Bloomberg: Apple senior antenna engineer warned company about potential issues

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Is it Friday yet? Bloomberg is reporting that: “Apple Inc.’s senior antenna expert voiced concern to Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs in the early design phase of the iPhone 4 that the antenna design could lead to dropped calls.” The article cites an anonymous source, “familiar with the matter,” who went on to say:

Last year, Ruben Caballero, a senior engineer and antenna expert, informed Apple’s management the device’s design may cause reception problems. […] A carrier partner also raised concerns about the antenna before the device’s June 24 release.

Apple declined Bloomberg’s request to comment on the report. One of our AT&T sources has told us that while the iPhone 4 antenna issue is well known — and well covered — AT&T stores aren’t seeing iPhone 4 returns (like at all). Hopefully, we’ll have some concrete answers to all these antenna questions on Friday at around 1:00 PM EDT.

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