As everyone knows, the official release date of the highly anticipated iPhone 4 is Thursday, June 24th. However there are many reports that users who pre-ordered the iPhone are seeing early shipping notifications with a delivery date 1 day early, and in some cases, 2 days early. I just got a shipment notification detailing my delivery date of June 23rd by 3pm. Has anyone else got an early shipment notification? Or a cancellation? I heard that some pre-orders have been canceled.
With the release of the new iPhone 4, you’d figure that Apple and AT&T would get their shit together, but for some reason, both of their sites seem to be down and unable to accept orders. On AT&T, I get the following error:
Due to a system upgrade the site is temporarily unavailable, please try again later. For immediate assistance please contact customer service at 1-800-331-0500.
On Apple, I repeatedly get session timeout errors. Actually, here’s another error I just got from Apple:
Your request couldn’t be processed.
We’re sorry, but there was an error processing your request. Please try again later.
Has anyone successfully been able to order the iPhone 4 yet?
So I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to install the iOS 4.0, and whether it will work. Here are a few questions/answers that should help you out.
Can I install iOS 4.0 on Windows?
Not currently. As of right now, you need iTunes 9.2 beta which is only availble for Mac. It may not be released for the PC until June 21, 2010.
Do I need to be a registered developer?
Many people have mentioned and asked about needing a valid UDID in the Apple developer network. This isn’t required because the current iOS 4.0 IPSW file that is floating around is the Golden Master (GM) which means that is the release that will be publicly available to the masses. Thus, no UDID is required.
How do I install iOS 4.0?
You’ll use iTunes. Backup your phone as you always do. Download and install the iTunes 9.2 beta. Just google it, I am not providing links here. Once it’s installed, click Alt + Restore in iTunes and select the IPSW file that you downloaded – iPhone2,1_4.0_GM_8A293_Restore.ipsw – let the restore happen. That’s it, you now have iOS 4.0.
Just as soon as it was announced and made available to developers, the new iPhone OS 4.0, now known as iOS 4.0 has been leaked and is available for download from file sharing sites such as Dropbox and Storage.it. A simple Google search will yield plenty of links like:
So if you’re one of the people who just can’t wait to get their hands on the new version of the OS, try downloading the newest version of the iOS 4.0 Golden Master from one of the links above. Or Google it yourself to find other links! If you do install from one of the above links, let me know how it goes in the comments… Not sure I want to attempt it yet. 😉
iOS 4.0 for iPhone 3GS
Apple has officially announced the iPhone 4 and released pictures and video of the phone and its amazing new features and capabilities. I think the most attractive features of the new iPhone are the new screen which offers a resolution that is 4 times as high as the current iPhone as well as the front and back facing camera (with flash) and the ability to record and edit HD video. Apple has definitely set the bar high with the announcement and release of this new hardware.
The release of the iPhone OS 4.0 firmware will be another feature that allows the iPhone to gain more market share, because the OS 4.0 will allow developers to do more. For some reason, Apple has stopped calling it the iPhone OS 4.0 and has now gone to a different naming scheme, calling it iOS 4.0. Either way, it is feature packed and will add a huge list of new features and capabilities to the new phone. I can’t wait to get mine!
It’s official… iPhone users will finally be granted the long awaited feature of multitasking. This has got to be the single most requested item and the single item that keeps most BlackBerry users from switching to the “all powerful” iPhone. The thing that sucks about the OS 4.0 update is that 3G users will not be fully supported – OS 4.0 will install, but features such as multitasking will not work. There was no mention of the 1st generation iPhone (2G) which may not be supported at all – still waiting on word from Apple.
Here are some of the other features of the iPhone firmware 4.0 update:
- Multitasking / Background Apps
- Unified Inbox
- New Drag & Drop UI
Will the summer release date of the iPhone OS 4.0 make you wait to jailbreak your iPhone if you haven’t jailbroken it yet? Which new iPhone OS 4.0 features are you most excited about.
And finally, the thing you all want to know about is the official release date of the iPhone 4.0 OS… I don’t have the official date, but I’ve always been a good predictor, I’m going Tuesday, June 8th as the official date. Just a guess, Apple will have to prove me wrong.
