The issue with iPhone 4 reception is getting more serious now.

A leading US consumer review (ConsumerReports.org) withheld the ‘recommend’ tag from the iPhone 4 due to the antenna issues:

It’s official. Consumer Reports’ engineers have just completed testing the iPhone 4, and have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception.

But the same review also states:

Ironically, aside from these reception glitches, our other tests placed the iPhone 4 atop the latest Ratings of smart phones. But we did not feel comfortable listing a phone with such a problem as “recommended,” and therefore have withheld that tag.

Apple have (reportedly) even taken the step of deleting forum posts about this finding.  I find this most telling – if it was just people whinging (which they do btw), then Apple would let the conversation burn itself out.  But it’s not, it’s stopping conversation dead (at least on its own forums).

While Apple have admitted the iPhone 4 reception problem, talk of a recall is so far limited to the media.  But with some heavy weights saying this, it will be interesting to see how Apple responds.

Video below explains the issue and tests done.

I for one still like the iPhone, and and is selling like hot cakes (3 million a month estimate).  However action is needed – what do you think Apple will do?

Black and White Version: iPhone 4 reception issues getting more serious.  Action needed me thinks

Update 15 July 2010: Apple have called a press conference on iPhone 4 for Friday (16th July) Watch this space.

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