Although Sprint refrained from letting out any numbers, it revealed that EVO's first day sales far exceeded the previous record for the “largest quantity of a single phone sold in one day ever for Sprint - the record was previously held by both Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre.”
Furthermore, the EVO's launch day sales also blazed past the tally racked up by Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre during their first three days on the market: “The total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined.”
The huge demand lead many of the 22,000 retail locations to expend their quota of EVO's in no time at all. To counter this, Sprint is constantly sending in fresh supplies, with some sales locations even receiving them on a daily basis.
Gizmodo's exclusive coverage of a certain lost/stolen iPhone prototype has made it an anathema to Apple. Those expecting a thaw any time soon can pat themselves on the back for being optimistic because reconciliation is not currently on Apple's agenda. The company that pioneered the art of selling essentially the same device in different form factors has effectively banned Gizmodo from its Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote on Monday.
“It's no surprise: Apple has not responded to our requests to attend the WWDC keynote on Monday at 10am PST,” Gizmodo Editor Brian Lam wrote in a blog post. Left high and dry by Apple, the tech blog is now beseeching those planning to attend the event to contribute “live video, audio, instant messages and high-end photographs instantly.”
Any hope that Gizmodo editor Jason Chen had of getting his computers back unmolested has evaporated today. The San Mateo district attorney announced the devices were finally being searched by authorities. He further stated the "special master" of the investigation had been instructed only to collect information pertaining to the purchase of the iPhone prototype lost in a bar several months ago.
The police raided Chens home in April and seized all electronic equipment including laptops, mobile phones, iPads, and servers. Gizmodo initially objected citing California's journalist shield laws. Apparently, the police considered those claims, but decided they did not agree. The process of gathering evidence could take up to two months, at which time Chen's legal counsel can object to any piece of evidence. A judge will ultimately decide what to pass along to prosecutors.
No one has been charged with a crime as of yet, but the increasing scrutiny of Chen, and dismissal of the shield law, could be trouble. Journalist shield laws would not apply if Gizmodo employees themselves were under investigation for wrongdoing. Do you think Jason Chen should be held personally responsible for the purchase of the iPhone?
The normally private Apple seems to be springing more leaks than ever. After that iPhone prototype leaked to GIzmodo last month, we thought we'd seen the last of the device until Mr. Jobs pulled it out of his pocket at WWDC this year. But apparently a Vietnamese site called taoviet.vn managed to score one of the prototypes. Luckily for us, they were not as kind to it as Gizmodo was. indeed, they tore it asunder.
The phone wasn't running iPhone OS, just a test routine. The screws that were on the Gizmodo unit are gone in this prototype, and the buttons seem better fabricated. Upon disassembling it, the serial numbers on the chips could be read. One reading " 339S0084" has been positively identified as the 1GHz Apple A4 chip from the iPad. Though, in the iPhone it may be underclocked to save battery life.
Many called shenanigans on this phone when it was posted, but the teardown and subsequent pics lead us to believe it's real. We don't know how seriously Vietnamese authorities take purchase of a confidential prototype (rumor is they paid $4000 for it), but maybe Jason Chen can offer them some words of warning.
Sticklers for journalistic propriety have always frowned upon checkbook journalism, which is far more rampant now thanks to the internet. Thankfully for checkbook journalists though, their critics can do little more than protest. But buying a story is one thing, and flouting the law in doing so a totally different affair.
Last week, when Gizmodo proudly flaunted what it claimed to be a misplaced prototype of the next iPhone, it prompted many to question the legality of the way in which the phone was acquired – the blog’s editors avowedly paid $5000 for the misplaced phone. Under state law, a finder of goods who can determine the owner of lost property is under legal obligation to return it to its original owner, and the failure to do so makes him guilty of theft.
It has now emerged that cops investigating the matter raided Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's house on Friday and confiscated four computers and two servers. According to Jason Chen, cops bust into his house in his absence and were busy scouring the place for evidence when he and his wife arrived from dinner at around 9:45PM. The cops were carrying a search warrant issued by the Superior Court of the County of San Mateo, California.
Gawker Media COO Gaby Darbyshire believes that the search warrant against Gizmodo's editor contravened section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code, which states that “a publisher, editor, reporter, or other person connected with or employed upon a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication” can not be forced to make any disclosures with regards to the source of any information obtained by them in their official capacity.
The entire tech world sat up and took notice this week when a prototype of the next generation iPhone was detailed by Gizmodo. Apparently Silicon Valley law enforcement was paying attention too, and have now launched an investigation into the incident. The goal of the inquiry, which is headed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office, is to determine if there is sufficient evidence to file a criminal case.
The next-gen iPhone was lost in a bar by an Apple engineer that was testing it, or so the story goes. An unnamed party found it, and upon realizing it was not a normal iPhone began shopping it around to gadget blogs. Editors at Gizmodo disclosed on their site that the person who found the phone was paid $5000 for it. It is currently unclear if the investigation is targeting Gizmodo's parent entity, Gawker Media, or the individual that sold them the phone.
California law makes clear that knowingly receiving stolen property is in almost as much trouble as the one who stole the property. Going after Gawker, however, would likely run afoul of 1st Amendment freedom of the press issues. Of course, all this is completely separate from any civil action Apple might take against Gawker for the leak. What's your take? Does the phone count as stolen? If so, should Gawker/Gizmodo be held liable.
Maximum PC isn't typically known for running Mac rumors, but since the vast majority of iPhone users also run PC's, it might interest you to know that Engadget has uncovered shots of an iPhone 4G prototype, and they are pretty convinced they are legitimate. The low-resolution photos are strikingly similar to leaked iPad shots which also turned out to be genuine, and the fact that the same iPad can be spotted in the background only serves to seal the deal. The evidence sounds pretty flimsy to me, but given that these guys deal with gadget rumors 24/7, I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.
In addition to the photos, the Engadget source also revealed a few revised hardware specs that fall in-line with expectations. They claim the device sports a high-resolution display, forward and rear facing cameras, and support for MicroSIM cards (the same type used by the iPad). Of course even if this turns out to be true, its still just a prototype that could be drastically different from the final product so take it for what it is, a promising lead. On the other hand, iPhone announcements typically happen sometime in June, suggesting that this could indeed be a fair representation of what to expect.
The pictures don't tell us much, but they do suggest now would be a bad time to run out and buy a new iPhone.