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Let's just say it: NO. Apple really won't do this, but the whole Internet is obsessed so we'll try and deal with it in a sensible manner...

You won't be able to read any technology site this week without reading about the iPhone 4 antenna issue. The heat cranked up on Monday with US non-profit organisation Consumer Reports extensively testing the handset and saying it could no longer recommend the iPhone 4 because of its signal problems, declaring: "We think it's the company's responsibility to provide the fix—at no extra cost to consumers."


So what? Well Consumer Reports is a major deal on the other side of the pond, especially to the non-techie general public at large. Consequently Apple's share price has taken a dive (it'll jump back up soon enough) and there are a number of high profile class action lawsuits also now in the offing.

Apple had claimed last week that a software fix would be issued to correct the flaw, but that's increasingly cutting no ice. On top of this Gizmodo has one iPhone 4 owner saying Apple is quietly conducting a silent recall having seen the finish on his handset change after having his iPhone exchanged in an Apple store. He has since been unable to reproduce the fault.
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Finally Paddy Power is now getting in on the act stating it has "today slashed the odds on Apple recalling its iPhone 4 from 2/1 to 4/6 making it ODDS ON that the best selling device will now be recalled."

So let's just get this straight: Apple won't recall the iPhone 4, it has shifted too many and while the antenna issue does exist, from the experience of myself, Ed and a number of other owners I've spoken to it has been blown out of proportion. I suspect future iPhone 4s will see a tweak to the manufacturing process to fix the problem, but more pressingly Apple should make some sort of gesture to existing customers.

Will bumpers be issued or a more elegant clear strip provided to cover the affected area? Who knows. What do you think Apple should do and more importantly, what do you think Apple will do?

Links:
Consumer Reports
Gizmodo

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