CUPERTINO, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- Apple ( AAPL) plans a news conference for Friday to discuss antenna problems with its iPhone 4.

The conference comes about after Consumer Reports earlier this week concluded that "Apple needs to come up with a permanent -- and free -- fix for the antenna problem before we can recommend the iPhone 4."
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An Apple spokesman declined to give further details to the Wall Street Journal, including whether the conference, at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, will address the antenna problems or a offer a fix to the problem.

One analyst, Ed Snyder of Charter Equity Research, told the Journal he thinks Apple will either offer a fix to the problem or compensate owners of the phone.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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