The storm in a teacup that has been Apple’s little fiasco with the antenna issue on the new iPhone is becoming sufficiently threatening that more people are starting to pay attention. After Apple flatly denied empirical evidence that the phone’s antenna system was corrupt, and insinuated that it was really just a software glitch which could be fixed with a simple software upgrade, today’s news that Consumer Reports has confirmed that a hardware flaw is creating a reception problem, and as a result, saying it has decided not to recommend the phone, is a huge slap in the face for Steve Jobs and the iFad team, which have now been publicly outed as liars. Obviously the issue is not about the antenna – Apple’s fans, like all good lab animals, will habituate to holding the phone with tweezers, chopsticks and a heat glove if it means they get to look cool in public. However the public response by Apple to being outed that even the greatest fad creating company in the world could create a new product failure, has been a royal gaffe. Has Jobs lost enough credibility to it being material to the stock? Probably not, although fans of fads are known to turn from docile lambs to vicious hyenas once a tipping point is reached, and it suddenly becomes cooler to actually hate Apple. Today’s development may have just tipped the scales just a little in the wrong direction.
– reposted from www.zerohedge.com