iPhone 4 released today

After all the waiting, all the leaks, and all the hype leading up to the iPhone 4, it has finally arrived today. If you are one of the lucky ones who didn't get your order canceled by AT&T, or if you lined up outside of the Apple store, then you should be receiving your iPhone 4 today.

Apple initially released the phone today in US, France, Germany, UK, and Japan, with more countries to follow in July and later this year (88 countries total). Apple shipped 600,000 iPhone 4's to retailers across the world, and with its relatively low stock, customers can expect a huge delay in getting their hands on one.

Apple announced the iPhone 4, along with the next firmware version dubbed iOS 4.0, at the beginning of this month. While iOS 4.0 was released for the iPhone 3G/3GS and iPod 2G/3G on June 21, the iPhone 4 hardware was scheduled to release later on in the week to customers.

With the new iPhone, comes new hardware and features:

  • New design made of glass and steel (24% thinner than iPhone 3GS)
  • Apple A4 processor @ 1Ghz
  • 3.5" Retina Display - 326 pixels per inch (960 x 640)
  • Bigger battery (7 hr. 3G talk, 6 hr. 3G browsing, 10 hr. Wi-Fi browsing, 300 hr. standby)
  • Front-facing camera
  • 5 MP camera with LED flash and illuminated sensor (tap to focus)
  • 720p HD video recording with iMovie video editing (iMovie available in App Store for $4.99)
  • microSIM
  • Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, UMTS, GSM (quad-band)
  • 2 microphones
  • Available in 16 GB or 32 GB models
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • 3-axis gyroscope (6-axis motion sensing for gaming)
  • 512MB of RAM
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Touching both antennas at once causing a signal drop is a pretty huge design flaw. Apple should have made the entire bottom portion of the steel band a non-antenna. This is just aweful!

sabrex said,
Touching both antennas at once causing a signal drop is a pretty huge design flaw. Apple should have made the entire bottom portion of the steel band a non-antenna. This is just aweful!

Most people will put a rubber/plastic protection case on their phone and not even notice anymore. Also this problem seems to not effect everyone. My boss got his this morning and I asked him to try and cause the problem with no luck.

Not impressed with apple i dont see what the hype is or why people line up for it. Not impressed with the sky news coverage or its coverage of the ipad. Not flaming apple but the only apple fans i have ever spoken too look down on you because you dont own apple products no thanks.

I'm in no rush for mine. Didn't race to put in a pre-order when the Apple Online Store went live. Mine will be delivered sometime between July 6-8. That's soon enough for me.

If you hold it in your left hand and cover the bottom left corner, the signal drops completely. I'll be waiting for a revision

mm4rley said,
Got mine today, waited 4 hours in the queue in Glasgow but was worth it. The phone feels and looks awesome and im loving the cam quality

4 hours in a queue for a most likely faulty phone...IMO tragic man....lol....

The Yellow blotches issue explained here:

Apple is using a bonding agent called Organofunctional Silane Z-6011 to bond the layers of glass. Apparently, Apple (or more likely Foxconn) is shipping these products so quickly that the evaporation process is not complete. However, after one or two days of use, especially with the screen on, will complete the evaporation process and the yellow "blotches" will disappear.

How do I know? I was involved in pitching Z-6011 to Apple.

Huh, that's interesting. Hopefully true, too.

But with something they're calling a "precision process" to bond the screen and the glass, shouldn't it sit still until it's evaporated? Would this potentially damage the bond?

There were about 50 to 100, maybe more queuing at Cardiff Apple Store, at 2PM!!
The staff were bringing bottles of water etc.

Sucked that I was just buying a keyboard. Can't wait to get my iPhone 4.

Surprised about all the iPhone issues since Apple doesnt normally have that many. Crappy testing IMO or they rushed it out the door. Either way, shows that even the most praised companies have issues....but I suspect most fans to shrug it off and say its not a problem.

techbeck said,
Surprised about all the iPhone issues since Apple doesnt normally have that many. Crappy testing IMO or they rushed it out the door. Either way, shows that even the most praised companies have issues....but I suspect most fans to shrug it off and say its not a problem.

I'm sure some people will shrug it off. But I have always liked Apple products, and I'm quite disgusted that this design flaw with the antenna made it out the door. The only real solution is to get a bumper. Apple, should at the very-least be giving the bumpers away with the phone.

Shadrack said,

I'm sure some people will shrug it off. But I have always liked Apple products, and I'm quite disgusted that this design flaw with the antenna made it out the door. The only real solution is to get a bumper. Apple, should at the very-least be giving the bumpers away with the phone.

At the very least, Apple should be admitting their fault (if they have not already), fixing the issue, and offering fast free replacements.

Shadrack said,

I'm sure some people will shrug it off. But I have always liked Apple products, and I'm quite disgusted that this design flaw with the antenna made it out the door. The only real solution is to get a bumper. Apple, should at the very-least be giving the bumpers away with the phone.

I though the issue was a software issue, not a hardware issue, as many reports are saying the 3GS has the same or related issue after upgrading to iOS4?

techbeck said,

At the very least, Apple should be admitting their fault (if they have not already), fixing the issue, and offering fast free replacements.

