I was on hold today at the office for an extended period of time, so my mind started to wander, and I conjured up this crazy theory on the antenna/reception /death grip issue. This might be crazy and I know that, so please hold you fire. I figured there was no harm in sharing this theory. Okay, it started when Apple said that they were not going to be offering the white iPhone 4 at launch, and that it actually wouldn't be available until late July. I think they have actually come out and said late July, but I could be wrong here, and if so "oops". So, when we found out that white iPhone 4 wasn't going to be available for a while there were lots of articles about why it could be. A couple of the articles stated that process Apple uses to manufacture the iPhones can only mass manufacture one color at a time, black or white. So keep this in mind. Next, with the black iPhone 4 released and the reality of the death grip situation settled in, we see a memo where Apple tells its employees to NOT offer free bumpers to customers who come to them with the problem. One would think that this is because Apple wants your $30 for that bumper, and no doubt they do. So keep this in the back of your mind as well. And the final piece is that we are now a week into the iPhone 4 release, and as such a week with the reception problem being widely known. Yet, Apple has not made any public statement about it at all. Ready for the crazy theory? Okay so here it is... Apple realized that there was a problem with the antenna and reception on the iPhone 4 during or shortly after production of the black ones (this assumes they actually do produce one color at a time). After production on the black one finished they decided to not manufacture the white ones until they had a solution for the reception problem. Okay, you with me so far? So here's the next part. Apple then come up with a solution, be it a coating on the steel frame or something which eliminates the left hand grip of doom reception problem. However, they decided to start selling the "defective" ones they already produced. If they realized the problem too late in the game, they didn't want to push the release date of the iPhone back. There plan is to let this play out, all the while they are (and possibly have been for a while) manufacturing new iPhone 4s that do not experience the reception problem. They then announce some program where you can exchange your iPhone, be it via shipping or at the Apple Store. And the last part is this: the white iPhone 4s have gone or will go into production when approximately 1.7 million corrected iPhone 4s have been produced, and so obviously the white iPhones won't suffer from the reception problems like the first round of black ones did. And as far as Apple telling their employees not to offer free bumpers: it's because they know that they will be doing this "recall" or exchange, and they don't want to lose out on a potential bumper sale, when a free one would only fix the problem until the exchange begins. I know, I know... it's crazy. But who knows! Just felt like sharing this whacky theory. Thanks for listening!