iPhone 4 Launch Day Sees Big Lines Everywhere

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Most cities in the U.S. saw an unusual heavy traffic spike in the wee hours of the morning today. It is launch day for the latest phone from Apple (s aapl), and from indications hundreds of thousands of iPhone 4 owners-to-be headed to the nearest Apple store to lay claim on the smartphone. The iPhone 4 is the best phone from Cupertino to date, and reports indicate first day sales will be impressive.

The iPhone 4 runs iOS4 and is a nice package of industrial design goodness. It is slimmer than previous models, yet crams more features in the little package. It’s been fun to watch the web for reports from the trenches, and on Twitter the excited tweets from new owners have been entertaining.

Like any hot new phone, the reports of scattered problems with the iPhone 4 are already appearing, but out of what must be a million phones that will be sold today it’s only to be expected there will be some with problems. I wouldn’t put too much stock in accounts of flaws, as I am sure the vast majority of the phones are just fine. There are no doubt a lot more new iPhone 4 owners who are as excited as a kid on Christmas morning than there are those with problem phones.

I didn’t stand in line as I just got a new phone that is still making me happy. Geek that I am, though, there are no promises what I might do in the future. :)

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Bill Gates is pompous

With such rapture over the iPhone 4 today, the free democratic marekts are speaking. Oh what will Goggle’s little nerd Vic Gundotra do now to try and scare people into falsely believing that Steve Jobs is Big Brother. How absurdly unoriginal.

Informed

Software will not fix the problem, it is hardware related. Danish Professor Gert Frølund Pedersen, a reknowned antenna technology expert, predicted this problem, due to the iphone 4 design. There is also an issue when using Wifi while using the bumper. Remember when Steve Jobs had trouble connecting via Wifi at the keynote? Here is a video which shows the Wifi/bumper issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jSKHVHDJrg

Informed

There are folks from various forums/blogs reporting, Apple confirms it is a hardware issue. Apple are creating cases, customer(s) need to send device(s) in for repair.

Gavin Miller

Well, I have mine here and it’s very nice. The screen is stunning. However, I can confirm that the ridiculous reception issue when you have it in your left hand is present. It goes from 3 bars to no service. Using it in my right hand it’s fine. Sigh.

No yellow spots on screen to report. Restored from my 3GS backup fine and was up and running after copying 28GB of data in under the hour.

James Kendrick

I have seen that issue on video on a 3GS that was upgraded to iOS4. That phone did not have this issue prior to the upgrade which strangely points to a software fix.

Gavin Miller

Really? The plot thickens…

Where I live I’m on O2 and the reception isn’t great, I’d get one maybe two bars on my 3GS and in fact often picking it up would drop the signal.

The iPhone 4 seems to get a stronger signal, apart from the problem described. Let’s see how this one plays out!

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