It is not often that Apple has to apologize for failing to prepare and produce a product on time but that's exactly what they've done with the iPhone 4. Apple today posted a statement apologizing for the delay of the white iPhone 4.
Some early iPhone 4 reviews are in from those media bods lucky enough to get their hands on it, and PC World has a handy round-up of some of the main points so far. Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal has been testing the iPhone 4 for over a week and says that it represents a "major leap" in hardware and software over the iPhone 3GS, adding that the phone's most significant minus point is its tie-in with AT&T.
Ed Baig of USA Today is quoted by PC World as saying that "Apple makes all the right calls on iPhone 4", and he gives special mention to FaceTime video calling. Engadget's Joshua Topolsky states boldly that the iPhone 4 is "the best smartphone on the market right now", citing the "gorgeous" new hardware and "amazing" display.
Xeni Jardin of Boing Biong is of very much the same favourable opinion as his peers, and also echoes Mossberg's criticism of the continued AT&T exclusivity deal. Finally, David Progue of the New York Times also singles out FaceTime and the improved camera and video capabilities as particularly noteworthy.
So, thumbs up all round it would seem from the tech gurus. Hardly surprising but great to read all the same!
Tesco Mobile has today announced its iPhone 4 pricing, including a surprise 12-month tariff, Pocket Gamer reports. According to Pocket Gamer, the prices are slightly cheaper than those already announced by 02, Orange and Vodafone, with the iPhone 4 and a package including unlimited minutes and texts setting you back £19 on a £45-per-month, 24-month contract, which is £10 cheaper and better minutes value than Vodafone's £29-iPhone 4 plus 1200 minutes package on a £45-per-month, 24-month contract.
However, what makes Tesco Mobile an extremely competitive option is the fact that it's offering a 12-month contract, unlike any other carrier to date. For a £20-per-month, 12-month contract, you can expect to pay £349 for the 16GB model and £429 for the 32GB model, with 250 minutes and unlimited texts thrown in.
Tesco customers who have a Tesco Clubcard will also get an added bonus of a whopping 1000 extra Points for buying an iPhone 4 on contract, plus triple points for every pound spent on their monthly bill. PAYG Clubcard users will get triple Points every time they top up.
Susteen has today announced that its Mobile Genie cell phone data migration tool used by cellular stores to transfer information from one phone to the next at the wireless points of sale now supports iPhone 4, making it the first tool of its kind to do so. Customers buying the iPhone 4 can transfer their data from their old phone - whatever the make, model and wireless carrier - to the iPhone at any point of sale using Mobile Genie, including Best Buy Mobile stores and 5,0000 other independent dealers. Mobile Genie supports most content types in the phone, such as Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Music, Ringtones, Pictures and so on. According to Susteen's President and CEO, Hirouki Maruyama, Susteen also aims for DataPilot, Susteen's home data transfer device, to be available for the iPhone 4 in the next few days:
Daniel, Digital Specialist for AT&T, gives customers a breakdown of what will happen to customers who did not pre-order iPhone 4's in time for launch. Basically, you will have to wait until June 29th to purchase your new device.
Customers who do order(and who pre-order) will receive a call from AT&T when your iPhone 4 is ready for pick up. They do not want customers to camp out or stand in line in front of their stores because they do not want dissappointed customers.
Due the the overwhelming demand for the iPhone 4, AT&T will not be offering any devices to walk-in customers until June 29th. All of the units have already been spoken for during the initial pre-order last week.
Here are a few guidelines for customers buying iPhone 4 from AT&T:
It looks like some lucky users have already been receiving their iPhone 4 shipments, if you happen to be one of these lucky members please let us know in the comments.
Unlike the iPad deliveries it appears that Apple didn't do anything special to make sure that units didn't arrive early. We all know how secretive Apple can be and the fact that they strike deals with the shippers to guarantee no one gets it early... in this case though these appear to be arriving from China, via FedEx not UPS.
I think when Apple wants to guarantee that no one gets it early they ship via UPS and stake out guards at the large hubs to ensure no early deliveries.