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Apple addressing iPhone 4 issues Friday?

Apple is holding a press event regarding the iPhone 4 at 10 a.m., according to a report from CNET blogger Jim Dalrymple. Recall, free rubber bumpers, or something else?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs @ WWDC 2010
Apple's CEO Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010.
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It appears that Apple's silence on the iPhone 4 issues will come to an end later this week.

Apple is planning to hold a press conference at 10 a.m. in Cupertino, Calif., on Friday to discuss the iPhone 4, according to CNET blogger Jim Dalrymple on his personal blog, The Loop. No other details were provided.

It's likely that this is Apple's attempt to address the uproar over the iPhone's signal loss problems. It's been reported by some iPhone 4 customers since the day the phone was available that when the phone is gripped in a certain way, it can cause reception and bandwidth to drop.

Apple at first addressed the reports by telling users to hold the phone in a different way or to buy a rubber bumper case to prevent fingers from coming in contact with the phone's exterior antenna. Later, Apple said the problem lay in the way the phone displays signal bars and said a software update to fix the issues would be forthcoming.

The beta version of that update, iOS 4.1, was released to developers Wednesday.