Report Claims Apple Knew About iPhone 4 Antenna Problems; Apple Denies It; Has No Plans To Recall iPhone 4

News | Sunday July 11 2010 2:47 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Last year, Ruben Caballero, a senior engineer and antenna expert, informed Apple 's management the device's design may cause reception problems, said the person, who is not authorized to speak on Apple 's behalf and asked not to be identified.
Mr. Jobs liked the design so much that Apple went ahead with its development.
According to Bloomberg, one of Apple ’s carrier partners had also raised concerns about iPhone 4’s new antenna system before it was launched:
A carrier partner also raised concerns about the antenna before the device’s June 24 release, according to another person familiar with the situation.
“We challenge Bloomberg BusinessWeek to produce anything beyond rumors to back this up. It’s simply not true.”
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is not planning to recall
Apple 's iPhone 4 has been dogged by reports of antenna-reception problems since its launch last month. The company has called a news conference to discuss the issue Friday. Apple doesn't plan to recall the phone, a person familar with the matter said.
So that means Apple could either simply explain the problem, blame everything on AT&T poor network, give away
Interestingly, John Gruber of Daring Fireball who has a good track record with Apple predictions believes its
but I now have a hunch it’s going to be more — maybe a lot more — than just a defense of the iPhone 4 antenna. Sounds crazy, I know, but I think something big, or at least biggish, is going down tomorrow.
Maybe this iPhone 4 reception saga will finally force Apple to end AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity in the US. The reason: I still can’t get over the fact that Apple were using the wrong formula to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong since the original iPhone . I’m sure Apple would have consulted AT&T when they started using it in the original iPhone . It’s also not clear why AT&T recently updated their recommended formula for calculating how many bars to display for a given signal strength (based on
). Something doesn’t seem right.
We’ll find out what Apple has to say about the situation in less than 24 hours and what it plans to do to address it.
What do you think?

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