In a terribly tragic turn of events, a Foxconn employee has committed suicide after losing a prototype of Apple’s 4th generation iPhone.
A 25-year old employee, Sun Danyong, was tasked with shipping prototypes of Apple’s iPhone from Foxconn’s manufacturing plant to Cupertino. However, one went missing and when officials found out, they used brutal interrogation techniques and physical intimidation which supposedly drove the young worker to jump out his 12th story apartment window. Foxconn has since suspended the officials involved without pay and expressed remorse for what has happened but the case is now being treated as murder
On Thursday, July 9th, Sun got 16 prototype phones from the assembly line at a local Foxconn factory. At some point in the next few days, he discovered that one of the phones was missing. He suspected that it had been left at the factory, but couldn’t find it. On Monday, July 13, he reported the missing phone to his boss. Then, that Wednesday, three Foxconn employees searched his apartment—illegally, according to Chinese law. Accusations are flying that Sun was detained and physically abused during the investigation, although this has not been… more...
Leave it to someone to experiement with something many of us have all had in our minds.
Russian site GooDiPhone demonstrates Windows 95 running on an iPhone via an emulator. Of course, Windows 95 is pushing it for the poor iPhone, but imagine the possibilities. Take a look:more...
When iPhone 3.0 launched, there were a few reports of WiFi problems but a simple network reset or OS restore seem to calm the clatter.
Tuaw is reporting that the problem is back with a vengeance for iPhone users. Are you one of them?
Users note that signal strength can fluctuate between one and full bars even when standing right next to the router or when a computer nearby shows a constant signal. This goes along with a commensurate reduction in speed. Even at full signal on both the computer and the 3GS, one user reports getting a maximum of 3Mbit downloads on the iPhone while getting nearly 7Mbit downloads on a MacBook using the O2 network. The fluctuating signal strength problem has affected me since I brought home my new iPhone 3GS.
If you are experiencing problems, let us know. I am not experiencing any problems, for for those who are, perhaps you’ll see some light at the end of the tunnel with the next update to be released near the end of the summer.more...
One thing I have been anxiously awaiting is Push notification. Unfortunately, not many of the apps I was expecting to have it, came released with the update, however, I may now why.
According to the developer of Notify Me via AppAdvice, Apple sent him a message apologizing for for the delay of his new update ready to be released for 3.0 goodness.
“Apparently Apple just hasn’t worked out all of the push notification bugs quite yet. Balogh stated that according to their records, Apple hasn’t even started using NotifyMe yet, which would indicate that the problems have nothing to do with any of the apps in review. Balogh also stated that in their testing conditions, all push messages with NotifyMe were working “extremely well and right on time,” which creates a bit of confusion as to what the real problem is. The un-reviewed push-capable apps must be piling up as we speak.”
After several years, you would think the bugs would be worked out. I can also understand that the true bugs don’t come out until actually released, so hopefully they get those worked out soon so we won’t have to wait any longer on Push Notification.… more...
Mimicking the activation woes that plagued some original iPhone and even 3G customers, the iPhone 3GS seems to be giving some users activation problems.
It appears Apple may have an inadequate amount of servers to deal with new and existing customers looking to activate their iPhone 3GS. While trying to initiate the activation process, iTunes spits out a somewhat vague error indicating users that it will take up to 48 hours for their device to be fully functional. In the mean time, Apple advises users who are facing activation issues to use features of the device that do not require an active cellular connection until AT&T is able to connect users to its network.
Via: iPhones Talkmore...
Geek legend and all around Apple enthusiast was one of the first people to purchase an iPhone 3GS at the Valley Fair Apple Store.
An eye witness reports:
I just got my iPhone this morning at the Apple Store in Valley Fair (San Jose, CA) and Steve Wozniak was there.
I arrived at 3:50am and Mr. Woz was chopping it up with the manager at Apple. Then around 4:30am he politely asked everyone in line if he could be the 1st to get his iPhone at the store and everyone said yes.
Any famous (or semi-famous) celebrities cut you in line for the iPhone 3GS?
Apple launched the iPhone 3GS today and we’ve heard reports of fast moving lines as well as some slower ones. Whether you got crushed in the melee of Apple Geeks frantically piling over another to be the first in line or you just got cut by Woz, leave your launch day experience in the comments.more...
Hot on the heels Firmware 3.0 being made available to the masses, Apple has already switched on a key feature in the new upgrade: parental controls.
Before Firmware 3.0 was released, many developers and users cried foul that Apple was denying Apps from appearing on the App Store based on shaky claims of inappropriate content. Apple’s response was for developers to optimize their Apps for Firmware 3.0 as fast as they could and rate their work for which age group they were targeting. Now, users will begin seeing age restriction notices and will be prevented from downloading certain Apps if parental controls are enabled.
Something that slipped under the radar last week was an update of eCamm’s excellent iPhone desktop application, PhoneView.
If you’re not familiar with PhoneView and you have an iPhone, why not?! PhoneView gives you direct access to your iPhone’s data including sms and call records. Its feature include:
- Use your iPhone as a Disk
- Create, Edit and Save Notes
- Play and Export Music
- View and Export Call History
- View and Export SMS
- Export Synced Photos
- Download Camera Photos
- Export Contacts
Version 2.2 Adds Web mode for viewing bookmarks and browsing history.
It’s the sort of app that you may not need often, but when you do, it’s brilliant and well worth the US$20. If you need to access your call records or archive your SMSes, it’s a must have.
Check it out at eCamm PhoneViewmore...
During Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference, Phil Schiller took the stage to introduce an update to the iPhone called iPhone 3GS bringing faster processing capabilities, faster data connection and a video camera.
Many of the Blog-o-sphere’s previously circulated rumors held up today as the new iPhone came sporting a magenetometer (digital compass), video recording capabilities, increasead storage, voice recoginition, longer lasting battery, Nike+ support, faster data speeds (7.2Mbps HSDPA) and a much faster processor. While Apple touts the iPhone 3GS being twice as fast as its predecessor, we’ll have to wait for a tear down on what kind of Hardware Apple chose to build the iPhone with. As for availability, June 19th marks the iPhone 3GS’ official launch date in 6 countries (including the US) and expanding beyond that the week after. For newcomers, the current iPhone 3G will be marked down to $99 and the 16/32GB iPhone 3GS (white and black) will be $199 and $299 respectively. Those not eligible to upgrade will have to pay $100 extra.more...