I actually got an iPhone 4, yesterday, a day early due to some lucky mail fluke. Today I tried FaceTime with blogger Todd Bernhard. Todd will probably write about it here and/or in our next issue. I also used the flash in the camera. I liked both features, although both have a ways to go. However, what I was most impressed with based on what I will get the most use of is the ebook reading experience.
I should know better, especially because the Apple Genius told me to do this, but I was so preoccupied with other features...
If you have upgraded from an older iPhone, and done a Restore using iTunes, FaceTime will NOT be activated even though it is active by default on a new iPhone. The act of restoring turns it off.
To remedy this, go to Settings -> Phone and toggle the switch for FaceTime.
Now I'm ready for my closeup!
After a long wait this morning, I am finally enjoying my iPhone 4! So far, I'm loving it. On June 15th, the day pre-orders began, I had tried to order the iPhone for shipment to my home, but AT&T could not validate that I was eligible for an upgrade. The server kept timing out and saying my social security number, birthday, or password was invalid (and I know they were all accurate).
A company in Shenzhen, China, called BudgetGadgets contacted me with a request to try out some of their iPad cases. They specialize in gadgets, so I said sure, let’s see what they have to offer. They sent me two iPad cases to try out.
One of the cases in made of Silicone. The quality of this case is not bad. It fit wells, seems secure, and has a nice feel in the hand. The iPad slipped in smoothly.
UPDATE: And the correct answer is (drum roll please)....Over 1.5 Million! According to an early estimate by Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner. That is amazing.
Bookmaker.com emailed us this today. Thought it was interesting enough to pass on to all of you. I'll try to post an update tomorrow and let you know what the actual number is...
It may just be launch day media hype for the massive iPhone 4 release today, however some reports are starting to trickle in on what could be a significant issue with the phone's reception.
Owners are reporting that by holding the iPhone normally in the hand, the bars that indicate reception strength begin to quickly drop until the phone loses all reception. Conflicting information on whether the iPhone actually loses all reception or the indicator that shows reception is buggy. Some owners report that when they try to place calls after the signal drop, they were unable to do so. Others report that they could still make calls, and still other owners report no such problems exists with their iPhone 4 at all.
I'm sitting here on hold with AT&T staring at my new iPhone 4 wishing I could use it! Unfortunately in the mayhem and glitches of pre-order day I got assigned a new number rather than having my current iPhone upgraded. It's now the 5th hour of talking to AT&T. I think I've been on hold for 4 of those hours. This music is driving me crazy, WHY GOD DID SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF HARDWARE HAVE TO BE PARTNERED WITH SUCH TERRIBLE SERVICE!?!?
One of my threats while dealing with the 6 different departments and managers I've been transfered to was that I would write a terrible review of AT&T on our website (unfortunately I didn't take names). But here is it. What are your AT&T horror stories? Post below
As a developer, I had the chance to work with iOS 4.0 for some time before the general public, so here are some thoughts:
First, just because something is newer doesn’t mean it’s better, as anyone who watches American Pickers knows.
If you have an iPhone 3G, you cannot use many of the new features in iOS 4, such as multitasking and even wallpapers. Obviously you cannot use FaceTime and iMovie as the iPhone 3G doesn’t have a video camera or front mounted phone, so you get very few benefits by upgrading your operating system.
So I have been checking the various online forums to see what peoples experiences have been so far installing the new iOS4 update, specifically as it relates to the iPod Touch. I have a 2nd generation unit so I know my version will be stripped down. I am okay with that at the moment because I am happy this older device is still getting some support. I have seen more os updates to my touch in less than a year that I had with my windows mobile device in 6 years. I will not have access to my desktop until the weekend, so that's the earliest I can do the update. I have seen a bunch of people complaining about the OS update making their device more slow and causing problems with iTunes, and some wanting to downgrade back.
I just held the iPhone 4. My local Best Buy had just gotten their advance units! Sweeeeet!!!
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