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Apple antenna engineer had concerns about iPhone 4 dropping calls

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Apple antenna engineer had concerns about iPhone 4 dropping calls
According to Bloomberg,  Apple senior engineer and antenna expert Ruben Caballero told CEO Steve Jobs that the antenna design for the iPhone 4 would lead to dropped calls. The phone at the time was in the early stages of being designed. Apple's industrial design team, led by Jonathon Ive, submitted many designs to Jobs and the CEO decided on the one with the bezel antenna. Furthermore, one of Apple's carrier partners also had concerns about the antenna design according to a person close to the situation. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling refused to comment and also would not let Caballero become available to the press. Tomorrow, the company plans on holding a news conference about the iPhone starting at 10 am Pacific Time. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (N.Y.-D) has written a public letter to Jobs, saying that Apple’s efforts to correct the problem have been "insufficient" and he asked the company "to address this flaw in a transparent manner." The iPhone 4 has been plagued by a connectivity problem where the signal bars drop and calls get cut off when the user's hand touches the lower left corner of the phone. Experts say that the person's hand acts as a conductive "bridge" that connects the two separate antennas that wrap around the handset and de-tune the antenna. Apple claims that the problem is related to a 3 year old software error that overstates the number of signal bars on the phone. The company was planning on issuing a software repair. Meanwhile, as we reported, Consumer Reports said that the connectivity problem is real and is the problem of the phone itself. As a result, the magazine said that it would not rate the iPhone 4 until the unit gets "fixed".

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source: Bloomberg

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


This dead horse has been BEAT. Seriously.

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 16:27

10. ajmoore88 (Posts: 25; Member since: 13 Apr 2008)


Says the fanboy. I personally love watching apple squirm.

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 06:50

16. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


Agreed, it's time for Apple to realize they're human too and not some perfect entity that's unstopable. Humans aren't perfect and neither is Apple. Apple has also held their nose up in the air too long, bout time they learn the definition of HUMBLE.

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 13:59

2. Gowireless (Posts: 85; Member since: 23 Feb 2010)


who cares about the crapple that dont work DROID DOES

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 15:37

9. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


in my case, ANDROID does...

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 14:03

3. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


At least report it correctly. The software issue was not tied to the dropped calls.

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 07:00

17. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


Maybe not, but you have to see how the media works. If there's a design flaw they'll talk about that. But if there's anything else it's like icing on the cake. The media looks for jucy news and since Apple has had so much success (like making AT&T likable, sort of) they'll do anything to report it.

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 08:55

19. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


They should report both, just as separate issues. Don't say one relates to the other.

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 14:04

4. Univice (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


This antenna issue is more than just a "don't touch that spot" problem ... A work associate of mine just returned his iphone 4 within the 30 day return policy because even with the cover he bought with it - this weekend while fishing in a more remote area reception was lost on his iphone 4 but his spouses $30 phone on the same network had fine reception which he didn't get until half way back from his trip. In addition to this there seems to be a bluetooth problem reported today athttp://www.zdnet.com/blog/apple/add-bluetooth-to-the-iphone-4-list-of-woe-updated/7588?tag=nl.e589.

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 14:06

5. dotdotdot (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Jun 2010)


How could a showing of the wrong number of bars lead to no service and dropped calls when holding it "the wrong way"??? If it doesnt have service, thats not because the number of bars shown is wrong! Apple is just correcting a problem that should have been corrected years ago...

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 14:39

6. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


HAHAHAHAHAHAH defence? let's see how steve digs this grave.... i mean, really, when the designers say "there is an issue..." you might want to listen up. The return program shoud be coming out of Stevo's pocket, not the company, because he acted despite the interests of the designers, the company and THE CUSTOMERS.

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 14:57

7. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Wow - now a US senator get's involved!! What's next? Nuclear war because the iPhone 4 lost reception while guiding a ballistic missile via Google maps? Steve was right - they seriously need to make a movie out of it : 007: One Bar of Solace

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 16:35

11. thatdude1 (unregistered)


Ilia, it's a problem that needs to be fixed asap. The fact that steve jobs keeps dancing around the issue is making MY feet hurt. You consistently bash Nokia, but think people should not bash apple when there is a legit problem that should have already been addressed? Bull. They need to correct this problem, even you know that.

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 16:44

12. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I never said otherwise. I'ts just funny that this thing is treated like a national emergency. I don't think people shouldn't bash Apple. They continue to make one mistake after another. I'm just saying that the situation where every 30 seconds we hear about this antennae issue is funny.

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 07:08

18. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


This is just evidence that the industry allowed Apple to become way too powerful. They're just a computer/phone manufacturer but they became red carpet walking yuppies who thinks they can't make mistakes.

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 15:27

8. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


curiously, why is Ruben allowed to speak up now? wouldn't have have signed a gag order contract with Apple? something doesn't add up here.

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 16:46

13. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


STOP, PLEASE, STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough of this iphone crap, media hype, bad press, etc. as it only adds the to hype and supposed mystique of a phone that is inferior in many ways to an ANDROID phone....

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 16:47

14. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Like in Harry Potter, we need a new and alternate name to the iphone - the phone that drops calls? it, at the bottom of my garbage can?? Something different.....the more we mention the name of this over-hyped phone, the more powerful it becomes, more than any of us could ever imagine.....lol

posted on 15 Jul 2010, 19:37

15. wade1968 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Apr 2010)


WOW more same old same old. some one in apple blaming others. That guy must want steve jobs, CEO position.

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