"In case you didn't know, Apple's iPhone 4 had some unfortunate issues with its antenna that started the "Antennagate" scandal, which ultimately led to a class action lawsuit against the company."
If you didn't partake of the original offer of a free iPhone 4 case, you can go here and submit a request for your part of the settlement. Make sure you are eligible for it though, and do to that you can go here. You have until August 28th, 2012 to submit your claim.
"Electronics giant Texas Instruments (TI) and specialty retailer Brookstone have announced the Pocket Projector for iPhone 4, a case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S that incorporates TI's Pico projector technology to offer on-the-go video projection."
Interesting concept case, that is in actuality a projector for you road warriors. You really need a dark room for it to be effective, but if you want to downsize your bulk, this looks like a pretty good option. You can preorder yours from Brookstone now.
"What do you get for the cowboy who has everything? How about a huge brass iPhone belt buckle/holster?"
Saddle up! I kid, I Kid! Actually I think this is rather nifty, and if I wore belts like this I think I would spring for this buckle. If you want one, head on over to the Etsy Store and pick one up for a not so low $300.00 USD.
"This isn't the best way of showing the speed increases that come along with the iPhone 4S, but it is one of the ways that the iPhone 4S' faster A5 chip will immediately be felt: in significantly shorter app launch times."
It might not be the best way, but seeing it side by side does make the point.
"Apple announced iPhone 4S on Tuesday, a device the company is shipping on October 14th. As the latest and greatest in Apple's smartphone line, we wanted to see how it stood up to some competing Android devices, starting with the highly touted Motorola Droid Bionic, which was released in September."
I don't even see how you can compare these two, but they did it anyway. I think if you like the iPhone and all it is then you won't be buying a Bionic. Interesting though, in the comparison one thing missing is the comparison about shutter speed when using both cameras. As Phil Schiller pointed out on stage, the iPhone 4 is at least twice as fast as any of the other smartphones when it comes to taking that first picture, and even faster on subsequent pictures. The camera improvement and the speed of the processor are really the only things that are making me consider upgrading at this time. What are your thoughts?
"The iTattoo cases from Cement Produce are really different. Instead of highlighting the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone, they merge the Apple icon into the design."
They run roughly 45 bucks or so, and you can get them via the Charles and Marie website. I really like these, especially the way they work in the Apple logo as part of the design. I am not a fan of the cases that hide the Apple logo so this is right up my alley.
"Following its move to shun T-Mobile and begin selling Verizon devices instead, a screenshot from Radio Shack's internal system reveals the retailer is set to begin selling the CDMA model of Apple's iPhone, and its iPad 2, from September 15."
And why not since T-Mobile may not be around anyway, depending on how the proposed merger with AT&T goes right? So if you want a black iPhone 4 on the Verizon network you can get one via your Radio Shack store starting on September 15th.
"With the iPhone 5, 4GS, 4S, or whatever they're calling it now rumored to come out in a few months, you may be looking to sell your current iPhone 4 or older model iPhone in order to upgrade when the next-gen iPhone comes out."
We all know it's going to happen, so when the new iPhone finally does appear it is good to have that "old" one in tip top shape so you can sell it and get the most money possible. One tip that isn't used that often, or at least I don't think people consider based on some of the phones I've seen for sale, is the one about cleaning your phone. It doesn't take that much effort to polish up your iPhone, especially if it is an iPhone 4. Attention to detail will win the big bucks.
"Apple's iPhone 4 is so thin it's kind of mind-boggling, but what if we introduce you a much thicker and heftier "iPhone 4″ that has a phenomenal feature."
I mean it's cute and all, and if you need a counter fan I suppose this fits the bill pretty well. But I have enough crap on my desk so I don't need another dust collector. But I do think it is pretty interesting as a conversation piece.
"TwelveSouth is famous for its selection of beautiful products that lovingly accompany our favorite Apple gadgets. Just recently we reviewed the elegant BookBook case for the MacBook Air, and now there's an iPhone 4 case to match."
Not only do they have one for the MacBook Air but they also have one for the iPhone 4. It's pricey at $59.95 USD but it double as a wallet so you get some added value. Besides the cool look of the case that is. It's available now from TwelveSouth.
"Data from mobile app analytics firm Localytics suggests the Verizon iPhone 4 now accounts for 32.3% of the U.S. iPhone market share. The CDMA version of the iPhone has been steadily climbing since launch, while the AT&T iPhone has apparently declined."
Steady growth since February, all the while AT&T has been dropping. I don't think this is too surprising to anyone though, do you? Some speculate it's due to the unlimited plan, so since Verizon has discontinued that aspect of their plans we will see if the growth will continue, but I'm betting that it will. What are your thoughts?
"If you're shooting a photo and uploading it to Flickr, chances are that it's on an iPhone 4, as Apple's iconic smartphone has officially surpassed the Nikon D90 as the most popular camera on Yahoo's photo sharing site."
Besting the Nikon D90 in terms of quantity of course, not quality, the iPhone 4 is now the most popular camera for uploading photos to Flickr. Interesting to note that there isn't one Windows or Android phone in the list of the top five, so I guess either those owners don't use Flickr or they prefer a different camera, what are your thoughts?
"The space shuttle Atlantis' final mission into space on July 8, 2011 will also mark a first. Specifically, the first time an iPhone has entered outer space. Two in fact, meant to carry out specially-designed experiments."
SpaceLab for iOS is the app the iPhones are going to be running, as they enter space aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. This is the last mission for the space shuttle fleet and the iPhones will be testing cameras, gyroscopes and other hardware when the shuttle docks at the International Space Station. Yes, there is a version for the rest of us [affiliate link], priced at $0.99 USD.
"The NUU MiniKey provides greater speed, better accuracy, and convenient function keys for heavy iPhone typists. This keyboard has great appeal for those who prefer tactile feedback while they type, and is particularly useful for anyone thinking of switching from BlackBerry to iPhone."
Very interesting, and especially helpful for those wanting to switch from Blackberry or any number of Android phones that have the physical keyboard. The case offers some protection but also appears to stay pretty thin despite having that slide out keyboard. I do like that you get the whole screen to use, the backlighting and that it has a sleep mode that follows along with the iPhone, shifting on seamlessly when it senses you need to type. You can find out more about the case at NUU, or if you are convinced you need one, head over to the affiliate store and purchase one there for $79.99 USD.
"Apple® today announced that the white iPhone® 4 will be available beginning tomorrow. White iPhone 4 models will be available from Apple's online store (www.apple.com), at Apple's retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers."
With this image splashed across the main screen of the Apple website, I guess it is safe to say that tomorrow is indeed the day that the white iPhone makes it's debut. You can find out more about it at the iPhone page or by going to this press release from Apple about the launch of the white iPhone 4.
"It seems more and more likely that Wednesday will be the day the infamous white iPhone 4 is launched, finally putting an end to the rumors that have surrounded the device for the last 10 months since it was originally announced. There's one more before the big day, however: it seems that only the 16GB model of the device will be available when it hits stores."
This info from Boy Genius Report, source of many breaking news stories, and it lists tomorrow as the "In Stock Date" at this AT&T store. It appears, so far at least, that it will only be the 16GB version. I'm not too fond of the white iPhone myself, but I do know a few people that have been waiting for this day. How about you, are you kind of "meh" like me or is this news really exciting you?
"Back when iOS 4.3 was in its beta days, all the fuss was about its fancy new multitouch gestures for switching between apps as well as returning to the home screen on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch."
If you have been using Xcode apparently you can use once you make your device a piece of developer hardware, but now you can also do it if you have a jailbroken iPhone 4 or iPod Touch 4G. It's all lined out in this article how to get the functionality so if you have jailbroken your iPhone, it might be fun to give this a try. If you do, let us know what you think of it, should this be something that Apple gives all of us in one of their updates or not?
"Cameras that look back at us are becoming commonplace-and that's a good thing! FaceTime is a lot of fun! Except if it's glitchily taking secret pictures of us without us knowing, as some iPhone users are claiming."
Looks like from the video that it takes a random screen shot at some point during FaceTime. The good thing is that the iPhone 4 isn't sending them off to anyone...yet. I guess no real reason to worry about this glitch unless you are using FaceTime for some, shall we say, risque behavior.
"I like that some companies are willing to take a different approach to gadget protection. Silicone and plastic models have their place, sure, but they're hard to get excited about anymore. That's not the situation with RokForm's Rokbed Aluminum iPhone 4 cover. This is certainly not for everyone, but I have a feeling it'll find its audience."
I think I might be part of that audience as I really like the looks of this case. Granted, it is spendy at $79.00 USD for the aluminum version (or $149.00 USD for the magnesium version), but the industrial design really looks good. It also comes in a variety of covers, more info at the Rokbed site.
"Apple is expected to add a front facing camera to iPad 2, bringing yet another device into its "FaceTime" fold."
And the question came up about it's usefulness, or lack thereof. It got me thinking, how often do I really use that feature? The front camera is nice, and I use it a lot, but mainly for taking pictures when I'm with someone and want to be in the picture. I have used FaceTime with my daughter, but mainly as a remote viewing device so I can help her solve some problem on the computer, with her homework or with the XBox 360. So, how often do you use FaceTime and how do you use it?