Bad News For Apple Comes In Threes

The universe has not been kind to Apple. Three different kicks to the nether regions have likely put Steve Jobs and his hordes of fanbois into despair. The first thing that popped up is that Apple is going to replace defective Time Capsules manufactured in early 2008 according to a support document that was posted on Apple.com. Now I do recall hearing about some issues with Time Capsules back around that timeframe. One has to wonder why it took them this long to do something about it.

The second thing that popped up for Apple is that a lawsuit against them and AT&T was certified for class action status. The lawsuit claims Apple, in making AT&T its exclusive partner, drove up prices and killed competition in the smartphone market. The suit seeks to, “keep Apple from selling locked iPhones in the U.S. and from determining what iPhone programs people can install.” Charming. We’ll see how the iLawyers respond to that.

But the big news comes from Consumer Reports who has confirmed what we all knew to be the case. Apple’s brand new iPhone 4 has an antenna problem that is hardware related. It’s apparently so clear cut that Consumers Reports won’t recommend the phone:

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.

They do suggest a fix though. Duct tape:

Cover the antenna gap with a piece of duct tape or another thick, non-conductive material. It may not be pretty, but it works. We also expect that using a case would remedy the problem. We’ll test a few cases this week and report back.

That makes Apple’s software update that they claimed was the cure for the issue totally bogus. So “The Steve” will actually have to come clean on whatever issues plague the iPhone 4 sooner rather than later one suspects.

Over to you Steve.

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