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  • Apple Holding iPhone 4 Press Conference Friday


    Apple will finally address the iPhone 4 dilemma in greater detail this Friday in a scheduled press conference. While much is not yet know about the event, it will take place in Cupertino and will focus exclusively on the iPhone 4 and the lingering reception issues related to the "Death Grip" phenomenon. First reported by the Wall Street Journal, late Wednesday Apple informed the media of the press conference which will formally commence on Friday, July 16th at 10:00 am PST.

    Apple offered no further details beyond that, but given the events of the past few weeks, it’s likely we’ll be hearing quite a bit more about the iPhone’s reported reception problems and Apple’s plans to address them.
    In recent days, Apple has endured hellish media treatment born of the company's seeming hubris in the face of growing consumer calls to do something - anything - to more formally and progressively acknowledge the antenna issues that have plagued the device since its release last month. While it isn't yet known for certain that Apple will issue a massive recall of the iPhone 4, some are assuming the the seriousness of a formal press conference is the obvious set-up for such a substantial announcement.

    But don't count on it.

    Yesterday, we reported the calculations of Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi who placed the total cost of a full product recall to Apple at an estimated $1.5 billion, although subsequent estimates have placed that figure just beneath 1 billion.

    Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Holding iPhone 4 Press Conference Friday started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 147 Comments
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      I'm holding a press conference today
    1. daesoph's Avatar
      daesoph -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      I'm holding a press conference today
      What about?
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Apple. View Post



      (a) 4.1 was not released..do some research only the beta was released

      (b) yes they can do a press conference because they never said why it wasn't available on launch day like they promised it would be.

      (c) we all know iPhones sales will not go down the toilet, people bought iMacs 27-inch even when they knew they had problems. But it was fixed by apple eventually

      (d) complete failure to get attention. Very childish.
      (a) my bad....but from the looks of this article..... http://www.fastcompany.com/1670376/iphone-41-software-update-doesnt-fix-death-grip-true-fix-coming-friday?partner=rss ........ It sounded like it had already been released. It doesn't even say the word "beta" in it

      (b) it's a different color phone. Just release an official statement to the media explaining the details and presto......if they absolutely have to hold a press conference for that then they might as well explain their lack of acknowledgement on the reception issue.

      (c) I know obviously the sales won't be in the toilet......I just wish they were because of the way Apple has handled this situation with regards to the consumer

      (d) you're right. I should probably just hold a press conference instead.
    1. Levirules's Avatar
      Levirules -
      Quote Originally Posted by Apple. View Post
      If it's free u don't need to buy it

      Like I said in a previous post.

      What if apple recalls the phone. Redesigns the phone to have these black bumpers on as a permanent design that is unremovable. And sells the phone that way?

      Would you still buy the phone? Or not because there is now a "case" over the metal band?
      I didn't think this was that difficult to understand, but allow me to reword it: If the answer is free bumpers, I'm not buying an iPhone 4. Because I don't want a case of any sort.

      And no, hot gluing a permanent bumper on woud not be acceptable. Friends of mine an myself discussed the possibilities of a clear coating to go over the trouble areas. That would be a good fix. I'd even consider DIY'ing it if I alrealy bought one.
    1. yentrog31's Avatar
      yentrog31 -
      Quote Originally Posted by FURBY8704 View Post
      my reception is fine. i just want a free bumper
      Steve Jobz salutes you soldier...carry on.

      (it amazes me how many sheep are appeased by a free muzzle)
      ...its a band-aid people, and a band-aid covers a sore spot($30 for a bumper?..really?)
    1. zmanforever's Avatar
      zmanforever -
      My Incipio Feather case when on allows me to hold my iPhone 4 anyway I like without any death grip signal loss issues.

      That being said I think that Apple will extend the refund policy maybe for defective iPhone 4's and then announce iOS 4.1 & the White iPhone release date to get set and confirmed.
    1. yentrog31's Avatar
      yentrog31 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Levirules View Post
      If the answer is free bumpers, I'm not buying one.
      Dude get off this post now.......you are making way too much sense.These sheep want a free bumper....they dont care what the underlying problem is...its free..its from Apple.They want it.
      If it's NOT free ,Steve said hold it like this and buy my $30 bumper that covers up the flaw.
    1. nrfuller's Avatar
      nrfuller -
      My guess is this is just gonna be your standard "we care" type deal, where Apple lets us know that they take these issues very seriously and that they're looking into them and that customer care is their number 1 issue, etc. I doubt there will be any hint of a recall or free bumpers or even the direct statement that they may have made mistakes. I think this is just damage control, plain and simple. A little show for the media, but offering no real solutions for the consumer.