As a smartphone, the iPhone has a ton of features and benefits that many other phones and smartphones simply do not have. One feature that was long awaited however was the ability for the iPhone to receive Push Notifications, like the Blackberry. Let’s face it, this was one of the main reasons that the Blackberry became so popular in the first place was it’s ability to send and receive email right now, as it happened.
Not too long ago, Apple released the ability for the iPhone to receive Push Notifications which was a huge success. I immediately adopted the Push Notifications by setting up my personal Gmail account to sync my Contacts and Calendars, however, I did not setup push email and here’s the reason why. If your primary email account is anything like mine, you probably get email messages at all times of the day and night. I happen to use my iPhone as my alarm clock, so I was not willing to have my sleep interrupted everytime I received an email. So here is my solution, or my request for Apple to implement in one of the future versions of the iPhone firmware. I’d like to see Push Alert Scheduling, or the ability to setup a schedule of when Push Notifications are active, and when they should be suppressed. For instance, it’d be great to be able to set a schedule that allowed me to receive Push Notifications between the hours of 8am and 11pm. To take it one step further, it’d be nice if that could be between the hours of 7am and 11pm on weekdays, and between the hours of 9am and 8pm on weekends. I don’t think that this would be a difficult feature for Apple to implement, and I definitely think that it’d be a useful feature, and another way to help Apple and the iPhone set themselves further apart from the crowd.
Let’s face it, any of those who use Adsense all login quite a bit to see how many 100’s of dollars we’re making each day. I’d be very curious to see my Adsense login history, it’s probably off the chain. Anyways, yesterday I noticed that I was having a problem when trying to login to Adsense on my iPhone. Usually, I could just go to the Adsense homepage and refresh the page and I’d automatically be logged in due to the fact that I was already logged into my Google Account through Gmail, or Google Reader or some other service. Yesterday however, I was prompted for my password, even while I was already logged into Google Reader. So I entered my password, and I was logged in, however the Adsense dashboard loaded within the little login window area:
I’m curious to know if anybody else is having a similar problem when trying to log into Adsense on their iPhone (or on any other mobile device).
I had a similar problem on my PC. When I was already logged into my Gmail account, I tried opening a new tab to view my Adsense account and it brought me to the Adsense homepage with the login boxes. It did not use my credentials from Gmail or my Google Account as it always had in the past. I’m having this problem on the 3 different PC’s I’ve tested it on as well as the above mentioned problem on my iPhone.
If it wasn’t for Nike+ Plus, I wouldn’t run at all. The fact that I can have some sort of geeky tech toy with me when I run makes all the difference in the world for me. The only problem is that recently, my runs have not been syncing with nikeplus.com when I connect my iPod or iPhone to iTunes after going for a run.
I haven’t changed the way that I do anything, I always used to just plug in my iPod when I returned from a run, and the run data would be automatically sent to nikeplus.com, but within the past few months, I’ve noticed sporadic problems with run data not being sent/synced to nikeplus.com from iTunes.
Has anyone encountered this same problem? Here are some of the specs of the hardware and software I’m using:
- I’ve had the problem on both my PC and my Mac computer.
- I’ve had the problem with both my iPod Nano and my iPhone.
- I use Firefox on both my PC and my Mac, however, I still have the same problem when using Internet Explorer on my PC and when I use Safari on my Mac. I went as far as changing my PC’s default browser to Internet Explorer and my Mac’s default browser to Safari. Neither seemed to fix anything.
- I have the most recent version of iTunes on both machines – iTunes 9.1
Well, after a few weeks of the tethering hack being released, many people have enabled it on their iPhones and I have not yet heard of anyone receiving a bill for anything above normal. I still haven’t enabled tethering on my iPhone because I was worried that AT&T would try to slam me with a massive bill, so decided to just wait on the sidelines and see what happened to all those who had enabled tethering. The only real “problem” that I’ve heard of thus far is the loss of visual voicemail, which already has a fix/workaround to get it back up and running. I’ve been reading about how to enable tethering and I’m amazed at how easy it is. I’m going to enable tethering on my iPhone tonight and I’ll post about it in the next day or two to let you know how it went.