Apple's iPhone 4 has had a bear of a time trying to impress the folks over at Consumer Reports. After a round of testing, Consumer Reports said it was able to confirm a design defect relating to the antenna placement and how it could potentially lead to dropped calls, and that was the reason it could not recommend the device. And when Apple rolled out a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 for Verizon customers, Consumer Reports called it a "middle-aged device" and said customers should wait for a newer model. So how does the iPhone 4S rank?
Normally we pass on Mac or iPhone specific news, but just in case it ever comes up in a debate, 9 to 5 Mac has proven that without a doubt, Apple is indeed shafting iPhone 4 customers. It seems an enterprising young hacker by the name of Steven Smith has not only ported the Siri AI interface to the iPhone 4, but the two way communication with Apple servers is now working perfectly.
At this point, it almost seems silly to bother with releasing a white iPhone 4 device, a strangely elusive color for Apple that, for one reason or another, hasn't yet made it to market. The earliest hint that Apple might be on the verge of releasing a white iPhone 4 was the release of a white iPad 2, seemingly suggesting that whatever issue Apple was having has now been sorted out. However, recent rumors suggest a release later this week.
A lot of people are quick to compare the screen quality of various smartphones and tablets, using generalities like image reproduction and readability to decide who the king of the king of the hill is. While this sort of evaluation is fine for most consumers, it's not a true measure of the technology under the hood of the display that a device is rocking. Fortunately, the folks at DisplayMate are all about the numbers. To prove it, they've put together an honest, quantitative comparison of two of the sharpest looking mobile screens on the market today: the iPad 2 and iPhone 4.
We had just about given up thinking Apple would ever release a white iPhone 4, that is until the rumors proved true that Apple's second generation iPad tablet would be available in both black and white. If Apple can build a white tablet, can a white iPhone 4 be far behind? Apparently not, according to one analyst who says it will ship next month.
Consumer Reports today said that Verizon's CDMA iPhone 4 suffers from dropped calls just like AT&T's GSM version. This discovery runs contrary to several previous reports suggesting that Apple managed to fix the iPhone 4's antenna issue by slightly altering the design, but ultimately "shares with its sibling the possibility of compromised performance in low-signal conditions when used without a bumper or case." Should you be concerned?
AT&T lost its exclusivity grip on the on the iPhone 4 when Verizon started carrying the Apple device earlier this month, but if it comes as any consolation, the wireless carrier won Ookla's head-to-head broadband tests, Wired reports. You may recognize Ookla as the team behind Speedtest.net, an online broadband metric. Ookla recently turned its attention to the iPhone 4 by compiling data from iPhone users who downloaded and ran the mobile version of Speedtest. Full results after the jump.
Much to the dismay of AT&T, the wireless carrier's exclusivity agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone is officially over. February 10 is here, and that means the iPhone 4, in CDMA form, is available on Verizon's network, though you don't have to march into a Verizon store to get one. Wallyworld announced that it too is selling iPhone 4 devices on Verizon Wireless in select stores.
DIY repair website iFixIt has a serious fetish with tearing into electronics just for the fun of it, and this week they've carved into Verizon's iPhone 4. Externally, iFixIt notes there's isn't a huge difference between Verizon's CDMA model and AT&T's GSM iPhone 4, though Verizon's does sport a different antenna design. The SIM slot is gone, and no doubt at the insistence of Apple, Verizon's branding isn't plastered on the iPhone 4. And of course this one comes with those annoying Pentalobe screws designed to keep you from mucking about.
The initial response to the Verizon iPhone has been phenomenal to say the least. While the carrier’s CDMA iPhone 4 will come accompanied by a $30/month unlimited data plan, the company is expected to eventually switch to tiered plans. Yesterday, the company also revealed that it was going to introduce certain anti-data hogging measures. However, the carrier offered a clarification earlier today. Read on to find out how and when – if at all - the company plans to implement these anti-hogging safeguards.