If you happened to catch my semi-live blog, or any news about Apple’s ‘Antennagate’, you are well aware that Steve Jobs attacked other popular cell phone companies, and their similar issues with reception loss while holding the phone a certain way. I thought it was a shady move, but a good way to try and deflect the real problem, which is the iPhone4 requiring a case to help shield the phone’s signal. Instead of Apple coming off as apologetic, Jobs and team only cemented my belief that they really do think they’re Gods amongst men, and can never do any wrong.
According to the dueling CEO’s at RIM, Apple did do wrong and they’re trying to drag everyone else down with them. Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie in a brief statement lashed out at Steve’s remarks from yesterday. They definitely took it personally when Apple used their Blackberry Bold 9700 as a test subject for signal loss, and so they should. RIM and the other companies that Apple called out have never had reported signal issues from the public. Why did Apple need to bring them into their mess? Like I said earlier, it was a cheap move that made Apple look like a stuck up bully. I love the letter Mike and Jim wrote, so yo should check it out below. Apple definitely didn’t make any industry friends yesterday. You’ve been told where to stick your antenna issues…
RIM CEO’s Statements in regards to Apple’s Press Conference
“Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s 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, RIM’s 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.”
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