Originally Posted by Ireland
It depends how you define 'slow down'. Would more people have purchased an iPhone 4 is this issue didn't rear its head. As I said, I personally know a few people who changed their mind on the iPhone 4 because of this, and I'm sure there's more networks of friends like this. The issue right now is word is only starting to spread, and from what I've been hearing, if you take AT&T for example; they are spreading misinformation. Saying the issue is purely visual with the bars etc. I think it'll hurt sales, what no one knows yet, is to what degree. That 1.7M doesn't take into account the amount of people who returned them. As I said time and time again, we'll see.
And no, Apple it not doomed, and I never said they were.
This is something we won't know. As 1.7 million people did buy the phone in three days plus the 6 hours it was available pre sale, and the shortages were such that it's being said that Apple could have sold between 2 and 2.5 million in the same amount of time, it would be impossible to know this. As the waits are continuing, we may never know this.
While it's likely that a few people either won't buy the phone because of this, or will simply wait for a while, it's also likely that that some few might buy something else because they have to get their new phone NOW anyway, and the backlog it too much for them.
If this problem persists, and is shown to be more than a minor irritation, then it could be serious. But so far, we don't know how many are affected. But in a number of cases, the truth is that it is just a matter of only getting fewer bars. Pogue even had problems getting the problem at all, no matter what he did, and when he finally was able to duplicate it, he said that the calls were fine, but just the number of bars dropped. So we're seeing two different things. Depending on what, I don't know.
If we think on what happened with the Palm Pre when it came out, and all of the hardware problems it had, maybe we can get some idea here. But there were hundreds of people writing about their problems in the fisrt week, and Palm only sold 50,000 phones, so that was a big percentage, as things go these days. If there are thousands with this problem for the iPhone, that's still a far smaller percentage, considering that Apple has likely already sold a good 2 million phones. And as so many people get cases of some sort anyway, this really isn't such a big deal to even most of those with the problem.
Right now, I'm more interested in what the proximity sensor thing is all about, a calibration error?