AntennaGate – Propaganda 101

So the MoD has avoided the whole antenna issue to date for a number of reasons.

1. Our iPhone 4 has has ZERO issues. In fact, it’s been working better than any of the previous iPhones.

2. We’ve had it in a case from FrogSkinz since the first moment that we purchased it. Why? Next summer we will updating our iPhone again and Mrs/Dr MoD will get the current iPhone 4 next summer, so MoD protected the phone as soon as possible.

3. MoD doesn’t hold the iPhone in the death grip manner even when it didn’t use a case.

4. MoD has a 3g Microcell to mediate AT&T’s issues on the northside of Chicago near Wrigley.

However, Ministry of Disinformation does know propaganda when it hears it. So let’s recap today’s work by Apple and what led up to it.

Gizmodo is going to be bounced from our recommended links on the front page due to their horrible and biased reporting on this issue. It’s like I’m reading a Auburn weblog on Alabama football. Their vendetta against Apple over the last 3 months is unhinged. Being bounced from all things Apple, has clearly impacted their objectivity. Engadget at least reached out to their users for feedback on this problem. TUAW is having all kinds of issues (indicating to be honest something has changed about their AT&T network coverage if you ask me), but still has reported the issue down the middle. So GizBozo as they will now be called has completely destroyed five years of reading respect.

Consumer Reports reviews family sedans, minivans, dishwashers, and dryers as well as anyone in the world. But when it comes to actual real technology, MoD ignores them completely. Their opinion is just not relevant. And with their absurd iPhone review, it’s not really helping. How can the iPhone 4 outscore every other smartphone but not be recommended? The CR review though is what caused the Apple PR event today.  Their judging and review process must be completely flawed. And their reasoning for not recommending their best graded phone after Apple has offered bumpers for free for the next 90 days is pure claptrap.

“Consumer Reports believes Apple’s offer of free cases is a good first step. However, Apple has indicated that this is not a long-term solution, it has guaranteed the offer only through September 30th, and has not extended it unequivocally to customers who bought cases from third-party vendors. We look forward to a long-term fix from Apple. As things currently stand, the iPhone 4 is still not one of our Recommended models.”

CR has already indicated that a bumper resolves this issue. Apple has offered a bumper to everyone. The comment about 3rd party cases is pure bullshit. It has nothing to do with the issue at all. MoD has no clue what long term fix that CR is expecting. It’s like CR is applying some standard from a Toyota Sienna minivan with faulty designed brakes to an iPhone. It’s a phone which works as designed with a case supplied by the vendor. Enough about CR, MoD will get back to them to hear their opinion on the next Nissan Quest.

What did Apple say today?

1. This is a fringe issue, latched on by the tech media. By the way, it’s interesting that none of the the advanced reviewers who had the device for a full week mentioned this issue at all. Also, MoD bets that if not notified about the issue CR would never have evaluated this element in their review.

2. X marks the spot. Apple’s biggest mistake was identifying the weak antenna spot.

3. This issue is having zero impact on US or International demand. Apple has sold 3 million phones in 22 days.

So what’s next.

1. This issue will quiet down over the next 90 days. Disappear.

2. Then it will heat back up around September

3. Apple will make some change internally to eliminate or mitigate the issue. MoD isn’t an electrical engineer specializing in cellular radiation. So this is a pure guess.

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