NY Times: iPhone 4 Antenna Problem Related to Longstanding Weakness in The Basic Communications Software

Submitted by lalit on July 16, 2010 - 12:46am.

As we all wait for Apple’s press conference to get complete details about the iPhone antenna problem. New York Times is reporting that the iPhone problem is software related and Apple would not announce a recall at the press conference today. The newspaper wrote:

One person with direct knowledge of the phone’s design said Thursday that the iPhone 4 exposed a longstanding weakness in the basic communications software inside Apple’s phones and that the reception problems were not caused by an isolated hardware flaw.
Instead, the problems emerged in the complex interaction between specialized communications software and the antenna, said the person, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.
The person said the problems were longstanding but had been exposed by the design of the iPhone 4. All cellphones can be affected by the way a hand grips the phone, but well-designed communications software compensates for a variety of external factors and prevents calls from dropping, the person said.

NY Times also wrote that Steve Jobs didn’t learn about the software problem until the phone was shipped, as was wrongly reported by Bloomberg today. The company is working on a fix, details about which will be announced tomorrow at the press conference. We will be doing live coverage of the press conference on live.techztalk.com. Join us at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST.