like when you first step into the store, feel like you’ve won something and finally claim your new and shiney? Well look no further those without the time/inclination to do it yourself, we have a short video to show you precisely what you’re missing. The excitement, the buzz, the crowds and the spontaneous clapping, oh yes the clapping. So sit back and enjoy safe in the knowledge that you didn’t have to waste your time queuing, but can still live the experience vicariously through us, with a little help from The Wrap Sheet crew, aka myself, Richard Lai and Vlad Savov from Engadget.
T-11 hours till iPhone 4 launch. It’s 9pm here in London Town and queuers numbering approximately 70 are already camping outside Apple’s flagship UK store on Regent Street. The mood is jolly; people are excited about being mere hours away from getting their hands on Apple’s new hotness. Of course with limited stocks and 600 000 of Apple’s newest incarnation of the ‘Jesus phone’ already snapped up by avid pre-orderers, there may not be enough to sate the rabid appetites of the hoards that are likely to be turning up at Apple’s door come opening hours tomorrow morning.
If you want an iPhone 4, you haven’t been able to reserve or pre-order one and you’re in the UK, then my advice to you is to get yourself down to your nearest Apple store pronto and get in line. As they say, Britons are the best at queuing and who am I to argue with them.
Got an iPhone 3G, 3GS or iPod touch 2/3G? Want in on the iOS4 action right now, but you’re not a developer? Well you’re in luck! Apple’s latest iOS4 release, the Golden Master (GM), doesn’t require a developer account to activate and is ‘freely’ available for download if you know where to look. [Update: The iOS4 update that Apple released on Monday 21st is freely available and can be jailbroken using this method]
But what is the GM? Don’t I have to wait till Apple releases iOS4 on June 21st? As you already know, iOS4 has been in the works for some time now, released to developers in beta form so they could perfect their apps ahead of time, ready for the release of the new iOS. The GM is the final step in the beta process, and essentially what Apple is denoting with that moniker is that iOS4 is feature complete. It’s the same thing for instance, when a Microsoft desktop OS is said to have gone gold, or RTM, which stands for Release to Manufacturing; it’s ready for printing onto DVDs. So the GM of iOS4 is what you’re going to get if you wait until the 21st of June like everyone else, bar any unforeseen killer bugs that haven’t been ironed out in the beta process (highly unlikely).
So what do you get from iOS4 and why would you want to update? Well on the 3GS you get all the trimmings, multitasking (of some sort), home screen wallpapers, folders, Game Center (only available in the GM not the public iOS4 release), the works. On the iPhone 3G you get basically everything but multitasking and home screen wallpaper. Perhaps for a 3G user then, the emphasis to update is not as great, because let’s be honest it’s all about the home screen wallpapers right?
Well, hold your horses iPhone 3Gers. You too can get in on the funky wallpapering action, and enable multitasking, all with a simple text edit. But for that you’ll need to jailbreak iOS4 on your device, which is both possible and easy, right now.
There are two small snags before you jump the gun. This jailbreak is only available for the iPhone 3G currently, but if you’re just after a stock update to iOS4 you’re good to go with an iPhone 3GS and iPod touch. The second small snag is that you’ll need iTunes 9.2 beta to sync iOS4, which is currently only available on Mac. So for all you PC users, I’m afraid you’re going to be left out in the cold until a windows version of iTunes 9.2 comes along. now available on all platforms ready for iOS4. iTunes 9.2 is now available for both Mac and Windows, so if you’re not using Linux, you should be good to go.
Well Stevey J has just finished his stint on the big stage of the Moscone Center for Apple’s WWDC 2010. First to note was that there wasn’t much here we didn’t already know; OK Mr. Jobs was signing the praises of his ‘magical’ iPad which has sold 2 million since launch (one every three seconds apparently), and that the newly christened iOS devices have sold nearly 100 million units, but on the iPhone front it was, for the most part, a little predictable. This is the first time we’ve had any serious information on anything Apple’s released in the last decade ahead of time. But enough blathering, get to the goods I hear you cry! Yes, Sir:
This is what we knew already with new additions in bold:
Improved rear-camera (5MP with ‘backside illuminated sensor’) with LED flash. The image sensor has also stayed the same making it better in low light conditions
Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM
IPS display with a predicted 960×640 resolution (‘Retina‘ display)
Split buttons for volume
Metallic power, mute, and volume buttons.
16% larger battery
Apple’s A4 processor
Glass flat backed with aluminium stainless steel boarder
Two microphones, one for noise cancellation
And here’s the stuff that was totally new:
It’s called the iPhone 4 (notice not G because it’s only 3G).
It’s 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS at 9.3mm thick making it the thinnest smartphone on the planet.
The edging is stainless steel and forms part of the antenna for each of the different radios in the phone (a first apparently)
‘Retina’ Display, Apple’s given name for it’s 326px per inch display, which is above the density that the human eye can differentiate according to Steve and uses added grey pixels to create super smooth, fine and crisp text.
800:1 contrast ratio
Automatic rendering of normal iPhone apps to the iPhone 4′s Retina Display (no adapting needed for existing apps apparently, but of course you can modify your apps to take advantage of the display)
Bigger battery + A4 = 7 hours 3G talk time, 6 hours 3G browsing, 10 hours WiFi browsing, 10 hours video, 40 hours of music and 300 hours of standby time (maybe now it’ll make it through a proper day!)
