Apple Sued Over iPhone 4’s Dodgy Antenna


Apple is already facing no less than three class action lawsuits launched by iPhone 4 users irate at the smartphone’s inability to function properly unless held in a Jobs-approved manner.

Three lawsuits alleging unfair business practices and false and misleading advertising by Apple have surfaced, with two filed in San Francisco each attempting to secure expensive class action status.

One of the lawyers filing in San Francisco puts it thus:

“Apple’s sale of the iPhone with this unannounced defect, assuming Apple’s prior knowledge of the defect, constitutes misrepresentation and fraud.

In omitting to disclose the defect in the iPhone 4, Apple perpetrated a massive fraud upon hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting customers.”

This lawsuit is demanding a free $30 “bumper,” a rubber casing coincidentally sold by Apple which happens to coincidentally prevent the signal loss issues, for every customer who pre-ordered the phone.

Another separate suit filed in Maryland is out for cash:

“[Apple] actively suppressed and concealed the fact that the iPhone 4 could not be held in a manner consistent with the normal usage of wireless communication devices.”

Critics have decried Apple’s “arrogant” reaction, with it dismissing complaints and telling users to hold their phones properly and stop wasting Steve Jobs’ valuable time.

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    Avatar of greenpoint0
    Comment by greenpoint0
    07:44 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, apparently, it's a graphics problem, with the bars misleadingly going up and down based on how you tilt it. Reluctant I am.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd better sue Nokia for my mother's phone suffering from the same problem-- Oh wait, SC. I forgot, everyone else is perfect and we'd better devote five articles to every Apple product. Obsess much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by PhillB
    08:50 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just a matter of generations. With the rush of releasing a brand new iPhone every year, it is now Apple which is tripping in this business.

    Terrible. I shall leave the Apple religion.

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    Comment by shinaykahn
    06:48 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    like Steve BlowJobs gives a damn
    not to say shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry but this will probably not affect Apple much at all.

    Posted from my iPhone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's Really really hard to bankrupt Apple.
    But that's what i wish for.
    Another phenomenon down!

    Avatar of Master Evil The Return!
    04:35 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I always wonder what people say in the iphone sure it had apps and some cool features other then that they had a hell of a lot better phones out there back on topic: Thank you steve for pulling the bill gate move, microsoft must be proud of apple.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    05:07 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The best solution to any problem is to prevent said problem from occuring.

    The problem is big giant companies that still cling to old business models that led the world to financial ruin. They need to be broken up, bled dry, and the "Market" actually "Freed" for others to adapt to.

    So do NOT buy one of those things.
    Try to discourage other people from buying them.

    You see, the technology's there, we just need to create more of a market for the "No Contract" phones to expand and absorb. The less money spent on iVOMIT, the more money potentially available for, say the SAME "Slave made goods flom amiable venelable Cathay" manufacturer to make a rip-off of their device and sell it at 1/4 the price with monthly unlimited no-contract deals -and- no sh-t with grotesque DRM and proprietary stores.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    09:31 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Becomes somewhat questionable in light of Apple being the alternative to many near-monopolies.

    But I agree that fiscal discipline is a better solution than postpurchase bitching.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:25 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look at the look on MrJobs face, he already tried using it and it wouldn't connect while he was on alive demonstration. His face says it all. Like the OnionNews 'Sony Box Thing' "work you ps work". Its all over his face.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    12:25 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol apple thinking that their making a quality product silly goose.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 14/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's your own dumb ass faults for not holding the phone right, you dum...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................wait, im not holding my phone right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:12 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope Apple get it's ass handed to it.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:57 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why I never preorder the latest gadget before someone gets to beta test it.
    The antenna being exposed in that manner is a design flaw.

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    Comment by alex251
    13:28 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, Apple probably wanted to save a few cents like MS on XBOX...

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    Comment by Y10NRDY
    15:24 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I still want one.


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    Comment by Meltyblood
    04:34 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Foxcon Suicides explains it.

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    Comment by Meltyblood
    04:33 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mybe its those chinese at foxcon who make chips for iphone that have been committing suicide decited to throw us americans a curve ball.
    saying fuck jobs we want good pay

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:01 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No wonder they were so quick to take gizmodo by the balls, it would have been chaos if the world had learned about that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apple said, the problem is a software problem and there will be a software update.

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    Comment by Imyou
    05:16 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Software fixes are easier to implement. If it's caused by how you hold it, it's a hardware issue. A software fix might just recalibrate the signal strength display to look more optimistic - don't laugh, it's been done before by others.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)
    There is your software update, and like already stated it changes the display of the bars.

    There's also another update coming afaik that will allow you to switch channels faster and hopefully reducing/preventing the problem.

    It is a hardware issue that slipped through their testing procedures though.

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    Comment by alex251
    01:09 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess it will be in MS style - removing red leds from xbox.
    Apple will just make that the signal bar will be at full anytime even without signal :)

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    Comment by ILoveTsundere
    01:23 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They will get rid of the antenna to get rid of the signal problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Either this, or they'll have the firmware boost energy to the antenna and neuter the battery life.

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    Comment by macona
    03:35 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Adding power does not make it receive a signal any better.

    There have been reports of the 3G and 3Gs also having dropping bars with the iOS 4 update. So who knows, it could be software.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it's software based how come Steve Job said it's the way we hold the phone that causes the problem. That's not a software issue, it would be a hardware issue. So how would this fix it?

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    Comment by Myballz
    03:22 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My 3Gs model works fine for some reason It's 4 model does seem not work well.

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    Comment by Deviant Discordian
    02:27 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a hardware problem. Apple made the choice to have the antennae on the outside.

    Note the small gap in the metal side on the bottom left side of the phone. That's the gap between the antenna, and when you hold it in a certain way you hand acts as a bridge between the two antenna, causing it to work on a different wavelength than it should.

    TL;DR, hardware not software.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    01:23 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, this (Apple Product) has functional differences from another product made by someone else! How negligent of them to not make sure it operated like a non-apple product!

    ...Now give me some money, so I can buy 3 more.

    Seriously though, this is why you don't buy things at launch from ANYONE. It's not the company's fault you have more disposable income than common sense.

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    Comment by 711
    01:42 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It's not the company's fault you have more disposable income than common sense."

    Your argument astounds me... would you care to develop it a bit further?

    If it's not the company's fault for releasing something defective who does it belong to then? The consumer?! Are you serious?!

    Perhaps if they had added a page on the manual explaining this was an intended "feature" I could resonate, but as it stands you are just passing as arrogant and stupid as Jobs with one liners like this.

    Avatar of Tex_Arcana
    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    04:57 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't get me wrong, I think they should find a way to fix it, and I think they will. But not in a way that'll retroactively apply to the older models.

    It's almost a law of the tech industry that anything sold at launch will have problems. Nerds learn this principle. Casual consumers never do.

    Note that if this was a safety issue (the phone drops your calls, and then electrocutes you) it would be reasonable to expect a lawsuit, and a retroactive fix. But that's simply not the case.

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    Comment by Imyou
    10:55 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You speak the proven truth. There's the alpha test, the beta test, which can sometimes include the public or select groups... and then there's the unspoken test, the first product release. Apple finds TONS of bugs in their first releases, as do many others, which they then whittle down pretty well in unannounced hardware revisions down the road.

    ...though I don't see how they'd do that here unless they clearcoat the metal frame with an insulator of some type. The big issue seems to be that the two strips of metal are antennas tuned to their respective frequency ranges, and when you bridge them with your hand, they're still antennas, but not at all optimized ones.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's ridiculous for a cell phone to drop a call within two seconds of being held by a left hand and you know it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except the way people hold a cell phone makes this drop signal and they know this, which is why they also sell the fix. What a shock. And the one lawsuit is trying to sue to get the 'fix' not money. That's how it should be. usausausa!

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    Comment by obro
    00:38 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Americans? Sue? Nooo....

    Avatar of Tex_Arcana
    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    01:15 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you had a legal system as broken as ours- you'd sue too!

    Here in Texas, I can sue a mental defective for making bad coffee, and be awarded $50,000 and a ticket to his execution.

    I cannot, however, be awarded good coffee.

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    Comment by DHYohko
    01:36 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, thats actually very interesting
    good coffee vs money and a show
    thats a tough one

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're lucky, when you get to the show, there's coffee.

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    23:55 02/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and fucking well deserved. "just don't hold it that way" my ass! stop piking your nose and do some work to fix it!! arrogant prick!

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    00:01 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. Note, for once, that I haven't seen punitive damages listed on either of these lawsuits, but rather a demand to give the fix away. That's how a class action is supposed to work, not like the PS3 Linux one that just demanded money and not to restore Linux functionality.

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    Comment by DHYohko
    00:08 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well said, asking for a solution to the problem for every one who gets the problem si a godo use of a lawsuit, not the million dollars so because people can't think with common sense regarding cofe.

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    Comment by Syllen
    23:50 02/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    expected that it was going to happen

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    Comment by cats2
    07:34 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's apple users own fault anyways..

    It's like when mac users cry and complain they can't run SHIT without emulating windows constantly and always.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow, that is a VERY 'Microsoft' move that apple did.

