It seems like all the bad news on Apple’s iPhone 4 antenna reception issues is mostly media-driven -- Wall Street has a different view of the situation, and it certainly doesn’t call for anything as dire as a product recall.
While Canadians tend to be forced to wait longer than our American allies for new Apple swag to reach our cold little hands, the deal always seems that much sweeter once the products become available. For example, when the iPhone finally arrived, Canucks got access to tethering almost immediately. Late last year also saw the handset become available on multiple carriers.
With the iPhone 4 antenna problems, Apple could have set itself up for a PR nightmare. With Consumer Reports flip-flopping between "Best Smartphone" and "Not Recommended," what will Apple do? Some crisis management people suggest Apple will inevitably issue a recall of the newest iPhone to smooth things over.
It appears that Consumer Reports has a case of split personality: After first claiming there’s “no reason not to buy” Apple’s new iPhone 4 and then switching gears saying they “can’t recommend” the handset based on antenna issues, the publication has now given the device its highest marks as the best smartphone currently available.
Consumer Reports, notorious for reviewing products and putting electronics devices through the grinder, said today that they cannot recommend the iPhone 4 due to an antenna defect. After reviewing the iPhone 4, they claim that the antenna, when blocked, can cause the iPhone 4 to drop the signal and the call.
Sales of the iPhone in China were less than spectacular because of a missing feature: Wi-Fi. The iPhones currently shipping to Chinese technology enthusiasts have Wi-Fi disabled, but that could soon change if a leaked Chinese network access license is real. Chinese regulation prohibited Wi-Fi on the device, but the cellular communications companies that provide the iPhone want Wi-Fi to be standard.
An iPhone 4 owner recently discovered an undocumented feature of the new device: it can apparently burst into flames and burn your hand. Later on, the owner of the charred device took it to the AT&T store, where the remains of the device were photographed. Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 4 in question had a faulty USB port that caught fire when the owner connected it to their computer.
The iPhone 4 isn’t particularly well-named. That’s because one of the things you’ll use this ingenious little device for least is making boring old phone calls. Between the terrific dual cameras, the zippy performance, and the luscious Retina Display, we were quickly absorbed in photography, games, web-browsing, and loads more. It’s truly a dramatic leap forward from the not-shabby-at-all iPhone 3GS.