anyone who buys it after today with a free protective case to
eliminate the reception problem identified by Consumer Reports.
recommended" status due to the problem
caused by the exterior antenna.
The Wall Street Journal reports that many consumer actually claim
that the iPhone IV, without a case, has better reception
than their previous cell phones. Other tests have been inconclusive.
That said, the reality is that the exterior antenna design,
which Jobs loved, was called into question early on in the
design process internally at Apple. Other studies showed,
as Jobs bragged at the launch, an improvement in signal
due to the exterior design. These test were not done with
human testers in the field, but on machines. The reason
was the extreme secrecy about the design, aimed at
keeping potential rip-off designers behind the curve.