The Daily Mail has been duped into reporting that Apple’s iPhone 4 may be recalled, after apparently learning the information from a fake Steve Jobs Twitter account.
The article, published on Sunday, is no longer accessible on the Daily Mail’s website, but was still live at the time of writing on ThisisMoney, a sister title also published by the Daily Mail’s owner, Associated Newspapers.
The fake Steve Jobs account announced the 'news' on Sunday by declaring: “We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect."
This follows reports of call and data signal strength problems in the iPhone 4 since it became publicly available last week.
Apple has acknowledged that holding the iPhone 4 in a certain way may result in a diminished signal that could make it difficult to make and maintain calls or retain a data connection.
"Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone," Apple said in a statement.
As Apple noted, the problem could pop up for any mobile phone. However it's possible that the iPhone 4 - which places the two antenna on the outside of the case, as opposed to inside, as was their location in the earlier iPhone 3G and 3GS - could be especially susceptible to the signal degradation.
But despite the claims of the fake Steve Jobs, there are no suggestions that Apple plans to recall any iPhone 4s.
"If you ever experience this on your Phone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases," the company said last week.