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Best and funniest iPhone 4 and Apple videos on the web

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I was browsing, stumbling around and otherwise looking around the web today and came across a whole bunch of cool (aka funny) videos on iPhones, Mac, Apple etc, so thought i would share them here:

The Unofficial iPhone 4 Launch Video

Warning: Contains sexual references :-)

The iPhone 4 Apology Video (including the black guy)

There there are the I’m on Boat Parodys

In case you missed I’m on a Boat – watch this first, if not, skip to the next one.  Warning: Harsh language.

Then watch this ..

While on the topic of cool, check out this novel, retro stand for an iPhone/iPad (and cheap 2, only $US 5.99).  Click on the image for more details.

Black and White Version: Some people have too much time on their hands, glad they do, they come up with funny shit :-)

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iPhone NZ Launch FAIL

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I promised myself that I wouldn’t post on the iPhone, iPad or anything Apple related for a while.  Well OK, I didn’t PROMISE, I thought about it. Kinda like people think about giving up smoking, or walking the dog, and then the moment passes.

Anyway .. this one is just too big (and bad) to give up on.

Today Apple was SUPPOSED to launch the iPhone 4 in NZ. MAJOR FAIL.

Here’s a wee summary:

  • The one official iPhone carrier Vodafone (and note they have no exclusivity in NZ, they are just the only one) provided NO information prior to launch day.  Nothing, ZIP. 
  • On launch day, people have queued up outside retailers (we don’t have Apple shops, so this is people like MagnumMac and Vodafone) only to be told “go away, nothing to see here”
  • Vodafone are entirely quiet on their twitter account despite being inundated by questions.  They are staying ZIP (for now). 
  • XT (Telecom) the non official carrier, that most people actually prefer to run an iPhone on, have even chipped in – see the post on the right.  Glad to see someone has a scene of humour!
  • The Apple NZ web site for iPhone still has “notify me” not buy now as the option (see image on right) as of 1.30pm on launch day
  • Lots of rumours about why no stock – some blame Apple, some Vodafone who are controlling it all
  • 1pm UPDATE: Vodafone have NOW announced the iPhone 4 is on sale from 1pm (ie now), but only on contract.

My thoughts:

Vodafone:

  • This is a mess for Vodafone NZ
  • However, this is NOT a Vodafone only issue.  They do NOT (IMHO) control stock in NZ.  They are the only authorised carrier, but it’s non exclusive.  Apple’s own web site says you can use it on any network you want
  • They have handled it VERY badly
  • You are pissing all the high end users off.  Just take a look at the online forums and iPhonenewzelanad to see that all the geek users (and I say that nicely) are all major XT fans already.  These geek users (my new term) influence others.  I know I do :-)

Apple

  • Gotta say, not impressed here either.  All that was needed was some basic info on your web site.  What was there was (and is) wrong.  Says avail from selected retailers – and all of them are saying “not us”.
  • Even Apple only released the price of ONE of the two iPhone 4 models prior to launch day.  As of today (launch day) we STILL don’t know the retail cost of the 32GB model.
  • What happened to your Premium Retailers?   MagnumMac should be your FIRST option to sell stuff, not Vodafone.  Vodafone are pissing off Apple customers.

Further rumours, and where to from here?

  • Apple will sell them form their web site from 7pm today UPDATE: It came online at 11pm, with a 3 week delay in delivery.
  • As much as people are saying this is bad (and it is), this won’t affect Apple sales ONE LITTLE BIT.  It just makes them look bad.  Very un-Apple like.
  • It WILL affect Vodafone.  It will further alienate them from the geek-users (see my comments above) and these people matter, even if they aren’t your customers
  • In the long term this will be a blip.  People will talk about it, but still buy the iPhone (or not buy the iPhone, but those people weren’t buying it anyway).

There is an EXCELLENT post on TUAW on the iPhone 4 launch fail in NZ.

Black and White Version: Major fail for Vodafone and Apple on iPhone Launch day in NZ, not that that will affect sales though.

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2Degrees goes 3G

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2 Degrees  (the third mobile company in NZ with a network) announced their 3G network is ready in the NZ Herlad.

Mobile phone company 2degrees will start using its 3G network next week, putting it on a par with rivals Telecom and Vodafone.

Specialists are completing the final network testing, so it will be available only to a select group of customers.

But company spokeswoman Bryony Hilless said the 3G network would be available to all “sooner rather than later”.

