#iphone 4

Jonathan Mann:

So. Fast forward to 2010. I had just learned that I lost a big video contest, and I was feeling pretty down. It also happened to be the eve of Apple’s “Antenna-Gate” press conference. The anti-Apple hype was at a fever pitch, and I thought the whole non-story was ridiculous. I decided to write a song defending Apple. I hoped that MG would post it, and maybe I’d get some decent traffic. I wrote the song in about 2 hours and spent another hour on the video. I posted the song, sent it to MG and went to bed.

The next morning I woke to a flurry of activity in my inbox, including an email that appeared to be from Apple. I read the email and decided it was fake — someone was trolling me. I was in the shower when my phone rang. It was Apple PR. For real. Could they use my video to open the press conference, they wondered? Um, yes. Sure, uh, how should I send it to you? Jesus Christ.

Later that morning, I watched online as the song and video I had made in 3 hours the night before played before an audience of journalists at Apple HQ. Then Steve Jobs came out on stage and said, “Thanks for coming. We found that on YouTube this morning and couldn’t help but want to share it.” It was one of the most surreal moments of my life. I heard later from the PR rep that Steve had been dancing off stage as the song played. If you watch the video of the event, there’s a few seconds, right as my song ends, that you can see him bopping his way on to the stage.

I can verify all of this, including Jobs bopping his way on to the stage that morning — because I was in the audience. When Mann’s video started playing I could not believe it. And I knew what it was immediately from the opening keys.

Every single Apple event is orchestrated to no end, including the “crisis” ones like they held for “Antennagate” — perhaps even more so in that case (a few of us were invited on a behind-the-scenes tour of the iPhone testing facilities after the press conference). Yet they clearly pulled a last-minute audible to play the video that morning. And Steve Jobs clearly had to sign off on such an idea. It was the definition of savvy.

Shocking — a large percentage of people with the iPhone 4 think the “4” stands for “4G”. And they’re perfectly happy thinking that.

People point to 4G being the next way Android trumps iPhone. I don’t buy it. Months after we’ve seen the first devices, 4G remains largely a buzzword. Limited coverage and often mediocre speeds hamper it. Worse, it remains a total battery hog. The people I know with 4G phones usually leave the 4G off.

And then there’s AT&T’s bullshit where HSPA+ is technically “4G”.

Long story short, do I expect the iPhone 5 to support actual 4G? No, I do not. Next year.

*Caveat being it has been the most popular camera for a long time. Flickr drastically undercounts pictures taken by phones — they estimate they accurately label about 2/3rds of all pictures with cameraphone “under-represented”.

The only thing that will dethrone the iPhone 4? The iPhone 5.

Also, what the hell is up with Android devices? Is it just because no single Android phone is as popular as the iPhone(s) that they are so low on these lists? Or is it something else?

Well, Chronic Wire totally flubbed one big announcement. But credit where credit is due, they nailed the unlocked iPhone in the U.S. 

From Apple’s site:

If you don’t want a multiyear service contract or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone 4 is the best choice. It arrives without a micro-SIM card, so you’ll need an active micro-SIM card from any supported GSM carrier worldwide.

If I keeping doing as much international traveling as I have been, I would definitely consider buying one. One international cell phone bill alone could easily pay for the steep $650 price tag.

This is also yet another (slight) screwing of AT&T by Apple. Which I love.

Says John Gruber:

The original EDGE iPhone is also a good example of Apple’s relatively conservative pace of adoption of cell network technology. AT&T (née Cingular) already offered 3G service when the iPhone was announced. But coverage wasn’t widespread, and Apple was concerned about its effect on battery life.

If the iPhone comes to Verizon, soon enough there will be a model that supports LTE. But Apple isn’t going to lead the way on that.

Agreed. As I wrote back in June:

More importantly, I’m not even sure we’ll see a 4G-capable iPhone next year. As Apple proved with the first iPhone (which wasn’t 3G despite 3G being fairly ubiquitous at the time), they care more about the overall experience than about being the first to have a nice-sounding feature. Users laughed at the notion that 3G capabilities severely dinged battery life — until the iPhone 3G came out and that’s exactly what happened.

With 4G, by all accounts, the battery ding is even worse. Also, 4G is still slowly deploying around the country, and some carriers (read: AT&T) won’t have it really deployed for a long, long time. In other words, don’t be surprised if next year Apple still doesn’t have a 4G version of the device. Everyone will bitch about it, but in Apple’s view, it likely just won’t be worth it yet.

That’s why we’ll see a CDMA and not an LTE version at first.