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Option-Click AirPort Menu for Network Details

If you hold down the Option key while clicking the AirPort menu in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you'll see not just the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but additional details about the selected network. Details include the MAC address of the network, the channel used by the base station, the signal strength (a negative number; the closer to zero it is, the stronger the signal), and the transmit rate in megabits per second showing actual network throughput. If you hover the cursor over the name of a network to which you're not connected, a little yellow pop-up shows the signal strength and type of encryption.

 

 

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White iPhone 4 Finally Arrives

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Apple finally made the mythical white models of the iPhone 4 available for purchase for both GSM (AT&T and international) and CDMA (Verizon Wireless) networks as of 28 April 2011, more than 10 months after the iPhone 4 initially shipped.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, said, “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right. Our Oompa-Loompas have been working day and night to carve the back casing of each white iPhone 4 from the horns of unicorns. Sustainably harvested horns, of course.”

Well, perhaps that last bit wasn’t in Apple’s announcement. But it’s nonetheless amusing that (a) a company with Apple’s design and manufacturing chops could have this much trouble with white, and (b) that Apple felt it was sufficiently important to warrant a press release.

Of course, the real question is whether there’s actually any pent-up demand for the white iPhone 4, or if everyone who would have preferred the white model has already purchased a black iPhone 4. Perhaps the iPhone 5 will come only in a shade of gray (like brushed aluminum), just to avoid the whole black and white issue.

 

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Comments about White iPhone 4 Finally Arrives

Eolake Stobblehouse  2011-05-03 16:55
Damn, I really thought for a sec that Schiller had said the unicorn bit. He really should have, a bit of self-irony don't hurt nobody. :-)

I love my i4, and I'm glad I didn't wait ten months for a white one.