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Dear Reader,

My first summer course is finally finished which means I have more time too spend updating you guys on what’s going on in the world of technology!

First things first, I have some future plans for the site that are still in the works. They may not all work but at the moment they are looking very promising. I won’t get into too much detail right now but I will leave you with a little hint. Vloging. If you don’t know what that is GOOGLE IT!

Lets get down too the serious business stuff now. That’s right everyone, I’m no Gizmodo, if I were I would be very famous and in a lot of trouble a lot of the time!

The iPhone 4 is made its debut release today in the US, UK, France, Germany and in Japan.

The next few articles I have decided to devote to the new iPhone 4. In these articles I will be taking you all through the run down on Apple’s new latest and greatest toy from the new features it brings in both design and it’s specs along with discovered problems, glitches and possible design flaws. Following this I will be serving a light lunch with a side of release dates, wireless provider contract information and finish off with a light ( and yet quite fluffy) desert of hear say on the Canadian release for the iPhone 4 in terms of what to expect from it.

Therefore this introductory article will cover the first aspect of the iP4, which is the hardware design.

‘AMG ITS SOOO PURRRRRTY’

The new iP4 will bring us an all-new look from the previous 3G and 3Gs models.

Here is a Tech Spec sheet taken from Apple’s website for you to see clearly what we have going on here.

The Run-Down:

Obviously we see that the iP4 is a lot thinner in comparison to its predecessors in the iP3G and 3Gs. Jobs said this, about its ‘thinness’ at the recent WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference).

‘In fact it is the thinnest Smartphone on the planet’

‘It’s the thinnest Smartphone ever.’

‘It is 24% thinner then the iPhone 3GS.’

Big words from Mr. Jobs. I have not been able to find data on whether or not the iP4 is indeed the thinnest Smartphone on the planet, however we can see from the above picture that it is indeed quite skinny.

Pump up the Volume:

It has taken on a more traditional phone design so that its backside is flat and not fat. Some of you might be jumping with joy at this aspect. Personally I like the idea of both. I always enjoyed the abstract bubble butt that the 3G and 3Gs had.  Again though that’s just me.

Secondly we see that the volume controls have been separated this time around giving the user a more controlled feeling when fiddling with the sound. This is definitely a nice touch. However I think Apple has definitely dropped the ball on this one. Being an owner of a MacBook Pro (2009 model) the battery check button is very similar if not identical to the volume controls on the new iP4. When I first bought the MacBook Pro the button was fantastic. Very ‘clicky’ etc. However over time dust and grit began to collect in the void between the actual button and the rest of the computer’s frame. This caused the ‘clickyness’ of the button to drop significantly and at times the button completely stopped working. The only way to get around this problem is to take a needle or something similar and physically clean out the grooves of the button. I am hoping that this problem will not be replicated in the new iP4 but only time will tell.

Antenna:

The next big thing to discuss is Apple’s revolutionary concept of the antenna. In every phone seen on the market in recent years, phone designers have seen it fit to build the antenna of the phone inside the body itself. The problem with this is that the plastic, metal and other didgeridoo’s inside the phone could potentially block much of the signal strength.  Apple has changed this drastically on the iP4. Instead of building the antenna inside, the actually titanium frame of the phone is the antenna. Queue crazy OMG THIS IS AMAZINGS and applause. What this initially does for the quality of hardware in the phone, is it creates more room inside the phone to allow for a large battery. Longer battery life = omg so guuuud. Apple follows this up with making the iP4 usable through micro sim cards, which allows for extra room inside the phone as well, for not just a large battery but also to be able to incorporate not just one camera in the back and but an additional VGA- quality camera in the front to used for Face-Time.

So great things are meant to come from this design oh yes….

BUT….

Oh yes dear friends there is a ‘But’. The ingenious inception of this new antenna has possible drawbacks. It seems from around 50-60 iP4 reviews from consumers who obtained their iP4 a day early of the expected launch on June 24th, are having serious problems with their phone’s signal.

It seems that on a flat surface like a table, the iP4 signal strength (with AT&T) is quite strong with 4 out of the 5 bars showing. However as soon as the phone is picked up and held properly (meaning securely) the bars begin to decrease until the iP4 is searching for the provider’s signal. This lead to a ruckus (that’s right I said ruckus). Many people were experiencing different outcomes. Some who had no apparent signal could still make calls (both FaceTime and regular) without problems. However others would experience drop calls every time. There is video proof (if you can call it that) by some reviewers.

Apple has stated that the signal display problem is simply a software glitch due to the new iS04. Some people have stated the same issues when using their 3G or 3Gs with the iS04.

If this is a software glitch within in the new operating system, Apple has stated that a future firmware update will fix the problem. However if it does end up being a major design flaw then Apple will have a serious problem on its hands. The idea of recalling all purchased iP4’s is an answer, however if it is a design flaw, then Apple will most likely have to create a new design for the phone which may hinder replacement phones reaching consumers in an adequate amount of time.

In Apple’s keynote this year at the WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference), Steve Jobs stated this when presenting the new and innovative engineering of the antennas:

‘It turns out this is part of some brilliant engineering that uses part of this steel band that is part of the antenna system. And so one piece is Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS and the other is UMTS and GSM. So its got these integrated antennas right in the structure of the phone, and its never been done before. It’s really cool engineering.’

Well Mr. Jobs, if these signal issues that some consumers are experiencing are just ‘one off’ problems with their specific iP4’s and not a massive design flaw that the majority of all iP4 consumers will have to experience, I will completely agree with you. However if this is a major design flaw that many of us will have to deal with then, when you stated that ‘It’s never been done before’, maybe it hasn’t been done before for good reason?

Following is a video from YouTube.com showing an iP4’s signal issue done by a consumer. The test seems pretty legit, but you should decide for yourself.

With this reader, I shall leave you to make up your own minds on the pros and cons being discovered at this time.  The next article will focus on the iP4’s ‘Retina Display’. Again I will discuss the pros and the apparent cons that some consumers are already experiencing.

Ta ta for now,

ARaey

p.s.

Please feel free to respond with your own opinions on the iP4. I would love to hear from some of you who have actually gotten your hands on one. Have you seen any of the above problems on your phone? If you have, how have dealt with it. If you haven’t what are your opinions on the hype?

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