Earlier last Sunday, Apple released a new set of ads which showed off their new partnership with Verizon with an advertisement which also featured AT&T. The catch line of the ad was "Two is better than one".
However, it looks like some smart person doesn’t like AT&T and has gone ahead and created a parody of the advertisement where the ad takes apart AT&T’s connection issues on the iPhone and ends with a catch line "One is better than the other". Well, considering the problems faced by AT&T customers you might say that this ad would preferably have been better.
If you are an AT&T customer and hate their service and are looking to switch to Verizon, they will be starting to ship the iPhone 4 starting February 10, pre-order starts on February 3rd and the unlimited data plan will be costing $30.
In the meantime have some fun watching the "Two is Better Than One" ad parody below.
Click here if you can’t watch it. Oh and yes, if you haven’t watched the original ad you can watch it below too.
If you watch television in America, you might have come across several At&T and Verizon ads slamming each other. Frankly, there is no love lost between these two networks. However, it looks like Apple has managed to put both these rivals in a single advertising frame.
While watching the NFC championship today I was bombarded with Apple ads which had not one but two iPhone 4 being used in a commercial. That was pretty unusual since I have hardly seen that happen. However, at the end of the ad Apple has a catch line saying that "Two is Better than One" and splashes the AT&T and Verizon logos.
Now according to a leaked inventory screenshot sent to Mac Rumors by a source, the White iPhone 4 will probably show up in Best Buy Stores on February 27th. Both the White iPhone 4 16GB and 32GB models are seemingly coming to Best Buy on February 27, 2011. However, there is no indication as to who the carrier of the device will be. Earlier Engadget has also spotted the white iPhone 4 in Vodafone Germany’s inventory.
Considering that Verizon is launching the iPhone 4 on February 10, the white iPhone 4 may be available for both AT&T and Verizon networks. Though there is no way to confirm this through the listings. Considering that it took 2 years for Apple and Verizon to come up with the CDMA version of the iPhone, they might have definitely worked on doing the same for the white iPhone 4.
Unfortunately, we will only know what type of iPhone 4 will be available after February 27, so you might just have to hold off buying the iPhone from Verizon till then. If you do buy it, you might be able to return the device within 30 days, so make sure to check out on that.
Are you waiting for the white iPhone 4? Will you buy it if it only comes on AT&T or would you prefer waiting for the Verizon version? Do let me know through your comments.
The blogosphere and twitterati are calling it “magic software”. If you think it’s surprising that even in this day and age, with all the capabilities of software, one can still consider some piece of software as magical, then you have to try it out to believe it.
Quest Visual, a startup comprising all of two people, are the ones behind all the buzz.
They have released an iPhone application called “Word Lens”. Word Lens is an Augmented Reality application which does language translation in real-time video. Real-time video translation is a difficult feat especially when done using the computing power of only an iPhone. To top this, Word Lens does not even require any network connectivity. So there is no time lag of getting information from the Internet and then displaying it, which is usually common for Augmented Reality applications.
If you are still not convinced, check out these videos of Otavio Good, one of the founders of Quest Visual , demoing “Word Lens”.
As per Otavio, the application is still in it’s initial version and needs a lot of improvement with text recognition , speed and the number of language it supports.Word Lens is currently supported on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 3G.
It is left to one’s imagination how useful this application can get. Right from reading restaurant menus to road signs, it can become an indispensable tool for tourists.
With plans to be able to look-up the words on say, Wikipedia, read fine-text accurately and support a lot more languages, I think this application which topped the charts on the App Store, sure has a lot of potential.
You can directly download Word Lens for the iPhone from here
Today, Apple seeded the latest Beta version of iOS 4.3 to developers for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G/4G, iPad and Apple TV 2G. This new version of iOS brings quite a few changes including mobile hotspot. The Personal Hotspot’ feature was first seen in Verizon’s recently announced iPhone 4.
iOS 4.3 also brings in support for AirPlay for third party applications, new multi-touch gestures, a new font Noteworthy’ and iAd Full screen banners.
iOS 4.3 also includes new four or five fingers based multi-touch gestures. A four or five finger swipes left or right will allow users to switch between running apps, while a swipe up or down will bring up the multitasking bar. A pinch on the screen will bring users back to the home screen.
Below is the video showing the new four or five finger gestures on iPad running iOS 4.3 Beta-:
One of the most important changes in iOS 4.3 is the ability to change the Side Switch’ to either mute the device or lock its orientation. Apple had change the side switch orientation lock function to mute the device and was flaked for it. I guess Apple heard all the whining and prayers of their iPad owners and provided users with the mute or lock switch option in the latest version of iOS.
