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Monday, 19 July 2010 08:56

Apple's rivals incandescent with rage

Written by Nick Farell
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We do not have your design cock-ups
Steve Jobs has been dubbed a liar by his rivals as he tried to claim that they all suffered from the same design cock-up he stuck in his iPhone 4.

In a press conference where Jobs offered a rubber band fix for his design fault, the master of spin tried to say that his rivals phones suffered from the same problems. He “named and shamed” Rim's Blackberry, Nokia and HTC and even produced a bogus slide showing they suffered from the same reception problems which disconnected millions of Apple fanboys.

What is perhaps amazing is that Jobs believed he could get away with it, as we would have thought all those companies would have a good case for a slander law suit and a defamation case against all of the tame Apple press who were invited to show up at the event and printed what Jobs said without engaging brain.

RIM said that Apple was deliberately distorting the issues surrounding the iPhone 4's antenna design. Nokia and HTC also slammed Jobs's claims that their phones are afflicted by the antenna issues plaguing the iPhone 4.

RIM co-chief executives Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie said in a press release that "Apple's attempt to draw RIM into Apple's self-made debacle is unacceptable." "RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage," they said. "One thing is for certain: RIM's customers don't need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity," the statement said.

Jobs claimed that there were no problems with the iPhone 4's wraparound antenna design and accused the media of trying to "tear down" a company that had grown so successful. However Apple has grown successful because of Jobs' relationship with certain elements in the media so attacking it is yet another own goal.

Nokia has said that it would always "prioritise antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict". "Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand," it said.

Meanwhile, HTC said that only 0.016 per cent of its customers had complained about antenna or signal problems.

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