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  • Apple Debuts Antenna Site to Belabor Point and Bash Rivals



    Did anyone really think Apple would stop defending itself with the conclusion of today's pity party press conference?

    If you did, you are certainly going to be disappointed with Apple's post-press conference follow up - the launch of a veritable antenna site within Apple.com that not only belabors the arguments made by Apple chief Steve Jobs today, but comprehensively emphasizes the antenna troubles that apparently plague all smartphones - not just the iPhone 4.

    Every smartphone has a cellular antenna. And nearly every smartphone can lose signal strength if you hold it in a certain way. To demonstrate this, we tested iPhone 4 alongside other smartphones.
    They're all there: Samsung, HTC, Blackberry... all vulnerably exposed to the world by Apple - a move that is bound to infuriate Cupertino's biggest competitors while stressing once again that Apple won't have its iPhone 4 dragged through the mud all alone. In addition to the video of today's media event, Apple is also publishing what amounts to a comprehensive study of smartphone antennas. It's pretty obvious that Apple is hoping those complaining about the iPhone 4 will be so enamored of the company's $100 million dollar test labs that you'll be happy just to have a device that was actually tested inside something so cool and shiny

    Already panned by some critics as cheesy, petty, and self-serving, Apple's antenna site is up and running with the clear intention of putting our minds at ease about this overblown "Death Grip" hype with a helpful reminder that Apple's engineers "have logged thousands of hours designing and testing iPhone 4 in these state-of-the-art facilities." In other words: we understand this better than you do, so shut up, take your free case, and we'll see you when the iPhone 5 comes out.

    apple.com/antenna
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Debuts Antenna Site to Belabor Point and Bash Rivals started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 140 Comments
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      $29.99 X 3,000,000 < Fix for Antenna problems ... ?
    1. AMTK62's Avatar
      AMTK62 -
      I'll believe the test results showing that other cell phones have the same antenna problems, on one condition: when an independent testing organization, such as Consumer Reports or the like, does the analysis. Until then...
    1. prazer's Avatar
      prazer -
      Geez...Im sorry guys but less than 1% experiencing problems...i think any manufacturer wiould gladly live with that failure rate. Im with Steve on this ....media blitzed overblown BS. I had my iphone from day 1 - 0 problems. If media and other sources are blatantly lying about your product you owe it to your employees and your stockholders to defend it. Steve is doing the only thing he can...and yes if that means pointing out greater weaknesses in other smartphones to dispell the nonsense being blown about by everyone...then good on him-all he is saying is that apple is still the best - look at the competition. Thats how you determine who is best...just sayin
    1. CrunchDude's Avatar
      CrunchDude -
      I almost feel guilty about accepting a refund for the bumper I bought after buying the iPhone 4 the other day. I've tried and tried and tried some more in various different ways to reproduce the alleged reception issue, but I can't seem to cause the signal to drop by even one bar. I bought the bumper for its originally intended purpose and that is, of course, to protect my investment. I usually do not like cases to begin with, because, in my opinion, it takes away from the beauty of the device. In this case, I really don't want to cover up the gorgeous glass feel of the iPhone 4's front and back, so I thought the bumper was perfect. It actually looks cool, too. I'll get a refund on the basis that I purchased almost $3,000 worth of Apple equipment this month alone and it probably costs Apple about a dollar to make one of those bumpers.

      I was a die-hard Windows 7 fan before I bought my iMac and I certainly don't personify the characteristics of a "fanboy", just for the record.
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      Yep, that last part summed it up. Basically see you when the iPhone 5 comes out lol
    1. hellsale's Avatar
      hellsale -
      Steve mentioned that only a few iphone 4′s are experiencing the “death grip.” Lets show him the real number! Vote at Iphone 4 Death Grip Count | The iphone 4 death grip counting has begun
    1. barryson77's Avatar
      barryson77 -
      ok you all shut the f***k up,Apple is not forcing you to buy iphones if u dont like it just bring it back u get your little change back n stop talking s**t,you all just sayin bad about the iphone 4 but u still keepin it or not?
    1. Harambur's Avatar
      Harambur -
      In case you haven't seen the video. lol

      YouTube - Song A Day #561: The iPhone Antenna Song
    1. skoodat's Avatar
      skoodat -
      i thaught the conference was VERY defencive today .... i beleve with all the videos the MUST be controling thier own cell tower just turning down and up the power so all the phones do that LOL... i have 2 3gs iphones and they work perfect when it comes to cellular i can not reproduce thoes issues running iso4 or 3.1.3 on ither of them so i say HA to Apple.

