Here's the thing. The basic premise of Antennagate is that Apple knew of the external antenna design flaw but still went ahead and sold more than 3 million iPhone 4s. That presents not just a product problem -- it could become a legal issue, say analysts. Meanwhile, Apple manufacturing partners say they've been instructed to make an internal insulation fix that corrects the defect. Apple needs to shut down production for a while to make the fix. Hence the availability times that have stretched into August will likely extend into September. Bottom line: Apple can't say it has a fix and we shouldn't expect to hear demands for a recall of the 3 million phones in service. And really, from Apple's perspective, the market speaks louder than critics. Supplies of iPhones can't keep up with sales. It's a blinding success, you could say. --Written by Scott Moritz in New York.