You may not have heard, but the iPhone 4 was released by Apple this year. You remember! It’s that phone that was found by Gizmodo and got some pretty good reviews.
So what the hell is going on here?
Apple will be forced to recall the iPhone 4 following Consumer Reports tests proving the “Death Grip” antenna issue is not software related, but a hardware flaw, PR experts say.
Consumer Reports is a magazine that reviews products and decides just how safe and efficient they are. They looked at the iPhone 4, and they were less than impressed. You might be asking yourself, “What was wrong? What is the problem with the iPhone 4?”
No, you are not hallucinating, that’s exactly what I meant.
Here’s a selection from the report:
When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side—an easy thing, especially for lefties—the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you’re in an area with a weak signal. Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4.
Yes, apparently the biggest problem with the iPhone 4 is your fat finger blocking the reception.
I kid, of course. This is part of the bigger issue with the iPhone 4. Namely, that the reception is lacking. Consumer Reports ran tests and found that the iPhone 4 had signal-loss issues much worse than other AT&T phones.
So now the experts are recommending Apple recall the device. Some are even seeing this as hurting the company in the long term.
Prof. Seeger said Apple will likely delay a recall, and may issue a temporary “patch” such as free bumpers. However, a recall is unavoidable to protect the brand, which is more valuable than the cost of a recall, Prof. [Matthew] Seeger said.
“Apple lives and dies by its reputation,” he said. “We pay a premium for its products. We expect them to operate on a premium level. It’s very unfortunate, but they will have no choice but to mount a recall.”