MARYLAND, USA – iPhone-maker Apple and exclusive operator AT&T have been sued by two iPhone 4 owners, owing to the antenna issue hitting the news lately.
It was just a matter of time before Apple suffered a class lawsuit on its design fault. Whenever a user holds the handset and touches the bottom-left corner of the iPhone 4, the device automatically loses signal as its antenna is blocked. Apple CEO Steve Jobs responded to this by telling customers to hold it in a different way.
The legal action was brought forward by Ward & Ward, PLLC and Charles A. Gilman, LLC. on behalf of Kevin McCaffrey, and Linda Wrinn, who are suing Apple on “behalf” of all iPhone 4 owners.
The iPhone 4′s network antenna is located in a metal band in the left side of the phone, together with the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity modules. This new format allows Apple to save space in the handset, but has clearly brought out bigger problems.
When the problem report surfaced, the issue didn’t plague many users, but recently that number has increased. Apple has promised to replace every faulty iPhone, but this can end up costing a fortune for the Cupertino electronics giant.
The new iPhone 4, released this month, brings all the old goodies from its predecessors, plus a 5 megapixel camera, a new design, and iOS4, which allows multi-tasking, among other components.