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The reason behind the white iPhone 4 delay: Apple's glass supplier

Many of us were disappointed when June 15th arrived and the white iPhone was not available for pre-order or reservation. The day before the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple provided a vague explanation claiming that the white iPhone 4 had "proven more challenging to manufacture than expected." It turns out that this manufacturing problem comes from Lens Technology, Apple's glass supplier.

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iPad live tonight! 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

You know the drill. Come time, we'll be talking about everything iPad. We'd love to talk with you, so come by, chat, and share you views.

And yeah, it'll be hard not to discuss "antenna-gate". Does it apply to iPad 3G?

  • 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

We'll take over the front page 15 minutes before the show -- chat with you soon!

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Updated: RIM responds to Apple over antennagate

Co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have released an official response from RIM to Apple's iPhone 4 press conference yesterday and Steve Jobs' demonstration of a BlackBerry Bold 9700 suffering from similar signal-drop when death-gripped:

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Nokia responds to Apple over antennagate

official response from Nokia to Apple's iPhone 4 press conference yesterday, despite Steve Jobs not demonstrating a death-grip on a Nokia phone the way they did RIM's BlackBerry, HTC's Droid Eris, and Samsung's Omnia. Here's the full response:

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Apple iPhone 4 special press conference round up

Rounding up the news and views on Apple's iPhone 4 press conference

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The iPhone Antenna Song - Friday fun video

Apple held a press conference today to discuss the antenna issue on the iPhone 4. To open the conference, they showed a YouTube video titled "The iPhone Antenna Song".

Even though the song takes Apple's side, it's great to see Apple have a sense of humor about this whole mess and give a fan some spotlight. This song also takes a jab at certain blogs... -- maybe that's why Steve liked it so much?

Watch the video after the break!

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Apple posts iPhone 4 Antenna Press Conference Video, Antenna Information Page

That was fast! Apple has not only posted up the video of their iPhone 4 Antenna Press conference from earlier today (sadly, without the Q&A), they have also put up a dedicated page to discussion signal strength issues with the death grip:

On a mobile phone, signal loss typically occurs when your hand attenuates the most sensitive part of the antenna. In the photos and videos below, we demonstrate how different grips cause attenuation on many popular smartphones — including iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Say what you will about Apple PR, but when they decide to make a move, they move fast and make as big a splash as they can. Give it a watch and let us know: are you convinced?

Video after the break.

Antenna page; via Engadget

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Apple: No software fix for iPhone 4 antenna issues

When asked during the iPhone 4 press conference if there would be a software fix for iPhone 4's antenna issues, Steve Jobs and Scott Forestall both said an emphatic (borderline hostile) "no".

While Apple offered apologies, facts and figures, demonstrations of other smartphones having the same issue, and free bumpers and cases to take care of their customers, they said no software fix was forthcoming:

Q (Josh, Engadget): NY Times says this might have a software fix, is this something that can be helped with software? Steve: We just spent the last hour going through how the iPhone 4 drops only 1 more call per hundred than the 3GS. … Go talk to the Times, because you guys talk to yourselves a lot, and they’re just making this stuff up.

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White iPhone coming late July, Canada, Australia, 15 other countries coming July 30

Steve Jobs announced today during the iPhone 4 press conference that the white iPhone 4 will finally see the light of day -- in limited quantities -- by late July.

Also, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada (!), Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and Switzerland will finally see iPhone 4 launching on Friday, July 30.

Anyone still waiting on white? Planning to line up for the international release?

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