The iPhone 4S was recently given a thorough testing in the labs of Consumer Reports who were happy to declare that Apple's newest smartphone "performed very well (opens in new tab) in our tests".
The product testing/review company reassured users, "while it closely resembles the iPhone 4 in appearance, it doesn't suffer the reception problem we found in its predecessor in special tests in our labs."
More than a year ago, Consumers Reports had denounced the iPhone 4 for what the reviewer called at that time "a design flaw" affecting antenna functionality. Apple's spokesperson Mike Gikas, replied that the "signal-strength issues were largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software that mistakenly displays two more bars than it should for a given signal strength". Apple also claimed that holding the phone in a certain way can cause any smartphone to suffer antenna issues.
However, last year in mid-July, the rumours surrounding this problem raised such a level that Steve Jobs had to organize a hasty press conference just to say that the problem doesn't exist. "There is no Antennagate", he stated firmly.
However, Steve Jobs tried to address the issue, offering reception-aiding bumpers as well as a free antenna covering. Now, the originator of this scandal, Consumer Reports announced that tests conducted in its labs had cleared Apple's newest iPhone from any suspicion of an antenna-related issue.