A large portion of Apple’s Keynote this morning was a demo of iMovie and GarageBand for iOS. On Apple’s iMovie page, it states specifically that it is only compatible with iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod touch 4th generation. There are no requirements listed for GarageBand, but we’d assume that it requires newer devices as well (at least iPhone 3GS). Let’s talk about iMovie first. We’ve heard many people wonder why they couldn’t manipulate photos and movies on their iOS device… for a long time now. With the introduction of iMovie, Apple has given us the ability to do some heavy-duty video editing on the iPad. We’re still waiting for iPhoto to make its way over to the platform, but many third-party apps can edit photos. Here’s a run-down of the feature of iMovie iOS: Every movie you shoot with the iPad automatically appears in iMovie so you can edit it in the MultiTouch interface. Themes (just like the desktop app) allow you to add a little polish to your day at the beach. Titles, tap-to-edit, soundtracks, pictures, voice-over, and volume adjustments… nearly everything the desktop app can do. It’s quite impressive. Publish straight to Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, or CNN [...]
To be honest, we’re extremely tired of writing about the potential Verizon iPhone. Everyone knows that the iPhone 4 exclusivity contracts are either recently expired, will expire soon or invalidated by AT&T’s terrible representation of a great Apple product. We can’t pick one source for this article… it’s been discussed by countless sources since the 1st generation iPhone came out in 2007. Instead of getting your hopes up, we’ll give you all of the reasons the iPhone won’t be coming to Verizon any time soon (was that too confident?). Hardware If you’re reading this website, you probably know this: the iPhone 4 cannot work on Verizon. Unlocking your iPhone can only get you to T-Mobile here in the United States and maybe some smaller carriers that piggyback on the GSM networks. Let’s go further… current iPhone hardware uses GSM technology to reach your cell provider. GSM is a well-utilized standard across the world: Verizon is one of the few networks using CDMA. Hardware is the main reason a Verizon rollout would be difficult.
During the iPhone 4 press conference last week, Steve Jobs showed us the first few videos of their new web series: “Hey, these phones suck too.” We got a peak at BlackBerry, Samsung and HTC all demonstrating the same signal issue as the iPhone. Since then, they’ve dedicated a whole page on their website to the accusation of other mobile companies. They followed the pilot episode by adding the Nokia N97 Mini: this appeared to be directly related to Nokia’s blog response. We came across episode three this morning which features the Motorola Droid X. Here at SocialApples, we think the term “fanboy” describes us perfectly, but we also had enough of this finger pointing bulls**t in high school. We thought Apple showed a lot of class this morning when the started automatically refunding iPhone 4 bumper purchases… but this kind of 8th-grade-he-did-it-she-did-it garbage really needs to end. Apple’s PR nightmare, which started with haters and video cameras, has been complicated by their ever-lasting desire to smear the world with videos of other smartphones having signal issues. How much is too much? Apple has opened the floodgates to PR backlash, slander lawsuits and so much more. What’s the point, I [...]
After last week’s press conference, I was debating between getting a refund on my iPhone 4 bumper or just “buying” another case through Apple’s free case program. If you look at the picture above, you’ll notice that Apple made my decision for me… rather, their computers made my decision for me. Apple has initiated automatic refunds for all customers who purchased the iPhone 4 bumper. Initially, it looked like everyone was told to go online, fill out a form and claim their refund… that’s obviously not the case (pun intended). It takes a lot of heart to just blanket-refund everyone and shows a lot about the company’s desire to keep its customers happy. Anyone else in the great case debate now has $30 extra that they can choose to spend or hold onto. I might just go grab the iPhone 4 dock I’ve been eyeing.
Let’s face it folks, cell phones, whether we want to admit it or not, are released with bugs, issues, and a host of other problems that might crop up through normal, daily use. This fact was put on full display during Steve Jobs’ ‘Antennagate’ press conference last week when he highlighted common problems with antenna reception. The videos of a Blackberry, Android, and Windows Mobile phone experiencing similar dropped call issues illustrate that cell phones are asked to perform ideally in anything-but-ideal environments. This Bits post in the New York Times outlines the domino effect of Jobs’ finger pointing tactic. RIM – the maker of Blackberry – was the harshest critic citing that “Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable” and “Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding.” Additional retorts came from HTC and Motorola, with HTC noting that: “The reception problems are certainly not common among smartphones. [Apple] apparently didn’t give operators enough time to test the phone.” So what do you think? Was Apple finger pointing and deflecting their own issues? What do you think of Jobs’ explanation during his press conference? Should he have outed [...]
