Apple has removed a selection of competitive antenna video tests from its US website. According to several reports. Lawrence, Kansas Computer Science student Noah Hendrix first noted the missing Apple videos on Twitter.
"Every smartphone has a mobile antenna. And nearly every smartphone can lose signal strength if you hold it in a certain way. To demonstrate this, we tested iPhone 4 alongside other smartphones," Apple said on the 'Smartphone antenna performance' page.
A series of short videos showed a succession of smartphones tested from various manufacturers including Apple, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, RIM and Samsung.
The iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, Motorola Droid X, Nokia N97 mini and Samsung Omnia II all apparently showed poor signal performance when "held in a way that attenuated the signal," with signal strength dropping to 1 or 0 bars in all cases.
The videos appeared shortly after Steve Jobs held a press conference on 16 July, where the Apple CEO addressed the antennae issues, dubbed 'Antennagate,' that had plagued some iPhone 4 users and issued free Bumper cases to all customers.
Last month, HTC, Nokia, Samsung and RIM all hit back at Apple over the videos with RIM, maker of BlackBerry phones stating: "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."
Meanwhile, HTC and Samsung told the Wall Street Journal they were unaware of any signal problems affecting their own phones, while Nokia told The Telegraph the company prioritised antenna performance over physical design for the best possible reception.
Over the weekend reports have suggested Apple may have been under pressure to remove the videos although the company insists that was not the case and the tests can still be viewed, for now at least, on the Apple UK site here.