All is not well in iPhone 3G land, however. The folks over
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