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Wired forecast the iPad's existence in 1999 - Boing Boing

Apple - Smartphone Antenna Performance

Apple Yanks iPhone-based "Chatroulette" App | PCMag.com

YouTube - Reality distortion field remains strong

Apple iPad Launches In Nine More Countries Friday - PCWorld

FY 10 Third Quarter Results Conference Call

Google quietly kills its once-hyped Nexus One phone - CNN.com

TRON for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown | Magazine

'Filemaker Go' Released for iPhone and iPad - Mac Rumors

AppleInsider | Rumors of Apple charging iPad owners for iOS 4 upgrade are false

Mili Power Spring Black Extended Battery for iPhone 4 at MobileCityOnline.com

My TV Remote for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Flashlight App Briefly Brought Unofficial Tethering To The iPhone - iPhone Hacks

Don't Hold It Wrong

Motorola says Droid X eFuse security won't brick your phone

Skype for iPhone gets multitasking, ditches hated 3G-calling fee - CNET Reviews

How a 15-yo Kid Tricked Apple With a Disguised iPhone Tethering App

iOS 4 and iPhone 3G is a match made in... what's the opposite of heaven?

Bicyclist allegedly steals iPhone during GPS demo  - CNET News

Nokia Profit Plunges; Banks on New Device for Revival - BusinessWeek

Comex To Release Spirit Like Jailbreak For iPhone 4 Soon |

Statement by Apple on White iPhone 4

BlindType: It’s A Keyboard, Jim, But Not As We Know It :: App Advice

FaceTime iPod Touch, iPad Coming Soon: Will Use Email Address | The APPera

Create Free iPhone Ringtones Using Only iTunes [How To] | Cult of Mac

Droid X Also Infected With Apple's iPhone 4 Antenna Plague |

Most iPhone users love AT&T - Jul. 23, 2010

Apple's 3rd party iPhone 4 cases arriving in late September? | 9 to 5 Mac

RazorianFly » YouTube hybrid embed player for html5

Dev-Team Blog - Blob banter

Delay on iPhone Upsets South Korea - WSJ.com

Spirit Jailbreak for iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 3.2.1 and iPod touch 3G Delayed | Redmond Pie

iPhone 4 Retina Display vs. Galaxy S Super AMOLED... fight! (updated) -- Engadget

iPhone 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S: displays at full brightness - Engadget Galleries

MacDailyNews - U.S. government makes iPhone jailbreaking, unlocking legal

New Gov't Rules Allow Unapproved IPhone Apps : NPR

Govt.-Approved iPhone Jailbreaking Won't Help Users - PCWorld

Big App Show for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

EFF wins enormous victory against DRM: legal to jailbreak iPhones, rip DVDs for mashup videos - Boing Boing

YouTube - 2 year old dances to trololo song on iPad

 

 

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Jailbreak iOS 4 iPod touch 3G and 2G - Redmond Pie

Rumor: AT&T giving 3G MicroCells to long-standing customers - TUAW

Apple deleting mentions of Consumer Reports' iPhone 4 piece on forums, can't delete your thoughts -- Engadget

iPhone 4: The Consumer Reports fiasco - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech

iPhone 4 carrier unlock teased, not released just yet -- Engadget

Amazon.com: Mophie Juice Pack Case 

EXOGEAR iPhone Battery Case - Exolife

5.6 and 7-inch OLED iPad rumors surface | ZDNet

Daring Fireball: iPhone 4 3G Data Performance

Apple has an ally; Electromagnetic engineer says Consumer Reports iPhone 4 study flawed CNET Reviews

Survey: iPhone tops satisfaction, planned purchase numbers | Macworld

YouTube - David Letterman - Bad iPhone Top Ten

Apple iPhone Antenna Defenders Speak Out: Yeah, They Exist - PCWorld

UPDATE 2-Apple to hold iPhone press conference Friday

Add Bluetooth to the iPhone 4 list of woe | ZDNet

Consumer Reports Electronics Blog: Apple’s Bumper case alleviates the iPhone 4 signal-loss problem

The iPhone Antenna: It’s Complicated « Velocity - Forbes.com

Apple Engineer Told Jobs IPhone Antenna Might Cut Calls - Bloomberg

iOS 3.2.1 delivers iPad Wi-Fi fixes, more | Macworld

iPhone 4 Meets The GripOfDeathInator - AntennaSys Blog - AntennaSys, Inc.

