Apple Will Offer Free Bumper Cases to iPhone 4 Owners

As predicted by many pundits, Apple has announced that it will provide free bumper cases to iPhone 4 owners. This offer will be applicable to all iPhone 4 handsets purchased through September 30. In order to satisfy demand, Apple will also offer consumers the option of choosing a third-party iPhone 4 case. Anyone who has already purchased a bumper case is eligible for complete refund.

The iPhone 4 death-grip controversy is a rare instance where Apple has been caught completely off guard. It’s even rare to see Steve Jobs being forced to defend an Apple product in front of journalists. Yet, that is what he did today.


“You know, we’re not perfect. And phones aren’t perfect either. But we want to make all of our users happy. And if you don’t know that about Apple, you don’t know Apple”, is not the kind of statement you would normally associate with Jobs. Also, by giving away a free bumper, Apple is virtually admitting that the death grip is an hardware issue, which can’t be fixed through software updates.

Jobs also promised to fix the other significant issue with the iPhone 4 – the proximity sensor, through a software update.

Apple is obviously hoping that the freebie will diffuse the negative publicity surrounding the iPhone 4 death-grip. In many ways, it was the only realistic option available to Apple. On one hand, the controversy threatened to snowball into a massive backlash, if left unattended. On the other hand, a full recall would have been immensely costly for Apple.

If you are an iPhone 4 owner, don’t forget to let us know what you feel about Apple’s offer? Are you satisfied, or does being forced to use a case bother you?

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Steve Jobs iPhone 4 Conference Details Roundup

The Apple iPhone 4 conference just got over, and Steve Jobs admitted the iPhone 4 Antennagateissue. The conference started in quite a surprising way with the iPhone 4 antenna song. After this Steve boasted about theX spot huge success of the iPhone 4. He said that Apple managed to sell 3,000,000 iPhone 4’s in less than 3 weeks. Along with this, he said that the iPhone 4 has the highest customer satisfaction. Steve then moved on to say that Apple started working on the Antennagateissue when lot of users started complaining about it. He said that Phones aren’t perfectand every phone drops network when gripped in a certain way.

Steve backed up his claim by demonstrating the Death gripon many of the popular handsets like the BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, and the Samsung Omnia II. All the phones dropped down the signal level to 0 or 1 bars when the death gripwas applied on them. Steve then said that if the Xspot on the iPhone 4 gets covered then the handset will drop network to a certain extent. He also said that the wrong signal calculation algorithm made things worse.

Steve then boasted that Apple has invested over $100 million on their 17 anechoic chambers/antenna labs. He said that Apple hopes to contribute to this Antennagateissue from which all the smartphones suffer. Steve then moved on to quote some data from the AppleCare. According to AppleCare data, only 0.55% of the total iPhone 4 owners called Apple/AT&T for the poor network reception issue. Also, according to the data the iPhone 4 return rate is 1.7%, which is a less than one-third of the iPhone 3GS’ 6% return rate.

Steve then said, referring to the AppleCare data, that even though the iPhone 4 has a better antenna the phone drops more calls than the iPhone 3GS. How much additional calls does the iPhone 4 drop compared to iPhone 3GS, you ask? Well it’s less than 1 per hundred calls.Apple iPhone 4 Free Case

After giving a quick overview of what he said above, Steve said that only a small portion of the iPhone 4 owners were affected by the iPhone 4 reception issues. To make them happy, Apple is going to offer “A free case for every iPhone 4 buyer.Users who have already got the iPhone 4 case will be given a refund by Apple. Also, Apple will be offering its users a choice of cases, instead of just one case. Sadly, this offer is valid only until September 30.

Steve also said that even after all this, if users are not happy with their iPhone 4, then they can return it back to Apple within 30 days. Steve then moved on to another problem of the iPhone 4 – the proximity sensor. He said that the next software update will fix the proximity sensor issue plaguing the iPhone 4. He also said that the white iPhone 4 will start shipping by the end of July.

In the end, Steve said that Apple will be launching the iPhone 4 in 17 more countries by the end of this month. Steve then also thanked all various Apple product owners, and said that Apple will always care for its users.

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Free Bumper for iPhone 4 Users Till September 30th

If you are a user who has been facing issues with your Antenna, here is some good news which came out of the iPhone 4 press conference being held at California today.

Free iPhone 4 Bumper Cases

Steve Jobs has promised every 4 a free bumper case. Steve Jobs said: "Secondly: a lot of people have told us the bumper solves the signal strength problem. Okay. Great. Let’s give everyone a case. We want to give everyone is going to get a free case."

