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Never one to shy away from a bit of a bit of hyperbole, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who usually eschews Apple post-earnings' analyst calls, dropped in yesterday to participate in, he said, Apple's first $20 billion quarter earnings call. He also took the time to go off on a 5 minute anti-Android rant, after being prompted by a question. The highlights of the tirade: Apple has 300,000 apps in the App Store (first official confirmation) Android is fragmented and getting more fragmented every day Don't forget Google has admitted current Android versions are not tablet-optimized The upcoming Android tablets will be DOA The minimal size for a tablet is 10", and OEMs will learn that when their Android... Read more...
The latest rumors in terms of a possible Verizon iPhone have been pointing to Q1 in 2011, and today reports were released of Apple suppliers confirming that information. Analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro with Susquehanna Financial Group said that in a note to investors on Wednesday. Fidacaro's research note said that information coming from overseas suppliers indicated Apple will begin manufacturing CDMA iPhones in December, and that the Cupertino, CA company is ready to build 3 million of them that month. Verizon and Sprint use CDMA technology in the U.S., with Verizon the largest wireless carrier in the country, although AT&T is rapidly gaining.  There are other CDMA networks around the world,... Read more...
For better or worse, the late Chris Farley from Saturday Night Live fame is still the great white ninja foretold by ancient legend (and Hollywood), and not Steve Jobs, the Apple CEO who reportedly said he'll never again return to Japan after airport officials wouldn't let him take ninja throwing starts aboard his private jet. That's according to a Japanese tabloid called SPA! Magazine, which reported the incident in its latest issue and ended up re-reported by Bloomberg. As the story goes, Jobs was going through a security check at Kansai International Airport when a scan picked up ninja stars he had purchased in Japan while on a family vacation. Jobs tried to reason with officials that it wouldn't... Read more...
Considering the original source is a tabloid, albeit, a Japanese one, we have our doubts on this story. Still, Bloomberg has reported that Steve Jobs was stopped when exiting Japan in July because he had ninja throwing stars (shuriken) in his carry-on baggage. The report came in SPA! magazine, Bloomberg reported. According to the story, Jobs vowed to never return to Japan. A reminder should be issued that Jobs doesn't fly coach; this was his own private plane, too. That fact was supposedly noted by Steve Jobs as well. Reportedly, Jobs told authorities that wouldn’t make sense for a person to try to hijack his own plane (which is the only part of this report that really makes sense). Apparently,... Read more...
There have been many complaints about the performance of iOS 4.0.x on the older iPhone 3G model, in that the two-year-old model, while supported on iOS 4, runs horribly on the new OS. While Apple has acknowledged the issue, and begun actively investigating it, there hasn't been much real news about a release to fix the issue, until now. The response from Apple CEO Steve Jobs (it's well known that Jobs will occasionally directly answer end user emails), came as a result of the following email: I've waited patiently through 4.0.1 and 4.0.2, looking for a fix that will make my phone work again. I've read the forums that advise me to jailbreak my phone or use some other method so I can downgrade... Read more...
Ever wonder how Apple Computer became the industry icon it is today?  How and why is it that a simple computer manufacturer could endear itself to its customer base so well that some researchers feel that Apple fans are not only just a cult but bordering on religion?  It's not hard to see why certain Apple products are revered so highly among customers, as Apple has been fortunate enough to quite literally revolutionize an entire product category itself more than once in recent history. But where did it all begin?  How did Jobs, Wozniak and a lesser known fellow by the name of Ronald Wayne find their identity in the market and eventually allow Mr. Jobs to grow the company to where... Read more...
Apple's fans are so devoted that they have been called a "cult." A pair of researchers at Texas A&M have gone still further. The professors, Heidi A. Campbell and Antonio C. La Pastina have written a paper that says the sheer adoration and lack of fault-finding by Apple fans isn't a cult, but a religion. The iPhone, after all, has been nicknamed the "Jesus Phone," and long before the researchers used that term in their own paper. According to the researchers, it's this devotion to the church of Apple that keeps users defending its products, even in the face of overwhelming evidence of a real flaw. Apple, it seems, can do no wrong. Fox News spoke to one of the researchers: "The religious-like... Read more...
