Several press people were invited to Cupertino to attend an iPhone 4 press conference on Friday. Apple must have something pretty big to say on Friday: they almost never release information this way. If it weren’t major, they’d likely issue a simple press release and be done with it.
It’s highly doubtful that the company will recall the new iteration of their iPhone. That leaves us to speculate for the next two days, trying to figure out what the heck they WILL be saying. The first beta of iOS 4.1 was released into the wild today. As feared, it doesn’t fix the antenna issue. It does exactly what the team at Apple HQ said it would do: makes the signal strength display more accurate.
What do you think Steve Jobs is going to have to say on Friday? Will we hear a public apology? Could we perhaps actually see a REAL fix in the near future at Apple’s expense?
Well, it’s been about a day since I’ve switched from the iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4, and I thought I’d gather some of my thoughts in video – using the iPhone 4 while I was on the road.
The video came out very well, in my estimation – except I couldn’t control where it was focused (and there was no way of telling how it was focused since I couldn’t see the screen). One solution could have been to use the front-facing camera, but then the footage would have come out at a lower resolution.
I decided (at the last second) to edit the video in iMovie on the iPhone – if only to see how easy it was to do. Indeed, it was easy. Uploaded directly to YouTube from the app, too!
I’ve experienced the same loss of signal when holding the iPhone in a certain way. I ended up zipping over to my local Apple store in order to grab a Bumper. This seems to have helped, although I’m on the lookout for a screen protector and case. Apple let Walt Mossberg know that they will be addressing this with a firmware update in the near future. I’m not so sure that is going to help.
Everything else is working seamlessly thus far. I’ve live streamed with the device, taken photos and movies with it, and even made several calls – none of which have dropped (knock on wood).
Still, the questions remain: what do you think about the iPhone 4 so far? What accessories are you getting? What would you recommend to the rest of the iPhone community?
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I am getting used to having dropped calls on the iPhone 3G. This thing drops calls like clockwork. It doesn’t seem like a tower problem. I can be sitting still, and lose a call. Even if the phone shows full signal, it still will drop. I’m hoping the upcoming firmware update will solve some of this. I’ve never had a mobile device with this many issues. What’s a Geek to do to boost reception? When I was given the opportunity to review the Cell Ranger, I could choose between the USB connection, or the kind that plugs into a cigarette lighter in a car. I decided to go with USB for a couple of reasons. For one, I’ve got USB ports everywhere. For another, I have an inverter for my car that will allow me to plug USB devices in while I’m in the car.
The Cell Ranger PORT is a USB powered cellular signal booster. By plugging the Cell Ranger PORT into a USB port you can boost your cell phone signal by up to 2-3 bars. We designed Cell Ranger to be compatible with every cellular network (except Nextel), cell phone, and data card. No matter which cellular service you use, voice or broadband data, you’ll see a significant boost in signal when you plug in the Cell Ranger. In most cases you’ll get 2-3 bars more signal within a 6 foot coverage radius. In our tests, using Cell Ranger with a broadband data card can result in anywhere from 30% to 200% faster download speeds. Cell Ranger is the first truly intelligent cell booster. By using a specially programmed microprocessor, Cell Ranger carefully monitors signal and adjusts to provide optimum signal. Unlike any previous booster, Cell Ranger actively analyzes the signals that your cell phone is sending and receiving. By comparing the signal strength to different towers, Cell Ranger self-tunes to the correct channels, and amplifies only those signals.
Gives 2-3 bars extra signal for any cell phone or 3G data card.
Prevents dropped calls and improves call quality.
Compatible with every carrier in Canada and the US.
Powered by a standard USB port.
No drivers – Cell Ranger only uses USB for power. Optional AC adapter/rechargable battery available..
You don’t want to set this near any kind of magnetic media, like a hard drive. You’d want to stick this on a metallic surface before plugging it in. It will allegedly boost your signal on both 800MGz and 1900MGz reception. I will be trying this out for awhile, and then I’ll let you know how well it works. This video was mostly an introduction to tell you how it works.
A quick test in my office was interesting, to say the least. I plugged it all in, and had trouble connecting to the network. When it wasn’t connected to my iPhone, I had four signal bars. When I plugged it in, I dropped down to two! Basically, either the iPhone sucks, or AT&T does. I’m not giving up on this though. It could just be my office, and all my gadgets interfering. I am going to test it while I’m out and about. I’ll let you know how I fare.