And with this he announced that every iPhone 4 users will get a free bumper case through September 30th and if you have purchased a bumper case separately, Apple will give you a refund for it.

Apple has also promised to buy cases from 3rd party vendors due to the shortage of bumper cases with them, so you just have to pick a case and Apple will send it to you for free. In addition to that you can also send back your iPhone 4 to Apple if you are not happy with it.

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iPhone 4 Press Conference Live Updates, Audio and Feed

Watch iPhone 4 Press Conference in California online. Live Audio updates for iPhone 4 conference. iPhone 4 Conference July 16, 2010 live updates and feeds.

Apple is holding a Press Conference about the presumably to address concerns about the signal "Death Grip" issues, plaguing them since the 4 launched last month. Apple has sold over 3 million units since launch, and many if not all of them have an issue where the signal bar drops if you hold the phone in a certain way.

A bumper cases is said to resolve the issue, but is not clear whether Apple might be forced to recall the iPhone 4 units or provide free bumper cases to everyone. Also, it is not clear at this time whether Steve Jobs himself will be talking at the conference or not.


Apple has been dodging the iPhone 4 reception issues by asking users to hold the iPhone 4 differently and also addressing the public through an open letter about the reception issues. However, a recent Consumer Reports article which asked users to avoid the iPhone 4 has not yet gotten any response from Apple.

Many users thought that a software update may resolve the issues, however, which was made available earlier does not solve reception issues with the iPhone 4, however, iOS 4.0.1 does solve the signal bar issue to a certain extent. It will be interesting to see what Apple and Steve Jobs have to say at the conference.

Apple usually does not allow live streaming of the conference, but there are several other ways in which you can stay on top of the Apple iPhone 4 press conference on Friday, July 16, 2010 to be held in California.

Lucky folks from Engadget get to attend the conference live, which you can follow at Engadget Live. Mac Rumors may also cover the press conference live and you can view the updates at In addition to that our favorite site GDGT may also cover the event which you can view updates for at All Things D a popular site will also cover the conference live, which you can follow by visiting this link.

Audio streams for the iPhone 4 press conference will be available at, you can also follow the updates on by following @macrumorslive.

More options to get updates on the Apple iPhone 4 press conference will be added once they become available, we will also try to add some video streams if they are available later on.

Steve Jobs Tells Bill Gates That He’s Sued Over iPhone 4 [Geeky Fun]

Ok, shouldn’t we have stopped with jokes about the Antenna issues already? Yes, we should have, but I just couldn’t let this pass away as it definitely made me laugh out loud.

Here is a conversation (manufactured) between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates where Steve Jobs tells Bill Gates that he is being sued because of the 4 and the hilarious response from Bill Gates.


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BGR Says Apple PR Lied About Steve Jobs Email on iPhone 4

If you have been following the happenings in the mobile world for past 1 week, you might have definitely come across a story of an irate customers email exchange with Steve Jobs which was published on BGR.


Now, after the BGR story was published several other blogs caught up on it, however, there were few blogs like AppleInsider and Engadget who said that the story was false and that Steve Jobs never had an email exchange with the said person. Apple even went ahead and published an open letter about poor network reception which was not convincing enough.

Now after a few days since that post and all the Apple PR machinery denials, BGR has come up with another post, which claims that the entire story is true and still holds. They even went to the extent of saying that they had paid the person in question and have also accessed his Google Apps account to verify the authenticity of the emails.

Faking emails is definitely possible and easy, however, it is definitely hard to spoof IP addresses and according to BGR those were pretty much leading to Steve Jobs himself. Agreed that Apple is having a hard time with the 4 Antenna issues, however, is it fair for them to start lying about things to the world and their customers or do you still think that the BGR story is somehow fake?

Is Apple Readying a Fix For the iPhone 4 Signal Problem?

Much has been said and written about the iPhone 4’s death grip. Much to the chagrin of left-handed iPhone users, if you grip a particular spot on the bottom left corner of the iPhone, there is a considerable loss in signal quality, which may even lead to calls being dropped.

Until now, Apple and Steve Job’s stance was that simply don’t hold the phone in that way. Here is the official statement issued by Apple:

Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.


Now, MacRumors is reporting that when a reader e-mailed Jobs about the antenna issue, Steve Jobs replied, “There are no reception issues. Stay Tuned”. As always, it’s not really clear as to what Steve Jobs is really trying to say. However, a fair interpretation might be that the signal problem is a software issue, which will be fixed soon. In fact, AppleInsider believes that an update will released as early as Monday to remedy the situation.

