It’s the final chapter of Antennagate settlement
The Apple iPhone 4 has achieved its place in history as the last iPhone not spookily inhabited by Siri. But the phone was also responsible for one of 2010â€™s biggest tech scandals: â€œAntennagate.â€
Within days of the phoneâ€™s June 2010 release, users discovered that when the device was held a certain way, it received almost no signal. Users said that putting oneâ€™s hand over the phoneâ€™s metal frame in the lower left-hand corner — where the antenna is exposed — led to a marked decrease in signal strength.
Unsurprisingly, the issue quickly produced a flurry of lawsuits, Cheap Converse Shoes with class actions filed in California and Maryland by the beginning of July. Ultimately, 18 cases were filed, although all were ultimately combined into a single class action.
Last year, Apple agreed to settle the matter for $53 million. This week, the final chapter of Antennagate will be written, with $15 checks being sent to eligible class members. Apple had also offered free iPhone 4 cases in place of monetary compensation.
Jobs: â€œJust avoid holding it that wayâ€
The issue provoked a characteristically brusque response from late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. When a customer emailed Jobs to ask, â€œWhat’s going to be done about the signal dropping issue[?],â€ Jobs replied, â€œNon issue. Just avoid holding it that way.â€
Jobs did ultimately issue a mea culpa, stating that, â€œWe are human and we make mistakes sometimes.â€
Consumers who receive a check must cash it by July 16. If you havenâ€™t filed a claim yet, itâ€™s too late — the deadline passed in August 2012.
The iPhone 4 was also at the center of â€œGlassgate,â€ involving the deviceâ€™s alleged propensity to shatter when dropped. A Los Angeles suit centering around that issue claimed that â€œApple … failed to warn and continues to sell this product with no warning to customers that the glass housing is defective.â€
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