Print 91 comment(s) - last by fibreoptik.. on Aug 4 at 9:27 PM

  (Source: TYCORP/Mac Rumors)

  (Source: TYCORP/Mac Rumors)

  (Source: thedarkhorse/Mac Rumors)
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.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: That is so amateurish!
By mmntech on 7/30/2008 10:36:40 AM , Rating: 3
You forgot the Pippin.
I wouldn't call them failures though. Just failures for Apple. A lot of these products were ahead of their time. The spirit was willing but the hardware and wallet were weak.

Anyway, I thought Apple had been using polycarbonate plastic, which usually takes a lot of abuse before it starts to crack like that. They must have changed the materials to cuts costs.

RE: That is so amateurish!
By othercents on 7/30/2008 10:40:50 AM , Rating: 2
Might be polycarbonate on the black ones, but not on the white ones. I haven't seen any issues with my iPhone other than having to shutoff 3G since it reduces the signal strength and makes me drop calls.


RE: That is so amateurish!
By mondo1234 on 7/30/2008 1:15:32 PM , Rating: 2
They look like they are still selling well in San Diego. I was at the mall yesterday and the Apple Store (its quite big) was full of customers and there was a line outside about 50 deep waiting for iphones.

RE: That is so amateurish!
By othercents on 7/30/2008 7:17:55 PM , Rating: 2
They are and I doubt a few cracks are going to stop people from buying them. A friend of mine has one on back order.


By Performance Fanboi on 7/30/2008 6:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
The Pippin was actually a fantastic idea that was way ahead of it's time - a game console that could play media files and network. Sounds a bit like Media Extender on Xbox to me.

RE: That is so amateurish!
By audiomaniaca on 8/2/2008 3:29:11 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, never heard about it before!

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki