iPhone 4 recall: Has it started already?

By Gary Johnson - Jul 14, 2010

We reported yesterday that some experts were predicting an iPhone 4 recall, and today Ireland’s biggest bookmaker Paddy Power Plc has slashed the odds of this to 4-to-6. Now Gizmodo.com has received a report from one of its readers that when Apple replaced his iPhone 4 the hardware seemed slightly different.

In an article by Jesus Diaz the reader say’s that he could replicate the signal issue on his handset. He was experiencing other software issues with the phone so he took it back to the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York. The phone was replaced and the staff claimed that all handsets with proximity sensor problems were being sent back to Apple for further investigation.

The replacement iPhone seemed to be different in appearance with the black plastic bezel not as black on the new one. Now he also claims that he can see the proximity sensor which he couldn’t on the old one, and the stainless steel band on the new device was more of a matte finish.

The reader then tried to replicate the signal failure again and say’s there was a huge improvement. He claims another customer next to him had a faulty phone but when the Apple staff ran a diagnostic test it was fine but they still replaced his handset.

The staff at Gizmodo swapped one of their iPhone 4’s but didn’t receive a different handset and as the report by the reader has not been confirmed we cannot say for sure a recall has started. What do you think have Apple started altering the makeup of the iPhone4?

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