updated 08:25 pm EDT, Wed July 14, 2010
Apple hints at possible major iPhone 4 remedy
Apple tonight sent word of a surprise press conference for this Friday, July 16. The company provided few details and would only say it was related to the iPhone 4. The event should start at 10AM Pacific (1PM Eastern).
The conference is widely expected to revolve around the worsening perception of the iPhone 4's antenna issues, which led Consumer Reports to pass on a recommendation even though it had praise for the rest of the design. Apple's decision to turn the steel frame into the antenna has faced mounting criticism as a technique to improve reception may have created an inherent design flaw that can drop calls or slow data depending on how the phone is held, especially for left-handed users.
Speculation has been that Apple will either have to offer free bumper cases to customers or implement a significant design change in future production runs.