According to CNET, Apple has reached an agreement in the class-action lawsuit related to the iPhone 4 antenna that would lose signal if gripped in a certain way. If you are a U.S. resident who purchased the iPhone 4, you are eligible for either a $15 cash settlement or an Apple bumper case.
Antenna performance on the iPhone 4 was the subject of 18 lawsuits, which were ultimately condensed into one. The umbrella claim was that Apple was “misrepresenting and concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale, and servicing of its iPhone 4–particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software.”
In the coming weeks, www.iPhone4settlement.com will provide a central location for customers to find information and file a claim. The settlement will also require Apple send emails to those affected, informing them of the arrangement. This must take place prior to April 30th, 2012. This class-action lawsuit is comprised of 25 million members.
Shortly after videos started demonstrating the affect of the “death grip” on the iPhone 4, Apple responded with a software update and program to offer free iPhone cases. Those who had purchased Apple’s bumper case were eligible for a rebate. Steve Jobs went on the record to say the negative impact was minor and was significantly overblown by the media. It led to Consumer Reports refusal to recommend the iPhone 4. They have since reversed course, now recommending the iPhone 4S, saying it does not suffer the reception problem of its predecessor.