YouTube - Song A Day #561: The iPhone Antenna Song

The iPhone 4 Redux: Analyzing Apple's iOS 4.0.1 Signal Fix & Antenna Issue - AnandTech

Live iPhone 4 press event coverage – gdgt live

Live from Apple's iPhone 4 press conference -- Engadget

Macworld | Live Update: iPhone 4 Press Conference

Apple - Smartphone Antenna Performance

The Associated Press: Apple: iPhone 4 drops more calls than iPhone 3GS

Steve Jobs confirms: Android outselling iPhone - Fortune Tech

Motorola Is Willing To Break the Phone They Just Sold You

Bumper and all, Consumer Reports still doesn't recommend iPhone 4 - CNN.com

Apple's condescending iPhone 4 press conference. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine

Apple did the right thing, but it'll cost 'em - Technology & science - Wireless - msnbc.com

iOS 4.1 features: AVRCP stereo Bluetooth controls | TiPb

KansasFest -- Apple II Forever!

Why I’m Craigslisting My iPads

VIRTUALIDA : Why I Won’t Be Craiglisting My iPad

iPhone 4 Press Conference VIDEO: Watch Steve Jobs Announce iPhone 4 Free Case Offer

RIM Co-CEOs Comment On Apple Antenna Claims - FOXBusiness.com

Apple’s Claims About Other Phones — There’s a Response for That - Digits - WSJ

Dev-Team Blog - ultrasn0w is growing!

Spirit

Rivals Hit Back at Apple Over iPhone 4 'Death Grip' Claims | PCMag.com

HTC: Apple Drawing HTC Into iPhone 4 Problems Unacceptable - WSJ.com

 

Review - Plantronics 975 BT Head Set

 

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Update 2:  No Recall.  Apple will give free cases to everyone that buys an iPhone through September 30th - if you already purchased a bumper case they will refund the purchase.  More about the meeting on ep 138 early next week. 

 

As the title of this post suggests and conventional wisdom is now indicating an iPhone 4 recall announcement is all but a certainty when Apple has its special media even tomorrow at 10:00 AM PT.  However when it comes to conventional wisdom and Apple - history is not on the side of conventional wisdom.  Remember the iPod Touch 3rd gen with a camera, or the iPad that was not going to be called an iPad or that said iPad would be on Verizon.  Those were all conventional wisdom that Apple did not go along with. And what about the time of the event - 10:00 AM PT when the markets are still open in NY.  That timing seems odd - especially for a major recall announcement from a company with regards to its biggest individual product.  Why not push the event out a couple of hours until after the markets close. That seems even more obvious than the issues from touching an exposed antenna.  

If you are not aware iOS 4.0.1 is officially out for the iPhone 4 and its effect on fixing the Antenna bars dropping issue is negligible at best. I can with a tight death grip get the iPhone 4 to drop 3 bars - however now that the first bar is so much bigger I don't seem to feel as bad.  It is however now much harder to get 5 bars on the iPhone 4.  

There are some very good posts out there on what to expect tomorrow and one in particular from MG Siegler from Techcrunch is very well done.  

