Remember the so-called "Antennagate" crisis? While it seems like forever ago that iPhone 4 users whined about antenna problems with their handsets, they'll probably be reminded about it when their settlement check hits the mailbox.
If you’re an iPhone 4 owner who was unhappy with Apple’s offer of a free bumper to resolve your “Antennagate” related woes, you’ll now be able to cash in on that despair thanks to a class action settlement -- but don’t fill your eyes with dollar signs just yet.
Big news last week was Mountain Lion's sneaking out the gate without a big hoopedy doo Keynote. There's been little news on that front since then, but there are a few pieces to the puzzle, along with iCloud follies, and a few Apple TV tips (which might just be Apple's next big thing). Let's see what's cookin' in the hot stories this week.
Remember “Antennagate,” the iPhone 4 controversy where then-CEO Steve Jobs reportedly told an inquisitive user that they were “holding it wrong”? Those were good times, but for most of us, Antennagate faded into the history books after Apple handed out free cases. Legally, however, things have only just now come to a close.
Never mind the fact that the iPad 2 hasn’t even left the launch pad yet (pun intended) -- the rumor mill is already moving on to the iPhone 5, which could replace the glass back with aluminum as well as feature a redesigned antenna to put the “death grip” to rest once and for all.
While many websites assemble “best of” lists at this time of year, CNN has weighed in with their ten biggest tech “fails” for 2010, and Apple has hit two of the spots -- one for the iPhone 4 “Antennagate” crisis and another for the Ping social network attempt.
If you're considering the purchase of an iPhone 4 in the next few weeks, we've got some news that might make you want to hustle to your nearest Apple or AT&T Store. The Apple iPhone 4 Case Program is winding down at the end of the month. That's right: on September 30, the "antenna gate" free case extravaganza will be no more. For those of you who missed out on all of the action this past summer, Apple launched the iPhone 4 Case Program in response to media and consumer furor over alleged reception problems arising from the iPhone 4's integrated antenna design. When the handset was held in a particular manner known as the "Death Grip", many users reported significant signal loss. Apple's solution to this was to offer free cases to iPhone 4 users.
The iPhone 4 antenna design has plagued users from the beginning, but when Apple held a press conference they placed the majority of the blame on the way the device is held, how physics works, and some magical fairy dust that couldn't be explained. A new report today, however, suggests that Apple may be prepared to release hardware updated as soon as September.
Taking Apple’s lead, Chinese carrier China Unicom will head off iPhone 4 trouble at the pass by giving every customer a free case with their purchase in an effort to prevent the controversy that sprung up here in the United States over the handset’s antenna design.
Unless you were in a coma (and if you were, we hope you're feeling better now,) you'll recall that last month the media and consumer ballyhoo surrounding the iPhone 4's antenna woes came to a head. At the heart of the issue was the fact that if users held the smartphone in a certain manner that's now come to be affectionatly known as the Death-Grip, the phone would lose a significant amount of signal reception due to a design flaw. In a now legendary email, Steve Jobs suggested that users simply not hold their phones "that way." Well, if dropped-calls and lousy connections weren't reason enough to consider doing just that, an Israeli software company has another you can add to the list: Holding your mobile in a death-grip ups the handset's radiation level.