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
Computerworld reports that Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner today compared Apple’s iPhone to his company’s much-maligned Vista operating system, suggesting that Apple might be headed for a similar experience to that of Microsoft in terms of customer response and criticism. “It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I’m okay with that,” said Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, in a keynote speech at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), which runs through Thursday in Washington, D.C. According to the report, Turner also took the opportunity to poke fun at the iPhone 4’s signal issues in promoting Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system
Note: This is a Page 2 News Item Apple’s iOS devices are beginning to make their usefulness as musical instruments known, with a number of musicians adopting them for use on stage in increasingly prominent roles. Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon , English New Wave band Squeeze performed one of its early UK hits, “Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)”, with keyboardist Stephen Large sharing time between his Roland VK-8 and an iPad, even going so far as to play a solo on the iPad. ( Thanks to DPA for the tip. ) Along the same vein from last weekend’s Oxegen music festival in Ireland, Greg French of The Brilliant Things kicked things off as the first band ever to play on the Vodafone stage at the festival by incorporating an iPhone solo into the group’s “Something to Say”
Note: This is a Page 2 News Item Earlier this evening, there was a single report from a Gizmodo reader that believed that his replacement iPhone 4 was actually physically different from his previous one: Well, when I got the new phone it was different. It was different hardware. The black [plastic] bezel isn’t as black on the new one. I couldn’t see the proximity sensor at all on the previous iPhone 4, now I can. The stainless steel band on the new phone is less ’steel-y’ and more matte.
Earlier today, a Consumer Reports post made headlines after they concluded that they simply could not recommend the iPhone 4 due to the widely reported signal issues related to touching the lower-left corner of the device. This single issue alone has prevented them from fully recommending the iPhone 4.
Engadget reported over the weekend that some of AT&T’s “most valuable customers” have been receiving offers for free 3G MicroCell devices, which recently went nationwide after being tested in limited geographic areas. The 3G MicroCell taps into a user’s home broadband Internet connection, routing voice and data over the customer’s own connection to provide enhanced coverage in areas with weak cellular signal. Carrying a $150 list price, the MicroCell can be used with a customer’s own cellular plan minutes for no additional charge or customers can purchase additional MicroCell minutes for a monthly fee. While we’ve no clue how widespread AT&T’s generosity is, or how you might get one, it appears that the company’s “most valuable customers” are now receiving free range-boosting femtocells. Today, loyal reader Jason got a old-fashioned paper letter in the mail, offering his iPhone-wielding family a 3G MicroCell with no strings attached.
Earlier this month, popular product review and comparison group Consumer Reports noted that it felt that signal issues with the iPhone 4 were not significant enough for users to forgo buying the device, citing overall improvement in signal strength and the fact that many phones experience the same issue. There’s no reason, at least yet, to forgo buying an iPhone 4 over its reception concerns. And even if those do materialize, Apple’s Steve Jobs helpfully reminds new iPhone buyers that “you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.” Just one day later, however, Consumer Reports confirmed that it had been able to duplicate the signal loss issue in real-life settings, something it wasn’t able to do in its testing center. Today, as part of its smartphone ratings, Consumer Reports officially reports that it is unable to offer a “recommended” label for the iPhone 4, despite the fact that the device’s feature set placed it at the top of the magazine’s rankings.
YouTube has announced that it has revamped its mobile YouTube site to support a complete YouTube browsing experience on modern mobile phones, including the iPhone. Of the changes to http://m.youtube.com, YouTube notes: – It’s really fast. – The user interface incorporates larger, more touch-friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go. – It incorporates the features and functionality youÃ‚Â’ve come to expect from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate Ã‚Â“favorite,Ã‚Â” Ã‚Â“likeÃ‚Â” or Ã‚Â“unlikeÃ‚Â” videos directly from your device.
Immediately after the iPhone 4 was released, Michael D’Ulisse of MoreBluSky came up with the idea to make an app that used the iPhone 4’s camera flash as a Flashlight. Apparently, he wasn’t alone as a number of other Flashlight apps were apparently also submitted to the App Store. Despite submitting his app the day following the iPhone 4’s release, however, the app hadn’t been quickly approved by Apple