Earlier this week, Consumer Reports issued its stance on the problem of poor reception on the iPhone 4, contradicting Apple by saying that rather than being a “software non-issue”, the phone has a hardware fault with its antenna.
That is forcing Apple to hold a press conference at its Cupertino HQ tomorrow, where it’s expected to talk about the problem, or non-problem, depending on your take.
Apple doesn’t care for journalists and has an internal policy where it carefully chooses the hacks and hackettes it wants to talk to. It has a long history of banning the journos it doesn’t want to talk to from its events.
At an Apple event held in Soho a few years ago, a then Inquirer hack slipped into a press conference, only to be told by a spinner post event that the invitation “was a mistake”.
Apple, of course, is jealous of its precious brand and the iPhone 4 continues to sell in vast quantities despite the problems with the machine.
It’s unlikely to recall the iPhone 4 and some have suggested that to placate the unruly elements it might give away a case that would fix the reception problem. Mind you, if it does that, that would be a tacit admission that there is a hardware problem and it’s nothing to do with software, as Apple has previously maintained.