But what if Apple throws conventional wisdom out the window and Steve gets up there and shows data on the iPhone 4 having 10 to 15 dB better reception performance than the 3GS when not held with the death grip and only 5 to 10 dB worse performance when held tightly with the death grip.  Then Steve offers up a free bumper or gift card for all iPhone 4 owners.  And then does the completely unexpected and announces the iPhone 4 will be available in XX days on Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.  I just heard from a good friend in the electronic components industry that his good friend told him Fox Con is already building the CDMA versions of the iPhone 4.  Yeah I know a friend of a friend - almost sounds like something from Digitimes or BGR.  Not that I really think this will happen - just throwing it out there as a possible anti-conventional wisdom possibility.  

 

If you have thoughts on what will happen tomorrow or if you have upgraded to iOS 4.0.1 please share your experience / thoughts below.

 

Update: Some listener email feedback

Hi Rob,

Just thought I'd share an experience I had this morning while eating
breakfast at a McDonald's in my area. I was sitting with my girlfriend
when I pulled out my iPhone 4 to check the weather. A group of elderly
people were sitting at the table next to us. One of them saw my phone
and asked me if it was "that new apple phone that was going to get
recalled". I said "well it the new apple phone but I'm pretty sure it
isn't going to be recalled". This group then began asking about the
antenna issues that had been in the news and were curious if I had any
problems. I told them that yes the signal does appear to drop but that
rarely results in a dropped call. Another group at a table also
nearby, this time with a group of 30-ish age people then joined the
conversation saying that they ha gotten android phones because of the
reported issue with the iPhone 4.
  I guess I hadn't realized just how big of a public perception
problem this antenna thing is. Apple is in some serious trouble if a
group of random people of various ages are all aware of the reported
issues. Anyway, I hope apple can do something to alleviate the
problem.

Regards,
Jason

 

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Apple - iPhone - Tips and Tricks

Apple releases troubleshooting article updates for iPhone and iOS devices  - CNET

Ducati Commercial Shot with Apple iPhone 4

iMovie App Works Perfectly Fine On A Hacked iPhone 3GS - iPhone Hacks

AppleInsider | iAd report: Apple's iOS 4 will reach iPad in November

iPad blasts past Android in usage share | ZDNet

How To Install iMovie on iPhone 3GS | Cult of Mac

AppleInsider | Apple issues iOS 4 fix for Exchange ActiveSync issues

Apple - Support - Discussions - 3G data speed on iPhone 4 is painfully ...

Bugs & Fixes: Seven iOS 4 troubleshooting tips | Macworld

Slow iOS4 runs faster on iPhone 3G with no Safari web pages open : Beatweek Magazine

Dev-Team inching closer to carrier unlock for iPhone 4 | MacFixIt - CNET

Apple Pulls Apps Citing Fraud - WSJ.com

Apple releases iPhone OS 2.1

iPhone 4 exceeds talk time promises | iPhone Atlas - CNET

indie's Adventures on the Pacific Crest Trail 2010

YouTube Mobile Site Launches for HTML5-Capable Devices - PCWorld

UPDATED: Best Buy to iPhone/Evo video guy: Welcome back. But he'll pass | Dollars & Sense

YouTube Mobile Site Trumps Dedicated iPhone App - PCWorld

Facebook | AT&T

AppleInsider | Apple's new iPod touch rumored to have 5MP camera, FaceTime

Gadgets -Dell's Streak Set to Arrive in the U.S. - But When?

Fring update approved for iPhone, does video calling with front cam over 3G -- Engadget

 

 

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Brushes

Keynote

iExit

Doodle God

Vlingo

Siri

 

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How to Get Your Address Book Birthday Calendar on Your iPad Using MobileMe - wikiHow

Place Your Bets - Gadgetwise Blog - NYTimes.com

New Uses For Your Old iPhone

How to sell your old iPhone

Jailbreak How-To: Back Up Apps in Rock and Cydia | TiPb

iTunes 9.2: The iPhone cannot be synced

The parents of five children think the iPad ads are gendered.

