In less than one month, United States residents who has been clamoring for an iPhone on Verizon network will have their dream fulfilled. In a joint announcement today, Verizon and Apple announced that iPhone 4 will be available on Verizon network on February 10, ending the network exclusivity held by AT&T since the first iphone on June 29, 2007. Verizon is the largest mobile carrier in US and many has the impression that it has a better network than AT&T. Here is the summary about the iPhone 4 on Verizon:
The iPhone will run on Verizon’s CDMA network, Verizon 3G (EV-DO), and not the latest LTE.
It does not run on GSM network and does not support GSM roaming when overseas.
It does not support simultaneous voice and data as wth GSM due to CDMA limitation.
You can use the new CDMA iPhone to provide mobile WiFi connection for up to five devices by using a preinstalled Verizon 3G Mobile Hotspot app. Pricing for this mobile hotspot service is not announced.
The antenna on the phone is redesigned due to CDMA, other than that the interior is identical to the GSM version. The external antenna band has one more notch compared with GSM version.
The buttons are slightly relocated thus existing iPhone 4 cases will not work.
Price is $200 for 16G model with 2 year contract, and $300 for 32G version with 2 year contract.
The CDMA version of iPhone is not exclusive to Verizon, which means other countries with CDMA network such as China might get it.
We have updated our AppleDB to reflect today’s announcement.
With iOS 4.1, the Camera app in iPhone 4 comes with a new HDR (High Dynamic Range) feature which you can turn it on and off by tapping on a button while shooting. Dynamic range refers to how bright the camera can capture on on end, and how dark the camera can capture on the other end of spectrum. Most digital camera, iPhone included, has a limited dynamic range. HDR photography is an attempt to compensate for the limited range.
When HDR is turn on, you will notice that most often the result is a better image with more defined colors, with more details in the shadows and highlights. It is tempting to always shot with HDR as you can set the Camera app to save a regular copy along with the HDR version under Settings->Photos. But unfortunately each capture takes about 5 seconds to save, and HDR image might not show noticeable improvement in all cases.
One area where you want to turn on HDR is when capturing high contrast scene, where you have portion of very bright area and very dark area together in your picture. The above is an example with a backdrop of bright afternoon sun and tree leaves under shadow. With HDR on, iPhone 4 is able to capture the blue color of the sky.
Other example of high contrast scene include taking a portrait of your friend outdoor against a bright backdrop; Or a landscape scene with the sky as background.
Joby, the camera accessories manufacturer famed for the GorillaPod, has released a version of GorillaMobile specifically for iPhone 4. The difference from others in the GorillaMobile range is the inclusion of a bumper case attached to the tripod, allows you to quickly slip in and slip out your iPhone 4.
Target will start selling iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS at Target Mobile centers within its 846 Target stores starting this coming Sunday November 7. Customers will be able to purchase the handset with quick in-store activation.
“At Target we continue to offer our guests the best in electronics so we’re happy to add iPhone to our Target Mobile offerings,” said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, merchandising, Target. “With expert support from Target Mobile specialists and in-store activation, our guests will be able to leave the store with a new, working iPhone3GS or iPhone4 in-hand.”
Apple has delayed yet again the white iPhone 4, this time to spring 2011. When iPhone 4 was released on June 24, the white color option was delayed first to July. It then delayed further to end of the year, and now to spring 2011.
“We’re sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone again,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller. She declined to explain the delay.
Apple is missing the year end shopping season with this delay. If you have been waiting for the white version, probably its wise to give up and go black. By the time the white iPhone 4 appears, it will be only a few months before the iPhone 5 come out in June 2011.
Apple [has announced](http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/09/19iphone.html) that iPhone 4 will be on sale in China on Sept 25, 8:00 am to be exact. It will be available at Apple Retail Stores including the new Apple Store® Hong Kong Plaza in Shanghai and the new Apple Store Xidan Joy City in Beijing opening on the same day. iPhone 4 will also be available at China Unicom retail stores.
Suggested retail price for the phone is CNY4,999 (around $740) for the 16GB model and 5,999 yen (about $890) for the 32GB model.
Apple has announced that its free case program will not be extended after September 30. Explaining that the ‘antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought’. Even after the free case program ceased, you can still request for a free bumper case through AppleCare if you experience antenna issues.
We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought. A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free. For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.
[Apple iPhone 4 Free Case Program](http://www.apple.com/iphone/case-program/)