Are newer iPhones leaving the factory with a fix?

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Are newer iPhones leaving the factory with a fix?
While Apple continues to claim publicly that the only thing wrong with the iPhone 4 is the software that determines how many bars of signal strength are displayed at a given time, there are some who have purchased an iPhone well after the launch that seem to have no problem with the call dropping and loss in signal strength seen on the first batch of handsets. The fourth and fifth numbers of the iPhone serial number refer to the week that the phone was produced. There is some speculation that units birthed after week 27 had been put through a slightly different manufacturing process that allowed for a non-conductive coating to be placed over the area where the phone's two antennas  left a small gap. The theory is that when the phone was held in this spot, the user's body created a "bridge", conducting the signal and de-tuning the antennas. By coating the phone in that spot with a material that cannot conduct the signal, the reception problems should end.

If you received an iPhone in the last few days, check the serial number to see if it is greater than 27. If so, get a hold of a multimeter to test the impedance of the metal frame. Hold the two sides about an inch apart near the gap in the frame (see the picture below). If the reading is much greater than 1 ohm, than your iPhone 4 could have the coating as a non-conductive coating would have a high resistance. The last thing you need to do is to report back to us because if indeed Apple has changed its manufacturing process to add non-conductive coating, it would be proof that their public hard-nosed stance  is a cover-up and privately, the Cupertino based firm knows they made a boo-boo.

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50 Comments

1. hcbarclay

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

i am about to go out and buy one right now just to see if this settles the claim! thats how much i want this discussion to end!

17. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

Apple sucks my fat cuban dick or like how you white boys would say "cock"

26. matt1q2aw3 unregistered

Cohiba??

32. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

to bad it is only one person using the volt meter. wouldn't it be smarter to have someone put it in the death grip then have someone then use the volt meter?

33. Alienhuntr

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 14, 2010

Iphone4 serial # has a 28 and resistance is still futile. The death grip still does its thing. Checked it with a multimeter and resistance is below 1 ohm. Used an Ifrogz case with my 3gs and now with my 4 as well, thus am able to avoid the left handed vulcan death grip. In reality who gives an crap about stainless sides. Should have been coated with rubberized material like back of most phones thus no conduction and grounding. Still love the phone. Transfer from 3gs to 4 was completely uneventful. If they issue a physical fix then start the recall ASAP. Apple has to maintain its "Brand" reputation. Might be time to short the stock!!

2. ilia1986 unregistered

This is interesting.. let's see if this is indeed true. It seems everyday some new theory arises because of the antennae issue. Tomorrow they will announce that the lead engineer behind the iPhone 4 antennae was kidnapped by aliens during the manufacturing process..

19. SPcamert

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 06, 2010

No he was kidnapped by aliens long before. You know, the day he started working for Apple.

47. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

@SPcamert LOL!!! hahahahaaaa

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

". The theory is that when the phone was held in this spot, the user's body created a "bridge", conducting the signal and de-tuning the antennas. By coating the phone in that spot with a material that cannot conduct the signal, the reception problems should end." This theory was already proved wrong....the where our bodies create a bridge... It maskes sense that apple would just fix future batches of iphone 4s rather than do a recall - much cheaper and they can do so while supposedly having a 3 wk delay due to the demand - the delay in demand masks the real reasons for the shipping delays...like I have always said....NEVER BUY STUFF WHEN it COMES OUT on the first day it is sold....especially true for MICROSOFT junk......I bought my ARIA ANDROID AT&T phone on day 2....lol, and it works just fine...hmmm, maybe HTC just knows how to build phones better.

5. EFchris91

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 25, 2010

Well i'd hope HTC knows how to build phones better, they've been building phones since 2002.

7. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Which is Apples biggest problem. They are not a PHONE company. The iphone is a great toy, computer. But a bad phone. To many that does not matter. Some of us really use the "phone" part of the iphone.

4. Androidluv

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 13, 2010

"If so, get a hold of a multimeter to test the impedance of the metal frame." Seriously?! Why would I need to test my phone to make sure that the company did their job? This is ridiculous. First they stage a prototype leak and then when the device is finally released, it cant even function as a phone which, btw,it is supposed to be before anything else and then they come up with all kinds of stories to cover up the flaws in the not-so-perfect piece of perfection...jeez, good job, Jobs!!!!!!!!!

27. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

We're just checking if the issue has finally been solved. Hopefully it has. We don't need a recap of all that's happened in the last three months.

6. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

And if my grandmother had wheels she'd be a wagon.

8. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg&feature=player_embedded the sheep continue We are Droid. Resistence is Apple. -Messiah

11. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Dude, you're the one that sounds like a sheep...

12. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

spoken like a true apple fanboy. It is broken, you will still buy it. The head spokesman flip flops on issues, you still believe him. Next we will all find out ou need to connect the phones with a piece of string to make calls, and you will offer to buy the string. All for a name, because this time around, it is obviously not for the product.

13. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You shouldn't speak for others. I have the iPhone 4 and have fewer dropped calls then I did with my 3GS. If you're gonna hate, hate, but act like you know what you're talking about when you don't even have the phone.

18. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

He doesn't even have o own an iPhone to be right. You sond like a sheep chanting some plagiarized drod cheer and adding a YouTube link. This is an apple article not an android vs. Appl article. Fanboys who bring up a device that has nothing to do with the article are guilty of this unless they have a good reason. Your just cheering. And yes it goes both ways.

20. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

are you suggesting Consumer Reports is speaking for others? no. neither am i. All the fanboys are pretty quick to defend a product that was supposed top "change everything. Again" ... lol and fell on it's face from the get go. Spots on the screen, failed antenas, lousy stance from the company. Other companies, and no need to mention names as MOST other companies actually look out for their product and deal with any issues that arise. Apple is too proud, just like its fan base, to admit to any problems. Lucky you to have a phone that seldomely drops calls. I have a phone that NEVER drops phones. Right there, my product is better. it is a phone. it is supposed to make calls, sustain calls, and convince you to use more airtime. that is the number one way to generate revenue for any and all carriers. product that does not perform this function is a waste to all carriers. For Consumer Reports to say "FIX IT", right there you know you have an issue. That is not disputable.

28. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Haha, "We are Droid. Resistance is Apple." if that's not sheep like behavior then I don't know what is. And we all know about the issues. You android users feel as if this is a game. You don't really care about the antenna issues. All you care about is the fact that you feel it's +1 for Android and -1 for iPhone. That's why all you android people are so excited. So stop referring to consumer reports as if you actually care and want all these issues to be resolved, because you'd probably be happier if things stay the way they are. That's true sheep behavior right there.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

calling the kettle black? And who is the first to jump when an android device has a massive flaw? The Isheep. The Evo came out with screen problems.. Ibots attack! Problems with the incredible? Ibots attack! If the Gravity series is built cheap and falls appart? Ibots attack! DroidX issue? Ibots attack! You whine when people pick on apple when steve jobs tells you how to hold your phone and basically call YOU stupid for holding ur phone wrong, yet your the first to jump on the competition when they mess up. The difference is Moto and HTC fix their problems asap and dont pretend they arent happening.

36. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'm the first to jump on the competition? You're crazy. I've never mocked the Evo or the Incredible on their issues. Now I know you're just talking just to talk. I'm not a fanboy like you. And if Steve Jobs is really calling me stupid, then you should let me deal with that. You don't have an iPhone 4 so why do you care so much? I don't know why there are so many Android comments. I think most of you guys think that since Apple is having problems, everyone is going to jump on Android. Now Android can spread its wings and shine, right? Sorry but its not that easy. If I liked Android that much, I would have been using it a long time ago. So just because iPhone has problems doesn't mean that I and many others will like Android any more than we did before. I haven't fully decided if I want to return my iPhone 4 or not. But if I do get Android, it's not because I think its the best thing out there, it will be because that's the only option I'll have left.

39. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

since 2007, Apple has done well, with its numbers, but the numbers arent what they were, or what they could be. the SEVERE design flaws of the i4 is massive. in the last 18 months, Android has grown by leaps and bounds, with the market, designers, providers, and most importantly.... the CUSTOMERS. in little more than a year and a half, Android has not only dug in to its market but thwarted a giant. Apple will always be a great source of competition. Things change. Nokia was number one with symbian. Then apple came along in 2007. 2009 introduced a great momentum and 2010 design superiority for Android. Evolution is a natural progress. prey becomes predator. this is not AGAINST apple in any way. but it is natural that another company will progress further. By 2012 Android will be dominant. However, It is VERY concievable that an offshoot from Android/Palm/Rim /Winmo or some new spawn may generate a buzz with something COMPLETLY different. right now, Android is Rocking. honestly, I can't wait to see what the next gen manufacturers from some other company can do in 2-5 years that would revolutionize whats already amazing. Here's the thing, when the torch is passed, know when and how to do it with dignity.

41. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I don't know why Android users feel like they have to beat Apple in order to be happy. Who cares!! If you like Android, then you like Android. Blackberry is #1 right now and I'm not saying crap like "in a few years, Apple will close down on RIM." I honestly don't care who is #1 or #2 or #50. And everyone who has Android doesn't know how to fully use it. Many people who have Android don't even know they have an Android phone. Most people don't even know what Android really is. So really, the only reason why Android is dominating, as you say it is, is because of sheer number of devices. Soon the top new Androids will be Evo, Droid X, Incredible, Droid 2, and the 4 Galaxy S phones versus iPhone 4. If you add all those Android phones up then they are definitely going to beat the iPhone. Is it that exciting/surprising to you guys?

44. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

agreed, that in general most ppl don't know what "Android" is. But the flood support from designers to incorporate the software, rather than another OS shows complete satisfavction and trust in its capabilities. As far as for customers, Android phones have found their way into peoples' hands so quickly as the phones themselves are designed for their taste, asthetics, ease of use, and "included" features. Let alone, they work. I do not care which company is first, or last. I never will. I look forward to a company that surfaces from the deep to surprise us all.... but until then, my ONLY concern is that of a company that proclaims to be the best product for Majority of people th at build a product and send it out defective with insufficient testing then ignoring and/or falsifying responces.... that company is an issue, whether they are number one or not. If it were a car company, that made a great car and claimed the design was beautiful... but had bad breaks... it would be DEALT WITH. you dont say i have a nice care and hide it in BUBBLE WRAP. it is not about APPLE VS ANDROID. it is about COMPANY Policy vs Pride. Product Vs. Customer Ultimate Satisfaction. To date, Android has been far more "loyal" than Apple has to its Customer Base. If the Company names were reversed so be it, doesnt matter who is what, but this time around One company is definitly NOT performing.

45. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

the world's slimmest MUST have a rubber bumper on it adding a quarter inch.... how many functioning phones are now slimmer that I4? MANY. the luster and design of I4 is AMAZING. I think it is a gorgeous looking phone. but slap a bumper on it and it looses all appeal.... feels like a regular rubbery iphone in your hand... no slimmer than any other phone..... the stunning appearance is gone. i admit it is a shame.... the phone HAD true potential. Physically, asthetically, and functionally. Because of the antenna flaws, ALL THREE of those issue have come to a fail. the phone functions BECAUSE of the antenna. no antenna, no other functions permited. no product. stick a giant rubber on it, and the phone loses all "Superior design qualities". No longer the worlds best and slimmest.

48. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

You have to let these Driod (Andriod) user be. There are at least 3 manufacturers making Andriod devices. Then there are at least 2 devices made for every Andriod manufacturer out there. Then in the U.S. the big four have at least 2 to 3 andriod devices being sold. Apple has 1 phone on 1 carrier if there is a problem it is world news and no 1 phone can top the sells in the life of the iPhone. and yes I own an Andriod phone and I like Apple products. I am also in the I.T. field so I deal with windows everyday. Every one feals andriod is the best thing since sliced bread and it is pretty good just any other phone o.s. out there but it aint the end all be all. I prefer blackberry to andriod but andriod is user friendly if you like simplicity and dont like dealing with a phone. Other than that no big plus unless you are an App Hound for downloads and functions. That goes for all phones now though. So I laugh at the Driod Farmboys now makes for funny reading.

50. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

People really should be cautious raising the consumer reports shield to defend their argument. Especially you messiah. You comment on how jobs flip flops on the issue, but don't you realize consumer reports also flip flopped on the iPhone. Originally stating it's the best smartphone out. Then later come with the reception issue and can't rate it. It kinda kills CR's credibility because they put out a statement of incredible punity in it's promotion of the iPhone 4 without even noticing this flaw. They didn't even mention it or go back and test it until everyother site on the web mentioned it.

9. mbelm64693

Posts: 17; Member since: May 08, 2009

probably...i mean y do you think apple hasn't issued a statement, cuz they want to find the problem before admitting there is one. and because they were busy doing their own tests and trials to figure out and fix the problems before the release of the white one.

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