Apple Says All Phones Hit By Signal Drop Called Antennagate At Press Conference

In the press conference held by Apple for their much publicized antenna design and signal drop issues while holding the iPhone 4 in a certain position, Apple came out clean with a rather unusual way of explanation – They say that the issue is not just special to the iPhone 4, they say every smartphone gets a hit to its signal when held in a particular position. Apple has termed this problem as ‘Antennagate‘ and came up with proof that this problem is not unique to the iPhone.

Steve Jobs demonstrated this fact by showing the drop in signals of various other popular smartphones in the market.

  • Blackberry Bold 9700
    Blackberry Bold 9700, Engadget
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  • HTC Droid Eris

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  • Samsung Omnia II

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Solution Offered By Apple

  1. iOS 4.0.1 was released yesterday, which fixed the display bug related to number of bars and signal strength and the Exchange bug.
  2. Consumer Reports said that the Bumper fixes all of the problems that have been publicized about the iPhone 4 so far. So Apple has decided to give everyone a free case for their iPhone 4.
  3. Anybody who has already purchased a Bumper is eligible for a refund
  4. Since Apple doesn’t have nearly enough time or resources at their disposal to make Bumpers for every iPhone 4 user, they are sourcing a few other cases, a choice amongst them would be available to every iPhone user for free, online.
  5. Anybody returning an undamaged iPhone 4 before 30 days after purchase is eligible for a full refund.

Steve also talked about some problems with the proximity sensor and ensured that Apple is working on fixing it.

As far as the white iPhone is concerned, Apple will start shipping it by the end of July.

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