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.