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More Problems with the iPhone Problems: Design Flaws

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October 9th, 2010

It isn’t news when you hear the words iPhone and problems in the same sentence. It seems these two words were destined to be together. Now, i’m not ‘hating’ cause i am on Team BlackBerry, it’s just facts. One in every 2 friends/family of mine are victims of the iPhone 4. Constant problems have arisen and now it seems more are popping up.

According to Gdgt’s Ryan Block, Apple may have to face “glassgate”  in the wake of it’s “antennagate” problems. Ryan Block confirms that Apples responses for limited sales of non-bumper, third party iPhone 4 cases; which can cause scratches that can lead to cracking and even fractures, and has launched tests that are focused on investigating these further issues.

From the Block statement,

“According to my sources both inside and outside Apple, after Antennagate the iPhone engineering team identified another potential design flaw that appears to have sent them into a quiet lockdown, and has them working behind the scenes in what's been described to me as something of a quiet panic to preempt any further tarnishing the iPhone brand. Apple has apparently found that non-bumper style cases -- specifically those that slide onto the iPhone 4, which are occasionally prone to particulate matter getting caught between the rear of the phone and the case -- can cause unexpected scratching that could quickly develop into full-on cracking or even much larger fracturing of the entire rear pane of glass. To put it another way: Apple is afraid you might buy a standard slide-on iPhone case, put it on your phone, and then discover the next time you take it off that the entire back of your device has been shattered by no fault of your own.”

Gizmodo also agrees with Block’s report saying that it is credible and that it helps to explain a number of recent developments such as,

"Why, in part, the bumper cases are designed the way they are. (There's no contact with the glass back, and it covers the iPhone 4's antenna.) Why there's been a relative dearth of iPhone 4 accessories on shelves. And why the WSJ reports that the next iPhone will have an entirely different form factor-- to solve the problems inherent to the iPhone 4's design."

Previously, CNN noted that some Apple products (including the iPhone) have suffered from cracking;

"Both the Mac G4 Cube, which was introduced in 2000, and the iPhone 3G experienced reports from users that the outsides were developing "hairline surface cracks."

When the iPhone 4 was revealed by Steve Jobs, he had boasted plenty that the new smartphone’s glass screen was more scratch-resistant AND stronger than plastic. But on the iFixYouri June’s blog,

[they had found] "a design flaw that will bite [Apple] in the future." Specifically, "On the new iPhone, the glass basically sits on top of the aluminum frame. On the old iphone, it was recessed and protected by a chrome bezel,"

Are these little but grand problems being worked on for the iPhone 5? Wall Street seems to think that the new iPhone ‘would be a different form factor than those that are currently available.’

What do you think? What are the problems you’ve had with your iPhone?! In the meantime, i REALLy love my Blackberry. :)

by Mila Braz

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