TechCrunch reports that Apple removed every video showing rival smartphones losing antenna signal from its US website.

As you can see on this page, the videos are nowhere to be found. Instead, the page now only shows the overview of the antenna design and test labs. A search of Apple’s website brings up a few of the landing pages where the videos used to be — here’s the Droid X one, for example — but now those just redirect to the antenna design page as well. Odd.

What’s interesting is that the videos were not removed from the Canadian website or from Apple’s YouTube channel, even though they are now a little header to find there.

So why were these videos removed from Apple’s website? Your guess is as good as mine but one can easily imagine Apple may have received legal threats from RIM, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and Nokia who weren’t probably very happy to see their handsets associated with Apple’s negative press.

Last month, RIM, Nokia, and HTC responded to Apple’s claim that every smartphone suffers from antenna attenuation by pretty much saying Apple is trying to bring every smartphone maker down with them. I can see why they’d be pissed at Apple.

What’s your take on it? Why do you think the videos are down in the US but not in other parts of the world? What’s going on here?

  • Javier

    Your guess can’t be any more wise. Hands down apple received legal threads by these companies. I also believe canada will follow next.

  • My guess is the same as yours. However, I agree with Apple in their approach to justify their design. As design advances there cant help, but to be sacrifices in what the normal way of doing things are.

  • Kevin

    If I had to guess I would say that you could very well be right about Apple receiving threats. But I have another thought. Maybe Apple is showing a little integrity. Maybe they decided not to cop out by saying, “See? They suck too!” and start pointing fingers in order to divert attention away from their own shortcomings. That’s usually the easy way out and maybe Apple saw themselves begin to stoop to that level.

    But it’s a totally reasonable assumption that they’ve been getting letters from rivals with threats. I just wanted to share my thoughts.

    • ?

      Apple stoop that low when that brought Rim Nokia and HTC in to it in the first place.

  • @Kevin That’s a brilliant point and would be a great marketing strategy on Apples behalf.

  • ghettocowboy

    law suit is on the way

  • ghettocowboy

    the demonstration is lame. Other phones lose signals through physical shielding so technically your reception is being hindered by physical means or covering up the antenna. As of iPhone 4, the reception loss is due to static interference. When a finger hit the iPhone 4 G-Spot, it loses signal instantly due to static interference.

  • KinGz

    The iphone is #1 and will always be #1!

    Your either a iphone lover or a iphone hater (someone who cannot afford the iphone)

  • @Kingz wow, thats a narrow way of thinking. Insults aren’t needed.