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 antenna problems seem to have nothing to reduce demand for the iPhone 4.
quote: I am sure its tremendously reassuring to think that the behaviour of millions of people is, because it is different to your behaviour, evidence that they are more stupid than yourself but its just self deception. It won't help understand what is happening.
quote: So basically you admit that the item has a hardware defect, and also claim that it hasn't severely hurt it's demand(quite correct on both issues as I might add).And you wonder why techies make fun of Apple zealots like yourself. Known defect and yet people are too stupid to not buy it. And in typical Apple fashion, the early adopters are one again screwed over by purchasing inferior or overpriced hardware, only to be fixed/price lowered soon after.
quote: Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
quote: Apple's products as being the result of the stupidity of millions of people
quote: So intelligent people purchase smartphones with known hardware design flaws
quote: Tony, we all know you like Apple and someone at least needs to stand in their corner, but that doesn't mean you have to agree on every single thing they do, and not acknowledge their mistakes. You're completely blinded.Apple screwed up with their antenna design. You've never once acknowledged that fact. Instead you tiptoe around the subject, informing us that the iPhone 4 is still selling like hotcakes. Does it upset you to see real and factual criticism of Apple?Why are you so loyal to this one company? Intelligent people are loyal to their own needs, not to a particular brand.
quote: I agree that there is a lot of hot air surrounding Apple, but this is a tech website. Apple's business plan and closed ecosystem are against most of what the tech community stands for. To not expect incoherent backlash for supporting Apple is just plain stupid, but no more stupid than blindly supporting a company whether they're wrong or right.
quote: I can't comprehend how someone could have that much to say about Apple... you have WAY too much f'in spare time man. Find a hobby
quote: tl;dr.But I caught something about closed systems.Apple's BEST OS - OSX, is based on *drumroll* FreeBSD. That's right, they're charging you for an open, free to license operating system. That's mashed together with another free kernel that was killed off in the 1980s (Mach). So according to Apple: Free OS + Free Kernel = Charging you an arm for the package and a leg for the updates. At least Microsoft builds their own systems.