Posts tagged with: iPhone 4

YouTube HTML 5 Web App

Google have just launched their new YouTube Web App in HTML 5. This will ensure that any mobile phone including Apple iPhone will be able to access YouTube on their mobile, also showing Google’s support on HTML 5 as their web platform. We have seen Google’s Android supporting Flash, but the performance is not that optimized yet. So with the new YouTube HTML 5 Web App, it is going to be benefiting both iPhone and other mobile users.

To Add YouTube Web App to your Home Screen for iPhone, go to YouTube.com on your mobile safari, press the ‘+’ button on the bottom of the Mobile Safari and select “Add This to Home Screen”

Overall the feel of the YouTube Web App is very good, it is as smooth as the YouTube App that we have on our iPhone, it is even better as I feel that it will be more up to date. Search and browsing of the YouTube is very easy, you can search for video or browse the most popular video.

The video played very smoothly and honesty, I like the Web App more than the native YouTube App in iPhone, so please “download” this app! You won’t regret, you will enjoy your youtube experience more on iPhone or any other smartphone around.


That’s an App for iPhone 4 Reception Issue!

Remember Apple’s Commercial where they show you that they have apps for almost anything in the world, now they even have iPhone App for their reception issue! Haha, it is a real app, although not made by Apple, it is use to show the reception and how Apple API view the reception.

So by using the Kung-Fu Grip on iPhone 4, iOS 4 really sees it as no reception thus showing 0 reception in the app, this will be a issue because Data and Voice will be affected, dropping calls should be happening too.

Hopefully Apple’s software update will solve this issue, of at least how iOS 4 look at the problem when people touches both side of the antenna! [TUAW]

Check out the iPhone 4 Reception App in this YouTube Video:


iPhone 4 on Balloon! [Video]

This bunch of guys strap the new iPhone 4 on helium balloon and sent it off! Nono, they are not crazy or what, they tie wire to the balloon, so they can bring it back. They put iPhone 4 on recording mode and recorded the whole process, and yes the video is not very stable, due to the wind and the balloon.


Cases.com giving out free iPhone 4 Case to prevent iPhone 4 Reception Issues!

Apple are not giving their Bumper for free even after the iPhone 4 Reception issues reported by users. But Cases.com is giving out free LifeGrip Cases for free which will prevent you touching the external antenna on iPhone 4.

They will give out a free purple, rose, black, blue or white LifeGrip silicone-base free case for free, you will need to pay $3.73 for shipping in US, and more if you are worldwide(For Singapore, it cost $28.50 for shipping!)

Check out Cases.com for your free LifeGrip case and hopefully you will feel better. 🙂


Proximity Sensors Problems on iPhone 4

Big fuss on iPhone 4’s Antenna issues, dropping reception when you touch on the antenna. Apple have even posted a letter regarding the issue, but another problem that iPhone 4 users are facing is the proximity sensors not functioning! There are reports from users that iPhone 4’s proximity sensor fail to detect faces, and users end up hanging or muting calls when they put their face on the screen.

Not all users face this issue making it hard to solve and we haven’t hear of any updates coming to solve it. MacWorld posted a workaround that might work, if you face this issue, try it, it might work:

Many affected users report that either a Settings reset or a hard reboot fixes their problem. One Apple support thread recommends that users open the Settings app, then go to General -> Reset, and choose “All Settings” at the top (note: this will not erase your apps, media, or other data — that’s what the “Erase All Content and Settings” button just below this option is for. “Reset All Settings” just reverts any Settings preferences you’ve customized back to their factory defaults). One Twitter follower, Brian Partridge, reported that AppleCare told him to just use Reset -> Reset Network Settings, not all settings, and it worked.


iPhone 4 vs EVO 4G vs Droid X SPEED Test!

We all know AT&T slow and drop calls, because iPhone users are complaining non-stop, but is AT&T really slow? I don’t know as I’m living in Singapore, we are lucky that Singapore is a small country and we have relatively standard network regardless it is Singtel, M1 or Starhub. But Skattertech did a test with iPhone 4, EVO 4G, and Droid X on 3 carriers which are AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

So who is faster?

