In its first month Apple has sold over 3 million 3G iPhones. Recently the Blogosphere has been reporting less than satisfactory 3G from the latest iPhone, the iPhone 3G with reports of abrupt service interruptions and weak connections.
When problems were first reported it was thought that the networks were to fault, but after some research (and common sense) it appeared that it was the phone itself that was causing the problem due to the problem occurring world-wide, it was believed that the iPhone wasn’t meeting 3G required standard. T-Mobile Netherlands wrote about the issue, using Google Translate we translated part of their post from Dutch to English,
“The 3G coverage of T-Mobile is as good as the competition, there can therefore not lie. We suspect that it is a hardware / software specific issue of the iPhone itself. We therefore recommend to the software updates from Apple in the eye. This you get through iTunes.”
Not a perfect translation, but you get the idea. Richard Windsor at Nomura stated,
“We believe that these issues are typical of an immature chipset and radio protocol stack where we are almost certain that Infineon is the 3G supplier.”
This means that the problem is with the hardware, unfortunately for Apple it is unlikely that a firmware upgrade would fix the issue The problem seems to have crept in at the stage of manufacturing, Foxconn is thought to be the manufacturer of the iPhone 3G.
So if all this is true then how is Apple going to respond? Three million recalls? Perhaps not.