iPhone has a different kind of bar problem
Friday, July 2, 2010
I wonder if Apple has an app for defending iPhone lawsuits?
The new iPhone 4 — remember when it was abandoned in a bar? — has been scored by tech geeks over its reception problems. The issue seems to be that the antenna is wrapped within the casing of the device, which means users cover it with their hands when making calls. Steve Jobs‘ response: Stop holding it that way.
But it turns out it might not be having the reception problems users believe. Apple is now blaming a software glitch, saying it displays the wrong number of bars representing signal strength. It promised a fix will be ready for downloading in a few weeks. (Which frankly sounds a lot like BP blaming everyone else for the Gulf oil disaster).
But the promised fix isn’t good enough for some. Gizmodo reports there are at least five class-action suits filed over the new devices, three of them in California. Goodglick v. Apple, Benvenisty v. Apple and Dydyk v. Apple were all filed in the Northern District, which covers Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.