Apple during a recent press conference discussed a deal to offer free bumpers in attempts to patch the antenna issue. Apple, up until September 30th will offer the choice of a free bumper or third party case for the iPhone 4. People starting next week will be able to acquire a case from Apple‘s website. Users who have already purchased iPhone 4 cases can receive cash back for their prior purchase of a bumper. However, that won’t be the case for people who purchased a case from a third party vendor.
Jobs Hosts Circle Jerk at Press Conference
(Definition of ‘Circle Jerk’ found here. *Hint: It’s the second definition!) Steve Jobs in his usual signature outfit, opens a recent conference with the “Antenna Song”, a viral video which has been floating around the interwebs shortly before the conference. Jobs claims that only about 0.55% of iPhone 4 users called customer service in regards to the antenna issue. This rate is supposedly less than that of the iPhone 3GS.
Return rates according to him and the company have also gone down in comparison to the 3GS. Only 1.7 percent of iPhone 4 users returned their device in comparison to up to 6.0 percent of 3GS users. He claimed that he and the company knew about the antenna issue before the phone was released. However, he remarked smartphones are not perfect. According to Apple, such issues can be replicated on many smartphone devices such as the BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, and Samsung Omnia II. I myself own a BlackBerry Bold 9700. So I hope to post a video up here in the next few days of me trying to replicate the death grip on that device.
Should you still buy an iPhone 4?
That’s up to you. I don’t personally own an iPhone 4 myself. My friend and I personally tried the “death grip” at the Apple store, and could not replicate the drop reception issue. And also, like the guy in the infamous “antenna song” noted, you can return the phone if you don’t like it. That’s right. That’s one of the benefits of a free-market economy. The ability to return a defective product if you don’t like it. The antenna problem aside, many reviewers and users liked the new features of the iPhone 4 and had no real problems with it. So, ultimately, it is up to you to decide. Give it a test drive at the Apple Store and see for yourself. Here are a few videos to further inform you.