All the hoopla surrounding the Verizon iPhone 4 is indeed receding rapidly. The pre-order commotion, Apple having to shut down the sale of Verizon iPhone 4 on the online store prior to the release date, 700,000 pre-orders in-queue, all said and done, insiders’ reports are that the sales of the Verizon iPhone 4 have not met the expectations of either Apple or Verizon Wireless. Insiders who got a look at the sales reports are also claiming that the sales of the iPhone after the first five days has definitely not exceeded that of AT&T. The rumored sales reports are from five stores across the US. Another interesting fact is that the total number of handsets pre-ordered on Verizon has only totaled to 550,000 and not 700,000 which was the estimate of the initial reports.
As a matter of fact, most users who switched to iPhone 4 were previously using either Android or the Blackberry devices and only a meagre percentage switched from AT&T.
For long now, Apple has been doing only GSM versions of the iPhone. But, the release of Verizon iPhone 4 has seen the advent of the CDMA iPhone 4. In order clear user’s confusions about the differences between GSM and CDMA devices, Apple has now come up with a document detailing the differences in the functionalities of the two devices.
The first and foremost difference between the two devices is with regards to call forwarding, caller ID and call waiting. On the GSM handsets, these features can be turned on or off by going to the Settings panel, while on the CDMA handsets, this has to be done by dialling in a number combination. Another difference is with regards to conference call. On the GSM sets, up to 5 people can connect via conference at once, while the CDMA set allows the numbers of only two users. Pausing a call is possible on the GSM handsets and there is no such option on the CDMA handsets.
Yes, the queues outside Apple’s stores are getting thinner and thinner. Is it because, the iPhone 5 is out soon or is it because most customers have bought their phones online. When compared to the queues AT&T got to saw outside their stores last year on and after the days the iPhone 4 was released, we can safely say that Verizon has not had any trouble dealing with large numbers in queues as there weren’t any.
Two things that most people are looking forward to this eagerly this summer are the much awaited iPad 2 and a rumored iPhone 5 which would come out on Verizon and AT&T together. So, most Verizon customers are waiting for June month before taking a decision about switching to an iPhone.
Whatever may happen, the pre-release hype that surrounded Verizon iPhone 4 is definitely not happening.
Good news to all the customers who have pre-ordered the Verizon iPhone 4. Apple has apparently started shipping these handsets and the customers who are on the first order list are going to receive their handsets in the next few days. Apple and Verizon Wireless stated that the phones which were pre-ordered on the 9th of February would be shipped on or after the 18th of February. The shipping orders have already been confirmed and the customers are expected to release their Verizon iPhone 4 handsets on or before the 16th of February.
Apple supposedly stocked up 2 million iPhone 4 units of which a proportion (we still don’t know how much) was allocated to Verizon Wireless. Thanks to the initial day sell out, Apple took the pre-orders a week later and guaranteed that the orders were going to be shipped on or before the 18th.
All the pre-release hype of the iPhone 4 on Verizon and the staggering business that trade analysts were predicting it to do has actually come off the boil a bit. Apparently, the Verizon iPhone 4 is doing good but nothing close to the spectacular pre-order sales that were being predicted. Analysts are saying that the queues outside stores in Chicago, Miami, Boston, Los Angeles or New York are smaller when to compared to the queues one got to see outside AT&T stores during summer last year. Although, most stores have reported that the demand for the phones is still steady and and they are expecting to display the “out of stock” board by the end of the day.
Or the lessened queues could be due to the staggering number of pre-ordered sales that one got to saw last week.
The greenpoisOn tool for Verizon iPhone 4 is now out and is working absolutely fine with no hassles whatsoever. Despite only a few people managing to get their hands on the new Verizon iPhone 4, Apple dev teams have come out with the jailbreaking tool. The release of the new jailbreaking tool was posted on Twitter by the user Lunch8ox. Although, there was an initial jailbreaking tool from greenpoisOn last week, there were a few bugs that were yet to be fixed as it posed some problems. But, the new jailbreaking tool is working wonderfully well.
The new jailbreaking tool is called the Release candidate 5.4 and for now, this is only available for Mac users. Although, jailbreaking is not considered a crime any more, it is important to follow the instructions promptly in order to avoid any unwanted consequences.
It is better if Verizon users might want to wait a little longer before jailbreaking, just in case.
The Verizon iPhone 4 sales which were closed on the Apple online store has now been relaunched yesterday midnight again. The new iPhone 4 sale is now back online with Apple taking down its “be back soon notice”. This latest iPhone is now available through both Verizon and AT&T.
US customers of the new Apple iPhone 4 can now avail the phone through both AT&T and Verizon on the online store with Apple redirecting the customers to the respective sites for packages. While AT&T website says that the phone would be shipped in 24 hours, Verizon has stated that the shipment for new customers would only start on or after 18th of February. Also, verizon is not offering any store pick up option after an online sale and as of now it is only the black iPhone 4 that is being sold. No sign of the coveted white iPhone 4 yet.
The Apple iPad 2 which is said to be having a complete makeover when compared to its predecessor is now in production. This recent news comes from the global news agency Reuters. According to reports by Reuters, the new iPad or the iPad 2 will have a faster processor and a slimmer look along with a front facing camera which is completely missing in the first generation iPad. The slimmer look also accounts to a lighter weight and the faster processor would be improving the graphical content on iPad 2 considerably well. It is also being rumored that the new iPad will also have 512 RAM when compared to the 256 MB RAM on the first generation iPad.
The iPad 2 is going to be launched on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Last week Reuters also reported that a working prototype of iPad 2 was also spotted at the launch of The Daily on iPad.
An analyst who has dissected the new iphone 4 from Verizon has suggested that the components found in the phone suggest that Apple can make a universal phone which can be used to run on any network. In order to make the iPhone available on Verizon, Apple has actually used a different cell chip along with an alteration in the hardware of the phone by the manufacturing company. This was revealed by Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, Steve Coo at a recent event.
As of now, the iPhone can only work on Verizon Wireless, but the Qualcomm chips used in the phone suggest that the phone can be used on any other cellular network like the AT&T, T-Mobile et. Also, the Qualcomm component in the iPhone is similar to Verizon’s Droid Pro which is used by traveller’s allowing them to change sim cards based on the country they are in.
May be iPhone 5 is going to be the universal model.
The new iPhone 4 that Apple is designing for Verizon could have both CDMA and GSM chips integrated into the phone. According to iSuppli, the new iPhone 4 apparently has a Qualcomm MDM6600, meaning the phone can support both CDMA nad GSM features. Also, changing will be the antenna design of the phone which is important for the CDMA technology that is used on the phone. The antenna is going to be hidden in the new model which invariably would give the Verzon iPhone 4 the edge over its AT&T counterpart. Qualcomm’s MDM6000 integrated chip also make the GPS integrated thus eliminating the need for a separate GPS component. If this were to be true, the price of the new phone should also drop.
Dedicated antenna tests are yet to be performed to check the performance of the Verizon iPhone 4 antenna over its AT&T counterpart.