      Oh Also Have A HTC TYTN II and it doesnt ither

      SkOO~
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      It's kind of funny because you really have to hold the HTC wrongly in order to make it lose signal. I watched the video and the person was holding it in a manner which I would not normally hold it.
    1. CrunchDude's Avatar
      CrunchDude -
      Quote Originally Posted by Harambur View Post
      In case you haven't seen the video. lol

      YouTube - Song A Day #561: The iPhone Antenna Song
      Haha yea, Steve Jobs put it up on the big screen @ today's press conference. Very funny.
    1. Tenspeed123's Avatar
      Tenspeed123 -
      Perhaps they should have a testing facility worth $101 million and they might get it right?
      Pathetic dragging other companies in; Apple are better than that, and they know it. I wouldn't expect such behaviour in the playground never mind when you're talking about a potential multi-billion $ product.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by FNR32 View Post
      Apple is taking steps to fix the problem. I see nothing wrong with with Apple outing other popular and rival phones that have this problem because they were all ready to jump on the bandwagon with the Iphone 4 was being blasted..
      First off, fixing a problem and circumventing that problem are two entirely different things.

      Secondly, I understand that signal strength will decrease on just about every cell phone in the world when held a certain way. However, if a simple piece of duct tape over the band allows me to hold the phone in the exact same "death grip" without suffering significant signal loss then I don't see how this issue can be denied and played off as an industry wide problem.

      That being said, I will be sticking with my iPhone as there is pretty great coverage here where I live (however I may regret it in two weeks when I move to upstate NY) and am only able to replicate the issue once in a blue moon. Not to mention the fact that AT&T offers no other phone that I would even consider owning.
    1. arias51's Avatar
      arias51 -
      I have a few issues with this whole i4 antennae problem.

      1. I don't like the how Apple is handling this; 1st denying the problem, then blaming it on the customer, and finally on every other smart phone in the market.

      2. A bumper is not a solution to the problem, it's a band-Aid fix.

      3. Why is Apple only offering free bumpers until September? Will the problem be fixed by then? My concern is they revise the phone and fix the issue on future models. Now everyone currently with an iPhones will have version 1 (AKA Antennae problem) that future iPhones will not. This will make my phone far less desirable for resale when my contract is up.
      If that is the case, I would rather return my phone now and wait for an updated version later this year.

      I also called Apple tech support with that same question. They stated if a new revision does come out, (unless there is a hardware recall) you will not be able to exchange your phone.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      $29.99 X 3,000,000 < Fix for Antenna problems ... ?
      No 30$ x 30,000 = the ones that actually need it.


      Remember this is 1% of buyers that called to complain. The others simply get a free bumper; consider it a free prize in the box like cereal.


      Other's that are not happy can simply return it like SJ said. Wait a month or so and see where they stand.
    1. captjap's Avatar
      captjap -
      Just a bit of advice. If you are unhappy call up ATT. They gave me a 25.00$$ credit per iPhone line. I know it's not much but you gotta take what you can get. They also offered me 3000 rollover minutes. I laughed at that offer, but hey again take what you can get. I will probably call again and see what else I can get. Of course you can also cancel your contract too..
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Holy sh!t some of you are retarded.

      Apple isn't "bashing" anyone. Some of you need to grow the hell up. Since when is fairly and evenly pointing out that all phones from various manufacturers are susceptible to antenna attenuation considered "bashing?"

      They didn't attack the designs, software, appearance, or quality of any of those phones. Jobs even complimented them, calling them good phones.

      So unless the basic laws of physics are offended by apple everyone else can shut the fsck up.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2a View Post
      Holy sh!t some of you are retarded.

      Apple isn't "bashing" anyone. Some of you need to grow the hell up. Since when is fairly and evenly pointing out that all phones from various manufacturers are susceptible to antenna attenuation considered "bashing?"

      They didn't attack the designs, software, appearance, or quality of any of those phones. Jobs even complimented them, calling them good phones.

      So unless the basic laws of physics are offended by apple everyone else can shut the fsck up.
      Does a piece of duct tape fix the signal issue on all of the other brands too?
    1. bunnywhi7e's Avatar
      bunnywhi7e -
      I'll tell you what. Some if you don't even deserve to own this device. Go do us a favor and play around with that laggy Android OS or that HTC Evo or something. Apple gave you a choice now. Get a free bumper or return the phone and STFU. MMI is a really cool place with tons of good folks but man I feel like we have a lot of immatute kids. I personally have this death grip but its not severe and im used by it now. Best phone I ever had.

      AND FOR PEOPLE ASKING AND DEMANDING DEV TEAM TO RELEASE A JB PLEASE STOP BEING IGNORANT AND GOING OFF TOPIC. Find something else productive. I swear to god some of you have no lives. I partially blame
      Mods and admins for these idiotic threads esp when they go off topic. Every time I come here i find nothing but depressive news.
    1. pjbtk's Avatar
      pjbtk -
      score free bumper ftw.

      who cares about the antenna problem, most people have cases on their iphones anyway. Also I've talked to some people and they said they have never had this antenna problem. Anyway I would never going to let my iphone out of its case. but please apple release the white iphone sooon!!!