After losing a battle on Monday with the EFF over jailbreaking iPhones, which the U.S. Copyright Office clarified as legal, Apple decided it wanted to win the war. The company reminded customers that jailbreaking voids their warranty. What it didn't remind folks is how easy it is to un-jailbreak a device. Apple's official (yet unofficial) statement is: “Apple’s goal has always been to insure (sic) that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience. As we’ve said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhones as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable... Read more...
Good luck trying to get your hands on a white iPhone 4 this summer, because there just aren't any to be found. And according to Apple, you're going to have to hang tight for awhile, because daggone it, getting the color right is proving to be more difficult than the company could have ever anticipated. Seriously. Either that, or maybe Apple was afraid you'd hold it wrong and cast a shadow on the device, thereby changing its appearance. "White models of Apple's new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year," Apple said in a statement. "The availability of the more popular iPhone 4... Read more...
In an obvious attempt at stockpiling them, Apple has stripped its $30 iPhone 4 bumper cases from its online store. Apple said last Friday in its press conference to discuss the iPhone 4 "death grip" issue, that it would be providing free cases to customers, at least through Sept. 30th. Right now, the cases are priced at $0, but are also marked as "currently unavailable." Apple announced that a program which will allow an iPhone 4 buyers to request a free case would go live later this week. They added, however, that they could not supply enough bumper cases for all, so they would provide a "choice" to consumers. It is unclear if that means that cheap knock-offs will be an option, or official Apple... Read more...
On Friday morning, during the iPhone 4 press conference, one person in the audience noted that he couldn't get the "death grip" to work with his BlackBerry Bold 9700. The reason, answered Apple CEO Steve Jobs, was the fact that the signal was strong on the Apple Campus. More than that, it was strong not just for AT&T devices. “We’ve got a strong signal here. We have both AT&T and Verizon towers on campus.” It was an offhanded comment, but while people have long known there's an AT&T tower on the Apple campus, knowledge of a Verizon tower came as a surprise to many.  We heard it ourselves, but it took time to sink in. We've long said that's when you will know... Read more...
Jobs wasn't exactly apologizing at the much-anticipated iPhone conference today, but he did acknowledge that the iPhone 4's reception problem when gripped a certain way. An actual hardware fix may or may not be in the works; according to Jobs it's impossible to redesign the antenna without also marring the phones aesthetic. "We're not perfect," Jobs told reporters. "Phones aren't perfect either," adding "but we want to make all of our users happy...It's very hard to escape the conclusion that there is a problem," Jobs said, "but that problem is affecting a very small percentage of our users." The conclusion that the problem is only affecting a small number of iPhone users (0.55 percent) rests... Read more...
Some have criticized Apple CEO Steve Jobs as having a "God complex." Could that have led to the purported antenna "death grip" design flaw? According to an unnamed source speaking to Bloomberg, Jobs was warned about a possible issue during the early stages of the iPhone 4's design.  In fact, according to an anonymous source speaking to Bloomberg, Apple's senior antenna expert, Ruben Caballero, voiced concern to Jobs during the early design phase of the iPhone 4 last year that the external antenna design could lead to dropped calls. Additionally, another anonymous source told Bloomberg that a carrier partner reportedly voiced concerns to Apple as well. It's unclear which carrier; while AT&T... Read more...
You know things are really bad when David Letterman takes time out to skewer you with his Top Ten (either that, or things have become really good). In this case, things are really bad, as David Letterman's Top Ten List on Wednesday was the "Top Ten Signs You've Purchased a Bad iPhone." Of course, Mel Gibson received some air time, too, so the iPhone 4 wasn't the only thing Letterman felt was worthy of ridicule. Here's the list (video below): Top Ten Signs You've Purchased a Bad iPhone 10. To make a call, you have to insert a quarter 9. Automatically answers every call with a computerized, "Yello!" 8. Operates on 20 "D" batteries 7. Pre-loaded with naked photos of Steve Jobs 6. You keep getting... Read more...
Despite the huge publicity around the iPhone 4's antenna design issue, people are still rushing to by the device in droves. While the public loves the device, Consumer Reports however, said that it can't recommend the device based on the reception issue, which it reproduced itself. This isn't to say that Consumer Reports didn't love the device. In fact, its report fairly gushed over the iPhone 4, with them saying that "its score in our other tests placed it atop the latest Ratings of smart phones that were released today." However, it's usage as a phone in which the iPhone 4 suffers, at least if you hold it in such a way as to bridge the gap between antennas on the lower left-hand side. Naturally,... Read more...