AppFest Lets iPad, iPhone App Fans Meet Their Maker

Downgrade iOS 4.0 [Final] to iOS 3.1.3 Gadgets DNA

Lawsuit Claims Apple, AT&T Promoted ‘Deceptive’ Data Plans | Wireless Week

Bloomberg: Verizon iPhone coming in January? | Signal Strength - CNET News

Verizon iPhone coming in January? | Technology | Los Angeles Times

Verizon will finally offer the iPhone in January (report) | VentureBeat

iPhone on Verizon: 5 Reasons to Doubt the Latest Rumors - PCWorld

Hulu Launches Premium Video Subscription Service -- Online Video -- InformationWeek

Apple Sued Over New IPhone Reception Problems by Consumers - BusinessWeek

Here come the iPhone 4 antenna-gate class-action lawsuits - Computerworld Blogs

Apple hiring iPhone antenna engineers for some reason -- Engadget

Steve Jobs Is In Serious Denial Over iPhone 4 Antenna Issue (AAPL)

Letter from Apple Regarding iPhone 4

Daring Fireball: Translation From Apple's Unique Dialect of PR-Speak to English of the 'Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4'

Apple denies iPhone 4 e-mail exchange claim - Technology & science - Wireless - msnbc.com

Antenna Expert: Apple is Right, iPhone 4 Signal Woes Overblown - PCWorld

Apple's iPhone 4: Thoroughly Reviewed - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News

Puzzlement for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Best Buy Firing Employee Because He Makes A Funny Video That Doesn't Even Mention Best Buy | Techdirt

YouTube - tinywatchproductions's Channel

Apple Dumps iPhone 4 Restocking Fee | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

iPhone 4 defenders debunk reception, 'grip of death' issues

iPhone 4 Retina Display Vs Motorola Droid X Vs Droid Incredible Vs EVO 4G | Gadgets DNA

HowTo Tie a Tie for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

YouTube - iPhone 4 Antenna Tech Support Call

Unlock iPhone 3.1.3 05.11.07 Baseband with Blacksn0w | Redmond Pie

Boy Genius Geller Paid 4 iPhone 4 Steve Jobs' Death Grip Emails- Yes-Buts, Source of iPhone 4 Exchange Named - WIRELESS AND MOBILE NEWS

App Store chicanery powered by iTunes account fraud

iTunes Accounts Hacked [WARNING]

iTunes accounts hacking more widespread than initially thought. The facts, and what you should do.

App Store, Hacked. (Updated: iTunes Accounts too.)

I think my iTunes account was hacked? - Page 5 - Mac Forums

iTunes accounts hacked by shady developer? | alexbrie . com

Apple’s app store, filled with “App farms” being used to steal. [Examples]

 

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There are a lot of posts popping up this past weekend about iTunes being "Hacked".  While "Hacked" does not appear to be an accurate description - as it appears no rouge hackers broke through the walls and stole passwords from users randomly. What it does look like is in Apple's "Pristine" walled garden there are lots of weeds.  I for one have said iTunes and Apples ability to control what goes on in iTunes is in the long run a key advantage over the Android eco system.  However that is only true if Apple does their part - and right now that does not appear to be the case.  The current incident appears to be where some less than reputable App developers have taken purchasing / account info from users of some of their apps to purchase their other apps. 

 

See the following for more info:

The Next Web - Apples App Store Filled with "App Farms"

 

TUAW - App Store Chicanery powered by iTunes account fraud

 

Mashable - iTunes Accounts Hacked

 

The Next Web - iTunes accounts hacking more widespread than initially thought

 

Alexbrie - iTunes accounts hacked by shady developer?

