As part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to stem the tide of criticism directed at the iPhone 4 antenna, Apple yesterday posted a number of videos showing how signal attenuation is a problem that not only affects the iPhone, but a number of other smartphones as well. One of the phones demoed was a Blackberry device, a move which prompted RIM’s pair of CEO’s, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, to lash out at Apple for daring to drag RIM’s jolly good name into the iPhone 4 conversation.
Their joint statement reads:
Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.