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Apple drops digs at rivals from iPhone 4 antenna page

updated 07:40 pm EDT, Sat July 31, 2010

Apple decides against comparing antenna to rivals

Apple today quietly pulled the comparisons of the iPhone 4's signal performance to rivals from its US antenna site. The company had just recently been adding comparisons of how grips hurt the connection, including the Droid X and N97 mini, but the new page now just leaves an overview of its wireless test labs. Some international pages, such as the Canadian site, still have the option to switch between this and the comparisons.

Reasons for the sudden change aren't clear; the possibility exists that the code was changed in error. Apple however has faced very public criticism from rivals that have insisted their devices are more resistant to the problem and may have chosen to pull the controversial material in the US rather than face legal action. None of the competitors have openly threatened a lawsuit.

The side-by-side looks were originally intended to show that a tight grip on any smartphone in the right area can lower or even kill the signal, but in some cases owners have argued that Apple's results are difficult to replicate. Droid X owners have said the large size of the phone, along with dual antennas, make it very difficult to drop the signal where the iPhone 4's externally placed antennas are relatively easy to block.

By Electronista Staff


  1. juraiprince

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    I think

    they made their point, so I believe it was a good time to take it down. And I feel the reason why they received no threat of a lawsuit was because they proved their point.

  1. facebook_Matt

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    It sounds like the take down is a result of one or more cease and desist letters.

  1. macnnoel

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    you can dig at apple but not the other way around---

  1. mayadanteamihan

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    Apple wins

    Very simple -- no matter how much their competitors objected, Apple showed the truth about them on video. Video's difficult to disprove! So now the negative campaign to discredit iPhone 4 is left without legs to stand on.

    Apple wins again!

  1. JuanGuapo

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    It's time.

    I think it was taken down more/less because it was getting a little old, it is time to move on. The competitors clearly didn't like it but I think it had to do more with moving on than legalities.

  1. charlituna

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    isn't needed

    My guess is that they took it down, despite a lack of legal need to do so, simply because it wasn't needed. The phones are selling and probably still in the droves they were before. So it seems that they were right about the big issue not being really a big issue after all. Sure a few folks have probably returned their iphones but its as much if not more about ATT sucking in that area than a problem with the iphones, particularly on a design level.

  1. MyRightEye

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    I think it was probably only

    bringing awareness to the issue when most everyone else has stopped talking about it.

  1. peter02l

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    How long were they expected to leave it up?

  1. Shomei

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    Well, it was starting to get old.

    And Apple is known to remove stuffs as soon as they start to get old (floppy, flash, etc).
    What did you expect ?

  1. IxOsX

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    Is this just white or black

    I love to see the point of the Apple religion followers... I myself was like that for a short while until that I begin to be critic about Apple. The Antenna problema happens in some few models of other phone facturers, so what? Have Apple other new solution than the iPhone4? Nokia have a lot of other solutions, HTC the some, Samsung ether, etc. So by Apple philosophy if, lets say a HTC, have one model of ten with a problem (10%), its ok for Apple have 1 model of 1 model (100%), with problems. Good for Apple that have people consciously buying products without call for a recall and without ask a reset of iPhone antenna architecture. And what is amazing is the global brainwatch that is happening. Well good for you... I will buy only Apple when the product is not defective, so as I say, will wait for iPhone 5. I want to Apple to be much better, and not on what is becoming, I still believe Apple will much improve, but I can't stand is seen the people, especially the Apple fanatics, defend something that have no defense. Sorry!

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