Apple Offers Free Bumper Cases for iPhone 4 Customers

Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Friday said the company would provide free "bumpers," a rubber wrapper that goes around the outside of the iPhone 4, as a solution to solve the signal loss problem when the phone is held a certain way.

But first, he spent 30 minutes pounding on the press.

Jobs's disdain for the media is no secret, but today he was in full bloom. He said he had been on vacation in Hawaii all week and cut it short to come back and address the growing controversy around the iPhone 4. Since its release, customers have noted that when the phone is held in their left hand, its signal bars drop and, in some cases, the call is lost.

The lower left side of the iPhone has a seam where the two iPhone antennas split, and covering that seam (easily done by the palm of the left hand) is seen as the culprit. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) initially said