Media taking every chance to bite Apple ahead of press event

a senior engineer and antenna expert, informed Apple???s management the device???s design may hurt reception, said the person, who is not authorized to speak on Apple???s behalf and asked not to be identified. A carrier partner also raised concerns about the antenna before the device???s June 24 release, according to another person familiar with the situation.

The above snip is what passes for professional reporting at Bloomberg; An unnamed source and “another person familiar with the matter.”

Arthur C. Clarke’s rule “any sufficiently advanced technology appears at first as magic” is a brilliant summation. Perhaps it should be followed in Apple’s case by “and the media will use every cockamamie ‘antenna expert’ they can find to speculate about something the public couldn’t possibly understand beyond ‘it don’t work right‘”

Antenna (signal propagation) math is way beyond the reach of your average iPhone user, and I don’t give a damn about what Consumer Report’s “engineers” think.

This is yet one more case of runaway post hoc ergo propter hoc led in part by the “mainstream” putting way too much stock in both Consumer Reports (they’ve had a spotty track record, although it never seems to stick to their reputation) and the ancilliary blogosphere being both long on wind, and short on fact.

Need more proof? Check out this gem of a sentence from TechCrunch

“So is the antenna problem real and widespread, or do people just not notice it or care because they figure it is AT&T???s fault?”

This is the techno-press equivalent of the mythical, “So, Mr. Senator, how long ago did you stop beating your wife?” The very structure of the unanswered question implies guilt, so no matter how you answer you’re starting from a deficit.

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