I put a post up last week saying I thought Steve Jobs did a good job handling the Antenna issue. After thinking on it, I have to retract this and say that I truly believe that Apple has not come clean and they were not up front and remain so. Please read the RIMM response below. When Apple and Jobs showed pictures and videos of Blackberrys and other phones comparing the signals to the iPhone 4, then I began to think they were disingenuous.
Apple has never made a case themselves for iPhones. Wonder why they made one now to come out the same day as the iPhone was released. Just to cover the metal antenna part only! Amazing. A piece of rubberized plastic that costs $1.00 to make and they sell it for $29.00 when APPLE messed up the antenna. Not a good look. RIMM gives cases away in every box with a new purchase. I guess Apple will now too.
This antenna issue has NEVER happened with ANY of my Hundred Plus Blackberry’s. NEVER. My Blackberry has always had a better signal than any iPhone and still does versus the new iPhone 4.0.
If I were Steve Jobs and Apple, I would be ashamed. Apple has changed. They have become so big now can we really trust them anymore?
Please don’t take me wrong as I like Apple and Apple products, and have just about one or more of everything they make. iMacs, Mac Mini, Apple TV, MacBook Pro, Remote, iPods, iPads, and more. But when it comes to Smart phone and cellular, RIMM has them beat hands down. Wait till the new 9800 comes out. RIMM has probably forgotten more about wireless than Apple knows.
RIM Statement Against Apple:
Apples attempt to draw RIM into Apples self-made debacle is unacceptable.
Apples claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the publics understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apples difficult situation.
RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years.
During that time, 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.
One thing is for certain, RIMs customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity.
Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.
Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie.