Page 2: Apple Experiencing Constrained Stocks of iPhone 4 Bumper


9to5Mac reports that it has received word from reliable source Mr. X that Apple is experiencing constrained stocks of the iPhone 4 bumper, suggesting that a discontinuation of the bumper could signal a redesigned iPhone 5 or some other change that would require a modified bumper. While a number of parts from a so-called "iPhone 4S" nearly identical to the iPhone 4 have surfaced, there has been little evidence beyond third-party case designs supporting the introduction of a new form factor for the next-generation iPhone.
With Apple apparently set to discontinue the Bumper, the next iPhone may require an updated Bumper or may even feature an all new design. Of course, there is also the possibility that Apple has simply decided to discontinue the Bumper but still retain the iPhone 4 design.
One other possibility is that Apple may be retaining the iPhone 4 bumper but updating its packaging to reflect compatibility with both the iPhone 4 and an iPhone 4S/5 sharing the same form factor. Such a packaging change could result in briefly constrained supplies of the bumper as Apple transitions into the release of the new iPhone.

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108 months ago

Wasn't really necessary to begin with.


It was if you wanted a signal ;)

Ok, sorry, didn't mean to open up that can of worms again. :cool:
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108 months ago
Or maybe they've just withdrawn them because they start falling apart after less than a year for many people?
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108 months ago

It was if you wanted a signal ;)

Ok, sorry, didn't mean to open up that can of worms again. :cool:


I was going to make that comment as well... I decided to restrain myself because I knew what the outcome would be.

You didn't just open that can, you blew the lid off with about 10 pounds of C4.

*sits back and waits*
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108 months ago

I am as pro Apple as they get


Met *LTD* yet?
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108 months ago
So basically it could mean 10 different things that tell us nothing. Glad I read that.
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108 months ago

Wasn't really necessary to begin with.


The only time I had to use my bumper, was whenever I wanted to make a phone call.

Otherwise you're right ... unnecessary.
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108 months ago

It was if you wanted a signal ;)

Ok, sorry, didn't mean to open up that can of worms again. :cool:


You're right, no matter what people say. If you hold the phone naked you will lose signal strength. Whether that loss effects you or not depends on the area you are in.

I will never understand how an antenna/rf engineer would allow this out the door.

But hey its a nice phone and sure does look great.

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Exactly the case design I imagined and wanted before it ever existed... so I was quite happy when Apple not only came out with it, but gave me one for free :)

In the end, though I want my phone as small as possible, so I rarely use the case. And of course I’ve had no reception problems from the antennagate myth. (But almost 100% of smartphone/iPhone users I know do use some case anyway, making that myth all the more absurd. Still, many thanks to all the non-iPhone 4-owners who blogged about the “problem” they were so concerned I might be having ;) )


dial *3001#12345#*

and hold the antennagate spot. You're telling me you see absolutely no drop in the signal now displayed as a number instead of bars?
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108 months ago

I'm pretty pro apple, and I have the issue.

I don't use a case, but when I'm in my house, I have to be very aware of how I am holding the iPhone 4 to get a usable signal.

arn


Don't lie arn. We know you are a diehard Dell fan.
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108 months ago
I don't use a bumper. Touching the antenna gap lowers the signal but not enough to cause any problems, unless there is very little signal. Typically when the signal is that low my 3GS has no signal at all in the same spot. So the 4 antenna is actually superior.

I've yet to see a phone that can't have it's antenna interfered with by holding it one way or another.

This was the dumbest non issue in the history of non issues, and the iPhone 4 sales prove that. As well as the fact that the only people who ever talk about it anymore are on this forum.
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108 months ago
The bumper added marks to my steel band.
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