Apple alerted to iPhone 4 antenna issue by engineer

Network operator also raised the early signal problem alarm

Did Apple rush the new iPhone out too soon?

Ahead of this evening's Apple press conference, sources have revealed that the Cupertino company could have avoided the iPhone 4 antenna fiasco had they listened to one of its engineers.

US news broadcaster Bloomberg has reported that senior Apple engineer and antenna expert Ruben Caballero informed Apple management that the iPhone 4 design could affect reception.

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Caballero allegedly expressed concern over the new iPhone's antennae being housed in an exposed, stainless steel band running around the centre of the device, which he felt could lead to dropped calls and would pose a 'serious engineering challenge."

Bloomberg also heard from an unidentified source that one network provider is said to have raised concerns over reception problems before it hit stores.

Apple today announced the launch of the iOS 4.0.1 software update which should solve the antenna glitch, with a total iPhone 4 recall highly unlikely despite what has turned out to be an embarrassing series of events for Apple's gadget jewel in the crown.

The iPhone 4 became Apple's biggest selling product ever having shifted 1.7 million devices in its first three days. That success was quickly dampened after hundreds of complaints over signal problems when gripping the device like this began to flood in, leaving Steve Jobs to issue an official statement.

Jobs is expected to shed more light on the iPhone 4 problems at the press conference which will kick off at 6pm UK time. You can follow all the live coverage of the Apple press conference here.

Link: Telegraph

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