Was mainly due to Apple complete secrecy in development. In this case right here, it totally bit them in the butt. Apple is no different then any company with respect to testing. I'm sure, at the time, they thought they did a full and thorough job testing this device. They used the same methodologies that they did on the 2G, 3G and 3Gs models. Every single one of those was tested out in the wild. There's been many "electronic" sightings of them prior to release when identified by different analytics programs. The iPhone4 was no different. And Apple has always done this in secrecy. The very first iPhone design was so secret, nobody caught a first glimpse of it until release day. Follow on models were seen, but for the most part, were renditions that ended up being generated form the original iPhones design. Apple always hid their design in intricate cases shielding them form peoples views, or disguising them to look like current models. And here we have iPhone4 and Gray Powell getting lit in a bar and losing his in the wild test device. The person who found it, thought that it was just a regular old iPhone until they removed the protective case. Shortly thereafter it was disabled remotely by Apple. Then the clever dissection began by Gizmodo. But lets not forget the case it was found in. I'm sure it was probably bumper-esque in its design. It probably wasn't a bumper but more of a full body case that covered the back and sides as well. If there was a major design flaw in the metal band, this case could have hid the problem the entire time. But I also don't think it effects every phone. Mine personally does not exhibit the issue. I'm either in a strong signal area, or there is something different with my phone that makes this bridging of the two antennas not happen. I'm left handed, and I've squeazed the heck out of the phone in a death grip while talking. Perhaps there's a coating on the metal surface of mine, that's not on others. Who knows at this point. Ive even tried to get the problem to happen by placing my "naked" iPhone4 on a paperclip stand that I made for my iPhone3G....Placing one metal part of the paperclip stand on one antenna and the other on the other side of the antennae..electrically bridging the two antennas. Not a single bar drop for me. All I'm trying to say is that Apple, for the past couple of weeks since this issue has been greatly publicized I'm sure has been working night and day trying to isolate what is going on. I'm sure they have phones that exhibit this issue, and have a reason as to why this is happening by now. The reason they've been quiet is because they wanted to figure out what the root cause is. Perhaps it's a manufacturing defect that the phone didn't get the proper coating on the antennae ring. Who know. If they offer a recall, I'm sure they'll have a good system in place that will handle everyone in a timely manner. Basically, I'm sure it will be in lines of....Free Bumper until we can get you a replacement model with a fix shipped to an Apple store near you. As for mine, I do keep mine in a protective case 100% of the time. I'll admit it. My 3G when through hell in my possession. It's fallen off a roof, cracked the screen from a fall at Target one day, and the home and sleep wake buttons didn't work. I had to jailbreak mine so that I could re-assign the volume keys to perform those functions. And with my history, I really need a case that can take the shock. Anyways, sorry for the diatribe here. Apple will do the right thing tomorrow. Have faith peepz.