While at present the data plans on 2Degrees aren’t that appealing for any moderate to heavy users.

What’s quite interesting here is 2Degrees are doing a very soft launch, with this 3G Launch news just slipping in, rather than Vodafone that announces things with a big song and dance, but actually says nothing (see post here).

For iPhone 4, and iPad users, this will mean a 3rd network can now offer an alternative, but for iPhone 3g and 3Gs users, XT is still the only option (IMHO) due to the frequency issues (as explained in this post about the iPad).  While there are other providers in NZ (like Slingshot, Orcon etc) these are just resellers of others networks – 2Degrees actually has its own infrastructure and network, albeit that it only covers 50% of the country for now.

Black and White Version: Competition hotting up in the 3G space in New Zealand, hopefully prices will start to fall soon (esp for data).

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Antenn-Aid for iPhone 4

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Despite the fact that this issue is overblown,  I still find this funny:

Black and White Version: Funny stuff :-)   Hope Apple have a sense of humour.

Hat tip: Engadget Antenna-aid and Dan via FaceBook

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iPad in New Zealand – release date, pricing and full review

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The iPad release date for NZ has been announced – 23rd July 2010

This makes it one week before the iPhone 4 (being 31st July 2010).

It also makes it consistent with the “July” earlier commitment by Apple.

Pricing

The Apple NZ web site has the iPad listed for “from $799″ (so that’s the 16GB Wi-Fi model price) and word on the street is pricing for the others is:

Wi-Fi

3G

16GB

$799
$999

32GB

$979
$1179

64GB

$1149
$1349

Price Comparisons

This stacks up OK on the international comparisons, since OZ (Australia) has the 16GB Wi-Fi model for $AU 629 = $NZ 770 (but around $785 if we make adjust GST to the same rate), so about the same.  In the UK the iPad 16GB WiFi is £429, so NZ$ 900+ (even when you factor in for the higher VAT).  So all round a good deal (mind you, UK prices are known to be higher than most).

This does however make some of the early sellers look like a rip off now – which I blogged about earlier (they sold the 64GB 3G for around $500 more than retail), and even the 16GB W-iFi model is $400 more – a  50% loading!)

Btw, here are  my predictions on the iPhone 4 pricing in NZ, you can see from my iPad predictions were right on (I predicted $1300-1400 for the 64GB 3G, and $1349 is right in the middle!).

iPad Review for New Zealand

Here is a full review of the iPad in New Zealand , I have had one for a month now, and it’s great.   Advice: in most cases get the 3G model, unless you are gonna be stuck at home/office most of the time (kinda a waste of something so portable!).

Black and White Version: iPad date confirmed for New Zealand, 23rd July 2010 (one week before the iPhone 4).  Pricing fair.

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iPhone 4 reception issues – what Apple didn’t tell you

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I’ll cut to the chase: We all know by now that Apple have have made an announcement about the iPhone 4 reception/antenna  issues, and here’s what I think in three brief points:

  1. The video shown at the start of the Apple’s PR exercise (or at the end of this post) pretty much sums it up, if you don’t like it, don’t buy it. The same applies to the iPad, if it’s not what you think a portable device should be, or just you don’t like/want it, then don’t buy it.
  2. I am in the category I don’t really think it’s a major issue for ME*, so will probably get an iPhone 4
  3. HOWEVER, I do think there is more to the story than Apple / Steve Jobs is saying, because what is most telling in the facts they quote is what they DON’T SAY and what specific measures they do use.  I’ll expand on this some more:

* I say for ME, coz it might be an issue for you, so if it is: Don’t buy one :-)

I want to expand on that third point, because I think Apple selectively choose certain statistics to suit them, and I think it’s rather obvious when you discuss what they COULD have disclosed to make it far more transparent and relevant.  This is actually one of the few blog posts where it’s not just me ranting.  Well I AM ranting, but I happen to have a level of expertise in this area.  One of my degrees is in statistics, and if there is one thing I have did learn is that you can make statistics say (almost) anything you want, especially when you comment on RAW DATA, rather than actual useful data with comparisons, baselines and standards.  There, so I actually know what I am taking about here (and that’s rare!)

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iPhone 4 recall?

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The issue with iPhone 4 reception is getting more serious now.

A leading US consumer review (ConsumerReports.org) withheld the ‘recommend’ tag from the iPhone 4 due to the antenna issues:

It’s official. Consumer Reports’ engineers have just completed testing the iPhone 4, and have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception.

