Predicts No Recall For iPhone 4

Posted by Chris Hall on July 6th, 2010

Since its launch, there have been numerous stories of people complaining about the iPhone antennae. Numerous tech sites have also had issues. Jason Chen of Gizmodo may have put it best when he said in his iPhone review that "I'm making a call, trying to adjust myself to the phone, holding it at the top instead of the bottom, so as to not jeopardize reception. What happened to Apple's iPad marketing, where the device adjusts itself to you? Why am I changing the way I've held cellphones for the last decade to avoid a design issue? It feels foreign. It feels like I might drop my phone."

The response from Apple was a bit strange. Instead of immediately trying to fix the problem, Steve Jobs came out and said that customers should “just avoid holding it in that way.” Apple later said that "Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don't know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place." Apparently the problem is that ATT's notoriously bad signal strength had been exaggerated since the first iPhone, and that a change to the reception bar formula will show the correct number of bars.

Most agree that the problem is an actual design flaw, not a math glitch, and because of this, there have been a number of lawsuits filed for things such as "defect in design, breach of warranty, deceptive trade practices and fraud by concealment". Not to let a great opportunity go to waste, has put out the odds of a product recall and is seemingly waiting for your money. They are giving the recall a 35% chance while a non-recall is getting an 80% chance.