Originally Posted by Naboozle:
Yes, he apologized. But he's still in denial about the flaw, because "every phone has weak spots.
Originally Posted by solipsism
And you dont think this is true despite the multitude of videos.
What proof do you have that there is a [design] flaw, which I assume you to mean it would require a total recall of each and every iPhone 4 sold?
No, the fact that any phone has *some* attentuation when held certain ways is true enough. Some may even have as much as the iP4 if held a certain way. However, Jobs is still in denial, and the proof is in his very own statements and actions.
They are providing a bumper to "fix" the problem. That means they already have the method and means of mitigating the serious "weak spot" on this particular phone. If the problem can be made to go away by insulating the antenna from the hand, then it would seem logical that such insulation should be part of the design of the phone
. Sure, the iphone will still suffer some attenuation based on any number of factors including grip. But it will not suffer the extreme attenuation that some people now get when holding in what seems to them to be a natural way.
If the problem is caused by skin contact on the antenna, then you design so that skin does not directly contact the antenna. It's that simple. Pointing at other cellphones is a cop-out. Saying it's a problem that PhD's can't figure out is disingenuous. They can't prevent all attenuation, but they can certainly fix this issue of bridging the antennas.
Does this mean I expect a total recall?
I think that Apple will revise the design so that an accessory is not needed to mitigate the design flaw. And when those revised phones are available, owners of the current design should have the option to return their phone for a free upgrade. The return phones could be refurbished and upgraded, depending on what the fix is. Heck, Apple may still be hoping they can rectify with software. If they can, then more power to them. Either way, the free case is a temporary measure, imho. It mitigates the problem, but doesn't fulfill the promise of the device. Some people don't like cases. I, for one, have a pouch made by SFBAGS.COM. It holds my phone tight, but when I get a call, I can pull out the phone, and hold it, without a case. Apple can't have it both ways -- on one hand justifiably proud of the form and appearance of the phone, and on the other hand insisting that users need to wrap it in something for it to function fully.