Remember a few weeks ago, when I discussed contact with an Apple rep who confirmed that a missing hydrophobic coating on the iPhone 4, a manufacturing oversight, was causing the antenna issue to emerge on some units, but not all?
Well, after that meme never panned out, no further confirmation emerged from any other sources, and Apple announced its alleged software fix, I put that idea on the back burner, relegated to my bin of unconfirmed theories that didn't pan out. But it may have actually been spot on.
I found this rumor on a relatively obscure blog. It reported that a person who sent his iPhone to Apple over the reception issue noted a difference in his iPhone 4 after getting it back from Apple. Specifically, he noted that the antenna seemed to be less smooth and appeared to be more matte. The antenna issue was also resolved. This is of course a rumor, but a particularly poignant one that lends credence to the idea that Apple may be already at the task of repairing iPhone 4, or replacing defective units with units that were properly coated.
If this bears out, it bodes well for white iPhone 4 purchasers, whose phones will surely have been subjected to a much more aggressive quality control on this issue, or repaired before shipping.
So what do you think? Is there any credibility in this rumor? Let us know what you think.