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Apple iPhone 4: recall coming tomorrow?

Apple's iPhone 4 has gotten a big black eye -- most recently from Consumer Reports -- for its antenna reception issue when users hold it a certain way toward the bottom of the phone.

After a couple weeks of avoiding the issue, it appears -- appears -- that Apple may be ready to address it head on in a press conference tomorrow (Friday, July 16).

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Many think the company will announce that it will give away free bumper cases to people who buy the phone.

I'm not so sure. I'm speculating -- feel free to join me in the comments below -- that they're gonna do a recall, and either fix customers' existing phones or give them a modified new one in the near future.

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If it was all about new bumpers, why would Apple give the world a two-day notice of a press conference? No, I think they're preparing for something more involved. They realize their reputation as a luxury brand is at stake here, and they can't have the entire tech press and consumer electronics industry taking potshots at the iPhone, which is their franchise, flagship product at the moment.

Free bumpers don't address the underlying issue that the phone seems to have a basic, underlying hardware flaw.

(BTW, an Irish betting company says the odds are that Apple will recall the iPhone 4.)

So, what do you think will happen tomorrow at Apple's press conference? Vote below and sound off in the comments.

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