According to CNET
, a class-action lawsuit over the iPhone 4's troublesome antenna, aka Antennagate
, has been settled. The planned resolution will net US residents who bought one and presumably either $15 in cash or (another?
) free bumper case. CNET
quotes co-lead counsel Ira Rothken (who, by the way, also represents Megaupload
) saying that he believes the settlement is "fair and reasonable", affecting some 25 million people who will be notified by email and through print ads in USA Today
. Once they've received the heads up, they can go to www.iPhone4Settlement.com (not up and running yet) to register their claims. When the issue first came to light back in 2010 Apple suggested holding it differently
before saying it would tweak
its signal display formulas and, eventually, offering the free cases. Hopefully for the company and its users, this resolution puts the issue -- which is not a problem on the new 4S
-- to bed.Update
: We spoke to an Apple representative who confirmed that the settlement is for those customers who chose not to take a free case or return their phone back in 2010. It looks like holding out didn't get you much more than the option to take $15 cash instead, but we'll simply consider it a much-needed opportunity to reflect on the International Year of Biodiversity that was.
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