The wrongly named left-handed reception issue on the new Apple iPhone is still creating quite a row. Steve Jobs' responses (as well as Apple's) are threatening to derail Apple's vaunted PR/Marketing machine. The "don't hold it that way" response was a real disaster given all the visuals that showed everyone from jobs to actors "holding it that way." Jobs' keeps insisting that there is no issue, and each time he does so, more evidence mounts against those claims. But his latest missive tells us to "stay tuned." That's interesting advice given that most who experience the problem only want to stay tuned into the network. I happen to agree with the NY Times Bits blog that this probably got overlooked due to Apple's penchant for secrecy. But then again, I'm no engineer. I can duplicate the issue at will when the Bumper is removed from my iPhone in areas where the signal is not that strong. But where I see a strong signal, the issues is not able to be duplicated. Maybe what we'll find out after this is all said and done is that bars on a screen mean diddly squat.
The McChrystal/Rolling Stone affair was one for the books. Both in terms of the actions and reactions, and that it actually exposed just how shaky and incestuous the relationship between the media and those they cover really are. Frank Rich talks about this nicely. Damn shame that we waste so much effort trying to find a way to fix something that isn't fixable and ways to make it seem palatable to those who pay attention. I'm talking about Afghanistan here, but it could be the country's economic woes, the oil spill, or any number of things.
So, our leaders have declared at various times in our history that we are going to achieve energy or oil independence. No more sending money over seas for the oil we need. Great. So, doesn't that make anyone (environmentalists, oil companies, politicians, automakers, car crazy consumers, etc....) that stands in the way of this unpatriotic on some level?
Apple and AT&T can't get their act together on the ordering system for the new iPhone, I'm sure we're going to see lots of disappointment this week, as well as confusion and PR spin that will dizzy our heads, as some orders are getting cancelled and some are reported as shipping. Lots of money will be made by both, so, how much of that goes to fixing this problem, as well as AT&T's chronic network woes?