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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 Tony Swash on 9/2/2010 7:53:20 AM , Rating: -1
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So intelligent people purchase smartphones with known hardware design flaws


I don't generalise about the intelligence of millions of people that I don't know - that would be stupid!

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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.


You don't know what brands I am loyal too. I happen to own a Windows 7 PC (as well as several Macs) and I also own a hacked Dell Mini 10V running MacOSX.

What I just try to do is point out that lots of people on this forum make nonsensical statements about Apple and their products. In the case in point Apple came up with an antenna design that had advantages (most people seem to report better reception with the iPhone 4 than the previous models) at the cost of a particular weakness. A weakness that only effects a very few people under very particualr situations. There is ample evidence that lots of other non-apple phones have similar antenna weaknesses, if you hold them in a certain way the signal drops away etc, if you want links to evidence about this just ask.

There is also ample evidence to suggest that the mass of consumers don't care about this problem, that the benefits of the iPhone for most people vastly out weighs the small (and to most people obscure) antenna problem. The evidence for this is that Apple continues to sell iPhone 4s as fast as they can make them.

Meanwhile people around here work themselves up into a froth about the antenna issue, as if it rendered the iPhone worthless to most people when is palpably doesn't, and when faced with the millions of consumers still buying the iPhone have to fall back on juvenile statements about the stupidity of millions of people. I find it all a bit intellectually pathetic, flaccid even. The real and interesting questions (e.g. why do consumers like Apple products so much, what is about the way Apple goes about designing products that is the secret to their stunning series of product successes over the last decade or so?) are ignored in a welter of trite Apple-phobic self satisfaction.

I just think you guys could do better.

With a little effort, with the dropping of the blinkers of your safe but limiting prejudices, we could have some very interesting debates around here. In the meantime I have a lot of time on my hands so I pop in every so often and try to drop a few, no doubt uncomfortable, truths in peoples laps. One of those is that the antenna issue has not made any difference to the sales of the iPhone 4 no mater how much you guys wish it had.

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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.


Thats a bold statement. How is the Apple ecosystem any more closed than the Windows ecosystem? It was Apple's success with the iPod that killed Microsofts ambitions to secure a monopoly over content intended to be as draconian and crushing as the the one they managed to achieve (for a while) over the desktop (anybody remember Play4Sure?). Google of course has an utterly closed and secret system around its core business of search (ask them about their search algorithms but don't hold your breath) while being very open about using the funds from their closed system to attack and undermine anybody else's business they feel like. Lets steal news stories from proper journalists and in the process help destroy a 200 year old newspapers industry and the tradition of the free press - but heck who cares information needs to be free right! Lets arbitrarily wreck anyone's business by secretly changing our search algorithms but don't ask us about it, don't even ask for an explanation even though we champion "openness".
(see http://www.mondaynote.com/2010/07/04/the-poison-of...

I am not anti-google, I am even not anti-micorosoft (although I used to be) - all companies are just capitalist enterprises trying to maximise the accumulation of their capital. Companies do have different styles and cultures though and I am always surprised that a company like Apple which is so committed to design, engineering excellence and innovation frightens so many (but not all) techies. I understand that in a world of things that just work the status of some techs is a bit undermined (no more calls from your mum asking for help since she bought an iMac) but there is much in the work of Apple for techies to celebrate. How can anybody interested in design, engineering or technology take the side casing of of a Mac Pro and gaze at its beautifully sculpted interior and not feel a sense of pleasure?


RE: Apple
By Quadrillity on 9/3/2010 8:45:16 AM , Rating: 2
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


RE: Apple
By Tony Swash on 9/3/2010 1:15:44 PM , Rating: 1
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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


Retired a year ago and have lots of spare time - a joy after decades of work I can tell you.

Seriously - add up the number of words written here about Apple products written by people who don't even own them and don't intend to and tell me I am the wordy one :)


RE: Apple
By Hieyeck on 9/3/2010 9:08:33 AM , Rating: 1
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.


RE: Apple
By Tony Swash on 9/3/10, Rating: 0
RE: Apple
By xti on 9/3/2010 10:02:31 AM , Rating: 2
just say misery loves company. that is always why techies hate whoever has something that is either on top, way too mainstream for their likes, etc etc.


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