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Apple To Hold iPhone 4 Press Conference 324

teh31337one noted an Engadget report that Apple has announced an iPhone 4 Press Conference for Friday at 10am PT where presumably they will address all this wacky antenna stuff that has been happening.
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Apple To Hold iPhone 4 Press Conference

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  • by Pojut ( 1027544 ) on Thursday July 15, 2010 @08:54AM (#32912074) Homepage

    Ask, and ye shall receive [].

  • by aicrules ( 819392 ) on Thursday July 15, 2010 @08:58AM (#32912112)

    Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

    From Apple's press release, which is equivalent to the word of Steve Jobs, and in summary is saying "You're holding it wrong."

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 15, 2010 @09:59AM (#32912800)
  • by wisebabo ( 638845 ) on Thursday July 15, 2010 @10:29AM (#32913372) Journal

    First off, thanks for at least acknowledging the possibility that you might be wrong and that Apple may, in fact, try to address this issue. Too many fanbois have ruined this part of Slasdot by spewing vitriol and what can only be described as hate. No light, just heat.

    I think that Apple will address the issue because this special conference is being called on extremely short notice (with MacNN calling it an "emergency press conference"). Having not seen the actual wording, I can't say for certain but again due to the short time-scale (less than 48 hours) it wouldn't seem to be just another announcement of a product update.

    Also you are incorrect in asserting that Apple doesn't "admit mistakes". The most recent example that I can recall is the $200 rebates they gave everyone who bought an original iPhone. As you recall, that occurred after the angry groundswell from early adopters who had purchased it a few months before for a couple hundred dollars more. I do not remember whether they gave hints that they might do this or if they called a "special press conference" on short notice.

    On the other hand, the market seems to think you're right! Last I checked Apple was down 1.5 percent, roughly double the overall market. So people seem to think Apple will have no or an innefectual response.

    Guess if I really believe this conference will solve things I should buy Apple stock! :). And you should sell short!

  • by wisebabo ( 638845 ) on Thursday July 15, 2010 @10:47AM (#32913696) Journal

    "...we need to do a better job taking care of our early iPhone customers as we aggressively go after new ones with a lower price. Our early customers trusted us, and we must live up to that trust with our actions in moments like these.

    Therefore, we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on Apple's website next week. Stay tuned."


    "We apologize for disappointing some of you, and we are doing our best to live up to your high expectations of Apple," Jobs wrote.

  • Re:lolwut (Score:3, Informative)

    by SvnLyrBrto ( 62138 ) on Thursday July 15, 2010 @11:07AM (#32913982)

    Bingo! In order to reproduce this flaw, I have to:

    1) Take my iPhone 4 out of its case. The very first thing I did when I had it in hand was put it in the (rather nice, actually... nicer than the one I'd ordered earlier in the week.) case that Dexim's promotions guys were handing out to people in the line.

    2) Disconnect my headset. About 90% of the time I don't hold my iPhone like a phone, but use either my bluetooth or wired headset so my hands are free to take notes or type or look stuff up on the net or drive or just because I'd rather have the thing in my pocket if I'm talking while walking.

    3) Contort my hand to hold it in a way that's unnatural and actually slightly painful when it's up to my ear...

    4) ... after licking, or otherwise moistening, my thumb so it's conductive enough to bridge those two pieces of metal...

    5) ... in an area that already has really crappy reception.

    Basically, unless I'm intentionally trying to find fault, I'm never... ever... throughout the life of the phone, going to do all of that again. And even then, the iPhone 4 still gets better reception than my 3G did and the last time I had a phone that DIDN'T lose some signal if I held it in a certain way was ten years ago when I had a StarTac with an external antenna. (And I expect that if I were to hang on to the antenna on that one, I'd lose signal too.)

    So I, for one, write this whole affair off as the usual crowd of we-hate-every-thing-Apple types digging up any little nit they can pick, and engaging in their usual ludicrous hyperbole.

  • by Ryvar ( 122400 ) on Thursday July 15, 2010 @12:21PM (#32914972) Homepage

    I've already conducted this test twice unintentionally with the new iPhone, sans bumper (I generally use one, so during two separate incidents I butterfingered on the new glass). Two six foot falls onto marble with zero protection, both times landing flatly face down, not on an edge. Not so much as a scratch either time.

    The plural of anecdote is not data, but after my experiences I'm somewhat skeptical of any claims about reduced fracture strength with the new glass. It's difficult to imagine a worse scenario that still falls within the confines of everyday wear-and-tear.


  • Re:lolwut (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anubis350 ( 772791 ) on Thursday July 15, 2010 @01:58PM (#32916522)
    For a QOS standpoint that makes sense, but the attenuation would be apparent to the proper testing done by the engineers in the lab *before* it was field tested by employees making calls, and indeed today engadget has a story that the engineers knew this could be a bad problem []

Would you people stop playing these stupid games?!?!?!!!!