iPhone 4 Antenna Issue like Toyota recall problem

Antennagate is what the iPhone 4’s antenna problem has become known in the tech community, and it has been a huge black eye for Apple. The question many people have been asking is how Apple didn’t know about the problem before releasing the phone, or if they did why did they not change the antenna before release?

Electronista is reporting that Apple may have known about the antenna issue all the way back in 2008. Allegedly an internal bug report was filed for the signal drop problem but we don’t know how the issue was dealt with. This bug report suggests that knowledge about the problem was known to the team working on the iPhone 4 early on.

If this is true, then they knew about the problem before Mark Papermaster was hired. Papermaster was the guy who got the sack because of Antennagate. The question here is why they did nothing about the problem during development. Why did Apple green light a product with such a huge design flaw?

Toyota knew about the sudden acceleration issue present in some of their cars for some time as well. This got them a fine, so if Apple knew about the antenna issue two years ago, should the U.S.impose the same fine? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.