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Today in Apple history – iPhone 4 releases with their Retina display

The iPhone 4 releases with their Retina display and was a massive success for Apple, Apple’s own CEO at the time Steve Jobs hailed it as the thinnest smartphone in the world. With a stainless steel that was also used as the antenna made it that much more attractive than the Android counterparts at the time. Today in Apple history – iPhone 4 releases with their Retina display on June 24th, 2010 following the announcement at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on the 7th June.

What was so great?

Although a few years earlier the original iPhone back in 2007 had taken the industry by storm. The iPhone 4 took things to the next level, during the WWDC they introduced Facetime and at the time they really got us excited by announcing it was open-source. Due to some legal issues, this never came to pass, sigh the social video world would be so much better today if it was (I will be giving my reasons for this in a later article).

Apple upgraded the camera by adding 5MP and adding an LED flash Sadly the front facing camera did not receive any love and was just shipped with a VGA camera but that didn’t stop iPhone users loving selfies.

Retina Display

This was the reason the iPhone was loved by so many, Apple with Steve Jobs had a mesmerising charisma that made everything they announced just seem better than the competition. iPhone 4 boasted 4X the pixels of its predecessor and despite retaining the 3.5-inch form factor it remained a thing of beauty for years to come.

Antenna-gate

Sadly the design that made the iPhone so great was also its biggest criticism. There were reports of users experiencing dropped calls if held incorrectly (I never experienced this but there were enough videos around at the time). The news took this subject on in a big way and brought a massive controversy to Apple and this resulted in a class action suit.

Apple’s Answer?

Free bumper! Yeah, I was a little surprised by how Apple seemed to wash it under the carpet with this offer. My order was quick though I didn’t want to miss the time window.

Apple is an expert in making issues such as these go away, to be honest, it was the correct decision as the issue was rectified in short by software.

How can software fix a hardware fault?

Apple didn’t exactly fix the issue, what happened was a software update was released to change the way the signal was registering which did help the issue experienced, however, due to the delicacy of iPhones the majority didn’t experience the issue due to cases

 

Remember Apple fans if you don’t have an iPhone, well you don’t have an iPhone

 

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Carl Hamilton
Carl Hamilton
Technology enthusiast, Entrepreneur, father, adventurer and looking to use education and technology to change the world.

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