Originally Posted by boeyc15
Just a minor correction -
Thats $190(dollar sign in front please) for parts, ADD another $190 minimum for Design, Engineering, marketing, labor of assembly, product support, etc etc.
Then there is profit. Off of profit SUBTRACT, taxes fees R&D and corperate overhead.
In the end, in terms of true profit... perhaps 50 bucks... maybe... that depends on sales.
But back to the topic, Apple needs to address this issue in some manner, it doesn't seem to be going away(rightly or wrongly)
I would think, given how easy it is to backup your iPhone and restore to another iPhone, that they will re-design the metal casing. They will either need to cover it with something or coat it. This will be a tough one for Apple as the brushed metal has long been a cornerstone of their products.
If Apple tries to push a software update for this issue someone really should give them a good slap in the face. Nothing I hate more than companies pushing software at hardware issues, all it does is basically mask the issue without truly resolving it.
Cheapest option is to give away the bumpers for free, I have the feeling they are going to have to do that, whether by choice or forced to do so by law.
I personally haven't bought the iPhone 4 but if I was one of these early adopters I'd say, "By the way Steve Jobs, saying all phones have this issue is a load of crap!! I thought you were trying to distance your products from others in quality and design. I thought Apple cared about details like this. I thought Apple was about not accepting subpar standards or accepting things for the way they've always been. If we didn't mind the same old issues you have with other hardware we wouldn't pay the premium we do for Apple products! Fix your crap and don't make us pay for it!!"
Yeah, I think I can understand why these guys are ticked, I get a little ticked just pretending to be them.