NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Astounding demand for the new Apple
The line for the Apple iPhone 4 debut Thursday at Apple's flagship 5th Avenue store in Manhattan was "much longer than any line for either of the last two releases," according to people at the location, seen in the video below.
Web sites like Gizmodo have been reporting user tests showing iPhone signal strength falling off particularly when the phone is held with a person's hand touching the left side and bottom of the phone.
Another Apple design flub would certainly help vindicate AT&T to some degree, but if the antenna glitch turns out to be widespread, neither company will benefit.
Part of Apple's iPhone redesign included a stainless steel band around the phone's glass front and back. Some reviewers have predicted that the antenna, working with the steel band, would improve the wireless reception. But others have worried that unlike plastic, which insulates the antenna, a hand over the metal would interfere with the signal.