Analyst says Apple has a hardware fix for iPhone 4
Analyst Ashok Kumar says supply chain checks show the company has come up with a design fix that "more adequately insulates the transceiver module."
Is an iPhone 4 antenna fix beyond the bumper in the works? One analyst says there is.
In a note sent out Thursday morning, Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, said the long-term fix is mechanical. "Our supply chain checks reveal that Apple has instituted a design fix for the iPhone 4 that more adequately insulates the transceiver module," he wrote in the note.
How, or when, Apple would implement a fix for existing iPhone 4 owners, however, is unclear.
Ever since the iPhone 4 was released on June 24, some iPhone owners have complained that when gripping the phone around the lower left-hand corner of the device, the signal degrades or calls are dropped.
The company hasbut has said . Apple has also suggested that consumers should hold the phone differently. Another piece of advice from the company has been to buy its to put around the phone to avoid covering up the antenna.
Apple is expected to hold a press conference Friday that may address the antenna issue.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.