 

Again I don't think from what I read that "Hacked" is an accurate description - I think "Shady developers mis-use iTunes accounts" would be a better description.  Reading through the one post from The Next Web - they mention some of the developers doing App farms and if these developers are responsible for the illegal activities and Storm8 is one of the guilty parties as mentioned by The Next Web - then I think Apple has shown they have not done their job in policing the iTunes App store.  Back on Episode 104 I mentioned a post on Boing Boing - iPhone game dev accused of stealing players phone numbers  -  At the time I had this to say on the show:

Ok - what I am not sure on this next one is what shocks me / surprises me the most - And this is per the story about how the company storm8 is being sued for harvesting cell numbers of the iPhones where the app was installed. What I am not sure on which surprises me the most - is one that they did this after what was reported earlier this summer with a company in Switzerland doing the same - or that Storm8 and their games are still in the App store - and some were free ones I even talked about in the past - World War, Vampires Live, Ninjas live, iMobster and more - although I think I only talked about World War. Which by the way sucked and I removed from my iPhone long ago. I am really shocked apple has not just kicked them out. They are claiming it was a bug - you know they type of bug where you accidentally climbed up on a chair and reached up on the fridge and were reaching into the cookie jar when your parents turned the light on - type of bug. Yeah. And Boo boo boo storm8

 

I am not saying Storm8 has stollen users passwords and put false charges on users account - I don't now that one way or the other - but to even see them mentioned and one of their Apps mentioned in some of the posts on this subject leads me to think where the is smoke there is fire.  And if they do in fact prove to be one of the guilty parties - Apple had been given warning about these guys back in 2009 and did NOTHING.  Just like they have done nothing with the App developers that have paid for their reviews.

 

Bogus iTunes App Reviews 

 

More Bogus App reviewers and reviews

 

That's right Apple having it brought to their attention of bogus paid app reviews in iTunes back on April 30th has done nothing and taken no actions with regards to the App reviewers taking payola for app reviews or the ones paying for the App reviewers.  Apple was made aware of Storm8 in 2009 and did nothing.  Apple has weeds in their walled garden, those weeds have been brought to their attention and it sure looks like Apple is not interested in yanking out those weeds.  This in my opinion is a bigger issue than anything that may or may not be wrong with the iPhone 4.  It is the eco system stupid and it sure looks like Apple is not on top of their developers. 

 

 

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Analyst Challenges Apple's iPhone 4 'Retina Display' Claims | PCMag.com

iPhone 4 screen seemingly scratch-proof, but not unbreakable

Urban Dictionary: CrotchTime

Experts weigh in on iPhone 4 display quality

SquareTrade Study Finds iPhone 3GS Model 20 Percent More Reliable Than 3G Model

The complete guide to the iPhone's new OS - Gizmodo- msnbc.com

More than a quarter of iPhones break within 2 years - Computerworld

Dev-Team Blog - foursome news

iPhone 4 Teardown - Page 3 - iFixit

AFP: Apple delays white iPhone 4 in manufacturing glitch

Apple responds to iPhone 4 reception issues: you're holding the phone the wrong way -- Engadget

Statement by Apple on White iPhone 4

No friends with new iPhones? FaceTime with Apple instead

YouTube - iPhone 4 Drop Test by iFixYouri.com

iOS 4.0.1 may tackle iPhone 4's antenna problems | Electronista

Verizon iPhone 4 No Longer In Verizon’s Area Of Interest? | USA News Week

Steve Jobs on iPhone 4: "No Reception Issues, Stay Tuned"  - CBS News

The iPhone 4 Death Grip saga - Fortune Tech

iPhone 4 Video Sex Chat Services Already Staffing Up

iPhone 4 Sales Top 1.7 Million

iPhone 4 stockouts: 60% of Apple Stores, 100% of the rest - Fortune Tech

Mac News: Reviews: One Giant Leap for an iPhone

Lawsuit Brewing Over iPhone 4 Antenna Issues? - PCWorld

Possible fix for iPhone 4 signal problems available? | MacFixIt - CNET Reviews

Does adjusting or trimming the iPhone 4's micro SIM fix the antenna issue? Probably not. -- Engadget

Leak shows Apple's spin on iPhone 4 flaws - CNN.com

Apple Can't Wish Away iPhone 4 Antenna Woes - PCWorld

How bad is the iPhone 4's signal loss? - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech



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