Originally Posted by Onhka
Wow. I am not sure what side you are on. But the way you sound,
I would argue with you vehemently that no one at Apple was aware of any antenna issues other than what was known about the state of the art at that time. Or that the bumpers were designed to address that issue.
Perhaps one should become a little more familiar with the FCC filing regulations. Such knowledge at the time of submission would require that Apple falsify the findings submitted by Federal Government approved laboratories; which would be a criminal offense.
It is unbelievable some of the comments inferring that Apple knew about the issue before they were brought to market, are purposely attempting to hide to problem or placing the blame on the consumer. There are laws against that to, especially as governed by a Federal agency.
If Apple can't resolve the problem by a software fix, mechanically modifying or replacing the antenna, they will recall and replace the product, or refund it accordingly.
Thank heavens that has been their policy for years, and one that has relegated Apple to such high levels of consumer confidence for their products, as well as their service and support.
Their is no evidence to suggest otherwise.
I am really not on a "side".
I was [unsuccessfully] trying to illustrate that how ridiculous the OP was: suggesting that Apple fired the engineers (on the spot) when the problem became public, and immediately served up some job openings.
If apple is savvy they:
1) would have fired the non-performing engineers months ago when they first detected the problem (when they decided to sell a bumper case)
I am aware of the FCC regulations, lead-times, and ramifications of falsifying or withholding evidence-- it can cost executives their jobs.
I was trying to refute the OPs assertions with a few logical reasons and think that the issues you bring up, while correct, would have complicated the discussion (IMO).
I have personally owned at least one of every Apple product since 1978, except Lisa
I have done business with Apple as:
-- A Customer;
-- A Dealer (we owned some computer stores);
-- A Supplier- we sold/installed a lot of products to Apple at all levels CEO on down, and varying levels of complexity (LANS ca 1980);
-- A Developer on a joint project: POST (Point Of Sale Terminal) software using Mac.
Apple has always treated my/us fairly and honorably, and I suspect they always will.
Apple makes excellent products and they support what they make... as well as anyone in the industry (whom I've dealt with).
I admire what Apple does and how they do it-- the are an inspiration to much of what I hold dear.
I think enough of AAPL that they are a significant part of my portfolio.
So, yeah, I am an Apple Fan... but I'm on my side--
for selfish reasons.