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Steve Jobs: BlackBerry, Android, Windows Mobile have antenna problem too

As part of Apple's iPhone 4 press conference today, CEO Steve Jobs took the opportunity to bring out a BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eric, and Samsung Omnia 2 and highlight each of those devices dropping from 4 to 1 or 0 bars as well.

Jobs also pointed out that the formulae used to calculate and display bars isn't standardized and everyone works out for themselves how they're going to do it. (As of iOS 4.0.1 Apple is now using AT&T's recommended formulae).

Lastly, he pointed out that Apple's highly visible black bar at the bottom left of the antenna array made the problem spot easier to find on iPhone 4.

[Slashgear, Android Central's response]

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Apple sells 3 million iPhone 4 in 3 weeks

Despite the ongoing iPhone 4 antenna issues, Apple just announced during their special press conference that they've sold 3 million iPhone 4 handsets in just 3 weeks. That's a huge number, especially in light of the recent publicity.

Speaking of which, while using comedy and humility to fess up to those same antenna issues, they also took the opportunity to show off the high ratings iPhone 4 has received -- including from Consumer Reports.

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TiPb talking iPhone 4 press conference on ABC15 Phoenix

I had the pleasure earlier this morning to speak briefly about Apple's upcoming iPhone 4 press conference with Kirk Yuhnke of ABC15 news in Phoenix, AZ. Will Steve Jobs be there? What action will Apple take?

Check out the video after the jump and join us for the live meta-blog starting soon.

[ABC15 Phoenix]

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Apple iPhone 4 press conference meta-live blog

Apple iPhone 4 Press Conference

Will Steve Jobs be at the Apple iPhone 4 press conference tomorrow? If so, what will he say? We can't wait to find out either. If you're planning on following along, we invite you to join us for all the coverage, color, and commentary you've come to expect from TiPb.

We'll kick things off with live chat around 12:30pm ET, 9:30am PT, 5:30pm BST. Be there.

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Apple iPhone 4 press conference predictions

What do you expect from Apple's iPhone 4 press conference?online surveys

Apple's unprecedented iPhone 4 press conference is only a few hours away and so many questions remain unanswered. Will Steve Jobs even be there? Does he need to personally get in front of this or does he need to stay far away and let Phil Schiller and the engineers handle it?

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iOS 4.1 features: Game Center take 2

iOS 4.1 beta comes with a newly re-designed Game Center preview. Game Center in its original form was present in all the iOS 4 betas but was removed from the general, public release. Previously all dark and blue and ovaly, that remains in the sign-up sections but the new Game Center has a background of billiard-table green and fonts -- well, that make Notes' Marker Felt seem restrained.

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WSJ: Apple knew of antenna risk Apple: No we didn't, [and no recall?]

The Wall Street Journal, and specifically reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane, which have both provided information in the past suspected to have come from Apple, have an article up in which they site sources saying Apple new of the risks with their new antenna design -- something Apple denies -- and that there won't be a recall.

Apple Inc. released its newest iPhone despite internal concerns about its antenna reception, and gave wireless carriers far less time to test the phone than is typical, according to people familiar with the matter.

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MobileMe Calendar Beta Now Works with Microsoft Outlook

Apple has updated their MobileMe News with information on the the new Calendar beta that should make any Microsoft Outlook user happy:

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iOS 4 vs. iOS 4.0.1 (and iOS 4.1) signal mapping changes

Anandtech compared the differences in signal mapping between iOS 4 and iOS 4.0.1 (and iOS 4.1) and concluded that Apple has indeed produced a much more reliable system (meaning the old system was less than honestly reporting strength):

As you can see the old way (top) put far too much weight into the 5th bar of signal. Apple's new approach not only splits it up more reasonably between the 4th and 5th bar (still non-linearly keeping you in the 5th bar if possible) but also extends the range of the lower bars.

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Apple releases iOS 3.2.1 for iPad

Not to be completely over-shadowed by it's older if smaller iPhone brother, iPad also received an update from Apple today -- to iOS 3.2.

We're updating as we type but if you notice and Wi-Fi reception fixes or anything else of note, let us know in the comments!

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