Nokia and Research In Motion (RIM) have criticised Apple for calling antenna issue affecting its iPhone 4 “a challenge for the whole industry,” the Telegraph has reported.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, while addressing a press conference to discuss the reception issues troubling the iPhone 4, stated that the problem is an issue with the entire industry.
He claimed that smartphones made by rivals, RIM, Nokia, HTC and Samsung also suffer from the same issue.
In response to Jobs' allegations, RIM's co-chief executives Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsille said: "Apple's attempt to draw RIM into Apple's self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple's claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple's difficult situation."
"One thing is for certain, RIM's customers don't need to use a case for their BlackBerry to maintain proper connectivity."
Nokia also responded to the Apple CEO's claims, stating that it always prioritises functionality over design.
The company said: "We prioritise antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict."