Apple held their iPhone 4 Press Event on 16th July, confirmed that iPhone 4 Death Grip is real. There won’t software fix to death grip anytime soon as it is a physics issue. Together with the press event, Steve Jobs also announced that iPhone 4’s International Launch will be on 30th July! At last we have a confirmed date for us to wait! Not only iPhone 4 will be launch internationally, White iPhone 4 will also be release on end of July, which should be around 30th July too. So are we seeing White iPhone 4 together with the international launch in Singapore?
Apple have released their 16 July iPhone 4 Press Conference Video to the web and public! Not only that they have released video of it, they also launched new pages of iPhone 4’s Antenna and the Design and Lab Test.
Apple is very honest to the users, saying that iPhone 4’s Antenna is a physical issue and cannot be solve by Software updates, but they also let everyone know that this issue is not iPhone 4 only issue. This is a issue for lots of smartphone out in the market, not only smartphone, phone with antennas.
Apple giving out Free Case
To solve this antenna issue that got out of hand, Apple have decided to give out iPhone 4 Bumper Case/3rd Party Case to all iPhone 4 users, including those who have already bought one(they will be given full refund). This is a good news to everyone, as I am sure most iPhone users have case or at least wants to buy a case to protect their iPhone.
Apple iPhone 4 Antenna
Apple’s iPhone 4 Antenna Page, shown us how this Antenna Death Grip happens to other smartphone like BlackBerry Bold, HTC Droid Eris, Samsung Omnia II and iPhone 3GS!
Although iPhone 4’s Antenna Issue can be most easily seen due the external antenna’s design, many iPhone 4 owners report better call quality and lesser drop calls compare to iPhone 3GS.
Apple’s Antenna Design and Test Labs
Apple also show to the world their state-of-the-art facilities for their Antenna design and test labs. They looks really complex and really impressive. Honestly it reminds me of Professor X’s Cerebro.
Quite similar right? I can say that Apple’s Test Lab really looks very impressive, and hope that they will do a better job on their iPhone 5 and hopefully solve the Antenna Issue, which no Smartphone Manufacturer have solve.
Click here to watch Steve Jobs on Apple’s 16 July Press Conference
Apple released iOS 4.0.1 to better represent the reception issues. According to Apple’s PR iPhone’s Reception Bar Formula is wrong, thus they are showing more bars of reception than it actually have! With the new update from iOS 4.0.1, you will realize that your reception at home or in office will be much lesser than you had previously(this is what I felt).
Look at the Reception bars, it is really slightly bigger and longer compare to the previous version. I don’t think it helps at all for showing bigger bars, but maybe it is a mental thingy that I don’t understand. But one thing that I realized after the update is that my iPhone 3G felt faster and less laggy after the update! This I can’t confirm yet as I have just updated my iPhone 3G only 2 hours ago, but definitely feel faster!
I will post a update if I can confirm that this update actually makes iPhone 3G running iOS 4 faster.
This might be the first FaceTime Video Chat on Airplane ever recorded! This will be a huge deal, as now you will be able to video chat with your family members even on plane, through their Wifi, if they provide it. The quality is quite ok, not prefect, we can see that he is breaking out later in the video, but come on, video chatting on a plane is awesome!
BMW will be the first car to be supporting the new iOS 4 feature iPod Out, this feature is not known by most people as it is not really the focus during WWDC, but it will be a very important and cool feature for Car-Markers.
iPod Out allows iPhone (4, 3GS, 3G or iPod Touch) to output and display iPod Interface when connected to the vehicle, it can be display through vehicle’s external display and uses the car’s controls. With this you will see your familiar interface from Apple, play the songs from your iPhone’s playlist, music catalog and mixes.
Armed with 1GHZ A4 Processor, 1024 x 768 output resolution and Bluetooth keyboard support, iPhone 4 is really going to be the best portable computer you can bring around with you. You can download Apps like QuickOffice to edit your office documents, Mail App to check your mail and dropbox to manage your files.
But what if you can connect your iPhone 4 to your LCD Monitor, connect bluetooth keyboard and use your home PC/Mac as if you are bringing it with you? It is almost a dream come true for lots of office workers who are bring their laptop with them almost everywhere they go. With Critix’s Receiver 4.0 virtual desktop client, you can now do that.
Check out the video on the demo of how you can finally use your iPhone as your main computer:
Apple launch iPhone 4 with a new way of communication, FaceTime. With FaceTime you can video chat with your love ones anywhere in the world, but you need Wifi and the person on the other end need to hold on to iPhone 4 too(for now).
Fring App has just been approved, changing everything. Now you can video chat with your love ones, anywhere with 3G and any mobile devices supported by fring, that includes android phones!
With the new fring for iPhone you get lots of fring goodies including 2 way video-calling where you want and with whom you want!
– Face-to-face video calls with friends on their Droids, Nokia (Symbian S60) and other iPhones
– Video calls over 3G or Wi-Fi (Performance over 3G is subject to mobile operators’ 3G coverage & quality)
To see a demo of it, check out their youtube video:
So what are you waiting for? Download Fring today and enjoy 2 Way video chat with your android friends for free over 3G now!
Augmented Reality Apps are going to be huge on iPhone? With iPhone 4, better camera, better processing power and even better battery life. AR can really be huge on iPhone, now we have a App for AR and it is for Soccer, ARSoccer!
It is a game where you will be juggling a soccer ball, with your feet, yes your real feet infront of your iPhone and that’s it. It is fun and it seems abit like Microsoft’s Kinect, where you can do actions with your body and it will be reflect on your screen in a game.
Check out the demo of the game:
Download ARSoccer in Apple App Store for $0.99!
App Developer Jason Ting reviewed his earning on iAds from the first day of sales of his App LED light for iPhone 4 Free! This is one of the most impressive CPM we have ever seen, almost $150, and with 9300 impressions he is able to earn up to $1.4k! Such a great news to developer as it will definitely be a good sum of income for them, especially those who are developing apps for free.
Hopefully this good CPM will continue, and I’m sure more and more developers will be developing for iPhone, even for free with iAds as their main revenue stream.
Apple Bumper Cases indeed can prevent the Antenna Reception Issue that iPhone 4 is having on some of the iPhone 4. But is the bumper case going to protect iPhone 4 from drops at waist level? iFixYouri did drop test for iPhone 4 again, and results shows that Apple’s Bumper Case did not give any much protection to iPhone 4.
Check out their drop test video:
Note that they dropped the iPhone 4 on a concrete flooring, and it lasted 3 drops. Do take note the last drop of iPhone 4 appears to be facing down, so increasing the chances of breaking the screen. All this drops ain’t scientific tests, so nothing much can be concluded, just be careful and try not to drop your iPhone, actually it is the same for any other phones with large screens.