The drama with the iPhone 4 reception and antenna issues has continued well into the holiday weekend. So far we’ve been hearing and reacting to Steve Jobs’ take on the problem, allegedly fake e-mail conversations between users and Jobs, the class action lawsuits and the multitude of videos and stories online about the problem. This time, rumors say that ther are production run issues where a special coating on the frame of the iPhone, or the bridge where antennas meet, isn’t there on all units.
According to Electronista:
Apple couldn’t offer a repair in either case, but one caller was told that their existing phones could be repaired or replaced once Apple had an official solution.
If true, this could potentially alleviate one of the biggest issues facing the new iPhone, although I’d imagine that returns on such a grand scale could causes problems itself. While this is just a rumor, there is a slight grain of truth due to the fact that some users have the issue while others couldn’t replicate the problem no matter how hard they tried. Apple’s official response is that it’s a software bug in how the iPhone 4 displays signal strength and will be releasing a software fix for iOS soon.