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Bumperless iPhone 4 owners can now apply to get $15 from antennagate settlement

Last month, Apple finally concluded the class-action lawsuit surrounding the iPhone 4's reception issues, and today those affected can now start the process of cashing in.

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iPhone 4S intelligently switching antenna hands on

We've already looked at new iPhone 4S features like the 8MP camera and 1080p video recording, but I've been taking it out to test the fancy new intelligently switching dual antenna array.

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Vote now for iPhone/iPad #fail of the year! - TiPb Awards

The 2010 TiPb Awards have begun and it's time to vote on all your favorites. This time it's a booby prize of sorts, the iPhone/iPad/Apple #fail of the year. Hey, every device and company has its share of ups and downs, right? With Apple level highs can only come equally deep lows, and 2010 saw some doozies!

But there can only be one 2010 TiPb Award winner, so vote up in the pole above and then let us know why you chose the #fail you did in comments below. (And if you don't see your favorite #fail here, add it as a write-in as well!)

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Apple to change free iPhone 4 case program on September 30

Apple is going to change their free iPhone 4 case program on September 30, the date originally given for the initial term of the program by Steve Jobs during the iPhone 4 press conference.

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iOS 4.1 features: Field test mode

Field test mode, missing from iOS 4.0, makes its triumphant return in iOS 4.1. If you're not familiar with it, field test mode is a diagnostic mode that shows cell reception as actual, meaningful numbers as opposed to nebulous Apple and carrier rendered bars.

To enter field test mode, dial 3001#12345#

To exit field test mode, click the home button

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iPhone 4 death-touch risks known for 1 to 2 years?

As part of the fallout from Mark Papermaster's exit from Apple, a couple of reports have surfaced indicating Apple knew about the potential for iPhone 4 antenna "death-touch" (detuning at the spot on the lower left side) for 1 to 2 years prior to launch.

The Wall Street Journal claims one year:

It was Mr. Jobs, rather than Mr. Papermaster, who decided to move forward with the development of the phone even though the company was aware of the risks of the antenna design as much as a year ago, according to people familiar with the matter.

Daring Fireball says two year:

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Papermaster's exit from Apple was cultural, not iPhone 4 specific

The Wall Street Journal (and the often informed Yukari Iwatani Kane) are reporting that while it's unknown how much iPhone 4 antennagate and white iPhone 4 delays played in SVP of mobile hardware, Mark Papermaster's exit from Apple, there were broader cultural issues at play:

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Mark Papermaster, head of iPhone hardware, leaves Apple

Mark Papermaster, whose departure from IBM for Apple led to some high profile legal wrangling, has now left Apple -- chronologically following the antennagate saga, though no direct correlation has been reported. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told the New York Times:

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So does your international iPhone 4 have death-grip or death-touch?

One of the lingering questions surrounding iPhone 4 and the whole "antennagate" saga is just how much, if any, of the problem could be blamed on the traditional network whipping boy, AT&T. Sure, you could reduce or kill iPhone 4 data and voice reception by gripping it firmly around the base to attenuate the signal or touching it at the bottom left corner to de-tune the antenna, but would that be a problem on carriers with stronger networks?

So, the moment I got my iPhone 4 up and running on Rogers Canada yesterday, I aimed to find out and the answer -- is as complicated and confusing as always.

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