Apple’s emergency press conference has come and gone, and after casing things out, Apple says all smartphones have the same antenna problems – but why don’t most other smartphones need a case, when the iPhone 4 now effectively comes with a free case for best-case use?
All smartphones suffer from reduced signal strength when held in particular ways, and the iPhone 4 is no exception, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Few owners are reporting issues to Apple, and return rates are particularly low, he claimed. But Apple has decided to give all owners a free case as this may help ameliorate the issue.
Apple has released an open letter to all iPhone 4 owners explaining why the signal bars drop so dramatically when the handset is held a certain way - it’s not the antenna, it’s all down to the software.
The current technical problems Apple is having with its latest iPhone are having a negative impact in the marketplace with IDC reporting that 66 percent of current iPhone owners are delaying their purchases.