While the net is flooded with news of the broken iPhone 4, many still have no idea of what is going on. Others, deny that the list of problems are true and think that it's all hyped up by those who like to bash Apple. Those in denial likely have purchased or ordered the new iPhone 4 by new after Steve Jobs gave his speech about how the phone is actually better quality than all other phones on the market and that the complaints are isolated cases. They did however, offer free cases for those who wanted it (even though the device is flawless).
While chatting with a friend recently whom had no idea of this whole thing as he's not in the smartphone market yet, I was told that his friend working for Apple Canada has been trying to get a working iPhone 4 for a while now. It turns out that a couple couldn't make calls and another two had screen failures.
I personally am not against the concept of the restrictions imposed on iPhone users. I can see that it has a positive effect of stability, quality and hopefully security. However, that whole concept went out the window with the iPhone 4 because many parts of the hardware have problems, so the software side doesn't even make a difference anymore.
With that said, it seems that Apple has decided to file another patent. I wonder if they have a facility dedicated to patenting because they sure make of lot more of those than each of the components they get Foxconn to make. The new patent filed is named "SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING UNAUTHORIZED USERS OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE". Outlined here It specifies methods of remotely disabling the device, takes a picture of the user, and provides GPS tracking. This is quite puzzling as I'm not sure how they will actually use it since jailbreaking is now legal. Maybe jailbreakers will get a visit by Steve Jobs him self + his mob.