4 launched Thursday June 24 (some pre-orderers received
their phones even earlier). As was expected by the quick
sell-out of pre-ordered stock available through AT&T,
demand was high for the phone.The allure of Apple's
high-resolution Retina display and video messaging service FaceTime
proved enough to lure customers in, despite some high profile
concerns. Over 1.7 million iPhones were
sold within the first three days -- a new record.
Apple CEO Steven P. Jobs apologized to customers who were turned
away, stating, "This is the most successful product launch in
Apple’s history. Even so, we apologize to those customers who
were turned away because we did not have enough supply."The
phone's launch was marred by several issues. Screen
yellowing was reported, though this appears to be an
adhesive issue that would naturally disappear after use. Much
more serious concerns, however, are the reports of reception issues
when holding the phone normally and problems
with the proximity sensor. Apple has dismissed
the signal issues, with Jobs first saying that customers were
"holding it wrong" and then helpfully announcing: "There
are no reception issues."Apple's phone does, however,
offer many other compelling improvements. It uses stronger
glass that's more scratch and break-resistant. And it increases
processing power over the previous generation, by using its new A4
processor, a system-on-a-chip based on a Samsung Cortex core -- all
while offering better battery life. It also adds HD 720p video
recording via a new and improved 5 MP camera, which finally includes
an LED flash.On the OS
side, multi-tasking has finally landed on the iPhone.
And better enterprise support also has been added.Stock of
iPhone 4s is currently limited. The iPhone is available for
$199 USD for the 16GB model and $299 USD for the 32GB model in both
Apple and AT&T’s retail and online stores, Best Buy, Radio
Shack, and Walmart stores. Internationally, the
phone is currently available to customers in the UK, France, Germany,
and Japan. An international launch to 18 countries --
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong,
Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand,
Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland -- will
complete by the end of July.
quote: Stupidity knows no boundaries. The sheer idiocy of Apple consumers doesn't just border on the ridiculous - it has invaded and annexed the surrounding territories.This article does NOTHING other than demonstrate how many utterly foolish people there are in this world. Lining up to pay out the ass for a phone that doesn't f#cking work.
quote: And no matter how comfortable we think we are with the truth, it always comes as a profound shock when we’re forced to meet it face-to-face.Martin Scorsese
quote: When you find yourself arguing that the rest of the world is stupid it's probably time to reconsider.
quote: No...there is no value AT ALL in appealing to the "smartness" of a large population. Indeed, it has been my observation that the relative IQ of a group of people frequently varies inversely with it's population.
quote: A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. - Sidney J. Harris
quote: The very concept that there can, in any possible reality, be a "wrong" way to hold a phone is so utterly stupid, that to ascribe to that concept is to bely your own stupidity.
quote: Also, how many freaking people watch Oprah? Or believe in homeopathy/astrology/antivax/whatever?
quote: Apple is not on top of MS
quote: How does that mean anything? Look at the market-share.
quote: Why hasn't Microsoft ever made a closed platform Windows OS? Probably because they'd be setting themselves up for failure.
quote: for what possible reason would the 95% marketshare holder want to follow the 4% marketshare holder?
quote: That said, you can't possibly compare gaming consoles to operating systems because gaming consoles are by nature closed platforms, and operating systems can facilitate some of the same functions of gaming consoles.
quote: They did something like this with Xbox and it was hardly a failure. Your argument is invalid then.
quote: Now I know DT readers are extremely reluctant to give Apple any form of credit whatsoever.
quote: Well you are right that Macs are good for some things and Windows based PCs are good for others.
quote: What do they care when people are willing to pay what they pay for Apple products? Less sales and more profit = just as much take home.
quote: Where did you bash any Google or Nokia phone or something like it? Gimme some links please.
quote: loss of signal that the iPhone4 is suffering
quote: I'll give you a short list
quote: Considering the hundreds of trillions of hardware configurations that Windows has to deal with out in the wild, I think they make out pretty damned well
quote: Case in point: the number of people trying to defend the new iPhone's moronic, catastrophic call-dropping defect if you "hold it wrong." The very concept that there can, in any possible reality, be a "wrong" way to hold a phone is so utterly stupid, that to ascribe to that concept is to bely your own stupidity.
quote: I have heard of it. And it is also a stupid design flaw, and I would strongly suggest that no one buy that phone because of it.
quote: I have no information that demonstrates that this applies to *all* Nokia phones
quote: Which flagship phones were shipped with a defect so massive that simply holding it makes it not work JUST FOR A FEW UNLUCKY PEOPLE, only to have the CEO tell people they're holding it wrong, and then a day later declare that there actually is no reception problem FOR MOST PEOPLE?
quote: Yet, none of these other devices can sell 1.7 million units in one weekend. How do you account for that reason?
quote: There are several comparable devices currently on the market that any objective person would find does just as good a job--or in many cases a better job--at meeting the needs of the consumer, yet receive half the hype, fanfare, sales and attention that the Apple iDevices do.
quote: Why rate Tony down? Seems to me he's making a purely logical argument, not a passionate one. Surely we can debate these issues civilly?
quote: The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool.... After you’ve not fooled yourself, it’s easy not to fool other scientists. You just have to be honest in a conventional way after that.Richard Feynman:
quote: I am just looking for people with something interesting to say
quote: food is bad and we shouldn't eat.
quote: Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. - Voltaire
quote: Google does far too little curation of the Android Market, and it shows. Unlike Apple’s App Store, the Android Market has few high quality apps.