Apple iPhone 4 delays continues to extend well into next month and are now showing July 14th for the next available date. If your still on the fence about upgrading, now is the time. The iPhone 4 could be scarce well into late summer.
Apple has changed the face of the tech world many times over. Their history is rich and full of 'game changers' that broke the mold that came before them. From the Apple Computer to the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple really does 'think different' and it has made their brand one of the most recognizable and coveted in the world.
When Apple was first creating the iPhone they knew it would be a game changer. They decided to go to many different carriers around the US and try to sign an exclusive deal. Most carriers passed (notably, Verizon) and Apple settled with AT&T. This certainly was not their first choice, AT&T after all was not the largest carrier. But the exclusive contract they signed with AT&T has given them a huge profit margin on the devices and it tied the carrier to them. Unfortunately it tied them to the carrier as well.
We know that AT&T and Apple signed a 5 year exclusive. This fact in itself was only known recently due to court filings Apple made in a case in California - until that time however, it was just speculation as to the length of the contract.
AT&T has generally taken the brunt of the complaints about the quality of service when using an iPhone. In reality, it's probably a combination of both the iPhone and inherent design flaws as well as AT&T's coverage and potential over-subscription of it's network. The ultimate question that both Apple and AT&T have to answer is: When will it end?
That it will end is not in question... Apple has to be frustrated with AT&T's consistent failure to supply the network and their sales centers/systems with the capacity to handle the appetite that Apple customers have tried to exercise. The most recent failure of the iPhone 4 pre-sale is testament to that fact. Since Apple is tied to AT&T so closely it is not possible for Apple or Steve Jobs to publicly say anything too negative or harsh about AT&T. Which points to another reason that Steve Jobs must be just itching to get his...
We've seen our fair share of iTunes updates throughout the years but none seemingly as exciting as this... the update that is really going to get your computer ready for that brand new iPhone 4 your going to be hooking up.
That's not all the update brings though, here's a brief list:
iBook 1.1 Support (Sync and Read Books with compatible devices)
PDF Book support
App Organization/Folder Support
Back-Up Speed Improvements
Other Speed Improvements
This update is available now, so update and get your computer ready for your new purchase in advance. If you are jailbroken, as usual, it is advised that you wait to make sure the new version can be broken.
Today Apple has posted a new FAQ (frequently asked questions) explaining the new SIM-Free iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 polices for the International iPhone Launch. For the first time, International users will be able to purchase a completely unlocked iPhone that will work on the GSM carrier of choice.
Apple has finally released their highly-anticipated app "Apple Store". What this app does is that it acts as the online Apple Store as well as a mobile concierge.
With the Apple Store app being released on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad for the price of free, it is bound to be a hit. The app itself has a great layout and has the majority of the functions that the normal store would.
Just some of the thing you can do are; pre-order your iPhone 4, locate the nearest physical Apple Store, purchase Apple Store product(of course), and much more. Apple Store(mobile) will also allow you to set up Genius Bar , One to One, or Personal Shopping appointments.
Go ahead and check this app out while you are refreshing your iPhone 4 pre-order page for the millionth time.
As any large company you have to take an overwhelming launch of your product as a good sign... but the line is very fine between a successful (albeit, busy) launch and a launch that annoys and alienates users due to underwhelming support.
Apple seems to be treading that fine line right now. Many users are unable to order online due to the site being slow or down entirely.
We've posted an article about being able to order one at a local Apple store and reserving your iPhone 4 that way, but what if you don't live near an Apple store, are you out of luck?
That seems to be the question that many would-be iPhone customers are asking themselves.