Originally Posted by anonymouse
The chip drivers seems unlikely, unless it's different batches of chips and the drivers are embedded on the chip (which would make it a HW/manufacturing issue, really), and some of them are messed up, or, unless they are part of the firmware and some iPhones had bad firmware loaded on them, which is possible. I suppose bridging the seam could cause some confusion that the bad firmware/chip drivers couldn't handle.
It's kind of hard to imagine what sort of manufacturing issue could cause it either, though. Maybe an internal connection that isn't solid, but it seems a little too specific for that. Maybe the composition of the antennae on some phones, causing them to not behave as expected (although, that could maybe be compensated for in software).
The only thing that it doesn't seem to look like is that it's a design flaw, otherwise it should be affecting all phones in the same area, and handled by the same person, the same.
Your guesses are quite possible...
Originally Posted by Trajectory
But if there was a problem with even a small batch of iPhones, wouldn't Apple want to "exchange" a bunch of them so they can do an autopsy on the problematic phones and figure out what the real problem is?
Has Apple exchanged anyone's
iPhone 4 due to this antenna problem?
I haven't heard... But that would look bad for them, almost guilty, justifying Apple's Enemies who are looking for any excuses to badmouth Apple.
The inconsistencies hint at the fact that there could have been a manufacturing flaw, maybe! In that case they'll need to trace it back to a specific batch!
There can be a chance that it's an ATT issue too... Actually, I just remembered this:
I still have Palm Treo 700p on Verizon! There have been time, in my home, when I am not even holding it, and the phone is just laying on my desk, I'd see signal, number of bars change, and sometimes even No Service! Again, the phone is stationary, not moving, no driving, nice weather, I am urban area, usually Full Strength Signal! Verizon, The Prince Charming In Waiting, ready to rescue people from their ATT iPhone Captivity!!! Boy, I am so SICK of VZ vs. ATT Great Debate!!!!
Cellular Service is not an exact science, and it won't be perfect with LTE either -- it's all WORK IN PROGRESS! And so are ALL PHONES, not just Smart Phones! The face that iPhones and Droids etc are even doing what they do is MAGIC, MIRACLE!!!! So, in the worst case, if a case helps iPhone in this case, given that most people use cases anyway, and are often on the go, driving or whatever where the Cell Service is expected not to be always FLAWLESS, regardless of how many $$ are spent on cute commercials -- is a bumper or a case such HUGE price to pay?!
Again, I'll say this -- Apple is not sitting on their hands, ignoring this! When they get to the bottom of this, they'll do the right thing! But, even then, the Enemies of Apple will go to another topic, trying to badmouth it, cause that's what they do!!! This is no Fan Boy Talk...
There are lots of people in the world who are threatened by Apple, cause they can't compete with it... They will play as dirty as they have to...
This is issue will be solved! I can't wait to get my iPhone! It's just that I am also moving my data from Powerbook G4 10.4.11 to OS 10.6.4 on Macbook Pro that I am about to get... Until that transition is complete, I don't want to sync iPhone to PB G4 10.4.11... I need to sit down with folks at Apple Store and address that Transition! But, they are SWAMPED with iPhone 4 Mania! The stores near me are SOLD OUT!!!
Most people by iPhones and CASES! I'll need more than 1 case probably, one for jogging, another for not...
Funny(?) Analogy -- Victoria Secret Stores sell great underwear, lingerie... Women love that store... They use that stuff as a form of self-expression! They know what's underneath, when that stuff comes off
! So do their bed partners
iPhone 4 looks great NAKED!!! Then consumers are given FREEDOM to express themselves with THEIR CHOICE of cases, bumpers, for sports, or other activities! People match colors to go with what they are wearing - it's endless! I remember talking to a 20-21 years old female! She was really excited when she found out that iPod was available in Pink, case or not... To her it was a big deal, cause she adores pink
! No joke
! It was funny to see her talk about that!!!
I am yet to hear anyone say that iPhone 4 or previous models look UNGLY NAKED
So, in iPhone 4 Case, Apple pushed the antenna to the Limit to get the best signal, cause they know that most users are protective of their iPhones, and don't carry them NAKED!!! They buy their choices of cases, and then more cases! So, might as well MAX OUT the antenna!!!
Of course some people found this MYSTERIOUS IMPERFECTION, or FACT OF LIFE that became more OBVIOUS with iPhone 4, and among those people there are CLEAR Apple UN-ENTHUSIASTS who are now running around, badmouthing Apple! It's their Christmas Now... But that "Apple Bashing Orgy" will end soon, with some fix from Apple, plus the cases and hands-free use, as it will be in my case! Either way - the future OS Updates, New Software will add more to this already Stellar Product, and the Apple Bashers will be mostly ignored, as they look for different problems!!! If they are so smart - please design your own Smart Phones, and or your own Apps!!! Then the world will vote on your products with their $$, which is exactly what's happening with iPhone 4 and iPads, that can't be made fast enough....
Lucky are those who have enough CASH to by APPLE STOCK during Sell Off Days!
I am counting days for my iPhone and New Macbook Pro... I am not waiting for Verizon in January according to the latest rumor! I will not settle for No Simultaneous Voice and Data, and Lack of Carry Over Minutes! Verizon is no less greedy than ATT, they will charge on Metered Basis!!! In a year or 2, I'll Upgrade to iPhone 5, and iPhone 4 will be my backup! By than, whomever my Carrier will be, they'll have less restrictions on early upgrades, I hope!
Everyone, please enjoy this great Summer of 2010!!!! Life is to short on all this Apple Envy, and Bitching!