The Apple iPhone 4 Sure Has Its Share of Problems!

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It's the end of June, shortly going to be the beginning of July and we all know what that means! A new iPhone model is about to become available to consumers!

Already the iPhone has its share drama surrounding it, some of it started as early as April of 2010. In early April, Gizmodo editor Jason Chen acquired a then secret iPhone 4 prototype model from an unnamed source for a sum of $5,000. Gizmodo.com held extensive coverage of the iPhone 4 and even was mentioned on large news networks like FoxNews, CNN and MSNBC. His house was later raided by the California Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team and had his computers seized. The reason for the raid on his home was something to do with industrial espionage; but how could you be guilty of that if all you are doing is buying something? You're not stealing it so what's the problem.

Then when the iPhone was available for pre-order online, the system crashed after over 600,000 preorders had been registered. Not only that, AT&T's systems were suffering from security breaches and people were accessing other people's accounts accidentally, and being able to view and edit other customer's information. There were reports of AT&T stores being closed over the amount of people trying to preorder and the stress of AT&T's system being overloaded. Finally, after hours of confusion and errors, AT&T and shut down the pre order system.

Mashable reporter Sam Axon reported being mugged while standing in line for the iPhone 4 earlier today in Chicago. His tweet on Twitter was as follows "I was just mugged while waiting in line for the iPhone 4. Not kidding." What is this world coming to?

And finally, there are reports abound of the iPhone 4 having issues with its hardware. Gizmodo.com is reporting the iPhone 4 will drop all service if the case of the phone is squeezed near the antenna mount on the side of the case. It turns out that you can bridge two antenna with your finger and that will cause the phone to drop calls. The solution is as simple as a tiny piece of scotch tape, or put the phone in a case. It's an easy fix, but for $500 should this really be an issue?

There is also verifiable evidence that the screen of the iPhone 4 has issues with yellow pixels, bands and splotches on the screen from normal use. Most likely Apple will not repair the problem for free and will claim that the user damaged the LCD themselves. Again, should this be an issue at release or should it have been fixed before the extremely expensive device was sold to the public?

Apple has a history of releasing cutting edge products, but with the knowledge that the iPhone 4 was going to be as popular as it is they should have put more thought and time into testing and development. It's far easier to deal with design problems before you put item into mass production than it is to deal with them after the consumer has purchased the item. Maybe Apple will learn a valuable lesson from this release.

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