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iPhone 4 antenna problems clarified (a bit)

Anandtech has done some testing to try and find out what's happening with iPhone 4 signal attenuation and related antenna reception problems, and come to two equal yet opposing conclusions:

Holding the iPhone 4 without a case, in your left hand, crossing the black strip can result in a worst case drop of 24 dBm in signal. [...] The fact of the matter is that either the most sensitive region of the antenna should have an insulative coating, or everyone should use a case. For a company that uses style heavily as a selling point, the latter isn't an option. And the former would require an unprecedented admission of fault on Apple's part.

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Apple now hiring: iPhone and iPad antenna engineers

Apple has three job listings for iPhone and iPad antenna engineers, all posted June 23, just following the launch of iPhone 4. Their missions:

Define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices.

Whether the timing is coincidental, crucial, or just comedic given the antenna reception issues many users have faced when holding iPhone 4 on the lower left side... we'll leave for you decide.

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Apple posts article on how to fix iOS 4 Exchange sync problems

Apple has posted a knowledge base article support note for users whose Exchange ActiveSync mail, contacts, and calendars are no longer syncing post-iOS 4 update.

Here are the symptoms as described by Apple:

Immediately after updating to iOS 4, some users may notice that Exchange ActiveSync Mail, Contacts, or Calendars do not sync, or sync very slowly. In addition, some Exchange Server administrators may notice their servers running slowly.

And the solution:

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Instapaper hits 2.2.5 for iPhone and iPad

Macro Arment's excellent Instapaper 2.2.5 has just become available for iPhone and iPad. I had the good fortune of talking briefly with Arment at WWDC and the amount of consideration he puts into usability and interface borders on the inspiring. His fearlessness in changing or even killing features to ultimately make a better product -- guess what? -- ultimately makes a better product.

New this time around are a rename from Instapaper Pro to just Instapaper, as well as additions to pagination, iPhone 4/iPhone 3GS backgroud task completion under iOS 4, support for iPhone 4 Retina Display, an overhaul to rotation and position saving, and one more thing...

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Apple iPhone 4 reception problem support memo leaked?

BGR claims to have content his hands on a copy of Apple's internal support memo for handling iPhone 4 antenna band reception problems.

The gist is: they're to stick to the talking points, probe to make sure it isn't a different problem (i.e. not related to covering the lower left side of iPhone 4 or lower right side of iPhone 3GS), only escalate if it's a different issue and they can't resolve it, and NOT to give out any goram free bumpers!

No mention of mentioning or not mentioning an impending iOS 4.0.1 software fix either.

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Verizon to offer iPhone in January 2011?

So much for those reports claiming Verizon was not interested in the iPhone as Bloomberg is now reporting the iPhone is indeed heading towards the carrier in January of 2011. The timing seems a bit odd to release such a device as iPhone 4 right after the holiday shopping season. Then again this timing may have been necessary as it may be exactly when AT&T's exclusivity agreement with Apple runs dry.

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Updated: Hulu Plus for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone announced

Update: The Hulu Plus application [iTunes Link - Free] is now available within the App Store. We viewed some of the free content on a iPhone 4 over AT&T's 3G network and it streamed flawlessly.

Today that rumor of Hulu introducing a premium paid service has come true as they have officially announced Hulu Plus. It will run you a cool $9.99/month and that will give you streaming access - via Wi-Fi or 3G - to entire seasons of shows that are already available on the free web service along with other programming that is not available on Hulu's website. And the good news is it's just not for iPads but rather every device in the iOS family - iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. There will also be future support for a countless number of other devices such as the Playstation 3 (July) and Xbox 360 (2011). If this sounds like your cup of tea be sure to sign up for the preview invite here.

How many of you are getting ready to do away with your cable or satellite TV service?

Video after the break!

[Thanks to all of you who sent this in!]

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Ducati motorcycle commercial filmed with iPhone 4

The HD video featuring the Ducati Multistrada 1200 motorcycle was shot solely with a iPhone 4. The only trick that was used in post production was stabilization to give the appearance of using a professional camera. All of the very impressive footage was captured this past Sunday in the Pike's Peak International Hill Climb. If you are not familiar with any Pike's Peak events, they are simply races to the top of the mountain via some treacherous dirt road terrain.

Be sure to select the 720p option in the video when viewing from your desktop. Video after the break!

[Jalopnik]

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Microsoft Office Mobile coming to iPhone?

The App Store already plays host to several mobile apps that allow users to view and edit documents and spreadsheets, but how about an official MS Office app for iOS that you can natively edit and view all MS Office formats in? Hints persist that it may be coming.  We'll have to call this one a rumor for now, but considering Bing is already available for the iPhone, it's plausible.  Apple and Microsoft seem to be playing nice lately, so we won't rule it out.

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AT&T Stores start selling iPhone 4 today, are you in line?

AT&T is officially selling iPhone 4 to walk-in customers starting 7am today and you know what that means, right? Lineups!

We know how fun and furious the Apple Store lineups were last week, how will AT&T's compare? if you're in line for an iPhone 4 at AT&T today? Did you score one? Tell us your tale and show off your pics.

[MacRumors, picture credit - Pratik]

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