Apple iPhone 4 Launch Involves Some Bumps
If you were all excited to pick up your iPhone 4, you might want to wait a minute. There’s been a few key issues going on with the legendary device, from the screen to reception. Read on for the details…
The first signs of trouble in paradise was Engadget reporting that the iPhone 4’s shiny glass back wasn’t so scratch resistant. They noted the scratches were minor, and not noticeable head on, but they were scratches nonetheless. Something very disconcerting when Apple claims the only protection you’d need on the phone is their ‘bumper’ case.
Then came Apple’s release that the white iPhone 4 wouldn’t be available until later in July. The reason?
White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected…
Simple, vague and no further details.
Then came the screen issues. Reported by users in the MacRumors.com forum — bizarre yellow splotches were appearing on random parts of the screen. But the mystery behind them seemed solved by a user in the AppleInsider.com forums. He noted that…
Apple is using a bonding agent called Organofunctional Silane Z-6011 to bond the layers of glass. Apparently, Apple (or more likely Foxconn) is shipping these products so quickly that the evaporation process is not complete. However, after one or two days of use, especially with the screen on, will complete the evaporation process and the yellow “blotches” will disappear.
How do I know? I was involved in pitching Z-6011 to Apple.
Some users have indeed reported that their yellow splotches have faded away, and many have suggested waiting before running to the store to exchange an iPhone. Still, it’s a odd issue to be on the look out for.
Lastly, there have been reception problems. Apple had detailed that the metallic bezel was designed to be the antenna for the phone, but ironically, your hand wraps around the antenna. As a result, some users are reporting very poor reception if the phone is held around the lower left-hand corner. The link to Insanely-Great.com shows a YouTube video of the issue.
Flipped back over to MacRumors.com, and users — with another YouTube video — have detailed that Apple’s iPhone 4 bumper case actually fixes some of these problems, giving room between the antenna and the hand. But the issue is something lefties will find very annoying.
Overall, for such an impressive phone, it’s quite surprising such a quick list of issues have suddenly stacked up. But such is the life of an early adopter, yes?