Steve Jobs was warned over iPhone 4 antenna

Darren Allan

July 15, 2010

The furore over the iPhone 4 and its antenna problems continues to grow ahead of the press conference Apple has called for tomorrow, which is likely to address the issue once and for all (hopefully).

It seems that according to Bloomberg, Steve Jobs was aware that there could be a bugbear with the external antenna, which runs around the outside of the iPhone 4.

An anonymous inside source told Bloomberg that Ruben Caballero, a Senior Engineer and expert in all things antenna, reportedly informed Jobs that the design of the antenna could damage its reception capability.

If this is the case, those words of warning were seemingly ignored, with Apple hoping – well, we’re not quite sure what Apple was hoping.

We’ll know soon enough, when Apple addresses the issue without offering helpful advice like “don’t hold your phone like that then”. It’s when the left hand corner of the iPhone 4 is touched by the skin that the signal drops, on some models anyway.

Whether there could be a faulty batch of iPhones – as not everyone is affected by this problem, by any means – and what Apple intends to do about this whole mess, we shall find out tomorrow morning.


Comments in chronological order (2 comments)

  1. Pete says:

    It’s not just the reception issue, though my iPhone is affected, the big problem for me is the proximity sensor fault. While on calls this fault has caused several hang ups, turned mute on and added a conference call. This is not something that can be fixed with an ugly rubber bumper. The only way apple can deal with this and keep it’s reputation intact is to design an improved version, not rushed, and exchange all existing iPhone 4 owners phones to an iPhone 4.1.

  2. Jeff says:

    It’s a waste of money. Prob cost £20 to make inc shipping from china.

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