Microsoft Hits Back Against Critics by Flaunting Big Numbers

MicrosoftOf late, Microsoft has been having somewhat of a rough time. On the Mobile space, Apple rocked the world this year with the iPad and the iPhone 4 and Google is making steady inroads with Android, while Microsoft is yet to release Windows Phone 7. Even on the web, Microsoft is struggling to make a breakthrough. In fact, the Redmond based giant’s online division has been bleeding money, even as it continues to try and play catch up. Microsoft remains restricted to its traditional stronghold thanks to the dominance of Windows and Office.

Stung by the criticism, Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Corporate Communications, hit back by flaunting the numbers. Amidst all the iPhone and iPad frenzy, it’s quite easy to forget that Microsoft still remains a behemoth that is still doing an incredible job at raking in money.

Here’s a synopsis of the numbers touted by Shaw.

  • Windows 7: It is the fastest growing OS in the history with 150,000,000 copies sold so far.
  • PC: While people are busy forecasting the death of the PC, they are still forgetting that the projected PC sales (for 2010) dwarf the iPad and Netbook sales. 355 million PCs are expected to be sold this year, compared to 7.1 million iPads and 58 million Netbooks.
  • Netbooks: Speaking of Netbooks, this is another market Microsoft dominates. 96% of Netbooks sold in the US run on Microsoft Windows.
  • Server Market: While the Server market is not amongst Microsoft’s strong points, Linux hasn’t been doing too well either. Its current market share is 21.2%, down from 24% in 2005 and significantly less than the 33% market share it was predicted to achieve by 2007.
  • Office: 9,000,000 is the total number of customer downloads of the Office 2010 beta.
  • Xbox Live: With 23 million Xbox Live subscribers, Microsoft outnumbers both Netflix and the largest 25 US daily newspapers combined.
  • Bing: Bing has also been slowly making progress and gained 21.4 million new users in one year.
  • Windows Live Hotmail: Hotmail is an oft ignored and frequently derided online property, but it is still a market leader. Hotmail has 360 million users compared to 173 million and 284 million Gmail and Yahoo! users respectively. In fact, with 299 million active Windows Live Messenger accounts, WLM is the most popular instant messaging service in the world.
  • Net Income: Apple may have passed Microsoft in the market caps, but Microsoft’s net income of $14.5 Billion is still a lot more than Apple’s ($5.7 Billion) or Google’s ($6.5 Billion) net income. Microsoft’s total revenue has also grown from $23.0 billion in 2000 to $58.4 billion in 2009.

Apple Ships Older Version Of Flash with Mac OS X 10.6.4

Looks like the Apple and Flash saga will never end. The latest update Mac OS X 10.6.4 contained a Flash version which was released in February 2010.

If you might have read 6 reasons why Steve Jobs did not like Flash on the iPhone platform, you might have gauged how much he hates Flash, but here is a new twist to the entire thing that happened with the Mac OS X 10.6.4 update.

Mind you before I say anything Steve Jobs does not hate Adobe, he just hates Flash, and according to a Computer World report this truth just got some more teeth.

The report says that the latest Mac OS X 10.6.4 update was shipped with a Flash update which was released in February. Now, don’t get me wrong but if you use an older version of Flash, you are very vulnerable to exploits. This is not because of the fact that Flash is vulnerable, this is because it is far more popular just like Windows and unlike Mac and gets hacked more often.

Adobe’s security director also tweeted about the fact that Mac OS X 10.6.4 shipped with an older version saying: "10.6.4 update for Mac OS X includes Flash Player, but not the latest version"

Now the question is whether Apple purposely shipped an unsecure version of Flash to it’s users to have their loyal users abandon Flash, or was this just not in the secret vision of Steve Jobs?

Rest aside, if you updated to Mac OS X 10.6.4 you are highly urged to update to the download the latest version of Flash, which you can download from here

Watch WWDC 2010 Video: Steve Jobs Keynote Official Videos

Last night we posted a video of the Steve Jobs Wi-Fi issue at , however, that video was not official. Apple usually does not allow for live broadcasting of the WWDC 2010 due to several reasons, however, they have now uploaded the official WWDC 2010 video of the Steve Jobs keynote on their site.

If you missed the event yesterday, Steve Jobs unveiled the at WWDC 2010 along with several other updates to apps and more, you can read the highlights of the Steve Jobs keynote to get a brief overview.

To watch the WWDC 2010 Steve Jobs keynote video, you can visit this link. You can also watch the entire video in the embedded video below. Video after the jump.

If you are iTunes user, you can also download a high-quality version of the video by clicking this link.