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iPhone 4 recall odds and antenna fix

Since Apple announced that they were to hold a special iPhone 4 Conference today, there has been much speculation as to what the Cupertino company will do to solve the current signal issue caused by the poorly designed antenna.

Philip Elmer-DeWitt from Fortune Tech reports that there are several outcomes as to what Apple will do; Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray’s has been looking at the different options and odds on them.

This first option for Apple is to modify the current iPhone 4; this has a 50 percent chance outcome and would be done in store. The way to do this is by coating the antenna with a special non-conductive coating. This could be costly for Apple — with a possible 12 percent drop in Q4 2010 profits.

The second option is to give away those free Bumper cases, which retail for $29. This could cost Apple about $180 million that’s a better scenario than the 12% drop in last quarter profits.

The least likely option is to say nothing about the issue — cannot see that happening as the problem has gone too far, a U.S. senator is now involved.

Which course of action do you think Apple will take?

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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