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RIM: Apple's Explanation Of The Antenna Issue Is Unacceptable





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Research in Motion's Chief Executive Officers Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have released an official statement on the Apple's latest press conference, where the company showed the antenna issue on BlackBerry 9700 to prove that such a problem a normal thing for every smartphone. Both of the directors were stunned that Apple mentioned RIM in order to justify their mistake:

"Apple's attempt to draw RIM into Apple's self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple's claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple's difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM's customers don't need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple."




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Steve Jobs Revealed Some Facts About iPhone 4 and Antenna Issue



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Yesterday Steve Jobs told many interesting facts about antenna issues and iPhone 4. Those who doesn't want to watch the video from the event here, you can study the next list:

  • Over 3M iPhones 4 were sold since its release three weeks ago;
  • The antenna issue can be reproduced on any other phone. The details can be found here;
  • Apple has special testing rooms, which cost it $ 100 million. You can learn more about it on Apple's new webpage here;
  • Only 0.55% of all iPhone 4 users complain on antenna issue;
  • AT&T return rate with the iPhone 3GS was 6.0%, with the iPhone 4 - 1,7%;
  • The proximity sensor problem will be fixed in the next update;
  • White iPhone will be shipped at the end of July;
  • On July 30th iPhone sales will be launched in 17 more countries.


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Steve Jobs Had a Vacation?



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This week Steve Jobs had been seen enjoying his vacation in Hawaii. According to Gawker.com, which in turn referred to some tipster, who actually saw Apple's CEO, the latter had a lunch at Kona Village Resort with his family. The spy also heard that Jobs was explaining the positive uses of LCD to his kids, the subject which was described earlier in the latest issue of Vanity Fair.

Though nobody else did not confirm this information, the news are certainly entertaining.




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Written by SimplyMax

Friday, July 16th, 2010. 20:03

Whoopi Goldberg Destroyed Her iPhone 4



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In the latest episode of The View (ABC's TV show) Whoopi Goldberg told about her experience of using iPhone 4, which eventually ended by its "murdering". As she speaks about Apple products, it looks like her problems weren't about antenna issues - she just bought a faulty device (at least, as she said, she didn't have any problems with her previous iPhone).

“The people couldn’t get a hold of me…my phone would ring and ring and ring to them, but wouldn’t do anything to me... My phone was bad; it wasn’t just that the antenna was bad, it was bad!”

Well, that's not a lucky situation for Apple at all.




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Written by SimplyMax

Friday, July 16th, 2010. 18:57

New Virgin's e-magazine Maverick Will Be Available for iPad



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Today Advertising Age reported that Virgin plans to release its new magazine called "Maverick". It will be targeted on the international audience with covering such areas as travel, technology and entrepreneurism. But its main idea is that it will be fully digital, with no print version available anywhere. First of all the app for iPad will be developed, then the content will be brought to iPhone and Android. By making "Maverick" digital only Virgin hopes to substantially reduce costs.

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Written by SimplyMax

Friday, July 16th, 2010. 17:59

WSJ: Apple Will Not Recall iPhone 4



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According to Wall Street Journal, Apple will not recall those 2 million iPhones 4 that have been already shipped worldwide.

The source, which is familiar with the matter, told that Jobs knew about possible antenna issues nearly a year ago, but he was so amazed by new design that "Apple went ahead with its development". That person also confirmed that the problem was not discovered until now because the units that were tested by the company and its carrier partners were covered in different cases to obscure the design and some functions.

"Those test phones are specifically designed so the phone can't be touched, which made it hard to catch the iPhone 4's antenna problem".

Moreover, carrier partners had limited time to test the new phone, not to mention that Apple equipped them with "fewer devices to test than other handset makers."

Today Apple is going to hold a special press conference about iPhone 4, so there are all chances the true story about antenna issue will finally be revealed.




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Antennagate-Related Troubles for Apple



antennagateThe release of the iPhone 4 turned out to be one of the most favourable developments for Apple for all the time. However the situation is deteriorating because there have already been calls to withdraw iPhone 4. Supposedly Apple released the iPhone knowing about the problems with the antenna reception. The company seems to have not focused too much on testing the phone by wireless communications experts.

Now it is called ‘Antenagate’, and this could have some very negative consequences for Apple. This topic has caused strong public reaction, and a Washington senator has requested Steve Jobs to find a solution without prejudice to the customers.