The only official word from Apple is they think it is a software problem in how the signal is displayed on the screen. So they have at least (at this point) acknowledged that there is some kind of issue. Right now, they claim is that it doesn't interfere with phone calls, which Engadget has a video that shows otherwise. I don't know the intricacies of their design, but I doubt a software update can fix the issue. In fact, I'm not sure anything short from a hardware redesign would fix the issue... that antenna is really in a bad spot.

I'm afraid the only options folks are going to have are: return the iPhone 4, live with it, get something to cover the antenna up (like a case or the Apple bumpers). I seriously doubt there will be any kind of recall. They knew about this before it went out on the street. They had to.

techbeck said,

At the very least, Apple should be admitting their fault (if they have not already), fixing the issue, and offering fast free replacements.

Replacements wouldn't be an option because if it truly is a hardware issue, the antenna's would have to be redesigned. Maybe offer free plastic/rubber cases? That should fix the issue just the same since it would prevent the bridge between the antenne.

SputnikGamer said,

Replacements wouldn't be an option because if it truly is a hardware issue, the antenna's would have to be redesigned. Maybe offer free plastic/rubber cases? That should fix the issue just the same since it would prevent the bridge between the antenne.

If it is a software issue, then they need to come up with a fix ASAP. If it is a bad hardware design, then need to fix it and offer free replacements for those having the issues...period. Its called good customer service. Just because its a bad hardware design...doesnt mean they they shouldnt offer free replacements. Apple ****ed up...

techbeck said,

If it is a software issue, then they need to come up with a fix ASAP. If it is a bad hardware design, then need to fix it and offer free replacements for those having the issues...period. Its called good customer service. Just because its a bad hardware design...doesnt mean they they shouldnt offer free replacements. Apple ****ed up...

But if its an issue of the two antennas touching, a piece of rub can fix it. there is actually or even logical reason to replace the entire device when it can be fixed that easily and cheaply.

techbeck said,

If it is a software issue, then they need to come up with a fix ASAP. If it is a bad hardware design, then need to fix it and offer free replacements for those having the issues...period. Its called good customer service. Just because its a bad hardware design...doesnt mean they they shouldnt offer free replacements. Apple ****ed up...

Would be amazing for software to just know when you touch the phone and display incorrect signal strength. Seems more like they did not shield the phone properly enough to were the human body electromagnetic field is causing disruptions, or that pieces in the phone are touching when held and causing issues. Either way, huge oversight on something that is Phone first.

shakey said,

Would be amazing for software to just know when you touch the phone and display incorrect signal strength. Seems more like they did not shield the phone properly enough to were the human body electromagnetic field is causing disruptions, or that pieces in the phone are touching when held and causing issues. Either way, huge oversight on something that is Phone first.

I bet they release an update that makes signal strength of 1 bar appear to be 3 bars. Problem solved, right?

Shadrack said,

I bet they release an update that makes signal strength of 1 bar appear to be 3 bars. Problem solved, right?


Maybe.. But what would 4 bars look like? 6 bars? o.O

techbeck said,
Surprised about all the iPhone issues since Apple doesnt normally have that many. Crappy testing IMO or they rushed it out the door. Either way, shows that even the most praised companies have issues....but I suspect most fans to shrug it off and say its not a problem.

They were too busy "leaking" it I guess to worry about the actual functioning of the device. Funny that, didn't any of engadget/gizmodo teardowns find a reception issue? That "leaked" iPhone 4 must have been the ONE that worked!

My wife wants one, but we aren't eligible to upgrade until this winter. Plenty of time to let early adopters work out the kinks.

zeke009 said,
My wife wants one, but we aren't eligible to upgrade until this winter. Plenty of time to let early adopters work out the kinks.

Anyone eligible in the year 2010 is eligible for an upgrade to iPhone 4.

Chad Moran said,

Anyone eligible in the year 2010 is eligible for an upgrade to iPhone 4.


Is that a blanket rule for every mobile operator in the world that offers iPhones?

vanx said,

Is that a blanket rule for every mobile operator in the world that offers iPhones?
Nope, just AT&T, probably because they know their exclusivity ends soon and they want more people locked in.

Chad Moran said,

Anyone eligible in the year 2010 is eligible for an upgrade to iPhone 4.

Which doesn't change what the person you commented on said not to mention you understated who is eligible. The reason anyone who is eligible in 2010 can do it now is because in 6 months, its December. AT&T said that anyone within 6 months of their contract ending is eligible. I am not eligible until the end of December because my contract is up in one year from now.

zeke009 said,
My wife wants one, but we aren't eligible to upgrade until this winter. Plenty of time to let early adopters work out the kinks.

Same here. Can't upgrade my phone till Decemeber 26th. Trying to find some way to get it early without having to pay $300+ to cancel my agreement. Btw, I'm in Canada so I've got absolutely no idea what they're going to be offering. Hopefully its pretty fair.

