A few months back, Apple
held an emergency press event in California to
address the reception issues that users and critics were howling about.
Aside from pointing out that other phones suffered from similar issues
when held in certain ways, the company offered free cases and bumpers to
any customer that applied for one. They noted that the offer run until
the end of September, after which they would evaluate the situation and
see if they should extend it.
They won't. That's the news straight from Apple, who have apparently
decided that September 30th will definitely be the last day that
consumers can apply for a free-of-charge case or bumper. In fact, the
company admitted that the antenna problem was smaller than they had
originally thought, but we don't doubt that quite a few people have
applied for one.
The real question is what will happen after September 30th. Has Apple
been tweaking the antenna layout of all iPhone 4 units that have shipped
since the news conference? Will the white iPhone
4 finally ship once
the antenna debacle is behind them?