Apple to hold special iPhone 4 conference on Friday

Apple will be holding a special conference this coming Friday for the iPhone 4. Not much information is available about what will be discussed or if anything will be revealed. The conference will be just about the iPhone 4 and starts on July 16 at 10am PDT.

Digital Daily mentioned that the conference could mention a new manufacturing technique that would see a non-conductive coating applied to the phones external antenna. The new manufacturing process might ultimately ruin the overall look of the phone, but it would correct the signal issues.

As mentioned earlier today, the iOS 4.1 beta software update has not yet fixed the “death grip” on the phone. Apple announced a software fix was in the works at the start of the month, however, AppleCare workers were quick to dismiss this as a plausible fix.

All eyes will be on this invitation-only event on Friday, in hopes that Apple will finally address the issue of the iPhone 4 hardware problem and announce their plan to correct the problem, which might include a recall of the device.

Analysts predict that if Apple does announce a recall, they could be looking at upwards of $1.5 billion, and almost $200 million for everyday they continue to hold off.

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You know, apple computers are better than windows but apple needs to do what's right. You pay a lit for an iPhone 4 when you can buy ones for $40 aud so why buy a flawed iPhone? fix the phones or get ****ed apple

It seems that Apple Store inventories have changed from showing a few days to a few weeks which may indicate a manufacturing change. The rumours are that Apple will release a fixed iPhone 4 with an internal bumper that will not affect the cosmetics of the device but will fix the antenna problem. In order to save money, Apple may decide to use an external bumper to fix iPhone 4s that have already been sold rather than swap old models for the redesigned one.

Folks, this is Apple we're talking about. The announcement probably has nothing whatsoever to do with reception issues

rawbert said,
Well, if they do BS their users they have several million people eligible for a return LOL

the problem is that the return policy ends the day before the conference... Today... AT&T told me the 30 day period starts from the time you pre-ordered... not AT&T's rules, Apple's rules.

lol this will be such a joke to everyone. I hope they do BS their users and I just want a good laugh and they will destroy the look with the design fix.

They had better recall them, pay for the collection and return postage and back up all the data on the phones and transfer it onto a new phone or fix the hardware on the current phone.

torrentthief said,
They had better recall them, pay for the collection and return postage and back up all the data on the phones and transfer it onto a new phone or fix the hardware on the current phone.

Umm more likely they'll say if you're not happy with your phone you can exchange it at an Apple Store for one of the new ones with the fix. There's likely loads of people who aren't away of the issue or even care enough to exchange their phone = save some money for Apple

Ive heard from a realiable source from sesame street that the issue has been solved and all customers who have already brought the phone will get a replacement with the new device.

why is not a publicly broadcast event ?

i fear whoever is speaking in the event had better choose their words carefully as they will be responsible for keeping apple stock high as it is or nosediving along with the company's persona.

And to the attendees: bring some video camera with you and record this event - I'd really like to see the explanations

Correct me if I'm wrong but there's no coating process in the world that would be permanent. The coating will eventually wear off. You can't just "paint" something permanently, even with special techniques (like electrostatic or fluidisation).

tom5 said,
Correct me if I'm wrong but there's no coating process in the world that would be permanent. The coating will eventually wear off. You can't just "paint" something permanently, even with special techniques (like electrostatic or fluidisation).

If they melted some sort of clear plastic on the bottom of the left antenna and the left of the other antenna, wouldn't that stop them bridging as well as leaving the majority of the antenna still feeling metallic - so it doesn't effect the cosmetics as much?

DomZ said,

If they melted some sort of clear plastic on the bottom of the left antenna and the left of the other antenna, wouldn't that stop them bridging as well as leaving the majority of the antenna still feeling metallic - so it doesn't effect the cosmetics as much?

Right, it is posiible. But still - how long it will last?

