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Consumer Reports Bumper fixes AntennaGate

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Check out the video of the test of Consumer Reports test of the iPhone 4 with the bumper installed.
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July 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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Antennagate software issue not hardware?

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The NY Times reported that the source of the problems with Apple’s iPhone 4 antenna may be in fact due to the way that the software communicates with the antenna.  I never have trusted Consumer Reports after I bought their top pick for inkjet printers   -AS

One person with direct knowledge of the phone’s design said Thursday that the iPhone 4 exposed a longstanding weakness in the basic communications software inside Apple’s phones and that the reception problems were not caused by an isolated hardware flaw. Instead, the problems emerged in the complex interaction between specialized communications software and the antenna, said the person, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.

The person said the problems were longstanding but had been exposed by the design of the iPhone 4. All cellphones can be affected by the way a hand grips the phone, but well-designed communications software compensates for a variety of external factors and prevents calls from dropping, the person said.

Mr. Jobs did not learn about the software problem until after the iPhone 4 shipped last month, the person said.

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July 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

AntennaGate Apple denies Bloomberg account

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The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that an Apple spokesman suggested that the Bloomberg article was based on rumors.

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On Thursday, Bloomberg News reported that Mr. Caballero had raised concerns about the antenna to Mr. Jobs. In response to the article, an Apple spokesman said, “We challenge Bloomberg BusinessWeek to produce anything beyond rumors to back this up. It’s simply not true.” A spokesman for Bloomberg News said it stands by its story.

As development on the iPhone 4 proceeded, field testing would have been limited because of Apple’s emphasis on secrecy, said people familiar with the matter.

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July 16, 2010 at 12:47 am

AntennaGate Apple denies Bloomberg account

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The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that an Apple spokesman suggested that the Bloomberg article was based on rumors.

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On Thursday, Bloomberg News reported that Mr. Caballero had raised concerns about the antenna to Mr. Jobs. In response to the article, an Apple spokesman said, "We challenge Bloomberg BusinessWeek to produce anything beyond rumors to back this up. It's simply not true." A spokesman for Bloomberg News said it stands by its story.

As development on the iPhone 4 proceeded, field testing would have been limited because of Apple's emphasis on secrecy, said people familiar with the matter.

 

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July 16, 2010 at 12:47 am

Facetime connections via e-mail

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Following along the lines of my post Apple to offer VOIP?, Boy Genius Report says that based on what they have seen in iOS 4.1 that Facetime connections will be based on e-mail addresses. This is more evidence that Apple could be looking at using VOIP for connections moving forward.

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It’s actually pretty simple… Your Apple ID will be registered with your device/s, and that will allow other Apple devices to start a FaceTime call using your email address. Apple will also reportedly make use of push notifications to deliver these incoming FaceTime connection requests as we have been informed there is a push notification detector tied into the FaceTime frameworks in the new iPhone OS 4.1 beta. We’re not sure how Apple will handle an iPod touch trying to connect to a FaceTime session on an iPhone as it seems Apple would still require you to use the iPhone’s phone number, at least that’s how it seems currently. In all reality though, we’re pretty confident Apple will make a straight forward and unified way of talking to every eventual FaceTime-enabled Apple device or computer, and it might be an Apple ID, or possibly something else down the road.

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July 16, 2010 at 12:31 am

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Chuck Schumer confused jobs with Jobs

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New York Senator Charles Schumer sent an open letter to Steve Job’s about the antenna issue with the iPhone. Read the dribble below if you like.

I am sure that when his staff handed him his agenda this morning  he confused the item to focus on getting people back to work (jobs) with Steve Jobs. He is very busy, it is understandable.   No worries Senator Schumer things are going great in the country. Keep up the great work.

p.s. If Apple releases it, do you really think that most folks will understand the signal formula?
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July 15, 2010

Dear Mr. Jobs,

I write to express concern regarding the reception problem with the Apple iPhone 4. While I commend Apple’s innovative approach to mobile technology and appreciate its service to millions of iPhone users nationwide, I believe it is incumbent upon Apple to address this flaw in a transparent manner. According to Consumer Reports’ review, released Monday on its website, the iPhone 4’s signal-strength problem is a hardwire glitch triggered by gripping the device in a particular manner. This finding, according to Consumer Reports, “call[s] into question” Apple’s recent claim that the problem is “largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software.” Consumer Reports declined to recommend the iPhone 4 because of this hardware design flaw.

Given the discrepancy between Consumer Reports’ explanation of the reception problem and the explanation provided by Apple in its July 2 letter to customers, I am concerned that the nearly two million purchasers of the iPhone 4 may not have complete information about the quality of the product they have purchased. The burden for consumers caused by this glitch, combined with the confusion over its cause and how it will be fixed, has the potential to undermine the many benefits of this innovative device. To address this concern, I ask that Apple provide iPhone 4 customers with a clearly written explanation of the cause of the reception problem and make a public commitment to remedy it free-of-charge. The solutions offered to date by Apple for dealing with the so-called “death grip” malfunction-such as holding the device differently, or buying a cover for it-seem to be insufficient. These proposed solutions would unfairly place the burden on consumers for resolving a problem they were not aware of when they purchased their phones.

I also encourage Apple to keep its promise to provide free software updates so that bars displayed accurately reflect signal strength; I further urge Apple to issue a written explanation of the formula it uses to calculate bar strength, so that consumers can once again trust the product that they have invested in.

I look forward to Apple’s swift action on this matter, and once again laud Apple for its innovative efforts and service to millions of Americans.

Sincerely,
Charles E. Schumer

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July 15, 2010 at 8:31 pm

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iOS software update available for download

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The software update 4.0.1 has been released. According to apple this “improves the formula to determine how many bars of signal strength to display.” It is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the iPhone 3G.

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July 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm

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