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Will Apple finally offer a fix to the iPhone 4's defective antenna? A Mexican carrier executive claims that just such a fix is landing Sept. 30.  (Source: Kimberly White/Reuters)
A Mexican carrier may have just let Apple's big iPhone secret slip

The iPhone 4's epic launch of 1.7 million units sold globally in 3 days was largely overshadowed by the numerous problems afflicting the phone.  Foremost is the phone's antenna problems, which make its most basic functionality – making phone calls – troublesome for some users.  Apple's solution thus far has been to tell current generation purchasers to live with the issues and to give them a free case, which insulates the phone in order to prevent signal disruption.

A top executive for Mexican carrier Telcel recently announced that his company will launch the iPhone on Friday August 27.  However, he also may have let slip a far bigger secret.  According to his press release [translated], Apple will deliver a major off-cycle hardware revision that will fix the antenna issues and improve reception.  The press releases pins September 30, 2010 as the ship date for the new hardware.

That date conveniently coincides with the expiration date of Apple's free case offer -- also September 30.

Of course the Telcel announcement is unsubstantiated, and while they 
are an official Apple carrier, there's been no confirmation of the upcoming fix from Apple yet.  It's possible that the fix could be announced at the special Apple event that's being held in San Francisco later today.

Most observers figure a fix is indeed in store; the only question is "when”?  After all, most manufacturers look to fix defective or failing products.  Apple in the past has largely relied on software fixes to do the trick, but an iPhone 4 firmware update offered no actual improvements to signal reception, but merely adjusted the way bars were displayed.  That leaves a hardware revision as the only real hope for a true fix.

There's still a great deal of mystery surrounding the potential hardware revision.  But one thing's for sure; all eyes will be on Apple later today and near the end of September, watching for potential action.



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RE: Apple
By Spamdel on 9/1/2010 11:55:13 AM , Rating: 5
Steve?


RE: Apple
By ElderTech on 9/1/2010 1:27:33 PM , Rating: 2
Real life exerience report: Calls from my kids via their iPhone 4s in Pittsburgh to my land line or ATT mobile in the Chicago area are stronger and clearer than those from T-Mobile as previous carrier in Pittsburgh using conventional Samsung hardware. Call dropping is about the same, but occurs as an abrupt cutoff with iPhone 4 on ATT vs degredation of signal and eventual loss with prior T-Mobile. Better conversations, but no indication of impending call loss with iPhone 4. Either way, signal is/was re-established with immediate call-back and no drop after that.


RE: Apple
By TomZ on 9/3/2010 12:16:28 PM , Rating: 2
Too bad your kids don't use Verizon, in which case you probably wouldn't have any experience with call dropping.

Seriously, though, I don't know why folks put up with AT&T's lousy network. On most other networks dropped calls were solved 10 years ago.


RE: Apple
By sviola on 9/1/2010 2:42:46 PM , Rating: 3
Everytime someone associates Steve Jobs with the word magical it reminds me of the Sam and Max: Season 1 character Hugh Bliss .

Actually, thinking again, the guys in Telltale games may really have designed the character based on Steve Jobs.


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