Originally Posted by Hogan
There is no protection from the dimwitted.. Did the above poster actually bother to read any posts on this thread before victimizing readers with his post?
This forum, and many other sites are filled with evidence of the problem affecting some handsets. There is a youtube video here demonstrating the problem (found on this forum).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03PQyWp0mWE
Engadget says "One iPhone 4 demonstrated the issue everytime it was held in our left hand (as a right-handed person is apt to do) so that our palm was essentially bridging the two antennas. You can see that in the video after the break. Bridging the two with a finger tip, however, didn't cause any issues with the reported reception. If we had to guess, we'd say that our conductive skin was acting to detune the antenna -- in fact, we've already managed to slowly kill two calls that way so it's not just an issue with the software erroneously reporting an incorrect signal strength. That said, we had no issues when Apple's $29 rubber bumper accessory (given to us free for standing in line) was attached, creating a buffer between our palm and the antennas. Our second UK-purchased iPhone 4 was fine, showing none of these handling symptoms."
That's nice. Now, show me where the statistics are that show the prevalence of the problem. Apple is rumored to sell up to 1 M iPhone 4 phones today (I don't believe it - I doubt if they have the supply for 4 M, but it will clearly be in the 500,000+ range). A few dozen reports of a problem is not a life or death matter. As soon as there are some statistically valid figures, we'll have an idea how big the problem is.
Calling someone dimwitted simply because they propose waiting for data before panicking is foolish.
Originally Posted by boeyc15
you read about it.
For me - this bar issue has been going on forever. With my 3GS I sit in the exact same spot at home when I use the phone for web etc, and my 3G or WiFi bars float up and down. This has been going on since day one ( a year now). .
I was thinking the same thing. I've always had the number of bars vary on a phone when just sitting in one place. Granted, the variability seems a bit greater on iPhone 4, but it's not the first time I've seen it.
Originally Posted by gdog
just got back from apple store. no way i'm waiting in that line. anyway i tested 3 phones no yellow, no left hand problems. are you people shorting appl stock or what? truth i think the phone feels clunky in my hand and more solid but not in a good way. i have 3gs with new ios4 software and i think software upgrade most important step.
Bloggers always do this. Instead of "someone was hit on the head by an object falling from the sky", they'll run around saying "The sky is falling. They sky is falling"
Originally Posted by Stevie
It seems certain that they will have some number of phones to refurb, but the real question is how many, in real terms or as a percentage.
And at this point, all we know is "maybe less then 100%". I say maybe because it is unknown whether the reported negative cases will turn into positives over time.
Nobody really knows yet.
Actually, we know the number is less than 100% because a number of people have reported that they don't have the problem. We just don't know how much less - or what the cause of the problem is. Or if it's even only one problem. Apple says that the dropping bars problem is a purely cosmetic issue while some people are reporting that they get dropped calls, too. It may be that there are 2 different problems. We just won't know until there's some real information rather than bloggers running around saying that the sky is falling.