Apple iPhone 4 News (July 22, 2010)

iPhone 4 Bumper Sales Removed From Apple Online Store

Apple has pulled its iPhone 4 bumper cases from its online store. The colorful rubber and molded plastic cases have been priced at zero on Apple's site and now carry the note, "iPhone 4 Bumpers are currently unavailable for sale."

Tim Cook On iPhone 4: "Selling Every Unit We Can Make" (AAPL)

On Apple's earnings call, COO Tim Cook was asked directly if the antenna controversy was affecting iPhone 4 sales. His answer, "We are selling every unit we can make."

Apple earnings surge despite iPhone 4 issues

Maybe Apple will one day have trouble with consumers over reception issues with the iPhone. And maybe those woes will spill over to the rest of the company line.

Apple's pricing shows another sign of heavy competition

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Apple Inc. may have reported blow-out numbers for its third fiscal quarter on Tuesday, but the company gave an interesting indication of the heavy competition it is facing in the mobile-device category.

Apple has reminded consumers that the iPhone4 can be returned

"As a reminder, if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund."

Consumer Reports said after testing the iPhone 4 “there is a problem with its reception,” which when the phone was held the wrong way can cause the signal to “significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal.”

Apple has claimed it is a software issue. In a statement the company said the problem was that the “formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong,” causing the phone to display two more bars than actually represented.

Apple is not the first manufacturer to caution against resting your hand on an antenna. Handsets with internal antennas often include warnings in the user manual or on a sticker that is removed before use. Unlike other devices, however, the iPhone 4's cellular antenna runs around the edge of the phone, right where left-handed users tend to rest their palms.

The iPhone 4 also differs from other handsets in that its antenna is electrically exposed. Instead of touching a rubber coating, you touch the antenna directly. And when you bridge the gap, your finger appears to interfere with the antenna's efficiency.

Look forward to Apple's swift action on this matter, and once again laud Apple for its innovative efforts and service to millions of Americans.

Apple iPhone 4 Update Won't Fix Antenna Glitch

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AppleCare concedes the only way to avoid so-called "grip of death" bug is to hold the device more carefully.

via Paul McDougall
Apple support staffers are confirming to customers what the company itself does not appear anxious to admit—the forthcoming firmware update for iPhone 4 won't fix the device's finicky antenna.

In a response to queries from tech blog Gizmodo, AppleCare technicians conceded that palming iPhone 4 in the left hand blocks a particularly sensitive part of the antenna, a fact that can't be changed by a software patch.

"We called AppleCare three times today to confirm it," Gizmodo said in a post earlier this week. "Their response was immediate and unequivocal, the same in the three cases," the blog reported. AppleCare is telling iPhone 4 buyers who encounter the problem to "hold the phone differently," Gizmodo said.

iPhone 4 Reception Problems: Apple Stock Price Drops Due

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Apple Stock Price (NASDAQ:AAPL) have shown massive gains after Steve Jobs came back in the company and introduced a variety of products – the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad which have attracted millions of users and fans from across the world. All of the devices have become one of the most popular in their category. While the iPod is the most popular music device, the iPhone has become the most popular phone, and iPad being the most popular portable touchscreen device.

Apple has recently claimed that the problem in the signals was a software problem and not the antenna. A software update is already in the works. Some people have already filed lawsuit against Apple for misrepresenting the phone signals on the device and not able to fix the underlying problem.