In case you haven’t heard yet, Apple has been having some pretty big problems with their new iPhone 4 and reception. A couple of weeks ago, I put up a post addressing the iPhone issue, whereby if you held the phone in your left hand there was a possibility of seeing your iPhone’s reception drop to zero (well at lest the bars). This issue has blown up incredibly online and in the main stream media resulting in some class action lawsuits.
All of this has lead Apple to hold a press conference tomorrow at 10am PST to address the issue, which is somewhat surprising as Apples reaction up to this point was to simply suggest that people hold the phone differently. Exactly what Apple will do tomorrow is uncertain, but rumours of a possible recall were enough to send Apple’s stock tumbling.
In any case, let’s ask the big question, is this reception issue as big of a deal as its made out to be? No. Anyone that watched or listened to last week’s Twit podcast already knows about this, but for those that missed that episode I’ll explain. What this reception issue kind of boils down to is how Apple decided to calculate their bars. Apple decided to use a calculation that would show the most possible bars even in normally lower reception areas. So anyone with an iPhone 4 would show full bars until they were in an area that had really poor reception. What aggravated the issue was the fact that because the antenna is on the outside of the phone, which would actually give the phone better reception, it also allowed your hand to be able to interfere with the reception of the phone. This is why a simple piece of tape was enough to fix the problem.
Personally, I feel that Apple needs to do something, but if Apple decides to do a total recall it would be a bit much. Apple should give everyone bumpers or some aesthetically pleasing piece that people can place on their phones so that it doesn’t take away from the design of the device.
What do you think? Are you angry with Apple?