iPhone 4 Reception Issues Due to Bad Production Run?

Image showing iPhone 4 displaying no signal bars

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.

[Via: Electronista]

  • WingSpinner

    The only ones making this “the biggest issue facing Apple” are articles like this, attention craved bloggers, and those with a grudge. If ANY of you actually used the phone in real use you’d find that it receives better than any previous iPhone. There is so much irresponsible and dishonest blogging and publishing going on it’s disheartening to the levels some will sink to to make a buck or a deadline.

    Wingspinner

  • calls

    If there should be a bridge where the antennas meet or a special coating which is missing, why don't apple just say "There is a bridge missing on some phone".

    But no, they are denying it's a problem and trying to say hold the phone a different way, this points to something more like a design fault. If it was just production problem they would just say ok we'll sort it.

  • Up yours

    Up yours … Jobs nutz = your chin

  • kummy

    i think its not just iphone 4 which has a drop call… please check this link: http://kummy.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/samsung-gal

    the video shows samsung galaxy s also has a bad signal when we hold the phone in the right way…

  • Techy

    The brutal truth is that this kind of antenna structure needs to have coating in top of metal. If you have two metal antennas without coating and sweaty (wet) hands, then you will definitely face problems with reception and antenna behaviour. Only solution for this kind of problem is coating, and if the coating of antennas was not designed it is a design error.

  • Radical24

    While the statement that quality of calls made and received is greatly improved on iPhone 4 is 100% true. That only holds true when u actually have signal. I happen to have one of those units that actually suffer from signal/ reception issues both on calls and with data transfers . I highly doubt my hardware issue will be solved by a software fix, and yes it’s a hardware issue no doubt. Never had such major issues with my previous iPhone so does not matter who says what it’s still a real issue for me an some users that may have gotten a truly pooy made iphone .

  • Radical24

    While the statement that quality of calls made and received is greatly improved on iPhone 4 is 100% true. That only holds true when u actually have signal. I happen to have one of those units that actually suffer from signal/ reception issues both on calls and with data transfers . I highly doubt my hardware issue will be solved by a software fix, and yes it’s a hardware issue no doubt. Never had such major issues with my previous iPhone so does not matter who says what it’s still a real issue for me an some users that may have gotten a truly pooy made iphone .

  • Radical24

    Please forgive my double post but as u can see this is a result of the “great ” reception of the ip4 at work I. Real life, and before you ask I’m in a very good 3G coverage area at least in theory and with other phones then ip 4 I’m afraid .

  • john dungeon

    bad design and know hear flash for camera does not work both sprint and att would screw up a cup of coffee

  • Dan

    I'm on T-Mobile UK and have had my iphone since Friday, I can get my phone to drop signal bars but I have to grip it with every ounce of strength I can in the 'death corner' and even then, it only drops two bars max.

    Long and short of it, imo, is that there was a dodgy batch of phones, mine is absolutely fine left hand or right…..

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