Engadget summarizes reports in the Chinese-language media claiming that the delays experienced by the white iPhone 4 are due to issues with the paint application process for the device’s glass front and back panels. In particular, the company behind the production process, Lens Technology, is working out kinks in its screen printing process to achieve proper paint thickness and color consistency. Now, a worker from Lens’ quality control department has allegedly admitted that the company’s screen-printing workshop may currently be dealing with some issues with the white iPhone 4 covers. Specifically, the factory’s still working out the perfect combination of paint thickness and opacity — the former to ensure the next sub-contractor has enough clearance for the digitizer overlay, and the latter for the absolute whiteness that Jony Ive and co
On Friday, Apple held a press conference where they defended the iPhone 4’s antenna design and presented data suggesting the issue was blown out of proportion. During a portion of their presentation, they demonstrated signal loss in other major phone manufacturers including devices made by RIM And Nokia.
Hours before Apple’s iPhone 4 press conference, we pointed to a YouTube video of “The iPhone Antenna Song”, a humorous two-minute song written by Jonathan Mann, who has been writing and performing a new song every day for the past year and a half.
Earlier today, Apple posted a video of today’s press conference addressing antenna issues with the iPhone 4, also adding to its website a section dedicated to antenna design and testing as highlighted during the press conference. While the new section of Apple’s site provides an interesting glimpse into the company’s $100 million investment in antenna design and testing labs, Apple went one step further and invited 11 members of the media on a brief tour of the previously-secret labs following today’s event. Macworld reports on the tour, which was led by Apple engineer Ruben Caballero, who was the subject of a Bloomberg report yesterday claiming that he had warned Apple CEO Steve Jobs early in the iPhone 4 design process that the antenna design could cause reception problems, a claim Jobs today called a “crock” and “total bullshit”
Other iPhone 4 Press Conference Notes: Over 3 Million Sold, White Models Coming, International Releases July 30th
While the big news out of Apple’s iPhone 4 press conference was the announcement of free cases for customers and a positioning of antenna issues as affecting nearly all smartphones, there was additional news from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, including acknowledgment of proximity sensor issues with a fix promised for the next iOS software update. Jobs also made several other announcements which may be of interest to readers: – Over 3 Million iPhone 4s Sold : Jobs announced early in his presentation that the iPhone 4 has sold over three million units since its launch in the U.S.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reports that the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office has been granted a withdrawal of its controversial search warrant used to seize items from the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen in the wake of the site’s purchase of and publication of details on an iPhone 4 prototype lost in a bar earlier this year. As EFF repeatedly noted at the time, the warrant-backed search of Chen’s home was illegal as it violated California Penal Code section 1524(g)’s prohibition against the issuance of warrants for “unpublished information obtained or prepared in gathering, receiving or processing of information for communication to the public.” As a result of the withdrawal, all information and equipment must be returned to Chen. This does not, however, mean that the potential case has been dismissed. In addition to evidence gathered through other means, the District Attorney’s office could skirt around the questionably-issued search warrant and request a subpoena for access to the same items, but it is unclear whether it intends to do so
Apple has posted video of the iPhone 4 press conference held today at its campus in Cupertino, California. The company has also posted several new pages on its website dedicated to explaining the antenna issue and showing off the company’s antenna design and testing facilities. The press conference offered a presentation from Apple CEO Steve Jobs outlining the company’s belief that antenna issues with the iPhone 4 are common to nearly smartphones and that only a very small fraction of customers have reported the issue
At its iPhone 4 press conference today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the results of the company’s investigation into complaints of signal problems on the new device. According to Jobs, the issue is being experienced by a very small proportion of customers but that the company wants every customer to be satisfied.
During today’s press conference. Apple’s Steve Jobs revealed that they are tracking some issues with the iPhone 4’s proximity sensor and expects to fix this in the next software update. We previously reported on this issue two weeks ago: one of the most prevalent [problems] of late has been problems with the device’s proximity sensors designed to sense when the phone is held up to the user’s face and deactivate the device’s screen, thus preventing unintended activation of buttons on the display. Affected users found themselves accidentally ending calls or causing other unintended key presses
Backstage at Apple Town Hall (via mrvideobba) Apple today is holding its iPhone 4 press conference where it is expected to address issues with the device’s cellular signal reception. The event is scheduled to kick off at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time, or just about one hour from now.