As the drama with Apple’s iPhone 4 reaches a climax tomorrow morning with the company’s special press conference to address the issue, there maybe even more questions for the company to answer with a report by Bloomberg suggesting that Apple knew of the antenna problem before the phone was launched.
According to the report, Apple senior engineer Ruben Caballero advised Apple management that the type of antenna the company was planning to use on the iPhone 4 could cause reception issues, quoting a source within the company.
Apple has denied the allegation, telling Cnet that the Bloomberg story “simply isn’t true”. Bloomberg is apparently standing by its story.
The iPhone 4 was released on May 24 in the US and Apple claimed to have sold 1.7million phones in the first three days of sale. However, within weeks, reports began growing from users experiencing call dropouts. Apple issued a press statement on July 2, informing users that the antenna was fine and that the real issue was a software glitch that cause the signal strength to be incorrectly shown on the signal bars.
Since US journal Consumer Reports came out earlier this week against the phone, the company has called a special press conference Friday morning US time to apparently address the issue.
Yesterday, US senator for New York Charles Schumer sent a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs calling for the company to outline the real issues with the phone and to announced what it will be doing to help users affected by the issue.
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