That's according to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday afternoon. Apple is holding a press conference on Friday morning to talk about the iPhone 4. There's been much speculation regarding what Apple has planned, but it's widely believed the company will address the growing outcry over the iPhone 4's reported antenna problems.
The Journal added that detail as an update to its previous story, which said that Apple engineers knew of the potential problems with the design of the iPhone 4. The device's antenna is inserted directly into the metal band running around the exterior of the device.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported earlier Thursday that Apple CEO Steve Jobs was told by a senior engineer of the pitfalls of the iPhone 4's design, but that he was ignored. Carrier partners were also given little time with the latest model iPhone to do proper testing with it, according to Bloomberg's sources.
Apple has denied Bloomberg's story that Jobs knew of the antenna problems before the device's launch. In a statement to Journal, an Apple spokesman said, "We challenge Bloomberg BusinessWeek to produce anything beyond rumors to back this up. It's simply not true."
The Journal's own sources, however, confirm that Apple engineers knew there could be problems with the iPhone 4's antenna design "as early as a year ago," but that but Jobs overruled them because he liked the design.
At WWDC in June, when he introduced the iPhone 4, Jobs specifically called out the iPhone 4's unique antenna design, saying that it would improve the device's reception.