The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple will not announce an iPhone 4 recall during a press conference Friday. Complaints of iPhone 4 reception problems began as soon as consumers began receiving them. Thus far, Apple has not admitted to a design flaw, insisting that software updates and user habits can correct the issue.
Apple’s called a press conference for Friday morning at its Cupertino headquarters, presumably to address the iPhone 4 reception issues. While many are speculating that Apple will issue a complete recall of the iPhone 4, this is not a likely scenario. Approximately three million iPhone 4s have been sold since the device went on sale and some reports peg the cost of such a recall at $1.5 billion. That’s simply too expensive considering many iPhone users aren’t experience reception problems, especially if they’re using an iPhone Bumper or other iPhone case.
Criticism of the device has only grown since Consumer Reports researched the issue and published why it can’t recommend the iPhone 4.
Apple may resolve the reception issues by offering complimentary Bumper Cases, vouchers for a case from its retail or online stores, or offer hardware fixes upon request. Apple almost never holds press conferences outside of official product launches and normally comments on issues via press releases and open letters. We are fairly confident the company will offer a solution of some kind that will not cost consumers a dime.
Those dissatisfied with their iPhone 4 have 30 days from the date of purchase to return the device without a restocking fee.