I personally can’t wait to test out the much touted reception issues with the iPhone 4. You probably think I’m crazy, but actually, I’m perfectly lucid for one clear reason: in order to do that, I’ll have waved goodbye to Vodafone, since I’ll be shifting carriers when I get an iPhone 4.
When I got an iPhone, I shifted from Telstra to Vodafone. I then found out that just because you can have perfect cell coverage with one carrier doesn’t mean you’ll get perfect cell coverage with another carrier, even when they advertise good coverage on the Central Coast. The only people who would describe Vodafone cell coverage in my area as “great” would probably also describe a shit sandwich as “tasty”.
So, quite frankly I’m looking forward to the phone – particularly when I don’t, as they say, “hold it that way” – I hold a phone from the top, not the bottom.
(I wish, personally, that Apple had engineered a phone that worked against the people who “hold it that way”, when “that way” is “imbecilic walkie talkie” way. You know who I’m talking about – the twits who go on speaker phone – as if I and others around them give a rats arse about their conversation – and talk into the microphone holding the phone laying flat poking out from their mouth, rather than against their face. I’m not a betting man, but if Apple had engineered a phone that prevented idiots from using their phones that way, the media coverage would have been far more positive…)
But it seems inevitable at this point that the iPhone 4 will be delayed in Australia – and not just picking on Australia, maybe a great many or all of the second wave of countries. Here’s a few reasons I suspect why:
- Apple are still unable to say when they will ship the white iPhone 4 units.
- When Apple have traditionally said that a product will be available in “late <month>”, they typically start the pre-order process at least 2, sometimes 3-4 weeks out from that date. There’s been no sign of the pre-order process starting in Australia yet. (By comparison, for a May 28 release date, my pre-order for iPads – that had already had their release date put off a month – was May 10.)
- If discussions are being held at Apple regarding remediation of the kerfuffle over the signal strength, they won’t go and add another 15 or 30 (or whatever the number is) countries to the list of affected devices until they have decided what they’re going to do.
- I got an email from Optus on Tuesday, more than a week after I registered for interest, that read, “We can’t wait to bring you the latest iPhone 4 News … and we are looking forward to being able to share it with you as soon as we can.” It seems somewhat doubtful if Optus would bother to send out an email if it was expected pre-orders would start this week. If pre-orders don’t start this week, that further diminishes the amount of time left before the end of the month, again making the chances of a July release lower.
- If initial sales are to be believed, iPhone 4 is selling in record numbers. Like the iPad before it, Apple may be focusing on increasing production and providing units to the original core countries before expanding outward again.
So, as of July 14, with no sign of pre-orders available, my guess is that iPhone 4 isn’t going to hit Australia, and the other countries in the second wave, until late August. (Of course, I hope Apple might blow this prediction out of the water and announce availability soon.)
With Apple having announced a press conference to be held 10am Friday US/Pacific time at their HQ on Friday, it seems completely implausible that there’ll be any announcement regarding the release date of the iPhone 4 in the second-wave countries before that time. Given it’s reasonably unprecedented for Apple to hold press conferences about products (rather than to release products) , I’d surmise that my “late August” prediction of an iPhone 4 release in Australia may actually be optimistic.
Let’s hope iOS 4.1 addresses some iPhone 3G performance issues to tide us over then … iOS 4 hasn’t exactly been kind to the older phones…
Apple have said in the press conference that the second wave countries, including Australia, will see the iPhone on July 30. I’m happily proved wrong, and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it.