On 16 July Apple plans to hold a press conference.




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Written by kurilovich

Thursday, July 15th, 2010. 20:30

Antenna Issue Was Reproduced in the iOS 4.1 beta



Here is a video of a guy who tried to reproduce the antenna issue on the iPhone 4 with a latest iOS 4.1 beta. As you see, the smartphone loses two bars when he holds it with a "death grip", so it looks like the problem with antenna wasn’t actually fixed.




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iPhoneRoot performed iPhone research for Wall Street Journal



Last week our site iPhoneRoot.com was contacted by Wall Street Journal journalist to comment on recent iPhone antenna and signal issues. We certainly shared our thoughts. After interesting conversation we agreed to perform a research of the latest iPhone iOS 4 firmware. As a result WSJ published two interesting articles covering iPhone, antennas, signals and bars. Take a look:

We will soon post detailed data from our research.




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Written by admin

Monday, July 12th, 2010. 20:19

New Fring For iPhone Has 3G Video Chat Support



Few days ago Fring released new update for their iPhone app. Now it supports multitasking and, what is more important, 3G video calling via front facing video camera. With new Fring you can make video calls to anyone who has the same app installed on his device (and that must not be necessarily iPhone).

9to5mac already tested this new function and found that the quality of video leaves much to be desired, though over WiFi it's a bit clearer (that is why Apple didn't make 3G support for FaceTime). In some situations video call over 3G didn't have any audio streaming, so the interlocutor could not be heard.

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Chatroulette Clone Released for iPhone 4



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New app has been released in iTunes Store - it's called iChatr and it mimics Chatroulette. As it uses the front facing camera to create random video chat, the app is currently available only for iPhone 4 users.

So if you want to meet new person in your life, just use iChatr. The only problem is that developers for some reasons didn't make support for iPhone's speakers, so you'll need to use headphones.

You can download iChatr for free here. But be aware that one way video chat with older iPhone model will not work.

UPDATE: video test after the break.

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Few Words About Work At Apple



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Today 9to5mac found on Quora an interesting discussion about the way of work at Apple. Level C executives from the company told that people who work in Apple have "almost religious level of commitment", and that they "truly feel they are changing the world with whatever they are doing".

Here are two more interesting excerpts:

"Probably the single greatest feeling working at Apple is getting to work on part of the product launch process. You plan and prep for months, then launch week you work like mad for 12-16 hours days and even pull all nighters to make sure your piece of the puzzle is ready for Apple’s big presentation. Then you gather with all the other employees in the cafe and watch it all unfold. It’s a great rush and your whole team feels it."

"If you have a project that Steve is not involved in, it will take months of meetings to move things forward. If Steve wants it done, it's done faster than anyone thinks is humanly possible. The best way to get any cross departmental work done was to say its for Steve and you'd probably have it the same day".

Though it is clear that work at Apple is really hard, above-mentioned words sound pretty attractive. If you're interested, maybe you should give a try?




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Written by SimplyMax

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010. 0:07

Future iOS 4 jailbreak: all devices, all bootroms, painless install



Here is a small comment from MuscleNerd about the upcoming iOS 4 jailbreak:

the next jailbreak from @comex is like first Spirit..all devices, all bootroms, latest FW, painless install

Sounds nice!




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Jailbreak for all iOS 4.0 iDevices is coming



MuscleNerd, famous hacker from DevTeam, has announced via Twitter that an upcoming comex release will jailbreak all 4.0 devices. This will include latest iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, new iPod Touch and iPad.

jailbreak for all devices at 4.0 is already handled by upcoming @comex release :) so, good time for iphone4 unlock stuff

Comex is also well-known, he authored the 3.1.2 and 3.1.3 jailbreak called Spirit. He's also recently demonstrated Frash, an upcoming release of Flash for the iPhone and iPad.




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Signal issues is not a reason to forgo buying an iPhone 4



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Several recent reports reveal that the antenna problem is not unique and can't be a serious reason not to buy the iPhone 4.

According to research group Consumer Reports the signal troubles are caused by human as in case with any other phone.

“Underplayed in the discussion is the fact that all phones are subject to interference from the human who is using them. And even if the alleged signal loss is real, there’s an absence of hard evidence that iPhone 4 reception is problematic compared to past iPhones; indeed there’s evidence of just the opposite”.


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