7:00 am July 15, 2010, by Henry Unger
Apple said it will hold a news conference Friday concerning its iPhone 4, which is facing mounting criticism over reception problems tied to its antenna design, the Wall Street Journal reports.
An Apple spokesman declined to give further details, but observers speculated that the company will offer a solution, the WSJ writes.
“Given the intense pressure and scrutiny Apple has come under on the problem with the iPhone 4, it’s going to be about some kind of fix or compensation for the owners of the phone,” Ed Snyder, an analyst with Charter Equity Research, told the WSJ.
The company launched the phone last month to great fanfare as it boasted of a design that put the antenna in a stainless steel band around the phone’s frame, the WSJ writes. But even as the phone has continued to sell well at stores, it has been plagued with user complaints about dropped calls when the phone is held in a way that covers part of the antenna.
One potential fix — duct tape, according to Consumer Reports.
Placing a strip of duct tape along the antenna prevents your finger from interfering with the signal, providing the necessary insulation that a gap in the antenna otherwise doesn’t, AJC reporter Raisa Habersham writes.
What do you think Apple will do? Will it recall the iPhone 4? Should it?
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