FANBOIS WHO DELIGHT at parting with their hard earned cash for an Iphone 4 might be disappointed once they attempt to use the device as a mobile phone.
Like a biblical plague of locusts, reports are spreading that users are unable to get mobile phone reception with their shiny new toys. Apparently the designers at Apple forgot that its Iphone users might actually want to hold the device in their hand when making a call.
Scores of videos have been uploaded showing that holding the Iphone 4 causes the number of reception 'bars' to drop significantly. Unlike the majority of manufacturers that decided that external aerials were best left in the 1990s, Apple decided to wrap it around the device. Steve Jobs even spent a few of his precious slides explaining it, though it all went south when the fanbois' demigod tried to access a website.
The live demonstration showed that while the older Iphone 3GS managed to load the website, Jobs' latest creation was left standing doing nothing. At the time Jobs' chose to blame his flock rather than the device, however now it seems that Jobs was actually dispensing with his usual hyperbole and showing the device for what it really is, a device that might or might not work as a mobile phone, depending upon how you hold it.
These reports only add to the sense that Apple's quality control department sloped off down the pub long ago. Reports of defective touchscreens and findings by Squaretrade showing that over 25 per cent of all Iphone users will end up with a brick within two years all contradict the image of a company that likes to proclaim it makes high quality, even "magical" devices.
Sadly, on the face of these videos, such statements would be wrong. µ
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