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Apple's iPhone 3G is not all it's cracked up to be

Apple's 3G iPhone was met with much fanfare when it launched earlier this month. The new phone brought 3G download speeds, GPS hardware, and a new iTunes App Store among other things. The popularity of the iPhone brand along with the buzz created by Apple generated sales of over one million units worldwide within three days of launch.

All is not well in iPhone 3G land, however. The folks over at Engadget noticed that a number of people are noticing stress fractures/cracks in their iPhone 3G casings. The cracks seem to mostly affect owners of white 16GB iPhone 3G models, but owners of black iPhone 3Gs have reported problems as well (but to a lesser degree).

The majority of the cracks are showing up around the edges of the phone and near the headphone jack. Some people have reported seeing cracks as soon as a day after receiving the phone, while others saw cracks within the first one to two weeks of ownership.

Thankfully for most users, Apple's retail stores are replacing the defective units free of charge on the spot.

Many saw Apple's move to a plastic back for the iPhone 3G instead of aluminum (as seen on the original iPhone) as twofold -- the plastic backing allowed Apple to reduce production costs while at the same time increase reception for the greater number of radios within the chassis.

The news of the cracked iPhone 3Gs comes just a day after the phone was likened to Windows Vista in USA Today. The USA Today article pointed to supply problems, a cumbersome activation process, overloaded activation servers during launch day, and issues with the 2.0 firmware.

"Clearly, Apple is having manufacturing and software problems," said independent analyst Rob Enderle. "A star product like the iPhone does a lot of great things for Apple, but when things go wrong, it can bring down the entire image of a company."

"Vista wasn't finished, and that's what the iPhone feels like," Enderle continued. "It's been rushed onto market, even though it wasn't ready."

Apple 8GB iPhone 3G is available for $199 with a two-year contract with AT&T. The 16GB iPhone 3G rings in at $299 with a two-year contract.

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RE: Now cracks then a health hazard
By Icelight on 7/30/2008 9:15:52 AM , Rating: 2
Time to ask a simple quesion-
Are we safe ?

Yes. Topic over.

RE: Now cracks then a health hazard
By Master Kenobi on 7/30/2008 11:42:37 AM , Rating: 2
Yes. Topic over.

My thoughts exactly. There is alot of hot air over no substance. I've seen ZERO evidence that it raises cancer rates. They aren't 100% sure because cancer rates continue to rise, cell phone usage continues to rise. Therefore the theory is there must be a link between them. No evidence to support this claim, but the theory alone is enough to scare people.

By Eris23007 on 7/30/2008 4:57:16 PM , Rating: 2
Journalists of the world, repeat after me:

Correlation does not imply causality...
Correlation does not imply causality...
Correlation does not imply causality...
Correlation does not imply causality...
Correlation does not imply causality...

OK, now take two vioxx and call me in the morning.

By mindless1 on 7/30/2008 7:01:53 PM , Rating: 2
But the flipside is that lack of evidence doesn't disprove the theory either. As you wrote, if cancer rates rise, then serious scrutiny should be placed on all possible causes, even those which we might find convenient, desirable, trendy, etc for their other attributes.

By crystal clear on 7/31/2008 3:02:18 AM , Rating: 1
Just because you have not seen evidence that does not mean there is NO EVIDENCE-there are a lot of things you do not know.

Did you know 30 yrs ago that Cigarette smoking causes lung cancer -(If you were born in that time period)

It took millions of lives to prove it to you- well as I said it earlier

Life is full of dirty surprises. & remember there is always something you did not know....

By crystal clear on 7/31/2008 3:16:43 AM , Rating: 1
Kenobi - read this for example-

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (AP) -- The head of a prominent cancer research institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer.

The issue that concerns some scientists -- though nowhere near a consensus -- is electromagnetic radiation.

The warning from Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, is contrary to numerous studies that don't find a link between cancer and cell phone use, and a public lack of worry by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Herberman is basing his alarm on early unpublished data. He says it takes too long to get answers from science, and he believes that people should take action now, especially when it comes to children.

"Really at the heart of my concern is that we shouldn't wait for a definitive study to come out but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later," Herberman said.

No other major academic cancer research institutions have sounded such an alarm about cell phone use. But Herberman's advice could raise concern among many cell phone users and especially parents. Watch Dr. Gupta explain more on cell phones and cancer risk »

In the memo he sent to about 3,000 faculty and staff Wednesday, he says children should use cell phones only for emergencies because their brains are still developing.

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