iPhone 4

A site about Siri responses:)

STSS, aka Shit That Siri Says, is rather fun, and shows what a deep understanding Apple has of their market. They knew people would push the envelope, and have shown a lot of style in being ready for it.

But this is for me to enjoy later – right now, i must work on a better understanding of IEEE procedures, not enjoy this site – oh what fun though! must…resist..

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Translation From Apple’s Unique Dialect of PR-Speak to English of the ‘Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4′

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Translation From Apple’s Unique Dialect of PR-Speak to English of the ‘Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4’

Friday, 2 July 2010

Source: “Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4”.

The iPhone 4 has been the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. It has been judged by reviewers around the world to be the best smartphone ever, and users have told us that they love it. So we were surprised when we read reports of reception problems, and we immediately began investigating them. Here is what we have learned.

We cannot believe we had to write this fucking letter.

To start with, gripping almost any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by 1 or more bars. This is true of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as many Droid, Nokia and RIM phones.

We cannot believe we’re getting shit for this.

But some users have reported that iPhone 4 can drop 4 or 5 bars when tightly held in a way which covers the black strip in the lower left corner of the metal band. This is a far bigger drop than normal, and as a result some have accused the iPhone 4 of having a faulty antenna design.

(No translation necessary.)

At the same time, we continue to read articles and receive hundreds of emails from users saying that iPhone 4 reception is better than the iPhone 3GS. They are delighted. This matches our own experience and testing. What can explain all of this?

It really is a better antenna and gets better reception, overall, than any previous iPhone. That’s really the hell of this whole goddamn situation. It’s like a two steps forward, one step back design, except maybe more like three steps forward, because this thing is faster at downloading, 10 times faster at uploading, and most importantly is better at not dropping calls with a weak signal. But, yes, there’s that one step back, wherein it can suffer from unintended attenuation when you bridge the lower-left antenna gap with your skin, and frankly, we’re a little pissed that this one step back is getting all the attention.

We have discovered the cause of this dramatic drop in bars, and it is both simple and surprising.

We are going to blame AT&T.

Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars.

We decided from the outset to set the formula for our bars-of-signal strength indicator to make the iPhone look good — to make it look as if it “gets more bars”. That decision has now bitten us on our ass.

Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.

Yes, with no case on the phone, your signal strength can drop by about 20 or even 30 percent depending how you hold the phone. We’re going to change the bar algorithm so that you’ll only lose one bar (maybe two, if you’re holding the phone obnoxiously tight or have gross sweaty palms) if you’re holding it that way.

To fix this, we are adopting AT&T’s recently recommended formula for calculating how many bars to display for a given signal strength. The real signal strength remains the same, but the iPhone’s bars will report it far more accurately, providing users a much better indication of the reception they will get in a given area. We are also making bars 1, 2 and 3 a bit taller so they will be easier to see.

We are braced for the backlash when, after installing this update, people who weren’t experiencing any problems at all with their iPhones start complaining, loudly, that their phones which used to get five bars now only get three or two or whatever from the same locations, and we all know — us and everyone reading this — that Gizmodo will immediately declare that the update has made iPhone 4 reception worse, even though we’ve just explained that we’re not changing anything related to actual reception, but rather only to how we indicate signal strength.

We will issue a free software update within a few weeks that incorporates the corrected formula. Since this mistake has been present since the original iPhone, this software update will also be available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.

(No translation necessary.)

We have gone back to our labs and retested everything, and the results are the same — the iPhone 4’s wireless performance is the best we have ever shipped. For the vast majority of users who have not been troubled by this issue, this software update will only make your bars more accurate. For those who have had concerns, we apologize for any anxiety we may have caused.

Don’t fuck this thing up for us. We mean, have you seen the Retina Display?

As a reminder, if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.

We dare you.

And take your class action suits filed four days after we released the goddamn thing and stick them up your fucking asses.

We hope you love the iPhone 4 as much as we do.

Seriously, have you seen it?

Thank you for your patience and support.

Don’t hold it that way, or buy a case.

Brilliantly funny – nsfw language, but oh so cleverly used:)
The Daring Fireball site is ALWAYS clever, witty, and laugh out loud genius.
Scary insightful, too…

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What The iPhone 4 Tells Us About The iPad2

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The speculation begins The iPhone version 4 is out, we need  new series of Apple rumours to sustain us, we feed off them. Give us a conspiracy, a theory – anything!!! The iPhone 4 is a day old, iPad is two whole months – we are well overdue to start debating next versions of both I say!

Thankfully, we are rescued by Gizmodo Australia and  What The iPhone 4 Tells Us About The iPad 2.

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Why Open Source needs Apple – and so does the rest of the industry…

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I know. The new shinys are out.

iPhone 4 first hands-on! (update: FaceTime video demo)

iPhone 4 vs. iPhone 3GS: the tale of the tape
iPhone OS 4 unveiled, adds multitasking, shipping this summer

I love the iPhone 4, but still love my 3Gs, am in no hurry to upgrade, no need:) The software upgrade to 4.0 OS will be snazzy and spiffy, but I am a tad disappointed that the iPhone OS 4 not coming to the iPad until the fall. (I am trying to figure out when that actually is).

Yet we all know what a closed wall system Apple is. How on earth can that be good for FLOSS – Free / Libre Open Source Software? Well, it is just the kick that developers need. Hardware and software. Apple really sets a benchmark in how beautiful their hardware and software can be, they make objects that are actually amazing to use – and they set the level. Android is a case in point. Google is doing amazing things with Android, but I don’t think anyone actually thinks they are not following what Apple does, and striving to better it, do even more amazing things.

Hardware manufacturers are all now falling over themselves to make amazing tablet devices, similar to the iPad – tablets were dead in the water, despite Microsoft making many attempts – including the much under rated and (when I had one, utterly admired) HPT1100. People do not want a tablet with a stylus. Apple has totally made developers rethinks how people interact – the tactile experience of moving apps around a screen – the notion of an onscreen keyboard you could actually touch as preferred input was anathema until Apple did it, and did it so well.

Smart phones generally follow the Apple path now. (Except that noted hold out, Blackberry, which s a class unto itself, and good luck to them). Phone manufacturers have looked to Android as a saviour, as their in house attempts (I am looking at you, PalmOS) were going nowhere, fast.

OSX Snow Leopard, the current version of the Apple Operating System is clearly the inspiration behind Gnome, the main interface behind the Ubuntu project – the inspiration, but they have done even more amazing things. They lack the polish of the Mac version at times, but there are features I honestly wish Apple would notice and incorporate too. I am certain that while Apple leads the way, they also watch – and learn. When they release, they may release a similar product to existing ones – but it t will take the idea and make it seem as if unrealised before, half imagined, and now a complete vision.

Apple, once a flailing company, bailed out by Bill Gates (one has to wonder how he feels now?), upon Steve Jobs‘ return, has transformed into a maker of technology as almost art.

Steve Jobs will always be Willy Wonka to me – the Gene Wilder version, that menacing, magical dreamer of dreams, harsh with fools, but generous to those who get it.

That is why the hype. Deride us as fanboys (ahem, and girls thank you) all you like, Apple users do not just buy for the shiny name aspect (though one imagines there are always some that buy for brand alone). There are those of us who use their products and fall, like Alice, done the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Or perhaps, even more aptly, we choose to walk through the Looking Glass. (Much more apt – as everyone else is running the Red Queen’s race to catch up…)

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