But the same review also states:

Ironically, aside from these reception glitches, our other tests placed the iPhone 4 atop the latest Ratings of smart phones. But we did not feel comfortable listing a phone with such a problem as “recommended,” and therefore have withheld that tag.

Apple have (reportedly) even taken the step of deleting forum posts about this finding.  I find this most telling – if it was just people whinging (which they do btw), then Apple would let the conversation burn itself out.  But it’s not, it’s stopping conversation dead (at least on its own forums).

While Apple have admitted the iPhone 4 reception problem, talk of a recall is so far limited to the media.  But with some heavy weights saying this, it will be interesting to see how Apple responds.

Video below explains the issue and tests done.

I for one still like the iPhone, and and is selling like hot cakes (3 million a month estimate).  However action is needed – what do you think Apple will do?

Black and White Version: iPhone 4 reception issues getting more serious.  Action needed me thinks

Update 15 July 2010: Apple have called a press conference on iPhone 4 for Friday (16th July) Watch this space.

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Price of iPhone 4 in New Zealand UPDATED

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Let’s cut to the chase here: The price of most products has NOTHING to do with the cost price, the exchange rate or the relative cost of alternatives (although if you want a good analysis of some of these see iPhonewezealnd’s iPhone 4 price estimate).   The product’s cost is irrelevant too (iPhone 4 estimated production cost found here, which they estimate to be US$188 or NZ $270 or so). It has EVERYTHING to do with what the customer will pay.

We already know the price of the 3Gs on launch in NZ:  NZ$1149 for 16GB and NZ$1349 for 32GB (although you can buy an 8GB 3Gs for $899 at the moment) .  Since the iPhone 4 comes in the same sizes (16/32GB), my simple estimate of the iPhone 4 price is the same – $1149 for the 16 GB and $1349 for the 32GB.

UPDATE 27th July 2010: The 16GB pricing has been released as $1099 ($50 cheaper than my prediction).  Still waiting on 32GB $.

Update 30th June 2010: 32GB now confirmed as $1299.   Looks like I was $50 out on that too :-)   Both are now available now from the Apple web site

Update 20 October 2011: The iPhone 4s is now out. My review for use in New Zealand is here.

Black and White Version: Price is determined the willingness of the consumer to pay far more than anything else.  Let’s see if I am right in this case.

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Apple iPhone 4 reception issues

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Yesterday Apple released a statement in relation to the reported iPhone 4 reception/antenna issues.

First of all Apple acknowledge the issue:

To start with, gripping almost any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by 1 or more bars. This is true of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as many Droid, Nokia and RIM phones. But some users have reported that iPhone 4 can drop 4 or 5 bars when tightly held in a way which covers the black strip in the lower left corner of the metal band. This is a far bigger drop than normal, and as a result some have accused the iPhone 4 of having a faulty antenna design.

Then go on to say they have found the problem:

We have discovered the cause of this dramatic drop in bars, and it is both simple and surprising.

Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength.

While I don’t yet have an iPhone 4 (and despite this issue, will likely get one) Apple really have to read their own press release, and be consistent.  The described problem was that holding the iPhone 4 in a certain way KILLED calls, not dropped a couple of bars of reception.  The are trying to make it sound like the issue was how accurate the signal strength was, and quite frankly I am not sure many belive them when they make this claim.

But like so many things it while Apple are at once extreme (i.e. nothing to see here, move on), the media have picked up on this and claiming an Apple backlash. I have to say like so many things I think the media are getting WAY to excited over this.  iPhone sales are MASSIVE, the highest of ANY mobile device on launch.  The Independent claims:

The news is another blow to Apple’s reputation, already marred by a spate of suicides at the factory in China that produces its products.

Ummm .. no, that’s WAY over stating the issue.  I think the reception issue needs addressing, that’s all.

And then this:

Nearly 6000 people have signed up to the Facebook group “I hate Apple”.   Is that all?

6,000?  Is that all?  Hell I know almost that many that hate Apple (normally people without their products I would add).  Find me 6,000 pissed of iPhone 4 CUSTOMERS and then we have a story.

Anyway, to give Apple credit, at the end of their media release they finish with this:

As a reminder, if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.

I would say no one is forced to buy an iPhone.  If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. If you buy it and it doesn’t work for you as you expect, return it for a full refund.

Black and White Version: Apple say they have found cause of the iPhone reception issue and it’s a simple software fix.  I don’t believe them.

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