The body blows just keep coming for
Apple and its iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 was unveiled to much fanfare at
beginning of June, but once customers started receiving their phones,
problems began being reported.
Customers first started complaining
screens, problems with the proximity sensor, and issues
with reception due to the external antenna on the iPhone 4. The
latter problem has resulted in a class
action lawsuit against both Apple and AT&T.
Earlier this month during lab testing, Consumer Reports stated that "there's
no reason, at least yet, to forgo buying an iPhone 4 over its
Today, however, it is reversing its
testing more phones in a radio frequency (RF) isolation chamber. Consumer Reports' findings
pretty much mirror what everyone has been stating for the past
several weeks with regards to the iPhone
4's reception woes. "When your finger or hand touches a spot
on the phone's lower left side—an easy thing, especially for
lefties—the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to
lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak
signal," said Mike Gikas on the Consumer Reports blog. "Due
to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone 4."
Gikas goes on to state that an
unsightly fix for the reception issue is to put a piece of tape over
the gap between the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and cellular radio antennas.
The iPhone 4 was rated highly due to
its sharp Retina display, Face Time video chat, and its stellar
battery life, but the lingering reception issues mean that the phone
won't be getting the recommended rating.
"Apple needs to come up with a
permanent—and free—fix for the antenna problem before we can
recommend the iPhone 4," Gikas concluded.
Updated 7/12/2010 @ 9:54 pm
Engadget is reporting that Apple is now deleting all references to the Consumer Reports posting from its discussions forums...
quote: 1. People have to shell out 200 - 300.00 of their hard earned money _and_ submit to a 2-year AT&T Wireless contract to buy the phone
quote: 2. People have to agree to allow Apple to track them via GPS and other possible means in order to be able to use the app store.
quote: 3. Apple insists that people are "holding their expensive phone wrong" rather than try to address the physical problem.
quote: 4. Apple is so concerned about profits that people kill themselves working in the factories that make their phones--profits that only cost them 2.00 more per phone to double the wages of those making the phones.
quote: I could go on, should I?
quote: There is PLENTY that people should be whining about here! If you don't see it, you have been had and are already under Jobs control.
quote: Much as the reception issues with Iphone have delighted those scared by its success it only effects a minority and in very particular circumstances.
quote: Seriously man, get a clue. Please?
quote: Not if you choose to opt out which is simple. Its worth noting that Android users cannot opt out from Google surveillance - that's how Google makes its money.
quote: It is quite easy to opt out of Google's location service, but with Apple, if you want apps, then you have no choice.
quote: Hope that all came out OK - just finished a long hike near Moab in 105 degrees and felling fairly pooped
quote: You mean Jordan, like the middle east?