Remember that scene in FIGHT CLUB where Edward Norton’s character explains how the auto company he works for calculates what would be cheaper — issuing a recall because of a faulty part, or just paying off all the legal claims that would otherwise ensue?
Believe it or not, the House of Jobs is facing a similar scenario. According to reports, reception problems that have plagued many 3G owners have been traced to a fault within the Infineon chip. (An anonymous Swedish scientist — who won’t come forward for fear he’ll get in trouble for using his day job’s equipment for his research — first discovered the new iPhone had slower transfer speeds and a greater likelihood of dropping calls than other 3G handsets.)
So does that mean all those early 3G customers will have to stand in long lines again, this time to return/replace their shiny new status symbols? Hopefully not — Apple and Infineon are putting their heads together to work on a software-based solution that could be available by month’s end.