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.
quote: The dropped calls are more likely the product of the network with the "fewest dropped calls", rather than the piece of hardware accessing the network.
quote: And, by the way, I'm one of those generalized "Apple users", and I don't carry the blind faith that your generalization suggests.