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Revised iPhone 4 due to ship on September 30th?

updated 12:30 pm EDT, Tue August 31, 2010

Would coincide with end of case program

Apple is readying an overhauled iPhone 4 to launch at the end of September, a Mexican report suggests. A director at local carrier Telcel claims that the new model will be available as of September 30th, and do away with the reception problems that have only been mitigated by a program of free case handouts. At Telcel, current iPhone 4 owners may be able to switch over to a fixed device without extending their contracts.

Free case eligibility is officially set to stop with iPhones bought after September 30th. In July, however, Apple CEO Steve Jobs mentioned the possibility of "a better idea," and reevaluating the case program come September. The company may only need to insulate a part of the antenna band to solve reception issues, as they are typically triggered by a wrap-around grip on the lower-left edge of the phone.






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  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    love to see unlocked refurbs...

    ...of all configurations (including 3g/gs) at significant discounts at the apple store...

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Will it...


    Still be magical??

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Yeah, but...

    Yeah, but will they fix the sluggishness and rapid battery drain of iOS4 on the iPhone 3G and second generation iPod touch?

    Someone I know who works for Microsoft says it sees these antenna and iOS woes, along with AT&T-only service, as an excellent chance to grab some significant market share with its new mobile system. They also plan to offer an app stores that's more flexible than Apple's but stricter than Google's. He could be right.



  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Microsoft is full of it...

    They have practically no market share to speak of and will be hard-pressed to find any vendor to license their beta-class WP7 OS. I'll bet HTC won't touch them, although they might get Motorola, because that company is always doing stupid things to hurt investors. Apple never had a slow-down of iPhone 4 sales due to that Antennagate FUD. The Verizon iPhone should be available by early 2011. There is no way Microsoft can take advantage of any mistake that Apple is claimed to have made. Significant market share? They are truly deluded if they expect to get it from Apple.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    nope

    Not going to happen. Apple might 'fix' the issue, but they aren't going to make it a major new revision with pronouncements and all. If they did, all the pre October owners would be whining that they'd want a new one, not their 'broken' one. Oh, and then more class-action lawsuits get filed over the broken iPhone and how Apple needs to give all those people $25 iTMS gift cards for their trouble (oh, and a measly 10 million for the lawyers who spent all that energy proving their malfeasance.

    Not to mention the fact that Apple has no desire to re-visit the wave of bad press over antenna-gate. The hoopla has died. They want it to stay dead.

  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: Inkling

    there are suggestions and things to do to fix battery drain issues (some had issues with iOS 3.x even). Of course on an older device like an iPhone 3G, it is also worth doing a stock restore to ensure that the battery is actually still good. Mine had failed after about 1.5 years, and was only giving an hour. With a replacement iPhone 3G restored with all my stuff, it was back to around 4-5 hours of active usage. (I'm glad I had purchased the extended warranty... although it is around the same price as just buying a battery replacement)

    For performance issues, one of the simple ones is turning off some of the indexing of things like notes, and the phone becomes more responsive.

  1. bluejammm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    A MEXICAN report?

    Uh-huh. A big leak out of Mexico. Riiiiight.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    La Llorona

    Consider the source--Mexicans are probably some of the most superstitious people on the planet.

    I know... I married one. ;)

  1. AngryFanBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    3G performance abysmal

    My 3G became almost a paperweight in terms of responsiveness after iOS 4. It still works, but quite slowly, with application freezes and crashes not uncommon.
    Apple MUST provide another system update, and soon, or I'll be very happy to join a lawsuit against them. No vendor has the right to reduce or injure the functionality of a product after purchase - the delay in addressing this issue is trying my patience. Steve?

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