So on yesterday press release with media, Steve Jobs admit that there is reception issue with iPhone 4, admit it not perfect phone, and at the same trying to emphasize that the issue is a just minor one by giving couple of stats such percentage of returns, logged case compared to iPhone 3GS. Steve Jobs also keep reiterating how Apple really love their customers, understand how their feeling and want they to happy.. and so the free case or bumpers that most peoples are demanding will be given free of charge (yes FOC) to all iPhone 4 buyers including outside of the US. Buyers can apply through Apple websites beginning next week. And if you have already bought one, you can apply for full reimbursement as well. So are you happy now?
There has been a lot of cases laptop caught in fire while in charging, but when it happens to brand new iPhone 4, which is the first case ever reported so far, obviously the news going to spread like fire, right? First reported by BGR, the photo above snapped when the unlucky owner went to AT&T store to exchange the phone. As you can see the USB cable cord is melted, due to unexpected hot condition upon charging, plus there is slight burn on the iPhone 4 port too. If you read through the comments, some users reported unusual hot upon charging as well, but not to the extent that the cable cord melted. Some commentators also point out that it (hot condition) happens on 3GS running on iOS 4 as well, so be cautious. Hit the source link for more photos.
We all know what Gizmodo has unpleasant relationship with Apple ever since Gizmodo leaked the iPhone 4 photos and detail. The drama continue with police raid to one of Gizmodo editor to get back the iPhone. It is not surprise that Gizmodo is missing from the list of media invited to witness the launch of iPhone 4 on June.
And then there is iPhone 4 reception issue that Gizmodo waste no time to give it ‘full and extensive’ coverage. Indeed there is issue, but no doubt there is also sense of, if I can say revenge (probably not that accurate) or dissatisfaction due to what was happen, right?
The latest of Gizmodo effort in overcoming that problem is a petition requesting Apple to provide free casing to all iPhone 4 owners who face the problem. I’m totally behind this one, and if I own iPhone 4 later, and if there is the same problem, I’m sure that I as fume as existing user now. So, lend your support to the petition by hitting this link to the petition page.
image credit to areacellphone.com
If apps is the key deciding factors of what kind of smartphone platform you’re going to buy , take a look at the report published by Distimo. The report covers paid/free app/games as well as popular apps available on all major mobile OS application store from iPhone App Store to Palm App Catalog. Free app VS paid app is obviously the one that getting the most attention. With iPhone and Android is currently going head to head to conquers the smartphone market, it is understood why the stats comparing between them is what matter most.
Android Marketplace has the largest share of free app with 57%, 28% for iPhone App Store, and 22% for Windows MarketPlace, which is dominant force on mobile OS for the last couple of years before overtaken by the likes of iPhone and Android. Although the percentage of free app is higher in Android Marketplace, Apple App Store still leading in free app if it based on the number of free app. There are 225k apps available in App Store as of July 2010, where 28% represent 63000 app, while Android with 85k app in the Android Marketplace, has 48590 free app for the 57% they had.
Other interesting facts include the top 10 paid games in iPhone store sold at merely 99 cents, cheapest of all stores. However the average paid app in iPhone is higher than in Android, $3.29 in Android versus $4.65 in iPad App Store and $4.01for iPhone App Store. Distimo also reveal that 50% of application is priced below $2 in all stores, except in Blackberry App World and Windows Marketplace, which to me is pretty much affordable, compared to pack of cigarette or a litter of gas/petrol
Hit the source link at the end of this post to download the report.
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Apple pursuit of breaking it’s own record continues. After 3 millions unit of iPad sold in 80 days, now iPhone 4 keep the ball rolling with over 1.7 millions unit sold in 3 days! You heard it right folks, what a record!! This is simply the greatest ever product launch as of now, no matter what the reception issue is. Probably, only Apple future product such iPad 2 or iPhone 5 could brake their own record!
iPhone 4 Sales Top 1.7 Million
CUPERTINO, California—June 28, 2010—Apple® today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone® 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24. The new iPhone 4 features FaceTime®, which makes video calling as easy as one tap, and Apple’s new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in stunning text, images and video.
“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”
iPhone 4 also features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD 720p video recording, Apple’s A4 processor, a 3-axis gyro and up to 40 percent longer talk time—in a beautiful all-new design of glass and stainless steel that is the thinnest smartphone in the world.
iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which features Multitasking, Folders, enhanced Mail, deeper Enterprise support and Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4 is available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US)* for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model in both Apple and AT&T’s retail and online stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart stores. iPhone 4 is also available in the UK, France, Germany and Japan and will be available in an additional 18 countries by the end of July—Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
*Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year AT&T rate plan, sold separately.