Apple has released their pre-release version of iOS 4.1 to developers and it has the “fix” for the antenna problem. We still don’t know when it will be released to end-users but it shouldn’t be that long, a few weeks tops. As well as the fix there appear to be a few other tweaks in the 4.01 version, but as you would expect from a .01 release so soon after a major release the tweaks are minimal.
Amusingly Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner, chose today to drop a quick one-liner at Apple’s expense – as if the Apple share price fall wasn’t enough. When Turner was speaking at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington DC he said: “It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their [Apple’s] Vista, and I’m okay with that.” He then went on to say, “One of the things I want to make sure you know today is that you’re going to be able to use a Windows Phone 7 and not have to worry about how you’re holding it to make a phone call.”
Which seems overly harsh, after all the antenna problem is a small PR gaff compared to Microsoft’s Vista, which must have lost Microsoft hundreds of millions in revenue. It’s also a quote that may just backfire on Turner. Thinking back we can’t remember any other Microsoft exec. ever slagging off a previous version of their OS. No matter how bad they’ve been – and they’ve been some real stinkers Windows ME anyone? – Microsoft execs have never slagged off their own. So it’s quite striking to hear Kevin slap a product down especially one that’s still in millions of businesses and homes worldwide. It must also be remembered that while the iPhone has it’s faults, it has sold many many more devices than Apple or anyone could have predicted, where as Vista has consistently sold a lot less than anyone could have predicted.