Linked by David Adams on Fri 16th Jul 2010 17:59 UTC
Apple In a move that should surprise nobody, Apple has sort-of admitted to iPhone antenna problems in their press conference this morning, claiming it affects a small number of users, but they claim to be working hard to fix the problems that they have confirmed. They've offered free bumpers (that have until now been a $30 accessory) to all iPhone buyers, and are offering to waive any restocking fees for anyone who wants to return their iPhone 4. Whether or not there's going to be a hardware fix for future iPhones, Steve Jobs says he doesn't know yet whether that will happen.
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Can't agree
by darknexus on Fri 16th Jul 2010 18:50 UTC
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

Reception is everything. I don't care how many awesome features my smartphone has if it can't make a damned phone call properly.
And, earth to Steve the Annoying, the answer you give when asked if there'll be a fix for this clear physical defect is an unequivocal yes, and then you get it done! To do anything otherwise makes a clear statement that you don't give a fsck about the quality of your products, and that's not good. Duh!

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RE: Can't agree
by ezylstra on Fri 16th Jul 2010 18:57 in reply to "Can't agree"
ezylstra Member since:
2010-07-16

No, it is not a "clear design problem." Less than 1% more dropped calls with iPhone 4 than iPhone 3GS. Statistically significant difference in dropped calls? Possibly not. Other phones show dropped bars. Did you see that? Far fewer USERS returning iPhone 4 than returned iPhone 3.

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RE[2]: Can't agree
by Stratoukos on Fri 16th Jul 2010 22:52 in reply to "RE: Can't agree"
Stratoukos Member since:
2009-02-11

As people have pointed out in various forums, Steve used a clever trick there.

You see, he didn't say 1% more dropped calls, he said one more dropped call in a hundred. So, if you had 1 dropped call per hundred with your 3GS you would now have 2 dropped calls with the iPhone 4, all other factors being equal. That's 100% percent increase in dropped calls. If you had 10 dropped calls per hundred (huge number, I've never had a single dropped call with my 3GS in almost a year) the one more call would still be a non-insignificant 10% increase.

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RE: Can't agree
by ezylstra on Fri 16th Jul 2010 19:00 in reply to "Can't agree"
ezylstra Member since:
2010-07-16

"Perception", not "reception". Unless you are talking about dropped bars, which were shown on three other phones. Not a unique issue for any phone.

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RE[2]: Can't agree
by darknexus on Fri 16th Jul 2010 19:15 in reply to "RE: Can't agree"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

No, it is not perception. Calls drop, that's reality. Calls drop more on the iPhone 4 when this happens in medium to low signal areas (most areas in the US with AT&T). So no, I'm not talking about the dropped bar indicator, I'm talking about the dropped calls. Unlike the indicator, dropped calls are a definite thing. Call drops, no talk. Simple enough?

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