Apple is frantically trying to find the glitch in the operating system that is causing its iPhone 4 multi-tasking phones to replicate themselves. "The web is crawling with claims by iPhone 4 owners that they have clone phones replicating at the rate of about one every week or so," claims Werner Herbensschteubel, lead development scientist in charge of the the iPhone 4 project.
Herbensschteubel believes the 1:1 app is responsible for the cloning function. Up until recently, no one knew what the app meant and didn't bother to check it out. Now everyone is touching that 1:1 app and making duplicate iPhone 4's. Herbensschteubel's warnings to not use the clone phones until Apple figures out the exact extent of whether this cloning capability is safe or not, is falling on deaf ears. Reports of clone phones being sold by street vendors and even in some dollar stores for $10 or less is unsettling to Herbensschteubel. "We don't know the extent of this yet and can only imagine the horror if these clone phones end up developing malevolent apps of their own. We just do not know."
Apple's executives see this as a major problem for their bottom line stating that if the iPhones continue to replicate at the present rate, sales of new iPhones will fall dramatically and prices will drop to reasonable levels, such as was the case with the iPad earlier this year. Said Apple's client relations manager, "This is a nightmare. These people aren't going to give the clones back. They are selling them as quick as they are being cloned. This week alone, we've seen a 15% drop in sales and it can only go down from there."
Apple is asking anyone who notices their iPhone beginning to show a bump on the back of the model and another iPhone starting to develop, to bring the phone into their nearest Apple dealer and a replacement phone will be given to them at no charge.