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iPhone 4 complaints get louder, Apple censors discussions

By Jos
Jul 13, 2010
  1. What was touted as the most successful product launch in Apple's history has quickly turned into a PR nightmare. Shortly after the much anticipated iPhone 4 went on sale, a number of blogs uncovered a problem with device's antenna -- simply touching a spot on the phone's lower left side could cause the signal to significantly degrade. Apple downplayed the issue claiming that the iPhone was erroneously calculating and displaying reception bars, promising th...

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    This wouldn't be the first time apple was guilty of censorship...Hey look is that an RSS app.. oh wait no that got pulled. Hopefully the apple fanboys will get their heads out of their asses and realize Steve Jobs is not jesus.
     
  3. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Maniac Posts: 482   +8

    I bought an IPhone 4 and I have never had any reception issumeow meow meow meow meow meow
     
  4. if the tape fixes the problem why doesn't apple put the tape on the inside of the phone?
     
  5. Why should Apple do anything ? Apple fanboys would buy iPhone even if it had ZERO bars in left and right hand
     
  6. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 369   +40

    I bought one knowing full well of the issues, not because I'm a "fanboy" but because I have to agree with the consumer reports article, it really is the best smartphone out there.

    I did test the reception issue though, and sure enough, from 5 - 0 bars in about 20 seconds. It's very annoying and definitely should make you think twice about giving apple money for this faulty product. I'm crossing my fingers that apple provides a fix for this soon.
     
  7. I have a 3G and now my signal goes out during a phone call... Apple may need to just redesign the iphone and start over.
     
  8. Best phone ? I had Iphone 3G, I have Nexus 2.2 now.....While I think iPhone is a very nice phone with very nice GUI and some killer apps, Android a much better OS. iPhone OS is just borring....
     
  9. Timonius

    Timonius TS Booster Posts: 584   +33

    Roll out the iTape! $10 per square millimeter!
     
  10. Reloader2

    Reloader2 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    This made me laugh : D Good one.
     
  11. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,286   +232

    Well, is anyone really surprised by the censorship?

    Users: "Wow, the iPhone rocks! But, umm, it isn't working quite right"
    S.Jobs: "Yes it is, it's magical, and the best thing ever. There are no issues"
    Users: "It drops our calls when we touch it"
    S.Jobs: "No it doesn't, that is just a figment of your imagination coupled with a programming flaw"
    Users: "No, really, the signal dies, see?"
    S.Jobs: "Did you hear something? {deletes forum posts} Nothing to see here, move along..."
     
     
  12. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 162

    My mate got a iPhone 3GS and I got a Nokia N97 instead; cause it had a better GPS, better camera, more internal memory and proper web support (flash) with the qwerty keyboard. The phones function relatively the same (granted, Apple's touch is more reponsive, but only by a fraction of a second, nothing to severely trump Nokia) except the Nokia has more basic features.

    The most amusing thing is that his phone has broken twice in the same time I've had mine and my Nokia hasn't broken once. His first one fell about 5-10cms to the ground and stopped working instantly, mine has hit the ground about 10 times and it didn't affect the performance at all. His second iPhone just stopped working altogether, first the home button stopped, then it just decided to have random buttons cease functioning until it was totally broken. My Nokia hasn't had any interface errors at all.

    Similiar issues have happened to my other mates too, amongst my friends/personal expierence, the iPhone is a dodgy piece of technology that my Nokia keeps outliving. Can't wait for the N8. ;D
     
  13. Buy while supplies last !!!!

    http://images19.fotki.com/v207/filekBXz/a45ac/1/1402316/6752802/IMG_20100713_174741.jpg
     
  14. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Lets face it most users will just cave and get a cover, whilst the rest, well they'll just get a new phone or simply be ignored. There will be no redesign, no admission of fault, simply quite from Apple till the problem goes away............
     
  15. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

  16. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Guru Posts: 593   +47

    And people have the audacity to berate Microsoft.

