iPhone 3G issues blamed on Infineon chips

iPhone 3G issues blamed on Infineon chips

Summary: GigaOm posted plausible theory to explain the iPhone 3G connection problems many users have experienced. Reception problems were reported with the iPhone 3G on Monday.

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iPhone 3G issues blamed on Infineon chipsGigaOm posted plausible theory to explain the iPhone 3G connection problems many users have experienced. Reception problems were reported with the iPhone 3G on Monday. Nomura analyst Richard Windsor published a research note yesterday that identified the Infineon iPhone 3G chipset as the probable culprit for the recent 3G issues. Apple has not acknowledged any problems.

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  • Whooot!

    Go Apple!... Deny till you fix it... then you never had a problem right? Sounds good to me.
    Ishkaboo
  • It's user error.

    Buying the first gen of any product (the first of the 3G iphones) means you take greater risk. One question nobody seems to ask, why aren't a boatload of these just being returned to the stores?

    TripleII
    TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
    • Could be that many people are assuming

      that its not a problem with the iPhone, instead an issue with AT&T's network
      AllKnowingAllSeeing
  • Is it the Apple iPhone or the Infineon iPhone?

    Why, I do believe it is the Apple iPhone! Therefore, 100% of all problems with the iPhone are Apple's fault. Apple may want to go after Infineon but that is Apple's choice. As far as the end user is concerned, Apple is 100% to blame for the iPhone's 3G issues.
    NonZealot
    • Its Apples choice

      It is upto Apple to choose the best 3G chips available in the market. They picked Infineon instead of Qualcomm and it looks like that decision was wrong. I have an iPhone and experience Call Drops, Echo and general sluggishness of the Phone. Some of them are Apple's fault and some will be Infineon's. Hopefully all of them can be addressed by firmware update.
      5ri
    • Is it MS's Vista or (insert companies drivers or hardware)'s Vista?

      Why, I do believe it is Microsoft's Vista! Therefore, 100% of
      all problems with Vista are Microsoft's fault. Microsoft may
      want to go after (insert companies drivers or hardware), but
      that is Microsoft's choice. As far as the end user is
      concerned, Microsoft is 100% to blame for Vista's issues :-)!
      themusicmanrk
      • That is exactly right.

        And Vista has suffered the consequences. <br>
        With a little help from the abm masses and press. <br><br>
        Apple however will PR this as not their fault, and come out of it like heroes in the minds of the defenders and the pro-Mac press.
        xuniL_z
  • Nomura has been Dead Wrong about the iPhone Tech. Before

    In Aug 2007, Nomura claimed that the iPhone used 'Heat
    Sensitivity technology' and the screens would fail in 3 to
    six months.

    Tech Trader Aug 10 2007 :
    "research report from Nomura International analyst Richard
    Windsor that raised questions about the durability of the
    screens on the iPhone. He noted that there are reports that
    some screens have developed ???dead spots.???

    "According to Marketwatch, Windsor wrote in a note today
    that the iPhone screen uses a chemical deposition process
    to provide touch sensitivity based on heat. The
    international property rights for this technology, he said,
    were purchased from a bankrupt Finnish company that was
    trying to make a similar device. But according to
    Marketwatch, ???that company encountered the problem that
    with extensive use, the film would begin to degrade and
    the screen would lose its sensitivity.??? Windsor said the
    problem typically manifested itself within three to six
    months."

    _____
    Of Course the iPhone does NOT use Heat Sensitivity.
    And of the millions of iPhones in use they hasn't been one
    "heat sensitivity" failure.

    Why this latest Nomura 'Tech Revelation" is getting so
    much exposure all over the internet with few writers
    mentioning Nomura's Epic Errors in the past is disturbing.
    Davewrite
    • Balance?

      {NT}
      Sleeper Service
    • Tell that iPhone owners whose screen is dead

      [url=http://www.intoiphone.com/2007/08/09/apple-iphone-users-reporting-unresponsive-multi-touch-displays.html] Unresponsive screens in the iPhone [/url]

      [i]First the very bottom of the screen went out so I could not hit the space-bar on the keyboard, or change to the number/character screen. Then it got worse a few days later, now I cannot hit any of the main function buttons.[/i]

      The fact that this is not due to heat sensitivity failure means nothing to the millions who own dead iPhones.

      Likewise, whether or not this can be traced back to the Infineon chip doesn't change the fact that millions of iPhones are useless at making basic phone calls. So useless, in fact, that [url=http://rubiconconsulting.com/insight/whitepapers/2008/04/the-apple-iphone-is-easily.html] a third of all iPhone users are forced to carry a second phone to make basic voice calls. [/url]

      EPIC iFAIL! :)
      NonZealot
      • Hey Non Zealot! C'mon...!

        "The fact that this is not due to heat sensitivity failure
        means nothing to the millions who own dead iPhones."

        MILLIONS of dead iPhone screens? wow. As the iPhone 1
        sold less than 10 million, if there were MILLIONS of dead
        iPhone screens (like 50%?) wouldn't it be on the front page
        of every magazine? Instead people with iPhone 1's (plus
        millions of others) are lining up to buy iPhone 3Gs.

        Can you quote TRUE statistics of Millions of iPhone screens
        dead?

        (are you confusing the iPhone with the Xbox with a 30% +
        failure rate? Msft with its Billion dollar warranty write off?)

        ------
        C'mon Non-Zealot a RESEARCH firm that PUBLISHES and
        DISTRIBUTES a note to INVESTORS (who are going to spend
        their hard earned money) that makes A FUNDAMENTAL
        ERROR that the iphone USES HEAT SENSITIVITY when it
        doesn't (something which they can EASILY check) needs to
        be questioned about accuracy whenever it discusses
        iPhone technology again.
        -------

        EPIC FAIL?????
        Lines outside Apple store two weeks after launch. Still
        selling like hotcakes!! :]

        --------
        Hey Non Zealot told you a FEW WEEKS ago around iPhone
        3G launch to buy AAPL stock at 146-150, it's around 180
        today. If you bought some would have made easy $$$ in a
        few weeks. (now that its high might dip again though, so
        watch dip for buying opportunity!)
        Davewrite
  • Nomura

    DaveWrite, good one!
    warren15
  • RE: iPhone 3G issues blamed on Infineon chips

    And what does this have to do with dead reception on both phones: iPhone 3G and LG Vu CU920? I have no signal nor 3G on either phone at home.
    hforman9