AT&T today announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2010, noting activations of 3.2 million iPhones during the quarter, a new company record. The strong iPhone 4 release at the very end of the quarter, however, skewed sales toward existing AT&T customers upgrading their handsets rather than customers new to the carrier, with only 27% of this quarter’s iPhone purchasers being new to AT&T, down from “more than one-third” in the previous quarter and a steady 40% number in even earlier quarters. On June 24, AT&T began offering iPhone 4, the most powerful iPhone yet. Preorder sales of iPhone 4 were 10 times higher than the first day of preordering for iPhone 3GS a year earlier. For the full second quarter, AT&T iPhone activations totaled 3.2 million, the most quarterly iPhone activations ever
Skype’s iPhone application has received a much-anticipated update today, bringing support for multitasking in iOS 4. – Run Skype in the background with multitasking in iOS4. Receive Skype calls and IM while other apps are running or when your iPhone is locked. You can also continue your call while you switch to another application.
Apple owned subsidiary Filemaker has released Filemaker Go ($19.99) for iPhone and Filemaker Go for iPad ($39.99). From the description: View, edit and search your FileMaker Pro records on your iPhone with FileMaker Go.
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
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
On the eve of the iPhone 4 press conference, TechCrunch points us to this humorous music video about the iPhone 4 antenna issue.
Apple will be holding a press conference on Friday morning.
Despite the fact that today’s release of iOS 4.0.1 addressed only the display of signal strength on the iPhone and not actual signal attenuation issues caused by touching the antenna in the side of the iPhone 4, a software fix may yet still be possible. According to The New York Times , the signal attenuation issue is the result of an interaction between communication software within the device’s operating system and the antenna, an issue that could presumably be addressed with a software update. One person with direct knowledge of the phone’s design said Thursday that the iPhone 4 exposed a longstanding weakness in the basic communications software inside Apple’s phones and that the reception problems were not caused by an isolated hardware flaw. Instead, the problems emerged in the complex interaction between specialized communications software and the antenna, said the person, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter. The source also indicates that Apple CEO Steve Jobs did not learn of the signal issue until after the iPhone 4 began shipping, seemingly refuting a report from Bloomberg earlier today claiming that Jobs had been tipped off early in the design process that the antenna design could cause a problem
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is not planning on issuing an iPhone 4 recall at tomorrow’s press conference. Apple’s iPhone 4 has been dogged by reports of antenna-reception problems since its launch last month. The company has called a news conference to discuss the issue Friday. Apple doesn’t plan to recall the phone, a person familar with the matter said
Apple Addresses iPhone Signal Strength Display With iOS 4.0.1 and iPad Wi-Fi Connectivity With iOS 3.2.1
As predicted earlier today, Apple has released iOS 4.0.1 (8A306) for the iPhone 4, 3GS, and 3G. According to the release notes, the update addresses changes to the signal strength indicators as promised by Apple earlier this month. – Improves the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display Early reports on the signal strength indicator changes included in the iOS 4.1 beta released to developers yesterday suggest that the changes do not affect actual signal strength, but only adjust the visual “bar” indicators on the screen.