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    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.
    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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    So basically it could mean 10 different things that tell us nothing. Glad I read that.
     
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    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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    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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    They were completely out of black when I was in there last weekend. Said they hadn't gotten any in a while.
     
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    What a stupid, pointless post.
     
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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 ;) )
     
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    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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    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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    There were like a million of these things on the wall when I went to the Apple store earlier this week.
     
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    Or maybe they've just withdrawn them because they start falling apart after less than a year for many people?
     
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    I was just in my local Apple store on Tuesday and they had tons of these things on the shelf.
     
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    Then they are cutting down on the shipments.
     
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    It's only because they care! :p
     
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    Question:

    Does the bumper include any kind of cut out for the silence switch? If so, then it seems to me the bumper would have to be modified to reposition the silence for the iPhone 4S, despite the fact it has the same dimensions as the iPhone 4.

    Of course, I'd vastly rather believe that the iPhone 5 is coming soon and will be a complete redesign. I seriously can't see Apple being able to claim new record sales if they release an iPhone 4S instead of an iPhone 5... all the pent up demand is for a completely new phone, otherwise people would simply be buying the iPhone 4.
     
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    Probably won't need it anymore if Apple plans on engineering the phone's antenna correctly.
     
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    Was I the only one that read this as something about an iPhone bumper sticker?

    I'm surprised they're still bothering with the things actually. The free deal is long gone, and people pay for them? :eek:
     
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    Real world use doesn't have much affect on signal without the bumper, but I grabbed my iPhone 4 tightly in my left hand and lost my signal completely, not just a few bars, so it's an issue if you hold your phone like a thumbless left handed pigmy. lol.
     
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    I didn't use the bumper because of the reception thing. I used a bumper because it added some grip to the iPhone 4 without being a bulky case. Personally I hope they make something like the bumper for the iPhone 5.
     
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    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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    This. I will NOT be getting the iPhone 5/4s/whatever, guess I'll need to go buy another bumper before they stop selling them. Kids in college means dad can't afford all the latest toys... :(
     
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    Whether or not the bumper was originally intended as a purely cosmetic addition or Apple meant it to address a known shortcoming in the iPhone 4's anntenna design, it will be seen always as an admittance of a design failure and if they've addressed the flaw in the new iPhone (by adding another break in the antenna where my palm won't cover it, for instance) they should drop the bumpers and act as though they were never there.

    The iPhone 5 or 4S may look nearly identical to the 4, but Apple has fixed the antenna even if they did nothing else
     
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    I have tried to recreate that antenna issue many times. It just can't recreate it. I even tried it at an ATT store. no drop in signal.

    The FUD was spread my anti-apple fan sites to hopefully slow apple's sales. Rather than try to prove the ignorant masses wrong. They could just ship out little rubber bumpers to "pacify" these masses. It also led to increased sales of sillicone cases for the iphone 4.

    The bumper is being discontinued because the FUD has worn out it's effect. Besides, people tend to purchase 3rd party cases anyways.
     
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    I would agree with you except for the fact that you are wrong. I am as pro Apple as they get, but I have the issue.

    If I bridge the gap I can watch my data transfer stop and if I am on a call it will drop. It will happen every single time, guaranteed. Anyone who doubts this is welcome to come to central Florida and I will be happy to meet up with you and show you. With that being said I am not in a 4-5 bar signal area. With more signal my guess is that it becomes a non issue. You can place anything non conductive over that area and it no longer becomes an issue.

    No with all that being said I use my phone with no bumper or case every day and highly recommend the iPhone 4 to everyone who will listen. I just avoid touching that once spot.
     

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