Apple may have known of iPhone antenna flaw two years ago

Apple iPhone 4Apple's iPhone 4 antenna issue might have been identified as far back as two years ago if a scoop is accurate. An internal bug report for the signal drop was allegedly filed in 2008, well in advance of when the phone shipped. The "informed" source of John Gruber's didn't say how the issue was treated or whether it was known it would be a long-term issue, but its existence implies advanced knowledge that an external antenna might have been an issue.

The early mention of the bug would have come significantly before the hiring of Mark Papermaster, who is rumored to have been fired for the issue. It would absolve him of having asked for the design but would potentially fault him for having done little to mitigate its effects between the very early stages and production two years later. Papermaster when he was hired to Apple was best known for his work on POWER processors at IBM.

Problems with the antenna haven't done any meaningful damage to Apple's iPhone 4 sales, which continue to be very brisk, but it's suspected the company may be engaged in a minor hardware redesign to improve antenna performance without having to change the looks. It could be ready by or before the launch of a CDMA iPhone rumored for January.

Apple hasn't had an opportunity to comment on the claims.

Tags: Apple, iPhone, mobile phones

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Galaxy Note10 really is built around a 6.7-inch display
 
You may still be able to download your content
 
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are all going away
 
Minimize apps to a floating, always-on-top bubble
 
Japan Display has been providing LCDs for the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apple’s 2018 line-up
 
The 2001 operating system has reached its lowest share level
 
The entire TSMC 5nm design infrastructure is available now from TSMC
 
The smartphone uses a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 / 1
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (15)