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Apple has sent out $15 cheques to fanbois whose iPhones suffered from dicky phone reception. The Cupertino idiot-tax operation agreed to dish out the small payments after punters lodged a class-action lawsuit over the iPhone 4 "Antennagate" flaw. When the smartmobe went on sale in 2010, its users complained about poor mobile …

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Holmes

So. Jobs was wrong.

Punters weren't holding it the wrong way after all.

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Re: So. Jobs was wrong.

I doubt there was any 'wrong way'. It was a load of nonsense. Whatever I did I couldn't get my old 4 to suffer any problems - it worked 100% perfectly during the 2 years I had it.

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Re: So. Jobs was wrong.

I don't necessarily care, though I have seen demonstrations which lead me to believe it does exist. That and the fact the infallible Jobs admitted to it and apologized. But then I also know people who absolutely refuse to admit it ever existed simply because THEY didn't experience it.

Paris, not certain she exists since I've never experienced her.

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Re: So. Jobs was wrong.

From what I know from discussions with real designers of products like it, the exposed antenna was a pretty bad design in the first place. While there's always a need to not shield an antenna by casing it in metal, exposing it was a way round this however this meant that it could be grounded by contact with the user's hands. The models that didn't suffer from reception problems appeared to have a good quality coating that covers and insulates the antenna, the models that didn't either didn't have this coating or it was poorly or patchily applied.

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Re: So. Jobs was wrong.

My 4 worked fine also the whole time I used it until upgrading to a 5. My wife is still using her 4 and I gave my 4 to my grandson as an "iPod" wannabe with the SIM pulled.

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Re: So. Jobs was wrong.

I think it existed but that it had to do with the strength of the network it is trying to use. I could watch the bars on my ATT version go up and down while holding and not holding our two iPhone 4 but it never seemed to cause any issues for us.

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Re: So. Jobs was wrong.

"load of nonsense"

So basic Antenna Physics 101 is wrong then? Having the high impedance end of monopole antennas uninsulated and the open end located right where some people may touch them isn't a basic design flaw? Gee, there may be a Nobel Prize for Physics up for grabs if you can write a paper explaining how this would work...

Of course there are many variables, including the relative signal strength at locations you frequent.

There are multiple solutions to this design flaw, from simply feeding the other end, to internally top loading the monopoles to bring the high impedance end inside where it's safe and cozy.

Anyone that knows anything about how antennas actually work would have pointed this out at the preliminary design review stage, if not before.

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Great objective reporting...

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"The Cupertino idiot-tax operation" does seem like a next leap forward in fanboi-baiting.

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Great "Objective: MOH MONEY" reporting, more like.

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> "The Cupertino idiot-tax operation" does seem like a next leap forward in fanboi-baiting."

And they will take the bait. [takes a quick glance down] Oh look, they've already started.

<- looks like a bucket of popcorn if you squint hard enough

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The Microsoft Tax

"The Cupertino idiot-tax operation" is a lame, knee-jerk reaction to the long well known and infamous "Microsoft Tax". Which one of the two concepts makes sense? You decide. But check your facts before you decide. Knowing what you're talking about is consistently useful.

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Re: The Microsoft Tax

I think they're both equally asinine.

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Hmmm

Those who progressed with the lawsuit were only after money and I feel that $15 was even too much.

If you wanted to make a point to Apple, they should have returned the phones stating they didn't work and leave Apple with a large amount of refunds/replacements and a shedload of iphones they can't sell.

Sadly, I feel a lot of people were blinded by the "Its a shiny new apple product" viewpoint and had to have one, even if they weren't designed/built properly.

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Re: Hmmm

Wasn't that why the bumpers were given out to pre-empt people sending a shitload of faulty devices back to them?

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Personal touch

"Very truly yours, Apple iPhone 4 Settlement Claims Administrator"

Got to love the personal touch!

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Wow - a Class Action lawsuit with a DOUBLE-DIGIT payout!!!

$15 each. Wow.

This sets the new benchmark, putting to shame the previous high water mark of $4.76 each.

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Re: Wow - a Class Action lawsuit with a DOUBLE-DIGIT payout!!!

Don't forget to report it on your income taxes

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Happy

Wonder if I'll get it

I did buy two iPhones 4, got the free bumper thingies, but moved to another continent since…

I like the new "Cupertino idiot-tax operation" myself!

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Corrections

Jasper,

A slight correction in your article. "The Cupertino idiot-tax operation..." should read "The Cupertino operation", or preferably just "Apple".

It's a small but important correction, and has the immediate added effect of not making the writer sound like a 12 year old. Unless you are actually 12, in which case good luck; puberty's gonna be a bitch.

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Re: Corrections @Lord Elpuss

You forgot on what site you are. I would stop reading The Reg (the pure facts you can get in many places) if not for the "personal touch" in their articles and for the great community.

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Pirate

Lucky they even got money

Most class actions are settled with coupons or discounts on your next purchase, in this country.

No joke.

That they received cash is amazing.

< cause aren't they?

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Value of the cheque

That cheque, or check as it's a U.S. court settlement, would be worth a lot more than $15 if kept, un-cashed, for future Apple collectors.

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Re: Value of the cheque

Sadly, Tim Cook is no Don Knuth.

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Rubbish

Steve Jobs was never human!

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