The iPhone 4 Antenna-gate Timeline

Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage today to answer the burning questions regarding the iPhone 4 death grip. Apple addressed most of the questions, stressing that the media has massively overblown the issue.

To see how it all went down, the timeline below should give you the full picture.

June 24: Apple launches iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 went on sale, and as usual, hundreds queued outside Apple stores across the world to get their hands on the hot new phone.

A list of videos compiled by Gizmodo shows that the iPhone 4 loses reception when held by the antenna band. Users on the MacRumors forums reported similar behavior with their devices.

When contacted about the issue by Engadget, Steve Jobs and Apple replied that you simply shouldn't hold the iPhone 4 in such a way that alters the reception.

June 25: Software fix could solve woes

AppleInsider reports that a software fix in iOS 4.0.1 would solve the death grip.

June 28: Apple sells 1.7 million iPhone 4s

Apple announced that it sold over 1.7 million iPhone 4s, in just three days of availability, making the device its most successful product launch to date.

Nokia meanwhile took a stab at the iPhone 4 death grip on their blog.

June 30: Motorola Droid X has a laugh

Motorola and Verizon poked more fun at the iPhone 4 antenna problem, hoping to bump sales of the Droid X. The companies ran a full-page ad in the New York Times saying the Droid X's antenna is "the kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls."

July 2: Letter to iPhone 4 users

Apple released an open letter explaining that there is a problem with the way all iPhones display signal bars, and promised a software update to address the issue in a few weeks.

Antenna experts chimed in, mostly agreeing with Apple's view that the issue is exaggerated, while Apple's own bumper cases can help attenuate the death grip.

July 12: Consumer Reports throws iPhone 4 under the bus

Consumer Reports confirmed the iPhone 4 antenna problems and said that it could not recommend the device because of it.

July 14: Round two from Consumer Reports

Consumer reports reiterated in a blog post that the iPhone-maker is obliged to "offer a product that works consistently and reliably out of the box."

Apple schedules a last-minute press briefing for Friday, July 16. The topic: iPhone 4 antenna. Talk of an iPhone 4 recall also gained momentum.

July 15: The day before

Scenarios and predictions of how the Apple press conference would pan out included free bumpers, a recall, or a new iPhone with a special coating to attenuate the death grip.

New York Senator Charles Schumer wrote a letter to Steve Jobs asking for answers, and Bloomberg reported that Apple was warned in advance of the death grip (Apple denied).

iOS 4.0.1 arrives, fixes signal bars display issue, but not the death grip.

July 16: Apple faces the music

Steve Jobs took the stage at Apple's Cupertino campus to address Antennagate. As expected, he announced Apple sold 3 million iPhone 4s to date. Here are the biggest points from Jobs' press call (watch the whole conference here):

· Death grip is a common problem with other smartphones (demonstrated with a Droid Eris, Samsung Omnia 2 and a BlackBerry Bold).

· iPhone 4 drops less than one call per hundred (more than the 3GS).

· 0.55 percent of iPhone 4 AppleCare calls complained about antenna or reception.

· Showcase of antenna design and test labs.

· iPhone 4 return rates 1.7 percent; iPhone 3GS 6 percent.

· 20 percent of iPhone 4 customers leave store with a case (vs. 80 percent for 3GS), due to new design and not enough cases.

· Free bumper cases for every iPhone 4 customer (until September 30).

· White iPhone 4 arrives end of July.

· Proximity sensor problems fix in the works.

This story, "The iPhone 4 Antenna-gate Timeline" was originally published by PCWorld.

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