Steve Jobs called the iPhone 4 signal debacle “Antennagate” on Friday. While explaining Apple’s current public relations nightmare to the press, Steve explained what we’ve been wondering from the first whisperings of the problem… there’s not really a problem. We have more proof; and it’s something they would never show you. Watch the video above and you’ll see our editor, Josh Carr, knocking out the signal on an iPhone 3G, an iPhone 3G[S] and an iPhone 4 (we would have included the 1st generation iPhone if we still had one lying around). We even test the “death grip” with a bumper on the iPhone 4 and cases on both the 3G and 3G[S]. The results show that it — and any other phone — can lose signal when completely inhibiting the ability to receive cell signal in areas with questionable signal strength: big surprise. In a recent post, we explained our theory of a hardware problem… we just didn’t know how vast the problem really was. In his keynote, Steve Jobs mentioned that all phones have issues and that most phones share the same attenuation issue as the iPhone 4. The Blackberry Curve, HTC’s Droid Eris and the Samsung Omnia [...]
(Editor’s Note: From time to time, SocialApples.com will write editorial opinions… not just news. This little gem came from our newly-inducted writer, JoshMac. We’ll also be introducing Robb Davidson and David Peterson (we’ll link soon) into the mix shortly. Normal news sites will say that the views expressed in the article don’t necessarily represent the views of the company. Here, they do. While each writer may differ in opinion, we’re all SocialApples.com — you’re all SocialApples.com. Our views and your views shape this site into its very existence… this just happens to be from JoshMac.) The alarm chimed at 4:40am. I quickly shut it off to avoid getting an earful from my soundly sleeping wife. After grabbing my CamelBak bag, a camping chair, a good book, and a little wish for luck, I raced down to my local Apple Store. A total of 6 hours in the “non-reservation” aka “not invited” line (would have been more, but for the need to work for a living), 4 different stores, 5 phone calls, being ticked off countless times due to continually dashed hopes…7 days later, iPhone 4 was mine. After that long fight, now I find out that I, especially as a [...]
I’m surprised that so many people have this wrong… so surprised that I had to break my own rules and actually write a news article before our August launch date. The media has it wrong. The iPhone 4 death grip does cause signal issues, but it’s only on some iPhone 4′s. All of the mainstream news sources claim that it’s just the way the iPhone 4 was designed. If you hold the iPhone 4 like the picture to the right, you’ll be able to kill your signal in some service areas with bad reception. Wrong. You’ll only be able to kill your signal if Apple gave you a defective phone. I’ve had several opportunities to test this theory over the last two weeks. The first was at our monthly Apple meet up. All of us (15 people) tried the death grip and only a handful of us were actually able to kill our reception. My iPhone 4 held 5-bar reception just fine, while the person sitting next to me was able to knock their signal all the way down to “No Service.” My second verification came when I was working with a client whose company purchased 4 brand new iPhones. They had [...]
For those of us who have been a little busy lately (sorry about the lack of updates), we probably don’t know as much about the iPhone 4 as we’d like. Here’s a little list of stuff that’s new. The new Retina Display has a super-high resolution and pixel density that won’t be that obvious at first, but if you take out your original iPhone, iPhone 3G or even the 3GS, you’ll notice a difference right away… if you have good eyesight. The camera now takes even better pictures and shoots 720p video. It also has a flash. Every picture we’ve taken seems to be much, much… much nicer than the iPhone 3G or the 3GS. The processor is quicker and it has 512MB of RAM (double the 3G and 3GS). Overall, the iPhone 4 will prove to be zippier and nicer in many aspects, but there are still a few features that we’re a little surprised about. The whole phone is made of glass. Glass that will break. It’s supposed to be harder than sapphire crystal, but it’s definitely still breakable. You’ll want to pick up one of Apple’s Bumper cases or a full-fledged case for it. Repairing them won’t [...]