Never understood people that buy all the inferior Apple-made stuff, especially taking into account its price/quality ratio. On the other hand, everyone is free to buy whatever he wants, as long as he is not trying to convert me to his religion. But this post is not about these people! :) Instead, it is about Apple’s latest über-device called iPhone 4, and Apple as a company.
(NB It is all based on “hearsay”, I do not own any Apple products, and never will!) iPhone 4 is simply fantastic! It features super-duper-mega-resolution display (with yellow spots though), fantastic new glass design (that tends to scratch easily on the back side, and to break on the front), and cool metal border around it that works as an antenna for both GSM/3G on one side, and WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS on the other side. For those that have not heard about it yet, the phone has one major issue (in addition to those enumerated above :) – if you keep the phone in hands, signal reception quality drops drastically or even disappears completely. Likely reason is that hands are normally a bit moist, and when you keep the phone in hands you are bridging/short-circuiting both antennas with the known result. Now Apple came with the official answer that says:
Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.
Ha-ha-ha-ha!!! Hilarious! Brilliant! Fantastic! I would add “and avoid doing any phone calls”! :)
There is also an email answer from Steve Jobs on the link above. I think it is fake, but then my own experience in communication with Apple (that is a topic for a post of its own) suggests that it as well might not be – for me it seems that Apple employees, starting from Steve Jobs and all the way down, are kind of arrogant a$$holes (a fish rots from the head down?).
I wonder what all those Apple-zombies will say now?! :) Wait! Let me guess! Hm… “Oh! It is by design! Look at this fabulous screen! And its black glass! Oh! And I look so cool with this precious beauty in my hands! Everyone is just envious and tries to cast shadow on this god-given company and its heavenly products!” Ha-ha-ha-ha! :)
Have fun! Ja hyvää Juhannusta kaikille! ;)
UPDATE Just think this picture taken during Medvedev’s visit to Apple is so funny!
(for those who do not understand Russian, the top picture says “Hey… the signal is lost…”, and the bottom one says “This way it won’t be!”)
UPDATE 2 And one more picture:
(it says “I have invented the device that fixes the antenna bug… also one can catch a fish using it!”)