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>> Brian Tong: What's up, Apple Byters? I'm back, and I'll be back for a while, so let's get into all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. Now, it's impossible to avoid the iPhone4 fever, and it all started on launch day. So let's check out some of the action from San Francisco that wrapped around three whole sides of a city block.
>> Brian Tong: [music] Brian Tong here with CNET.com at the launch for iPhone4. These people have been here, what, since 3:00 A.M. or so? It's [people cheering] That's 30 hours. It's very sad. Are you guys ready for this thing?
>> We are.
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>> The phone I have right now is a phone I've had for five years. It's, like, an LG -
>> Brian Tong: Wow.
>> It's really old -
>> Brian Tong: - almost a caveman -
>> Cover fell off. Every time I try to use it, it shuts off. It can only store 50 messages and do nothing more. So this guy, Chris, right here is, the first person in line. He's been waiting for, like, two days. And I actually saw some of the blogs that he had been waiting here, I had reserved a spot ahead of him. And he reserved a spot through a site called Air B and B, and I had actually went to the site and took that reservation, and I paid $400 for it.
>> Brian Tong: How long have you been here?
>> For about, like, a minute.
>> A minute.
>> Brian Tong: A minute? Would you rather be here in line or doing something else?
>> Doing something else.
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>> Brian Tong: So I think the most frustrating thing about today is that I just came here to get new ear buds.
>> I've been here since 5:00 A.M. -
>> Brian Tong: Is that [crosstalk] -
>> Yesterday. Yeah. Five A.M. since yesterday. So I'm number five or six. If someone comes up to me and just told me, here, I'll give you a thousand dollars, I, I would give to them. But if they give me, like, 800, I would still do it.
>> Brian Tong: So what are you most interested about with this iPhone?
>> [inaudible] [laughter]
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>> Brian Tong: Where are you guys from?
>> Don't they -
>> Brian Tong: Why, why from Alabama, California just for the iPhone?
>> Well, we wanted to be here for the Apple experience, you know, in San Francisco. So very proud to be here.
>> Tried to pre-order. Couldn't get in on a pre-order.
>> Brian Tong: Alright, guys. This line extends around two city blocks. I'm here at approximately the three-hour mark. That's three. I think I'm going to sit down for a little while. Oh, yeah. This is sad.
>> Processer booths. Two cameras, HD video.
>> Brian Tong: Will you be [inaudible] face time at all with the ladies?
>> Oh, hell, yes. I will. [laughter] That's the first thing I'm going to do. I just need to find a lady with a 4G.
>> Brian Tong: OK, you guys. Got your phones. How do you feel?
>> I'm in -
>> Overwhelmed. Whoo hooo. I'm so excited. [crosstalk]
>> I'm so emotionally drained. We live in a loft, so I'm going to face time her from downstairs while she's upstairs.
>> Brian Tong: That sounds dirty.
>> Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, baby.
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>> Brian Tong: Next thing you know, he's going to talk about his O face time.
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>> Brian Tong: Yeah. I know. I have issues. Now, early reviewers are touting the iPhone as the best phone they've ever seen, but maybe getting their phone a week early got them a little too excited. Videos flooded the Internet showing some of Apple's new baby losing signal bars or even dropping calls when covering the left-hand corner with your hand. Your hand. It's the thing that we use to hold phones. Now, apparently, bridging the gap between the antennas with conductive material like a key or even your skin is enough to affect the signal. SJ even responded to a customer's e-mail saying, "Non-issue. Just avoid holding it that way." OK. That's a total BS response if I've heard one. Now, it isn't happening to every phone, but bloggers have found a solution. Apple's bumper case. You know, it's that $29 rubber band they're selling. Now, I actually have some right here, and they are free. Now, that's not all. Other people are also discovering yellow spots and bands of discoloration on their iPhone4 screens. According to Gizmodo, Apple's told customers that it's residue from the manufacturing process, and the yellow spots should clear up in a few days. Kind of sounds like my blanket in sixth grade. Now, count them up. That's two black eyes for Apple on launch day, and both are worthy of some real nasty bad apples. [screaming] But it's not stopping Apple from selling an estimated 1.5 million phones in the first day. That's just ridiculous. Now, just think of all those people waiting in those three-plus hour lines hoping to be a trendsetter at their local swimming pool with the all-white iPhone4. Apple announced the white version will be delayed until the second half of July due to some manufacturing issues, and to those people in line, it sucks to be you, but it might be July until you get through that line anyways. Alright. If you didn't get an iPhone, you weren't left out of the party because iOS4 was released last week. So we're bringing you some tips that you might not know about.
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>> Brian Tong: Many of you have loaded your iPhone or iPod Touch with the latest iOS4, and you're playing around with all the new features like multi-tasking and folders, but there are a lot of hidden gems you might not know about in the settings. With the latest OS, you now have the ability to turn off your cell phone data usage while still using the phone just for calls and text messages. All you have to do is go into your settings and then general and then network, and you'll see the cellular data option, and this is a big deal for people who want to save data. Now, I'm messaging on my phone a lot, and there's a couple new features here as well. Go to your messages settings, and then you can turn on the character count function. If you're on a tight text message plan, you'll be able to tell if you're about to go over the character limit and avoid an extra message from being sent. You also have the ability to search through your messages. So if you don't see it, just pull down to reveal the search bar, type in a word, and voila, there are your messages with that word in them. And while we're talking about search, when using the universal search in iOS4, when you type in a word, you now have the ability to search the Web or Wikipedia for that term. Now, let's shift over to photos. Your pictures can be organized into albums, but if you sync your iPhone with Apple's iPhoto, your pictures can also be organized by faces and places, and it's just kind of fun to see where your pictures have been taken on a map, moving it around, and looking at all of them. And to any pictures in your camera roll that you decide to e-mail, right after you hit the send button, you'll see a prompt that lets you choose the size of the picture that you can send off. I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com, and there's still more iOS secrets we have for you, and you might even find some for yourself, so use them wisely.
>> Brian Tong: [music] Thank you, really smart guy. Now, we also have another set of tips on CNET TV, so check those out as well. Now, Steve Jobs told us that iPhone 3G owners wouldn't have all the iOS4 features like multi-tasking, but who would have guessed that custom wallpapers would be too much for the 3G to handle because those intense animations just really slow down the user experience. Alright. That's going to do it for this week's show. I'm Brian Tong. You can send your e-mails to the Apple Byte at CNET.com with your iPhone4 reactions, both positive and negative. Thanks for watching, and we'll see you guys next week for another Byte of the Apple. [coughing]
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>> Brian Tong: Yeah, no, no. I can hear you perfectly fine. I'm supposed to hold it this way. That's what Steve said. Yeah. Perfect. OK. Cool.
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