Also with the release of iOS 4.3 Beta 1 and the introduction of new multi-touch gestures, rumors have started floating that the next generation iPad and iPhone won’t sport a Home’ button. In fact, Apple employees are already testing the next generation iPad and iPhone without the Home button.
However, there was one question which was asked at the conference which goes like this:
Is the CDMA iPhone exclusive to Verizon?
Tim Cook, COO of Apple answered: It’s a multi-year, non exclusive deal.
Prior to the Verizon launch, iPhone only worked on GSM networks. Now with the Verizon deal, iPhone has been modified to work on CDMA networks too. Since this is a non exclusive deal, Apple will more likely than not use the same phone model to court CDMA Networks across the world.
This would sound good for several networks including Reliance in India who run on a CDMA network. So you can expect Apple to launch on more CDMA networks soon, but I don’t see it happening for the next 3-6 months.
However, Apple will definitely be taking calls from several CDMA operators for sure. So keep your fingers crossed.
According to earlier rumors the iPhone 4 data plans will be $29.99 and Verizon will also provide mobile hotspot for the phone wherein you can connect up to 5 different devices to make use of your phone’s data plan.
However, if you are an AT&T user, you will have to break your existing contract and then sign a new 2 year contract with Verizon. Also, the AT&T iPhone 4 will not work on Verizon since it is a CDMA network.
Considering how fast Verizon LTE network is, this should see a huge shift of customers from AT&T to Verizon. The Verizon iPhone page is already up and can be visited here, but pre-orders won’t open up till February 3, 2010 for new customers. Existing Verizon customers can also get an iPhone 4 from reserved quantity before anyone else. Sign up link for the same is present in the above URL.
At today’s Verizon iPhone conference, the Verizon CEO has confirmed that iPhone 4 will be headed to the Verizon network. The new iPhone 4 will support the CDMA technology that Verizon has.
The iPhone 4 will be launched on Verizon next month, whereas the iPad had made its debut on their network late last year. This is definitely good news for users who have been waiting for Verizon to launch the iPhone.
"We’re incredibly pleased to give Verizon’s customers the choice we’ve been waiting for. We’ve designed an iPhone 4 which connects to the CDMA network — and it has all the features that you’d expect. Like FaceTime. Features like Apple’s stunning Retina Display."
The new iPhone 4 has been designed specifically for the CDMA network and was in test for more than a year. This should open up iPhone access for CDMA vendors across the world, so you will see more networks being added by Apple in near future.
Verizon iPhone users will most likely benefit from the Verizon LTE network and see higher speeds. There goes millions of AT&T customers.
The price of 16GB iPhone 4 on Verizon will be $199 and 32 GB iPhone 4 will be $299. Verizon will also support mobile hotspots out of the box where you can connect up to 5 devices and access the internet.
The Verizon iPhone 4 will be up for pre-order on February 3, 2010. Sales of iPhone 4 will start on February 10, 2010 at online stores for Verizon and in Verizon or Apple stores.
Both Reuters and the WSJ have confirmed that Verizon will offer its existing unlimited data plans with the iPhone 4 as well. This means that if you have a CDMA iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network, you can get an unlimited data plan for $29.99.
In contrast, AT&T offers a $25 data plan which is capped at 2 GB data usage per month with an additional charge of $10 per GB. The voice plans are nearly identical for both carriers.
For data hungry geeks, this means that the Verizon iPhone 4 will be a much better option than the AT&T iPhone 4.
One point of concern is that the iPhone 4 doesn’t support LTE, so users will have to use the slower CDMA technology.
AT&T’s Larry Solomon has already attacked Verizon on this – “The iPhone is built for speed, but that’s not what you get with a CDMA phone. I’m not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane.”
We will know more details about the Verizon iPhone 4 at tomorrow’s special event.
Nearly a week ago, we had reported that Skype will soon be bringing video calling feature to the iPhone 4. Initially, it was expected that Skype will make this huge announcement at the upcoming CES 2011. However, the looks like the company has some other plans for CES as today they have released an updated version of Skype for iOS which enables video calling.
Here is a video demonstrating video calling on the iPhone 4 using Skype :
The updated application will allow iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th generation and iPhone 3GS owners to make video calls to Skype users all over the world using either Wi-Fi or 3G. iPhone 3GS owners need to use the camera at the back of their phone to broadcast their video though.
iPad and iPod Touch 3G owners can also use the application to receive video calls from other Skype users. Obviously, owners of these devices can’t make video calls due to the lack of any kind of camera on the device. Here is the link to the announcement from Skype themselves.
Hopefully, Skype will announce an updated version of their application at the upcoming CES which will bring video calling to Android as well.