Heh, but then again, early adopters have a better chance to be able to jailbreak the device in the future. ;P

harjeet said,

Same here. Can't upgrade my phone till Decemeber 26th. Trying to find some way to get it early without having to pay $300+ to cancel my agreement. Btw, I'm in Canada so I've got absolutely no idea what they're going to be offering. Hopefully its pretty fair.

Heh, but then again, early adopters have a better chance to be able to jailbreak the device in the future. ;P

I'm happy December is when mine will be eligible. Christmas discounts

All you have to do is watch CNBC. They are so big apple slappies they should change their TV station. I swear if Jim Goldman saw Steve Job's he may just pee in his pants from being so excited.

Walked past hundreds of people queuing at 3 different phone stores on the way to work in central London this morning. Fair play to queue for that long

http://gizmodo.com/5567907

Wasn't the story about the canceled preorders updated? According to what everyone that reported on it, other than Neowin, the orders that were canceled were from people clicking the submit button more than once and the extras being canceled. I guess Apple and AT&T should have just left those orders in place and sent those people 3 or 4 phones and charged them to avoid bad publicity.... o wait...

SputnikGamer said,
http://gizmodo.com/5567907

Wasn't the story about the canceled preorders updated? According to what everyone that reported on it, other than Neowin, the orders that were canceled were from people clicking the submit button more than once and the extras being canceled. I guess Apple and AT&T should have just left those orders in place and sent those people 3 or 4 phones and charged them to avoid bad publicity.... o wait...


Thats what Apple said...

alfaaqua said,

Thats what Apple said...

Ok well if those people still got their iphones... what they said was correct. If that was apples response, where are the responses from people that got the email saying it is untrue. I know of at least 2 people who accidently ordered 3 phones because they clicked the submit button multiple times at the end of the process. each got messages saying their pre order phone was canceled. both got their preordered phones today. its funny how all the anti apple trolls instantly claim apple is lying about everything and not a single thing they ever say is true without giving any proof. for the two people i know, apple's response was correct.

edit: I called both friends retarded because they should have known better to hit submit on an online purchase more than once...

Dammit none of the three carriers in Canada even have a release date yet. I had heard July 5th, but they have all plastered the iPhone ads on their sites with no solid release date.

sabrex said,
Dammit none of the three carriers in Canada even have a release date yet. I had heard July 5th, but they have all plastered the iPhone ads on their sites with no solid release date.
Yea the new iPhone is coming in July in Canada

Einlander said,
Got 99 problems but the....
Make it an even 100 problems

Hahaha! Biggest problem is the demand is too large! If you think this product is subpar, you really should hold one in your hand just like I'm doing right now oh that's right, you can't get one lol

crazyfish said,

Hahaha! Biggest problem is the demand is too large! If you think this product is subpar, you really should hold one in your hand just like I'm doing right now oh that's right, you can't get one lol


I'm happy with my touch pro 2. i'm a stickler about keyboards

crazyfish said,

Hahaha! Biggest problem is the demand is too large! If you think this product is subpar, you really should hold one in your hand just like I'm doing right now oh that's right, you can't get one lol

I remember being an arrogant pr(ck just like you are now when I got my first iPhone at launch! But now I'm holding my HTC HD2 which on it's worst day, is miles beyond any iPhone. You really should hold one in your hand just as I'm doing right now, oh that's right, you can't because you're locked into an over-priced, feature-starved, proprietary handset with one of the most dismal providers on the planet. rofl Buthey enjoy!

zkid2010 said,
I remember being an arrogant pr(ck just like you are now when I got my first iPhone at launch! But now I'm holding my HTC HD2 which on it's worst day, is miles beyond any iPhone. You really should hold one in your hand just as I'm doing right now, oh that's right, you can't because you're locked into an over-priced, feature-starved, proprietary handset with one of the most dismal providers on the planet. rofl Buthey enjoy!

This.

[quote=zkid2010 said,]

my HTC HD2 which on it's worst day, is miles beyond any iPhone

I don't know about you dude, but as much as I love the Android got to tell you that many of my friends find it too complicated or as they put it "too geeky", most of the people don't even give it a ride before they are trashing it....BTW I cant live without my iTouch 2g, but I will have to, cause iOS 4 slowed it down sooooo much.

Meconio said,
I don't know about you dude, but as much as I love the Android got to tell you that many of my friends find it too complicated or as they put it "too geeky", most of the people don't even give it a ride before they are trashing it....BTW I cant live without my iTouch 2g, but I will have to, cause iOS 4 slowed it down sooooo much.

The HD2 runs Windows Mobile not Android... but anyway... I don't think Android is complicated at all! It's just as easy as the iPhone to configure (the settings are very straightforward); it's just a little more complicated because with Android you're left to do things your own way... you're not forced to use a single piece of software to sync, you can choose your own (or mount your device as a drive), you can use your own contacts/calendar/etc software too, etc..

It is more complicated but you have a lot more freedom. A technophobe would definitely feel more comfortable with an iPhone.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

It is more complicated but you have a lot more freedom. A technophobe would definitely feel more comfortable with an iPhone.

So the average consumer who companies rely on to make profits...