In an interesting turn of events on the Antennagate case (yes, this is the last time I call it like this), the hardware chief at Apple leaves the boat. John Gruber is quick to point out that he didn't really choose to leave and suggests that Apple knew about the antenna issue for the past two years.
Funny enough, on the daily struggle of developer's life over AppleStore approval process, a sword of Damocles wether you like it or not, is also related to the antenna issue. For a while developers of Tawkon, the company that makes apps to avoid mobile radiation have been awaiting for the iPhone version of an app that already works on many Blackberries and soon on Android devices. The app approval delay is already really suspicious, but until today I couldn't think associate both ideas.
Representatives from Tawkon met with Apple’s Director of Application Technology, Philip Shoemaker last spring but no progress has been made. Apple executives praised the app GUI, but it has stayed in the AppStore limbo since submission. Tawkon has been campaigning and getting substantial attention from top media to support the cause, but if you tell me that Apple knew about antenna problems for the last two years, an app like Tawkon would get them in serious trouble. We all have watched 'death grip' videos on YouTube or experienced it ourselves before Jobs said this happened with every smartphone.
Tawkon and Apple are not so different. They both believe that "phones aren't perfect" and want to make every customer happy.
By denying the truth behind the loss of coverage, users are getting exposed to radiation as the phone tries to get hold of the connection. Tawkon has taken a step further and has posted a video showing the effects of the 'death grip' on an iPhone 4, and hopefully get this app approved. Again, the issue is not unique to the iPhone, but it is the only smartphone that doesn't allow an app to measure radiation levels.
I've been testing the app myself and the results are very useful, since it allows you to identify high level radiation areas at home and work to reduce exposure to radiation using headphones or speaker. Unlike other "entertainment" apps that convert your phone into a mirror or find your friends on a map, this one just measures the non-ionizing radiation.
Are you skeptical about it? Do you think an app like this could fan the flames of the iPhone 4 antenna?