Remember “Antennagate,” the controversy that briefly brought Apple to its knees when the iPhone 4 made its debut in 2010? Well, the Silicon Valley giant seems to have one of nearly equal proportions involving the newly introduced iPhone 4S.
As of this post, there are 189 pages on Apple’s support-community forum dedicated to concerns and complaints from iPhone 4S users who say the battery in their new phone isn’t even lasting as long as Kim Kardashian’s marriage.
Apple isn’t talking about the issue just yet but it’s always interesting to see it emerge from these customer flare-ups unscathed and remain one of the most-loved companies in the world. “Antennagate,” the scandal that briefly rocked Steve Jobs’ world in 2010, brought forth just as many customer complaints, but after days of no response, Jobs basically waved his hand, said it wasn’t a big deal, and made it go away. (You may remember Apple gave away free plastic cases to go around the outside of the phones to help keep the call-dropping “death grip” from being a significant factor any longer.)
But now that Jobs has died and is no longer in charge, will people be as forgiving of this radio silence? Time will tell, but here’s betting Apple will find a way to put this issue far behind it in the rearview mirror as well. iPhone 5, anyone?