Apple’s chief executive acknowledged Friday that the company’s iPhone 4 has problems with its antenna, but he said those problems have been exaggerated by the media and all smartphones are affected by them, The New York Times reported.
Referring to the so-called iPhone “death grip,” Steven P. Jobs said at a news conference at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., “This has been blown so out of proportion that it is incredible.”
Jobs announced that Apple would give free bumpers–cases that wrap around the rim of the phone–to all iPhone 4 buyers who want them, according to the article. Anyone who has already bought the case, which is priced at $29 from Apple, will be eligible to receive a full refund.
Customers may also return the phones for a full refund. The free cases will be available until Sept. 30.
Jobs showed videos that appeared to illustrate other smartphones, including a BlackBerry, an Android-powered phone and a Windows Mobile device, dropping signals when they were held in a certain place, the story said.