The conference will probably be about how the iPhone 4 has been a mega success, it has sold X amount of units and is ready to ship worldwide.. Steve Jobs isn't aware of the iPhone 4 problem because it's hard to use ANY phone with his head so far up his own arse

Should be a good show either way. If its recalled then yay, if its not, then it should be quite the magic show

will be the audience so funny and happy, as they didn't on presentation of iPhone 4? And Jobs will come to ?

cpu said,
will be the audience so funny and happy, as they didn't on presentation of iPhone 4? And Jobs will come to ?

I'm going to say no?

It would be a LOT cheaper for Apple just to give all iphone 4 owners a free bumper and a refund to those of us who paid for our bumpers. Apple certainly wouldn't go broke giving out a few million free items that maybe cost them 50 cents to make. Failing to do so only shows the extreme greed that is so rampant at Apple, and the rest of the corporate world (think BP, Toyota, Goldman Sachs, etc.). That same greed is no doubt responsible for Apple's refusal to support Flash or allow jailbreaking and basically to make the device far less useful than it could be.

Or they may announce that Apple has bought 1000 bottles or clear L'Oréal nail varnish so you can visit your local apple store and let one of their skilled technicians paint over the antenna for only $9.99.
BECAUSE YOU'RE WORTH IT

dfuk said,
Or they may announce that Apple has bought 1000 bottles or clear L'Oréal nail varnish so you can visit your local apple store and let one of their skilled technicians paint over the antenna for only $9.99.
BECAUSE YOU'RE WORTH IT

I think I was the one who originated that idea in my post on the forum at apple.com the day the phone was released. I had used that idea to keep the metal part of a watchband from causing an allergic reaction on my skin...and it was very effective.

Zetaprime said,

I think I was the one who originated that idea in my post on the forum at apple.com the day the phone was released. I had used that idea to keep the metal part of a watchband from causing an allergic reaction on my skin...and it was very effective.

First time I heard of using the clear nail varnish to stop an allergic reaction was for a ring...about 1970'ish - but great idea you!

.Neo said,
I still don't get how this issue ever made it past quality control in the first place.

Evidently they don't have quality control. Given that it's amazing the thing works as well as it does. By all rights it oughtn't even power up.

I just don't see a recall happening though. Apple probably does have the money to do it, but understandably you have millions of customers that will need to send their phones in. Apples production line is already maxed out and switching to a new product + sending phones back to customers will take months.

What I see happening though is free bumpers for the time being while they start producing a "fixed" iphone and offer customers a chance to swap out their phones later on

gamestargrinder said,
I just don't see a recall happening though. Apple probably does have the money to do it, but understandably you have millions of customers that will need to send their phones in. Apples production line is already maxed out and switching to a new product + sending phones back to customers will take months.

What I see happening though is free bumpers for the time being while they start producing a "fixed" iphone and offer customers a chance to swap out their phones later on

I think similar but minus the free bumpers:

- Join a waiting list at your Apple store for an exchange when stock becomes available
- Send your phone to us, wait approx a month for a new one

Ricardo Dawkins said,
FREE Bumper to every iPhone 4 fanboy! YAY!

HA if i get one i will throw it out, they're pointless and dont do there job properly

Colby.Swandale said,

HA if i get one i will throw it out, they're pointless and dont do there job properly

I beg to differ..While its efficacy with regard to impact protection is debatable, it does without a doubt help with the reception problem by putting some insulation between the hand and the antenna and is much thicker than a mere piece of duct tape or some such thing.

Zetaprime said,

I beg to differ..While its efficacy with regard to impact protection is debatable, it does without a doubt help with the reception problem by putting some insulation between the hand and the antenna and is much thicker than a mere piece of duct tape or some such thing.

So their entire purpose is to make the phone work as a phone? I thought you bought a complete phone?

Apple intends to fix the issue by including a single page illustrated guide on supported holding techniques. Existing users can obtain this fact sheet by at apple.com/iphone ($4.99 + p&h).

I would like to hear them halt all sales till they resolve
the design flaws. An a recall to all that wants one after
they fix the iphone 4 ...

GenBlood said,
I would like to hear them halt all sales till they resolve
the design flaws. An a recall to all that wants one after
they fix the iphone 4 ...