Wish you could get Apple CEO Steve Jobs to email you back? It's well-known that he, or someone monitoring his account, will email end users in response to a comment or query. Here is the next best thing. eSarcasm has taken the time to create a Steve Jobs email creator. Indeed, based on their name, you might expect something like this from them. The output you get is sort of what you might expect from an ELIZA-like system. In other words, it's something, but may not really make sense. Certainly, it's not going to be worthy of commenting on, such as these real gems: There are no reception issues. Just avoid holding it that way. A few examples of questions we asked, and how "Steve Jobs" responded:... Read more...
Apple probably needs a laugh about now, and this might be giving them one.  After all, Apple CEO Steve Jobs once famously said that "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone." This Ann Arbor, Michigan woman didn't buy an Android phone for porn, but got it anyway, and preloaded to boot. The reason that Rhonda Lee ended up with porn on her phone is that the HTC EVO 4G she bought wan't new. She bought it from a third-party (read: not corporate) Sprint store, and they said it was new, but that was obviously not the case. There were five video clips on the phone, some as long as 12 minutes. Worse, Lee ended up discovering the clips when she was showing the device, which has been sold... Read more...
Apple's CS reps have their talking points, but those talking points apparently don't cover what to say if someone asks if the upcoming software fix will resolve the iPhone 4's reception issues. The answer that AppleCare gives if you call, is no: the update will not fix the issues. As most people know, at issue is the iPhone 4's external antenna system. Particularly if you hold the device in your left hand and bridge the gap between antennas (shown), and you lose signal strength, data transfer speed, and sometimes even drop calls. The software update that Apple noted was coming in the next few weeks will only correct the way signal bars are displayed on the phone. This way, apparently, you... Read more...
It's down to one person's word against a corporation's, and we will probably never know the truth of the matter. While Apple public relations said that the email exchange purported between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and an angry iPhone 4 customer was faked, BGR, which first reported the incident, is standing by the story, and offered the full email headers for proof. It is true that the entire exchange seemed rather un-Jobs-like in the first place, with Jobs saying the following in response to increasingly irate comments from the iPhone 4 buyer, called "Tom" as a pseudonym: "No, you are getting all worked up over a few days of rumors. Calm down." "You are most likely in an area with very low signal... Read more...
It's a well know fact that Apple CEO Steve Jobs will respond (occasionally) to direct emails sent to him.   That said, some of the conversations are posted at various news sites / blogs, and generally "check out."  In this case, at least according to Apple PR, it seems this example was faux. Apple PR has responded to an email exchange earlier reported to be between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and an angry iPhone 4 customer. First reported by BGR, Apple public relations has said the conversation was faked. Although BGR took the time to not just check the email headers of the messages, and also posted them as well, it is true that these sorts of things are easily changed to make them look like... Read more...
About the only thing anyone talks about nowadays with regards to the iPhone 4 is not how great it is, but how it discriminates against lefties. Seriously, Apple is sticking by its guns, and it's interesting to read what they have told their AppleCare reps to use as "the message." BGR has received a report from an insider on the talking points AppleCare reps are supposed to use. One thing for sure: no free bumpers are to be given to anyone. Keep all of the positioning statements in the BN handy – your tone when delivering this information is important. The iPhone 4’s wireless performance is the best we have ever shipped. Our testing shows that iPhone 4’s overall antenna performance... Read more...
We have predicted in the past that Verizon would get the iPhone in early 2011.  We based this on just how "generous" AT&T was with iPhone 4 upgrades.  It seems we may have been on the mark. Bloomberg is reporting that two unnamed sources (what other kind is there?) are telling them that Verizon Wireless will start selling iPhones in January, ending AT&T's exclusive hold on the device.   This would be a major plus for Apple, as well as Verizon.  It's no secret while Apple's partnership with AT&T has been profitable for both companies, AT&T's 3G network has strained under the weight of the iPhone.  It's unclear if Verizon will have better luck with the sheer... Read more...
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