The “Antennagate” scandal that “plagued” the launch of the iPhone 4 has been—for the most part—put to rest. Despite the fact that a settlement was ultimately reached in a class action lawsuit, which offered customers a free case or a $15 cash payout to United States iPhone owners, Apple maintained the issue only affected a small number of users that were simply holding the device wrong. If you feel the perceived attenuation issues have affected you, co-lead counsel behind the class-action case Ira Rothken announced on Twitter that iPhone 4 owners could begin making claims:
Keep in mind: If you already received a bumper or case from Apple, you are not eligible for the cash settlement. You will also have to submit your claim by August 28. If you would prefer to receive a bumper from Apple, members of the class action can still do so by following Apple’s instructions here.
As for the new iPhone 4S, its redesigned antenna, “the world’s first phone to intelligently switch between two antennas to transmit and receive calls,”has not experienced antenna-related issues. Consumer Reports, which did not recommend the iPhone 4 based on the antennagate controversy, apparently did not find the “same reception flaw” or “loss of signal strength” it experienced with the iPhone 4.