The iPhone 4 is certainly a slick piece of design - it's already inspired countless knock-off tablets, not to mention a table - but has Apple shot themselves in the foot with their overly-glass construction? Warranty specialists SquareTrade says its been tracking iPhone 4 accidents and has discovered the reported accident rate for the iPhone 4 is 68-percent higher than for the iPhone 3GS.
Smartphone demand is up, and the winner is Android according to market analysts Canalys. They've been tracking US and global trends, and reckon that in Q2 2010 Android sales rose 886-percent from last year (851-percent in the US), giving them the number one market share in the US with 34-percent; they're trailed, supposedly, by RIM at 32-percent of market share and Apple at 21.7-percent.
You might have seen speculation earlier today over Apple's removal of its antenna testing videos from the company's attenuation page, including rumors of legal action from rivals or even backtracking on their stance over the iPhone 4. Apple reached out to us this afternoon to dismiss the hearsay, telling us that the update is merely part of their drive to "constantly refresh" their content.
Hardly had our liveblog finished when Apple sprung the second half of their iPhone 4 antenna event, the "show" companion to Steve Jobs' presentation "tell". SlashGear was among eleven journalists and analysts - both print and online - to be taken around the company's wireless lab, formerly one of the best kept secrets on the Cupertino campus, and now a multi-million test facility featuring custom hardware, fake brains and kit that wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi film. Read on for full details of our tour.
So, the official launch date of the iPhone 4 is still June 24th. At least, that's what we were told when the latest iteration of the iPhone family was announced. And, despite the fact there were some grumblings that something might have changed, we still weren't expecting iPhone 4s to show up any sooner than June 23rd. Well, paint us surprised, because sure enough, some people are getting very lucky.
Given the number of people apparently getting ominous emails telling them their iPhone 4 orders have been canceled, it's a nice change to see some more positive news for those waiting on the new Apple smartphone. The Cupertino company has been sending out emails warning preorder customers to expect their iPhone 4 deliveries on June 23rd, this Wednesday, rather than June 24th when the handset arrives in stores.
Other than hapless and drunk Apple engineers leaving products on bar stools for other patrons to find, often the place we first spy info on new and upcoming Apple products and software updates is through analytics firms like Flurry. Flurry specifically is often one of the first sources that can point to new versions of iPhone software and devices being used.
Given Google made significant mention of their acquired AdMob technology at Google IO this week, it would've been embarrassing had the FTC turned around and failed to approve the deal. Happily - for Google - that's not the case, with the final, unanimous judgement of the FTC investigators being that the Google AdMob deal is not, in fact, anti-competitive. Ironically, Apple's own entrance to the mobile advertising segment, in the shape of iAd, helped Google's argument.