To be a Mac user today is different than being a Mac user back in the 1980s or 1990s, or even the early 21st century.
Both Macs and users were chided and derided incessantly by PC and Windows users. Misinformation about Macs became the norm. Vestiges of such ill informed and inaccurate information remains, though the Mac’s reputation has improved. Apple’s iPhone is going through a similar phase now dubbed Antennagate.
Mac Users Understand Antennagate
Windows PCs are the dominant platform of computer users worldwide and it’s been that way since the early 1990s. Despite a few decades of mass ignorance and prejudice, Apple’s Mac has carved a substantial and profitable market share.
In the past 10 years of the Mac’s resurgence most of the prejudice has been dismissed.
Macs reign as paragon of quality, a beacon of security, and the standard for computer lovers, not just computer users. For three years, Apple’s iPhone has basked in a similar, hard-earned light of favor.
With the release of iPhone 4, Apple quickly found itself under an onslaught of negative publicity, outright distortions, misinformed characterizations. Suddenly, Apple was not the Mac underdog, but the overlord being pilloried by the press (more the modern blogs than mainstream media).
Longtime Mac users know the score, understand the problems, and set about to set the record straight regarding the iPhone and Antennagate.
“Antennagate” Is Familiar To Mac Users
Kate MacKenzie, a Mac360 writer and long time Mac user, crafted a factual, easy-to-read iPhone Antennagate FAQ to separate fact from fiction.
Some owners of Apple’s hottest selling product ever are able to grip the iPhone a certain way, and under certain conditions. and in certain locations, and depending on signal strength, the signal strength bars can drop.
Within days, YouTube videos surfaced of the iPhone 4 which displayed the drop in signal strength (as measured by the all-important bars) when the phone was held in a so-called Death Grip. Suddenly, the iPhone 4 had become defective because of Apple’s unique external antenna design.
Sound familiar, experienced Mac users? We’ve gone through decades of similar hysteria from Windows PC users—from those who merely didn’t know what a Mac could do, and from those who relished spreading misinformation not based on fact.
Macs were only good for graphics. Macs were slower than Windows PCs. Macs were more expensive than PCs. Macs have viruses, just like Windows PCs.
Apple Set The Record Straight
Apple and Mac users devoted untold hours and web pages to set the record straight regarding the Mac’s capability and features relative to Windows PCs.
Today, the Mac is undergoing a resurgence in popularity and respect. The Mac is considered a premium computing device, with better security (no viruses), more capability (Macs run Windows and Linux and UNIX), more stable, dependable, easier to use, and a better value.
How did that change come about after decades of unfounded criticism from Windows PC users and PC media?
Apple built a better product that customers learned to love. So it goes with iPhone 4. Apple and tens of millions of very satisfied iPhone customers have poked continual holes in the fallacious arguments and media hysteria which support and promote Antennagate.
The iPhone’s unique antenna actually improves reception. The so-called Death Grip? Remarkably, the exact same type of attenuation effect—the dropping signal strength bars—shows up in all popular smart phones—including those recommended by Consumer Reports (which does not recommend the iPhone, though it ranks as CR’s highest rated smart phone).
Mac users and Apple have gone through similar misinformation wars in the past few decades. What is particularly interesting about Antennagate is how quickly it became a national phenomenon, and how quickly Apple, Mac users, and iPhone customers rose to defend the iPhone and dismiss so much misinformation.
To see how quickly and effective rebuttal was to the landslide of misinformation about the iPhone 4, check Apple’s Antenna pages and videos, Kate MacKenzie’s iPhone 4 Antennagate FAQs, and John Gruber’s Daring Fireball list of similar problems with popular smart phone models.