Back at the special iPhone 4 conference in July of this year, Steve Jobs announced free cases for every iPhone 4 purchased through September 30. This deadline of September 30th got many to speculate that Apple probably will come out with a new iPhone 4 in fall of this year with a proper hardware fix for the now infamous “antennagate” issue which has been plaguing many users since its launch in June.
Big news! According to The New York Times, the Senior Vice President of iPhone hardware engineering division at Apple has left the company in the wake of the so called iPhone 4 Antennagate from which the company is still fighting to recover from. While there is no word from Apple on whether Mark Papermaster was forced out, or he left on his own terms. But according to John Gruber, he must have been forced out as he was missing from the last month’s special iPhone 4 press conference.
Last month in a special iPhone 4 centric press conference, Steve Jobs defended iPhone 4 antenna issue by comparing it with some of the other popular handsets having the same problem. The key point which Apple wanted everyone to know was that this so called “attenuation” problem is not limited to iPhone 4 only. And so to further highlight this, Apple set up a new webpage on Apple.com which showcased different popular smartphones like Motorola Droid X, Samsung Omnia II, BlackBerry Bold, HTC Droid Eris etc having the same problem.
Motorola has joined Samsung to pour more salt on Apple’s iPhone 4 wounds. In a new Droid X ad which appeared today in the New York Times, Motorola laid the smack-down on both Apple and iPhone 4 by taking on the whole antennagate with its new slogan “No Jacket Required”.
They sure have some sense of humor! The now-famous iPhone 4 Antenna Song was played before Steve Jobs took the stage in front of special invite-only iPhone 4 press conference to address the “reception issues” which has been plaguing users since its launch last month.
If you were expecting a full iPhone 4 recall from Apple, you will be disappointed. Buy hey, something is better than nothing right? Steve Jobs today at iPhone 4 press conference announced a free iPhone 4 bumper for every iPhone 4 user. If you have already bought a bumper, you will get full refund. Oh and yea, if you still don’t like your iPhone 4, you can return it within 30 days of purchase.
There is no question about Windows Vista being a PR failure for Microsoft. But so is iPhone 4 turning out to be one for Apple. Speaking at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, the Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Kevin Turner called iPhone 4 a Windows Vista of Apple. "It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that.”, said Turner in his keynote address on Windows Phone 7 at Microsoft WPC. He further added:
Gizmodo has received a report from one of their reader who claims to have got a slightly different iPhone 4 from Apple which doesn't seem to drop calls, and is free from proximity sensor issue. Full report is as follows.
I have been using iPhone 4 for the last 5 days now and no matter what I do, I am unable to replicate the iPhone 4 antenna reception problem which everyone keeps talking about. I know the problem is there, because I have seen lots of YouTube videos which shows it all. Also, Apple has acknowledged the issue now and they are going to fix it via software update which is due in the next few weeks.