Through an RDF, darkly
June 25, 2010 8:31 AM Subscribe
"That stainless steel band that runs around is the primary structural element of the phone. And there are these three slits in it. It turns out, this is part of some brilliant engineering which actually uses the stainless steel band as part of the antenna system... it's never been done before. And it's really cool engineering!"Less than three weeks after Steve Jobs announced the iPhone 4's (previously) revolutionary signal-boosting design, the internet discovers a fatal flaw that causes calls to drop when the bottom-left corner is touched. Jobs personally offered one customer a solution via email: "Just avoid holding it in that way." Apple's marketing department apparently didn't get the memo.
Just a bit of tech drama erupting over on Engadget, a site often criticized for favoring Apple products over the competition. The iPhone 4 has been suffering from other problems as well, including yellow spots in the screen (fortunately a temporary non-issue), and glass that scratches and shatters on impact.
Not to be a negative nancy... despite these issues the iPhone 4 is still basking in heaps of critical acclaim. Some are calling it the "best smartphone ever." No gadget is without its flaws, and the iPhone 4 will certainly leave its mark on an industry that is innovating in top gear.
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