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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. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Method2001 View Post
      I think 4G will fix that problem for Verizon when they roll it out, if I heard correctly
      This is largely irrelevent because if we are talking about a CDMA phone (as in what Verizon has today), the phone supposedly coming for the holiday season wouldn't have a 4G antenna, unless they are planning WY in the future... which I doubt.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      There are several sites that will be blogging live to pass the news... Live from Apple's iPhone 4 press conference -- Engadget being one of many. But how cool would it be for the bloggers to use facetime for this?

      Any way here is some pretty keel articles to entertain in the mean time... I like the woopie one and love the smack back to Microsoft Vista... :-0

      Actually, Windows Phone 7 could be Microsoft's 'Vista'
      Actually, Windows Phone 7 could be Microsoft's 'Vista' - Technology & science - Wireless - msnbc.com

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      Where is Opera when you need her? She would have bought everyone a i4... With a bumper... LMAO
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    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Here's a list of all the tech-sites which will broadcast the conference live (not sure if it will be stream or blog-post though)

      Apple iPhone 4 Announcement: How To Follow LIVE

      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      Free Bumpers now? ..
      He was one of the lucky ones who got it shortly after the release. I called Customer Service a few hours after he did and it was too late lol
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      So i'm curious.. what are people doing that only have antenna issues? Proximity & Battery seem fine? They obviousely aren't allowing people to switch them out for that issue alone? The update does not fix when covering the gap in 4.0.1.

      Should I just return it and repurchase it?
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      So i'm curious.. what are people doing that only have antenna issues? Proximity & Battery seem fine? They obviousely aren't allowing people to switch them out for that issue alone? The update does not fix when covering the gap in 4.0.1.

      Should I just return it and repurchase it?
      Just wait an hour or so. You'll hear from Apple on what their action is. As far as them replacing your phone for those issues only, no I don't think they have.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      So i'm curious.. what are people doing that only have antenna issues? Proximity & Battery seem fine? They obviousely aren't allowing people to switch them out for that issue alone? The update does not fix when covering the gap in 4.0.1.

      Should I just return it and repurchase it?
      I would if you have bat and sensor issues. Not sure about apple but ATT is switching them out. The probe is you have to get there when they have some in stock if this is still an issue in your area. The ATT stores usually receive their daily shipments around 10 am and one in the evening.
    1. blainesill's Avatar
      blainesill -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      So i'm curious.. what are people doing that only have antenna issues? Proximity & Battery seem fine? They obviousely aren't allowing people to switch them out for that issue alone? The update does not fix when covering the gap in 4.0.1.

      Should I just return it and repurchase it?
      I tried to switch mine for those reasons, and was denied. I wasn't really having battery or proximity issues, but I figured I'd try. They ran tests and saw that it was fine in those aspects. I pleaded with the guy to just let me exchange it, just to see if I'd get one without reception issues, since I'm within my 30 days. He said he couldn't do that.

      I then tried to return and repurchase, but neither of my local Apple stores have any in stock, and won't for a few weeks.

      I'm really relying on the outcome of this press conference, otherwise it's being returned and I'm getting a different phone/carrier.
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Well, that's it. Free bumpers is the solution.

      EDIT: Actually, free cases from a variety of sources, since they say they can't make enough bumpers, so they'll turn to third-party suppliers.
    1. xxscaxx's Avatar
      xxscaxx -
      at least i get a refund for buying mine, lol.