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When Will Apple Admit 3G iPhone Has Problems?
Borked chip, manufacturing errors and poor programming...
by Karl Bode 09:46AM Thursday Aug 14 2008
Earlier this week, an analyst with Nomura Securities issued a research note claiming that the iPhone 3G connectivity and HSDPA issues being experienced by many users are likely thanks to faulty 3G chip by Infineon. According to Windsor, the chip problems likely aren't firmware upgradeable, meaning Apple would need to replace the chips. Now another researcher, citing tests of the 3G iPhone, claims that the device's problems began in the manufacturing stage. From the Assocated Press:
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Ny Teknik, Sweden's foremost engineering weekly, obtained a report on tests conducted by unnamed experts that showed some handsets' sensitivity to third-generation network signals is well below the level specified in the 3G standard. . .The report said the most likely cause of the 3G problems is defective adjustments between the antenna and an amplifier that captures very weak signals from the antenna. This could lead to poor 3G connectivity and slower data speeds.
Still, an anonymous source at Apple tells Business Week that software may also still play a role, which could mean software updates could solve some problems after all:
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Part of the role of the Infineon chip is to check whether there's enough 3G bandwidth available in a given area. If 3G isn't available or there isn't enough bandwidth, the iPhone will be shifted to a slower network. One source says Apple programmed the Infineon chip to demand a more powerful 3G signal than the iPhone really requires. So if too many people try to make a call or go on the Internet in a given area, some of the devices will decide there's insufficient power and switch to the slower network—even if there is enough 3G bandwidth available.
Neither Apple or AT&T are admitting that there's any problem. While Apple remains mute for request to comment, AT&T simply states that "overall, the new iPhone is performing just great on our 3G network." Many iPhone users don't agree.


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itguy05

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Re: Fanboy-ism!

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Additionally, if you think the financial analysts don't know what they are talking about, you need your head examined. They are in charge of millions to billions of dollars and are paid very well to manage it. If their job was so easy, everyone would do it because, contrary to popular belief, there is a ton of money in making money for other people. Just Google how much the Top 10 Hedge Fund manager made last year. It probably starts close to a billion per year.
That's precisely why they know nothing. Their job is to generate revenue for their clients. Stock fluctuates on the drivel coming from their mouth. And that's how they manipulate the market. Say something bad, get the stock down, buy lots. Have someone else say something good, stock goes up and sell. You make lots of $$ and so do your clients.

See the "Oil Crisis" for how speculators play the market.

In short, analysts have been so wrong for so long it's not funny.

That being said, I'm sure there are those with iPhone issues. It's just not me. I think it's the CDMA 3G network that needs tuning. Verizon went through this a while ago (in 2002-2004 the NOTwork was just awful) and it will get sorted out in time. Google CDMA Breathing to see what I'm talking about.


Matt3
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Product zealotry is so funny to me.

It's just a damn phone that has problems that are well documented by every major news/tech site. Yet the minute the product is held up as anything but the pinnacle of all technology with a chorus of angels singing in the background, the product owners attack like rabid dogs.

Are you trying to justify your purchase? Are you angry because you spent so much money to be cool and now people are starting to find flaws and say, "Hey wait, this isn't that cool!"

If anything, you should scream the LOUDEST to get Apple or AT&T to fix it.

Additionally, if you think the financial analysts don't know what they are talking about, you need your head examined. They are in charge of millions to billions of dollars and are paid very well to manage it. If their job was so easy, everyone would do it because, contrary to popular belief, there is a ton of money in making money for other people. Just Google how much the Top 10 Hedge Fund manager made last year. It probably starts close to a billion per year.



Rob
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Microsoft..

If this had been a Microsoft product, the comments posted thus far would have been oh so much different.
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