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    4 Minute Roundup: Apple Offers Free Bumpers as iPhone Fix

    by Mark Glaser
    July 16, 2010


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    4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

    In this week’s 4MR podcast I look at the problems Apple has been having with its iPhone 4. The infamous “death grip” issue meant you’d have dropped calls if your hand went over a certain part of the phone’s antenna. Apple brought out Steve Jobs for a press conference today where they offered free bumpers to solve the issue, and would refund anyone for their iPhone if they weren’t satisfied. I talked with Chicago Sun-Times tech guru Andy Ihnatko for his take on the press conference and Apple’s non-apology apology.

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    Listen to my entire interview with Andy Ihnatko:

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    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    Apple to Give Away iPhone Case at WSJ

    Live iPhone 4 press event coverage at gdgt

    Apple Has Verizon Cell Sites On Campus, Possibly For Testing CDMA iPhones at Cult of Mac

    iPhone 4 Press Event – You’re All Getting Cases at the Apple Blog

    Apple’s iPhone 4 Press Conference Disappoints at the Mac Observer

    In the end, Apple gets iPhone 4 antenna dilemma right at the Chicago Sun-Times

    Apple’s Free iPhone 4 Cases Come with Pinch of Scorn at PC World

    Apple Knew of iPhone Issue at WSJ

    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about how you think Apple should fix the iPhone 4 issue:


    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.


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