Apple Will Give Free Bumpers To iPhone 4 Owners

After arguing that all smartphones have the same antenna problem the iPhone 4 has, Apple has given a solution to the "non-problem". Free bumpers or cases. Here are all the details.

• If you have an iPhone 4, you can get a free bumper from Apple. • If you want another case - or Apple's bumpers are out of stock - you can pick another one from some options. • If you already bought another case, you get a refund on that. • The offer applies until September 30. At that time, they will "examine" the situation again (hmmm, does that mean an updated iPhone then?).

It's good to see that Apple has acknowledged the problem and they are providing a free fix. Sure, it is a Band-Aid and the problem - which, unlike Apple says, is not common in other phones, like my iPhone 3G - still exists. But it's something.

We will see what happens in September. Until then, enjoy your free cases.


Comments

    One wonders if you believe you have any credibility.

    You have known all along that this non-issue affects all mobile phones to some extent. In trying to whip up some frenzy, you have just shown how ignorant you are.

      Would you be able to explain what you mean by that? I'm not sure I've seen any other mobile device with such a flawed antenna design. Could you provide an example of another device with a similar design and perhaps backup your comment with evidence before criticising the authors?

        No, I agree with ij. This has been blown out of proportion. Apple demonstrated videos of Android phones doing the same thing. Even before today's press release there were videos of Android phones having the same "death grip". The death grip problem is even mentioned in the manuals for other phones.

        This has been a media beat up by the likes of Gizmodo. I've lost respect for Gizmodo. It used to be in my top 5 bookmarks, but as of today I'm dumping it entirely. Tabloid propaganda at its worst. This was a tempest in a teacup. A web blog driven beat up.

        All smartphipones currently on the market have similar antenna issues, such ad the Blsckberry Bold 9700. These reception issues have been known for man years within the industry and in electrical engineering, radio, and wireless networking in general. As Steve Jobs stated, it's physics. The iPhone 4 is no different from any other smartphone in this regard. As a consequence, I would like to see Gizmodo undertake an investigation and identify categorically just how many phones have the same issue, and as a consequence also compare their performance to the iPhone 4. I am certain that the Iphone 4 will turn out to be one of the best phones by far, however I will let the figures speak fro themselves, and right now Apple has displayed beyond a doubt that there really is no problem and this has all been a storm in a teacup. Until someone can prove otherwise, I'm convinced, Iphone 4 is the best.

        There have been a few reports recently, by antenna engineers, that explained why all phones suffer the same effect. All you had to do was keep up to date with this issue to know that. All Apple did with their conference was confirm what should have been common knowledge.

        I have no doubt the authors on this site know this.

        @Obsidian

        Please stop blindly believing everything Steve tells you.

        1. Obstructing the antenna will degrade signal quality - that's physics.
        2. Touching an exposed antenna will degrade signal quality - that's physics.
        3. Bridging two different antennae will degrade signal quality - that's physics.

        All mobile phones fall under point 1.

        To my knowledge Nokia and Apple are the only companies to produce a mobile phone with an exposed antenna that falls under point 2.

        The iPhone 4 is the only mobile phone I'm aware of that allows you to easily bridge two different antennas falling under point 3.

        People have performed and published tests and shown data that there is significant signal quality loss with this issue.

        What exactly makes you so certain that the iPhone 4 will turn out to be one of the best phones by far?

        @Nathan Hand

        Good-bye. You and your ill-informed comments won't be missed.

    @ Nathan Hand
    Yeah, I'm dumping Gizmodo after this whole beat-up too.
    Its pretty shoddy coverage and biased 'reporting' if you can even call it that.

      Perhaps some sites need to look up what investigative journalism is, and not ranting like pubescent twits.

      Investigative journalism is a form of journalism in which reporters deeply investigate a single topic of interest, often involving crime, political corruption, or corporate wrongdoing. An investigative journalist may spend months or years researching and preparing a report.

      Most investigative journalism is done by newspapers, wire services and freelance journalists. Practitioners sometimes use the terms "watchdog journalism" or "accountability reporting."

      As part of an investigation, journalists make use of:
      Analysis of documents, such lawsuits and other legal documents, tax records, government reports, regulatory reports and corporate financial filings.
      Investigation of technical issues, including scrutiny of equipment and its performance
      Research into social and legal issues
      Subscription research sources such as LexisNexis
      Numerous interviews with on-the-record sources as well as, in some instances, interviews with anonymous sources (for example whistleblowers)
      Federal or state Freedom of Information Acts to get documents and data from government agencies.

        Even if a properly done investigative piece was done on this issue I bet you would still refuse to believe it if it painted Apple in a bad light.

        The type of journalism you are demanding can take a long time. Do you suggest we ignorantly twiddle our thumbs for months or years before making a fuss over possible wrong-doing?

        Watchdog journalism - I like the sound of that. It makes me think, "release the hounds!"

        Who says any of these "some sites" you keep referring to haven't done any of what you said? Media is ravenous, they will jump on any info they can get, tear it apart and publish it.

        Anandtech, Consumer Reports, Engadget have all performed investigations of technical issues, including scrutiny of equipment and its performance.

        Class action suits have been filed and Gizmodo has reported on that and analysed the documents.

        Gizmodo and "some sites" have contact professors, engineers and researchers in the fields of signaling and antennae and published interviews and commentary from them.

        Obviously none of this is good enough for you and I doubt anything will ever satisfy you short of Steve personally visiting you and telling you that those "some sites" were right all along.

        show me the facts ,, I am waiting....

        All smartphipones currently on the market have similar antenna issues, such ad the Blackberry Bold 9700. These reception issues have been known for man years within the industry and in electrical engineering, radio, and wireless networking in general. As Steve Jobs stated, it’s physics. The iPhone 4 is no different from any other smartphone in this regard.

        As a consequence, I would like to see Gizmodo undertake an investigation and identify categorically just how many phones have the same issue, and as a consequence also compare their performance to the iPhone 4.

        I am certain that the Iphone 4 will turn out to be one of the best phones by far, however I will let the figures speak for themselves, and right now Apple has displayed beyond a doubt that there really is no problem and this has all been a storm in a teacup. Until someone can prove otherwise, I’m convinced, Iphone 4 is the best.

    lol yeah... seeing as Gizmodo get 75% of their page views from Apple fans, I can see why they would really get alot of benefit out of lieing and telling everyone that the latest and greatest Apple product was flawed.

    still Gizmodo: you should have known better: fanboys don't like to have their faith tested!

    Hi i live in aus and i purchased my iphone from france, how will i get a free bumper since it isnt released here yet?

      hey essque, i too live in aus, just wait until launch here and when they have the free case claim on there website just apply to get one as you would normally, hope this helps :)

    What a joke. The iPhone is a design masterpiece. It's art and a phone. To cover it up with a bumper is heinous - if you're one of those twits that covers up their phone to protect it from blemishes, give yourself an uppercut you tacky bastards. That Apple is availing a bumper as an option is a bad sign.

    Could the fanbois get off Steve's knob for a sec. It's hard to take you mob seriously. It's a fricken phone! Albeit a great looking one. You don't need to defend a corporate entity the size of Apple. They've got excellent marketing and PR people to do that for them.

    Fanbois = mindless.

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