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iPhone 4 antennagate class action settlement reached

iPhone 4 antennagate class action settlement reached

If you are using an original iPhone 4 today or used one in the past, you probably remember the so-called antennagate scandal. This scandal centered on the fact that if you held the iPhone just right the antenna would lose signal strength. The fix for the antenna issue was to hold the phone differently or use a case that prevented your skin from contacting the antenna area.

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Papermaster lacked Apple “creative thinking” says WSJ; Jobs green-lighted iPhone 4 antenna

Papermaster lacked Apple “creative thinking” says WSJ; Jobs green-lighted iPhone 4 antenna

Further speculation on Mark Papermaster's departure from Apple has emerged, with the WSJ weighing in with some sources of their own.  Their insiders say Papermaster - who, it was revealed over the weekend, has either resigned or been fired from his position as senior vice president for mobile devices at Apple - had been experiencing ongoing "difficulty maneuvering Apple's internal politics" and had "lost the confidence" of CEO Steve Jobs "months ago".

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iPhone 4 antenna drops signal 90% on contact versus 25% of rivals claim German testers

iPhone 4 antenna drops signal 90% on contact versus 25% of rivals claim German testers

Once you start talking about scientific testing, you can't really be too surprised when other scientists step in and try to replicate your results.  Apple has been steadily working through their smartphone rivals, showing how grip-issues plague all antennas rather than solely that of the iPhone 4 (most recently the Motorola DROID X and Nokia N97 mini, and now independent German consumer organization Stiftung Warentest has stepped in to take a look themselves.  Roughly the German equivalent of Consumer Reports, Stiftung Warentest claim that in their testing the iPhone 4 signal dropped by up to 90-percent when touched in the lower left-hand corner, whereas rivals saw significantly less of a change when their antenna was touched.

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Apple deny engineer’s iPhone 4 antenna warning

Apple deny engineer’s iPhone 4 antenna warning

Apple has denied Bloomberg's report that the company's chief antenna engineer informed Steve Jobs and the rest of management that the iPhone 4's design would likely lead to dropped calls and other issues.  According to Bloomberg's unnamed sources, engineer Ruben Caballero highlighted the potential for interference from an external antenna design back in 2009; Apple PR, however, "challenge Bloomberg BusinessWeek to produce anything beyond rumors to back this up" going on to insist "It's simply not true."

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Apple engineer gave iPhone 4 antenna warning in 2009

Apple engineer gave iPhone 4 antenna warning in 2009

Apple management were apparently warned more than six months ago that the iPhone 4's external antenna design could lead to reception issues, Bloomberg has heard from an internal source at the Cupertino company.  Senior antenna expert Ruben Caballero supposedly told Apple execs that the fourth-gen smartphone could experience signal problems sometime back in 2009, concerns that a second source claims were reiterated by on of the company's carrier partners prior to the iPhone 4's release in June.

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iOS4.1 Beta fattens signal bars but iPhone 4 antenna issue remains

iOS4.1 Beta fattens signal bars but iPhone 4 antenna issue remains

Apple has pushed out their latest iOS beta to its developer community, iOS4.1, and the question everybody is asking is whether it includes the promised patch to "fix" the signal issue.  Unfortunately, while the modem firmware has been updated (going from 01.59.00 to 02.07.01) and the signal bars are larger than before, early feedback in the MacRumors forum suggests that there's no actual difference in performance - if you touch the antenna during a call, that can be enough to kill your connection.

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Apple’s iPhone 4S “antennagate” checks begin landing

Apple’s iPhone 4S “antennagate” checks begin landing

The $15 checks for iPhone 4 owners who took part in the "antennagate" class-action suit against Apple last year have begun to be distributed, with the first settlement payments showing up in mailboxes across the US. Issued from April 17, according to the accompanying letter 9 to 5 Mac reports, the payments came after Apple conceded it had a design issue with the iPhone 4's antenna, and was unable to placate all users with the offer of a free bumper.

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iPhone 4S may run afoul of Samsung antenna patents

iPhone 4S may run afoul of Samsung antenna patents

The iPhone 4S smartphone is an interesting device and it will surely be a thorn in the side of competitors. Samsung and Apple have been fighting patent battles in court around the world and the iPhone 4S may spark a new patent suit fight. According to the expert that predicted the iPhone 4 antenna issue, the 4S may infringe on Samsung patents. The expert is Gert Frølund Pedersen.

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