Apple can no longer stay quiet about claims that a faulty antenna structure is leading to more dropped calls and connection issues on the iPhone 4 and has gone on the offensive today in a last-minute press conference at its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters. CEO Steve Jobs said the iPhone 4 is perhaps the best product we’ve ever made at Apple (NSDQ: AAPL). We’ve sold well over three million since we launched it three weeks ago.
Is it too late?
Besides a bizarre statement about how a software glitch led to artificially high number of bars being displayed on a phone’s screen, Apple’s kept tight-lipped about criticism that has come from the likes of Consumer Reports. This could go down in history as Apple’s major flub that gives its competitors, such as Android, a window to pull significantly ahead of the pack.
Given the late notice about the press conference, we decided to stay at home for this one. Live blogs from Engadget and Gdgt are doing a great job on keeping up with what’s going on right now. As some reports have suggested, Jobs is admitting the company knew that if you gripped it in a certain way the bars would go down a little. He’s saying that they aren’t perfect, but that no one else is either. He uses a BlackBerry and an HTC device to show how if you hold them in certain ways, the number of bars drop as well.
Apple is trying extremely hard to downplay the issue and is hoping it all blows over. Conceding some problems, they will give everyone a free case starting late next week. Jobs says it