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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. nhstunner's Avatar
      nhstunner -
      about time
    1. jerrykid323's Avatar
      jerrykid323 -
      we will ahve to wait and see
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Now hopefully everyone will just relax and stop the mega bashing. It also gives the haters reason to switch to versizons CDMA (talk about never needing an unlock!!! Stupid non sim yuck. Glad Europe did away with that crap years ago
    1. oo3's Avatar
      oo3 -
      Hope this doesn't mean the white iPhones will be delayed as well! If so, I might as well wait till they announce the CDMA so I can GTFO of att
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      So, we just walk in the store and swap at some point?
    1. twitchthecat's Avatar
      twitchthecat -
      What will this mean in relation to the 30 day return policy and for those of us who have a phone with the problem. Hopefully these questions will be answered tomorrow.
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      best picture ever
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      A Verizon iPhone would be nice, but I don't think I'd much like not having data during a voice call. I'll stick with GSM, at least they have no trouble with such a simple task.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      so what about those with the death grip issue now? New devices? Extended warrenties?
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by twitchthecat View Post
      What will this mean in relation to the 30 day return policy and for those of us who have a phone with the problem. Hopefully these questions will be answered tomorrow.
      Yeah, are the early adopters going to be stuck with a P.O.S. iPhone? I got two of these bar dropping things...
    1. skiptowncat's Avatar
      skiptowncat -
      It's gotta be a replacement or refurb for all!!
    1. skaterbasist's Avatar
      skaterbasist -
      Depending on their answer tomorrow, I may keep or return the iP4. My return policy is good until the 24th. And I surely don't want to be left out of a true fix IF there happens to be one.

      Quote Originally Posted by skiptowncat View Post
      It's gotta be a replacement or refurb for all!!
      I would be really pissed if they gave me a refurb past the 30 day return policy. I surely didn't pay for a refurb
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Y'all see the Droid X activation problems in Verizon today? lol... the data plan is more than 2 hours behind the voice activation so customers are being sent home /hoping/ their data service activates at some point. Just think what would happen if 600,000 of them tried to activate all on the same day... everything would CRASH.. just like AT&T. I can't wait for Verizon to get the iPhone and see their network come to a screeching halt and then all the AT&T haters will realize just how challenging the iPhone game is.
    1. twitchthecat's Avatar
      twitchthecat -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trooper Sam View Post
      A Verizon iPhone would be nice, but I don't think I'd much like not having data during a voice call. I'll stick with GSM, at least they have no trouble with such a simple task.
      I agree. If Verizon's network could do that, AT&T would have even more to worry about.
    1. Sulfer's Avatar
      Sulfer -
      My concern with a recall or update to the phone is if they replace mine for a fixed one, there may be a chance a new firmware will be on it and I can't JB right away
    1. SchmilK's Avatar
      SchmilK -
      LOL you applied your band-aid incorrectly.
    1. Hyperextension's Avatar
      Hyperextension -
      On a lighter note.....

      YouTube - Banned iPhone 4 Promo
    1. simes6600's Avatar
      simes6600 -
      can't wait to see this *fix*. hammer at the ready.
    1. rockness724's Avatar
      rockness724 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Y'all see the Droid X activation problems in Verizon today? lol... the data plan is more than 2 hours behind the voice activation so customers are being sent home /hoping/ their data service activates at some point. Just think what would happen if 600,000 of them tried to activate all on the same day... everything would CRASH.. just like AT&T. I can't wait for Verizon to get the iPhone and see their network come to a screeching halt and then all the AT&T haters will realize just how challenging the iPhone game is.
      Lol! Very true & well said!
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      23rd! Yes!!!!!

      I cant wait to see what happens tomorrow. I am betting new sim trays!