      The one real thing I could see them actually doing is extending the return window for the iphone 4 from 30 to 60 days. That "solution" allows dissatisfied customers to return their phones past 30 days but also continues to send Apple's passive aggressive message to the world: if there's any problem with the iphone 4, it's your problem, not ours.

      Trust me on this, this thing is damage control, to keep the media at bay before Apple announces their quarterly earnings next week. They need something to distract the media, so they're sufficiently dazzled by Apple's amazing 2nd quarter sales numbers, rather than Apple's amazing problems with the iphone 4.
    1. TheJ's Avatar
      TheJ -
      "Apple Holding iPhone 4 Press Conference Friday" I guess the reception they receive depends on how they hold the iPhone conference? (I couldn't resist)
    1. rabbit_'s Avatar
      rabbit_ -
      Lol
    1. ramicio's Avatar
      ramicio -
      1. People need to stop posting that their phone works.
      2. People need to stop posting to buy a bumper
      3. People need to stop relating a new firmware to this issue.

      You buy a phone, it should work as advertised without having to buy an accessory. This shows 100% that Apple knows there is a hardware problem, and the new firmware is made to mask it by showing reception differently. They really may have mapped the bars wrong in the first place, but that is not the reception issue. There are a small number of people having a problem compared to total phones sold, so I don't think it's going to cost them $1.5 billion to fix. They would simply swap for a new phone, fix the returned phone, and be able to sell the fixed/returned phone, and still not lose $1.5 billion. They will "lose" more than that down the road if they choose to do nothing, though. I, for one, would take a free bumper, but I don't use cases. I might just use it if I know I'm in a situation where the phone may be dropped.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Like I said......if there is a massive wave of customers returning their phone nationwide then I'd be willing to bet Apple would jump on this issue in a heartbeat.
    1. ramicio's Avatar
      ramicio -
      I think if that happens on the grounds of reception issues, Apple would just turn around and sue AT&T for the damages and try to blame it on them.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by ramicio View Post
      I think if that happens on the grounds of reception issues, Apple would just turn around and sue AT&T for the damages and try to blame it on them.
      Then AT&T would drop them and Apple would lose all those potential future iPhone owners. Not to mention Apple would have to prove AT&T is the culprit....and so far nothing has pointed to that.
    1. elbodude's Avatar
      elbodude -
      10:00 AM PDT, not PST.
    1. porshh951's Avatar
      porshh951 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      So glad I bought my EVO instead. AT&T was bad enough as it was, I could not have dealt with an antenna issue. I love Sprint, and I'll be happy to buy another iPhone as soon as it's on Sprint and this is fixed.
      dude the evo is badass! If everyone I knew wasn't on at&t and all my apps and music weren't already embedded with apple I might pick that up and switch carriers.

      Doesn't sprint offer unlimited mobil to mobil regardless of provider or something like that?
    1. Lintrix's Avatar
      Lintrix -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Then AT&T would drop them and Apple would lose all those potential future iPhone owners. Not to mention Apple would have to prove AT&T is the culprit....and so far nothing has pointed to that.
      I highly doubt AT&T could survive without the iPhone customers. Although many people do use the iPhone on other carriers, the majority users are still committed to AT&T through contract.

      If AT&T were to drop Apple, AT&T would see such high drops in revenue within the next 1-2 years that it probably would not be able to sustain any profitable business.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rescuer View Post
      Steve Jobs is gonna troll everybody and teach the world a new method of holding your smarthphone at this conference
      Jobs "Hold your iPhone 4 like how English ladies hold a tea cup, pinch it with Thumb + index finger + middle finger with ring finger barely touching and pinky out. Pinky out everyone, remember pinky out. When speaking into the mouth piece do it like how you would sip tea, gently. tilt your head back slowly until you get better reception. Now that is how we use iPhone4"
    1. rabbit_'s Avatar
      rabbit_ -
      Pmsl that is funny as hell^^^
    1. porshh951's Avatar
      porshh951 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Jobs "Hold your iPhone 4 like how English ladies hold a tea cup, pinch it with Thumb + index finger + middle finger with ring finger barely touching and pinky out. Pinky out everyone, remember pinky out. When speaking into the mouth piece do it like how you would sip tea, gently. tilt your head back slowly until you get better reception. Now that is how we use iPhone4"
      I don't care who you are. That's funny right there.