No matter what, the iPhone can’t stay out of headlines for long. Today, we have the official release of the iPhone 4 in Canada, and the announcement from Apple that they are looking into issues relating to the iOS4 update.
As of today, the iPhone 4 is now available in Canada on all three of the top Canadian carriers. As of now, none of these carriers has exclusivity with Apple so you can use it on the carrier of your choice. Just as in European markets, you have the option of purchasing an unsubsidized, unlocked version from Apple from an Apple store. (That is, full price for the phone)
Buying a phone from your carrier of choice will grant you a subsidized price but will lock you to that carrier for the next 3 years in contract. This is different from how the iPhone traditionally worked and was sold in Canada, as previous iPhones were unlocked no matter how they were purchased. So, in review: Buying an iPhone directly from Apple means it’s unlocked so you may use it on any carrier at any time, but you will pay full price for the phone. Buying the iPhone directly from the carrier will net you a subsidized price, but will lock the phone to that carrier.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is aware of performance issues affecting iPhone 3G users running iOS4. From the WSJ:
“Apple is investigating reports that the latest iPhone operating system causes problems for users of the iPhone 3G, after a series of complaints on Apple support forums and technology blogs. Apple is aware of the reports and is looking into the matter, a spokeswoman told Digits.”
iPhone 3G users have been complaining since the launch of iOS4, with reports of sluggish performance, poor battery life and reboots galore. This YouTube parody demonstrates the frustation nicely: