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  • "Brute Force" Antenna Fix To Be Revealed Tomorrow?

    A Wall Street analyst claims that his overseas sources are telling him that Apple has decided on a fix for the antenna problem plaguing the iPhone 4. Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, says that what's being called an "internal bumper" is being added to new phones in order to better insulate the transceiver. According to the Kumar, suppliers in Asia have told him that the change is causing a slowdown in production, which has led the online Apple Store increase to shipping estimates to three weeks.

    Kumar told AppleInsider that the fix - which he believes will be revealed at Apple's press conference tomorrow - is "from an engineering perspective... more of a brute force than an elegant addition." Rather than doing a full recall and redesigning the circuitry completely to eliminate the problem, Kumar asserts, Apple is opting to do a "quick fix" to make its customer happy. A more elegant solution, he says, will be implemented on a CDMA version of the iPhone later this year. Kumar has been insisting for months that an iPhone model compatible with Verizon's network will be released later this year.

    Kumar's thinking is that Apple is going public with this fix now, ahead of its quarterly earnings report next Tuesday, to try and limit the financial damage of the news. Apple's stock has dropped almost 30 points from its post iPhone 4 launch high, and financial analysts have pegged the cost of a total recall at about $1.5 billion US. According to Mike Abramsky of the Royal Bank of Canada, this would mean about 40 cents a share less profit for the quarter. Analysts expect Apple to announce profit of $3.80 per share.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "Brute Force" Antenna Fix To Be Revealed Tomorrow? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 149 Comments
    1. Xtremeiphone's Avatar
      Xtremeiphone -
      Verizon is nothing great! and at&t is OK. I love how people keep saying verizon is something great. ITS NOT ! I just cant believe what this is coming down to. Whole thing out of control. Oh and there wont be a white iphone any time soon.

      Quote Originally Posted by iPhonePros View Post
      Why not just use a case to fix the "antenna" problem.
      shouldnt have to buy a over priced cheap case for such a expensive gadget to work. Thats like buying a brand new car at a dealership and later finding out that it has a used motor. Know what I mean ?
    1. Buffalano's Avatar
      Buffalano -
      My question is, where can we see this press conference?
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by stlcaddie View Post
      I'm missed a total of 7 late night Booty calls because of this death grip issue. Is apple going to call these females and apologize to them for me.
      No worries. I am sure the guys just got tire waiting and went to the Y M C A... LMAO
    1. eddiele76's Avatar
      eddiele76 -
      thats what i wanna know. if they are gonna give me a new fixed replacement or a refurb. mine hasnt been giving me too many issues but it does drop calls and whatnot occassionally. more importantly, what bothers me most is the light sensor. bc everytime im in a call it mutes the call or hits speaker or brings up the dialpad and hits numbers. i guess we'll see tomorrow
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      I really don't know wether or not I'll return my i4 if they offer me the choice. I really don't have any problems out of mine.

      Also I'm a techie I do swap my phones out on a regular basis so I couldn't do the CDMA thing. I swap from i4 to Nexus One to HTC Aria depending on how I feel. And this Sunday the Captivate will get thrown into the mix as well. So I practice my SIM freedom on a regular basis lol.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      There are several live blogs going on.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      why is everyone so convinced that there will be a verizon iphone. if it didnt happen with the 102 million rumors at wwdc what makes you think apple is gonna announce it out of the blue. no white/black or whatever color iphone 4 will be released to verizon anytime soon.

      and to get back on topic. if steve doesnt show for this then he's a puss. anyone know if its gonna be live coverage or stream or what. wouldnt mind listening/watching it.
    1. nygiants1's Avatar
      nygiants1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NiteStar View Post
      I completely agree with you. This is my 3rd Iphone. Never needed or wanted a case or protector and don't want to start now because I need to put a band-aid of product to hide a defect.

      I know others are hating to hear the complaining going on from people like me, either because they got lucky, yes lucky, and have no problems with their new ip4 (ie: antenna, proximty sensor) or just handle problems like these a little better. But I have both and I'm trying to patiently wait to hear what Steve says about it tomorrow. If I don't like it, I'll call AT&T and ship it back and wait until I get the all clear on a new phone with a fix. Simple as that.

      As I said before, this is my second ip4 and both have the proximity sensor issue. So it's not a random as one might thing. None of the fixes i've read from others works. I've restored and reset all settings to no avail. At this point, that problem takes precedence to the antenna issue in my book. Putting someone on mute,hold and/or calling a third party can only be put up with but so many times.

      But with that being said... I like how in the video someone posted here a page or two back that shows how now the iphone4 shows 1 bar, but HE STILL can't surf the net. lol. Yep, Apple hiding the "no bars" by showing us 1 bar now. Just awesome.
      I agree about not using a case. I keep my iphone in my front pocket so I don't want a case increasing the size AND ruining the aesthetics. I do however use the Zagg shields on front and back which is awesome for me cause I can keep the phone "naked" AND it doesn't scratch. That brings me to my next point. Who the F is going to reimburse me for the $30 I dropped on the Zagg for my iphone 4 when I have to swap it out?? Plus, I'll have to spend another hour reapplying the new one...crap.
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      ill wait till after this press conference to order my iPhone.
    1. chris4851's Avatar
      chris4851 -
      Why does everyone want the iPhone on verizon so bad? I can't wait to hear all the complaints about how they can't use there data hungry programs while have a phone call with someone. A CDMA iPhone is pointless. Get an iPad, it will work the same way....... Data only
    1. Dj Meltdown's Avatar
      Dj Meltdown -
      Quote Originally Posted by manofcolombia View Post
      #1 itll protect ur fone from scratches
      #2 itll keep th death grip from happenin as long as it covers th gap completely (most case do)
      #3stop coomplain th iphone 4g is th best smartphone out there
      Still don't get it do you?
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      But this is like the blind laughing at the blind not able to see... When I went to get my Nokia (before iPhone was introduced), AT&T is saying the same thing "wait 2 hours for data". When I got my iPhone 2G same thing, 3G same thing, 3GS same thing again. I just go back to the office and use wifi screw data. They said the same thing at Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. From my experience every one of these service provider send their customer home hoping the data would work after 2 hours.
      That's weird. I had my i4 up and running with every thing working before I left the AT&T store. So I must be location related.

      Quote Originally Posted by manofcolombia View Post
      #1 itll protect ur fone from scratches
      #2 itll keep th death grip from happenin as long as it covers th gap completely (most case do)
      #3stop coomplain th iphone 4g is th best smartphone out there
      iPhone 4G? When did they have a iPhone 4G. Maybe Steve is going to tell us he is going to change the name of the i4 to i4G.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      The Announcement tomorrow is that Donald Trump is buying Apple !!!!
    1. cocoabean772's Avatar
      cocoabean772 -
      Better be fixed I don't want a messed up white iPhone
    1. gameviper's Avatar
      gameviper -
      Steve will say good news guys, I know you all thought this was about the antenna issue, but in reality i just wanted to say i saved a lot of money by switching to geico!
    1. ealvinito's Avatar
      ealvinito -
      How can you say just buy a case???? I don't want a damn case for my iPhoney to work. You should not have to alter something in any way in order for it to work as advertised. Some of you are just ok with free bumpers?? That's not good enough!!!! Fix the damn phone there is an absolute flaw in the design. I mean c'mon has apple ever produced a case for their iPhone's...NO. They knew about it. Enough said. Fix the damn thing!!! If JB didn't exist I would have to take a break from iPhone along I think with alot of others.
    1. defdad's Avatar
      defdad -
      The press conference may be related to a story in the New York Times. It reported that an anonymous Apple insider claims that the new antenna design brought to light a software problem(unrelated to the display bars) that has something to do with the way the radio handles the antenna reception(or something like that). I guess we will know more soon(in about 12 hours).
    1. QuinnNebula's Avatar
      QuinnNebula -
      took them forever to get to it
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Apple. View Post
      It is not a SECOND exploit comex in his twitter even said so.
      He said it is possible that apple may patch it because they know of it already.

      He is basically porting the exploit to be compatible with iOs 4. Luckily the exploit is still there when it is ported
      Where are you seeing this statement from Comex? I looked through his tweets for the past few weeks, just now, and I haven't found a single mention of it being the same exploit.

      Also, if it were the same exploit then Apple is already fully aware of the exploit so why would there be any reason to wait for 4.0.1?
    1. aboutarookie's Avatar
      aboutarookie -
      Apple should swap out our phones for working ones and a accsesory for free . I call Apple about my death grip problem and they told me to just restore my phone and this was before the update ! The iPhone 4 is cool and all but for the money I spent on this .. I deserve a working phone and a steak .