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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Did Steve Jobs Know iPhone 4 Antenna Was a Lemon?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge This photo of Steve Jobs was taken a tad before he purportedly knew the iPhone 4 antenna is janky
  • This photo of Steve Jobs was taken a tad before he purportedly knew the iPhone 4 antenna is janky
What did Steve Jobs know and when did he know it? Bloomberg is reporting that Apple's chief antenna engineer told Jobs that the antenna design could lead to dropped calls very early in the phone's design process. Another lesson learned: Questions about antennas should be deferred to chief antenna engineers.

The phone does indeed drop calls, which has led to lawsuits, hordes of disgruntled banter on the Web, and, perhaps most damningly, Consumer Reports telling consumers to not consume the iPhone 4.

Consumer Reports' article -- which claimed that no other AT&T phone has the signal problems of an iPhone 4 -- caused Apple's stock to plummet. Bloomberg's reporting that the company long knew of this problem likely won't help.

Perhaps that's what Microsoft COO Kevin Turner was hoping when he ebulliently announced "It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that.

Your humble narrator, typing on a computer running Windows Vista, is not okay with that.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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