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Apple To Hold Invite Only Press Conference Friday, Address Antenna Issue?

Since the iPhone 4’s launch, it has been plagued with various complaints over the iPhone’s cellular antenna, and Apple seems like their finally going to address it.

The real story begins at the products launch. During the Keynote, Steve Jobs glorified the new stainless steal band around the iPhone 4. The trick to fitting all the new hardware into the iPhone was the fact that the steel band was able to be used as the iPhone’s 3 antennas. Shortly after product launch it was discovered that in holding the iPhone, one might cover up the break in the steel band on the lower left corner of the iPhone which for some caused a severe signal degradation, some resulting in data connection loss and dropped calls.

It was downplayed for a short time.

After much press, Apple released it’s take on the iPhone’s antenna issues, stating that “a software bug” had caused an incorrect

display of bars on the phone, leading to the decrease. Apple promised a software fix in the next few weeks.

And then the email hit.

Immediately following the real or fake (no one is sure) Steve Jobs email to a customer telling them to “calm down, we’re working on a fix”, Consumer Reports stated that they would no longer recommend the phone for purchase.

The agreement between MOST engineers is that the iPhone 4’s steel band may or may not be a flawed design, but the easiest(and financially best) way to fix the problem is to offer free bumpers (Apple’s iPhone case) to anyone experiencing the problem.

The latest bit of news comes our way from Apple. A press conference will be held Friday, July 15th to address the issue. Some expect a recall, and some expect free bumpers.

iPad Launches April 3rd, Verizon May Be After It

Apple has updated their iPad page to include it’s pre-order and launch date. Pre-orders will start on March 12th, and the device will arrive either in-store or delivered to your door. The iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.

Leaked documents have also shown that Verizon may be after the iPad to provide service, because the Wi-Fi versions are not specifically AT&T’s to sell. In other words, they don’t have exclusivity to the iPad as they did to the iPhone.

Verizon’s proposal comes with a tradeoff for customers. The company cites the $130 premium carried by 3G-capable iPad models, an upfront cost unnecessary for those customers sticking with Wi-Fi models for use with Verizon’s data plans. Alternatively, those customers could purchase a MiFi device for as little as $49.99 from Verizon, but that pricing requires a two-year data contract in comparison to the 3G-capable iPad’s contract-free data plan pricing. [MacRumors.com]


Verizon’s MiFi proposal does require, however, that users carry a separate device in addition to their iPad. And on the pricing front, the two-year MiFi contract is priced at $39.99 per month for 250 MB of data or $59.99 per month for 5 GB of data, significantly higher that AT&T’s contract-free iPad-only data plans priced at $14.99/250 MB or $29.99/unlimited per month.

Apple Reveals iPad, Crushes Other Tablets

At it’s first special event of the year, Apple revealed it’s latest creation dubbed the “iPad”.

The iPad is a 10 inch computer featuring a slightly upgraded version of the iPhone OS. Here’s the rundown:

– 9.7 inch LED Backlit IPS Display

– Widescreen/Multitouch Display

– 1GHz Apple A4 Processor (yes, it’s made by Apple)

– Headphone Port / Built In Speakers / Docking Port

– Volume Up/Down Buttons

– Accelerometer/Ambient Light Sensor

– All iPhone/iPod Touch apps work on the iPad by “pixel doubling”, apps can be made specifically for the iPad

– 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash stoage

– 0.5 in. thin aluminum casing

– 10 hours of surfing the web, listening to music, or watching videos with up to a month of standby time

– No camera, Adobe Flash, or multitasking.

– WiFi Models ship in March (16GB for $499, 32GB for $599, 64GB for $699)

– WiFi & AT&T 3G Models ship in April (16GB for $629, 32GB for $729, 64GB for $629)

– AT&T Unlimited Plan for $29.99 per month, $14.99 for 250MB data. No cellular data (phone)

– 5 accessories will launch with the device: Docking/Keyboard stand, a leather case, a dock, camera connection kit, and power adapter

Apple has also added an “iBooks” app to the app store sponsored by 5 major publishers. The iBookstore will be available on all touch devices. Good luck, Kindle! Each app also features a revamped UI, and the background of the home screen can now be customized.

Apple Invites You To “See It’s Latest Creation”

Apple sent out invitations today to it’s January 27th event. The invitations show some very colorful paint blobs, and reads “come see our latest creation”. This leads us to believe that whatever is unveiled will be extremely different and colorful.

In other Apple news, the App Store has now sold over 3 billion apps, and AT&T has lowered their pricing plans for the iPhone to match all of Verizon’s plans for their smart phones.

AT&T Goes Android With Dell Mini 3, Others

AT&T will soon be getting some phones in Android flavor, thanks to this year’s CES.

Dell has announced it’s Mini 3 smartphone, and expects for it to ship in the first half of 201o to AT&T.

The device will most likely carry the specs of a 3.5-inch 640×360 display, Bluetooth, 3 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, microSD, and GPS.

AT&T themselves have stated that they’ll be launching a total of 5 new android devices for 2010, which will come from Motorola, Dell (mentioned above) and HTC. The Motorola device has a “unique form factor”, and running Blur. HTC will have three devices, one of them being an exclusive deal with AT&T. But hey, that could just mean a case redesign….

Side note: Since Android is coming to AT&T, could this be the end of AT&T and Apple’s exclusivity deal? Uh oh…

AT&T Allows VoIP Over Network, Confirms with Apple, FCC

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The post title is completely correct. AT&T is now allowing VoIP apps to utilize their full potential over AT&T’s 3G network. Here’s their full press release:

DALLAS, October 6, 2009 – AT&T* today announced it has taken the steps necessary so that Apple can enable VoIP applications on iPhone to run on AT&T’s wireless network. Previously, VoIP applications on iPhone were enabled for Wi-Fi connectivity. For some time, AT&T has offered a variety of other wireless devices that enable VoIP applications on 3G, 2G and Wi-Fi networks. AT&T this afternoon informed Apple Inc. and the FCC of its decision.

In late summer, AT&T said it was taking a fresh look at VoIP capabilities on iPhone for use on AT&T’s 3G network, consistent with its regular review of device features and capabilities to ensure attractive options for consumers.

“iPhone is an innovative device that dramatically changed the game in wireless when it was introduced just two years ago,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets. “Today’s decision was made after evaluating our customers’ expectations and use of the device compared to dozens of others we offer.”

AT&T allows customers to download or launch on their wireless devices a multitude of compatible applications directly from any lawful Internet website. Additionally, because AT&T uses GSM technology, the most pervasive and open wireless technology platform in the world, we support customers using any GSM phone that works on AT&T’s frequencies.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

AT&T Updates Us, Lets Loopt Run In Background

AT&T knows they haven’t been very good to us. But that’s ok, right? Right. Here’s their explanation:

Not only that, but Loopt will become the first semi-official “run in the background” app for the iPhone. The iPhone does not apps run in the background so that it’s battery can last longer. However, for $3.99, you can be stalked 24/7! Hooray. AT&T will let the application remain connected to it’s server however, the app will not be running in the background completely.