Baltimore, Md. – Apple (NASD: AAPL) and AT&T (NYSE: T) now face a class action
lawsuit alleging they distributed the iPhone 4 knowing it had a malfunctioning
antenna, in the wake of reports of signal loss when the phone is gripped in a
particular way.

When users complained of lost reception when holding the iPhone 4 in
their left hands, Apple responded in a statement that, "gripping any phone
will result in some attenuation of its antenna," and suggested that users "avoid
gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the
black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases"
as a solution.

The lawsuit also cites evidence including a reported internal
memo wherein Apple customer service representatives were told not to provide
warranty service on the issue.

The class action lawsuit seeks unspecified
monetary damages, and an injunction against the future sale of iPhone 4 units
with defective antennas.


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  1. R2D2 here,

    Apple Inc. said Friday that it was “stunned” to find that its iPhones have for years been using a “totally wrong” formula to determine how many bars of signal strength they are getting. Since Job’s first fix “you’re holding it wrong” did not sell well he now has the solution: Use software to pretend that the hardware is working. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Oh, and that new software will also make you weigh ten pounds less and will add 10K to your bank account. Ahhhhhhahahahaha! Oops, help me Obi-Wan! I laughed so hard I fell over and can’t get up.

    It’s July and hot on Earth. Better drink up that Kool-Aid.

    No such problems with my Droids. The hardware is the best in the galaxy. You earthlings can expect another delivery very soon. The Millennium Falcon has just jumped to hyperspace to get my Droids there without delay.

    The Force is with us! R2D2