Speed Test: HTC EVO 4G vs. Apple iPhone 4 vs. Motorola Droid X from Sahas Katta on Vimeo.

The Result is shockingly different from most will thought of right? They will expect either Droid X or EVO 4G to win the SPEED test, but in the end, it was iPhone 4 on AT&T that beat both the phones. Although AT&T has been complaint a lot on drop calls and slow network, but it actually win the test by a huge margin. [Skattertech]


Apple iAds Live, Nissan Leaf is one of the first few iAds Seen!

Apple iAds is finally live and running, iPhone users who have upgraded to iOS 4 have been seeing iAds on Apps showing. Some Applications already have place-holders for iAds to be shown, and leading the iAds pack is Nissan Leaf. Nissan’s iAds have been demo-ed by Steve Jobs during WWDC 10 Keynote where he show how interactive iAds can be and how it actually attract app users to  click on the ads and view the ads.

Here’s a YouTube Video of iAds on iPhone:


iPhone 4 Reception Problems are just Software Issues!

We have seen many iPhone 4 users posted their iPhone 4 Reception issues on YouTube. Finally there is official words from Apple. Apple have posted a letter regarding iPhone 4 reception issues due to touching the 2 antenna on the side of iPhone 4. Apple explanation on it is that it is software issue, the way that iPhone calculate the reception bar, it show more bars than the iPhone 4 is actually having. Thus when users touch the bars, the reception bars will drop very dramatic, but it actually only dropped 1-2bars of reception which most phone will drop when touch.

Here is the full letter from Apple:

Letter from Apple Regarding iPhone 4

Dear iPhone 4 Users,

The iPhone 4 has been the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. It has been judged by reviewers around the world to be the best smartphone ever, and users have told us that they love it. So we were surprised when we read reports of reception problems, and we immediately began investigating them. Here is what we have learned.

To start with, gripping almost any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by 1 or more bars. This is true of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as many Droid, Nokia and RIM phones. But some users have reported that iPhone 4 can drop 4 or 5 bars when tightly held in a way which covers the black strip in the lower left corner of the metal band. This is a far bigger drop than normal, and as a result some have accused the iPhone 4 of having a faulty antenna design.

At the same time, we continue to read articles and receive hundreds of emails from users saying that iPhone 4 reception is better than the iPhone 3GS. They are delighted. This matches our own experience and testing. What can explain all of this?

We have discovered the cause of this dramatic drop in bars, and it is both simple and surprising.

Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 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 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.

To fix this, we are adopting AT&T’s recently recommended formula for calculating how many bars to display for a given signal strength. The real signal strength remains the same, but the iPhone’s bars will report it far more accurately, providing users a much better indication of the reception they will get in a given area. We are also making bars 1, 2 and 3 a bit taller so they will be easier to see.

We will issue a free software update within a few weeks that incorporates the corrected formula. Since this mistake has been present since the original iPhone, this software update will also be available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.

We have gone back to our labs and retested everything, and the results are the same— the iPhone 4’s wireless performance is the best we have ever shipped. For the vast majority of users who have not been troubled by this issue, this software update will only make your bars more accurate. For those who have had concerns, we apologize for any anxiety we may have caused.

As a reminder, if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.

We hope you love the iPhone 4 as much as we do.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Apple


iPhone 4 Manufacture Cost – $188

Components of iPhone 4 cost are broken down and calculated, they all together cost around $188, with Apple’s new Retina Display as the most expensive part in iPhone 4.

Here’s part of the break down:

Gyroscope Chip : $2.60, Gyroscope is use to sense iPhone movie in 3D

A4 Processor: $10.75, Designed by Apple, Made by Samsung, the same processor used in iPad

Retina Display: $ 28.50, Highest Resolution Mobile Phone Screen in the market!

Apple iPhone 4 is retailed at USD$199 with contract to AT&T, but the Manufacturing cost is around $188. It seems like a pretty good deal for consumers, we are almost paying for just the manufacturing cost, with AT&T or other carriers like Singtel (Singapore) covering the rest of the cost with our contracts. [iSuppli]