    Shame on you, Jobs. Shame on you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:17 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apple is Microsoft, only more expensive and marketed toward posers.

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    Comment by reichsfuhrer
    00:28 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    One lawsuit for justice. One lawsuit for cash.

    But hey, they had this one coming either way. Oh Steve, they are gonna rob you buck naked, arrogant fuck.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    04:52 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately for the person suing for justice, the lawyer still demands pay for his services in the form of actual cash. Definitely more than $30.

    My hat goes off to this person, but understand that few people are willing or able to part with that much money just to teach a bad company a lesson and get the same solution they could have gotten for $30 instead of $300.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    15:33 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anytime you're suing for cash against Apple, it's poetic justice.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    00:55 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *Records the raping with iPhone 4*
    *Edits the video with iMovie*
    *Uploads in on MoblieMe*

    Perfect Phail Scenario.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You missed the part when your antena stoped working.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    50% justice , world still has some home . Here i though that ameri-cans only sue for moneyz

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    Comment by vanchrian
    00:05 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's cuz with the moneys they can buy the rubber casing and much more.

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    Comment by basilio
    02:14 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As much as I hate the person suing for cash, I still like the fact that there is somebody else out there who is actually looking out for the consumers.

    Kudos to the lawyer suing for the free "bumper" for all the iPhone owners.

    The one suing for cash can just go to hell (with almost every other lawyer; at least they'll have companionship with each other).

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and fuck over everybody else who bought the phone. I read about the signal loss on the internet, maybe somebody didn't and bought the phone after the 'first week'. What now? "Cover" my ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed. Why should people who didn't pre-order and don't spend every minute of their life trolling the internet for anything apple related to pop up have to spend more money just because apple fucked up.

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    Comment by alidan
    13:42 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    still my you cant have known before it came out stands

    its your own fault for being a fuck up and buying it without reading about it, and its flaws.

    however a free fix could be given to day 1 buyers too, because i assume a vast majority of them camped for it.

    but here is how i buy electronics. i google the flaws and i search for user reviews. it takes all of 5 minutes to find any thing and everything.

    ic you cant take 5 minutes to fucking google something than you dont deserve a free replacement. they are fucking lucky i even would allow them a cheap replacement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:06 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    For someone who hates iphones so much you sure do fail to understand the concept of the idiocy involved with those who love the phone.

    There are probably millions of people who didn't pre-order the phone yet still bought one within the first week and had no knowledge what so ever about the defect.

    No matter how much you try and argue to point, apple fucked up and if one set of people deserve a free fix so does everyone else who bought the broken phone.

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    Comment by alidan
    05:27 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no if its end of contract and getting rid of the phone they would say, the money they are asking for is just to pad there wallets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The lawsuit for cash is perfectly legitimate, it allows everyone in that class action to be reimbursed for the fine they'll be hit with when they prematurely terminate their AT&T contract while returning the iPhone4 for a refund. The people who get the $30 strap for free? They'll just have to pray no other glaring flaw comes up and forces them to go into yet another lawsuit.

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    Comment by alidan
    15:14 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    look if you were in the market for an iphone you have internet and did research. i don't give a fuck about the phone but i head of the signal loss within 1 week of launch, and honestly if i, someone who despises apple heard of the signal loss issue, than everyone in the market for one should have too.

    if you want an iphone and you dont have the Internet, there is something fucked up with that, and if you looked up iphone4 on google, without moving the screen down there is signal loss news.

    if you are too fucking stupid to read that you don't get free shit or pay.

    people who preorderd had NO FUCKING CLUE
    people who bought it week 1 because of hype bought it before news of signal problems fully broke.

    they all get free bumpers, but the early adopters, within week 1, need a separate fee for the iphone4 revision 2, because of the chance they knew and still got it. and honestly you are talking about a 500-800$ phone here, a 50$ - 100$ for a revision 2 replacement is fairly cheap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They only want the money for themselves, and if they win, they get the money that should be shared among everyone.

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    Comment by alidan
    04:24 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sorry but class actions dont work that way.

    yea you get money but everyone involved gets it too, the over all pay out could be millions but you only see 100.

    the lawsuit we should see is for a free bumper and a free upgrade to the revised version without this signal loss for free for those who preorderd, and for a small fee for the people who bought first week.

    and by small fee i mean 50-100$

    this way it covers those who didnt know, and those who got it before signal loss was a big deal

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:40 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i really would expect a company the size of apple to know better than to make a phone which loses signal all the time
    thats not a severe bug that somehow slipped through
    its a case a epic engineering fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:25 03/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The majority of their testing was apparantly done in a special casing making it look like the iPhone 3g. This like the bumper prevents the issue.

    Yeah not the best way to test a product it seems..

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