APPLE'S DEAR LEADER Steve Jobs is going to bow to rational common sense and issue another version of the Iphone 4 that is not so broken.
After months of fobbing off demands that Apple needs to fix its latest smartphone, which has a design feature of dropping calls when you use it in the wrong hand, a rumour has tipped up that Steve Jobs is going to release one that actually works.
So far Jobs has denied that it is problem. Certainly not for him, as the phone has been selling very well. But there is some evidence that people have been staying away from the Iphone 4 and are buying Android phones that are more reliable and don't lock you into a mobile network supplier.
Now an executive with the Mexican mobile carrier Telcel has claimed that after September 30, Apple will release a revised Iphone 4 that does not exhibit the same signal attenuation flaw.
Telcel's director of value added services, Marco Quatorze was announcing the launch of the Iphone 4 in Mexico when he warned local hacks that initial units will exhibit the same antenna problems as those released so far in the US.
He said Apple will be providing free cases, or rubber bands as the rest of the world knows them, to all Iphone 4 buyers who request one from its website.
However Quatorze said that after September 30 Apple will begin supplying revised Iphone 4 devices that "do not have the reception malfunction." Of course if you bought the early model you are stuck with it and its rubber band fix.
If this is true, Steve Jobs will be shafting his best customers - those idiots who rushed out and bought an Iphone 4 knowing they were broken.
MacRumors insists that it is unusual for a carrier executive to have such advance knowledge of Apple's plans, or to be allowed to share it if he did. Quatorze appears to have done a deal with Apple that will allow early buyers to upgrade to the revised hardware without having to extend the usual two-year contract.
As usual, Apple hasn't commented on the reports. Its fanbois have been plaguing websites that report Antennagate and insisting that the problem doesn't exist and that reporters who warn people against buying the broken gear are biased, work for Microsoft, are just jealous that they can't own a broken phone like them, and need to get a girlfriend. So the problem must be really bad. µ
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