From the announcement today:
- iPhone 4 available for Pre-Order for existing customers February 3, 2011
- iPhone 4 available for Online order for everyone, February 10, 2011
- $199 for the 16GB, mobile hotspot included (up to 5 devices)
- $299 for the 32GB, mobile hotspot included (up to 5 devices)
- Verizon iPhone 4 will only be CDMA
- iPhone will NOT handle voice and data at the same time
- iPhone 4 is not exclusive to Verizon
Few jabs at AT&T, but it was a more “down and dirty” announcement than we’re used to with Apple.
Verizon seems to be saying they did fail to meet certain expectations (LTE, voice/data at same time), mostly because they felt everyone was asking, when will it work on Verizon (to be fair, we were).
From All Things Digital:
Verizon Wireless’s Tuesday iPhone announcement will be headlined by President and COO Lowell McAdam, but there will likely be a special guest as well.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
While the appearance isn’t 100 percent assured, sources in a position to know tell me that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, Jobs will likely join McAdam onstage in New York when he announces the addition of the iPhone to its handset lineup.
.. and from Wall Street Journal’s News Alert @ 5:47pm:
Verizon Wireless is finally getting Apple’s popular iPhone. The wireless carrier is holding an event in New York Tuesday to announce the news.
It seems that Gizmodo will not be attending the event. They leaked some iPhone info in the past, and have been banned from Apple press events.
According to an article on CNET, When will Apple announce a Verizon iPhone, rumors are circulating at CES that Apple is holding a press event on 1/11/11.
The article also says Apple is limiting vacation and time off in Apple stores for January and February.
All signs point to FINALLY!
I’ve said it before, and this time I have the Wall Street Journal behind me:
I don’t have an iPhone 4 yet.
That says a lot for me. For the past 3 years, I have lined up at Apple stores as soon as I could to buy the product. Most of the time I was there the morning of the launch before the new toy launched.
I am the target demographic. At least for launch, I am. Every year I shell out about $400 for a new iPhone. I renew my AT&T contract annually (for 2 years), and will purchase tons of apps (I had 8 screens before folders). I am an early adopter, and have seen the iPhone sold for fractions of the initial price only months after launch.
I still don’t have an iPhone 4
What’s the big reason this year? Well there are a few reasons:
- It really is expensive to buy a new iPhone every year, and it’s taking longer to rationalize the irrational purchase.
- What if the iPhone actually ends up on Verizon? I don’t want to pay an additional $375 to leave AT&T (when my monthly contract is already $190 a month)
- Signal issues — my current iPhone 3GS requires that I turn off 3G service in order to use it during the day (and not drop a call). I shouldn’t have to do that
- More signal issues — after hearing about signal issues, I am happy I have not jumped on the bandwagon yet. If every time I touched that corner of the phone I spend the whole day on and off of — it disconnected, I would be VERY unhappy.
- Apps need to change — the biggest upgrades of the new iOS 4 require apps to change more than the phone
- Where’s my 4G? If download speeds were faster, I’d have jumped on — but upload speeds are just faster, and even that is proving tough.
- Micro SIM – Yes, this is a big issue for me. I love the new Micro SIM, but it means I can’t just pop the SIM card and put it in an old iPhone. I’d be losing all my old phones that I test apps and websites out on (yes, they all behave different, and I prefer it to an emulator sometimes)
- Facetime? – It’s cool, but only on WiFi, and the other user has to be an iPhone 4 user
An article on Bloomberg Businessweek quoted an analyst, Timothy Horan:
“We are very confident about our position with exclusivity or without,” Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman, said in an interview. “We’re not dependent on a single smartphone to be competitive, we offer a lot of great devices.”
About 70 percent of AT&T’s customer base is in a Family Talk plan, which has a high rate of retention, Ralph de la Vega, the carrier’s head of wireless, said in May.
“For Verizon, it will largely be selling the iPhone to existing customers,’”
That’s nice. Glad you just got a nice big check from AT&T, enjoy the July 4th weekend spending it.
I wish I could play music on this blog. You’d hear “Hallelujah” loud and clear.
According to Bloomberg (heard this on the radio last night, and read it today) — Verizon Wireless will start selling the iPhone next year (supposedly January). I wish it would be sooner, but at least we have something to look forward to.
I am Happy.
Today, June 7, 2010, Steve Jobs demoed the new iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010 in SanFrancisco. iPhone 4 comes out on June 24th
Here are some pieces of information we have been given about the new device:
- iPhone 4
- 24% thinner than current iPhone 3GS
- Mute button looks more reliable (mine always changes in my pocket)
- Front Facing camera
- Two mics
- New Design (the one that was leaked)
- Metal band around the phone is 2 antennas: Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS — UMTS / GSM
- Pixel density increased, now a 960×640 display (existing applications already take advantage of this) — called Retina Display
- An outward facing LED flash
- 326 dpi screen (better than the human eye can see)
- 802.11n Support
- Gyroscope (this is a HUGE deal)
- 720p at 30fps video recording
- 5 Mega Pixel camera upgrade (and some other fancy ways that makes their camera better than everyone elses … of course)
- Extended battery life: 7 hours 3G talk, 6 hrs 3G data, 12.5 days of standby time
- Upgraded video editing — looks almost like a mini Final Cut — quite the large functionality set for a mobile device
- iMovie for the iPhone will cost $4.99 at the App Store (uh oh, charging for their own functionality)
- iPhone OS 4 (of course)
- Video Chat! – over WiFi only, called FaceTime
If you have somehow forgotten, today Apple will be providing us a sneak peek at the iPhone OS 4.0.
Here is one thing I believe will be announced:
- Multitasking (confirmed) – It has to be announced, the iPad sorely needs this to stay competitive as does Apple in the mobile phone market
That list isn’t long, but here is what I’d love to see, and why I think we may see it: