According to Bloomberg, it seems that Verizon Wireless may finally start offering the iPhone to customers, starting in January 2011. Many have wondered when AT&T’s exclusive grip on the iPhone would be coming to an end, and “two people familiar with the plans” are pointing to January. As expected, Verizon and Apple spokespersons have declined to comment, but we wouldn’t be shocked if we saw the iPhone 4 drop on Verizon in the new year.
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Sprint just announced their newest Android smartphone, the Samsung Epic 4G. Formerly known as the Galaxy S Pro in the rumor mill, the Epic 4G will launch in “the coming months” and seems feature-packed. For starters, it’s got a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, front-facing VGA camera for video calls, accelerometer, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a landscape QWERTY slider keyboard. Naturally, the Epic 4G will be running Samsung’s customized version of Android 2.1.
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If you’ve got an HTC EVO 4G, you may wanna check for updates, as Sprint has started pushing out the first OTA (over the air) update to their 4G-enabled smartphone. System update 1.47.651.1 is 21.43MB in size, so we are guessing that it’s mostly meant to kill some bugs and optimize some things—but who knows, it may also unlock and enable the 802.11n antenna in the EVO 4G as well. If you get the upgrade, let us know what you find!
We knew that over 600,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders came through before the device even hit the streets, but with the epically massive lines seen during the iPhone 4 launch, we had to wonder if Apple had topped one million sold. Well, this morning we got news that Apple blew way past one million—the company sold over 1,700,000 iPhone 4s in just the first three days of availability.
“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”
The 1.7 million number is based on sales in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Japan. iPhone 4 will go on sale in 18 additional counties by the end of July.
Using FaceTime for the first time is one thing that many new iPhone 4 users were excited about—but what if you don’t have any friends who also have an iPhone 4, currently the only FaceTime-compatible device on the market? Apple is here to help.
Apple support representative are standing by, ready to connect with you on a FaceTime call to give you a tutorial of all the features that FaceTime offers. All you need to do to start is dial 1-888-FACETIME from your iPhone 4 handset. From there, you will be asked a few questions to make sure you are ready to connect over FaceTime, and then you’ll be on a face-to-face call with Apple.
For what it’s worth, we think it’s pretty cool of Apple to offer this basic service. What better way to show the magic of FaceTime than to let the user experience it themselves, first hand, which is something that will never come across the same way in a video tutorial.
FaceTime is one of the major new iPhone 4 features that set the smartphone apart from others, but we’ve been hearing that quite a few people are unable to place a FaceTime call from their iPhone 4, despite both parties being connected to Wi-Fi, which is the only requirement. In fact, we had the same issue when we tried to fire up our first FaceTime chat while at the Apple Store during iPhone 4 launch. I immediately walked over the to Genius Bar, figuring that my iPhone 4 wasn’t recognizing the fact that it had a front-camera or something, and the Genius was stumped, too. He was also in charge of handing out iPhone 4 units, so we didn’t have his full attention anyway. While he was doing his thing, we looked through the Settings area to see if there might be something there. As it turns out, there was.
For whatever reason, not all iPhone 4s are shipping with FaceTime enabled. The person I was with had just bought his iPhone 4, same as I did, and his had FaceTime enabled by default, while mine was disabled by default—both straight out of the box. If you are experiencing the same, first thing you should do is go into Settings, then Phone. Right beneath your phone number will be the FaceTime toggle. Switch it to “ON” and you are good to go.
It’s the eve before the official launch of the iPhone 4, despite some buyers getting theirs early, and we were still left wondering what exactly happened to the white iPhone 4—until now. Apple has finally ponied up with some info, letting us know that the reason for the delay is simply that the white model is “more challenging to manufacture than expected.” If you wanna get one of the white models, you’ll have to wait until the second half of July, which is when Apple expects to have everything sorted out. You can read their official statement below:
Statement by Apple on White iPhone 4
White models of Apple’s new iPhone® 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.
So, you gonna wait?
Looks like Apple‘a got even more trouble brewing as it pertains to the launch of the iPhone 4. According to TheStreet, a shortage in the Retina Display, the 960x640 IPS display that the iPhone 4 uses, has resulted in the initial production rate of the smartphone being cut in half. The original plan was for Apple to churn out 4 million iPhone 4 units per month, but initially it seems that the monthly production rate will be around 2 million. The hope is to have the production issue resolved by August, and definitely by fall, to get production back up to the 4 million per month mark.
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One day before the iPhone 4 arrives to take over the world, Verizon is set to reveal the Motorola Droid X in an official capacity. As you can see from the image above, they aren’t exactly keeping it under wraps—hey, you gotta take all the buzz you can get when you launch one day before the iPhone 4, which has sold over 600,000 units already. So, we will get the full meal deal on June 23 as far as the Droid X goes, but in the meantime we do know that the display on this thing is 4.3-inches in screen size. Definitely very EVO 4G-ish with a display that size. Verizon is also touting the Droid X as having a 720p high definition display, which we are wondering if that’s a mistake. Don’t get us wrong, we’d love to see it, but earlier prototypes had 854x480 screens, and the EVO 4G itself has an 800x480 display. If we find out that the Droid X has a 1080x720 on June 23, we’ll have to bow down to Motorola. This Droid X also has a built-in HDMI port, allowing you to display content on a big screen with the appropriate cable.
We will be keeping an eye out for more Droid X tidbits from now through the 23rd, when everything gets revealed.
UPDATE: Verizon just updated their Droid X teaser, and it now shows “702p Capture.” In other words, it can record 720p HD video, but the screen isn’t HD. So, that’s that!
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Apple just announced that, in the first day of iPhone 4 pre-orders, when all was said and done they had 600,000 units reserved. All of a sudden it becomes crystal clear why people had problems placing an order for the new Apple smartphone, seemingly from the moment it went on sale all the way through…well…right now. Demand for the iPhone 4 is seemingly about ten times higher than what we saw for the iPhone 3GS. Both Apple and AT&T are sold out of day one pre-orders, so if you want to be certain that you’ll get an iPhone 4 on June 24th, you are going to want to line up at one of the other third-party retailers selling iPhone 4 at launch.