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Apple Deletes Consumer Reports Threads, Wants Us All To Forget The Fiasco

July 13, 2010

Apple really isn't doing itself any favors at the moment. First we had the iPhone 4 antenna fiasco, which we've heard more than enough about. Next, Consumer Reports stated that they "can't recommend the iPhone 4" due to these now-infamous antenna issues. Today has seen a new development in the signal-saga, with Apple moderators removing Consumer Reports-related threads from Apple Discussions - a forum which is a part of the Support section on Apple's site. According to both TUAW and AppleInsider, threads that had appeared regarding Consumer Reports' recent announcement were removed, and instead replaced with the following message:

If you're interested in checking out a pulled-post, TUAW discovered this one, which Bing had cached. Here's the link for the actual thread, which now takes you to the above error message. Unsurprisingly, threads have now appeared regarding Apple's removal of the aforementioned Consumer Reports posts. I can't believe Apple thought removing these threads would do anything other than cause a media-frenzy. Indeed, as one contributor to the forum states:
It's not a secret, it's all over the web.
It'll be interesting to see whether Apple's forum moderators go on to remove every single thread posted regarding Consumer Reports. And if they do, the situation will simply turn into a silly cat-and-mouse game. The news is already out, so Apple may as well just take the rap and let it fade away. Clearly Apple's not happy with the report - which was undoubtedly expected. And clearly, it wants us to forget that the iPhone 4 isn't a recommended device. But in all seriousness, Apple isn't going to get anywhere by acting like a totalitarian company that wants to control the opinions of its customer-base. The iPhone 4 has an antenna issue. It's confirmed. Now, Apple should just accept it and come up with a free fix fast.

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