Computing, Technology

Friday’s iPhone 4 News Conference [Updated]

Speculation has been running rampant on the interwebs as to what Apple’s scheduled Friday news conference would be about.  A recall? Free bumpers? Admission of guilt (finally)? Gizmodo even has a play-along game for those so inclined.

I must say that I don’t have much of a problem with my iPhone 4.  It has never dropped a call.  I think if I try really, really hard, I might be able to drop a signal bar or two if I force the “death grip” on it.  But unless I really try hard, I have zero problems with the iPhone 4.

However, I do have a bone to pick with Apple.  It has nothing to do with the iPhone 4.  It’s my previous iPhone 3G that is now my wife’s phone.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a YouTube video must be worth even more… I have this problem, described so eloquently in this video:

That about sums it up.  The iPhone 3G with iOS 4 is slow.  Very slow.  Almost unusable.  I may try to take it back to the previous OS soon.

By the way, I’m guessing that Apple will announce free bumpers today.  I have no first-hand knowledge, but knowing what a PR fiasco this has been, and knowing that a recall would cost major $$$ and cause every iPhone 4 owner to be without their device for x days — well, that just ain’t gonna happen.  It’s possible they may announce some kind of software fix for this problem, but I find it unlikely.  My money’s on free bumpers.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

Update: I was more or less right.  They are giving a free case to everyone who bought an iPhone.  According to Steve, they can’t make bumpers fast enough, so they will be sourcing more cases and starting next week, you’ll be able to apply online.  Also, if you bought a case from Apple, you’ll get a full refund.  This is how they should handle it.  Even if it’s been blown out of proportion, this is a good solution.

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