Quad-Band GSM HSDPA / HSUPA (world phone capable)
Added 3-axis gyro to accelerometer and GPS for 6-axis motion sensing (making five sensors with the magnometer, sounds like they’re really boosting the motion gaming element here)
HD 720p-30FPS video recording (say good bye to those pocket HD camcorders if this is as good as Steve says it is)
FaceTime – Video calling using the front or back camera. WiFi only for the time being, Apple is apparently working with network providers to get things ready for 3G calling. Let’s hope Skype can do video over 3G otherwise we just won’t be able to walk blindly into things as we strut down the street video calling our friends and time soon, because you know how long it took to get iPhone tethering in the US! iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 only, so it’s no iChat.
Available starting June 24th (US, UK, France, Germany and Japan) in Black and White, 16GB ($199) and 32GB ($299) models
Pre-order for US, UK, France, Germany and Japan starts June 15th
18 more countries in July with 24 more in August and finally 44 more in September.
But that’s not all the iPhone-related news Steve-o had for us. iPhone OS is finally been renamed iOS, which to be honest makes absolute sense when you think that iPhone OS is now powering at least three separate devices. iOS 4 also has a load of new features bundled into it, but most of it had already been shown at previous Apple events. The ‘Golden Master’ will be in developers (this is a developers conference after all) hands today, meaning iOS is essentially feature complete. Here are some new standout features for iOS.
iMovie for iPhone! Editing, music integration, title overlays, the works, all rendered on the iPhone (let’s hope they bring this to the iPad!). Yours right now for $4.99.
iBooks for iPhone including all the features found on the iPad plus syncing of notes, bookmarks, your place in the book and books purchased across all iOS devices.
Free update for all devices (including iPod touch)
That’s your lot. We’ve got a gallery of all the choice images from today’s iPhone 4 keynote so hit the jump and gorge yourself on the eye-candy Read On
Apple’s iBook store has had five million downloads to date. It’s an impressive number, but I’m pretty sure that includes a lot of free books. Of course having the six biggest publishers in the US on board can’t hurt especially when they’re reporting that iBooks is now taking up a 22% market share (whether that’s all books or just eBooks is not clear). But, iBooks isn’t limited to the US and Apple’s still recruiting publishers around the world to it’s iTunes-of-books effort on a country by country basis.
So what’s new in iBooks? well they’ve added the ability to create highlights and notes, a bit like post-it notes right on the books themselves (shown right), perfect for those studying the book and it has serious potential for text books. They’ve also added the ability to view PDFs in iBooks, with a whole separate bookshelf dedicated to PDFs with a quick switch (shown above). Handy if you have a lot of books already in the PDF format, here’s looking at you book pirates.
Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference 2010 kicks off today, Monday 7th June, with the now characteristic Apple Keynote. Steve Jobs is holding the reins again for this one and you can bet your bottom dollar we’re going to see the next generation iPhone. What else has Mr. Jobs got in store for us apart from the usual rhetoric of ‘didn’t we do well’? We’ve already had a leak of an Apple ‘Magic Trackpad‘ peripheral, which, yes you guessed it, is an external trackpad featuring all the swipes and slides of the Magic Mouse in a trackpad for your desktop.
We’ve heard rumours of Mac Mini shortages hinting at a potential refresh, Apple TV update rumours (although it’s unlikely given the size of the iPhone announcement), plus rumours of Safari 5 with a speed boost and Safari Reader coming into play. So it looks like there’s something there for every Apple fan, and we’ll have all the news right here on PG for you a little later. What are your predictions for this afternoon/morning? Let us know in the comments.
Well isn’t this interesting? Apple’s iWork app suite for the iPad might have some stiff competition coming its way in the form of the venerable Documents to Go. DataViz has been making constant updates to its pocket, Microsoft compatible, Office suite since we reviewed it back in August last year. Additions include Excel file editing and creation support, xml document format support and PowerPoint viewing and editing support, which is limited to Documents to Go premium. Cloud file storage has also been implemented in a big way, with Documents to Go supporting Google Docs, Box.net, Dropbox, MobileMe iDisk and SugarSync allowing you to pull documents straight from your cloud service of choice. Email attachment support has also been enhanced with the addition of Gmail sync to the existing Exchange support existing in the Premium version.
Of course Documents to Go 3.3 brings with it iPad specific enhancements, including integration with iTunes file sharing allowing you to easily sync files with your desktop using iTunes, plus internal application document sharing. This currently iPad bespoke feature, gives different apps on the tablet device the ability to share files, allowing you to open email attachments from iPad mail in Documents to Go for example. Of course whether DataViz can hone the Office experience to the larger format of the iPad with the success Apple has had with its tablet re-engineered iWork interface will remain to be seen, but as soon as we’ve had a chance to check it out we’ll let you know.
Documents to Go 3.3 is a free update for anyone with the app on their iPhone or iPod touch already. The Premium update is already available in the App Store, whilst the standard update is just waiting for approval. Both Documents to Go Premium and Standard are currently on offer with 20% off their normal asking price at $11.99 and $7.99 respectively. A veritable bargain when you consider Apple’s iWork apps are $9.99 each.