Apple Gains Nothing From Their Press Conference

If you were wondering if Apple could get a positive bounce from their press conference, the answer to that question is no thus far. First Consumer Reports came out and had this to say about Apple giving away cases to solve the antenna problem:

Consumer Reports believes Apple’s offer of free cases is a good first step. However, Apple has indicated that this is not a long-term solution, it has guaranteed the offer only through September 30th, and has not extended it unequivocally to customers who bought cases from third-party vendors. We look forward to a long-term fix from Apple. As things currently stand, the iPhone 4 is still not one of our Recommended models.

It gets worse for Apple. Nokia released a statement talking about their antenna designs that Engadget, Boy Genius among others has published:

In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.”

Ouch. That hurts. I should also note that Apple called out Samsung (via the Omnia II), BlackBerry (via the Bold 9700) and HTC (via the Droid Eris). I’m going to guess that they’ll be putting statements of their own to poke holes in what Apple said today. It’s not a shock to me as I didn’t expect that Apple was going to win many friends today outside of the fanbois who worship “The Steve.”

Expect the pain to continue for Apple next week. I’m calling it now.

2 Responses to “Apple Gains Nothing From Their Press Conference”

  1. You must be joking with this. I can only surmise there are people in the tech press who have waited a long time to attack Apple.

    For myself, I’m getting an iPhone.

  2. Is that what you really believe that Apple actually upset users today?? Really?? If that is what you truly believe from today’s PR push from Apple, then you might want to rethink your position. The presentation was outstanding and as an iPhone 4 user (and a user whose had every iPhone) this is the best iPhone yet, and my favorite. My reception is better that ever before.

    But here’s the really great part……people like me who have thought that Apple would sell preducts people loved and at great margins have made multiples of our investment by buying Apple stock. I looked at today’s presentation carefully. More of an investor than a user and I am happy. I’m hoping some idiots try and sell the stock and then i may be lucky enough to buy some on the cheap.

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