When Apple produced a phone that dropped signal when you held it a certain way, I didn’t think much of it. Aside from shining a light on the flaw of having a small and secretive development cycle, there wasn’t much to give them a hard time about. Companies fail to find every little thing in early version products all the time. That’s why there’s subsequent versions.
When Steve Jobs told the world it was a non-issue, not to hold the phone like that, I chuckled a little, but still didn’t make too much of a big deal about it. It’s Steve Jobs. I suspect that over the years, his turtlenecks have slowly been restricting the blood flow just enough to cause him to act like the self-appointed God of fashion and function that he is. It can’t be coherent thought causing it. Even he’d be embarrassed by the way he acts.
When Apple told the world that the phone never got that many bars anyway, it started getting interesting.
When they told you to buy a $30 rubber band to wrap around the phone to prevent the signal loss, I began laughing outright.
When they held a press conference saying that they weren’t perfect and here’s a free rubber band, I was kind of sad. It was like watching something that had the potential to be quite fantastic but whose life was cut short by common sense.
I needn’t have worried. It seems Apple has posted a page on their website to demonstrate that all smart phones had this issue.
So what have we learned from this video? Well, I’ve learned that either all of the other phones in the video have less of a problem than the iPhone in this regard, since none of the phones featured had a ton of people freaking out over dropped calls OR the average iPhone owner is a big fucking whiner that likes to bitch about things that are really of no consequence.
As for Apple, with the release of the video, we no longer have to wonder which group they fall into.
The final numbers are in and it seems that 1.5 million people are now the proud owners of an Apple iPhone4. In my reader, I had to suffer through two days worth of reports concerning fanbois and tech addicts standing in queues up to 48 hours to pick up their pre-ordered phone. For my patience, I was rewarded almost immediately upon the phone’s release with reports of bugs and problems, the two most prominent being yellow spots on the screen and the fact that you have to hold the phone a certain way or risk a degradation of cell signal.
Let me be completely honest. I assumed this was a case of rotten grapes at first, and could picture Apple haters everywhere trying to pick the phone apart. In the case of the yellow spots, it seems that might be the case, as the spots purportedly disappear as the adhesive between the plates of glass disappear when dry. The cell signal deal seems to have teeth, however. Tons of reports have confirmed that if you hold the phone while touching the antenna band on both sides of the face(the most common method of holding any phone), you’ll notice signal deterioration.
So 1.5 million early adopters have been rewarded with a phone that drops calls if they hold it a certain way. Apple must be scrambling to fix this. Well maybe, but if they are, nobody has told Steve Jobs. When asked, he responded via email “Non issue. Just avoid holding it in that way.“ The article continues to let you know that you can purchase a $30 rubber band to keep from touching the antenna in an effort to restore the functionality of the phone.
The whole thing makes me giggle. Steve Jobs telling everyone that spent too much money on his phone was just told by him to quit their bitching and hold the phone some other way or buy a $30 rubber band for their new phone.
Which makes him the genius he is. If anyone would pay $30 for a band of rubber, it’s someone that would stand in line for up to 48 hours for the iPhone.
It’s been proven before, but Google keeps confirming that the only way that a free open source system or product will dominate a closed source, proprietary commercial system is if the free open source system is being driven by a commercial, closed source and proprietary entity. Google’s Android system has overtaken the iPhone in sales.
It really isn’t much of a big deal when you take into account that getting into an iPhone is still much more expensive than a phone running Android. Many people are choosing Android because they either can’t afford or don’t want to spend the money required to own an Apple product. It hardly determines a superior product.
Who cares why it’s happening, right? We should just be cheering that open source is finally trampling a proprietary product on it’s own turf!
There’s a lot of technological advancements that fall short of their potential, not because of any shortsightedness during development, but because idiots and lemmings are the first to embrace said technology, causing all future effort to be spent on developing for asshats.
Twitter. This is definitely one of those technologies. Let’s not talk about a company that can’t even manage to turn a buck off of the most malleable and gullible of society. No, let’s talk talk about a company that can successfully exploit those people. Let’s talk about the iPhone.
I will go to my grave without ever owning a product designed, manufactured or marketed by Apple. This, I can promise you.
However, if anything could cause me to trample my beliefs, it would be this app. The police chief, Kathy Lanier calls it a cowardly tactic. I call it the first useful iPhone app I’ve ever seen.
While she lets us know that the app circumvents law enforcement put in place to protect ourselves, someone else had to mention that the prospected earnings for the cameras in that region for 2009 was just under $30 million. This of course, doesn’t take into account the increased revenue that the insurance companies would enjoy as well.
God bless the person that developed the app. Although they are sure to rot in hell for all eternity for releasing it in the iStore, perhaps God will look down upon them favorably for their good deeds and piss on them when He sees them aflame.
but they know useless when they see it. To add to this, they don’t mind calling a useless piece of shit… well, a useless piece of shit.
Japan never adopted the iPhone. In spite of giving them away, they’re still the odd man out. Why? Because it’s half the phone at twice the price in comparison to what they’re used to.