Moderators for Apple's Support Discussions forums quickly deleted growing threads discussing the Consumer Reports articles. Though these threads are no longer viewable, you can read through cached versions via Bing.
Despite the generally positive reputation that Consumer Reports enjoys, many Apple fans vehemently defend iPhone 4 throughout the thread. It will be interesting to see what sort of fallout this finding will produce in terms of sales for iPhone 4 moving forward. Despite the early reports of these very issues, iPhone 4 still outsold iPhone 3GS by nearly double over its first few days. Not to mention, Consumer Reports has that the issues related to iPhone 4's antenna are not unique to iPhone 4.
Also interesting to note, Consumer Reports does rate iPhone 4 as the best smartphone currently available, sans the antenna issue, which it has now concluded is a hardware flaw inherent to iPhone 4's design. Apple has insisted the issues are a software problem to be fixed in the next release of iOS 4.
The next move will be Apple's, and I have to believe every software engineer available is working on a solution via an iOS 4 update. Should the antenna issue prove to be hardware related, the recall could be devastating to Apple's iPhone future and a huge win for other smartphone developers fighting tooth and nail for market share with the iPhone brand.
Should Apple Support Discussions forum moderators have deleted threads regarding the latest article from Consumer Reports? Is the antenna issue affecting your decision to purchase iPhone 4? Let us know in the comments!