Announcing the formal end to its iPhone 4 case program, Apple couldn't resist getting in a parting shot at critics who complained about Apple's handling of antenna problems affecting the iPhone 4. "We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought," Apple said Friday in a post on its website. "A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free. For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case." And so Antennagate ends with nary the drama with which it began. Under pressure from consumer advocates and some on Wall Street who complained that reception problems affecting the antenna on its new smartphone were real, Apple began offering … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Ending Free iPhone 4 Case Offer, Apple Gets in Parting Shot
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The white iPhone 4 may not be available in stores, but apparently they're stacked up in boxes at Apple's headquarters. At least that's what a random New Yorker spotted with one this week said. U.K.-based tech blog Pocket-lint noticed and photographed a man using the much-delayed white version of the iPhone 4 at a press event this week. When pressed for details, the man (who apparently didn't want to be identified) said a friend of his who works at Apple in Cupertino, Calif., "fixed him up" with one of the white iPhone 4s sitting around the office, according to Pocket-lint. So why aren't they in stores yet? Apple had said from the first day the iPhone 4 went on sale in June that the white version would be delayed a few weeks. A few weeks then turned into "later this year," citing manufacturing "challenges." The specifics of the problem were--not surprisingly--left unexplained. But according to the guy who has one, the issue is related to the paint. He told Pocket-lint that Apple … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo White iPhone 4 Actually Spotted in the Wild
Stop me if you've heard this one before. The white iPhone 4 is delayed. For those keeping track, yes, that is the third time you've read that headline since June. Apple is saying today that the white version of the iPhone 4 now won't be for sale until spring 2011. And that's after telling us in June that it would be delayed until late July, then in July putting off the ship date until "later this year." It comes just shortly after news broke this morning that Apple had released an updated version of its App Store iPhone app with the option to reserve a white iPhone 4 in stores. Clicking "Reserve" didn't actually make a reservation, but it did get the rumor mill churning that a white iPhone 4 was soon to be released. So what's up with the delays? Presumably the same "manufacturing challenges" Apple cited in previous delays concerning the white iPhone 4. A person spotted using one of the elusive white handsets last week, who had received it from a friend working at Apple, said he'd … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Another Delay for White iPhone 4 Until Spring 2011
Waiting for the white iPhone 4 has become pretty much of an ordeal. In July, Apple acknowledged that the coveted units won't become available until "later this year." Then this morning, Apple triggered a frisson of excitement when it updated its Apple Store app for the first time and, lo and behold, the white iPhone 4 appeared as an option in the 'Reserve Products' screen. (Pointer comes from MacRumor Forums.) That discovery triggered the animal spirits of the fanboys, who thought that this might be the harbinger of a forthcoming announcement from Apple. But their hopes got dashed a few hours later when all reference to the still MIA white iPhone 4 disappeared from the site. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Still MIA: White iPhone 4 Appears
it's been revealed that the new Verizon iPhone was designed with an extra notch as part of a switch from the GSM standard to code division multiple access, or CDMA. Will it do much for reception? "Only time will tell if this new antenna design helps combat the reception problems plaguing the GSM iPhone 4," it wrote on its website. (If it does work, rest assured Verizon will trumpet the difference in its marketing campaign.) Apple doesn't talk about the parts it uses to make its products. However, both iFixit and UBM TechInsights - took apart the Verizon iPhone 4 handset and published their findings. Though most people likely won't notice most of the changes, they have become quite the topic within the chattering segments of the tech industry. Besides the new antenna design, perhaps the most important other change was related to Apple's decision to include the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip. That processor also is used in the Droid Pro world phone, allowing the Droid platform to support both … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Redesigned Antenna for Verizon iPhone 4
If color aesthetics mattered so much that you couldn't bring yourself to buy a black iPhone 4, Apple's reportedly ready to give you a new choice with the long-delayed shipment of a white version of its top-celling smartphone. cited three sources described as familiar with Apple plans as saying that the white iPhone 4 model will go on sale "in the next few weeks." If, indeed, that turns out to be the case, it would bring down the curtain on one of Apple's few - but more long-lasting - manufacturing and marketing gaffes. When the iPhone 4 debuted last summer, Apple was forced to delay the planned white model because of unspecified manufacturing problems. Apple, which reports its second-quarter financial results on April 20, got 39 percent of its first-quarter from the iPhone. A white 3GS version has long been available. According to the Bloomberg dispatch, both AT&T and Verizon would get the white iPhone 4 by the end of the month. A few days after last month's iPad 2 product … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Only 10 months late, white iPhone 4 may be near
Adding extra legitimacy to credible reports that the white version of the iPhone 4 would arrive within the next few weeks, the unit has already popped up at a Vodafone UK retail store, and has even been sold to a customer before stock was pulled. Engadget has a photo from a reader who claims to have purchased the 16GB model of the yet-unreleased device from a Vodafone store in the U.K. Following the sale, the carrier is said to have sent a message to stores telling them to hold the stock until next week. The white version of the iPhone 4 was supposed to launch alongside the black one in 2010, but manufacturing difficulties have pushed its release back nearly a year. Following the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G and 3GS were both available in black and white, though with the iPhone 4, Apple radically changed the manufacturing process and added color to the front of the device as well as the back. According to Engadget, the model number on the white iPhone 4 the customer purchased … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo White iPhone 4 turns slips into wild in U.K.
After a year of promises, Apple's about to make good on its pledge to sell a white version of the iPhone 4. "The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it's beautiful," Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said today in a statement. "We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we've worked to get every detail right." That was a master understatement. The product was originally supposed to be available last year, one month after the black iPhone 4 debuted in June 2010. But production problems forced Apple to push back the debut date to later in the year, a deadline it similarly missed. But for anyone who has held out until now, the units will retail for $199 and $299 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. The device will be available from Apple's online store, Apple's retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores, as well as from select Apple authorized resellers. Have at it. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo White iPhone 4 set to debut
(CBS) - The staff at Gizmodo can let out a sigh of relief now that they're off the hook for buying an iPhone 4 prototype last spring. The District Attorney of San Mateo County decided Wednesday not to file charges against the bloggers. In the official statement the DA stated, "After a consideration of all the evidence, it was determined that no charges would be filed against employees of Gizmodo." Gawker Media released this statement following the decision: "We are pleased that the District Attorney of San Mateo County, Steven Wagstaffe, has decided, upon review of all of the evidence, that no crime was committed by the Gizmodo team in relation to its reporting on the iPhone 4 prototype last year. While we have always believed that we were acting fully within the law, it has inevitably been stressful for the editor concerned, Jason Chen, and we are glad that we can finally put this matter behind us." Who is in trouble for this debacle? Brian Hogan and Sage Wallower, the two men who … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Gizmodo not in trouble for iPhone 4 leak, but guess who is
Would Apple give up one of the big reasons to pull out your wallet on its latest iPhone by offering its hottest feature to users with older models? OS hacking blog Jailbreak Nation says that may be in the cards, in report claiming that Apple is testing Siri, its voice assistant feature that is exclusive to the iPhone 4S, on older iOS devices including the iPhone 4. The rumor comes on the heels of efforts to get the feature to work on the iPhone 4 without Apple's permission, requiring the use of a device that's been jailbroken. That means users can write files and install applications on their iOS device without going through Apple's App Store. One such effort had a breakthrough last week, with its creator finding a way to get Siri's commands to go through Apple's servers, which play gatekeeper to make sure the device that's sending voice snippets is an iPhone 4S. In a demonstration provided to blog 9to5mac, the feature is shown working just as fast as on the 4S, which sports a … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Fix on way for iPhone 4 owners with Siri envy?