    When people started experiencing the RROD on the XBOX 360, Microsoft went so far as to ship you a nifty coffin to ship your 360 back free of charge and receive your new 360.

    Just imagine for a minute if Microsoft had done with the XBOX 360 what Apple is doing with the iPhone 4.

    "Oh, no, there's nothing wrong. That red circle you're seeing isn't a real problem."
    "But I can see it on the TV, and I can't play games."
    "Then don't play games that way."
    "What way? By inserting the disc in the tray!?"
    "Yes."
    "But then how am I supposed to play games?"
    "C'mon, you didn't buy the XBOX 360 to play games. You bought it to experience the magic."
    "But the whole purpose of a console is to play games!"
    "OK, It turns out that we weren't calculating the pixels correctly, and a software update will be ready via XBOX Live."
    "It won't even turn on! How the hell am I supposed to connect to XBOX Live!?!?"
    "It's magical."
    "F*** you."
     
  17. Its weird I played around with my friends iPhone 4 for the past week and didn't see any dropped calls. And believe me I tried to make it fail. Is the antenna issue present in every iPhone and in every circumstance?
     
  18. i played in Apple store with iPhone and dropped from 4-5 bars to 0 by holding in left hand......

    I know that most of the time I use cases on my phones, but when i go out, i try to leave case at home because it makes phone too bulky. So this iPhone thing is a pretty serious problem for me.....
     
  19. After this last point of news, I think I'm going to go the Android route when my contract comes up in September . . . .
     
  20. Actually, that sounds like exactly what Microsoft did with the original Xbox. The first generation shipped with crappy drives that would just stop working and Microsoft would repair it for $99 plus shipping both ways. That's why I have a PS3 now instead of a 360. Sounds like they were smarter the second time around but they'd already lost me.
     
  21. Long time ago apple was ahead but left behind by Microsoft with MS-DOS...Is history repeating itself ?
     
  22. Yes I like Apple products, Yes I own an Iphone4. Yes I experienced signal issues at first. However I bought a bumper case and the problem is 100% solved. Do I think apple should give them away. No. I was going to buy a case regardless so spending $30 to solve my problem when I was going to do so anyways is a non issue to me. Now my iphone4 works perfectly. Time to move on everybody. And I highly doubt that any purchasers of Apple's products think Steve Jobs is Jesus so please give the hating a rest. This really isn't a huge deal.
     
  23. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,286   +232

    Selling a flawed product that REQUIRES the customer to then go buy a case (which some may not have ever wanted and can add bulk) is indeed a big deal. Your interesting ability to just shrug it off is the exact mentality that gets the whole "messiah Jobs" jokes rolling. Non-Applesheep are appalled by the entire fiasco, but people like you aren't. You are basically strengthening the stereotype. And, while some may truly hate Apple, I don't hate them... I just despise ignorance, deception, elitism, and greed. So I don't hate Apple, I hate their actions (or in this case inaction).
     
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,836   +926

    My iPhone, Right or Wrong.........

    My iPhone, Right or Wrong.........
    Beyond being one of the more nonsensical, socially conditioned rants I've seen in a while, it has to be mentioned that Steve Jobs really doesn't need another apologist, he has crack legal and PR teams that are a whole lot more qualified than you.

    As to whether anybody thinks that "His Steveship" is Jesus, that's abundantly absurd. Everybody knows that Jesus is largely ignored, while the "Apple Corp" hangs on every deceptive word that dribbles out of Jobs mouth.

    Oh, so you don't think I'm a hater, "congratulations on your new iPhone"! Now why don't you call somebody and tell them all about it too. Wouldn't it be enormously more self satisfying to spread your effusive joy in many places? BTW, don't forget to tape the antenna gap first.

    "I'm a PC, now get that stinking phone out of my face"! :rolleyes:
     
  25. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 632

    Everyone calm down, the iPhone 5 will be coming out soon enough.
     
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