There soon will be new iPhones for Home Depot staff. One by one, government agencies and corporations are dropping BlackBerry for the iPhone. The home improvement retail chain is the latest to hold the distinction of being one of these entities.
It would appear there are a lot of people trying to pre-order the iPhone 4, as many users are getting "Your request couldn't be processed" errors. At first, I thought it could be that too many people are trying to simultaneously order the new MacMini, but I don't think that is the problem. While all of the order processing looks to be on Apple's website, we've found the errors seem to be generated by AT&T's servers. In order for Apple to proceed, their servers connect with AT&T's servers, and a quick check on AT&T's end of things reveals the problem.
If you are considering pre-ordering an iPhone 4 tomorrow, ordering options have just increased. In addition to ordering online via Apple's website, both Best Buy and Radio Shack are going to be taking pre-orders in store for the much sought after device. Wal-Mart, however, will not be taking pre-orders.
Radio Shack's official Twitter page told the world that they will have the iPhone 4 on launch day, June 24. This is good news - if your local Best Buy, Apple store, and AT&T stores run out of stock, you have one more place to go to get your shiny new iPhone 4.
I thought all iPhone rumors would cease for at least the next few months as Steve Jobs introduced Apple's next iPhone today. I thought wrong. Within minutes of the announcement, we have a rumor of Keynote and possibly other iWork apps coming to the iPhone. Some eagle-eyed observer spotted something interesting on the Mail page of Apple's iPhone 4 website. All the way down at the bottom of the page, the site mentions that you can open email attachments "in compatible third-party apps." The screenshot associated with this text shows the option of opening an attachment in Keynote. As of right now, all of the iWork apps are only available for the iPad. It will be interesting to see if Apple makes iWork available for the phone as well.
As expected, Steve Jobs just announced the latest iPhone, and it's officially called iPhone 4. No surprises, it looks exactly like the photos from Steve's favorite blog, Gizmodo. It's only 9.2mm thick, 24% thinner than the current iPhone... the thinnest smartphone on the planet. The new display features an amazing 326 pixels per inch, which is a 960x480 resolution with 800:1 contrast ratio. As expected the new device features the A4 chip, a second mic for noise cancellation, and a front-facing camera, a 5MP rear camera with an LED flash. The new updated camera system supports HD video as well (720p at 30 fps). The battery has been improved and is expected to get 7 hours of talk time, 10 hours of browsing or video.
We are still waiting on more details, including pricing and availability. We will update this post as soon as we get more information.
Update: The font-facing camera is indeed for video chat, called "FaceTime." The phone comes in black or white (including the face), but still is limited to 16GB or 32GB... $199 and $299 respectively. And the answer we've all been waiting for... available on June 24, with pre-orders starting on June 15.
As you are probably aware, Steve Jobs is set to deliver a keynote at WWDC 2010 today. Unfortunately, we couldn't be there this year, thought not for the same reason as Gizmodo. Several blogs, such as Engadget or Boy Genius Report, are posting live blogs of the keynote, and we will be posting updates as we find out the important news of the day.
Be on the lookout for a new iPhone (HD, A4 Chip, Video Chat), and a late rumor that Safari 5 might be introduced as well.
We've offered our fair share of rumors and speculations on the new iPhone, but most people agree it will be announced on Monday at WWDC 2010. So what do you do with your old phone when you upgrade? A company out of Kansas City, iResQ, offers an option to buy back your 3G or 3GS iPhone without the headaches, hassles, or risks associated with Craigslist or eBay. iResQ offered a similar program in 2008 when the iPhone 3G was released.
The program from iResQ seems to be fairly simple and straight forward and includes the amounts they will pay for various iPhone models.
According to Boy Genius, AT&T store reps have been given new sales quotas for the month of June which are so high the quota couldn't be met without a new device. BGR also offered an interesting take on the launch day, for those of you filling out the Official WWDC 2010 Rumor Scorecard. They predict the next iPhone will be available on a Friday. So instead of the June 21, which I predicted, they are suggesting June 18.
If it has to be a Friday, then why not June 11? The sooner the better, I say.
PowerBook Medic obtained new images of white iPhone 4G prototype parts and has posted them online. Apple first began offering a white-case iPhone 3G in 2008, but only for the high-end 16GB models. With the 3GS you could get either white or black with either the 16GB or the 32GB. What all of these white case models have in common, though, is only the back of the case was white - the front remained a shiny black. Looking at the new parts, it looks like the front of case may also come in white!