According to Bloomberg, one of Apple's senior engineers raised concerns a year ago over the potential for the iPhone 4's design to cause dropped calls.
We've received only one report, so take it with a hill of salt: A Gizmodo reader claims that, after Apple replaced his iPhone 4, he couldn't reproduce the sharp loss of signal. He says that the hardware seems slightly different:
The first iPhone 4 class action suit against Apple and AT&T has been filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. The lawsuit focus on the antenna design problems, making several claims: Updated
Richard Gaywood—Ph.D in wireless network planning from Cardiff University—has tested the iPhone 4 communications problem. Before, he thought there were no problems. Now, his conclusion is clear: "The iPhone 4 is a fantastic device but a lousy phone."
What a coincidence: On June 23—exactly when you first reported about the iPhone 4's antenna problem, Apple posts multiple request for antenna engineers for the iPhone. Too late? Too soon? Let the conspiracy theories begin.
After shattering my iPhone the day I got it, I called up Apple to make an appointment at their Genius Bar to see what they could do. Over the phone, they weren't of much help.
Apple has replaced 50 iPhones 4s with shattered backs so far, including the one that our intern Ryan Salerno dropped in the first day. According to what the Apple Store genius told him, Apple won't replace any more units.