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Monthly Archives: June 2010
Last night I got to the Los Gatos apple store at 10:45PM to get in line, and luckily my father and I were the 11th and 12th people in line. After a long night, we were greeting in the morning by lines of cheering and hi-fiving apple store employees. I really love the apple store product launch environment. The staff is very friendly and welcoming, even though it eerily continues the impression of Apple being some sort of Kool-Aid sipping cult.
Well at 7:00AM they opened the doors and at 7:12 AM I walked out with my shiny new iPhone 4. Restoring and activating took less than 5 minutes at home, and when I first picked up the device all I could think was “wow”. When you pick up the device, a combination of three things jump out at you that sets it apart from the 3Gs, 3G and 2.5G iPhones. The first and most obvious is the feel of the phone in your hand. It feels like a solid machine, it’s small but dense, as if Apple packed as much firepower into the slim 9.3mm device. The second thing I noticed was the display. I thought the Retina Display was a gimmick, of course a gimmick I was highly looking forward to but wow! The last and most enjoyable thing that jumps out at you is the speed. Oh yes, the speed.
The iPhone 4 is fast. Think back to a time when you may have upgraded your computer from a Pentium Celeron processor to a shiny new Core 2 Duo or perhaps Core i7 processor. It’s an immediately noticeable speed improvement. My previous phone, the iPhone 3G sported a 412MHz processor paired with 128MB of RAM. The iPhone 4 jumps to a 1GHz Apple A4 chip paired with 512MB of RAM. Four times the memory, two and a half times the processing power, the phone is a beast. Applications that used to take 10-20 seconds to launch now launch in milliseconds. I’m in heaven.
In an upcoming review I’ll post examples of the video and photos, as well as some FaceTime photos. In the mean time, I look forward to the next two years with this phone.
Yesterday AT&T and Apple were having a lot of difficulty keeping their servers up apparently, and with good reason. Apple sold more than 600,000 iPhone 4′s on the first day. That’s at least $120,000,000 in revenue on the first day, and definitely more since they sold both $199 and $299 models.
My father and I were two of those 600,000+ pre-orders that managed to get in on the first day, despite technical difficulties. Looks like we’ll be getting out iPhones on June 24th!
Unfortunately, I wanted a white one and they were only selling black ones on the first day. No big deal though, I’d rather have a black iPhone then have to to wait up to a month for a white iPhone. I think this year I’m going to camp out overnight at the Los Gatos iPhone store. In 2008 I waited in line for almost 8 hours with my dad, sister and two of my friends. It was hot, crowded and boring. I figure if the doors open at 7 AM, and I get there at midnight, then I’ll have only waited 7 hours, and the weather will be much more agreeable.
In somewhat related news, I got to test out a cool iPad app that is coming to the iPhone soon. I’m bound to secrecy due to the NDA, but I will say that I did actually land an interview at the company tomorrow! Internships ahoy!
The iPhone 4 was announced on the 7th of June, and I want one badly.
Is it simply because I’m a fanboy and I’d shell out a couple hundred bucks for a brick if it had an Apple logo on it? Maybe. But this phone is really impressive. It has some awesome features such as recording movies in HD and editing in iMovie right on your phone, and it has some lackluster features such as iAd and iOS 4.
The market for smart phones is a lot more competitive now than when the first iPhone came out, so the iPhone 4 may not look like the obvious choice for many. Some will choose to stick with Android phones for their full support of multi-tasking, unlocked operating system and more open app store. However, I must give credit to Apple even despite their locked iPhone ecosystem. The iPhone 3G is the first phone I’ve had for the entire 2 year period of my contract. The phone never once broke, needed repair or anything that would cause me to be unable to replace my phone. This being said, I have a bit of customer loyalty to Apple.
The main reason I’m looking forward to the iPhone 4 is the A4 processor. I love my 3G but it is slow, very slow. I noticed this especially after using my dad’s iPad. I can only imagine that with an A4 chip in the iPhone 4, it will be lightning fast. I’m not really talking about games or graphics, but mostly just the snappiness of the interface. How long does it take to launch an app? Hopefully instantly, and not the 20+ seconds my iPhone 3G sometimes takes.
Pre-orders of the iPhone 4 begin on June 15. That’s the day I’ll be pre-ordering mine, for sure.
Well the semester is over and again I find that I have time for blogging. I’ve made some changes to the blog that I hope will increase the readability for my 0 readers. I’ve changed the theme to something a little easier on the eyes, and I’ve also added some HTML 5 tags and enabled search engine indexing. Not really sure how or why that was ever turned off, but I expect to see some google spam traffic soon. But if I really want to see any traffic at all, I need to start writing content more often! Might start with some stuff about my server and Ubuntu 10.04… my honeymoon with Windows Server 2008 R2 is over and I’ve come to find it very painful to work with.
This summer is looking to be a good one for tech. I’m going to build my girlfriend a computer, and I might also build one for my roommate. If I get a job, I’ll be building one for myself as well! But first I need to actually find a job…
In the mean time I’ve been dedicating far too much time to my garden. I’ve planted spinach and they are doing really well. Unfortunately, none of my other seeds have germinated yet. Also I’ve currently killed 5 of 6 strawberries. I might deviate from the normal ‘technology’ topic and post a little about geeky gardening. I think spinach was a great choice to plant, and I’m glad that it’s doing well, because spinach can go in just about anything.