Friday, July 16, 2010

Round-up: Antennagate and Apple had tried to bid for Palm

Antennagate: Apple has denied that a senior Apple antenna designer had warned last year that the antenna design could lead to dropped calls. According to Bloomberg, which originally broke the story: "Apple Inc.’s senior antenna expert voiced concern to Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs in the early design phase of the iPhone 4 that the antenna design could lead to dropped calls, a person familiar with the matter said."

In the Wall Street Journal, an Apple spokesman responded that this was not true: "We challenge Bloomberg BusinessWeek to produce anything beyond rumors to back this up. It's simply not true." Bloomberg stands by the original story.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple knew that the antenna had issues though. "Apple engineers were aware of the risks associated with the new antenna design as early as a year ago, but Chief Executive Steve Jobs liked the design so much that Apple went ahead with its development, said another person familiar with the matter.

"The electronics giant kept such a shroud of secrecy over the iPhone 4's development that the device didn't get the kind of real-world testing that would have exposed such problems in phones by other manufacturers, said people familiar with the matter."

Apple is slated to hold a press conference on Friday at 1pm EST (1am Singapore time). While no details are available, the WSJ says that no recall is planned.

Apple was a suitor for Palm: Business Insider reported that Apple was one of the companies interested in Palm when it was up for sale. HP eventually bought Palm for US$1.2 billion.

According to BI: "Apple was mostly interested in Palm's huge library of intellectual property and patents (450+ patents on file, another 400+ applications on file). And unlike some other bidders, Apple even seemed committed to funding Palm's operations, perhaps to challenge RIM's dominance in the keyboarded segment of the smartphone industry, our source says."

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