Consumer Reports: iPhone 4 Antenna Issues Hardware Related

The iPhone 4 antenna “controversy” seems to evolve on almost a daily basis. Of course, when a company is on top, as Apple is with the iPhone, it’s easier to take shots at them. That’s not to say actual issues shouldn’t be fixed, they should.

But we need to keep in mind that most new products have some issues and even though it seems these issues are plaguing a large number of iPhone 4 units, the percentage with an actual problem is probably rather small given the total number of iPhone 4’s sold.

Still, we can’t ignore Consumer Reports who has just published a report on the iPhone 4 that refutes Apple’s claim that the iPhone 4 signal issues are a software error that will be fixed with a pending update. According to the report:

“Our findings call into question the recent claim by Apple that the iPhone 4’s signal-strength issues were largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software that “mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength.”

“The tests also indicate that AT&T’s network might not be the primary suspect in the iPhone 4’s much-reported signal woes.”

The report goes on to say the magazine cannot recommend the iPhone 4 due to the antenna/signal issues.  Click through to check out a video of the full report.

In a related story, Apple has apparently removed some discussion threads in its support forums that reference the Consumer Reports story. If true, that doesn’t make you look very good Apple.

Have you had any issues with your iPhone 4?

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