What design flaws? You mean if you cup the bottom of the phone and stick it under your armpit, you will lose reception? If i hold my phone unnaturally(for me) by the bottom i will loose two or sometimes three bars, but i can still surf the web and talk on speaker phone.

Did Microsoft stop selling the XBox 360 with a 50%+ failure rate? No. Because not every XBox was a brick. Did Microsoft stop selling Vista eventhough it was extremely buggy (even by Microsofts standards), slow, and bascially unusable for a most people. No, because it was not like that for everyone. Not everything is black and white.

GenBlood said,
I would like to hear them halt all sales till they resolve
the design flaws. An a recall to all that wants one after
they fix the iphone 4 ...

What makes you think they haven't halted production. No iPhone's have been delivered to the UK for at least 2 weeks. You can't buy one anywhere. Apple's online store says it will take 3 weeks for delivery (and has said that for ages). Sure sounds like they were waiting to fix the hardware issue before sending any more units out to me

superstrikertwo said,

Why? Even with the flaw the iPhone is outselling Google phones.

I'm sure I was seeing plenty of articles about Android being the only one seeing significant gain though..

superstrikertwo said,

Why? Even with the flaw the iPhone is outselling Google phones.

definite factor in me changing over.. that and serious lack of supply

Absolutely. They should have done this a while ago. Maybe the lawsuit wasto be too much for them to swallow. Hopefully they will be honest and right their ship.

Still, an official fix will look prettier than electrical tape. Apple's stock fell 4% today prior to this announcement so they seem to be prepared to move on this only once it has affected their own pocketbook.

Fred Derf said,
Still, an official fix will look prettier than electrical tape.

I had a similar problem with my old T-Mobile SDA (one of HTCs branded phones back then):
It had on left and right metal bars, and when I touched both of them when making a call, the phone wacked up pretty bad (running through my contacts on its own, deleting contacts and bad stuff like that).

The fix for me was to just put a clear tape on those bars. Optically, it didn't change anything, except of little more gloss on those bars. So I guess with the iPhone, this should also be fixable pretty easy by putting a clear coating on the antennas.

Fred Derf said,
Still, an official fix will look prettier than electrical tape. Apple's stock fell 4% today prior to this announcement so they seem to be prepared to move on this only once it has affected their own pocketbook.

LOL the official fix for Apple will most likely be to tweak the software to show the signal bars are higher than they really are.

DARKFiB3R said,
get ready for the BS

I got tired of the BS, seeing how their "official" announcement to their customers was basically putting together the premade sentences they prepared previously and sent to their public relations employees.

So I went to the Apple store in Manhattan, took my iPhone 3GS (you know, the one you can hold with either hand?), and filmed the death grip on a brand-new, still on podium iPhone 4. I lost 3 bars on the video in less than 15 seconds, and then got them all back in less then 10 when I released the grip.

The only shame is that I only managed to lose all 5 bars when I wasn't filming. See, I was a little stressed since the Apple employee had previously told me that I couldn't be filming in the store for so long (he then corrected himself: "You can't be filming at all actually.").

I'll send the video to Neowin, ideally before friday. I'd very like to see Apple tell me that "I was in a low-signal zone", you know, in downtown Manhattan, in the most important Apple store in the world? Haha.

Lazlo said,

I got tired of the BS, seeing how their "official" announcement to their customers was basically putting together the premade sentences they prepared previously and sent to their public relations employees.

So I went to the Apple store in Manhattan, took my iPhone 3GS (you know, the one you can hold with either hand?), and filmed the death grip on a brand-new, still on podium iPhone 4. I lost 3 bars on the video in less than 15 seconds, and then got them all back in less then 10 when I released the grip.

The only shame is that I only managed to lose all 5 bars when I wasn't filming. See, I was a little stressed since the Apple employee had previously told me that I couldn't be filming in the store for so long (he then corrected himself: "You can't be filming at all actually.").

I'll send the video to Neowin, ideally before friday. I'd very like to see Apple tell me that "I was in a low-signal zone", you know, in downtown Manhattan, in the most important Apple store in the world? Haha.

Yea, how flawed is that?