The deathgrip scandal, otherwise known as 'antenna-gate', has undoubtedly sullied the opening month of Apple's iPhone 4, just as Gizmodo-gate sullied the months immediately before.
When will Apple catch a break?
Thankfully, amid rumours of recalls and class action lawsuits Steve 'Magic' Jobs fixed everything last weekend by taking to the stage and announcing that all iPhone 4 owners could either get a full refund for their handsets, get a full refund for their bumpers, or get free bumpers.
But how do you avail yourself of one of these reception-fixing miracles? Simple – just follow these steps.
|Go to the App Store on your iPhone 4 (or iTunes, if you prefer) and search for 'iPhone 4 Case Program'. You'll find a free app published by Apple Inc. Download it.|
|Get started. At this stage you'll need to enter your iTunes password.|
|Now you get to select your case. There are eight on offer, arranged in order of how quickly they arrive. The official Apple bumper is amongst the fastest, with a 2-3 week lead time. You'll need to wait a whopping 2-3 months for the Speck Pixelskin HD iPhone 4 – Black. Don't worry too much about shopping for maximum value – they all cost about the same, between £15-£20, aside from the Official Apple cover, which costs £25.|
|When you've made your selection, you get to browse through a few pictures of the case being modelled by the phone so that you can see whether you like it on. Once you're happy, tap Select and you're away.|
|The next screen just invites you to check that your address details are correct. I don't want you to know what my address is, and in any case I forgot to take a screengrab at this point, so here's the Apple version, featuring the irrepressible Mr John Appleseed.|
|And here, apropos of nothing, is what happens if you realise you forgot to take a screengrab of the screen containing your address – which you didn't want anybody to know anyway, so it's fine – and you go back into the app. Then you get an email from Apple telling you your order is being processed. Simple.|